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 P.E.s, E.I.T.s, 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 E.I.T.s and P.E.s (0 to 5 years of practice) to join and to become actively involved in this group.

♦ ♦ ♦ MNSEA won “YMG of the Year”!!! ♦ ♦ ♦

For the third year, an award was given recognizing an outstanding Young Member Group from one of the NCSEA member organizations at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit in Washington D.C. The emphasis of this award is to recognize Young Member Groups that are providing a benefit to their young members, member organization, and communities.

In 2017, 11 Young member Groups (YMG’s) applied for the Young Member Group Chapter Award, 5 finalists were chosen to attend the Summit, and the MNSEA YMG was selected to receive the 2017 award. Congratulations to the committee and our members for their accomplishments and national recognition!


Overlooked Welding Provisions Webinar & Member Appreciation!:
Thursday, December 10, 2017, Mattson Macdonald Young, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join the MNSEA YMG for the NCSEA webinar “That’s in the Code?!? Ten Overlooked Provisions in AWS D1” hosted at Mattson Macdonald Young. This webinar addresses AISC Steel Specification and AWS D1.1, which talks specifically about welding information that should be included in signed construction documents. Topics include loading type, nondestructive testing, Charpy toughness requirements, etc. Common detailing errors will be addressed along with preferred practice.

In appreciation for your part in winning the 2016/17 NCSEA YMG of the Year award, MNSEA YMG will be hosting pizza, light appetizers, and soft drinks during the webinar.  Afterwards, come celebrate with us at Pryes Brewing Company! See the flyer for more details and to RSVP.



Concrete Spec’s: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Roseville

This networking event was co-hosted by the Minnesota Concrete Council (MCC) and the MNSEA YMG. The event was intended for younger members of both associations looking for opportunities to learn more about the construction industry via networking with other young professionals in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
A continuing education presentation “Concrete Spec’s: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” was presented by Bryan Maki, Chief Estimator at Adolfson & Peterson Construction. The group then networked while eating appetizers and playing “kubb” – a Swedish lawn game possibly dating back to days of Viking conquest.


Construction Site Visit: Legacy Condos:
Friday, June 9, 2017, Minneapolis

The MNSEA YMG went on a site observation of the Legacy Condos, a 17-story building under construction in downtown Minneapolis. The project is being constructed utilizing post-tensioned concrete slabs; a cost-effective structural system that allows longer spans and thinner slabs. Throughout the tour of the site, attendees observed slabs at various stages of completion: fully cured, stripped and re-shored, freshly poured and pre-pour layouts with formwork, tendons or strands, mild reinforcement, sleeves, and other embeds. Special thanks to BKBM Engineers and RJM Construction for leading the tour, and answering questions throughout day.
After the tour the group walked over to Day Block Brewery to eat some pizza and talk more about the site visit.


Hearts and Hammers:
Saturday, June 3, 2017

The MNSEA YMG in coordination with Hearts & Hammers – Twin Cities renovated the exterior of Dr. Dayna Wolfe’s home. Dayna is suffering from spina bifida, and recently underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in her arm that was a result of a fall related to her spina bifida. Thank you to the over 40 volunteers for their hard work on Dayna’s home. They cleared shrubs and weeds, planted new flowers, spread mulch, painted walls, windows, stoops, the deck, and the fence. We would also like to thank Benham, BKBM Engineers, Clark Engineering, Erickson Roed & Associates, Hilti, Hillyard Custom Carpentry, Larson Engineering of Minnesota, Meyer Borgman Johnson, Mattson MacDonald Young (special thanks to David MacDonald), Structural Design Associates, and Tekton Engineers for donating money to make the project a success.

ACEC Annual Meeting & Awards:
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Shout out to two of our most active MNSEA YMG members, Greg McCool of Ericksen Roed & Associates, Inc. and Ricky Kirchner of BKBM Engineers. Greg was this year’s ACEC/MN President’s Award recipient, and Ricky was named this year’s ACEC/MN Emerging Leader. These awards were much deserved and the YMG thanks you for all of the work you both do for MNSEA YMG and ACEC.

For more information and to see the other awards recipients, view ACEC’s press release here.

