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Structural Engineering

Engagement and Equity

To attract and retain the best talent into our profession, and to ensure all structural engineers have a clear pathway to success in their careers.

The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Project began in 2015 as a grassroots effort in the San Francisco structural engineering community. Inspired by similar work from Bay Area architects, we set out to understand the underlying reasons why people, especially female structural engineers, choose to leave our profession.


Established as a special project by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC), we conducted our first survey in 2016, and collected 2,100 responses from currently practicing and former structural engineers. The study revealed interesting insights on the state of our profession, and allowed us to dig deeper into the root causes of satisfaction, or dissatisfaction, with our everyday practice as structural engineers, including specific areas such as career development, pay, and work flexibility.

Since our inception, the NCSEA SE3 Committee has been focused on improving the experience of all practicing structural engineers.

In 2017, SE3 became a national committee through the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) and committed to repeating the study on the structural engineering community on a biennial basis. Together with engineers from across the United States, we work to improve engagement, retention, diversity, and inclusion in the profession by collecting data, starting conversations, and encouraging all to do the same.

The national committee is actively engaged in a number of initiatives stemming from the survey findings. In addition to the main analysis and publication, the SE3 Committee facilitates the creation of local chapters within NCSEA Member Organizations, develops presentations and programs to engage the community, and conducts in-depth studies to understand particular questions or trends.


Photo courtesy of SEAONC SE3.

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