Structural Engineering Institute Illinois Chapter (SEI-IL)

22nd Biennial Lecture Series

SEI-IL is pleased to announce the 22nd Biennial Lecture Series to be hosted at the Union League Club of Chicago.  These prestigious seminars featured distinguished speakers from across the globe and attract many talented professionals from the Chicagoland area.

For more information, please visit our 22nd Biennial Lecture Series page.

About SEI

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) is a vibrant community of more than 20,000 structural engineers within the American Society of Civil Engineers. SEI started on October 1, 1996 in order to serve the unique needs of the structural engineering community while influencing change on broader issues that shape the entire civil engineering community.

Because SEI members are leaders in structural engineering practice and academia, SEI provides great networking opportunities while stimulating coordination and understanding between academia and practicing engineers – driving the practical application of cutting edge research.

SEI produces technical publications, journals, conferences, continuing education , codes and standards, and professional practice documents that advance the structural engineering profession.

SEI advances our members’ careers, stimulates technological advancement, and improves professional practice.

Visit the National Website by clicking here: Structural Engineering Institute

About SEI-IL

The Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Illinois Chapter focuses on creating professional development activities and networking opportunities for structural engineers in the ASCE Illinois Section.


Joe Kauzlarich
(312) 575-3912
Michael Baker International
200 W. Adams Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60606
Past Chair
Kendra Bleers
(773) 380-7913
HDR, Inc.
8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60631
Tom Janicke
(630) 577-9100 x706
Alfred Benesch and Company
1230 East Diehl Road, Suite 109
Naperville, IL 60563
Justin Pattison
(312) 553-4171
200 W. Monroe, Ste. 1650
Chicago, IL 60606 
Emery Waterhouse
(773) 380-7924
HDR, Inc.
8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60631
Special Events
Patrick Laux
(312) 294-5674
30 N. LaSalle St. Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60606
Student Liaison
Irsilia Colletti
(312) 798-0231
1 S Wacker Drive, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606
Stephen Long
(312) 994-8711
60 E. Van Buren St., STE 1501
Chicago, IL 60605
Web Admin.
Jeff Picker
(773) 867-7208
HDR, Inc.
8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60631
Chris Knipp
(312) 575-3907
Michael Baker International
200 W. Adams Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60606
Professional Liaison
Michael Barahona
(312) 683-7834
Black & Veatch
900 Oakmont Lane, Ste 100
Westmont, IL 60559

Shared Committee Responsibilities:

  1. Volunteer to coordinate a speaker for dinner meetings
    1. Contact speaker to gauge interest and coordinate available date with Vice Chair, preferred 2 months in advance.
    2. Assist presenter to prepare flyer announcement and verifying its correctness.
    3. Send the flyer to the Chair and Web Admin for distribution at least 4 weeks before the dinner.
    4. Coordinate what laptop will be used and confirm we have cords.
  2. Co-hosts and finds speakers and panelists for one Lecture Series session.
  3. Attend monthly committee meetings / conference calls.
  4. Attend dinner meetings and other events as possible.
  5. Participate in student outreach as available.
  6. Participate in ASCE-IL subcommittees as needed (such as Report Card, Government Affairs, EWB).

Chair: (License IL SE preferred) (executive committee)

  1. Attend monthly ASCE-IL Board meetings and act as a liaison to the Board and SEI LAD.
    1. Prepare, send and share a report at the Board meeting
    2. Participate in additional ASCE-IL subcommittees as required by the Board
    3. Report back to the committee
  2. Prepare agenda and lead monthly committee meetings.
  3. Confirm all committee responsibilities are delegated within the committee.
  4. Find volunteers to organize each dinner meetings.
  5. Welcome guests and make announcements at dinner meetings and other events.
  6. Participate in SEI LAD committee quarterly conference calls.
  7. Biennial Lecture Series Co-Chair.

Past Chair: (executive committee)

  1. Advise the Chair as needed.
  2. Advise the committee as needed.
  3. Biennial Lecture Series Co-Chair if it is a Lecture Series year.

