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Challenges Facing Young Structural Engineers

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By Jessica Mandrick, P.E., LEED AP and JasonMcCormick, PhD., with the SEI Young Professionals Committee

As current leaders in structural engineering approach the end of their careers, it is increasingly important that young professionals take active measures to step into leadership roles. Leadership transition plays a vital role in the profession, but always brings with it challenges that differ from those of past generations. This article highlights select challenges identified by the ASCE Structural Engineering Institute’s Young Professionals Committee.

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If we are to meet the ASCE Vision 2025 goal that civil engineers will be master builders, stewards of the environment, innovators, managers of risk, and leaders in the community, we will need young engineers on board, tackling these issues.

[Excerpted from Structure Magazine, Novermber 2014]

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