October 24, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois is pleased to announce the Ninth Annual Structures Symposium, which provides a forum for engineers to share analysis, design, and construction information from recent projects with unique and/or distinguishing characteristics.  Attendance typically represents a diverse cross-section of all aspects of the profession, including design, construction management, material suppliers, academia, general contracting, and owners’ representatives.  

Technical Program

The Symposium is comprised of a single day-long session including continental breakfast and a group luncheon. We anticipate a one-hour keynote presentation plus an additional six hours of 30-minute presentations on other subjects.  Since the Symposium is presented as a single session, attendees benefit from the information shared in every presentation, and presenters are ensured a large audience.  Attendees receive 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for the Symposium.

Call for Abstracts

Individuals wishing to present at the Symposium are invited to submit a completed Abstract Submission Form on any general-interest subject related to the analysis, design, construction, or inspection of structural projects by August 5, 2019.  The abstract should not exceed 500 words, and authors may submit more than one abstract. The Symposium registration fee will be waived for the presenting author.

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

5. Learning Objectives

• Speakers will be notified of abstract acceptance by August 23, 2019

• Speakers will be provided with required guidelines after acceptance of abstract.

• Standard AV equipment will be available: podium, laptop, microphone, projector and screen.

• All speakers receive free registration on the day of their presentation. (Travel expenses not included.)

Click here to complete the ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM

Technical Presentations

Corresponding authors will be notified of acceptance by the organizing committee by August 23, 2019. Additional details will be provided following acceptance.  SEAOI reserves the right to reproduce information submitted as part of any symposium presentation.


150 North Riverside
Chicago, IL

Registration Information

The Early Bird registration fee is just $280 for members and $380 for non-members until September 24th.  After that rates go up to $380 for members and $430 for non-members.   

Students - $100

Group Pricing Discount* is $50 off each registration.

*Five or more employees from the same firm; May not be applied retroactively – all registrations must be received at the same time; not applicable to student rate. Please contact staff@seaoi.org to get your group pricing discount.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Exhibitor Opportunities

Limited Exhibitor Opportunities are available at $825 per space.  Exhibitors will receive recognition in the program, one admission to the Structures Symposium, and access to participants during breakfast, lunch and breaks during the day.  For more information, or to reserve your space online, please visit this page

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are four different levels of corporate sponsorship.  The following are the costs and respective benefits for each of the four levels.

Platinum: $1,000 – Recognition in program, poster exhibit at event, and recognition for sponsoring lunch. 

Gold: $850 – Recognition in the program, poster exhibit at event, and recognition during the technical session for sponsoring one of the following: Continental Breakfast, Morning Break or Afternoon Break

Silver: $600 – Recognition in the program and poster exhibit at event

Bronze: $300 – Recognition in the program

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

Organizing Committee

Derek Boeldt, SE, PE Committee Chair
             Chicago Transit Authority

Kevin Conroy, SE, PE
             Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger

Brian McElhatten, SE, PE

Jose Medero, SE, PE
            Thornton Tomasetti

James J. Pawlikowski, SE, LEED AP
            Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLC

Jeannette Pfeiffer, SE, PE

Chris Rockey, SE, AIA
            Rockey Structures LLC

Michelle Ryland, SE, RA
            Klein & Hoffman

Adam Theiss, SE, PE
            Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Nishan Pethiyagoda



Jessie Cullinane ( CastConnex )
Christopher Rockey ( Rockey Structures, LLC )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Kevin Hooley ( DSI )