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.



April 2 – 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 Lauren Piepho if interested in participating in the YMG committee. All are welcome!

This meeting will be held on conference call only. For details, contact Lauren Piepho at the address below.

7:00am – 8:30am

Lauren Piepho at


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.


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.


Member Appreciation WhirlyBall
February 27th 2020, Bloomington

After a presentation by Andrew Agosto, PE on the value of MNSEA to the structural engineering community, YMG members squared off in rounds of WhirlyBall. Hosted by the YMG as a thank you to its members, the evening was filled with great fun and connectivity. The new facility in Bloomington has many exposed structural elements which were the starting point of many conversations. It was a great event and one the YMG hopes to grow next year!


Twin Cities Regional Science Fair
February 28th 2020, MN State Fairgrounds


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
January 29th 2020, Minneapolis

The YMG hosted its 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
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
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!



♦ Chair
Lauren Piepho, PE

♦ Past Chair
Ricky Kirchner, EIT
BKBM Engineers

♦ Communications Coordinator
Elizabeth Manning, PhD, EIT

♦ 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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