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!



October 1 – 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


Please email us at to get info about upcoming events.


Virtual Brown Bag – Vector Technologies
August 27th 2020

Lisa Viker at Vector Corrosion Technologies hosted a Lunch and Learn session called Corrosion Mitigation of Reinforced Concrete Structures coordinated and for members of the MNSEA YMG. The presentation was prepared specifically for young engineers and PDHs were provided to those attending the full presentation. The presentation covered topics such as: corrosion process in concrete structures, evaluation and non-destructive testing, corrosion mitigation through cathodic protection and case studies. About 7 members attended the event and were able to interact with the presenter by asking questions. The presenter provided additional material for further reference.


National Trivia Night
August 20th 2020

NCSEA Young Member Groups from across the country competed toe-to-toe in a virtual trivia night. Covered topics included structural engineering history, famous global structures, and code provisions. Despite a perfect first 3 rounds, MNSEA YMG collapsed like a wide flange in torsion. A finish in fourth place was softened by all participants having a great time. We look forward to a better finish next year!


Pillsbury Hall Virtual Site Tour
June 25th 2020

Over 25 MNSEA YMG members participated in a virtual site tour of the UMN Pillsbury Hall rehabilitation project on June 25. Members tuned into a Zoom meeting as former YMG Chair aRicky Kirchner led a site tour with site superintendent Matt Soens, pointing out the more challenging aspects of the structural design. Structural challenges include reinforcement of the existing timber structure, addition of stair and elevator shafts, and underpinning of an entire building wing to allow for a basement.


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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