Structural Engineers Association of Rhode Island


Who We Are

The Structural Engineers Association of Rhode Island (SEARI) was formed to pursue the common interests of individuals who practice structural engineering.  As stated in the By-laws, specific interests include:

  • To advance the technical practice of structural engineers through meetings, seminars, and educational programs.

  • To improve the professional, business and administrative practice of structural engineering firms.

  • To advance proper legislation affecting structural engineering practice.

  • To establish a network among the members of the Association to communicate information of common interests to structural engineers.

  • To cultivate social contacts within its membership, and by closer association and a better mutual understanding, discourage unethical and detrimental practice, and inspirit a resolve to act collectively to benefit our profession.

  • To encourage the pursuit of excellence in our practice, to maintain the honor and dignity of our profession, and to serve the public.

  • To serve as spokesman to the public on matters of structural engineering.


SEARI Officers

President - Erik Nelson, PE
Structures Workshop, Inc.

Vice President -Stephen F. Olsen, PE
Olsen Engineers, Inc.

Treasurer Matthew Loqa, PE
Ramzi J. Loqa Consulting Engineers

Secretary -William Porter, PE
C. A. Pretzer Associates, Inc.


Building Code Committee
Co-Chair:  David Odeh, P.E.
Co-Chair:  Erik Nelson, P.E.
David Grandpré, P.E.
Steve Olsen, P.E.

Architects and Engineers Emergency Response Task Force
Chair: David Grandpré, P.E.