Congratulations to Steve Elver, 2016 SEAOI Service Award Recipient

The SEAOI Service Award is given to individuals for outstanding contributions to SEAOI or to the profession of structural engineering in the State of Illinois. 

Steve Elver, Senior Consultant for GEI Consultants, served on the SEAOI board for ten years, including two years as Treasurer and one year as President (2009-2010). Elver also led SEAOI’s Long-Range Planning and the Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Committees for many years, and has worked tirelessly behind the scenes on many other activities and initiatives for the organization. Shane Farr, Division Manager for Hayward Baker Inc., introduced Elver by recalling his ever-present willingness to pitch in and help, and by the positive mark he leaves on those around him. Farr went on to describe his history and relationship with Elver, “It is a well-known truth that what you learn in college merely lays the groundwork for what you learn in your first job and from your first boss. I was fortunate to have Steve as my first boss. His ability to teach and guide me and others that worked for him is a skill that few engineers possess, and certainly is a great service to the advancement and the future of structural engineering. I will forever be thankful for everything he taught me.”

photo by Andrew Breen


About the Award

The SEAOI Service Award is intended to be given to a person in the design, construction, or related field, who has achieved outstanding success and distinction in his or her career, and who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of structural engineering. 

The candidate must be active in his or her field or retired for not more than two years. There is no limit to the number of awards nor to the time span between awards. Candidates for this Award do not have to be members of SEAOI, nor be a structural engineer.


SEAOI Service Award Recipients

2016     Steve Elver
2015     Laurence J. Dietrick
2014     David R. Bibbs
2013     Thomas F. McCluskey
2012     Bruce S. Kaskel
2011     Roger H. Reckers
2010     David Gustafson
2009     Carl F. Peterson
2008     Deborah Zroka
2007     Jon Boyd
2006     John J. Zils
2005     William D. Bast
2004     Larry R. Meyers
2003     Bryan Erler
2002     Benjamin R. Baer
2001     James J. Powers
2000     Frank Montana
1999     Michael Tylk
1998     William L. Lavicka
1997     Harry B. Kuchma
1996     Nancy L. Gavlin
1995     Timothy J. Kilberg
1994     Dr. W. Gene Corley
1993     Robert B. Johnson
1991     Robert W. Gerstner
1990     Clyde N. Baker, Jr.
1979     Joseph F. Fitzgerald