January 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Mark your calendars for the Fifth Annual Young Engineers Symposium on January 26th, 2021. This event will give Young Engineers the opportunity to showcase their projects and experiences and see what their peers are up to. All attendees will receive 1.5 hours of CE credit. 


The Symposium will comprise of six 15-minute or less presentations on a variety of topics. 

Technology & Coding in Structural Engineering
Rami Asfahani, Ciorba Group

Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal Modernization Program
Zachary Treece, Thornton Tomasetti

One North Dearborn Monumental Stair
Yasmin Chaudhry, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Seismic Performance and Design of Novel Precast Concrete Beam-Column Connections
Ines Torra-Bilal, PhD, HNTB Corporation

Montrose Avenue Bridge Replacement
Karina Cisneros, Ciorba Group


Zoom Conference Call


Registration is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Advance RSVP is required.

Additional Questions

All questions regarding this event should be direct to the YEC at yec@seaoi.org.

About the Speakers

Rami Asfahani

Rami is a Structures Engineer II at Ciorba Group, Inc. He performs structural engineering design calculation and prepares construction documents, plans, specifications, and finite element modeling for bridge rehabilitation, and new construction projects. He is also a NBIS certified bridge inspector and performed field inspections for bridges, culverts, and buildings. However, Rami's passion does not stop at structural engineering but rather dives into coding and developing tech solutions that he was able to apply into his structural engineering and inspection fields. He self-taught himself different coding languages (VBA, Swift, Java, Vue.js, etc…); and was able to create multiple excel macros, mobile applications, and web applications to help in his day-to-day workload in a more effective and precise manner.

Christopher Kuenzer

Christopher Kuenzer is an Associate II at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), and he joined their Chicago office in 2019. Besides his work on natural disaster related projects, he regularly performs condition assessments, repair design, and construction administration services for damaged or deteriorated structures. Christopher attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a BSE in Civil Engineering and an MSE in Structural Engineering.

Zachary Treece

Zachary (Zach) Treece is a project engineer at the Chicago office of Thornton Tomasetti. He has spent the majority of his career in the firm’s structural engineering and construction engineering practices. Zach has experience in all phases of structural engineering projects, having had the opportunity to be involved in multiple projects from their infancy in schematic design all the way through the end of construction administration.

Yasmin Chaudhry

Yasmin Chaudhry is an Associate at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) and has been involved in the investigation, evaluation and repair of existing structures, as well as services related to facade access equipment since starting in 2017. She graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2015 and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering in 2017. She is currently co-chair of the Women in Structural Engineering Committee of SEAOI.

Ines Torra-Bilal, PhD

Ines Torra-Bilal is a bridge engineer at HNTB Corporation. She recently obtained her Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests are focused in using nonlinear finite element tools to investigate the seismic behavior of different materials and structures including precast concrete structural systems. During her short time with the company, she has had widespread experience in analyzing and evaluating complex bridges: including Gordie Howe International Bridges.

Karina Cisneros

Karina Cisneros is a Structures Engineer at Ciorba Group who performs structural engineering design calculation and prepares construction documents, plans, specifications, and finite element modeling for bridge rehabilitation, and new construction projects. She has also performed field inspections for bridges.



Jim Surber ( Alfred Benesch & Co. )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Steven Jastrzebski ( Sargent & Lundy )
Roman Vovchak ( TranSystems )
Madeleine Grimmer ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Alexandra Stern ( WSP USA )
Kathryn Eckhoff ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Michael LaMont
Hershel Bhat ( Klein and Hoffman )
Joe Porada ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Lamyae Reklaoui ( Goodfriend Magruder Structure LLC )
Nicole Press ( DeSimone Consulting Engineers )
Jerome Tobolski ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Prateek Sangal ( Leidos Engineering LLC )
Brett Sauter ( Ciorba Group )
Andrew Mattson ( David Mason + Associates )
Colin Rueb ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Mayren Mata ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Benjamin Sexton ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Thomas Frankie ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Chicago) )
Mary Lou Kutska ( Ciorba Group )
Matthew Arnold ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Jonathan Pearson ( EXP )
Dana McKane ( Orion Engineers )
Bogdan Dykyy ( AECOM )
Mustapha Ibrahim ( WSP )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Demetria Boatwright ( Raths Raths & Johnson )
Connor Mills ( Collins Engineers )
Justin Mickens ( Parsons Corporation )
Dennis Penepacker ( None )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Rami Asfahani ( Ciorba Group )
Christopher Kuenzer ( WJE )
Zach Treece ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Yasmin Chaudhry ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Ines Torra-Bilal ( HNTB )
Karina Cisneros ( Ciorba Group, Inc )
Enji Papazisi ( HNTB Corporation )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Jonathan Tavarez ( AISC )