Dedicated to SE Licensure & Remembered For Her Infectious Smile
NCSEA Past President Susan (Susie) A. Jorgensen, P.E., SECB. F. SEI, F. ASCE, passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020. Susie served on the NCSEA Board of Directors from 2014 to 2020, assuming the President role from January to April 2020. At the state level, Susie helped establish the Structural Engineers Association of Nebraska (SEAON) and served as its president, in addition to serving as a director of the Structural Engineers Association of Colorado (SEAC). Susie was a past-chair of the NCSEA Structural Licensure Committee and advocated and supported structural engineering licensure while serving as chair the Structural Engineering Licensure Coalition (SELC). In 2014, NCSEA honored Susie with the NCSEA Service Award for her work for the betterment of NCSEA to a degree that is beyond the norm of volunteerism, and for making a clear and indisputable contribution to the organization and therefore to the profession.
“Susie served as my quiet confidant and advocate,” said current NCSEA President Emily Guglielmo. “Her leadership and vision will guide NCSEA leaders for decades to come. We will honor her by carrying on her legacy of licensure, leadership, and passion for structural engineering.”
Susie had 30 years of professional experience and held professional registrations in 18 states. At the time of her passing, she was the Quality Control Manager for Studio NYL in Boulder, CO, and a Senior Structural Engineer for Integral Engineering in Centennial, CO. Prior to these roles, Susie was President of Prairie Smoke Engineering, LLC, in Highlands Ranch, CO, and Senior Structural Project Engineer, Vice President, Managing Principal, and Director of Operations for the Denver office of Leo A. Daly. She had gained structural engineering design experience working with consulting firms in Colorado, North Dakota, and South Dakota after earning her degree from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Susie’s passion for the profession came from a young age as she was introduced to civil engineering by her mother and to her alma mater through her uncle. She owed her involvement in the profession to the encouragement she received from friends and family, and believed that encouragement and support needed to be passed on to younger people in order to grow the profession further. Susie was a vocal advocate for structural engineering licensure and the value that the structural engineers provided to the world.
"It was a joy to serve NCSEA with Susie over the years, first on the Structural Licensure Committee and then later on the Board of Directors,” said current NCSEA Past President Jon Schmidt. “She was a tireless leader and a good friend, a blessing to me and to all who knew her."
In her down time, Susie enjoyed cooking with her husband (who is also a professional engineer and geologist), quilting, and spending time with her family. Susie was loved and respected by many and will be remembered for her tremendous dedication to the industry, her infectious smile, and her affinity to cut a rug on the dance floor.