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SEAOI BOARD  of Directors

Executive Committee


Jennifer Traut-Todaro
President

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
President-Elect

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
Treasurer

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

Cathleen Jacinto
Secretary

 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

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

Directors to 2027

Bill Ipema

Position: Associate Principal, Klein & Hoffman

Education: UIUC - Bachelors in Civil Engineering, UIC - Masters in Civil Engineering

Societies: SEAOI, AIA (Chicago)

Brad Fletcher

Position: Senior Sales Engineer, Atlas Tube

Education:
Purdue University – BSCE, MSCE

Societies: SEAOI, AISC, CISC, ASTM, STI

Garret Corbet

Position: Structural Engineering Department Leader, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson

Education: Master of Architecture; Structural Emphasis, Bachelor of Science; Architectural Studies - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Societies: SEAOI, AIA (Chicago), AISC, USGBC, ACE Mentor

Past Presidents

Jon Sfura 
Immediate Past 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

Jan Blok 
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!





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