December 2020 Print


As we close out a year of unprecendented challenges, SEAOG would like to take a moment to celebrate the year's many successes:

  • welcoming three new BOD members
  • creating a new regular monthly e-newsletter 
  • generating a SEAOG page on LinkedIn (follow us!) 
  • getting a GoToWebinar subscription to provide virtual meeting options
  • helping our professional community understand Georgia's new Structural Engineer (SE) license via panel discussion with PELS Board and ACEC-GA represenatives and navigation guides


Moving into 2021, SEAOG will be focusing on:

  • continuing to provide virtual programming
  • securing a new Executive Director or Executive Administrator (after 30 years of service to SEAOG, including founding Secretary, Al Lagerstorm has retired from his position as Executive Director)
  • connecting with students at GT and KSU 
    • SEAOG is seeking volunteers for programs at both schools, but especially interested in KSU/Southern Poly alumni. Contact [email protected]
  • providing an inclusive environment and developing a mentoring program to build member-to-member connections 


Let us know what you want to see moving forward by contacting us at [email protected] 

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President's Report

Al Lagerstrom has retired from his position as Executive Director of SEAOG.  He is a charter member of SEAOG and was its first secretary.  Al has since served in all the officer positions of SEAOG’s executive committee before becoming Executive Director upon his retirement from active practice.  

As Executive Director Al performed most of the daily tasks for SEAOG.  He was the first person you would see as you checked into our monthly meetings and he answered all questions about your membership and navigating the website during the renewal period.  Our bills were paid, our monthly meetings were set up, and PDHs delivered to the attendees by Al.  

He has been noted as the memory of the association.  If Al could not immediately remember needed information about SEAOG, he knew where in our records to find it.  Al, thank you for thirty years of service to SEAOG and we wish you a happy retirement!    

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Upcoming Events

Join us for an NCSEA pre-recorded webinar on "Insidious Thermal Forces in Steel Structures" presented by Barry Arnold, P.E., S.E. on Wednesday, January 13th from 12pm - 1:30pm.

This pre-recorded session will expand the attendee’s knowledge of how changes in temperatures and poor detailing of structural members and systems adversely affect individual members and entire buildings. The attendee will have a better understanding about how damage and failures from thermal forces can be minimized and how the damage can be economically repaired.

Barry Arnold, P.E., S.E. served five years on the Board of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah (SEAU) and was President of the SEAU in 2004. He also served the structural engineering profession on the NCSEA Board of Directors for 7 years. He was President of NCSEA in 2014-15. Barry was honored by being selected as the Engineer of the Year by the Utah Engineers Council in 2007.

This course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education. 

Cost is free to members and students.  Cost is $20 for non-members ($15 earlybird rate for registration prior to January 6th).

After registering for the event, you will receive a separate email from “SEAOG Webinar” the week of the event with a confirmation and instructions for joining the webinar.  Please check your spam folder if you have trouble locating this email.

Click here for additional information and registration.

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Event Recap

Thanks to Kevin Davenport of Simpson Strong-Tie, who presented Introduction to Composite Strengthening Systems (FRP and FRCM) at our November lunch and learn. If you attended, but did not receive your PDH (issued by Simpson Strong-Tie), please let us know by contacting [email protected]

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PELS Board News

From the PELS Board website, 12/3/2020:

"The SE Affidavit is available. Click here and follow the instructions. Due to COVID, there was a delay in making the Affidavit available; therefore, the Board will allow additional time as necessary to complete the affidavit and the deadline for meeting the licensing requirements will be deferred to a later date. Continue to check back here for the latest information."

Please visit for the latest information from the PELS Board.

SEAOG has also published its own independent guide to navigating the SE license law, which can be accessed from our home page, under "Resources/SE Licensure".

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Committee Updates


SE Licensing Chair: Michael Planer

Please visit for the latest information from the PELS Board.

SEAOG has also published its own independent guide to navigating the SE license law, which can be accessed from our home page, under "Resources/SE Licensure".

Programs Chair: Sarah Scarborough [email protected]

  • Programming will remain virtual through Q1 of 2021


Publicity Chair: Angelina Stasulis, [email protected]

  • SEAOG is on LinkedIn. Follow our page for the latest between monthly e-mails: 
  • SEAOG is organizing a seminar program for Georgia Tech students and faculty to discuss SE Licensure, resume/interview prep, and gauge interest for renewing our scholarship program. 
  • Are you a KSU (Southern Poly) alum? SEAOG is looking for volunteers to kickstart our outreach efforts with the other engineering school in town. 


SE3 Chair: Katy Charvin, [email protected]


SEER Chair: Rahul Desai

  • no update provided

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The Young Members Group (YMG) publishes a separate newsletter with their events. To be added to this distribution list, contact [email protected]

View the latest here:

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