Women in Construction Week: Mahi Demissie

It’s National Women in Construction Week, and we’re highlighting women here at Sellen to ask about their experience in the industry, what they enjoy most about their roles and advice for the next generation. Read below to hear about how Project Manager, Mahi Demissie, became interested in construction, what she enjoys most about working at Sellen and what advice she offers the next generation of women in the industry.

How did you get involved in the construction industry?

My dad runs an engineering company with a focus in the power industry so I used to go to job sites with him as a teenager. While the labor was intensive and dusty, it was cool to see the coordination that went into these facilities being built.

Those experiences and my love of STEM led me to choose civil engineering as my major in college. As part of the program, I took a couple construction management classes and was hooked. I loved the intersection of engineering, architecture and management that is necessary for the industry. I ended up earning my masters in construction management and started at Sellen right after graduation.

What’s the most rewarding aspect about your job?

Seeing a building grow. It’s pretty rewarding to be a part of the team that makes something on paper come alive.

What do you enjoy most about working for Sellen?

The uniqueness of the projects that we work on, and the experienced and multifaceted teams that we work with.

What’s your advice for the next generation of women in construction?

Be bold and fearless! In all seriousness, keep working towards your dreams. Those dreams may change but you are in a fascinating industry and your input will be unique. Look for opportunities to innovate and grow. Technology is already making a huge impact in our industry, so embrace it. Lastly, pass the torch. Look for opportunities to mentor others so that more women and BIPOC can enter the construction world.

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Mahi Demissie
Project Manager