Young Member Group

We are the Young Member Group of the Minnesota Structural Engineers Association. Our goal
is to assist young engineers as they build their careers in the structural engineering profession;
by offering training, networking, and community outreach opportunities to our members. We are
geared towards young PEs, EITs, and structural engineering students who have interests in
the structural industry. Our goals are to:

 Alleviate the steep and difficult learning curve for young structural engineers by providing seminars, workshops, and construction site visits.
 Build a network among young professionals, both within the structural engineering industry and among other design and construction trades.
 Provide opportunities to develop leadership and management skills by being a part of the YMG Committee.

Members will be exposed to in-depth structural methodologies, latest technologies and applications, and presentations on lessons learned from past or ongoing projects. We aim to shape our members into more valuable structural engineers and to further educate them to advance their career.

We invite all structural EITs and PEs (0 to 5 years of practice) to join and to become actively involved in this group.


Featured Event

MNSEA YMG’s mission of preparing students for the professional world reached new heights in 2020. Then YMG Chair Lauren Piepho, Past Chair Ricky Kirchner, and Vice Chair Morgan Kuehn hosted a live webinar which featured how to start a career off on the right foot in the structural engineering profession. Over 80 budding engineers across the world joined the presentation from Minneapolis to New Zealand! See below for a full video of this excellent presentation!



June 25 – Pillsbury Hall Virtual Site Tour

Join the MNSEA YMG for their first ever virtual site tour of the Pillsbury Hall project. Pillsbury Hall was built in 1889, making it the second oldest building on the UMN TC campus. Historically, this building has been used for science research and lecture teaching. The building is currently in the process of being converted from a science teaching space into the new home of the English Department in a comprehensive rehabilitation project. The building structure consists of four supported levels of timber framing and a timber roof with load bearing masonry walls and cast iron columns. Upon completion of the project, the 62,000 square foot building will be completely revitalized and ready for its new tenants, providing a much more functional and beautiful space. During the tour we will dive into some of the interesting structural engineering challenges faced during the renovation process including the following:

■ Reinforcement of the existing timber structure

■ Addition of stair and elevator shafts

■ Underpinning of the west wing to allow for a basement

■ Existing column removal and replacement with girder beams

This meeting will be held via Zoom. Login information will be sent out upon receipt of RSVP.


2:00pm – 3:00pm

Respond by 6/24 to


July 9 – MNSEA YMG Committee Meeting

The YMG committee meets monthly to plan future events and discuss outreach opportunities. Breakfast will not be provided until further notice.

Contact Elizabeth Manning if interested in participating in the YMG committee. All are welcome!

This meeting will be held via Zoom only.

7:00am – 8:30am

Elizabeth Manning at


August 20 – Nationwide Trivia Night

The National Council of Structural Engineers Association (NCSEA) will be hosting a countrywide trivia night for all young member groups to participate. Jump in and join other MNSEA YMGers as we take on the rest of the nation!

This meeting will be held via a virtual platform to be determined.

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Respond by 8/17 to


Please email us at to get info about upcoming events.


Virtual Happy Hour
June 11th 2020

As many of our members have adjusted to life at home during COVID-19, the YMG found a good opportunity to share tips, tricks, and stories about our new workstyles. Eight members came together on a virtual Zoom call to discuss all things working and living at home. This was a follow-up to the first Zoom call which was also a big success! Although we can’t wait to be together in the real world soon, it was great having the opportunity to connect while we’re away.


Webinar: Understanding and Interpreting Geotechnical Reports
May 21st 2020

The YMG organized and streamed the NCSEA webinar, “Understanding and Interpreting Geotechnical Reports” on May 21st. Thirteen members attended the virtual event, which included but was not limited to determining the exploration program and how explorations have changed over the years, discussion of risk and costs in geotechnical recommendations, how to avoid excessive conservatism, and several case studies.

Rand Tower Site Tour
March 12th 2020, Minneapolis

MBJ engineer Kevin Vazquez organized a tour hosted by Ryan Companies for members of MNSEA YMG at the historic Rand Tower. Originally constructed in 1929 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), the 27-story office tower is being converted into a 277-room Tribute by Marriott Hotel. Participants saw first-hand the extensive work being done by MBJ, ESG Architects, Ryan Companies and other consultants to preserve historical elements and follow NRHP guidelines by employing preservation practices such as non-destructive materials testing, all while preparing the structure for new uses and minimizing disturbance of current tenants and skyway users.



♦ Chair
Elizabeth Manning, PhD, EIT

♦ Past Chair
Lauren Piepho, PE

♦ Vice Chair
Morgan Keuhn, EIT
BKV Group

♦ Communications Coordinator
Isaac Fritz, EIT

♦ Digital Media Officer
Phil Koktan, PE
Meyer Borgman Johnson

♦ Events Coordinator – Community Outreach
Cat Johnson, EIT
Meyer Borgman Johnson

Bennett Christenson, EIT
Meyer Borgman Johnson

♦ Events Coordinator – Professional Development
Spencer Borchardt, EIT

Kevin Vazquez, PE
Meyer Borgman Johnson

♦ Secretary & Treasurer
Rose Milavitz, PE
Ericksen Roed & Associates

♦ Student Liaison
Morgan Keuhn, EIT
BKV Group







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