September 20, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the 2018 Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium, which will be held in Champaign, Illinois. This day-long event provides a forum for engineers and architects to interact with trade professionals, and listen to informative presentations. The Trade Show & Symposium provides 6 hours of continuing education credit plus numerous opportunities to meet with companies that provide goods and services to the design profession. All sessions will take place in the same room for maximum networking with fellow attendees.   


I Hotel and Conference Center
1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 









This event will provide 6.0 hours of continuing education. CE certificates will be emailed to attendees after the event.

7:30 am 

Registration Opens

7:50 - 8:30 am

Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors

8:30 - 9:00 am 

Program Begins: Welcome Address, Exhibitor Comments

9:00 – 9:55 am

Larry Fahnestock – Seismic Behavior and Design of Low-Ductility Concentrically-Braced Frames

9:55 - 10:25 am 

Break, Visit Exhibitors

10:25 - 11:20 am 

Soliman Khudeira – Halsted Street Bridge over Chicago River North Branch Canal

11:25 - 12:20 pm 

Fernando Saz – S.K.Y. Restaurant

12:20 - 1:35 pm 

Lunch, Kyle Lazell -- IDFPR panel discussion, Visit Exhibitors

1:35 - 2:30 pm

Jennifer Pazdon – Steel Castings

2:35 - 3:30 pm  Matthew Willey – Washington State DOT Task 6 Pier Protection Wall 
3:30 - 3:45 pm 

Break, Visit Exhibitors

3:45 - 4:40 pm 

Gennaro Marino – Mine Subsidence Engineering: An Overview​

4:40 - 5:00 pm

Raffle, Adjourn



The registration fee is just $85 for members and $120 for non-members.

Exhibitor Opportunities

All Exhibitors will receive recognition on the SEAOI website, in the program, up to five admissions to the Central Chapter Trade Show and Symposium, and access to participants during breakfast, lunch, and breaks during the day.  We have a variety of sponsorship levels available to suit your needs:

GOLD: $1050 Exhibit Fee 

  • ½ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Logo and 50-word company description on SEAOI Website
  • Exhibit Booth – premier location
  • Up to five admissions to Trade Show

SILVER:  $785 Exhibit Fee 

  • ¼ page ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Logo and 25-word company description on SEAOI Website
  • Exhibit Booth – preferred location
  • Two admissions to Trade Show

BRONZE:  $525 Exhibit Fee 

  • Business card-sized ad in the SEAOI Bulletin
  • Logo on SEAOI Website
  • Exhibit Booth
  • One admission to Trade Show
Companies interested in sponsoring this event are invited to register online or contact SEAOI Executive Director, Stephanie Crain, at  

About the Presenters and Presentations 

Larry Fahnestock is an associate professor in CEE at Illinois, having joined the faculty in 2006 after receiving a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh University. Prof. Fahnestock has several years of experience designing buildings as a structural engineer and he is a licensed professional engineer in California and Illinois.  Prof. Fahnestock has research interests in earthquake engineering, steel structures, seismic building design, progressive collapse mitigation, and bridge performance under service and extreme loading.

Steel concentrically-braced frames (CBFs) are used extensively as lateral-force-resisting systems for low to mid-rise buildings in moderate seismic regions of the United States. These CBFs are economical, and although good structural performance of CBFs for typical gravity and wind loading is well-established, there is little evidence related to CBF performance when subjected to design-basis earthquake demands. This seminar will present selected results from a major research program that employed nonlinear analyses and full-scale CBF tests to develop insight into low-ductility CBF behavior and to formulate design strategies for achieving adequate seismic collapse prevention performance while preserving the economy of the system.

Dr. Soliman Khudeira, SE, PE​ is a Section Chief of Major Projects with the Chicago DOT. He is an Adjunct Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he teaches Transportation Facilities Design, and FE and PE review courses. He is the Chief Editor of the Practice Periodicals on Structural Design and Construction, an ASCE Journal. He is a member of the Executive Board of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois. He received his BS, MS, and PhD in Civil Engineering-Structures from IIT, Chicago. 

The original Halsted Street Bridge over the Chicago River North Branch Canal was constructed in 1909 as a Bascule Bridge.  In 2007, the bridge was classified as structurally deficient and functionally obsolete and had to be replaced.  The new bridge is an aesthetically pleasing tie-arch bridge.

Fernando Saz is a senior project manager at The Structural Group. He is a licensed Structural Engineer and Professional Engineer who obtained his BS in civil engineering from Clemson University and his Masters in structural engineering from UC Berkeley.  Before joining TSG, Mr. Saz was employed at three other of Chicago’s most well-known and respected structural engineering design firms.  He has had experience in a wide range of residential, commercial, educational and special structures.  

S.K.Y. was a challenging renovation of an existing two-story building for a new globally-inspired restaurant. Almost devoid of a lateral load resisting system, S.K.Y. was reinforced with several new elements, some out of sight, some highlighted, provided the raw feeling and openness that the architect and client desired. All this work was accomplished while tenants lived on the second floor. 

Kyle Lazell has over 15 years’ experience in the design and construction world.  He has been with the IDFPR for nearly five years; prior to that, he worked at the Illinois Capital Development Board for seven years and was the Marketing Manager for a manufacturing company for several years before that.

Kyle will lead a discussion panel with two engineers over the lunch break, taking questions from the audience as well as addressing topics such as: Department and Profession overview, application process, process for submitting a complaint, understanding the process for Complaints, Investigations, Prosecutions, information regarding Act / Rules updates and more.

