Welcome to Engineering in the News!  

On this page, you'll find a collection of recent news articles or feature stories highlighting engineers and engineering projects in Illinois.

John LaPlante, city’s first transportation commissioner, dies after battle with coronavirus

Chicago Sun Times, March 22, 2020

Bob Johnson, SE and SWE-Chicago outreach chair Elenora Chakraborty discusse the Chicagoland 'Engineers Week' celebration including various engineering outreach efforts to students.

Avila Media, December 19, 2019

SEI President Glenn Bell on the Vision for the Future of Structural Engineering

ASCE, October 22, 2019

Vista Tower’s Engineering Feats: Blair Kamin Explains 

WTTW, September 10, 2019

For Willis Tower, another title has fallen: highest roof in Western Hemisphere

Chicago Sun-Times, August 1, 2019

America’s Roads and Bridges Cost Too Darn Much

Bloomberg, July 26, 2019

Architecture Vs. Engineering: Solutions for Harmonious Collaboration

RedShift, May 3, 2018

The proposed rules for performing structural peer reviews are open for public comment.


Starship Chicago

This 16-minute documentary by filmmaker Nathan Eddy explores the story behind the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, including its inception and design, the controversy surrounding its opening, its fall into disrepair, and the current debate over its future. 

McCook Reservoir

SEAOI's own Bob Johnson was present at the ribbon-cutting for the new reservoir. 

Officials Dedicate First Stage of McCook Reservoir

ABC 7 Chicago, December 4, 2017

McCook Reservoir Opens, Seeks to Alleviate Flooding

Chicago Tonight, WTTW, December 4, 2017

Tech Scene Chicago 

SEAOI Member Homa Ghaemi was interviewed on Tech Scene Chicago, a radio program that focuses on trends and technology-related events in and around Chicago. On the November 3 episode, Homa is interviewed by host Melanie Adcock about structural engineering and the events and programs at SEAOI. 

Riverwalk, River Point win awards for structural engineering

Loop North News, July 25, 2017

First for Chicago's skyline: Open floor to cope with wind, keep residents from getting queasy

Chicago Tribune, July 24, 2017

Several SEAOI members are quotes in this article about wind engineering and the planned Vista Tower in Chicago. 

150 North Riverside claims its place in Chicago’s skyline

Chicago Curbed, April 28, 2017

Fazlur Khan, pioneering Chicago structural engineer, honored in Google doodle

Chicago Curbed, April 3, 2017

Behind the limelight: Why structural engineers are important

BW Lightbulb, February 21, 2017

Bridging Urban America: The Story of Ralph Modjesky

This documentary film was released in 2016 and received screenings at several engineering-related conferences and events.  

Wells Street Bridge at 95 Years

Chicago Loop Bridges, January 19, 2017

New 35th Street bridge between Bronzeville and Chicago’s lakefront opens

(Featuring the work of SEAOI member John Hillman)

Curbed Chicago, November 10, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday, Lake Street Bridge!

Loop North News, November 4, 2016

Chicago's Historic Lake Street Bridge Turns 100 on Sunday

DNA Info, November 1, 2016

100 Years and Counting at the W. Lake Street Bridge

Chicago Loop Bridges, October 18, 2016

How Did the Red Line Get Under the Chicago River?

DNA Info, October 10, 2016

Plan to repaint Damen bridge red casts light on joyful power of color

Chicago Tribune, October 10, 2016

LondonHouse wins award for transforming 93-year-old Loop building

Loop North News, October 5, 2016

'Invisible' engineer? Not if Bob can help it

(A fantastic article and interview with Bob Johnson, SEAOI member and outreach volunteer, about his passion for bringing the work of engineers into the public eye, and for putting the "E" back in STEM education.)

Builtworlds, August 24, 2016

Blue Island Bridge Reopens after $8 Million Rehabilitation 

(SEAOI Member Brad Noack of H.W. Lochner was the SE for this project.)

Daily Southtown, August 4, 2016 

Structural Engineers of Illinois Recognize Special Awards Winners

Chicago Construction News, June 28, 2016

Chicago Projects Win Structural Engineering Awards

Curbed Chicago, June 27, 2016

LondonHouse, 150 North Riverside receive structural engineering awards

Loop North News, June 23, 2016

The Man Behind the Wonders: Bill Baker Reveals the Secrets of Structural Engineering

Industrial Prime, June 22, 2016

Rail supplier news from Herzog, Miller Ingenuity, Masabi, CarMath, Hanson and CH2M

Progressive Railroading, June 17, 2016

Research Explores Ways To Overcome STEM Fields' Gender Gap

NPR, Morning Edition, June 15, 2016

Engineering Is Not a Science: How Ove Arup changed the design of the modern world

Curbed.com, June 8, 2016

An Exclusive Bridge Club: Chicago’s River Bridges Turn 100

Chicago Tonight, WTTW Channel 11, May 10, 2016

Student Engineers are Building a Steel Bridge to Utah

IIT Students are headed to the National Steel Bridge Competition in Utah. 

Builtworld, May 9, 2016

What are those huge barges on the Chicago River? They're finishing the Riverwalk

Chicago Tribune, April 14, 2016


Chicago Tribune, April 11, 2016

studio gang clads writers theatre near chicago with timber lattice

*Writers Theatre is a finalist in the 2016 Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards.

Designboom, February 16, 2016