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Professional Women in Building panel to offer experience and advice

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In honor of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Professional Women in Building Week, the Penn State NAHB Student Chapter, Penn State Solar Decathlon Team and USGBC Central PA Student Chapter at Penn State will be hosting a moderated panel discussion of women in the residential construction industry.

The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in the Jury Space on the first floor of the Stuckeman Family Building. Hear first-hand from women in the building industry about their experiences and advice for future professional engineers, project managers and architects.

Discussion panelists include Anna Childe, architect for Weber Murphy Fox; Sasha DiVirgilio, construction manager for State College Design & Construction; TrucAnh Elliott, structural engineer for Gannett Fleming; and Krysta Munden, project engineer for Reese Engineering. After the discussion panel, there will be a question-and-answer session followed by informal networking.

Student moderators for the evening are Carly Asadi, fourth-year architectural engineering student in the structures option and Solar Decathlon team manager; Emily Bogert, fifth-year architectural engineering student in the mechanical option with residential construction minor, USGBC Student Chapter president, and Solar Decathlon team member; Lauren Lesniakowski, fifth-year architectural engineering student in the structures option with residential construction minor and NAHB Student Chapter president; and Alex Vinitski, third-year civil engineering student and Solar Decathlon team manager.

The event is free and open to the public. Register in advance for planning purposes at The discussion panel is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Housing Research Center (PHRC) and the Hamer Center for Community Design.

The PHRC serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing. They conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community. The PHRC is housed within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State. For more information about the PHRC, view their website at

The Hamer Center for Community Design encourages building community through building knowledge. It fulfills its mission through engagement in three inter-related activities: teaching, research, and service. Much of the extension effort of the Hamer Center for Community Design is channeled through research groups and outreach initiatives as well as through academic studio partnerships. The Hamer Center is housed within the H. Campbell and Eleanor R. Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

Last Updated October 24, 2018