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Thought Leaders

We have an exciting line-up of speakers and panelists with a unique breadth of experience across the structural engineering profession for the 2020 NCSEA Summit.

Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, NOMA, NCARB

Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion | HKS, Inc.

Yiselle is a medical planner and the Firm-wide Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at HKS, Inc. With national and international experience on a broad range of healthcare, sports, residential, institutional, and commercial/mixed-use projects, she thrives on building belonging in equitable practices, empowering the next generation of leaders, and creating inclusive platforms for engagement. Ms. Santos currently serves as the Associate Representative on the AIA National Board and as the AIA DC Chapter Board Secretary. She is a member of the AIA Equity Future of Architecture Board Committee, the AIA New Urban Agenda Taskforce, and servers on the DC NOMA Advisory Board. As a member of the AIA COVID-19 Health Impact Task Force #1, she led the creation of Additional consideration section of the AIA Alternative Care Site Preparedness Assessment Tool V2.0 providing measure in support of ethnically diverse and marginalized populations. She is also co-founder of the Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, and Architects (LA.IDEA) DC Committee, acting past-Chair of the AIA DC Equity Committee, and founder of “Women Inspiring Emerging Leaders in Design” (WIELD), which received the 2019 AIA Diversity Program Recognition Award.

Yiselle is a published author and has been featured on various national Podcasts. She is a storyteller, a 2015 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program Scholar, and a recipient of the 2018 AIA Associate Award.

Karl W. Reid, Ed.D

Executive Director | National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Karl was named executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) on June 2, 2014. For the past 22 years, he’s been a leading advocate for increasing college access, opportunity and success for low-income and minority youth. He is the author of Working Smarter, Not Just Harder: Three Sensible Strategies for Succeeding in College…and Life. Dr. Reid is now supporting NSBE’s National Executive Board and the Society’s 25,000 active members in reaching the main goal of NSBE’s 10-year Strategic Plan: to end the underrepresentation of blacks in engineering in the U.S. by annually producing 10,000 black engineers in the country, by 2025.

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Tiffany Hwang, PE

Bridge Engineer | COWI NA, Inc.

Tiffany is a bridge engineer based in the Oakland, CA, office of COWI.  Tiffany serves as the SEAONC SE3 chair, led beta testing efforts for the 2020 NCSEA SE3 Survey, and is co-founder and co-chair of COWI’s Women’s Network. She also volunteers as a statistics tutor for formerly incarcerated students at Project Rebound, which is a gateway to undergraduate education at San Francisco State University, and traveled to Rwanda to construct a suspended pedestrian bridge with the non-profit Bridges to Prosperity in 2019.

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Angela Heinze, PE

Associate | Thornton Tomasetti

Angela is an Associate at Thornton Tomasetti, with experience in structural and protective design.  Angela graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in 2004 and with a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University in 2006.  In addition to her work with the SE3 committee, she is a committee director on the board of Women@TT, an Inclusion and Diversity employee resource group at Thornton Tomasetti and a founding board member, serving as Chair Elect, for the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) chapter of Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE), also known as WiSE Philadelphia.  Angela has also participated as an ACE mentor since 2018.

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Rose McClure, PE, SE

Senior Consulting Engineer | Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Rose is a senior engineer in Simpson Gumpertz & Heger's Chicago office. She has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Structural Engineering. Rose is very active within the SE community through her work with NCSEA and ASCE/SEI. She is the co-founder of the SE3 Project and past chair of the NCSEA Structural Engagement and Equity (SE3) Committee.

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Sabrina Duk, PE

Principal & Founder | Verahaus Structural, LLC

Sabrina is the founding principal of Verahaus Structural, LLC. She has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from the Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in Structural Engineering. Originally from New England, Sabrina's career has taken her to all four corners of the country working on various projects ranging from post-disaster investigations to new construction and historic restorations. Her goal is to elevate a client's experience working with a structural engineer and thrives on guiding young engineers along their career. Sabrina is an active member of her local NCSEA member organization and is currently the Chair of the SE3 committee.

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Andrea Reynolds, SE, PE

Director of Structural Engineering | SmithGroup

Andrea works as SmithGroup's director of structural engineering.  Andrea is involved with SmithGroup’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee and is involved in the industry at large as the President-Elect for SEAMi and the Chair of the Structural Engineering Exam Committee. She is also on NCSEA's Licensure and SE3 committees, as well as, a member of IStructE’s Council, on the Board of Governors for AEI, and a member for SEI's Global Activities Division. 

Rens Hayes IV, PE

Principal | H+O Structural Engineering

Rens received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is now a Principal at H+O Structural Engineering. He enjoys golf, water skiing, snowboarding, CrossFit and a good laugh. The best advice he likes to give is to become a life-long learner, it leads to compounding growth and opportunity.

Brent Hanlon, SE, PE

Associate | Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers

Brent is an Associate working at Martin/Martin Consulting engineers for 13 years. In addition to leading a team of structural engineers focused on design of commercial buildings, Brent serves on a board advisory committee for Martin/Martin focused on assessing workplace dynamics, benefits and staff retention.

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Sarah Outzen, PE

Field Engineer | Simpson Strong Tie

Sarah has roughly a decade of professional structural design experience in a multitude of sectors, from commercial, healthcare, seismic retrofit, and industrial to shoring, deep excavations and substructures. She recently took a leap of faith and moved from consulting engineering to manufacturing, and now works as a Field Engineer for Simpson Strong-Tie’s composite strengthening system, which includes FRP and other composite systems. 

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