The Young Members Group (YMG) is a free organization of SEAOG members and non-members, licensed and unlicensed practicing structural engineers, who consider themselves to be early in their respective careers. Our mission is to encourage recent graduates to become involved in SEAOG through:

–  social/networking happy hours for younger members to get to know each other before official SEAOG meetings;
–  separate YMG meetings where guest speakers cover fundamental structural engineering concepts;
–  roundtable discussions about design issues;
–  outreach/networking with K-12 students, colleges, and other industry groups (such as the AIA's Young Architects Forum).

upcoming events


Spotlight on Atlanta Projects

Thursday, May 3

AIA Young Architects Forum and SEAOG YMG are teaming up to host the next Spotlight on Atlanta Projects! We are looking for a joint presentation to be given by young Atlanta-based architects and engineers. The presentation should be centered around an Atlanta project the design team worked on, but with any topic the presenters would like to share. Topics can include (but are not limited to) coordination, architectural features, unforeseen challenges and resolutions, lessons learned, or just why you think your project is so great.

We will be selecting three presentations on March 23, so please contact your project architect and send us your information! Presentations should be 15-20 minutes and will be preceded by networking, food, and drinks. Ready to send us your info? Fill out the form at the link below and email an image of the project to by March 23:

SOAP Application Form!

SEAOG General Meeting
Wednesday, March 14
Hudson Grille - Brookhaven
6:30pm - 7:45pm SEAOG General Meeting

The topic for March's meeting is a project spotlight on the Landside Modernization at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Click the link below for more details about the meeting!

RSVP for the meeting!

Designing for Serviceability 

Wednesday, March 21
KSi Structural Engineers

Kurt Swensson, founder and president of KSi Engineers, will be giving a special presentation to young members on the topic: Guide to the Design of Building Systems for Serviceability with a follow up Q&A. More information on Kurt Swensson can be found here.

Pizza and growlers will be provided. Donations for growlers are welcome, but not required. Please RSVP at the link below!

RSVP for the meeting!

March BeltATL Meeting
Thursday, March 22
Meet at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall
6:00pm Arrival; 6:15pm Take Off

Join the BeltATL crew in March for an hour of exercise on the Atlanta East side BeltLine trail followed by networking and drinks! Click the link below to RSVP!

RSVP for BeltATL!

Habitat for Humanity Build
Saturday, March 24
7:30am - 3:30pm

The SEAOG Young Members Group will be working with Habitat for Humanity to work on a local project. Come out and join us in this opportunity to give back to our community! We are limited to 10 volunteers so please sign up at the link below. Be on the lookout for another email with more detailed information!

RSVP for Habitat for Humanity!

Hurricane Irma Response through NCSEA SEER

Wednesday, April 4
PES Structural Engineers

John O'Brien, P.E., S.E. and Graham Brasic, P.E. of PES Structural Engineers will be presenting on their experience performing safety assessments with the Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) committee following Hurricane Irma.

Pizza and growlers will be provided. Donations for growlers are welcome, but not required. Please RSVP at the link below!

RSVP for the meeting!

Fernbank Engineering Day
Saturday, April 14
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Volunteer opportunity to help celebrate all things engineering! SEAOG will have a table set up at the Fernbank Engineering Day with activities and demonstrations to teach children of all ages about structural engineering.

To volunteer or for more information please email Abby Caballero at


E Week Happy Hour 

Young members met up at Monday Night Garage for several drinks, a few snacks, and awesome weather. Itís true: Mondays Workdays are overrated! Be on the lookout for our next weekend outing! And in the spirit of E Week, donít forget to spread the word about Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on March 10th!

On Tuesday, February 27th a group of SEAOG Young Members had the opportunity to speak to the Georgia Tech Student Chapter of ASCE. The topics included information about SEAOG, what a structural engineer does, and how to be an adult. The last topic of the presentation is still being figured out.

the more you know

Most structural engineers would be delighted to be able to have the structural steel structure of a building be exposed for all to see, but architects rarely agree.  When they do, they tend to require the use of architecturally exposed structural steel (AESS).  With more and more architects using AESS, the 2016 Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges (ANSI/AISC 303) has now adopted five levels or categories of AESS in order to make AESS easier to use and specify in projects.  Using the AESS Category Matrix (Table 10.1 in the code), a project team can determine which level of AESS is appropriate for every single exposed steel member within a project.  The important thing to realize in using this matrix is the cost premiums associated with each level of AESS.  A general estimate for the increase in cost for AESS as compared to standard steel is as follows:

AESS 1: 10-20%
AESS 2: 25-35%
AESS 3: 40-75%
AESS 4: 100-150%

Source: Modern Steel Construction | March 2018

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Brian Adorno, P.E.

Sarah Scarborough, P. E.

Chad Warren, P.E.

Mary Shinners, E.I.T

Aaron Coonley, P.E.

Sherman Matthews, P.E.

Abby Caballero, E.I.T.