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Are you looking for a professional mentor for your team? The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) is a supporting affiliate of the Student Steel Bridge Competition. Through their network of local Structural Engineers Associations and members throughout the country, NCSEA may be able to find a practicing structural engineer to mentor your team. Learn more below! 



Who is NCSEA?

The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) was formed to constantly improve the standard level of practice of the structural engineering profession, and to provide an identifiable resource for those needing communication with the profession. The Association’s vision is to be recognized as the leading advocate for the practice of structural engineering via its ongoing mission of representing and strengthening its 44 Member Organizations.

NCSEA serves the needs of the structural engineering profession, its clientele, as well as Architects, Professional and Trade Organizations, Engineering Societies and more! 

What support can NCSEA Mentors offer?

Mentors will not design or build your bridge, but they may be able to give you advice and support your bridge project. It is up to your team to determine the specific support you are looking for in a mentor. To get you started, we have listed potential ideas below: 

- Serve as a general mentor for the main competition
- Advise on the analysis of your bridge and/or review your design calculation package
- Offer advice on software
- Be a guest speaker at club or team meetings to discuss real projects and careers in structural engineering

How do I find a mentor?

NCSEA comprises 44 structural engineering associations throughout the United States. Each structural engineering association has a delegate that will help local SSBC teams find a mentor. Click the button below to view a list of all local representatives and their contact information. Find the organization that is closest to you, and contact them!

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Additional Resources

  • Letter Template- You may use this template as a starting point for drafting an email to your local SEA representative. We recommend that you copy this text into the body of an email. Download Template.