For over a decade, William “Bill” Kaplan volunteered with the Student Impact Project and helped build EAA into the organization it is today. In memory of Bill and his personal impact on our organization, volunteers, and students, this award was created in 2011 to honor his contributions to EAA. The William S. Kaplan Volunteer of the Year Award will be presented to EAA’s most outstanding volunteer each year at the November meeting of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC).

A retired structural engineer, Bill brought his many years of experience into the classroom and shared his enthusiasm with each and every student. His intelligence and genuine wit made the program exciting and engaging for everyone. Additionally, Bill helped recruit many volunteers to help EAA grow and expand to other schools. This positive spirit embodies the philosophy of our organization, and we are proud to honor a volunteer each year in Bill’s name.

At the 2017 SEAONC Meeting, his widow, Margaret Kaplan, shared stories of Bill’s experience with EAA, photos from her personal archives, and letters Bill received from students.