March 1, 2019 - 7:00am to 11:00am

Chicago Trade Show and Symposium


The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the 27th Annual Chicago Trade Show and Symposium. The event provides a forum for engineers and architects to interact with trade professionals and to attend informative presentations. Attendees typically represent a diverse cross-section of all aspects of the profession including: design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contracting, and owners’ representation.  


Technical Program

The Chicago Trade Show and Symposium is a half-day event that includes five 25-minute presentations and breakfast. The event also includes ample time to interact with up to 20 vendors.  The Trade Show and Symposium topics are current and relevant to the audience. The event is limited to a single session, so attendees benefit from the information shared in every presentation.  Continuing education of 2 PDHs/CEs certificates will be granted.

Call For Abstracts

Individuals wishing to present a 20-minute presentation (plus 5 minutes Q&A) are invited to submit an Abstract on any subject related to structural engineering or architecture, including analyses, design, construction, materials, inspection, or in place monitoring.  The abstract should not exceed 500 words, and authors may submit more than one abstract.  The registration fee will be waived for the presenting author. To read the full Call for Abstracts description, click here.

Click here to complete the Abstract Submission Form

Abstract Review Criteria

  1. Clarity: the concept and expression should be comprehensible
  2. Approach: including definition of the problem, hypothesis, methodology, application, results, and analysis
  3. Practice of Structural Engineering: should bridge the gap between theory, challenges and solution
  4. Originality: should report preliminary or novel results

Technical Presentations

Corresponding authors will be notified of acceptance by the organizing committee.  Additional details will be provided following acceptance.  SEAOI reserves the right to reproduce information submitted as part of any presentation.


University Club of Chicago
75 E. Monroe Street
Chicago, IL


The registration fee is just $30 for members and $40 for non-members through February 4, 2019. After that, prices increase to $40and $50, respectively.

Students: $10

The registration fee will be waived for the presenting authors.

Exhibitor Opportunities

Limited Exhibitor Opportunities are available at $775 per space.  Exhibitors will be given the opportunity for a brief introduction of their company (1 to 2 minutes) at the podium. Exhibitors will receive recognition in the program, one admission, and access to participants during breakfast and breaks.  For more information or to reserve your space online, please visit this page

Sponsorship Opportunities

Companies who wish to sponsor the event are encouraged to choose one of the three different levels of corporate sponsorship:

Gold: $850– Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program, display of poster at event, and recognition for sponsoring breakfast and an opportunity to distribute promotional items to all attendees

Silver: $500 – Recognition in the SEAOI website and in event program and display of poster at event

Bronze: $300 – Recognition in the SEAOI website and in event program

Companies interested in sponsoring this event are invited to register here.

Organizing Committee

Soliman Khudeira, PhD, SE, PE (Committee Chair) - Chicago DOT
Steve Citko, SE, PE -  EXP US Services, Inc.
Kevin Conroy, SE, PE - Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger
Jamal Grainawi, SE, PE - WSP USA, Inc
Brain Lammert, SE, PE - Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
Matthew Wagner, SE - Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.
Stephanie Crain (Executive Director) – SEAOI



Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Nancy Radler ( CastConnex )
Priscila Carrijo ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Shiv Agarwal ( Nayyar & Nayyar International, Inc. )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
George Krupa ( Lakeshore Engineering, LLC )