To commemorate Women in Construction Week (March 7-13, 2021), FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) is honored to spotlight one of its most notable alumni, Sasha Seco Alvarez.
As Vice President at Moss, a national construction management company providing innovative solutions resulting in award-winning projects across the United States, Sasha provides strategic direction for the innovation, development and implementation of business applications, intelligence, processes and other business initiatives to support growth.
Sasha got her start in the construction and engineering industry as a primary qualifier of her father’s structural shell company, managing various projects of complexity and size, and today has more than twenty years of experience as a recognized leader in the construction IT field. She joined Moss in 2005 as a project engineer to manage multiple construction projects and went on to lead the company’s 2010 legacy database migration. This allowed her to use her technical construction experience and leadership skills with her passion for building smarter through technology.
Sasha earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in Construction Management from Florida International University and is a licensed general contractor in Florida. She also has an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Sasha holds leadership positions in several business organizations such as Moss Foundation and Florida International University.
“When the FIU construction management program began, more than 46 years ago, few, if any, women enrolled in the program or could see themselves working in a male-dominated industry, said Jose Faria, endowed chair of FIU’s Moss Department of Construction Management. Today, close to 40 percent of the program’s master’s degree students are female, and the number of those enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program is growing. We are very proud of our increasing diversity.”
The focus of Women in Construction (WIC) Week is to highlight women as a viable component of the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an occasion for the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC) thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities.
Women are a growing force in the construction industry, with an estimated 1 million presently employed in the field in the U.S. alone. FIU is ranked #11 among public universities for the best online master’s degree programs in construction management.
CEC honors Sasha and all its remarkable female alumni and students in the construction field who continue to break through barriers in pursuit of their professional dreams. You make us Panther Proud!