Shawnna L. Erter, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, vice president of geotechnical engineering at SCI Engineering Inc, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Erter has worked nearly 20 years for SCI, where she has held numerous roles. She conducts geotechnical investigations and evaluations, provides supervision of geotechnical and construction projects, and writes and reviews geotechnical reports, also providing technical guidance to staff located across the Midwest. She has proudly been involved in some of St. Louis’ most iconic landmarks, including The Arch and Ballpark Village, and most recently the National GeoSpatial Agency (NGA).
Erter has been active in ASCE since starting at SCI in 2001. She was named the St. Louis Section’s Outstanding Younger Member in 2005 and was part of the Geotechnical Institute Section named the 2019 Best Chapter.
After serving as a committee chair for both the Younger Member group and Geo-Institute St Louis Section, she moved through the ranks within the St. Louis Section Board of Direction, ultimately serving as President in 2014-15. She is also a member of the Geo-Institutes Site Characterization & Ground Modification Committee. She currently serves as the Region 7 Governor.
Beyond ASCE, Erter holds two committee positions within ACEC Missouri, has served on the Board of Directors for the HBA and currently sits on two active committees for the HBA, as well being a member of APWA St Louis. She is currently assisting her local ASCE community through teaming with PLTW in St. Charles County and providing “Dream Big” presentations at local elementary and middle schools.
In 2010, she was the project manager for the Patients First Hospital addition, which won national attention and the ACEC Engineering Excellence Award as one of the first projects in the country to use GeoFoam blocks for support of a commercial structure.
Erter is a registered professional engineer in 15 states. She graduated from Missouri University of Science & Technology (MS&T) with a bachelor of science degree in geological engineering in 2000 and a minor in geology. She later completed her Master of Engineering in Geotechnical Engineering at MS&T in 2013 and her Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering certification in 2019.