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October 2nd 2018 Meeting

AN INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN ENGINEERING: “To lead, Influence and Inspire”

This presentation was this year’s keynote speech at the 2017 SEI national conference.

Topic Description:

Research conducted at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (aka the Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering) has suggested that only 15% of your financial success is due to your technical expertise. The other 85% is due to your skills in human engineering, i.e. your personality and your ability to deal with people. And as strategic use of economic power translates into influence and recognition, perhaps a closer look at the need for an education involving human engineering is in order.

It is a fact that a structural engineering education is focused almost exclusively on technical topics with practically no exposure to human engineering. Could that be the reason why the professional fees and compensation for structural engineers do not even begin to reflect the profession's immeasurable contributions to humanity? And why our profession is not even in the running for any high profile recognition or prize, such as a Nobel?

In this talk, Ashraf emphasizes the need for a human engineering based education. He convincingly demonstrates, with his usual enthusiasm and humor, why it is important to cultivate deep personal beliefs, to develop public speaking skills and to become familiar with the arts, human psychology and human chemistry. These talents will enable young engineers to enter the professional world ready to lead, influence and inspire!

Speaker Biography:

Ashraf Habibullah is a Structural Engineer and is President and CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc. He founded CSI in 1975.

Today, CSI is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in the development of software tools for structural and earthquake engineering. The software is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries for the design of landmark projects such as the Freedom Tower in New York City, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai and the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.

Ashraf has led the development of CSI's products for over four decades and has been active as a researcher and educator, conducting international seminars on analytical techniques used in software for structural and earthquake engineering.

Ashraf also has a keen passion for the arts. He is a co-founder of the critically acclaimed Diablo Ballet and the founder of the Engineer’s Alliance for the Arts, an organization that involves school children with technology, focusing on the artistic aspects of bridge engineering.

March 2018 Richard J. Carroll Memorial Lecture

The Johns Hopkins University Department of Civil Engineering

"Some Long-span and Some Tall Buildings"

SawTeen See

P.E., C.E., Dist. M. ASCE

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 5 p.m.

Johns Hopkins University

Homewood Campus

Maryland Hall, Room 110

SawTeen See, a structural engineer with 40 years’ experience, will share some of the highlights of her collaborations with architects in the design of pedestrian bridges, museums, convention centers, and some of the world’s tallest buildings.

She will discuss projects such as the AIG pedestrian bridge in Hong Kong, the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, the Baltimore Convention Center Expansion, the Shanghai World Financial Center, the 555m Lotte World Tower in Seoul (the 5th tallest in the world), the 630m PNB 118 tower under construction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and innovations for some super high-rises of the future.

SawTeen See has extensive experience in the structural design of the full spectrum of building and structure types. SawTeen is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences. She is on the Advisory Board of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. In 2017, SawTeen was featured in the CTBUH Journal’s Special Issue: “Women in the Tall Building Industry”. She was one of three professionals representing architecture, developer, and engineering in the 2016 AIA-CTBUH program “Women Shaping the Urban Habitat”. The 2006 ASCE publication “Changing our World: True Stories of Women Engineers” featured SawTeen as a structural engineer.

Schedule of ASCE & JHU Events:


5:00 p.m.

Carroll Lecture:

Maryland Hall, Room 110


6:00 p.m.

ASCE Reception/Student Night:

Gilman Hall Atrium*


7:30 p.m.

Dinner: Glass Pavilion*


Reservations are required for cocktails and dinner:

http://ascemd.org/

http://civil.jhu.edu