SEAOI BOARD (2017-2018)

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.

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. 

Members of the SEAOI Executive Board at the 2017 Awards Banqet.  (Photo by Andrew Breen.)


Board Officers

President - Tony F. Shkurti
President-Elect - David Nickell
Treasurer - Christine Freisinger
Secretary - Soliman Khudeira

 

Directors to 2018

Derek Boeldt
Lawrence Kirchner
Joseph M. Lowrance

Directors to 2019

Jan I. Blok
Kevin Conroy
Jose A. Medero

Directors to 2020

Johann Aakre
Homa Ghaemi
Jon Sfura

Past Presidents

Terry R. McDonnell, 2014-2015
David Horos, 2015-2016
Salvatore DiBernardo, 2016-2017

Young Engineers Committee Chairs - Liaisons to the Board

Michelle Ryland
Michael Zelisko


 


Tony F. Shkurti (President)

Position: Fellow and Associate Vice President, HNTB Corporation 

Education: University of Tirana, Albania, B.S.; Wayne State University, M.S.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, MI, MN, OH, WI

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, PPCI 



David Nickell (President-Elect)

Position: Principal, TGRWA, LLC 

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.C.E.; M.S.C.E. 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC   



Christine M. Freisinger (Treasurer)

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

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S. Architectural Engineering; University of Minnesota, M.S., Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Soliman Khudeira (Secretary)

Position: Section Chief of Special Projects, Chicago Department of Transportation - Division of Engineering; Adjunct Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D. Civil Engineering - Structures

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE


Derek Boeldt

Position: Deputy Chief Engineer, Infrastructure, Chicago Transit Authority

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., WI, NM

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, AREMA


Lawrence Kirchner

Position: Vice President and Senior Associate, TransSystems

Education: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, B.S., Engineering Science & Mechanics; DePaul University, M.B.A., Management Accounting

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, FL, GA, IN, IA, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, OH, TN, TX, WI

Societies: SEAOI, ACEC-Illinois, AREMA Committee 15 - Steel Structures, IRTBA, ASCE


Joseph M. Lowrance

Position: Engineering Manager/Structural Section Leader, Farnsworth Group, Inc. 

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., CO

Societies: SEAOI, NCSEA, ISPE, NSPE, ACEC-Illinois, ACI, AISC, CRSI, PCI


Jan I. Blok

Position: President, The Structural Group, Ltd.

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., CT, IN, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, OH, WI

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


Kevin Conroy

Position: Senior Staff II, Structures, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S.; Illinois Institute of Technology, M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, DE, IN, MO, OK, TX

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC, ICRI


Jose A. Medero

Position: Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Education: Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor of Architectural Engineering; Pennsylvania State University, M.S. Architectural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, SEPAC, ACI, AISC


Johann Aakre

Position: Section Manager, Bridge Design, HNTB Corporation

Education: The George Washington University, B.S., University of California, Berkeley, M.S.

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, MI

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Homa Ghaemi


Position: Chief Operating Officer / Principal, Klein and Hoffman, Inc.

Education: Northwestern University,Kellogg School of Management, M.B.A.; The Ohio State University, M.S. Civil / Structural Engineering; The Ohio State University, B.S. Civil Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois, NE and NV P.E., Illinois, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IN, MD, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, and WI

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, ASCE, Village of Wilmette Historic Preservation Commission

 


Jon Sfura

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: S.E., Illinois; C.E., CA; P.E., FL, KS, MI

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC, BSSC, EERI

 



Terry R. McDonnell (Past-President)

Position: Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Education: University of Michigan, B.S. Civil Engineering; M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., CA, MI, WI

Societies: SEAOI, CTBUH, ASCE, CBC, ICC


David R. Horos (Past-President)

Position: Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Education: Louisiana State University, B.S.; University of Texas, Austin, M.S.; Northwestern University, Masters of Management

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E. Illinois, IN, NY; LEED AP

Societies: SEAOI, AISC, ASCE


Salvatore DiBernardo (Past-President)

Position: Executive Vice President, Ciorba Group

Education: University of Rome, Italy, Civil Engineering Degree; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering Northwestern University, Master of Business Administration

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, IA, IN, OH, WI, Italy; C.Eng., United Kingdom

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, IABSE, ICE


Michelle Ryland

Position: Associate III, Klein & Hoffman, Inc.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, B.S. in Architectural Studies; M. Architecture (Structures Option)

Licensure: Licensed Architect, Illinois; EIT,

Illinois Societies: SEAOI, AIA


Michael Zelisko

Position: Engineer II, Primera Engineers, Ltd.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.C.E.; M.S.C.E.

Licensure: P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE

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