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SEI Fellow Requirements and Guidelines

Requirement A

Hold active SEI Member grade and have a minimum of 10 cumulative years of experience.

Guidelines: An active SEI membership is defined as “dues paid in full” for the year of nomination.

Requirement B

Licensed Professional Engineer or Licensed Structural Engineer in the United States or in the country in which the Member resides (if such licensure is available).

Guidelines: State, territory or county, registration number, license type (e.g. P.E., S.E.).

Applicant uploads copy of one current license in online application.

  • If a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, if working in the United States, must be licensed in one of the 50 states or territories as a legally registered engineer at the time of advancement to the grade of SEI Fellow.
  • For non-U.S. citizens residing outside the United States, registration in another country equivalent to registration in the United States or its territories can be regarded as satisfying the registration requirement.
  • The sole exception to registration may include otherwise qualified candidates who spend their professional careers in countries without a formal, recognized registration process or where non-governmental grantors certify the candidate’s qualifications.
  • If the candidate has had a license suspended or revoked due to any reason other than non-payment of fee, the candidate is not eligible for the grade of SEI Fellow, unless the original suspension or revocation has been voided.

Requirement C

Provide three references from SEI members.

Guidelines: At least two references must be from SEI Fellows; the other reference can be from an SEI Fellow or Member. References must submit the SEI Fellow Reference form online. All references are confidential.

No substitutions of references by non-Institute members is permitted for advancement to the grade of SEI Fellow.

Requirement D

Be nominated by an Organizational Entity of SEI.

Guidelines: A nomination statement by the authorized representative of an Organizational Entity. Nominator submits nomination online.

SEI Organizational Entities include the following:

  • SEI Board of Governors
  • SEI Divisions and SEI Committees
  • SEI Chapters

Requirement E

Demonstrate responsible charge for a minimum of 10 years of important work in engineering and be qualified to direct, conceive, plan, or design engineering works.


Have had responsible charge for a minimum of 10 years of important industrial, business, construction, educational, editorial, research or engineering society activity, requiring the knowledge and background gained from engineering training and experience.

Guidelines: Evidence of eminence and notable achievement in the profession may be demonstrated if it can be reasonably deducted from the information submitted that the achievement is original, creative or professionally significant.

Applicant submits completed application online including resume and brief professional bio.

  • Demonstration of professional attainment should be based upon the candidate’s contribution to the advancement of the structural engineering profession through valuable service to SEI. Service may be rendered by participation at the local, national, or international level. Service and achievement in other related professional societies may also be considered.
  • The candidate’s notable achievements should either benefit society in general or advance the profession, or both.
  • Notable achievements should be documented in the Digest of Achievements (See SEI Fellow Application, Attachments 2, 3, 4 and 5), the SEI Fellow references and the supporting documentation.
  • The Digest of Achievements should not be simply a biographical sketch or a recitation of general assignments of routine offices or positions held. The candidate’s title or organization position alone should not be used as the sole evidence of technical, educational, or leadership contributions.
  • A notable achievement in an engineering activity should demonstrate breadth or depth in at least one of the following categories or some breadth in more than one category. The following categories reflect the basic SEI structure of technical, professional, and educational activities:
    • Engineer/Scientist Practitioner
      - Design (e.g. scale, uniqueness, or utility)
      - Evolution of a scientific or engineering principle to practical application
      - Engineering studies (e.g. innovation, utility)
      - Invention/Innovation
      - Development of Codes and Standards
      - Operation after construction
      - Advance in state of art
    • Leader (Relative to engineering project, program, or team management)
      - Administration (motivation/communication)
      - Organization, Planning and Quality Assurance
      - Human Resources
      - Technology Assessment and Transfer
      - Improvement of Employment Conditions
      - Professional Guidance
    • Educator/Administrator
      - Teaching at an engineering school of recognized standing, in the grade of Associate Professor or higher
      - A full teaching and research load
      - Formal recognition from students and colleagues as an outstanding teacher
      - Relevance of course material through industry contacts, short courses, independent study or other means
      - Testimony from a SEI Chapter or ASCE Section or Branch as an outstanding ASCE Faculty Advisor.
      - Curricula or teaching techniques developed
      - Authorship of materials widely used in teaching engineering
      - Leading the development of new and innovative approaches to teaching and research
      - Developing leadership among department heads, deans and other academic officials
      - Leading a department, school, college, or university to the point of receiving national recognition for its accomplishments
  • The candidate should cite tangible achievements as evidenced through the following types of accomplishments:
    - Engineering Study Reports
    - Software
    - Engineering Designs
    - Physical Models
    - Plans and Specifications
    - Contract Documents
    - Projects Constructed and Operating
    - Establishment of an Award or Scholarship
    - Patents
    - Continuing Professional Development
    - Organizations Established or Advanced
    - Process /Product Development
    - Publications (may include books, papers in archived journals, published codes and standards, trade periodicals, editorials)
    - Presentations (may include keynote presentations, presentations summarized in conference or archival digests, documented invited presentations, significant presentations at internal company meetings)
  • The candidate’s role should be clearly stated such as primary Author, Editor or Contributor (with some indication of degree of involvement). The level of candidate involvement should be specifically presented, such as:
    - Candidate solely responsible
    - Candidate largely responsible
    - Under the direction of the candidate