News & Information

Women wanted in Construction Management


Printer-friendly version


Sac State student Alyssa Zayas is a newly hired project engineer at Swinerton Builders. (Sacramento State/Melissa Uroff)

A conversation with five successful women working in the male-dominated construction industry is the marquee event of the College of Engineering and Computer Science Career Day on Friday, March 7.

The 2014 Women’s Forum on Construction starts at noon at the University Union, Hinde Auditorium.

Panel members are: Tracy Young, co-founder and chief operating officer at PlanGrid; Linda Brown, program manager at ConXtech; Jaime Cochran, project manager at J.E. McAmis Inc.; Marina Burke, senior estimator at Olson Steel; and Alyssa Zayas, a Sac State construction management student and newly hired project engineer at Swinerton Builders.

Karen L. Hansen, a Sacramento State professor of construction management and civil engineering, will moderate the discussion.

Sac State’s award-winning Department of Construction Management has 200 students, and only about 10 percent are women. Forum organizers are hoping this event will capture the interest of women attending Sacramento State and local community colleges. Their goal is to bring at least 15 additional women into the CM program for the 2014-15 academic year.

“We need to encourage women to enter the technology fields to help meet the future needs of our workforce and to provide diversity in the job market,” says Sacramento State Provost Frederika “Fraka” Harmsen. “Diversity benefits research, development and innovation, and industry can help promote this ideal.”

ECS Career Day is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University Union Ballroom. Representatives of 87 engineering and computer science companies – and the FBI – will be on hand with information about career opportunities and job openings.

For a complete list of companies attending Career Day, go to For a detailed list of special seminars, including the Women’s Forum on Construction, go to For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Office of Public Affairs at (916) 278-6156. – Dixie Reid