March 3, 2017 - 7:00am to 11:00am


The 25th Annual Chicago Trade Show took place on March 3, 2017, at the University Club in downtown Chicago.  This half-day event included four half-hour presentations, and breakfast. The event also included ample time to interact with up to 20 vendors. The Trade Show and Symposium is limited to a single session, so attendees benefit from the information shared in every presentation, and presenters have access to a quality audience. Certifications for 2.0 Continuing Education hours were granted.


Photo courtesy of Bob Johnson

Attendee Information

The registration fee for the Trade Show & Symposium is just $35 for members, $50 for non-members.  Breakfast is included.

Students are eligible for a discounted $10 registration. Email Marsha Harman for a discount code. 

Registration is now open! 


Exhibitor Information

Exhibitors will have abundant opportunity to interact with attendees during breakfast and breaks. Each company will receive recognition in the program, plus an opportunity for a two-minute introduction to the audience from the podium. Exhibiting companies may bring up to two representatives. The exhibitor fee is $750. Register online today!


Sponsor Information           

Companies who are unable to exhibit this year can still reach the attendees through sponsorship of the event.

  • Gold: $850 – Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program, poster exhibit at event, recognition for sponsoring breakfast and the opportunity to distribute promotional items to all attendees.
  • Silver: $500 – Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program, poster exhibit at event.
  • Bronze: $300 – Recognition on SEAOI website and in event program.

Register as a sponsor today!



7:00 - 7:45

Registration, Breakfast, Visit Exhibitors

7:45 - 8:00

Exhibitor Introductions

8:00 – 8:30

Current AISC research topics: Updates to the 2016 Code of Standard Practice,
Changes in recently- released 2016 AISC specification, et al.
Joseph Dardis, PE

8:30 – 9:00

Sustainable Structural Condition Assessment for Wind Turbine Towers
Afshin Zahraee 

9:00 - 9:20

Break – Visit Exhibitors

9:20 - 9:50

The Practical Design of Temporary Masonry Bracing
Todd Dailey, PE

9:50 – 10:20

Post-Installed Reinforcing Bar Design: “Anchor” or “Rebar”
Nishan Pethiyagoda   

10:20 – 10:40              

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:40 - 10:45

Raffle and Adjourn



University Club 
Ninth Floor (Cathedral Hall)
76 East Monroe Street
Chicago, IL

*Please note that the University Club dress code prohibits denim of any kind. 

About the Presenters

Joseph Dardis, PE, earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University in 2009 and a master's degree in Civil Engineering from Cleveland State University in 2012, where he completed a thesis on sustainability in the construction industry. Joe is currently pursuing an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Joe has held several roles in the industry, including a co-op for a general contractor for several years and as a field engineer for a geotechnical firm. Joe also worked as a structural engineer for a design firm in Cleveland for several years prior to joining AISC in the Steel Solutions Center in May of 2014. Joe now works as an AISC Structural Steel Specialist with a focus in the Chicago market.

Afshin Zahraee is currently a PhD Student in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. He received his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Afshin’s research is in the areas of structural condition assessment and health monitoring. He is the President for Chi-Epsilon civil engineering honor society (IIT Chapter) and an associate member of ASCE.

Todd Dailey, PE, is President of Dailey Engineering Inc. located in Onsted, MI. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1982.  Before starting his own consulting firm in 1993, he was employed by Bechtel Power Corporation performing nuclear power plant design and for Dow Chemical doing facility design. He is a registered professional engineer in multiple states, and has over thirty-four years experience in structural engineering and building design. Todd served as an Adjunct Professor for the Civil Engineering Department at Lawrence Technological University teaching masonry structural design. The focus of Dailey Engineering Inc. is school facility design and masonry consulting.  Todd is a voting member of the TMS 402/602 committee, has been an active member of the Masonry Institute of Michigan (MIM), and is chairman of the MIM’s Generic Wall Design Committee.


