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Our collective mission is: To raise awareness and promote dialogue on professional practice issues in order to improve engagement and equity in the structural engineering profession.

The goals of the SE3 Committee are wide-ranging. Our research has allowed us to examine many aspects of the profession and strives to capture the everyday experience of practicing structural engineering professionals. Our work is broad in its scope, and it includes finding opportunities for professional development training, diversity & inclusion initiatives, and improving our project management skills. We do this at a national and local level and encourage anyone to join our mission!


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.


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.


SE3 survey received 2,925 completed responses

  • Key finding-did you know that roughly 60% of survey respondents have considered leaving the profession at some point in their career?

The Structural Engineering Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee is composed of a diverse group of professionals. Based on key survey findings, the committee utilizes presentations, panel discussions, and networking events to provide actionable information for industry improvement. Survey topics include career development, compensation, work flexibility, and overall engagement up of engineers across the United States.

In addition to the national committee SE3 has local chapters serving the specific needs of their communities.


The National Committee now has the following initiatives:

  • Insight Development (DEI)

  • Survey Development

  • Outreach

  • National Presence

  • Focused Studies


First Symposium


Created the racial equity committee now named the Insight Development Group, started Read.Watch.Listen.


Published the 2020 Survey

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