The Outstanding Young Engineer Award, if presented, will be awarded to a practicing structural engineer aged 35 or younger (as of the date of the awards banquet) who is recognized by colleagues for his/her outstanding achievements in structural engineering.

Call for Nominations

Complete the Nomination Form to nominate an individual for the Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Nominations should include a statement indicating why the nominee is worthy of the award, and, if possible, a copy of the nominee’s resume. Nominations for special awards should be emailed to Stephanie Crain by Monday March 26, 2018

Congratulations to Patrick Ragan, 2017 Outstanding Young Engineer Award Recipient

Patrick Ragan, SE, is an Associate with WSP (formerly Halvorson + Partners). In his 9 years of experience, Patrick Ragan has been integral in many of H+P’s tallest and most complex structures, such as the UAE Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo and the World Trade Center in Abu Dhabi (21st tallest tower at 381 m) . He has handled many of the most sophisticated analytical and design aspects of each project. For example, as the lead engineer for the lateral systems of a number of tall towers - including the Rolansberg Tower (350 m) in Shenzhen and the Samsung Life Insurance Headquarters (260 m) in Beijing - Patrick has performed nonlinear response history analysis to assess performance under rare-level seismic loading, enabling those projects in China to receive Expert Panel Approval. Design collaborators appreciate the high level of analytical and design expertise Patrick brings to each project. 

Patrick holds an M.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.S. in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas.  He is a member of SEAOI, ASCE, and AISC.  

Carrie Warner, who nominated Patrick on behalf of H+P, notes, "It is rare that a young engineer is actually a driver ... for innovation of large and complex projects at an early phase in their career – but Patrick Ragan is one rare engineer!  His profound conceptual understanding of structural behavior is complemented by a creative mind, a practical approach and a personal drive to carry new ideas into reality... Already, clients and design collaborators appreciate the high level of analytical and design expertise he brings to each project, as he enables their architectural design innovation through his own innovative engineering. Patrick undoubtedly has a spectacular future career ahead that will make an innovative, lasting impact on the built world and profession."

(Photo courtesy of Andrew Breen)


About the Award

In 2008, SEAOI introduced an Outstanding Young Engineer Award to honor a Young Engineer (aged 35 or younger) who is recognized by their peers for outstanding achievements in structural engineering. SEAOI members are invited to nominate their colleagues for this award by completing this form and returning it to Stephanie Crain. 


Outstanding Young Engineer Award Recipients

2017     Patrick Ragan
2016     Benton Johnson
2015     Johann Aakre
2014     Brian Dekker; Christine Freisinger
2013     Sudhir Singamsethi
2012     Andrew Keaschall
2011     Nick Triandafilou
2010     Eric Fenske
2009     Robert Stadler
2008     James Pawlikowski