Nishan Pethiyagoda is a Lead Field Engineer at Hilti, Inc. In his 20 years at Hilti, Mr. Pethiyagoda has been involved with various aspects of post-installed anchor systems from engineering design to product development and marketing. Nishan holds a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.



Henry Jelen
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Joseph Balik ( GCP Applied Technologies, Inc. )
David Horos ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Matthew Parkolap ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
David Bilow ( Harry O. Hefter - Associates, Inc. )
Andreas Papageorge ( TGRWA, LLC )
Chris Heintz ( Atlas Restoration, LLC )
Brian Lammert ( Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. )
Brandon Dennis ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Harry Kuchma ( The Structural Group )
Alex Sierienko ( Halvorson and Partners )
Marty Sobelman ( Atlas Restoration, LLC )
Minsun Ku
Nikhil Malbari
Youjin Kim
Yang Liu
Niket Bokdiya
Mark Zurawski ( Atlas Restoration, LLC )
Scott Winch
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
Cassandra Reineke-Ryskiewicz ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Nene Sanankoua ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Sanjaa Erdenbaatar ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Leonardo Hernandez ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Caitlin King ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Amgad Ragab ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Ken Nizamuddin ( Rubinos & Mesia Engineers, Inc. )
Adam Gdowski ( Western Specialty Contractors )
Ralph Schmidt ( Schmidt Engineering, Inc. )
Jamal Grainawi ( WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Chicago) )
Rigi Chackanad ( Fibrwrap Constrcution Services )
Todd Dailey ( Dailey Engineering, Inc. )
Afshin Zahraee ( IIT )
David Bilow ( Harry O. Hefter - Associates, Inc. )
Matthew Walsh ( Walsh Construction Group )
Mike Powers ( Walsh Construction Group )
Hector Gutierrez ( Walsh Construction Group )
Satyapal Patel
Luis Arenzana ( HWR, Inc. )
Anna Blanch Orteu ( IIT )
NO SHOW ( IIT - Illinois Institute of Technology )
Leutrim Demiri ( IIT )
Hamza Sekkak ( IIT )
Juneseok Yang ( IIT )
Abbas Divani ( IL Institute of Technology )
Russell Robinson ( Infrastructure Engineering Inc. )
NO SHOW ( IL Institute of Technology )
Ali Issa ( IIT )
Jingya Chi
Dalia Mohamed ( IIT )
Bora Jang ( IL Institute of Technology )
Chuck Pleuss ( Sitar Construction )
Bruce Kaskel ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (Chicago) )
Ronald Boehm ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Harry Allen ( HRA Engineering LLC )
Deborah Zroka ( Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. )
Robert B. Johnson
Jorge Montero ( TGRWA, LLC )
Holden Orler ( TGRWA )
Brian Wackerman ( TGRWA, LLC )
Matthew Koykar ( Simpson Strong-Tie )
Don Jabczynski ( S.E. Enhancements, LLC )
Aphrodite Angelakos ( a1a Design Group Corporation )
John Miller ( Nayyar & Nayyar International, Inc. )
Jose Estrada ( USG Corporation )
Gary Porter ( Illinois Structural Masonry Coalition )
Stephen Long ( Milhouse Engineering & Construction, Inc. )
Joseph Lowrance ( Farnsworth Group )
Sean Overholt ( TGRWA, LLC )
Don Redar ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Jason Caravello ( DYWIDAG-Systems International )
Collin Tierney ( Western Speciality Contractors )
Nancy Collins ( )
Jeff Warmolts ( DeWalt/Powers )
Richard Lansu ( Independent Consultant )
Mehmet Civelek ( DB Sterlin Consultants, Inc. )
Joseph Dardis ( AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction )
Gary Milligan ( Atlas Restoration, LLC )
Nishan Pethiyagoda ( Hilti, Inc. )
Soliman Khudeira ( CDOT - Engineering )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Kenneth Hansen ( Lindapter )
George Krupa
John Schmidt ( Rack Builders Inc. )
Matthew Walsh ( Walsh Construction Group )
David Finocchio ( Hayward Baker Inc. )