SEAMi Introduces 2017 Young Structural Engineer


The Structural Engineers Association of Michigan (SEAMi) has selected Sarah Bednarcik, a project engineer with Ruby+Associates, Bingham Farms, as the recipient of its 2017 Young Structural Engineer of the Year award.

The award was presented during SEAMi’s Spring Conference at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. It’s given each year to a structural engineer who has been practicing in the field for 12 years or less, in recognition of their outstanding achievements in engineering and contributions to improve the quality of life for people around them.

Bednarcik’s has a four-year tenure with Ruby and quickly received her Engineer in Training status following graduation from the Pennsylvania State University in 2013. While there she earned an integrated bachelor and master of architectural engineering degree with structural option. In 2016 she passed her exams and earned her professional engineering (PE) license. She has been an integral part of Ruby’s engineering team, specifically working on automotive projects for General Motors.

Her efforts outside of the office are even more impressive. As an avid swimmer since grade school and through her college years, Bednarcik is an assistant coach for a Special Olympics swim team. In 2016, she co-organized the Ruby office team that participated in the Life Remodeled program in Detroit. The nonprofit group organizes teams of volunteers to remodel schools and other community assets.

Bednarcik discovered how to utilize her strong engineering skills while serving the less fortunate in a global way while volunteering with Engineering Ministries International. For the last few years, she has joined teams of volunteer engineers, architects, and surveyors on trips to complete design projects in poor, developing countries. She has traveled as far as Kenya and Nicaragua to assist in designing an orphanage and a campus master plan.

May 19, 2017