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Tuesday, September 1, 2020  
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Structural Engineering Engagement & Equity Committee (SE3)


SE3’s 2020-2021 Long Term Mentorship Program is in full swing, with most groups having met several times over the last few months.  This year’s program consists of 29 mentorship groups, each with 3-5 engineers over a range of years of experience, who are meeting regularly over the course of a year. SE3 looks forward to working with participants to foster a productive and valuable experience.


SE3 will be hosting a DEI leadership roundtable event in the fall, focused on facilitating discussions among firm leaders about strategies to create a more inclusive workplace and address racial inequities in our industry. With the help of a professional DEI consultant, we hope to work with participants to develop solutions and programs within their firms, and to share lessons learned from the event with the larger SE community.  More information will be coming soon on our website.


To carry out SE3’s pledges related to racial justice outlined in our recent statement, we have formed an expanded DEI Subcommittee who will be meeting regularly over the course of this year to plan events and engage in ongoing research projects. Currently, we are beginning to compile research relating to Black representation in structural engineering at the university and industry levels, gathering contacts to make connections with university groups serving underrepresented racial minorities in engineering, and discussing plans to bring together firm leaders to share ideas around working towards a more inclusive industry within their own organization. Please reach out to us if you are interested in getting involved.


Whether or not you have been a member of our committee in past years, we would be delighted to have your contributions in any of our sub-committees and programs. If you are interested in joining the SEAONC SE3 committee, please email us at New members are always welcome!


The 2020 NCSEA SE3 survey has closed, with over 5,000 responses from engineers nationwide. If you are interested in getting involved in analysis of the survey results, please reach out to the NCSEA committee at

Young Member Forum Committee

The Young Members Forum (YMF) is a committee designed to serve young structural engineers in a unique way. YMF provides lively activities for structural engineers to connect with and learn from others in the industry in a more approachable setting, with the goal of promoting participation in the larger SEAONC community. YMF holds monthly happy hours called "Power Pints " (currently in the form of virtual trivia nights), educational presentations called "YMF Presents, " and PE Exam Info Sessions. Each quarter YMF also hosts a large social event, such as the annual Oktoberfest event, a fun night celebrating young engineers and prominent industry partners. Look out for more information on how this year's event will be going virtual!


This year, the YMF committee is headed by co-chairs Megan August and Michael Cheng.



Megan August was born and raised in Hawaii. After graduating from Santa Clara University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she moved to San Francisco where she has since been a Designer at ZFA Structural Engineers. With a love for buildings and making creative ideas a reality, becoming a structural engineer was a no-brainer. She has worked on a number of projects in the commercial and education sectors during her time at ZFA. Her favorite structure that she has visited is the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Seeing it in person, she was amazed at the construction marvel built thousands of years ago. When she's not in the office, Megan loves baking desserts (that were often shared with co-workers pre-pandemic) and trying new food spots throughout the Bay Area. Besides searching for fun desserts, she enjoys finding new sushi spots that are reminiscent of the amazing seafood and Japanese food she grew up eating in Hawaii.



Michael Cheng grew up in the east bay and received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. After working as a data analyst for four years in the air traffic industry, Michael missed engineering and set off to UC San Diego to earn his master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Michael went on to work at Buehler for two years where he worked on a number of healthcare projects as well as existing building evaluations and retrofits. Since joining Holmes Structures earlier this year, Michael has continued his work with existing buildings while also expanding his experience to high-end residential projects. In college, Michael chose civil engineering (and later structural engineering) because frankly, it was the most fun! As a member of the Cal Concrete Canoe team, he saw how highly technical, yet down-to-earth and social the AEC industry could be. Working now in structural engineering, Michael loves the challenge that comes with designing structures in high seismic regions like the Bay Area, and is thrilled to be a part of the next generation of engineers, developing the industry around resiliency, non-linear analysis and performance based design. In his free time Michael enjoys watching sports, going hiking, singing, and playing guitar. Michael and his wife were lucky enough to hold their wedding earlier this year, mere weeks before social distancing began!


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