Social Program


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Kick off the Convention with a warm welcome! This opening evening reception will be hosted in the Trade Show located in the JW Marriott’s Marquis Ballroom. A great opportunity to meet colleagues and reacquaint with old friends in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying appetizers and refreshing beverages.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A special reception for SEAOC Younger Members and First-Time Convention Attendees. Please join us to network, meet the leaders of the Association, and socialize other with younger engineers (35 and under) from across the state.


Thursday, September 22, 2011 – 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.

Take break from the Technical Sessions at lunch which will include the Annual Business Meeting State of the Association address from SEAOC President, Steve Pelham. Join us as we celebrate, honor, and introduce the 2011 SEAOC College of Fellows.


Thursday, September 22, 2011 – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Begin your evening with cocktails in the gathering place that will set the stage for an out-of-this world evening. Many levels of governmental clearance were required to acquire some of the artifacts that will be displayed, including the UFO that crashed at Roswell in 1947! The event will include a bar and lounge area to relax and catch up. 50’s era Sci-Fi movies will be featured on the silver screen with a modern dance soundtrack. The dinner will be a mix of carefully selected menu items, space age entertainment, and presentation of the SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards and the Nabih Youssef Young Engineers Awards. This will be an event that will be talked about for years to come!


An Evening Dedicated to Professor Edward L. Wilson on his 80th Birthday

Friday, September 23, 2011 – 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight

This spectacular evening begins with transportation to the luxurious Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas strip. You will be escorted to the Cirque du Soleil “O” Theater where you will experience a private, behind-the-curtain technical presentation of the engineering of the “O” stage and its aquatic structures, namely the 1.5-million gallon pool of water – reaching a depth of 25 feet – in which “O” acrobats perform. This exclusive presentation, given by the production and special effects managers, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and is open only to SEAOC Convention attendees.

The technical presentation is followed by an extravagant dinner reception hosted by Computers & Structures, Inc., in honor of Professor Emeritus Edward L. Wilson, in celebration of his 80th birthday and his vast contributions to the field of structural and earthquake engineering. You will enjoy sumptuous hors d’oeuvres, lavish carvings stations, sushi, and Bellagio mixologists will be on hand to create your favorite cocktail at a fully hosted bar.

For the pinnacle of the evening, we return to the “O” Theater to see the most popular Show is Vegas! “O” weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance, featuring an international cast of world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters that perform in, on, and above water to create a breathtaking experience.


Evening Schedule:
3:00 p.m. Buses depart JW Marriott for the Bellagio Hotel
4:15 p.m. “O” Behind-the-Curtain Technical Presentation, “O” Theater, Bellagio Hotel
5:30 p.m. CSI-hosted reception in honor of Professor Edward L. Wilson, Monet Ballroom, Bellagio Hotel
7:30 p.m. Cirque du Soleil “O” Performance, “O” Theater, Bellagio Hotel
9:30 p.m. – 12:00 midnight Buses return to the JW Marriott every 30 minutes

Free to Attendee Package 1 and Companion Package 1 Convention Registrations
$165 for “O” Show Performance only
$35 for Reception only

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A Giant in the Profession of Structural Engineering
“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
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Since the 1960’s, Professor Wilson has been at the forefront of modern computerized structural analysis, responsible for imagining, creating and implementing numerical methods for static and dynamic analysis that have revolutionized the way structural engineers work. His early research was truly groundbreaking and he continued to develop solver technology, optimization routines, and dynamic solutions that increased the accuracy and quality of the work produced by professionals. Although Professor Wilson’s influence is greatly felt throughout all of CSI’s products, perhaps a better measure of the significance of his contributions is to recognize that virtually every piece of modern structural analysis software contains some technology that can be traced back to his original research and development.

Edward L. Wilson is a Professor Emeritus of Structural Engineering at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was a faculty member from 1965 to 1991. From 1973 to 1976, he served as Chairman of the Division of Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics. From 1987 to 1990, he was Vice Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering. At the present time he is a consultant on the structural analysis of complex structures and is engaged in the development of new methods of analysis and computer programs in the general area of structural engineering. He is currently a member of the Seismic Review Committee for the UC Berkeley Campus.

About Professor Emeritus Edward L. Wilson

Professor Emeritus Edward L. Wilson

At the University, he taught courses and conducted research on structural analysis, computer analysis, dynamics and finite element methods. He has published over 180 technical papers and reports. During his 30 years of teaching at the University, 29 doctoral students completed their dissertations under his supervision.

He received his D. Eng. Degree from the University of California in 1963. From 1963 to 1965, he was a senior research engineer at Aerojet General Corporation, Sacramento, California. At Aerojet, he developed numerical methods and computer programs for the thermal and stress analysis of the MINUTEMAN missile and the APOLLO space capsule. He has been responsible for the development of several computer programs which are extensively used by professionals in the Civil, Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. The general three dimensional finite element analysis program SAP and the TABS series of programs for the static and dynamic analysis of three dimensional building systems are examples of programs initially developed by Professor Wilson.

He was the first to develop computational methods and practical computer programs for the analysis of tall buildings and hydroelectric structures. These special purpose programs include heat transfer analysis and the effects of creep, incremental construction, soil-structure-fluid interaction, and flow in porous media. Since these programs have been extensively adopted by a large number of firms throughout the world, he has been involved directly and indirectly as a consultant on a very large number of engineering projects.

In 1985, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He was appointed as the T. Y. and Margaret Lin Professor in Engineering in 1990. He received the Berkeley Citation at the time of his retirement from teaching in 1991 for his contributions to the profession he received the Huber (1974) and the Howard (1995) medals by ASCE. In 1998, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Tall Building Design Council. In 2003, he received Von Neumann Medal from the United States Association of Computational Mechanics for the development of the SAP series of programs. In 2008, he received an Outstanding Contribution to Engineering Award from ASME and he was made an Honorary Member of the Structural Engineering Association of Northern California.