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SEAOI BOARD  of Directors

Executive Committee

Jon Sfura 
President

Position: Senior Associate, Wiss, Janney,
Elstner Associates, Inc.

Education: Purdue University, B.S.C.E.; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.S.C.E., Ph.D. in Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; CE, CA; PE, FL, KS, MI

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, AISC, BSSC, EERI

Jennifer Traut-Todaro 
President-Elect

Position: Director of Workforce Development,
American Institute of Steel Construction

Education: University of Illinois, M.S., Architecture, Structures Option; B.S., Architectural Studies 

Licensure: SE., Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC


James Pawlikowski
Treasurer

Position: Principal, Datum Engineers

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; B.A, and M. Architecture with Structural; Engineering Concentration

Licensure: SE, Illinois; LEED, AP

Societies: SEAOI, CCHRB, ACI, ASCE, AISC


Michelle Ryland 
Secretary

Position: Senior Associate I, Klein & Hoffman

Education: The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Architectural Studies, M. Architecture (Structures Option)

Licensure: SE, Illinois; RA, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, AISC

Directors to 2024

Brian Boysen


Position: Structural Section Manager, Burns & McDonnell

Education: The University of Illinois, B.S. General Engineering; Illinois Institute of Technology, MAS Structural Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois, Hawaii; PE, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, ACI, AISC


Cathleen Jacinto

 


Position: Structural Engineer, FORSE Consulting, LLC

Education: Illinois Institute of Technology, MS Structural Engineering; University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, BS Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, PE, Illinois

Associations: SEAOI, AISC, STI, TMS

Sam Mittal

Position: Principal, Engineering Director - Structures, STV, Inc.

Education: The University of Chicago, M.B.A. Finance, Entrepreneurship; University of Cincinnati, M.S. Civil Engineering; National Institute of Technology, B.Tech. Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, California, Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Ohio      

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE

Directors to 2025

Enji Paul Papazisi


Position: Bridge Engineer III, HNTB Corporation

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Civil Engineering; M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: PE, Illinois; SE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC

Adam Theiss

Position: Vice President, WSP

Education: University of Washington, M.S. Civil Engineering; Lund University, Valle Foundation Research Fellowship; Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. Civil Engineering; Lawrence University, B.A. Physics

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, California

Societies: SEAOI, Aff. AIA Chicago

Brian Umbright


Position: Vice President, Transportation, EXP

Education: MSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, BSCE, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Licensure: SE, IL; PE, IL, FL, GA, IA, IN, MO, WI

Societies: SEAOI, ACI, ASCE, ACEC-IL, IRTBA

Directors to 2026

Maen Farhat

Position: Chief Structural Engineer/ Accurate Group, Inc.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Lebanese University, Beirut, Ph.D. in Civil and Material Engineering University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, Wisconsin, Michigan

Societies: SEAOI, AAAEA

David Nauheimer

Position: Senior Associate II, Sargent and Lundy, LLC

Education: BS Civil Engineering, MS Structural Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Societies: SEAOI, NCSEA, AISC


Frank  Lombardo

Position: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Education: BS Civil Engineering, Trine University, PhD Wind Engineering, Texas Tech University

Societies: ASCE, SEAOI, AAWE

Past Presidents

Derek Boeldt
Past President


Position: Associate/Client Service Leader/Illinois Transit Leader, CDM Smith

Education: Michigan Technological University, B.S., Civil Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC, AREMA

Jan Blok 
Immediate Past President

Position: President, The Structural Group, Ltd.

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S, M.S., Structural Engineering

Licensure: SE, Illinois; PE., CT, IN, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, OH, WI

Societies: SEAOI, SEPAC, AISC, M.ASCE, AWC, CFSEI, PCI


Young Engineers Committee (YEC) Co-chairs

Greg Charman
YEC Co-chair

Position: Senior Project Engineer, PARADIGM Structural Engineers

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Civil Engineering, M.S. Structural Engineering

Licensure: S.E., P.E.

Societies: SEAOI, AISC, ASCE

Peter Busch
YEC Co-chair

Position: Bridge Engineer II, HNTB Corporation, YEC Co-Chair

Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, M.S., Civil Engineering

Licensure: PE, Illinois

Societies: SEAOI, ASCE, AISC

The SEAOI Board of Directors is the backbone of the organization. Members are expected to attend the monthly meeting and to spend an additional minimum of 4 hours per month on the activities of the Board and other committees. The term for a new Board member is 3 years.


 

Check out David Nickell, SEAOI President 2018-2019, talking about the importance of our Leadership Board in the video above!

Click on a Board member's name below to see their affiliations and credentials. To contact the SEAOI Board, please email Stephanie Crain, Executive Director. 

Board Officers

President -  Jon Sfura
President-Elect - Jennifer Traut-Todaro
Treasurer - James Pawlikowski
Secretary - Michelle Ryland

Directors to 2024

Brian Boysen
Cathleen Jacinto
Sam Mittal

Directors to 2025

Enji Paul Papazisi
Adam Theiss
Brian Umbright

Directors to 2026

Maen Farhat
David Nauheimer
Franklin Lombardo

Past Presidents

Derek Boeldt, 2021-2022
Jan I. Blok, 2022-2023

Greg Charman - Young Engineers Committee Co-Chair
Peter Busch Young - Engineers Committee Co-Chair




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