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October 11, 2017

SEFW announces FilmWorks winners

Photo by Luke Heath [enlarge]
Structural engineer Luke Heath created imagery for his short video “Imagine a Better World.”

The Structural Engineers Foundation of Washington is premiering four short home videos on the theme, “What makes structural engineering cool?” They were created for SEFW's first FilmWorks Initiative, a competition designed to showcase the merits of structural engineer careers.

The first place video, “Imagine a Better World,” was done by Luke Heath, a principal at PCS Structural Solutions in Tacoma. It includes a narration on the history of structures and engineering, covering Rome, Paris and other significant landmarks, while an unseen artist illustrates on a storyboard.

Second place went to “Bring Concepts to Life” by Cleo Pineda, a St. Martin's University engineering student. It explains how structural ideas, design and analysis are critical in the building industry.

Third place was a tie between “The Structural Engineer” by Edison Shi, a design engineer at HNTB in Seattle, that demonstrates the benefits of a structural engineering career; and “Civil Engineering” by Begum Birsoz, a University of Washington engineering student and UW Structural Engineers Association of Washington chapter president. It offers a bird's-eye view of Seattle and explains civil engineering careers.

The videos are at https://vimeo.com/sefw/.

SEFW said the films will be used to educate the public and students, and shown at STEM career events.

Heath donated his $750 prize to the SEFW Scholarship Fund. Pineda won $500, and Shi and Birsoz each won $250.

Go to http://tiny.cc/i2p3ny to register for the 2018 contest.

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