SEH Structural Engineer and Project Manager Ariel Christenson, PE* located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the 2021 Young Professional Engineer with the American Society of Civil Engineers – Minnesota Section (ASCE-MN) and the Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science and Technology Societies (MFESTS). These prestigious awards recognize Ariel for her outstanding professional accomplishments, dedication and enthusiasm for the engineering profession, volunteerism in giving back to the community, and ASCE-MN involvement.
Ariel is also highly regarded for her innovative problem-solving skills, keen eye for detail and unmatched collaboration skills. Over the past year, she has managed critical infrastructure facilities, developed and organized a summer intern program at SEH and dedicated her time as an active member with ASCE-MN.
Here’s a closer look at the achievements that led to Ariel’s selection as Young Professional Engineer of the Year.
Ariel has more than ten years of design experience. Over these ten years, she has designed buildings, water and wastewater treatment plant facilities, airport buildings and other structures. She currently manages the technical development of structural construction documents for water and wastewater treatment plants, emphasizing in concrete structures. As a project manager, Ariel manages multi-disciplinary design teams for vertical building projects in the aviation market sector.
Project highlights from Ariel’s experience in project management and structural design include:
Ariel’s involvement with ASCE-MN began in 2008 – sophomore year in college, where she later served as the student chapter president. After college, she joined the Younger Member Group (YMG) and served as networking chair for several years, followed by president and past president for YMG.
In 2018, Ariel served on the ASCE-MN Board of Directors for two years as the Director of Communications.
Today, Ariel serves as an active member of the legislative committee of ASCE-MN through advocacy on Capitol Hill and is the Secretary for the ASCE-MN Board of Directors.
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Ariel believes internships are an important way to provide young professionals with real-world experience. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in reinvigorating the internship program at SEH. She developed a checklist to create mentorship and development opportunities and facilitate communication between interns and their supervisors. She’s also hosted monthly gatherings or “lunch and learns” to create connection opportunities between interns and their colleagues.
During this project video interview, Ariel shares why she chose civil engineering. Learn why she believes civil engineering is the way to go and more.
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