SEAMASS Young Members Group

The Young Members Group (YMG) supports recent structural engineering graduates with their transition between school and career, as well as local young Engineers in Training (EITs) and newly-licensed Professional Engineers (PEs) who currently practice structural engineering or are interested in learning more about the structural industry. 

SEAMASS YMG provides a platform for young engineers to exchange and share technical information, to network in a community environment, to enhance structural knowledge through design seminars and construction site-visits, and to develop leadership and management skills by being part of the YMG team. 

The YMG can provide mutual benefits for local firms as well as young engineers, so company leaders are asked to encourage their firms' young engineers to become actively involved.   If you know anyone who is working in another civil discipline but is still interested in the structural industry, please let them know about the Young Members Group.

View YMG Overview and Officers' Professional Biographies

Upcoming Meetings & Events:

Please visit the Meetings & Events Calendar for complete details and registration information for all upcoming SEAMASS events, including YMG meetings and programs.

Past Events Organized by SEAMASS YMG:

Engineers Week Distinguished Presentation:
Birth of the Steel Skyscraper by Ben Schafer, Ph.D, PE
On February 26, in celebration of Engineers Week-New England, Northeastern University, SEAMASS and BASE jointly hosted Ben Schafer, Ph.D., PE and Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at John Hopkins University, who presented Birth of the Steel Skyscraper.  Dr. Schafer shared his presentation via video-conference with an audience of Civil Engineering students and professors as well as practicing structural engineers.  Preceding Ben's lecture, Michael Fillion, PE, SECB made a short presentation on snow loads and their effects on buildings in the winter of 2015. This gave students an idea of what some practicing structural engineers have been up to this winter.  This is the second year that this group has sponsored the Distinguished Presentation at NU.  In an effort to unite students with practicing engineers, it is anticipated to become an annual event.  SEAMASS thanks Jerry Hajjar, Ph.D., P.E., Chair, Dept. of Civil Engineering at NEU for helping to facilitate the event, as well as Bassem Almuti, SE who chaired a committee of young members and students to coordinate with Jerry and Northeastern University. 


Free Seminar: Intro to the 16-hour SE Exam
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) hosted a free seminar titled Intro to the 16-hour SE Exam. Presenters included Peder Hals, EIT; Bassem Almuti, EIT; and Scott Rabold, EIT.  It covered the application, registration, and studying process for the SE exam, followed by a discussion of frequently asked questions.  Open to all SEAMASS members and non-members, the event was held at Cannon Design in Boston.

SEAMASS YMG Members Participate in NCSEA Young Member Group Panel
Sofia Zamora, EIT and Ellen Kuo, PE, LEED AP BD+C  members of the NCSEA Young Member Group Committee, participated in a panel discussion, Student to Teacher-Gaining Competency after the University presented by the NCSEA YMG Support Committee.

JUNE 2014
YMG Social & Networking Event at Avenue One Restaurant, Boston
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) hosted an after-hours social event on June 5 in the lounge at Avenue One restaurant in Boston.  Event organizers were pleased that despite an overcast sky and intermittent rain, several young engineers stopped by after work to mingle and network among their peers.

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Construction Site Tour at Wentworth Institute of Technology
The new building at 525 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA has a 13,670 square feet footprint steel frame structure, being constructed to provide housing for Wentworth students with 305 beds in apartment style units on 7 floors. The tour consisted of a short presentation by personnel from Wentworth University and Bond Brothers, followed by a tour of the new building. Tour leaders and officials explained some of the challenges encountered related to construction in close vicinity to existing buildings and underground utilities, as well as the construction process and sequencing.

Financial Planning Seminar
In February, the SEAMASS YMG organized a Financial Planning Seminar to provide participants with tips and techniques for financially transitioning from education to career.


Tour of the Duncan Galvanizing Plant in Everett, MA
The SEAMASS Young Members Group (YMG) participated in a Tour of the Duncan Galvanizing Plant in Everett, MA.  About the facility:  Since 1890, Duncan Galvanizing has enjoyed a reputation as one of the finest hot dip galvanizing companies in the United States. Today, they are the recognized leader in full-service architectural metal coatings. They provide the most effective form of corrosion protection combined with aesthetic enhancement for all metals including galvanized steel, “black” (non-galvanized) steel, and aluminum.  (Source:


SEAMASS Young Member Group - Technical Presentation
On Saturday, January 19, 2013 the SEAMASS Young Member Group (YMG) coordinated the group’s first technical seminar, a “Teach-In”, hosted by SEAMASS President Wayne Siladi, PE at Weidlinger Associates.  The event featured a discussion led by Craig Barnes, PE, titled, ‘Rules of Thumb’.  More than 25 prospective young members attended, along with SEAMASS Board members, Joe Zona, Jeff Struble & Mike Fillion.  The meeting was a great success.


YMG Committee Volunteers

Robert Kane, EIT

McNamara Salvia

Record Keeper:
Brian Post, EIT

Thornton Tomasetti

Digital Media:
Xiaochen “Zoe” Feng, EIT

STV, Inc.

Finance Coordinator:
Kyle Karschner, PE
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Event Coordinators:
Benjamin Mall, PE, LEED GA
McNamara Salvia

Tim Foy, EIT
Thornton Tomasetti