November 20, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Checking the Pulse of the Illinois Construction & Engineering Industry

This program is a free (to members) bi-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 every other month at noon and recorded content will always be available if possible. 

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

You must register BEFORE 2 PM ON NOVEMBER 19th to receive a code to access the live event.

November Discussion: Town Hall

Join us for an interactive discussion about the current state of affairs for the Structural Engineers Association of Ilinois.

Join our Executive Committee panel as they discuss the state of SEAOI – where we are now, the planning that led up to this reality and what we’re planning for the future. The impact COVID has had on our organization (members, firms and industry) and how we’re trying to serve and support our members, the profession and the industry will be covered. If you have specific questions/concerns you would like addressed, please send a confidential email to

Please note the November discussion is not eligible for continuing education credit.


Michelle Ryland, SEAOI Board of Directors
Associate V, Structures Group, Klein & Hoffman, Inc.


Soliman Khudeira, SEAOI President
Section Chief of Major Projects, Chicago Department of Transportation - Division of Engineering; Adjunct Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology

Derek Boeldt, SEAOI President Elect
Deputy Chief Engineer, Infrastructure, Chicago Transit Authority

Jan Blok, SEAOI Treasurer
President, The Structural Group, Ltd.

Jon Sfura, SEAOI Secretary
Senior Associate, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Christine Freisinger, SEAOI Immediate Past President
Associate Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Johann Aakre, SEAOI Continuing Education Co-Chair
Department Manager – Structures, Michael Baker International

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.




Nicholas Tsaggaris ( TS Engineering, LLC )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Mary Jane Davis ( SEAOI )
Kim Dunphy ( Development Management Associates, LLC )
Erik Haugsnes ( Development Management Associates )
Robert B. Johnson
Madeleine Grimmer ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Joe Olson ( STV )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar, International, Inc. )
Saurabh Mittal ( Horner & Shifrin, Inc. )
Jonathan Lewis ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
Mary Lou Kutska ( Ciorba Group )
Frank Maciasz ( ... )
Lawrence Kirchner ( TranSystems )
Michael Schmidt ( Spancrete )
Mark Bendok ( Alfred Benesch & Company )
Jason Soucie ( Dewberry )
David Gaskins ( consulting engineer )
Jennifer Pazdon ( Cast Connex )
Matt Joost ( Thouvenot, Wade & Moerchen, Inc. )
Thomas Leahy ( American Structurepoint, Inc. )
Perry Pinto ( Envista Forensics )
Nicholas Tsaggaris ( TS Engineering, LLC )
Michael Justice ( TGRWA, LLC )
Alex Stern ( WSP USA )
Jim Moody ( GIZA Steel )
Jie Yang ( Jacobs Engineering )