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.

QUESTIONS?  Contact SEAMASS YMG President Christine McLaughlin, PE
View the YMG Overview & 2023-24 Officers & Committee Leaders' Professional Bios

Follow or Link to SEAMASS YMG on these Social Platforms:
Instagram (@seamassymg)  and  LinkedIn  

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 the SEAMASS Young Members Group:

JULY 2022
YMG Summer Social
YMG members and guest peers gathered to celebrate Summer and network while enjoying food & beverages on the roof deck patio at Cannon Design's Boston office.

JUNE 2022
NCSEA YMG Trivia Night
Boston-area professionals gathered with SEAMASS YMG Members to compete against YMG chapters from across the country. Trivia questions generally focused on random engineering facts. Admission was FREE with RSVP. Attendees enjoyed light refreshments and networking with fellow engineers from Boston and beyond; participants were welcomed to stay beyond trivia to learn more about SEAMASS and the YMG.

Panel Discussion - First Years as a Structural Engineer & Resume Q&A

Habitat for Humanity Build Day 
The SEAMASS YMG participated in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Westwood, MA. With the major structural and architectural elements previously completed, work was focused on finish details. Funding was obtained through generous contributions from AISC and GEI Consultants, and additional donations from L.A. Fuess Partners, Veitas & Veitas, Tighe & Bond, and SGH will be used toward future build days.

YMG New Year Celebration 2022
Young Members from SEAMASS and BSCES gathered to kick off the new year, socialize and network at Nightshift Brewery at Lovejoy Wharf in Boston.
DEWALT once again sponsored this annual event with generous raffle prizes, food, and refreshments.

MAY 2021
Virtual CATAN Night & Fundraiser, with BSCES YMG
SEAMASS and BSCES YMG members and guests enjoyed a game night and fundraiser for Boston's Friday Night Supper Program (FNSP). 

APRIL 29, 2021
Introduction to the PE & SE Exams
SEAMASS YMG coordinated a well-received review of the registration, prep, & exam phases of the PE & SE exams, hosted by local recently-licensed engineers

APRIL 8, 2021
PANEL DISCUSSION: First Years as a Structural Engineer, and Resume Q&A Opportunity
Aspiring engineers benefitted from this opportunity to talk directly with practicing structural engineers about starting their career in the industry.

SEAMASS YMG Virtual Holiday Event
SEAMASS YMG members and guests enjoyed an evening of holiday camaraderie and networking, as well as food and prizes sponsored by DeWalt, as they gathered virtually via Zoom.

Virtual Tour of Nucor Yamato Steel Mill
SEAMASS YMG coordinated a virtual tour of the Nucor Yamato Steel Mill in in Blytheville Arkansas. Nucor is the largest steel producer, "mini-mill" steelmaker, and scrap recycler in North America.

Bluebeam Revu Webinar 
SEAMASS YMG hosted a free virtual knowledge-share webinar f on the topic of industry-support tools such as Bluebeam® Revu®, a PDF markup and collaboration tool used by architects, engineers and contractors throughout the lifecycle of a building project.

NCSEA YMG National Trivia Night
SEAMASS YMG competed with chapters from across the country in the NCSEA YMG Trivia Night.  It was a great opportunity to network and met fellow local an national peer-engineers.  SEAMASS YMG won the East Region YMG trivia challenge, and the $100 gift card prize.

MAY 2020
Introduction to the SE/PE Exam
The SEAMASS Young Members Group hosted their annual Introduction to the SE/PE Exam Seminar, an interactive presentation designed to help young engineers navigate the complex testing and licensing process by reviewing the registration and prep phases of the SE & PE exams. This event was held virtually via Zoom.

Escape Room YMG Networking Event
The SEAMASS YMG members & guests enjoyed an interactive evening of solving challenges in the puzzle rooms at Boda Borg in Malden, MA. Afterward, they gathered at a local restaurant for a networking hour and refreshments, with appetizers provided by SEAMASS YMG.

Tour of Boston's 'The Hub on Causeway'
Representatives from LeMessurier and Moriarty led the SEAMASS YMG on a tour of The Hub on Causeway, a $1.2 Billion, dynamic mixed-use development over a busy transit hub adjacent to TD Garden that will feature 1.5M sq ft of retail, office, hotel and residential space. Young engineers appreciated the opportunity to learn about the project’s complex design and construction. After the tour, participants enjoyed apps and refreshments in Boston’s West End. 

SEAMASS Summer Celebration
SEAMASS YMG members and guests gathered on the Patio at Cannon Design to celebrate summer and enjoy casual networking over refreshments and appetizers.

