December 3, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

“Five Projects” by Bill Baker

Bill Baker, Consulting Partner at SOM, will present five projects that represent the span of his work at SOM.

William Baker PE, SE, FASCE, NAE, FREng is a Structural Engineering Partner at SOM. Throughout his career, Bill has dedicated himself to innovative structural engineering design and research. His expertise covers a variety of structures at many scales; including the development of the “buttressed core” structural system for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made structure; the Broadgate Exchange House, a 10-story office building spanning 78-meters over a rail yard in London; a two-story training center for Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis; Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago; the pedestrian bridge at Manulife Place in Calgary; the Fishers Island Residence, a 4,600 sf steel and glass single family residence in New York, with architect Thomas Phifer and Partners; Skyspace, a permanent art installation with artist James Turrell at Rice University; and research projects leading to new, highly efficient bracing and structural systems.

1 CEU will be issued for this event.


Cliff Dwellers Club
200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor
Chicago, IL


Cliff Dwellers Salad
Sauteed Lemon Sole

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.


Early Bird Registration is $45 for members and $65 for non-members until 11:59pm on November 18th. After that, rates will go up to $55 for members and $75 for non-members respectively.


If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Friday, November 29th. If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Dinner Meeting Sponsor (limit 1 per dinner meeting) - $1,000 

Sponsorship package includes:

  • Recognition in all marketing materials and on SEAOI website
  • Two-minute speaking opportunity from the podium
  • Two registrations for the Dinner Meeting





David Bibbs ( CannonDesign )
Ben Tark ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Kevin Conroy ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Daniel Koch ( DeSimone )
Robert B. Johnson
Clyde & Jeanette Baker ( Retired )
Bryan Stephens ( HNTB )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
Mohsen Farahany ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Andy Valinskas ( Epstein )
Raul Pacheco ( WSP USA )
Matthew Helfenbein ( Epstein )
Matthew Arnold ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Clark Baurer ( Clark T. Baurer Structural Engineer )
Joseph Porada ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Steve Citko ( exp US Services, Inc. )
Stephen Schmitt ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Ronald Bert Johnson ( Johnson Engineering Systems )
Nezar Abraham ( Rimkus Consulting Group )
Justin Mickens ( TranSystems )
Michael Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
T. John Wysockey ( Thatcher Foundations, Inc. )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Matthew Hopper ( Cary Kopczynski & Company )
David Petlicki ( Baldridge and Associates )
Michael Weber ( Euclid Chemical Company )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Seth Hoffman ( Brierley Associates )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Steven Jastrzebski ( Sargent & Lundy )
David Eckmann ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
William Baker ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )