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                    January, 2013  
WELCOME to Learn, Innovate, Excel!  Our goal with this newsletter is to provide useful information and tips that will help you save time, be more productive, and also reduce risk. This information complements our SE University program, by introducing you to tips on a wide variety of topics affecting structural engineers.

In addition to our newsletter, we are happy to announce the launching of our new website,, where we will be providing additional valuable information.
If you have any tips you would like to share as part of a future Learn, Innovate, Excel newsletter, please email Lisa Willard or Brian Quinn


Most engineers utilize spreadsheets or MathCAD tools to a variable extent to save time with structural engineering calculations. Frequently these tools are "self-written" or written by someone at their company. However, many tools have been created by others and we wanted to point out 2 sources for some free tools to help you save time in your various calculations.


The first is This site, supported by AISC, includes files created by AISC, but also allows engineers to upload files that they have created, so that others can use those files and benefit from their knowledge. Some examples of the tools available in the SteelTOOLS Library more.



If you have been curious about previous sessions offered by SE University, we would like to direct you to the Session Archives page of the LearnWithSEU website. 


The archives were added to allow people access to information about previously offered sessions, and also to make it easier to search for sessions based on topic. If you select the category for a particular session, you will be directed to a page that includes all of the sessions offered that have the same category designation.


We hope that you find the session archives page and the ability to view the list by date or by session category helpful. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Willard at (805) 482-8436, or by email. 

As we begin the new year, there are a number of states with license renewals due by April 30th. 


In the following states, ALL engineers must renew their licenses this year, by the specified date:
Connecticut (January 31st)                          Florida (February 28th)*      
Utah (March 31st)


In the states below, their renewal dates are as specified, but some engineers' licenses expire in even years, and so will not renew until 2014:

Louisiana (March 31st)                                Kansas (April 30th)

To determine if your license is expiring this year, please visit our Continuing Education Requirements by State page, where you can click on states in which you are licensed to see the license renewal date, as well as the continuing education requirements for that state. If you would like a complete summary of all 50 states, a PDF file is available for download below the map. This option can also be selected if you are viewing the page from a mobile device.

We hope that you find this information beneficial. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Willard.
* Florida requires that engineers use approved providers for continuing education. SE University is an approved provider to help meet the Area of Practice requirements.
Our next SE University session will be held on January 23, 2013, when we look forward to having Kyle Twitchell, PE, from Robert Silman Associates discuss Conflict Resolution: An Introduction for Engineers.
Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, January 18, 2013.
On February 13, 2013, we welcome Perry Green, PhD, PE from Bechtel Power Corporation to present a session focused on Using Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders in the Design of Lateral Load Resisting Frames. This session will be part one of a two part series on steel joists.
Perry Green was formerly the Technical Director of the Steel Joist Institute.

Handout and registration emails for this session will be sent to SE University companies on Friday, February 8, 2013. 


To learn more about subscribing to SE University, please contact Lisa Willard at (805) 482-8436, or by email.


Thank you for reading our Learn, Innovate, Excel Newsletter - we hope you found this information useful. If there are any questions we can answer, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email. 

Additionally, if you would be willing to help other structural engineers by sharing tips that you have, please email your tip to [email protected]. If we choose your tip to publish, you will have your choice of a $50 Amazon gift card or a $50 donation sent to the Structural Engineering Association of your choice. 

Your SE University Team

Brian Quinn, P.E.

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Lisa Willard, P.E.

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Linda Benson

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Coming Soon to SE University


January 23, 2013

Conflict Resolution: An Introduction for Engineers 


Kyle Twitchell, PE

Robert Silman Associates 



February 13, 2013

Using Open Web Steel Joists and Joist Girders in the Design of Lateral Load Resisting Frames


Perry Green, PhD, PE

Bechtel Power Corporation



March 13, 2013

Critical Issues when Designing with Joists and Joist Girders


Perry Green, PhD, PE

Bechtel Power Corporation



For updated session descriptions and schedules, visit the SCHEDULE page.