The Young Members Group (YMG) is a free organization of SEAOG members and non-members, licensed and unlicensed practicing structural engineers, who consider themselves to be early in their respective careers. Our mission is to encourage recent graduates to become involved in SEAOG through:

–  social/networking happy hours for younger members to get to know each other before official SEAOG meetings;
–  separate YMG meetings where guest speakers cover fundamental structural engineering concepts;
–  roundtable discussions about design issues;
–  outreach/networking with K-12 students, colleges, and other industry groups (such as the AIA's Young Architects Forum).

upcoming events

Hurricane Irma Response through NCSEA SEER

Wednesday, April 4
PES Structural Engineers

John O'Brien, P.E., S.E. and Graham Brasic, P.E. of PES Structural Engineers will be presenting on their experience performing safety assessments with the Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) committee following Hurricane Irma.

Pizza and growlers will be provided. Donations for growlers are welcome, but not required. Please RSVP at the link below!

RSVP for the meeting!

SEAOG General Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
Hudson Grille - Brookhaven
6:30pm - 7:45pm 

The topic for April's meeting is An Introduction of CRSI/Building Value and Voided Slabs. Click the link below for more details about the meeting!

RSVP for the meeting!

Fernbank Engineering Day
Saturday, April 14
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us for Fernbank Museum's annual Engineering Day, which brings engineers of all types together to excite and inspire the next generation through hands-on activities and education.
SEAOG is currently seeking structural engineering students and professionals to join us on Saturday, April 14 at Fernbank's Engineering Day. Volunteers will help museum visitors learn what structural engineers do (i.e. what architects and contractors DON'T do) by exploring basic engineering concepts through hands-on activities.
Last year, our team connected with over 300 students by illustrating the concepts of:

  • cantilever length limits and backspans
  • effects of bracing against lateral loads
  • concentrated loads
  • weak vs strong axis and moment of inertia

through hands-on activities that inspired and encouraged young minds.

Join us this year by contacting Abby Caballero:

Spotlight on Atlanta Projects - Save the Date
Thursday, May 3

AIA Young Architects Forum and SEAOG YMG are teaming up to host the next Spotlight on Atlanta Projects! Come out for a night of networking, food, and drinks followed by presentations showcasing various local projects. 

Be on the lookout for an email later this month with a link for registration!



SEAOG YMG @ Habitat for Humanity
On Saturday, March 24th, a group of SEAOG Young Members volunteered with Habitat for Humanity to help construct a house in a local Atlanta neighborhood. Members helped install windows, siding, and roof trusses. Look out for our new reality TV show on HGTV! But more realistically, see our newsletter for more opportunities to volunteer in our community.

Southeast Wood Solutions Fair
April 25, 2018,  8am – 5pm
Georgia International Convention Center - Atlanta, GA

Cost: $150
Young Members Group Discount:  80% off conference pass for your Young Members Group with code SEWSFSTUD

WoodWorks is hosting a Wood Solutions Fair in Atlanta, GA on April 25. The industry exhibit showcase is an opportunity to learn about products and meet manufacturers, and there are plenty of opportunities to meet and network with local professionals that might be helpful to people about to embark on their careers.

Event Details & Registration here:

the more you know

With all the technological advancements in Structural Engineering over the past decade, we have been able to continue to push the limit in designing steel and concrete skyscrapers.  As these skyscrapers continue to get taller and taller by the year, wood structures in this country still seem to be stuck at around 5 stories maximum.  However, it seems like times are changing with the advancement of cross laminated timber (CLT).  The use of CLT has been prevalent in Europe for over decade but it was not introduced into US codes until 2015 when the National Design Specification for wood construction adopted the material.  Since that time, the number of projects utilizing CLT has been increasing.  Due to its lightweight yet strong structural capacities, low carbon footprint, and fast and easy install, more and more owners, architects, and general contractors are considering the use of CLT for mid-rise construction.  The T3 building in Minneapolis is currently the country’s largest mass timber building at 7 stories tall, encompassing 180,000 square feet.  Amazingly, it took only 9.5 weeks to construct the timber superstructure.  Meanwhile, in Portland, Oregon a 12-story CLT building was recently granted its building permit and will begin construction shortly.     

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Brian Adorno, P.E.

Sarah Scarborough, P. E.

Chad Warren, P.E.

Mary Shinners, E.I.T

Aaron Coonley, P.E.

Sherman Matthews, P.E.

Abby Caballero, E.I.T.