Vice Chair: (License IL SE preferred) (executive committee)

  1. Coordinate and make reservations for monthly dinner meetings.
    1. Send email to restaurant with menu and head count 2 days before the dinners.
    2. Approve the contract and bring a copy to dinner.
    3. Verify the Treasurer pays for the correct amount per the approved contract.
    4. Verify room setup, temperature, welcome table, AV equipment, sound barrier (screen, podium/table, power strips, etc.).
  2. Maintain door prizes and speaker gift inventory and bring prizes/gifts to dinners.
  3. Create and bring (via USB drive) Power Point presentation for dinner meeting announcements and advertising.
  4. Manage committee efforts to look through engineering magazines to find for presentation topic ideas. ASCE Civil Engineering, Modern Steel, Structure, Roads and Bridges, Aspire, ACEC Engineering.
  5. Participate in SEI LAD committee quarterly conference calls as desired.
  6. Substitute for the Chair as needed.
  7. Attend SEI LAD annual meeting in the fall after their term (as incoming Chair).

Treasurer: (Commitment to 5 year rotation thru the executive committee)

  1. Keep financial records.
  2. Make deposits at bank and provide checks as needed.
  3. Submit monthly reports to the committee itemizing transactions and rolling balance.
  4. Develops a two year budget in the fall.
  5. Submit annual report to the ASCE IL Section Treasurer itemizing transactions and ending balance from October 1st thru September 30th for the preparation of the section taxes.
  6. Settles bill at dinner meetings and other events.

Secretary: (Commitment to 5 year rotation thru the executive committee)

  1. Prepares and distributes committee meeting minutes.
  2. Post final minutes to Google Drive.
  3. Take registrations for monthly dinner meetings and other events as needed.
  4. Provides PDH certificates and receipts for dinner meetings and other events.
  5. Provides sign-in sheet and nametags for committee and attendees at dinner meetings and other events.
  6. Responsible for running the registration table at dinner meetings and other events.
  7. Maintains Gmail account and answers or forwards emails received.

Special Events:

  1. Organize special events such as annual holiday dinner, and an engineering movie night.
  2. Organize a field trip or tour over the summer that would be of interest to structural engineers.
  3. Collects business cards at dinner meetings and forwards them to the Web Admin for updating the contact list.

Student Liaison:

  1. Maintains contact with Northwestern, UIC and IIT student chapters.
  2. Solicits applications for the annual SEI Illinois Chapter scholarships.
  3. Receives and distributes the applications to the committee and collates the committee responses to determine selections.
  4. Notifies the scholarship winners.
  5. Attends the annual President Elect / Student Awards dinner.
    1. Print certificates to present the scholarship winner at the event.
    2. Coordinates with the Treasurer to have checks.


  1. Investigate and plans multiple training events per year including some of the following:
    1. NHI courses (LRFD, Bridge Inspection, etc.)
    2. AISC courses
    3. PCI & PCA courses
    4. ASCE Continuing Education Webinars
    5. LB Foster Sheet Piling
    6. Lecture Series (as needed)
  2. Hosts the lunch webinar for our chapter’s complementary ASCE Continuing Education Webinar.

Web Administrator:

  1. Prepares and sends SEI-IL email blasts to contacts in database as approved by committee.
  2. Proactively compiles the information for the ASCE-IL website to keep it up to date.
  3. Updates ASCE-IL Google calendar.
  4. Send event information twice per month to ASCE-IL Communications Chair.
  5. Maintains the Vertical Response contact database.


  1. Maintains organization of google drive and actively seeks out missing information.
  2. Maintains historical records of dinner meetings, lecture series and other events; topic, attendance and profit.
  3. Maintains speaker, vendors and sponsors database.
  4. Maintains IL SE firms list and coordinates the committee.

Professional Liaison:

  1. Monitor other committees/institutes in the area including (but are not limited to) other ASCE technical groups, SEAoI, Roadbuilders, ACEC, etc.
  2. Check for activity conflicts during event planning.
  3. Report on their activities to avoid topic overlap.