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Structural Engineers Association of New York

Empowering Young Engineers: A Panel on Sustainable Design and How to Effect Change

  • 17 May 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


  • PDH certificates are not available for student registration.

SEAoNY Sustainable Design Committee and
Young Members Group Present:

Empowering Young Engineers: A Panel on Sustainable Design and How to Effect Change

DATE: May 17, 2023
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Webinar

As climate change becomes an increasingly pressing issue, it is important now more than ever for structural engineers to put sustainability at the forefront of their work. This panel is targeted towards young engineers & students who are looking to learn more about sustainable structural design and hear from those who have integrated sustainability into their practice. Attendees will have the chance to learn about how they can initiate and get involved in sustainability efforts within their workplace. The participating panelists come from a wide range of backgrounds within the industry.

Registration Fees:
SEAoNY Students – Free
SEAoNY Members - Free
Non-Members Students – $5
Non-Member - $5

*Members must log in to their SEAoNY accounts to receive membership discount on registration.  (Inquire about free student membership at


Jennifer Anna Pazdon, P.E.
Vice President and UK Office Leader

A licensed structural engineer in NY with over 14 years of experience in the design of structures and construction, she received her Bachelors from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters from Princeton University where she focused her studies
on aesthetics, efficiency, and economy of structures. Jennifer has worked as a structural engineering consultant based in NYC, Africa, and SE Asia; she was Teaching Fellow in Mechanics, Materials and Structures at Princeton University and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union; she is Chair of AASHTO/NSBA TG17: Steel Castings; and she has lectured extensively on the application of steel castings for buildings, bridges and other structures. She contributed to the ASCE SEI's Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer, published in 2010.


Maryanne Wachter, P.E.
Software Developer and Professional Engineer
Outer Labs

Maryanne is a software developer and professional engineer. As a structural engineer, she's worked on landmark transit projects, long-span bridges, and various educational/cultural centers in the U.S. and Europe. She currently works as a software engineer at Outer Labs and also as an independent consultant in the AEC industry developing custom software solutions and specializing in data visualization and web applications related to sustainability and open data.

Devki Desai, P.E.
Structural Project Engineer

Devki is a Structural Project Engineer with work spanning large-scale civic, laboratory, healthcare, aviation and high-rise projects. In addition to structural engineering, over the past decade, she has also conducted life-cycle analyses, water, energy and emissions modeling to support a low-impact and regenerative built environment. She was a National Science Foundation GRFP research fellow in structural and materials engineering, and CTBUH NY's Emerging Leader of New York 2019.

Matt Jackson, P.E., S.E.
Association Principal and Structural Discipline Team Leader Arup

Matt is an Associate Principal and Structural Discipline Team Leader for Arup’s East coast offices. In his 25 years with Arup he has lead the design of a wide range of buildings and infrastructure projects with an emphasis on bringing structural efficiency and constructability to all his designs. His experience ranges from commercial office towers, to airports and transit projects, to museums and cultural buildings, and includes new build as well as a range of adaptive reuse projects. A focus of his work has always been finding creative structural solutions and giving early design input, to enable the most ambitious design driven projects to be realized.

Dylan J. Lee
Structural Engineer
Bala Consulting Engineers

As a structural engineer at Bala, Dylan actively works on a variety of projects across the Northeast, from warehouses to life science buildings to senior housing facilities. With a passion for advancing sustainability in structural design, Dylan enthusiastically leads Bala’s internal research, documentation, and advocacy on structural embodied carbon.

Elizabeth K. Larson
LEED Green Associate, Fitwell Ambassador Sustainability Engineer
Bala Consulting Engineers

As Bala’s Sustainability Engineer, Elizabeth leads Bala’s sustainability strategies and initiatives that help reduce the built environment's impact on climate change, including Carbon Accounting & Mitigation services and Climate Risk & Resilience strategies. She is passionate about designing projects that prioritize well-being, reduce our impacts on the planet, and better serve our communities.

Erin James, P.E.
Global Sustainability Manager

Erin is a licensed Civil Engineer and Project Manager who has spent the first 10 years of her career managing projects and performing design work for federal transportation clients and national parks. In 2021 Erin moved into Jacobs’ Office of Global Climate Response and ESG, where she is leading Jacobs’ social impact strategy, integrating sustainability strategy into Sales and Project Delivery processes, and setting and tracking critical KPIs related to Jacobs’ global sustainability performance. In Jacob’s Corporate Sustainability Team, she manages global processes and integrates software platforms and tools to track their sustainability performance in project delivery. She also is leading our social impact, including social value on projects, corporate philanthropy, and human rights.

Registration ends  9:00 am, May 17, 2023

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