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.



MNSEA YMG received the Young Member Group of the Year award at the 2019 NCSEA National Summit in Disneyland. Past YMG Chair Ricky Kirchner was present to receive this award. Ricky is pictured below (left) with the current MNSEA President Greg McCool (right). There are 35 active NCSEA young member groups across the country, so our group is incredibly proud to be recognized as the best of the best! The MNSEA YMG is a very active group that has a committee full of thoughtful, engaged and brilliant young engineers. It was the hard work and dedication of the collective YMG committee that lead to this award. The MNSEA YMG took home a $2,500 cash award which will be used for a future MNSEA YMG event. This is the second time that MNSEA YMG has won this award with the previous time being in 2017.



February 7-17 or February 28 – Twin Cities Regional Science Fair

Join other MNSEA YMG members in volunteering as a judge for the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair.

There are (2) Options for Volunteering as a judge:
1. Research Paper Judges – Judge research papers on your own time at home
2. Project Judges – Judge projects on site

Option 1: Online
Option 2: MN State Fair Grounds

Option 1: Feb 7-17, 2020
Option 2: Friday Feb 28 (3:30 pm – 9:30m pm)

Register with TC Regional Science Fairs at Please forward your registration confirmation to


February 27 – Member Appreciation WhirlyBall

Join the MNSEA YMG for a celebration of our successes in 2019! A short presentation will be followed by free WhirlyBall and appetizers.

Whirlyball Twin Cities
2405 E Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington, MN 55425

Accessible via the Blue Line at Mall of America station.

Presentation: 5:30pm
WhirlyBall: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Free. Free Free Free.



March 5 – MNSEA YMG Committee Meeting

The YMG committee meets monthly to plan future events and discuss outreach opportunities. Breakfast will be provided.

Contact Lauren Piepho if interested in participating in the YMG committee. All are welcome!

Mattson Macdonald Young (MMY)
901 N 3rd St #100
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7:00am – 8:30am

Lauren Piepho at


March 12 – Site Tour: Historic Rand Tower

Join the MNSEA YMG for a tour of Rand Tower, currently undergoing an adaptive reuse project with structural design by MBJ and architectural design by ESG Architects. Maven Real Estate Partners, the owner, plans to transform the historic 26-story Art Deco office building into a 277-room Tribute by Marriott Hotel. The tower was originally built in 1929 by Rufus Rand, a pilot in World War I and WWII who was a member of the family that owned the Minneapolis Gas Co. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features terrazzo floors in the lobby and ornamental carvings over its entrances, one of which features Mercury, the Roman god of merchants and travelers, holding planes. The renovation of the tower will feature and emphasize the building’s historic features.

The tour is limited to the first 20 RSVPs, so register early. Please bring full PPE including safety glasses, safety vest, hard hat, boots. Meet at the construction site entrance on 6th Street at Marquette Avenue.

Rand Tower
527 Marquette Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Accessible via the Blue Line at Nicollet Mall station.

Arrive: 2:45pm
Tour: 3:00pm – 4:00pm



March 18 – MNSEA Seminar: Basic Training for Design Professional Site Visits

The Basic Training for Design Professional Site Visits is offered as a source of important information for the members of MNSEA and the design profession. This training session is a 3.5-hour session covering the basic site visit protocols in detail. This training is an excellent course for engineers, architects and other design professionals going to a jobsite and/or responding to an emergency. It is a solid source of training for design professionals who have not been formally trained to go into the field and a solid refresher for those who have previous experience in site visits. The training session provides a one-stop source for design professionals to acquire what they need to know to safely enter a site and help identify “what they do not know” for conditions of any complexity.

Instructor: Sara Wilkins, Loss Prevention Specialist, Kraus-Anderson Insurance

American Engineering Testing (AET)
550 Cleveland Ave N
St Paul, MN 55114

7:30am – 11:30am

MNSEA or SEAWI member, AIA member architects, Building Officials, Certified Building Inspectors: $50
General attendees: $100

RSVP by February 29th with ACEC here.


April 21 Second Harvest Heartland Volunteering

Join the MNSEA YMG and volunteer Second Harvest Heartland. Typical tasks including packing fresh food which is sent to local families in need. The atmosphere is relaxed and spirited. Hope to see you there!

Second Harvest Heartland 7101 Winnetka Avenue N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

6:00pm – 8:00pm



Save the Date: June 11-14 – MNSEA YMG Camping Outing

Plan to enjoy a weekend of camping with MNSEA YMG at beautiful William O’Brian State Park. We have reserved the group camp site.

