Laura E. Champion, P.E., F.ASCE, an architecture, engineering, construction industry consultant and association management specialist, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
For the past five years, Champion has been one of the profession’s technical leaders with ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). In line with the Institute’s, her mission is to advance and serve the structural engineering profession through every stage of her career. In her current position she is responsible for SEI’s overall operations, including staffing, overseeing a $2 million operating budget, and planning and marketing programs, events and conferences for over 30,000 global members.
She also supports initiatives and programs approved by the Board of governors to bolster the “Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering and Structural Engineers: A Case for Change.” Champion collaborates with the membership, marketing, communication, publications, continue education, government relations, and conferences and events departments within ASCE in managing SEI’s programs.
Champion has over 35 years’ experience in the A|E|C industry, with expertise in structural engineering consulting and design and project management. Her capabilities encompass private and public educational, institutional, museum, religious, recreational, and residential projects, including historic preservation, existing condition assessments, investigations, structural code upgrades, new buildings, additions, renovations, flood design, public and private project peer reviews, and special inspection.
For most of those years, she has gathered experience from positions within business management and leadership, involving herself in managing human resources, staffing, professional development, finances, business development, IT operations, risk management and strategic planning.
Champion has also been active in leadership positions for community, civic, and professional organizations, while serving on boards for public and private nonprofits.