May 16, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm


In early 2016, the SE3 committee administered a nationwide survey of employee engagement and gender equity in the structural engineering profession, for which they received over 2,100 completed responses. The survey investigated a variety of measures of engagement (satisfaction) and gender equity regarding career advancement, compensation, and work-life balance.

This presentation will share the most significant findings of the 2016 study, including:

  • why 56% of respondents have considered leaving the profession
  • the prevalence of the gender pay gap
  • the importance of mentorship.

You can read the full report here.  Structure magazine also ran an article about the survey in their April issue: Overall Career Satisfaction, Development, and Advancement

The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee is a committee of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) whose mission is to study engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession in order to provide meaningful input on improving both.

Join SEAOI WiSE at the AISC office for the hour-long online presentation by Angie Sommer, SE, and Nick Sherrow-Groves, PE, followed by a reception for networking and discussion.  Attendees may also livestream the presentation.  One hour of Continuing Education credit will be awarded to participants. 


This event is free and registration by Monday, May 15 is required. 

There are two ways to participate: 

  • Watch the presentation live with reception to follow.
    Join a group of your peers at the AISC office (address below) for appetizers and drinks, watch the presentation, and stay for a short discussion.
  • Watch online from your computer.
    Can’t make it to Chicago? Join the webcast from the convenience of your own computer.


Whether you attend in person or online, please register by Monday, May 15, so we can include you on the building security list (in person) or send you the login information (online). 



American Institute of Steel Construction
130 East Randolph, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL  



About the Presenters


Angie Sommer, SE

Angie Sommer is an Associate at ZFA Structural Engineers, a 60-person firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently focuses on projects in the educational and senior living sectors. She is involved in a variety of industry organizations, including the San Francisco chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW SF), where she is currently the managing editor for the quarterly publication, The VIEW. She is the 2016-17 co-chair of the SEAONC Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee and was the lead author of the 2016 SE3 Survey Report, which can be found on the committee's website,



Nick Sherrow-Groves, PE

Nick Sherrow-Groves is a Senior Engineer at the San Francisco office of Arup, where he has worked since shortly after he graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010. During his time at Arup, he has worked on a wide variety of projects, from large-scale infrastructure projects like the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to small boutique projects like the SOAK (an urban bathhouse constructed out of shipping containers). Nick was a core member of the 2015-16 SE3 team, primarily involved in distribution for the 2016 survey, and is currently the 2016-17 committee co-chair.



Russell Robinson ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Elaine Shapiro ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Ariadne Silva
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Al Spada ( NCSEA )
Bethany Myelle ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Lucas Cusack ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
Sara Davis ( Alfred Benesch & Company )
Candice McCouch ( C.E. Anderson & Associates, P.C. )
Monica Crinion ( WBK Engineering, LLC. )
Lamyae Reklaoui ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC )
Amanda Featherstone ( Forefront Structural Engineers, Inc. )
Jennifer Smith ( American Buildings Company )
Kristen Erickson
Amanda Lewis ( Bracken Engineering )
Pinit Wichaimethawee
Patricia Maid ( Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. )
Kremena Dokliev ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Karina Cisneros ( Ciorba Group )
Lisa Buntin ( HBM Engineering )
Theodore Georgas
Nancy Collins ( )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Amy Woods ( Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger )
Megan Cackley ( Willett, Hofman & Associates, Inc. )
Kristi Selden ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Jennifer Deem ( Forefront Structural Engineers, Inc. )
Rachel Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Daniel Morton ( Burns & McDonnell )
Stephaine Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )