In a recent STRUCTURE Magazine editorial, David Cocke, SE challenged younger professionals to get involved and lead the Structural Engineering Profession into the future. “Engineers are excellent planners – let’s be proactive, and plan and engage to positively impact the future of our profession,” David encouraged. Design Engineer Maria Mohammed, PE has taken that advice to heart. She strives to make a difference in the profession she is so passionate about. Maria believes that young structural engineers ought to be instrumental in actively guiding the profession. She has been recognized for her volunteer work in the structural engineering community. Maria won the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) Young Engineer of the Year and the Nabih Youssef Younger Member Poster Award; she also received the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Grant given to selected students and young professionals. Moreover, Maria co-wrote A World-Class Makeover: Renovating a Hidden Treasure ⏤ an in-depth look into the renovation of the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and the project’s unique structural challenges.

Maria is an active member of the structural engineering community. She is a team leader at Centennial High School for the ACE Mentor Program and chair of the SEAOSC Communications Committee. She is also involved with the SEAOSC Education Committee and Young Members Committee.

Learn more about Maria’s design work: In Conversation with Maria Mohammed, PE