The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois’ statement of purpose is: To advance and advocate excellence in structural engineering and to aid in safeguarding the public. Connecting professionals in a mutual learning environment is one of the vehicles SEAOI uses to advance excellence in the field of engineering. SEAOI's Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE) supports that mission by providing a forum for networking in the context of educating our members.

We focus on the unquantifiable aspect of networking for women in the structural engineering community. Several years ago, the comment was made by a fellow female SEAOI member: “There are so few women in our corner of the industry. Why don’t we know all of them?” From that conversation, we devised a mission to provide a setting for women to get to know one another, create a network, and form mentorship relationships. With the increasing success of our events, we are turning our focus to hosting speakers with different backgrounds, experience, and expertise in skills we all need to improve upon while still providing a forum for networking.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Women in the Built World Symposium on January 27th.  This sold-out event was a great success. SEAOI WiSE member Jennifer Traut-Todaro, SE, wrote a reflection on the Symposium that appeared in our March Bulletin.  You can read the article here. We look forward to seeing you at future events!