January 24, 2023 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

The Young Engineers Committee (YEC) of SEAOI is pleased to announce its Seventh Annual Young Engineers Symposium both live in-person and virtually! On January 24, 2023, all young engineers are invited to attend or present at a symposium geared towards showcasing their work and experiences. This event will be composed of five brief presentations on a variety of topics.

5:30pm – Start of networking hour

6:30pm – Start of presentations


Perrine Bridge End Post Corrosion Assessment

Willy Rosenblatt, Wiss Janney Elstner
741 N. Wells St - Navigating Recent Chicago Building Code Changes

Hailey Arterburn, Thornton Tomasetti
The Manufacturer's Perspective - How Steel Joist and Deck are Made

Alex Brown, Vulcraft
The Clare - Facade Access and Repairs

Chris Kuenzer, Wiss Janney Elstner
Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts - Concrete Folded Plate Roof

Ben Sexton, Thornton Tomasetti

Learning Objectives

Perrine Bridge End Post Corrosion Assessment

  • Gain an understanding of the appropriate methods for documenting section loss.
  • Identify appropriate assumptions in applying section loss measurements to calculations.
  • Learn about the investigation and repair aspects of the structural engineering profession


741 N. Wells St - Navigating Recent Chicago Building Code Changes

  • Qualifications of wind exposure category B vs D according to the 2019 CBC.
  • The addition of a unique cantilevered roof top deck to avoid code upgrades to the adjacent existing building.
  • Newly permitted uplift capacities of caissons in Chicago.


The Manufacturer's Perspective - How Steel Joist and Deck are Made

  • Define the fabrication process of joist and deck using photos and videos of real production projects
  • Understand the ways steel joists can be customized for your project
  • Analyze several building examples to demonstrate how joist and deck can be used for an effective structure


The Clare - Facade Access and Repairs

  • How repairs are performed on facades of high-rise buildings
  • How facade access equipment are tested and certified for use
  • Challenges associated with repaired and placing concrete on vertical surfaces


Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts - Concrete Folded Plate Roof

  • Folded plate behavior
  • Detailing of a concrete folded plate
  • Construction coordination to interpret 2D design documents of a 3D shape


1 CE credit will be issued for this event. CE certificates will be emailed to all attendees within a week after the event.


444 West Lake Street

Floor 23

Chicago IL 60606


In Person:

Members - $25

Non-members - $35


Members - $15

Non-members - $25

Livestreaming registration ends Tuesday the 24th at 2pm. 

Additional Questions

All questions regarding this event should be directed to the YEC at yec@seaoi.org.

About the Speakers

William Rosenblatt

William Rosenblatt is an Associate III with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) in Northbrook, Illinois. His work mainly focuses on the structural evaluation and repair of bridges. In addition to bridges, he participates in the investigation and rehabilitating buildings. Mr. Rosenblatt is a member of WJE’s Difficult Access Team, and much of his field work involves rappelling and climbing structures in order to evaluate existing conditions.


Hailey Arterburn

Hailey Arterburn, P.E., is a structural engineer at Thornton Tomasetti in Chicago. Through her work in the commercial, educational, and residential markets, she has experience in analysis, design, and construction of buildings for large-scale projects including high-rise and low-rise structures. Recent projects with her involvement include 741 N. Wells St, 626 S. Wabash Avenue, and the Computer Design, Research, and Learning Center at the University of Illinois Chicago.


Alex Brown

Alex Brown, P.E. has been with Vulcraft - a supplier of open web steel joists and metal deck - since 2013. Alex spent 8 years as a Sales Engineer supporting Chicago-area steel fabricators before transitioning into the role of Product Champion at the beginning of 2022. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2013, Master of Business Administration from Aurora University in 2017, and became a licensed Professional Engineer in 2019.


Christopher Kuenzer

Christopher Kuenzer joined WJE in 2018 and has experience in repair and rehabilitation design, analysis of existing structures, construction period services, and design and testing of facade access equipment. He has worked on a variety of notable structures, including structural concrete and steel repairs at the Old Post Office, facade inspections and repairs at Aon Tower, and structural analysis of wrought iron roof trusses in the Texas State Capitol Building. His work has also included disaster response, and he has evaluated and assessed damage at buildings that were struck by hurricanes in Florida and tornadoes throughout the Midwest. While studying at the University of Michigan, Mr. Kuenzer worked as a graduate research assistant and he designed, fabricated, and operated a prototype machine that produced striated high-strength steel fibers to be used in ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) research and assisted with instrumented failure testing of several full scale UHPC and conventionally reinforced concrete members using hydraulic equipment in the University of Michigan’s Structural Engineering Laboratory.

Ben Sexton

Ben is a senior project engineer at Thornton Tomasetti with over eight years of experience. During his time at Thornton Tomasetti he has worked on many new building designs for healthcare, education, data center, and cultural market sectors. Ben holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and master's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University.



Bryan Stephens ( HNTB )
Joshua Meier ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) )
Ryan Griepentrog
Sydney Holles
Nyan Linn Htun
Mathew Bove
John Gori
Benjamin Sexton ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Rachel Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Rami Asfahani ( Ciorba Group )
Dulce Rivera ( Illinois Institute of Technology` )
Volodymyr Dutchyn
Matthew Arnold ( Walker Consultants, Inc. )
Michael Kuo ( Ghafari Associates )
Colleen Sharp ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Austin Devin ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Kevin Kuntz ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Erlik Rodrigues ( PARADIGM Structural Engineers )
Jon Sfura ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Katrin Chandra ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Steven Jastrzebski ( Sargent & Lundy )
Brian Bailey ( CTLGROUP )
William Rosenblatt ( Wiss Janney Elstner )
Hailey Arterburn ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Alex Brown ( Nucor Vulcraft )
Christopher Kuenzer ( WJE )
Sophia Hoang ( HNTB Corporation )
Robert Llanos
Abdul Waheed Mohammed ( Michael Baker International )
Erika Davini ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Steven Nolin ( Klein and Hoffman )
Joseluis Alvarez ( Klein and Hoffman )
Mayren Mata ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Seng Tong Ngann ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Janelle Sanderson ( Vulcraft )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Joe Porada ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Peter Busch ( HNTB )
Andrew Conwell ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates )
Rishabh Moorjani ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )