Tricia Ruby is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ruby+Associates, Inc., a structural engineering firm founded in 1984. Serving as President and CEO since 2011, Tricia has strategically transformed the business and culture, resulting in 262% revenue growth and attracting engineers from top universities throughout the region. In 2016, Ruby+Associates, a certified Women Business Enterprise, was ranked nationally and featured in Fortune Magazine as a Top 50 Great Place to Work® in the Small Companies category in 2016, and it has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for the past five years.
In addition, the firm has been recognized for its many accomplishments in exemplary engineering under Tricia’s leadership by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC); the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)/Michigan; the National Council of Structural Engineers Association, and the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, among others. The firm was most recently recognized in 2020 as one of the 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
Tricia believes in giving back to the community and does so through involvement in a variety of industry and community organizations including Judson Center, the Construction Association of Michigan, ACEC, AISC, and others. She believes strongly in encouraging girls and women to consider opportunities in STEM, and served as Chair for the American Heart Association Go Red Goes STEM event in 2018, aimed at empowering Detroit Public Schools Community District girls interested in STEM careers. That same year, Tricia, along with four other women, formed the ACEC Women in Leadership group which provides a national forum for female engineering leaders to network, and advises ACEC leadership on advancing diversity initiatives.
Tricia has been recognized throughout the years with honors and awards, including: 2020 EY Entrepreneur of the Year® Michigan & Northwest Ohio Finalist; American Council of Engineering Companies 2019 Community Service Award; 2019 Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Tough Enough to Be a Girl Scout Honoree; 2019 Crain’s Detroit Notable Women in STEM Honoree; 2018 Corp! Magazine Salute to Diversity Business Leader Honoree; 2018 Rhonda Walker Foundation Powerful Women of Purpose in STEM Honoree; 2017 Leadership Detroit, Class XXXIX; 2017 Dbusiness Powered By Women Class, and the 2016 Vistage Michigan Soaring Eagle Award.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Manufacturing Management from Kettering University.