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President Elect

Jonathan C. Hernandez, P.E., SECBis a Partner at Gilsanz Murray Steficek and has designed new construction work as well as renovations and rehabilitations. He has worked on the infrastructure upgrade of the 2 million sf JP Morgan Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue, the rehabilitation of the historic SculptureCenter in LIC, the creation of a tomotherapy suite at Lenox Hill Hospital, over 200 new LEED certified PNC Bank Branches and a new Central Utility Plant at Staten Island University Hospital. Mr. Hernandez is a Director of the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA), and has served on the Board of Directors of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). He is certified by the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB), and a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), CoreNet Global, The Architectural League of New York, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and SEAoNY.


Christina Chu, P.E., LEED AP, is a Project Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti (TT). She received a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York. Since joining TT, Christina has worked on a variety of projects including commercial, education, retail and tenant fit-outs. Some of her previous work includes Las Vegas CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada; Two Riverfront Plaza in Newark, New Jersey; Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China; and Basrah Sports City, Secondary Stadium in Basrah, Iraq. Christina is currently helping oversee work on the Hudson Yards Platform in New York.Christina has been a member of SEAoNY since 2008. She is an active member on the Programs Committee and began working with the SE Licensure Committee last year. She has also been involved with Urban Assembly and the ACE Mentor Program.


Pat Arnett, P.E., is a Senior Associate at Silman.  He has been at the firm since 1999 and has designed and managed projects on new and existing structures throughout the New York metro area and across the US.  He has worked on a wide variety of cultural, residential, institutional, and historic preservation projects as well as consulting with a variety of artists on dozens of unique installations.  Current projects include the New York Public Library Midtown Campus Renovation, the redevelopment of the Domino Sugar Refinery and Domino Park in Brooklyn, the renovation and restoration of the Empire Stores Warehouses in DUMBO, the Siebel Center for Design in Champaign, IL, and TheaterSquared in Fayetteville, AR.  Recently completed projects include Columbia University’s Campbell Sports Center at Baker Field, the Theater for a New Audience in Brooklyn, and the conversion of the historic tobacco warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park to the new St. Ann’s Warehouse.  He is an adjunct faculty member to the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and also teaches at the Rice University School of Architecture.  He has previously acted as the Engineers Without Borders professional mentor for Princeton University, and is currently the professional mentor for Manhattan College.  Mr. Arnett received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering Degrees from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Eugene Kim, P.E. is an Associate at Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP. His design work includes new construction work as well as renovations and rehabilitations.  Some of his previous projects include the renovation of the 40 story Bertelsmann Building in New York, restoration and redevelopment of 280 Park Avenue, Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the new Herb Alpert Educational Village, a non-profit college preparatory school in Santa Monica, CA and One Jackson Square.  Some of his current projects include a new 45 story residential complex in Jersey City, the Moise Safra Community Center on the upper east side, and a new corporate headquarters in NJ.  Eugene joined GMS right out of Columbia University in 2005 where he received both his Bachelors and Masters of Science.  He has previously served as Secretary and Director for SEAoNY and is an active member of the Membership Committee.  When he is not busy engineering, he serves as the company's team captain for CANstruction, an annual event to fight hunger.  

Matthew Peitz, PE is an Associate at Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, PC where he has practiced for the last 9 years. He is a registered professional engineer in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Matthew received his Bachelors of Science from Pennsylvania State University and later received his Masters of Science from Rutgers University in 2013. His experience includes new construction, renovations, and modifications to institutional, residential, commercial, and public buildings. Matthew's most notable projects include One Bryant Park, the American Museum of Natural History, Moynihan Station, the World Trade Center PATH Station, the New York Stock Exchange, the Barnes Foundation, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. He is the Project Manager for both the new Science Building at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Harrison PATH Station Replacement project, which are currently under construction. Matthew is a member of SEAoNY and has participated in several industry related events such as CANstruction and the Iron Designer Challenge.


Yasmin Rehmanjee is an Associate Principal at Buro Happold.  She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Yasmin has over 15 years of experience in the building industry across the globe, having worked in the United States, Middle East, and Asia.  Her experience includes a range of building types, such as sports facilities, auditoriums, healthcare facilities, and tall buildings. Some of her notable projects include The University of Chicago Center for Care and Discovery and a 11,400 seat Auditorium for Epic Systems Corporation. Yasmin is currently Project Manager for the Mercedes-Benz stadium project in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has taught structural engineering courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is or has been involved in several organizations such as ACE Mentor Program, Engineers without Borders, SEAOI and more.  Yasmin has been a member of SEAoNY since 2014 when she relocated to New York from Chicago, and is an active member of the SEAoNY SE Licensure Committee.

Yunlu (Lulu) Shen, P.E. is an Associate at the SOM New York Office. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, and her Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto. She has experience in a wide range of project types, including super-tall towers, commercial offices, museums and cultural centers, renovations, and pedestrian bridges. Recent New York projects include the Manhattan West Development, 34 East 51st Street Boutique Office, and 510 Fifth Avenue renovation. She also participated in the winning design of the inaugural City of Dreams Pavilion competition on Governors Island.

Yunlu has been an active member of SEAoNY since 2009, and was chair of the Programs Committee from 2010-2012. She is also involved with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Young Professionals Committee.

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