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Young Professionals Common Interest Group
Assistant Administrator Candidate


Ali Vahed, MSc, CSP, PMI-RMP



Ali Vahed, MSc, CSP, PMI-RMP, Safety Risk Analyst for McKinstry in Seattle, WA, is a young professional committed to effective safety programs, especially in the construction industry.  Ali has four years of experience working with general contractors and specialty contractors in commercial and high-tech construction, and in service management. Safety-based risk assessment, trend analysis, and reporting, with an emphasis on business intelligence and dashboards, are core to his current role. He drives effective decision making not only for the safety department, but for each business unit responsible for safe work planning, and the safety of their people by developing performance measurement programs and auditing tools.

Ali received his Master’s degree of Civil Engineering with an emphasis in construction safety management. During his studies, he conducted research on safety with grants provided by NIOSH and Oregon Department of Transportation to focus on practical solutions for improving the safety of the construction environment, and presented the results in couple of conferences.  Ali enjoys ongoing partnership and collaboration with universities to find practical solutions and create funding opportunities for students in safety field as well as mentoring students in finding their passion in safety fields.

Ali is a member of ASSE Young Professionals, and during his two years of membership he has served as Body of Knowledge Chair and Executive Secretary, and most recently Membership Development Chair. He holds a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and Project Management Institute’s Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) certificates.  Ali is a Professional member of ASSE.

Platform Statement

I’ve had the great fortune of holding various roles at ASSE Young Professional which have helped me understand the opportunities available to address the young professional’s needs. As a young professional myself, I understand that these early years are critical for to shaping the future of my career, and service opportunities such as this not only give me more broad experience, but allow me to share insights with and support other young professionals as well. I believe Young Professional group should help its members by creating a strong mentorship program in collaboration with ASSE.

Students are a large demographic of our membership, and as a society we should assist in their preparation for the challenges they will face as young professionals. I believe leadership and technical courses will continue to have a strong emphasis in the committee, and a broad impact for those we serve.

During my involvement with ASSE Young Professional I heard from many of you wondering how to become more involved with the society and how to contribute to the society. I will work with ASSE and other groups to make it easier for the volunteers to engage with the society.

As the Vice-Administrator of Young Professional, I will help to voice your concerns and needs to the society leaders. Here is the summary of the items I will prioritize:

  • Advocating a need for ASSE’s financial and staff support for ASSE Young Professional Group
  • Collaborate with universities to help develop professional skills needed for student members
  • Developing a clear path for engagement of Young Professionals with ASSE such as volunteer groups within young professionals and create the path afterwards
  • Building a strong mentorship program by collaborating with ASSE

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