Ricky Kirchner

NCSEA YMG Trivia Night:
Thursday, May 11, 2017 @ Mattson Macdonald Young in Minneapolis

Around 15 of the YMG members joined Team Minnesota to take on other national YMG teams in the third annual trivia night hosted by the NCSEA YMG support committee. We had appetizers and soft drinks, which helped fuel an impressive performance to answer questions on everything from the first pyramid, to the event that lead to the addition of the Tsunami chapter in ASCE 7. Afterwords the group walked over to Inbound BrewCo’s Taproom for some socializing and discussion of the questions.


MNSEA Seminar & Tradeshow:
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 in Minneapolis

Many of the YMG members participated in the MNSEA Annual Seminar & Tradeshow. This year the seminar topics were focused on post-tensioned concrete structures, which is becoming more and more utilized in our industry today. Attendees learned the principles of design, common applications, and some construction best practices. Between seminars, the attendees discussed structural engineering services, tools, products and other structural topics with the 20+ vendors at the event. Special thanks to presenters, vendors and organizers for making this a great event..


Graduation √ Job √ Now What?:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Minneapolis

An event designed to ease pending graduates into the first year of their career: Graduation √, Job √, Now What? Students and members of the MNSEA YMG met at a local brewpub for a social hour, followed by a series of presentations highlighting key challenges facing new graduates. Four YMG committee members gave presentations titled The Balancing Act of a Young Structural Engineer, Untangling the Secrets to Communication, The Black Box: Using Engineering Software, and Problems You Encounter in Your First Year as an EIT. The last presentation, given by local firm president Stephanie Young, was titled How to Make Your Boss Like You. Recorded audio will be synced with the presentation slides and be made available to those unable to attend. A special thanks to the 2016 NCSEA grant program for making this event possible.


LeJeune Steel Company – Facilities Tour:
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in Minneapolis

The MNSEA Younger members group was hosted by LeJeune Steel Company for a brief presentation, Q&A session, and full tour of their fabrication facility. We discussed the in and outs of every part of the process; from copes, to camber, to welds vs bolted connections. After the tour, the group walked to Wild Mind Artisan Ales for happy hour, and further discussion.


Rules of Thumb for Steel Design Webinar:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Modern-day analysis software has made the design of structural steel easier and quicker than ever before. But, just how confident can you be in the “black-box” output? What do you do when forced to think on your feet in meetings? These are the times for quick “rules of thumb” calculations – a valuable tool for young and experienced engineers alike. The MNSEA YMG and HGA Architects and Engineers invited its members to attend an AISC recorded webinar titled “Rules of Thumb for Steel Design”, originally presented by Socrates Ioannides at the 2008 NASCC Steel Conference.
Afterwards, we made our way to Inbound Brewco. for some follow-up discussion and a social hour.


Younger Members Whirlyball Event with MCC:
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In an effort to raise awareness and involvement, the MNSEA YMG and the Minnesota Concrete Council (MCC) co-hosted an outing featuring a social hour, drinks, appetizers, and of course Whirlyball! Now you’re asking – “What’s Whirlyball?” This wacky “sport” pins two teams of 5 against each other in a combination of basketball, hockey, lacrosse, and bumper cars. Competition was fierce, appetizers were filling, and connections were made among the more than 25 young professionals in attendance.


 Tour of JL Schwieters Wood Panel Shop:
Thursday, January 12, 2017

The MNSEA YMG teamed up with JL Schwieters on this event! The event consisted of a presentation and Q&A session with members of the JL Schweiters staff, including the shop manager, sales manager and lead designer.  This led to great discussion about the difficulties and successes for each side, and in the end both walked away with a better understanding of the other’s perspective.  Afterwards the younger members socialized at a the local Big Wood Brewery.



♦ Chair
Steve Sletten, P.E.
Larson Engineering

♦ Communications Coordinator & Past Chair
Eric McElrath, EIT
Mattson Macdonald Young

♦ Events Coordinators
James Strehle, EIT
Clark Engineering Corporation

Ricky Kirchner
BKBM Engineers

♦ Student Liaison
Joanna Campbell
Mattson Macdonald Young

♦ Digital Media Officer
Travis Stanley, EIT
Advanced Structural Technologies

♦ Secretary & Treasurer
Lauren Snyder, EIT
HGA Architects and Engineers

♦ Committee Members
Greg McCool, P.E., S.E.
Ericksen Roed & Associates

Justin Saterbak, P.E.
The Opus Group

Kevin Vazquez, EIT
Meyer Borgman Johnson

Elizabeth Manning, EIT
Meyer Borgman Johnson

James Lundequam, EIT
LHB, Inc.





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