SEAOI BOARD 

The SEAOI Board of Directors is the backbone of the organization. Members are expected to attend the monthly meeting and to spend an additional minimum of 4 hours per month on the activities of the Board and other committees. The term for a new Board member is 3 years.

 

 

Check out David Nickell, SEAOI President 2018-2019, talking about the importance of our Leadership Board in the video above!

Click on a Board member's name below to see their affiliations and credentials. To contact the SEAOI Board, please email Stephanie Crain, Executive Director. 

Board Officers

President -  Jon Sfura 

President-Elect - Jennifer Traut-Todaro 

Treasurer James Pawlikowski

Secretary Michelle Ryland 

Directors to 2024

Brian Boysen

Cathleen Jacinto

Sam Mittal

Directors to 2025

Enji Paul Papazisi

Adam Theiss

Brian Umbright

Directors to 2026

Maen Farhat

David Nauheimer

Franklin Lombardo

Past Presidents

Derek Boeldt, 2021-2022

Jan I. Blok, 2022-2023

Joe Porada Young Engineers Committee Co-Chair - Liaisons to the Board

Peter Busch Young Engineers Committee Co-Chair - Liaisons to the Board

 


Jon Sfura (President)

Position: Senior Associate, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Education: Purdue University, B.S.C.E.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S.C.E., Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; CE, CA; PE, FL, KS, MI

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC, BSSC, EERI


Jennifer Traut-Todaro (President-Elect)

Position: Director of Workforce Development, American Institute of Steel Construction

Education: University of Illinois, M.S., Architecture, Structures Option; B.S., Architectural Studies 

Licensure: SE., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


James Pawlikowski (Treasurer)

Position: Principal, Datum Engineers

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; B.A, and M. Architecture with Structural; Engineering Concentration

Licensure: SE, Illinois; LEED, AP

Societies: SEAOI, CCHRB, ACI, ASCE, AISC


Michelle Ryland  (Secretary)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position: Senior Associate I, Klein & Hoffman

Education: The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Architectural Studies, M. Architecture (Structures Option)

Licensure: SE, Illinois; RA, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Brian Boysen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Position: Structural Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Education: The University of Illinois, B.S. General Engineering; Illinois Institute of Technology, MAS Structural Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois, Hawaii; PE, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, ACI, AISC


Cathleen Jacinto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Position: Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting, LLC

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, MS Structural Engineering; University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, BS Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, PE, Illinois

Associations: SEAOI, AISC, STI, TMS


Sam Mittal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Position: Project Manager, STV, Inc.

Education: The University of Chicago, M.B.A. Finance, Entrepreneurship; University of Cincinnati, M.S. Civil Engineering; National Institute of Technology, B.Tech. Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, California, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio      

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE


Enji Paul Papazisi

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Position: Bridge Engineer III, HNTB Corporation
Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Civil Engineering; M.S. Structural Engineering
Licensure: PE, Illinois; SE, Illinois
Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
Position: Vice President, Building Structures – Discipline Leader, WSP

Education: University of Washington, M.S. Civil Engineering; Lund University, Valle Foundation Research Fellowship; Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. Civil Engineering; Lawrence University, B.A. Physics

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, California

Societies: SEAOI, Aff. AIA Chicago
 

Brian Umbright

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Position: Vice President, Transportation, EXP

Education: MSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, BSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Licensure: SE, IL; PE, IL, FL, GA, IA, IN, MO, WI

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, ASCE, ACEC-IL, IRTBA

Maen Farhat

 

 

 

 

 





 

Position: Chief Structural Engineer/ Accurate Group, Inc.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Lebanese University, Beirut, Ph.D. in Civil and Material Engineering University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, Wisconsin, Michigan

Societies: SEAOI, AAAEA


David Nauheimer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position: Senior Associate II, Sargent and Lundy, LLC

Education: BS Civil Engineering, MS Structural Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Societies: SEAOI, NCSEA, AISC


Frank Lombardo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Education: BS Civil Engineering, Trine University, PhD Wind Engineering, Texas Tech University

Societies: ASCE, SEAOI, AAWE


Derek Boeldt (Past President)



Position: Senior Structural Engineer (Principal), Jacobs

Education: Michigan Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, AREMA

 

Jan Blok  (Immediate Past President)

Position: President, The Structural Group, Ltd.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S, M.S., Structural Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE., CT, IN, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, OH, WI

Societies: SEAOI, SEPAC, AISC, M.ASCE, AWC, CFSEI, PCI


YEC Liasons

Joseph Porada (YEC Liason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position: Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., YEC Co-Chair

Education: University of Notre Dame, B.S. Civil Engineering; Lehigh University, M.Eng. Structural Engineering

Licensure: E.I.T., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC, ASCE


Peter Busch (YEC Liason)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position: Bridge Engineer II, HNTB Corporation, YEC Co-Chair

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, M.S., Civil Engineering

Licensure: PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC

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