Structural Engineering Institute (SEI)

National Profile

SEI is a vibrant, 20,000 plus community of structural engineers within the American Society of Civil Engineers. SEI started on October 1, 1996 in order to serve the unique needs of the structural engineering community more effectively while also being their voice on broader issues that shape the entire civil engineering community.

Members of SEI can take advantage of discipline-specific products and services while also receiving all of the benefits of ASCE membership.

Because SEI has members who are leaders in both structural engineering practice and academia, SEI provides wonderful networking opportunities while also stimulating coordination and understanding between academia and practicing engineers - driving the practical application of cutting edge research.

SEI advances our members' careers, stimulates technological advancement, and improves professional practice.

Local Profile

The Pittsburgh Section of the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is a technical institute sanctioned by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It is our goal to support the local structural engineering profession in the region.

Structural engineering spans a wide variety of project types, materials of construction and design criteria. The practicing structural engineer faces a daunting task in developing and maintaining a working knowledge of emerging topics and fields, in addition to existing information required to solve diverse project requirements.

It is the hope and intent of the SEI to support practicing structural engineers and students in this task by providing:

  • Informational Seminars and PDH's
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Tours of Local Construction Sites

The SEI also strives to advance the structural engineering profession through outreach opportunities.

As part of Pittsburgh Section strategic planning the SEI Chapter has set long term goals to:

  • Develop a full day technical course
  • Increase student involvement and investigate establishing a local graduate student chapter
  • Increase member involvement

You can read more about these goals and how they will be implemented here.

Pittsburgh has a long history of engineering and industry. From bridges to buildings, and from project planning to completion, our structural professionals have a tremendous depth of experience and knowledge. SEI desires to promote open dialog of this information between firms, enriching the quality of Pittsburgh’s structural engineering community.

Pittsburgh SEI Announcements:

Check here regularly for the latest News, Events and Announcements.

Announcing the 4th Annual Half-Day Ben T. Yen Structural Engineering Seminar sponsored by the SEI Lehigh Valley and Lehigh University Student Chapters!
The event will take place on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 11:45am to 5:15pm in Bethlehem, PA. For more information and to RSVP for this event please click on this link!

PARTICIPATE IN SEI TRIAL DESIGN PROBLEM – Live Load Design
Help improve codes and standards--submit your solution by July 31, and be entered in a drawing for an SEI necktie or scarf


SEI Trial Design Problems are investigations into how structural engineers interpret code provisions. The purpose is to evaluate if practicing engineers are able to accurately understand and consistently implement the current code as well as possible future code provisions. The exercise is designed to take about an hour. Solutions are anonymous in the publication of results which are summarized and communicated to the respective standards committees. This problem is representative of a common engineering task that is performed in structural engineering offices on a routine basis.
View the SEI Trial Design Problem, submit your solution by July 31, and encourage your colleagues to participate. Thank you for your input to improve codes and standards!

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