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.

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SEF Board of Directors

James Pawlikowski, President
Nihar Shah, Vice President
James Hauck, Treasurer
Adam G. Theiss, Secretary
Christine Freisinger, SEAOI President-Elect
Stephanie Hautzinger
Bill Ipema
Andrew Keaschall
Jeremy Kirk
John Viise
Chelsea Zdawczyk

 


SEF Research Grant

Congratulation to ​Rory de Sevilla, the recipient of this year's SEF Research Grant and a one-time, fixed sum of $2500 to fund his research for the 2018-2019 academic year. Rory is a graduate student in the Architectural Engineering program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He and graduate student Jerry Luong are working together on this project with professors Dr. Anahid Behrouzi and Dr. Peter Laursen. Rory will be joining the seismic design profession on the west coast once he graduates in 2019.

The proposed research aims to test an innovative solution to improve the performance of non-ductile reinforced concrete walls by employing FRP sheets and splay fiber anchors. This solution is expected to provide improved confinement to concrete and reinforcement in the wall ends and increase wall displacement capacity while minimally affecting wall lateral strength. The project will consist of three half-scale wall tests and analytical modelling work to examine the response of non-ductile and FRP-retrofitted walls.


SEF Scholarship Awards

The Foundation strongly believes that the future of structural engineering depends on today's students. Without them and their vision, there literally is no future for our profession. The Structural Engineers Foundation is privileged to provide merit-based tuition scholarships to encourage undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in structural engineering programs. 

Four scholarship categories are available:

  • Undergraduate engineering scholarship, for students who will be entering the third or above year of an undergraduate program during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Graduate engineering scholarship, intended for students who will be entering or continuing a graduate program during the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Max Zar Scholarship, awarded to an outstanding student pursuing his or her engineering studies in the State of Illinois
  • Rubinos-Mesia Scholarship, named for Teresa Mesia Rubinos and Jacinto Rubinos, awarded to an outstanding engineering student of Hispanic descent

For all categories, applicants must be currently enrolled in good standing in a civil engineering program or architectural engineering program at a recognized university in the United States and plan to continue with a structural engineering specialization. 

For more information and to apply, download the complete SEF Scholarship Information & Application form today! 

Applications must be received in the SEAOI office by Monday, April 30, 2018.


SEF is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018–19 Scholarship Awards.

The Structural Engineers Foundation is privileged to provide merit-based tuition scholarships to encourage undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in structural engineering programs. Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Scholarship Winners!

The Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to Isabella Marzari, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The Graduate Scholarship is awarded to Kai Ling Liang, California Polytechnic State University.

The Max Zar Scholarship (open to students attending Illinois universities) is awarded to Hamza Sekkak, Illinois Institute of Technology.

The Rubinos and Mesia Scholarship (open to students of Hispanic descent) is awarded to Francisco Galvis, Stanford University.


SEF ACTIVITIES

Scholarships:

The Foundation strongly believes that the future of structural engineering depends on today's students. Without them and their vision, there literally is no future for our profession. The Structural Engineers Foundation is privileged to provide merit tuition scholarships to encourage undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in structural engineering programs. 

Sponsored Lectures

The Structural Engineers Foundation sponsors lectures in April and November designed to broaden the mind and heighten awareness of excellence in structural engineering. Foundation-sponsored lectures by prominent leaders in the field of structural engineering keep attendees informed with vital cutting-edge information.

Awards

SEF bestows awards and honors to recognize outstanding achievements. The John F. Parmer Award is presented annually by SEF and SEAOI. This award, in recognition of lifelong contributions in the field of structural engineering, is presented to an individual whose distinguished career is acknowledged by his or her peers to be an example of excellence.

Research

SEF understands the importance of research, knowing that it advances our profession by broadening its horizons and expanding our knowledge base. The Foundation offers grants to support graduate and post-graduate research projects. 


James J. Pawlikowski, President

Position: Associate Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; LEED

Societies: SEAOI, CCHRB, ASCE,


Nihar Shar, Vice President

Position: Senior Engineer, RME, Inc.

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

Licensure: P.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE


James Hauck, Treasurer

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

Education: University of Washington, Seattle, B.A. Architecture, B.S. Civil Engineering

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MI, MO, OH

Societies: SEAOI, CCHRB, ASCE, AISC, ASTM



Adam G. Theiss , Secretary

Position: Associate, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Education: University of Washington, M.S. Civil Engineering; Lawrence University B.A. Physics; Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. Civil Engineering

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

Societies: SEAOI



Christine Freisinger (SEAOI President-Elect)

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

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

Licensure: P.E., IllinoisS.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC   


Stephanie Hautzinger

Position: Associate Vice President, CannonDesign

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; Architect, Illinois; LEED AP

Societies: SEAOI, SEAOI WiSE, AIA, AISC


Bill Ipema

Position: Senior Associate I, Klein and Hoffman

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

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

Societies: SEAOI, Landmarks


Andrew J. Keaschall

Position: Vice President: Structural Group Manager, Alfred Benesch and Company

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, IA, NE, IN

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, SEI, PTI, IRTBA


Jeremy Kirk

Position: Project Engineer, Forefront Structural Engineers

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Eng.; Geneva College, B.S.E.

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

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE


John Viise

Position: Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

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

Licensure: S.E., Illinois; P.E., Illinois, SCEng, MIStructE, LEED AP

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, ACI, IStructE


Chelsea Zdawczyk

Position: Senior Structural Engineer, Arup

Education: Cornell University, B.S. Civil Engineering; UCLA, M. Arch.; Princeton University, M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: P.E., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE