SEI Member Profile: Genevieve Graham
Genevieve Graham will graduate with her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the American University in Dubai in May 2020. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia. Her unconventional path to engineering was galvanized while teaching intensive English in Muscat, Oman. While living in the Gulf region, she was inspired by the construction-especially construction in Dubai-and wanted to get involved. During her past two summers in Dubai, Genevieve has interned with ALEC contracting and WME consultants. Both experiences have given her insight into Dubai's construction industry where she plans to start her career.
Genevieve acts as the president of AUD's ASCE student chapter. Her focus is on creating dialogue between students and industry professionals. She helps organize seminars, field trips, and competitions that bring these differing communities together to share and explore new ideas in construction. Genevieve also volunteered and acted as a co-moderator at the first joint international conference organized by IStructE and SEI of ASCE, "Iconic Global Structures: What Can We Learn".
Attending the Iconic Global Structures 2019 as a volunteer and co-moderator was a great experience. It was interesting to learn about how structures-from the Singapore Sports Hub stadium to the London Eye to new super tall multi-use buildings-compared to their cohorts in other parts of the world. A major conversation topic was the methodology of 'building beyond the code' -as most of these structures pushed the boundaries of structural engineering. As a student, it was really cool to hear how these engineers were able to take core principles and manipulate them to achieve safety and efficiency. It highlighted the dynamism of structural engineering and made me all the more excited to join the field!"