Engineers Alliance for the Arts presented their Teacher and Volunteer of the Year Awards at the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) meeting in November 2019.

Derek Sereno of ZFA Structural Engineers received the William Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award. Derek has volunteered with EAA for four years, serving as a lead instructor at Carlmont High School in Belmont. Over the years, Derek has worked with multiple classroom teachers, coordinated changing schedules, and recruited colleagues from ZFA to volunteer for the Student Impact Project (SIP). With an enthusiasm to teach and cultivate the next generation of thinkers, builders, and problem-solvers, Derek has introduced over 100 Carlmont High School Students to the engineering profession and to principles of structural design.

The 2019 Teacher of the Year Award was proudly presented to Angelene Warnock. Angelene established the Student Impact Project at New Technology High School in Napa two years ago. In her first year, she helped her students win three of the top six awards at EAA’s Annual Bridge Showcase & Awards Event, including Best in Show and First Place. Angelene created an impressive Preliminary Competition Event in which school administrators, community leaders, students and their families are invited to view bridges in a gallery setting. All participants enjoy a reception before students present their bridge designs. Bringing energy and skill to the SIP,  Angelene has become a tremendous advocate of the program.

EAA congratulates Derek and Angelene for their outstanding efforts and dedication to the Student Impact Project!