Structural Engineering Reflection Paper Katie Nolan October 11, 2007 CEE 100 So finally I found out what structural engineers actually do. I guess I knew that structural engineers built buildings, bridges, ports, but I didn’t know they could write software for other engineers to use or work in the aerospace industry. That is what I like about engineering, it seems like there are so many possible career choices. They could work for contractors, private consulting firms, the military, in the aerospace field, for counties, even teaching at colleges. I found out the structural engineer is responsible for the designs of the building lateral system, gravity framing system, and the foundations of a project. The structural engineer is always on a design team when in the process of a structure. The design team can consist of all different kinds of engineers and consultants, but the main components for the team are the architect, the structural engineer, and the civil engineer. With the design team there is always a construction team. It was nice to get all this background information on what structural engineers are all about. The two presentations that were given were very helpful and I liked how different they were. Dr. Jeff Dragovich explained what structural engineers do, what it takes to become a licensed structural engineer and what structural engineering actually is. However, I did feel like the lecture was a little long and all he went over were things in the packet that we could have read, but it was very informative. It was also nice of him to bring in actual plans to show us what we could be doing very shortly. Mr. Doug Loesch of Magnusson Klemencic Associates showed us some of the different projects he has worked on and explained about what it took to build them. He seemed so happy to be sharing his experiences with us and I think that is so great that someone in the engineering field will take time out of their busy schedules to do that because we all know engineers are also busy (at least that’s what I’ve heard on the grape vine). I really enjoyed seeing all the pictures, he showed us of different places, like the EMP, the tower on that campus and the bronze tree in that building in California. I can’t say that those two presentations made me want to become a structural engineer, but that may be because I not as interested in building bridges or ports. At least I know that the option is there. The presentations were very helpful though in understanding the different features of structural engineering and I can’t wait to hear all about the other four branches of civil engineering.