As SmithGroupJJR's director of structural engineering, Andrea oversees the structural design of concrete, steel, wood, masonry and cold-formed metal structures for a diverse mix of clients. Her work encompasses multiple markets-sports stadia, military installations, research centers-and also spans the globe. Not only does Andrea possess extensive experience with extreme loading scenarios, including hurricane, high seismic, tornado and blast, she also sits on the Structural Engineering Exam Committee (responsible for writing the profession's licensing exam), and is a sought-after speaker. Surprisingly, Andrea once debated between engineering and arts school. "I apply my creativity to my work in various ways—how I approach an engineering challenge, and most importantly, develop structural solutions that can affect the design and appearance of a building," she notes. Both the artist and the engineer are intrigued by ancient wonders like the Taj Mahal: "I marvel at how these structures were designed and constructed without all the modern codes and conveniences," she says.
Discipline Leader, Structural Engineering
Structural Engineer of the Year, Structural Engineers Association of Michigan (SEAMi) (2011); SmithGroupJJR C3 Award (2009)
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), Professional Engineer (PE), Professional Engineer - Structural (SE)
Andrea is often seen giving back to the community. Outreach activities have included planting trees for the Greening of Detroit; volunteering at the Detroit Rescue Mission's Christian Guidance Center in Highland Park, Michigan; working with the Lighthouse of Oakland County, and much more.