November 9, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for our first in-person event!

Howard Hill of WJE presents: Helping Structure Owners React Rationally to News of Structural Failures

The failure of a structure can lead to a wide range of thoughts and concerns among owners of other structures. This is especially true when the failure occurs under surprising conditions (e.g., no apparent “overload”) and/or it caused or could have caused severe human suffering. When such disasters occur, it is human nature to imagine the worst, that something similar is likely to happen to them unless they “do something.” Under these conditions, reactions are not always rational and, as a result, limited resources are often spent in ways that are not particularly efficient or effective. Helping facility owners rationally consider the significance, if any, of the failure of some other structure is a worthy service. This talk will focus on how engineers can help facility owners react rationally when it is understandably difficult to do so.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the frequency (or infrequency) of structural failures in the United States
  2. Recognize three main components of structural reliability – design, construction, and maintenance
  3. Learn how to help building owners comprehend connections (or lack thereof) between failed structures and their own.
  4. Where appropriate, understand ways to help building owners prioritize resources when it comes to restoring confidence in the reliability of their structures.
Howard Hill, PE, SE, Ph.D. joined WJE in 1988 and has since participated in hundreds of structural investigations and evaluations. His experience includes investigation of structural failures, assessment of damaged structures, evaluation of structural stability, evaluation of construction and design errors, design of repairs and retrofits for existing structural systems, peer reviews of proposed designs, instrumentation and data analysis, expert testimony, and the preparation and presentation of technical papers and seminars. Dr. Hill’s work has involved structural materials such as steel, concrete, masonry, and timber and many types of structural systems such as bridges, buildings, stadiums, parking garages, towers, and industrial facilities.


150 N. Riverside Plaza
Century Room
Chicago, IL

In accordance with City of Chicago and CDC guidelines, all attendees must wear masks when not actively eating/drinking.


5:00 - 6:00 pm - Reception (cash bar, complimentary hors d'oeuvres)
6:00 - 7:00 pm - Lecture


This event is FREE; please use the link to the right to RSVP before Friday, November 5, 2021.

This event will also be live-streamed. Please RSVP as an in-person or online attendee.

The Structural Engineers Foundation is an independent, non-profit charitable organization dedicated to one goal: the advancement of structural engineering. To attain this goal, and thus prepare for tomorrow's horizons, the SEF has committed itself to sponsoring and funding scholarships, lectures, awards, publications, and research - all aimed at improving structural engineers and structural engineering.








Kevin Dommer ( Jensen Hughes )
Marwa Abdelrahman ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Phillip Svetich
Michael Fagerson ( C.E. Anderson & Associates )
Eduardo Prieto ( Exp Federal )
Lauren Rush ( C.E. Anderson & Associates )
Scott Wojteczko ( Alfred Benesch & Company )
Steven Jastrzebski ( Sargent & Lundy )
Francisco Frausto ( Benesch )
Kelsey Parolini ( SSG Structural Engineers, LLP )
Michael Grant ( David Mason + Associates )
Momenur Rahman ( HDR Engineering )
Michael Herriges ( DZSE )
Emily Larson ( Burns & McDonnell )
John Owen ( Owen Engineering LLC )
Jason Krohn
Richard Pierce ( Richard C Pierce & Associates, LLC )
Salvatore Di Bernardo ( Ciorba Group, Inc. )
Jonathan Tavarez ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
Mustapha Ibrahim ( WSP )
Sarah Czerniewski ( ASM Engineering Consultants )
william flannigan
Steven Franckowiak ( Forefront Structural Engineers )
Timothy Unger ( S.S.E., Inc. )
Joseph Heger ( Crawford, Murphy & Tilly )
Jerome Tobolski ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Kevin Griebenow ( FERC )
Jared Thoele ( Hanson Professional Services, Inc. )
Matthew Hopper ( Cary Kopczynski & Company )
Lamyae Reklaoui ( SP Engineers )
Thomas Packman ( TWM inc. )
Matt Joost ( Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar, International, Inc. )
Navid Naraghi ( The Consulting Engineers Group )
John Naughton ( Orion Engineers, PLLC )
Karolina Urban ( IMEG Corp )
Prateek Sangal ( Leidos Engineering LLC )
Sophia Hoang ( HNTB )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Cody LoMonaco ( Burns & McDonnell )
Jorge Medina ( Burns and McDonnell )
Jeff Ruhde ( Burns & McDonnell )
Perry Pinto ( Envista Forensics )
Rae sung Lee ( Wight and Company )
M. Basar Civelek ( Atlas Engineering Group LTD. )
Mark Bendok ( Alfred Benesch & Company )
Nezar Abraham ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Christopher Bove ( exp US Services )