October 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Leading Cultural Change Within Our Organizations: Findings from the 2018 Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Study

The structural engineering workforce is changing. Today’s engineering work environments look different than they did 50, even 20 years ago. They are more racially and gender diverse, and include individuals across multiple generations (Baby Boomers, Gen X, Y, and Z). These demographic differences, combined with shifts in the broader AEC industry, present new challenges in the way we do our work. Engineering companies and organizations are adapting to meet the needs of their employees and finding innovative ways to engage and retain their staff.

Based on findings from the most recent Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) study, the presentation will review various aspects of our changing profession, including the most common factors which affect retention, when engineers are most vulnerable to leaving and why, and strategies to overcome these challenges. The presenters will also discuss career aspirations, alternative career paths, differences in management perceptions, work-life balance, and flexibility. For each topic, the presenters will share relevant statistics from the SE3 survey, and review best practices to address the issues identified. Attendees will leave with concrete examples and ideas they can take back to their firms. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn how the structural engineering workforce is changing, including differences in career experiences along race and gender demographics

  • Attendees will learn statistics on career satisfaction, career aspirations, work-life balance and flexibility, as well as the most common factors that affect retention 

  • Attendees will leave with practical tools to enact cultural change within their workplaces

For more information about the NCSEA SE3 Committee, visit www.se3committee.com and  www.ncsea.com/committees/se3


Cliff Dwellers Club
200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor
Chicago, IL  


Caesar Salad
Petit Filet with Grilled Shrimp
Carrot Cake

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.  


Early-Bird Registration is $45 for members and $65 for non-members until 11:59pm on September 17th. After that registration will be $55 for members and $75 for non-members.


If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Friday, September 27th. If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Dinner Meeting Sponsor (limit 1 per dinner meeting) - $1,000

About the Speakers

Rose McClure, PE, SE - Simpson Gumpertz & Heger​

Rose McClure is chair of the NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee. She is a senior engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, where she specializes in the analysis and design of foundation systems, and the repair and rehabilitation of existing structures. Rose earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and her Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from MIT. She is professionally active through various committees of NCSEA, SEAOI, and ASCE/SEI.

Yasmin Chaudhry, Associate - Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Yasmin Chaudhry is an Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., a global firm committed to the repair and rehabilitation of existing structures. She graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2015 and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering in 2017. She is a member of the NCSEA Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee, serves as Secretary on the NCSEA International Residential Code Working Group Committee, and is also professionally active through the Women in Structural Engineering Committee of SEAOI.



Demetria Boatwright ( Raths Raths & Johnson )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Rachel Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Scott Birney ( DLR Group )
Kristi Sattler ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
David Eckmann ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Matthew Arnold ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Stephen Schmitt ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Jennifer Deem ( Forefront Structural Engineers, Inc. )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Rose McClure ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Yasmin Chaudhry ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )