SEAOI BOARD (2018-2019)

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. 

Board Officers

President - David Nickell
President-Elect - Christine Freisinger
Treasurer - Soliman Khudeira
Secretary - Derek Boeldt

 

Directors to 2019

Jan I. Blok
Kevin Conroy
Jose A. Medero

Directors to 2020

Johann Aakre
Homa Ghaemi
Jon Sfura

Directors to 2021

David Eckmann
Will Kolbuk
Jennifer Traut-Todaro

Past Presidents

David Horos, 2015-2016
Salvatore DiBernardo, 2016-2017
Tony Shkurti, 2017-2018

Young Engineers Committee Chairs - Liaisons to the Board

Michelle Ryland
Mary Lou Kutska


David Nickell (President)

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 (President-Elect)

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 (Treasurer)

Position: Section Chief of Major 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 (Secretary)

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


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


David Eckmann

Position:  Senior Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Education:  University of Illinois, MArch, Structural Engineering; B.S., Architecture

Licensure:  SE: Illinois; PE: California, Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wisconsin; Architecture, Illinois

Societies:  SEAOI, CCHRB, CTBUH, AIA, AISC


Will Kolbuk

Position: Structural Engineer, Sargent & Lundy

Education: University of Illinois, M.S., Structural Engineering, B.S., Civil Engineering, Structures Emphasis

Licensure: P.E. Illinois, KY, WV

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Jennifer Traut-Todaro

Position: Senior Steel Solutions Center Advisor, American Institute of Steel Construction

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


David 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


Tony F. Shkurti (Past-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 


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


Mary Lou Kutska

Position: Senior Bridge Engineer, Ciorba Group

Education:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Civil Engineering; University of California, Berkeley, M.S. Civil Engineering

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

Societies: SEAOI, Women's Transportation Seminar

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