William O’Brian State Park
16821 O’Brien Trail N
Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

June 11-14

Stay tuned for more info!


Please email us at to get info about upcoming events.


Site Tour: Hennepin County Government Center
February 7th 2020, Minneapolis

The MNSEA YMG led a rather interesting tour at a parking restoration project in downtown Minneapolis. Built in 1972, the Hennepin County Government Center Ramp is currently undergoing a repair and resurfacing project. The ramp’s existing PT tendons are un-incapsulated and the mild reinforcing is not epoxy-coated. On the tour, partial and full-depth repair areas were observed. Good discussions were had on the procedure to test the bond strength of the repair material to the existing substrate. Floor drain replacement and PT tendons were also observed.

Thanks to Elizabeth Manning, PhD for leading the tour!


Dodgeball Tournament
Wednesday, January 29th 2020, Minneapolis

The YMG hosted our Second Annual Young Professional Dodgeball Tournament in Minneapolis. 17 teams from architecture, construction and engineering battled it out dodgeball style in a double elimination bracket. Larson Engineering took home the 1st place trophy with Mortenson awarded the 2nd place medals and the returning champs UMN ASCE taking 3rd place. Thank you to all the teams that came out to participate and can wait to see you all next year!


Ronald McDonald House
Friday, January 24th 2020, Minneapolis

Ten members of the MNSEA YMG cooked a meal for families at Ronald McDonald House. The lasagna was hot and ready for around twenty residents of the house. Our team showed great teamwork by coming together to help others. This has become an annual event for the YMG, so mark your calendars for this awesome event next year!


Trivia Night with AIA EPC
Thursday, December 10th 2019, Minneapolis

Members of the MNSEA YMG teamed up with the Emerging Professionals Committee of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) for a night of trivia at Lakes & Legends Brewery. Two teams of architects and engineers duked it out in a battle of 90s pop culture trivia. Despite a surprising lack of questions from ACI 318-19, fun was had by all participants in the close battle.

Both teams also collected some goodies for Toys for Tots, donating over 10 items to the cause. Thanks to all those who donated!


Harris Rebar Fabrication Shop Tour
Thursday, November 21st 2019, Minneapolis

The MNSEA YMG visited Harris Rebar Fabrication Shop in Northeast Minneapolis. YMG members were given the opportunity to see how rebar is fabricated for all types of concrete members. Harris staff were present to answer the numerous questions that our members had about rebar about topics ranging from how to help review shop drawings to the how difficult it is to bend a #14 bar! A happy hour followed the tour at Able Seedhouse and Brewery. The tour was a great opportunity for our members to get out of the office and see rebar fabrication in action! A special thanks to Harris Rebar for hosting our group!


Feed My Starving Children Volunteering Event
Monday, October 28th 2019, Coon Rapids

In October, members of MNSEA YMG donated their time at the Coon Rapids Feed My Starving Children facility. Together, the six of them packaged over 1,000 meals for starving and malnourished children! It was a great time, and in under 2 hours they made a tangible difference in the world. Thank you to the volunteers!


Noche de Ciencias
Thursday, October 10th 2019, Minneapolis

The Twin Cities Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) hosted its fifth annual “Noche de Ciencias”, or Science Night. 70+ K-12 students got to interact with members of the local SHPE chapter and MNSEA YMG in hands-on STEM activities. Parents were provided with college resources to help encourage their child(ren) to pursue higher education and STEM careers. Members of the MNSEA YMG designed, coordinated, and provided volunteers for one of the night’s activities. Students created bridges out of K’nex pieces and load tested them to failure with stacks of books. Students had an opportunity to learn the basic concepts of relative strength of shapes, triangles, symmetry, stability, and buckling along the way.

Check out this neat video posted by SHPE:



♦ Chair
Lauren Piepho, PE

♦ Past Chair
Ricky Kirchner, EIT
BKBM Engineers

♦ Communications Coordinator
Elizabeth Manning, PhD, EIT
Meyer Borgman Johnson

♦ Events Coordinators
James Strehle, PE
Walker Consultants

Rosina Pletscher, EIT

Spencer Borchardt, EIT

♦ Student Liaison
Morgan Keuhn, EIT
BKV Group

♦ Digital Media Officer
Phil Koktan, PE
Meyer Borgman Johnson

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

♦ Committee Members
Kevin Vazquez, PE
Meyer Borgman Johnson

Catherine Johnson, EIT
Meyer Borgman Johnson

David Hedberg, PE
Mattson Macdonald Young

Dean Mikulik, EIT
BKBM Engineers

Isaac Fritz, EIT







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