SE/PE Test Prep Event

SEAMASS YMG Holiday Party
Sponsored by DeWalt, Boston MA
SEAMASS YMG members and guests enjoyed an evening of holiday camaraderie and networking, as well as food and prizes sponsored by DeWalt, as they gathered at Kinsale Irish Pub in Boston for the 2018 YMG Holiday Party.

Site Tour of the Connell Recreation Center at Boston College
The SEAMASS YMG toured the new Connell Recreation Center at Boston College, a 244,000-sf building that broke ground in March 2017 after a three-year planning process.
The 4-story center features individual and group training areas, an aquatics center, gymnasium, indoor track, mind-body studio, multipurpose rooms, and fitness neighborhoods and a fourth-floor elevated track.  Following the tour, participants socialized at at Cityside Bar in Cleveland Circle. 

Tour of One Dalton, Boston's Third Tallest Building 
YMG toured One Dalton, promoted as "an innovative collaboration of architecture, design, and craftsmanship, located in the historic heart of Boston's Back Bay neighborhood" - a 61-story skyscraper approx. 740 ft high, and home to Four Seasons hotel at the lower levels, and luxury condos in the upper levels - slated to open in 2019. Following the tour, participants socialized at Solas Irish Pub in Boylston.

JULY 2018

SEAMASS YMG members & guests enjoyed an evening of camaraderie, and earned first place against YMG groups from across the country!


APRIL 2018
Site Visit - Boston Sand & Gravel Plant, Boston MA

Site Visit - Wynn Casino Project, Everett, MA

SEAMASS YMG - Trivia Night
Sponsored by DeWalt, Boston MA
The SEAMASS YMG tested their knowledge against local trivia enthusiasts as part of the Holiday Trivia Night sponsored by DeWalt.  With Members and Guests mixing and mingling with fellow engineers from across the state, this trivia night tested the YMG on a variety of subjects from science to pop culture.

Site Visit to Duncan Galvanizing Plant, Everett MA
The SEAMASS YMG toured the Duncan Galvanizing plant, learning about the galvanizing process through an interactive, hands-on visit.  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 for firm description:

Site Visit - 40 Water St., Boston MA
Office Building Revitalization Project
McNamara Salvia Senior Project Manager Jonathan Beyreuther, PE and Design Engineer Jonathan Malmut, EIT led the SEAMASS YMG on an in-depth site visit of 40 Water St., the ambitious office building revitalization project located in Boston's Financial District. Topics discussed included the challenge of designing and constructing a new 8 stories atop a preexisting 9 story building, the implementation of concurrent support systems (new concrete cores, super columns, and custom built plate girders), and the rehabilitation of aging structural elements.

Site Visit - Sienna Inkblock V, Boston MA
10-story, Steel-framed Luxury Condo Building
McNamara Salvia Senior Associate Brendan O'Rourke, PE and Design Engineer Robert Kane, EIT led the SEAMASS YMG on an exciting tour of Sienna Inkblock V, the exciting 10 story, steel framed luxury condo building constructed in Boston's South End.

MAY 2017
Annual NCSEA YMG Trivia Night
The SEAMASS YMG competed against young member groups from across the country in the annual NCSEA YMG Trivia Night, testing our knowledge of a variety of topics including engineering history, technology, and design codes.

JULY 2016
Site Visit - Seaport Parcel C, Boston MA
McNamara Salvia Senior Project Manager Ellen Taylor, PE and John Moriarty + Associates Superintendent Joel Dyson led the SEAMASS YMG on an exciting tour of one of Boston's most active construction sites, Seaport Parcel C, featuring over 10,000 tons of steel and 13,000 cubic yards of concrete.

Site Visit - Millennium Tower, Boston MA Site Visit - Millennium Tower, Boston, M
Suffolk Construction led an informative seminar and site visit of Millennium Tower, Boston's new 60 story, 684 foot tall skyscraper located in the heart of the Downtown Crossing District.

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 Board Members & Committee Volunteers

Clay Harman, PE
RDH Building Science

Vice President:

Brandon Lathe
Wiss, Janney & Elstner

Annabelle Mathers
L.A. Fuess Partners

Bender Singh
Cannon Design

Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator:

Eric Ohanian, PE
Tighe & Bond

Digital Media Coordinator: 
Shrenik Bora
H + O Structural Engineers 

Event Coordinators:
Jerson Olano, PE
DeSimone Consulting Engineers

Wesley Lau
LIM Consultants

YMG Past Presidents:
Christine McLaughlin (2023-24)

Orion Paul (2022-23)
L.A. Fuess Partners

Dylan Quinn (2021-22)
Keystone Experts + Engineers

Chelsea Hoplin, PE
GEI Consultants (2019-21)

Brian Post, PE (2018-19)

Tighe & Bond

Robert Kane, PE (2017-18)
McNamara Salvia