Francesca Ferrero, P.E., LEED® GA 

Past Chair
Mary Shinners, P.E., S.E. 

Stephen Richards, P.E., S.E.
Outreach & Community Service
Amelia Goydich

Jonathan Colebrook, E.I.T  
Continuing Education
Aaron Coonley, P.E.

[email protected]

Young Members Group

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

Virtual SEAOG Info Session

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Location: Webex (Meeting invitation to be distributed closer to the event)

Time: 5:00-5:45pm


The Structural Engineers Association of Georgia (SEAOG) is hosting our first virtual information session. Learn more about what SEAOG does for practicing and aspiring structural engineers, how SEAOG can help new graduates transition into the workforce, and the professional licensing process in Georgia.

Sign up at the following link:

Past Events

January 2021 | Ask Me Anything Roundtable with the Design Team

On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, MEP engineer Greg Johnson from Newcomb & Boyd, architect Karen Freeman from HOK, and geotechnical engineer Mason Berryman from Geo-Hydro, joined SEAOG YMG to share their thoughts on coordinating with and around structural engineers. From the interview process, through design, and construction administration, we reviewed how structural engineers can help (and challenge) the design team. Responsiveness, being able to communicate complex ideas clearly, and mastering Revit / Bluebeam were considered essential skills for structural engineers to have to successfully coordinate with the other disciplines. A big thank you to Karen, Mason, and Greg for sharing their Wednesday evening with the SEAOG YMG!

December 2020 | Edible Engineering

The SEAOG YMG got together (virtually) on Wednesday, December 9 to create edible engineering masterpieces. After crafting cranberry Moscow mules, and whisking frosting grout, the edible structures were assembled. Featured elements included rice Krispy treat pine trees, gingerbread gable doors, and waffle cone office chairs. Some members of the group provided structural observations rather than constructing their own masterpiece.

November 2020 | Principle Event: Resolving Structural Engineering Challenges with Ingenuity and Post-Tensioned Concrete Technology – A Personal Experience

On Tuesday, November 10th, the SEAOG YMG met with Martin Cuadra, PE, SE, FACI, FPTI, to learn about the use of a quasi “banded-banded” design for post-tensioned concrete and innovative expansion joints. Covering a wide range of topics from research, design, and construction, the young members learned how added value to a project is much more than just material optimization. A huge thank you to Martin for sharing his experience and evening with the young members group!

October 2020 | Virtual Structural Engineers Project Management Ask Me Anything Roundtable

SEAOG YMG met on October 1 to ask four Atlanta area structural engineering project managers anything! Over a virtual roundtable, the SEAOG YMG learned how project managers balance engineering with their other project tasks while still making time for their families. Additionally the group talked about the career path to becoming a project manager, and the necessary skills and knowledge base. A big thank you to Chris Putman, Ashley Brammer, Sherman Matthews, and Ben Crellin for spending their evening with the YMG!

July 2020 | SE Exam Panel Night

The SEAOG YMG hosted the annual YMG PE/SE Roundtable in July to discuss advice, tips, and cautionary tales about the 16-hour SE exam with young engineers. The information session kicked off with an introduction to the state of Georgia’s application process, exam specifics, and a few lessons learned and study tips. Then the session moderators, Sarah Scarborough P.E., S.E. and Brian Adorno, P.E., S.E., asked the panelists a few quick intro questions to get the Q&A started. Recent Georgia PEs Andrew Long, Mary Shinners, and Sean Dotson served on the panel answering questions left and right about the SE exam process. The discussion was filled with helpful information on every topic, including applying to the state board, study tactics, reference materials, test-taking strategies, and more. Thanks to all who participated in another great SE Exam discussion and good luck to everyone preparing for the exam!

April 2020 | Virtual Trivia Night

The SEAOG YMG met on Tuesday, April 28 for a virtual evening of trivia! After showing off our beverage of choice, we pledged an oath to not look up answers on the internet and began. Featuring five rounds including building materials, estimation, Tiger King, IBC 2018, and Structural Engineering history. Each round had at least three questions, with one minute per question. At the half-way mark, it was a tight race, but after drawing inspiration from the "I Saw a Tiger" music video, Aaron (and future structural engineer of 2045) were the winners of the highly sought after $25 Amazon gift card.

October 2019 | Ask Me Anything Roundtable

On Thursday October 3, SEAOG YMG hosted a round table “Ask Me Anything” event with four Atlanta structural engineering principals and associates. The panelists included Matt Breidenthal (HOK), Chad Forster (PES Structural Engineers), Merissa Gamba (Uzun+Case), and Darien Sykes (Sykes Consulting). The event was moderated by SEAOG YMG board member Francesca Ferrero, who kicked it off with a round of flash questions to get to know the backgrounds and daily responsibilities of the panelists. After the flash question round, questions opened up to the floor and no topics were off limits. We investigated every end of the engineering principal spectrum; from the most dramatic situation the panelists had encountered in their careers to the skills and traits they look for when looking for new partners in their firms. We learned about the dynamic between partners, the distinction between urgent and important items, and the responsibilities you don’t often think of that occupy a large portion of time during the work week. Being a structural engineering partner is a career and not just a job. The event shared insight into what life is like as a structural engineering principal and what traits, and sacrifices, have made them successful. A big thank you again to Matt, Chad, Merissa, and Darien for spending their Thursday evening with the SEAOG Young Members Group!

September 2019 | SEAOG YMG NCSEA Young Member Group of the Year Finalist

The SEAOG Young Members Group has been selected as one of five finalists for the NCSEA Young Member Group of the Year Award! The winner will be announced this November at the 2019 NCSEA Annual Summit in Anaheim, CA. Thank you to all members who participated in the variety of events SEAOG YMG hosted this past year!

July 2019 | SE Exam Panel Night

The SEAOG YMG hosted the annual YMG PE/SE Roundtable in July to discuss advice, tips, and cautionary tales about the 16-hour SE exam with young engineers. The session was moderated by former panelists Sarah Scarborough P.E., S.E. and Brian Adorno, P.E., S.E. who will be presenting a similar session this November at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit. Recent Georgia PEs Francesca Ferrero, Aaron Coonley, Anthony Consunji, and Sean Dotson served on the panel answering questions left and right about the SE exam process. The discussion was chock-full of helpful information on every topic, including applying to the state board, study tactics, reference materials, test-taking strategies, and more. Thanks to all who participated in another great SE Exam discussion and good luck to everyone preparing for the exam!