Jennifer Anna Pazdon, P.E., M.Sc.Eng is a licensed structural engineer in NY with over 13 years of experience in design of structures. She received her Bachelors from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters from Princeton University where her studies focused on aesthetics, efficiency, and economy in structural design. After working as a structural engineering consultant in NYC and SE Asia, in 2016 she joined Cast Connex to open the NYC office and provide engineering, design-assist, and client-collaboration support.

The use of steel castings in the design and construction of building and bridge structures is a fast-growing trend in the United States, as casting manufacturing offers unparalleled geometric freedom in structural steel. This presentation will provide examples of how castings have been successfully integrated into a wide range of projects, and will teach attendees how to leverage castings in their designs to enhance the structural and architectural performance of key structural connections.

Matthew Willey, P.E., S.E. is a structural engineer for Hanson Professional Services Inc.  For 16 years, he has worked primarily in railroad bridge design. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bradley University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The railroad pier protection wall for the existing SR-432 Bridge in Kelso, Washington, posed numerous challenges, including the retention of 10 feet of fill for a new BNSF mainline, downdrag on existing pier foundation, geometric constraints and tidal wetland environmental concerns. Vetting alternatives between the State and Railroad stakeholders yielded an unlikely solution that involved foundation elements comprised of a combination of drilled shafts and micropiles, as well as struts to control deflection and sheeting to avoid downdrag.

Dr. Gennaro G. Marino received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, from the University of Illinois. His thesis topic was related to mine subsidence and structural response to subsidence over room and pillar mines, and he has worked in the area of mine subsidence for over 38 years. His work includes planning, mining, and abandonment stages of room and pillar to high extraction workings, as well as related cause and origin investigations.

This presentation covers key aspects of mine subsidence engineering, a subject that is not well understood, and embraces a number of engineering disciplines. This presentation will be presented in a manner that will be understandable to anyone that would be interested in learning more about mine subsidence.

Organizing Committee

Joseph Lowrance, SE, PE – Central Chapter Liaison 
Farnsworth Group 
David Greifzu, SE, PE
V3 Companies
George Tankersley, PE
Capital Development Board
Phillip Gregory, EIT
Farnsworth Group


Ken McDonough ( Prairie Engineers )
Kul Razdan ( Techknow Engineering, LLC )
John Leesman ( Allied Design )
Sadit Maharjan ( Bradley University )
Tibin Musa ( Bradley University )
Jared Fischer ( Bradley University )
Steven Straka ( Bradley University )
Cody Gastel ( Bradley University )
Robert Reichart ( Bradley University )
Rhome Apton ( Bradley University )
Charles Bach ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, LLC )
Jims Sims ( University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana )
Brian Volle ( ADM Design Services )
Marvin Brooks ( City of Naperville )
Ivano Ipsaro-Passione ( Farnsworth Group )
Frederick Coombe ( Fehr-Graham )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Scott Haas ( Western Specialty Contractors )
Joshua Summers ( Building Technology Consultants, Inc. )
Nicholas Harden ( Dewberry )
Marc Chiles ( Shive-Hattery )
Kevin Hooley ( DSI )
George Tankersley ( Capital Development Board - State of IL )
Kristen Fields ( TERRA Engineering, Ltd. )
Jim Hansel ( CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation )
Kyle Lazell ( IDFPR )
Larry Fahnestock ( University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign )
Gennaro Marino ( Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Fernando Saz ( The Structural Group )
Matthew Willey ( Hanson Professional Services, Inc. )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
William Carr ( Carr & Associates, Inc. )
David Gaskins
Jason Soucie ( Dewberry )
ADRIENNE COUSSENS ( Farnsworth Group, Inc. )
David Greifzu ( V3 Companies )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Leo Baran ( NCSEA )
Muhanad Jawad ( Fehr-Graham )
Paige Hefner ( Farnsworth Group )
Elena Emerson ( Universal Construction Testing )
Brandon Buchner ( Dewberry )
David Poland ( Dave Poland Engineering, LLC )
Thomas Leahy ( American Structurepoint, Inc. )
Donald Gall ( Rohn Products LLC )
Matthew Koykar ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Gary Andruska
Gary Hahn ( Rhutasel & Associates, Inc. )
Allen Taylor ( ATSE Consultants, LLC )
Lana Fiedler ( HIlti )
Kenneth Hansen ( Lindapter )
Sandy Bradford-Dice ( Xypex )
Chris McCann ( McCann Concrete Products )
Timothy Roecker ( Mohr and Kerr Engineering and Land Surveying )
Robin Shelton ( Mohr & Kerr Engineering & Land Surveying P.C. )
Scott Conwell ( International Masonry Institute )
Josie Esker ( City of Pekin )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Erin Powers
Deepak Gidwani ( DG Structural Engineering LLC )
Kevin Barry ( Chicago Clamp Company )
Gary Wei ( Inteplast Group )
Steven Bishop ( Farnsworth Group, Inc. (Retired) )
Daniel Allen ( Allen Engineering Corporation )
John Kao ( Ameren Illinois )
Derek Lewis ( DeWalt -Engineered by Powers )
David Maurer ( Retired )
Thomas Casson ( Menard County Highway Department )
Kyle Linenfelser ( Aedifica Case Engineering )
Carroll Ringelestein ( ADM Design Services )