Structural Engineering Students for Humanity (SESH)
2020 SESH TRIP
This year, a team of 15 students and a faculty advisor will be traveling to Puerto Rico. The team is currently raising funds that will go towards cultural heritage preservation, bringing awareness to seismic retrofitting, and more. Myanmar is extremely susceptible to a detrimental earthquake and Cal Poly SESH is excited to put our structural engineering knowledge to the test.
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This year SESH is a comprised of 15 Architectural Engineering students and one faculty advisor, with a collective mission to aid communities affected by natural disasters through humanitarian structural engineering.
SESH strives to experience first-hand the effects of poorly designed buildings in seismically active areas, to gain knowledge on building methods and building materials in another region of the world, and to use incorporate learned engineering and construction practices outside of the classroom in a place recently affected by disaster. Our goal is to connect with the local people and communities through the built environment.
Together SESH works alongside Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief on social impact projects around the world. Students will get the opportunity to aid Miyamoto Relief with damage mapping and developing retrofit schemes in order to maintain the historical and architectural integrity of the structures they work on.
Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization pioneered by Dr. Kit Miyamoto. Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief works to save lives by encouraging adherence to international building standards in developing countries through public education, technical seminars for builders and demonstration projects. More importantly, their work helps to prevent further structural failures due to a lack of engineering knowledge, improper building practices and substandard materials. Miyamoto Relief was created to improve the structural safety of schools and other buildings and to provide structural engineering assistance to communities hit by disaster. After a disaster, Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief sends teams of engineers to help people and communities begin repairing and rebuilding their lives and livelihoods. Currently, our efforts are directed towards rebuilding and seismically strengthening schools in Haiti and Nepal.
2019 SESH TRIP
At the end of the summer, our SESH team along with professor James Mwangi traveled to Myanmar led by trip leaders Robert Garland and Leah George. The team partnered with Miyamoto Relief to work on seismic retrofits of college buildings in the city of Yangon. After the projects were completed the team traveled to Bagan, Myanmar to tour the temples.
2018 SESH TRIP
At the beginning of September, a group of 15 students and professor Peter Laursen embarked on a two week journey to Kathmandu Nepal led by trip leaders Jenna Williams & Elyssa Adams. While there, they had the opportunity to work on a couple humanitarian projects with Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief with the end goal of a seismic rehabilitation of these structures that were greatly affected in the 2015 earthquake. Click below to read more!
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