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Alumna named to Detroit Notable Women in STEM

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Tricia Ruby (BSIE 1994), President & CEO, Ruby+Associates Inc.
Crain's Detroit Business magazine named IE alumna Tricia Ruby (BSIE, 1994) to its 2019 Notable Women in STEM group.
Ruby was nominated and selected along with 38 other area women in STEM careers for her career accomplishments, track record of success in the field, contributions to her community, and her mentorship of others. She is President and CEO of Ruby+Associates Structural Engineers.
Her nomination included information about her leadership transition with the company, the firm's strategic planning process, her focus on diversity, her enrichment of the firm's corporate culture, and the company's increasing level of technical excellence.
Ruby Project Manager Allison Shenberger, PE, said, "Each month at Ruby, [Tricia] stands in front of our company and gives an update. She shares everything from financial status to quarterly initiatives - making sure to give credit for wins and not gloss over topics where improvement is needed. Questions are encouraged, and they will be answered truthfully and honestly. This openness continues outside of the update meeting where Tricia's door is always open."

Ruby led the company through a new strategic planning process, and in 2016 Ruby+Associates was listed for the first time as one of the top 50 small businesses by Fortune magazine and is "Great Place to Work"-certified. Ruby has also been working to increase the company's diversity, technical excellence, develop strategic client relationships and elevate the company brand.

Writing in her LinkedIn profile, Ruby said, "As President and CEO, I have the distinct pleasure of steering this Ruby ship (it's more like a speed boat). With an industrial engineering background, I like to develop the big picture, set a direction and build an effective team to execute. Over my many years at Ruby, I have done just about everything at our firm, from answering the phone to strategic planning - everything except the structural engineering. I leave that to the supremely capable engineering staff at Ruby. (Sometimes I still answer the phone - the next big project just might be on the other end of the line.)"

About Ruby+Associates
Ruby+Associates is a constructability-focused structural engineering firm dedicated to serving the construction industry. The firm’s clients are top builders, constructors, fabricators, erectors and industrial contractors, as well as leading architectural and engineering firms. Ruby provides construction engineering, erection engineering, building design, heavy lift engineering, connection design and design/detail services.