About the author  ⁄ David J. Odeh, P.E.

David J. Odeh is Chair of the SEI Futures Fund Board, and a Past President of the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. He is a Principal at Odeh Engineers, Inc. of Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches on the adjunct faculty at Brown University.

The extraordinary devastation left by storms, earthquakes, and wildfires in 2017 dominated the news media for months. Many of our colleagues around the globe were directly affected by these events but still rose to the challenge by volunteering as emergency responders or by joining teams to study and report on lessons learned. Whether impacted or not, structural engineers keep the public safe from disasters every day.

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2016 will mark many key milestones for our profession, and will have many exciting opportunities to shape our future.

As we enter this important time in the history of structural engineering, let’s not forget that our greatest achievements and innovations always come when we work together in teams. Structural engineers often cite inspiration from other fields, such as physics, chemistry, or art, when they develop a novel idea or solution to an important problem.

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What inspired you to become a structural engineer? For me, it was a fascination with the great buildings of history, like the Parthenon and the Eiffel Tower, and the ingenuity and creativity of the civilizations that built them. Starting with that early inspiration, I have always been driven by a desire to create new structures that have a positive impact on the way people live.

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