September 18, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

We are delighted to share the newest addition to the SEAOI program offering:

Checking the Pulse of the Illinois Construction & Engineering Industry

This program is a free (to members) monthly SEAOI webinar, with curated panelists discussing timely topics relevant and important to the Illinois construction and engineering industry. We will live stream the third Friday of each month at noon and recorded content will always be available if possible. 

Registered participants will receive 1 hour of Continuing Education for attending the full session. Certificates will be issued after the event.

Because this is such an important topic, registration is FREE FOR EVERYONE.

You must register BEFORE 2 PM ON SEPTEMBER 17 to receive a code to access the live event.

September Discussion: Diversity and SEAOI - What Can We Do?

Join us for an interactive discussion to promote engagement, diversity and inclusion within the structural engineering community.

The overwhelming turnout and support of our June Checking the Pulse topic, “Diversity and Cultural Competence in the Workplace” and the consistent feedback we've received over the past few months made it evident that this is a topic that resonates with the majority of our membership.

In alignment with our mission, vision and strategic plan, SEAOI is committed to devoting more resources to this broad topic, specifically on increasing diversity in our organization and the SE industry as a whole. The first outcome of this commitment is the creation of the Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. This committee has met twice and after several brainstorming discussions and thoughtful deliberation had created the following vision and mission statements:

SEAOI is an advocate for engagement, diversity, and inclusion within the structural engineering community, leading by example within our organization.


  1. Promote engagement, diversity, and inclusion within the SEAOI Organization through diverse representation and active agency, including the Board of Directors, Committees, Events, and Membership. 
  2. Advocate for engagement, diversity, and inclusion throughout the profession by actively leveraging our network to provide more opportunities for networking, mentoring, and training. 
  3. Increase our membership’s engagement in programs at the university level and high school level to shepherd a more diverse group of students to careers in structural engineering. 

The September discussion will continue the conversation started during the June session, and help SEAOI and the EDI Committee make progress toward our goal of advocating for and increasing engagement, diversity and inclusion.This webinar will be interactive, with all attendees receiving an introduction to the committee, their focus and insights so far, and then all attendees will move into smaller groups in breakout rooms with moderators to share their own insights and suggestions and learn from their peers. Everyone will return to the main breakout room and the moderators will provide highlights of their group discussion, and there will be time for Q & A from all attendees.

We are asking our membership and friends of SEAOI to join us in brainstorming ideas to push this mission forward. Please come with an open mind, speak your mind, let others speak, and be respectful of others ideas. 

In bad times, there’s always a silver lining, sometimes you have to look real hard and sometimes you have to make it yourself. So, please join us and help us to start making that silver lining.

Did you miss previous discussions? Recordings are available here:

June discussion: Diversity and Cultural Competence in the Workplace

  • Johann Aakre, Michael Baker International - Moderator
  • Amrith Kaur Aakre, Legal Director for The Sikh Coalition - Panelist
  • JuanPablo Prieto, Director of Diversity, for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) - Panelist
  • Vernal Stewart, Founder and President of SE3 LLC - Panelist
  • Krisann Rehbein, Executive Director, ACE Mentor Program of Chicago - Panelist

May Discussion: COVID-19 Effects on the Built World

  • Johann Aakre, Michael Baker International - Moderator
  • Tommy Choi, Co-Founder, Weinberg Choi Residential - Panelist
  • Kevin Henning, Project Executive, Tandem Construction - Panelist
  • Kim Robinson, President, Frontline Co. - Panelist
  • Senator Ram Villivalam, State Senator for the 8th District - Panelist

Click on the link under "Previous Recordings" to the right to view the webinars -- pass the quiz for one hour of CE credit.




Marcus Woods ( Woods Residential Engineering and Inspection )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Mary Jane Davis ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Jiarong Zhang
Fabian Bencosme ( WSP USA )
Hussam Alkhatib ( GRAEF )
Jamal Grainawi ( WSP USA )
Max Noche ( WSP USA )
Rund Almasri ( DB Sterlin )
Thomas Leahy ( American Structurepoint, Inc. )
Jesus Alquicira ( Chicago Transit Authority )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Charles Bach ( Poepping, Stone, Bach & Associates, Inc. )
Matthew Parkolap ( M2 Engineering LLC )
Elizabeth LaCrosse ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Elaine Shapiro ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Brad Sayers ( HDR )
Desiree Mackey ( GEI Consultants )
Carol Post ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
David Bibbs ( CannonDesign )
Jonathan Pearson ( EXP )
Tiffany Hwang ( COWI )
Waheed Mohammed ( Quigg Engineering, Inc. )
Linda Quartner ( WJE )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Craig Cleland ( Jacobs Engineering )
madeleine hormann ( TBD )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar, International, Inc. )
Timothy Winter ( WSP USA )
Nuria Abad Sanz ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Tara Toren-Rudisill ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Vidhi Chudasama ( WSP USA )
Chris Arjona ( WSP USA )
Rachel Jackson ( Thornton Tomasetti, Inc. )
Sabrina Duk ( Verahaus Structural, LLC )
Dana McKane ( Orion Engineers )
Jorge Medina ( Leidos )
Eduardo Prieto ( Exp Federal )
Peter Tarara ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Rose McClure ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
Jeffie Chang ( WSP )
Jennifer Traut-Todaro ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Christopher Stine ( AECOM )
Holly Ryan ( Ciorba Group, Inc. )
Randy Herbstman ( WSP USA Inc )
Mary Lou Kutska ( Ciorba Group )
Mazen Syed ( Jacobs )
Kenton Zinn ( Michael Baker International, Inc. )
Courtney Neisius ( Pepper Construction )
Marco Loureiro ( Jacobs )
Justin Mickens ( Parsons Corporation )
Greg Osborne ( Epstein )
Jason Schneider ( Collins Engineers )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Thomas Behringer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Lawrence Kirchner ( TranSystems )
Robert B. Johnson
Prateek Sangal ( Leidos Engineering LLC )
Arthur Kurzydlo ( Dearborn Engineering Corp. )
Ryan Friis ( S&L )
Ken Nizamuddin ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )
Clark Baurer ( Clark T. Baurer Structural Engineering LLC )
Jason Soucie ( Dewberry )
Alex Timmerman ( KPFF )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Jonathan Lewis ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Kathryn Eckhoff ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Jessy Rojas ( Globetrotters Engineering Corporation )
David Miller ( T.Y. Lin International )