SEAOI BOARD (2019-2020)

The SEAOI Board of Directors is the backbone of the organization. Members are expected to attend the monthly meeting and to spend an additional minimum of 4 hours per month on the activities of the Board and other committees. The term for a new Board member is 3 years.

Click on a Board member's name below to see their affiliations and credentials. To contact the SEAOI Board, please email Stephanie Crain, Executive Director. 

Board Officers

President - Christine Freisinger
President-Elect - Soliman Khudeira
Treasurer - Derek Boeldt
Secretary Jan I. Blok

Directors to 2020

Johann Aakre
Kevin Conroy
Jon Sfura

Directors to 2021

David Eckmann
Will Kolbuk
Jennifer Traut-Todaro

Directors to 2022

Joseph M. Lowrance
James J. Pawlikowski
Michelle Ryland

Past Presidents

Salvatore DiBernardo, 2016-2017
Tony Shkurti, 2017-2018
David Nickell, 2018-2019

Young Engineers Committee Chairs - Liaisons to the Board

Mary Lou Kutska
David Nauheimer 


Christine M. Freisinger (President)

Position: Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S. Architectural Engineering; University of Minnesota, M.S., Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Soliman Khudeira (President-Elect)

Position: Section Chief of Major Projects, Chicago Department of Transportation - Division of Engineering; Adjunct Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, Ph.D. Civil Engineering - Structures

Licensure: S.E., P.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE


Derek Boeldt (Treasurer)

Position: Deputy Chief Engineer, Infrastructure, Chicago Transit Authority

Education: Michigan Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, AREMA


Jan Blok (Secretary)


Position: President, The Structural Group, Ltd.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S, M.S., Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., CT, IN, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, OH, WI

Societies: SEAOI, SEPAC, AISC, M.ASCE, AWC, CFSEI, PCI


Kevin Conroy

Position: Senior Staff II, Structures, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, B.S.; Illinois Institute of Technology, M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, DE, IN, MO, OK, TX

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC, ICRI


Johann Aakre

Position: Department Manager, Bridges & Structures - Michael Baker International

Education: The George Washington University, B.S., University of California, Berkeley, M.S.

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, MI

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Jon Sfura

Position: Senior Associate, Wiss Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Education: Purdue University, B.S.C.E.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S.C.E., Ph.D in Civil Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; C.E., CA; P.E., FL, KS, MI

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC, BSSC, EERI


David Eckmann

Position:  Senior Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Education:  University of Illinois, MArch, Structural Engineering; B.S., Architecture

Licensure:  SE: Illinois; PE: California, Delaware, Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wisconsin; Architecture, Illinois

Societies:  SEAOI, CCHRB, CTBUH, AIA, AISC


Will Kolbuk

Position: Structural Engineer, Sargent & Lundy

Education: University of Illinois, M.S., Structural Engineering, B.S., Civil Engineering, Structures Emphasis

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, KY, WV  

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Jennifer Traut-Todaro

Position: Senior Steel Solutions Center Advisor, American Institute of Steel Construction

Education: University of Illinois, M.S., Architecture, Structures Option; B.S., Architectural Studies 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


Michelle Ryland

Position: Associate IV, Structures Group, Klein & Hoffman, Inc.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, B.S. in Architectural Studies; M. Architecture (Structures Option)

Licensure: Licensed Architect IL; S.E., IL; R.A.

Illinois Societies: SEAOI, AIA, AISC


James J. Pawlikowski

Position: Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; B.A, and M. Architecture with Structural;Engineering Concentration

Licensure: S.E., IL; LEED, AP

Societies: SEAOI, CCHR, ASC, ACI


Joseph M. Lowrance

Position: Senior Engineering Manager, Farnsworth Group, Inc.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Architectural Studies, and M.S., Architecture (Structures Option)

Licensure: S.E., IL; P.E., CO

Societies: SEAOI, NCSEA, ISPE, NSPE, ACED-Illinois, ACI, AISC, CRSI, PCI


Salvatore DiBernardo (Past-President)

Position: President, Ciorba Group

Education: University of Rome, Italy, Civil Engineering Degree; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.S. Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering Northwestern University, Master of Business Administration

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, IA, IN, OH, WI, Italy; C.Eng., United Kingdom

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, IABSE, ICE


Tony F. Shkurti (Past-President)

Position: Fellow and Associate Vice President, HNTB Corporation 

Education: University of Tirana, Albania, B.S.; Wayne State University, M.S.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, MI, MN, OH, WI

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, PPCI 


David Nickell (Past-President)

Position: Principal, TGRWA, LLC

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S.C.E.; M.S.C.E. 

Licensure: S.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC   


Mary Lou Kutska

Position: Senior Bridge Engineer, Ciorba Group

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Civil Engineering; University of California, Berkeley, M.S. Civil Engineering

Licensure: P.E., IL, IN, MI; S.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, Women's Transportation Seminar
 


David Nauheimer

Position: Senior Associate I, Sargent & Lundy, LLC

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Civil Engineering; M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: P.E., Illinois, Kansas; S.E. Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC

 

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