SEAoT - Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter News

February 6, 2020

President's Corner

Emily McCarthy

I was recently reminded of Houston’s growing size. This past weekend I was driving through the galleria and needed to merge onto highway 59 south from Hidalgo Street, which proved more challenging than I anticipated. All three lanes of 610 south were closed, so traffic was forced to exit and take either highway 59 south or highway 59 north. As Houstonians you can imagine the traffic jam that ensued at mid-day on Saturday. I drive on the Westpark Toll Road and highway 59 daily, so experiencing delays due to construction has ...

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Secretary's Corner

Sara Buerstinghaus

We started 2020 with great attendance at our monthly meeting held on January 16th at the Maggiano’s. Our new President, Emily McCarthy, made some general agenda updates and introduced the new board members: Emily McCarthy: President; Joshua White: Vice President; Sara Buerstinghaus: Secretary; and Daniel Pearson: Treasurer.

Our speakers for the meeting were Ashish Patel, PE, of LAN Engineering, and Mike Hasen, PE,...

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Texas Wood Design Symposium

February 25, 2020 | Earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits or 0.55 ICC credits

George R. Brown Convention Center, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm

The Wood Design Symposium is a day-long educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings. Check the event page to see the full line-up of sessions and speakers, for more details and to register. Hosted by WoodWorks – Wood Products Council

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Joint AISC/AIA Houston/SEAoT Houston Networking Event March 26

An Architect and an Engineer enter a room. In collaborative spirit, AISC, AIA Houston, and SEAoT Houston invite designers from the houses of Architecture & Engineering for a social evening of cocktails, bites, and networking. Meet your neighbors and celebrate your work!

Save the date: Thursday March 26th, 2020

Location: OKRA Charity Saloon, 924 Congress St, Houston, TX 77002

Watch your inbox for registration information, space is limited!

Volunteer Opportunities

Engineers Allinace for the Arts (EAA) facilitates a unique classroom bridge-building program in your community. EAA is looking for volunteer engineers. architects, design and construction professionals to fill the teaching spots for our 2020 program. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community — particularly to inspire high school students to potentially pursue...

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TAMU Chapter Updates

Tristian Ybarra


From all our members of the SEAoT Student Chapter at Texas A&M University, I would like to provide you with an updated newsletter describing our past month’s activities.

Most recently, our chapter appointed three new student officers to lead our organization for the remainder of the year, listed...

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FEBRUARY 20, 2020

11:30 am – Social

11:45 am – Lunch

12:00 pm – Program

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Memorial City Mall

602 Memorial City Mall

Houston, TX 77024

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Tel: (713) 461-0692

  • Members $25
  • Non-members $35
  • Student members & Non-dinner guests $10
  • NEW: Register by 5 p.m. the day before to avoid $5 late registration fee!
  • NEW: Payment may still be made in person, but please pre-register using button 1 below
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Engineering Critical Assessments to Evaluate Crack-like Flaws using Fracture Mechanics


Melanie Sarzynski, PE, PhD, Senior Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.


Whether a fabrication defect or a result of in-service loading, crack-like flaws can significantly impact remaining life in fatigue sensitive applications subject to cyclic loading. This seminar contains introductory material on engineering critical assessments (ECA) and the use of fracture mechanics to evaluate crack-like flaws in a variety of pressurized equipment and other structures. We will discuss the basics of fatigue assessment and applications where fracture mechanics approaches are more suitable along with the relevant industry guidance documents.

Discussions of inspection techniques, material data requirements, load history treatment, and relevant failure modes are included in the context of a case study, where flaw acceptance criteria were developed for an offshore structure to ensure adequate life... [MORE]


Melanie Sarzynski, PE, PhD

Melanie leads a wide variety of engineering design and development projects in both upstream and downstream Oil and Gas segments. She has extensive experience in solid mechanics analyses including evaluation of various failure modes to support design and fitness for service (FFS) assessments. Her specialization in advanced finite element analysis, fatigue evaluation, and fracture mechanics assessment has led to frequent consulting on the design and analysis of a variety of components, design and certification of pressure vessels for high pressure applications, and strength and fatigue verification of a variety of equipment.

She is a licensed professional engineer, and holds a bachelor of science, master of science, and doctorate all in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University.... [MORE]

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