January 22, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Mark your calendars for the Third Annual Young Engineers Symposium on January 22, 2019. This event will give Young Engineers the opportunity to showcase their projects and experiences, and network and see what their peers are up to.

Attendees will receive 1.0 hours of CE credit.


The Symposium will be composed of five 15-minute or less presentations on a variety of topics.


Structural Assessment of Hurricane Damage: The Aftermath of a CAT 5 Hurricane in the British Virgin Islands
Sean McGrath, EFI Global, INC




No. 9 Walton - Tower of Power
Bethany Myelle, Magnusson Klemencic Associates






High Speed Rail Bridge Design in High Seismicity Areas – Tule River Viaduct  
Justin Brown, PE SE, Jacobs





Trumpf Technology Center – Defining Space through Structure
Kevin Kuntz, IMEG Corp





Analysis and Design of the Cloud Buster Climbing Exhibit​
Joseph Porada, Thornton Tomasetti




150 N Riverside Conference Center
150 N Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606


Registration is $10, and advance RSVP is required.

The evening begins at 5:30 pm with networking and mingling. Light refreshments will be served. The presentations will start at 6:30 pm.

About the Speakers

Sean McGrath P.E., EFI Global

Sean is a forensic engineer at EFI Global where he examines and analyzes damage to existing structures and provides a technical assessment to his clients in the insurance and private industries. He previously worked for a design firm where he gained experience designing midrise structures including hotels and condominiums. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa and an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Ohio University. He is currently pursuing licensure as a Licensed Structural Engineer (SE).

Bethany Myelle, P.E, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc. (MKA)

Bethany is a Design Engineer at Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Inc. (MKA) with extensive experience in concrete high-rise building design. Her portfolio includes projects up to 52 stories tall and developments up to 3.8 million square feet. In addition to her work on No. 9 Walton, her local resumé includes River Point Tower in Chicago. She is a member of MKA’s in-house High-Rise Technical Specialist Team.

Justin Brown, P.E, S.E., Jacobs

Justin is a Structural Engineer at Jacobs.  Justin has more than eight years of design, analysis and production experience in the fields of civil and structural engineering. His expertise includes transportation structure design, bridge load rating services and structural inspections with many projects successfully completed throughout the Midwest.


Kevin Kuntz, IMEG Corp

Kevin is a Structural Designer at IMEG Corp (formerly KJWW Engineering Consultants).  His portfolio includes working on projects in the hospitality, commercial, residential, industrial, and retail sectors of the construction industry.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master's degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Joe Porada, Thornton Tomasetti

Joe is an engineer within the Renewal practice at Thornton Tomasetti in Chicago. He received his master’s degree from Lehigh University and bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to working on the Cloud Buster Climbing Exhibit, Joe has also been involved in other adaptive reuse projects at Navy Pier and Wrigley Field during his time at Thornton Tomasetti.



David Plews ( KPMG LLP )
Amar Bhojwani ( Alfred Benesch & Co. )
Steven Nolin ( Klein & Hoffman )
Daksh Patel ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Seth Hoffman ( Brierley Associates )
Veronika Billiot ( TGRWA )
Adam Dasoqi ( TGRWA )
Lucas Diemer ( TGRWA )
Joe Pauluzzi ( TGRWA )
Billy Papadopoulos ( TGRWA )
Nolan Mikkila ( TGRWA )
Justin Dierkes ( Johnson Wilbur Adams )
Michael Kuo ( IMEG Corp )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Mazen Syed ( Jacobs )
Christopher Bove ( exp US Services )
Karl Bettinger ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Jonathan Tavarez ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
Daniel Lally ( exp U.S. Services )
Emily Larson ( Burns & McDonnell )
Jorge Medina ( Leidos Engineering )
Chris Porst ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Craig Cleland ( Jacobs Engineering )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Prateek Sangal ( Leidos Engineering LLC )
Jordan Kilhoffer ( Jacobs )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
John Jaglinski ( IMEG Corp )
Abhiram Tammana ( THORNTON TOMASETTI )
Thomas LoBosco ( Cordogan Clark & Associates )
Will Mardauss ( HBM Engineering Group, LLC )
Peter Busch ( HNTB )
Lisa Buntin ( HBM Engineering )
Michael Wodarcyk ( Jensen Hughes )
Marco Loureiro ( Jacobs )
Benjamin Sexton ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Jie Yang ( Jacobs Engineering )
Justin Cline ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Hemal Patel ( EXP US Services )
Patrick Olechno ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Colin Rueb ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Zachary Haney ( Illinois Institute of Technology )
Kevin Dommer ( JENSEN HUGHES )
Connor Mills ( Collins Engineers )
Rami Asfahani ( Ciorba Group )
Mary Lou Kutska ( Ciorba Group )
Brittany Pinkos
Sean McGrath ( EFI Global )
Kevin Kuntz ( IMEG Corp )
Joseph Porada ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Justin Brown
Matthew Arnold ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates )
Edmund Schloss ( ARUP )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Seth Greenberg ( Jacobs )
Roman Vovchak ( TranSystems )
Nilay Patel ( WSP )
Lamyae Reklaoui ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC )
Lucas Cusack ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Matthew Anderson ( TGRWA, LLC )
David Petlicki ( Baldridge and Associates )
Elisabeth Stump ( Collins Engineers, Inc. )
Radhika Pavgi ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Kathryn Eckhoff ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Bethany Myelle ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )