Engineers Alliance for the Arts (EAA)

Since 2015, ZFA has worked with Engineers Alliance for the Arts (EAA) to inspire and educate high school students about structural engineering and design. Students participate in a 10-week Student Impact Project in which they design and construct a scale bridge model based on a set of provided specifications. ZFA staff, primarily from our Silicon Valley and Napa offices, have worked as mentors for the duration of the course, introducing students to structural engineering principles and providing guidance and feedback on their bridges.

Each year, the hands-on program culminates in a Bay Area-wide competition, where students from participating schools gather to present their bridges to a panel of judges and test the bridges’ structural integrity. For two consecutive years, one of ZFA’s partner schools, Carlmont High School, won “Best in Show.” ZFA is also proud to have had a few of our engineers serve on judging panels. It is rewarding to share our knowledge with future engineers and work hands-on with students throughout the Bay Area.