One of the most rewarding aspects of belonging to SEAOSC for me is getting to know and work with a wide range of amazing engineers. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is taking steps to create a more diverse and inclusive profession, through our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, our WiSE Committee, and other efforts like the recent Firm Roundtable.
In my short term as president, there have been a number of social issues that can't be ignored. Engineers have an important role to play in our community that can go beyond structural safety. Because of our training, we know how to look at things in multiple ways to ensure we are pragmatic in the way we make decisions. When we design a building, we need to consider the structure in three dimensions, and it is similarly important to consider different perspectives when looking at issues that affect us and our community. With the training you have, I encourage you to have these conversations because as engineers, we know how to take an analytical approach that creates a valuable perspective. We need to continue to show dignity and respect for different opinions, and we need to trust and support peers from all backgrounds and beliefs.
There is a place for every engineer at SEAOSC - technical committees, member focus committees, event committees, and task forces. If you have one hour a month, we have a place for you. If you have one hour every three months, we have a place for you. We are a stronger association when we hear from different voices and perspectives. We are all one association. We welcome your engagement and participation.
Patti Harburg - Petrich, S.E.
SEAOSC President 2022-23