Each year in September SEAoNY elects a Board of Directors, whose leadership guides the organization's efforts. The breadth of their knowledge and experience allows SEAoNY to host valuable programs and maintain a strong voice in the structural engineering community.


Eli B. Gottlieb, P.E., is a Principal at Thornton Tomasetti. Eli is a licensed professional engineer in New York, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department. He is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. He holds a bachelor's degree in structural engineering and applied science from Princeton University and a master's degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University. He has been a member of SEAoNY since 1997. His recent projects include the Hudson Yards mixed-use project in New York, 11 Times Square in New York, and Basrah Sport City in Iraq. In 2011, he was named to Engineering News-Record's Top 20 under 40 list, which recognizes outstanding contributions of AEC young professionals.


Alastair C. Elliott, P.E., LEED AP, is a Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Robert Silman Associates. He received a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami. Since joining the firm in 1995, he has worked on a wide range of projects including institutional, healthcare, education and residential. Recent and current work includes Milstein Hall at Cornell University, Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation, the new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a number of projects for New York University, including the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life. Alastair was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 2004 to 2006. He previously served on the SEAoNY board as a Director and Treasurer from 2004 to 2008. He is currently a member of the SEAoNY Codes and Standards Committee and was a member of the 2014 New York City Building Code Revision Committee.

Benjamin Pimentel, P.E. is Managing Partner of Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, P.C., which he joined in 2004. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the firm, the initial structural design of buildings, as well as project management. Additionally, he implemented and oversees the firm's Building Information Modeling projects, and he oversaw the application and certification by International Accreditation Service for the firm's Special Inspections department. He has designed many notable and challenging high-rise buildings in New York City with past experience including the 1.2 million square foot, 60-story MiMa at 440 West 42nd Street, the 26-story "M&M Building" at 1600 Broadway, and the 40-story Oro condominiums in Brooklyn. He participated in the SEAoNY IBC-NYC code comparison study, contributing to the concrete section. Currently, he is representing several buildings along the Second Avenue Subway line, and is involved in multiple new construction sites throughout New York City. He is a graduate of Roger Williams University.


Sara Steele, P.E. is a Senior Engineer at Robert Silman Associates. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past ten years she has worked on new construction, renovation, and historic preservation. She has worked on a variety of project types including educational, institutional, residential and commercial. Sara's major projects include Morgan Library Expansion, FDNY Rescue Company 3, Manhattanville College Student Center, Thompson LES Hotel, and many private residences. She has been a member of the SEAoNY Programs Committee for over five years where she has helped to organize many evening seminars and annual meetings.

Brian Falconer, P.E., SE, LEED AP, SECB is a principal at Severud Associates where he has practiced for over 20 years. Brian received a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MS in Structural Engineering from University of Texas. His experience includes commercial, institutional, residential, and public buildings. His notable projects include the American Museum of Natural History, the NYUMC-Skirball Institute, the Neurosciences Institute, Turkiye Is Bankasi Headquarters, the American Folk Art Museum, the University of Michigan Biomedical Research Building, the World Trade Center PATH Station, the Barnes Foundation, Novartis, and Moynihan Station. Brian has collaborated with Santiago Calatrava, James Carpenter, Ennead Architects, Gwathmey Siegel, Jean Nouvel, Dennis Oppenheim, Kevin Roach, SOM, Weiss/Manfredi, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. He has been a member of SEAoNY since 1995, and he was the Chairperson for the NYC 2008/IBC 2009 Review. In 2003, Brian began serving with the NYC DOB on the Model Building Code Committee, then the Ad-Hoc Alternative Concrete Protocol Committee, and now the Structural Committee, the Seismic Panel, and Chairperson of the Masonry Chapter Panel. His national service includes the Structural Engineering Institute's Seismic Effects and Structural Fire Protection Standards Committees. Brian resides in Maplewood, NJ with his wife, Virginia, and their two children.


Douglas P. Gonzalez, P.E. is a Senior Associate at LERA. Joining the firm in 1991, Mr. Gonzalez has been involved with the structural design of many of the firm's cultural and civic projects including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; the Baltimore Convention Center Expansion in Maryland and the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC. Mr. Gonzalez was Project Manager for the Newseum and Freedom Forum, a 650,000-sf museum for journalism in Washington, DC. Currently, he serves as Project Manager for a new 5-story office building for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover, NJ, several new facilities for the NYU Langone Medical Center, and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation and Expansion in New York City, which is under construction. Mr. Gonzalez also has significant experience in the renovation and modification of existing structures, consisting of adaptive reuse, historic restorations, and structural upgrades. Additionally, Mr. Gonzalez held the titles of Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair for the ASCE Metropolitan Section Structures Group, and was a member of the Structures Congress (NYC) Steering Committee in 2005. He was also a member of the SEAoNY IBC-NYC code comparison study and participated in the NYC Building Department model code development program. Mr. Gonzalez holds a Master of Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City.
Jonathan Hernandez, P.E., is a Partner at Gilsanz Murray Steficek. Jonathan joined GMS in 2000 after 18 years of working as a structural engineer in the Philippines. He is currently the lead engineer responsible for hundreds of new LEED certified PNC Bank branches located across the US. Other projects include the rehabilitation of historic firehouses, the infrastructure upgrade of JP Morgan Chase headquarters, and the construction of a tomotherapy suite fitted with lead walls.
Rebecca Jones, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, is a Senior Project Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti. Rebecca is a licensed professional engineer in New York, LEED accredited professional in building design and construction, and a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute in the Architecture Department. She is a member of Structural Engineering Association of New York and American Society of Civil Engineers- Structural Engineering Institute. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Iowa State University and her Master of Science in Structural Engineering at Princeton University. She is an active member of SEAoNY since 2008. She has been a member and chair of the Programs committee, member of the Sponsorship committee as liaison to the Publications committee and she has published in Cross-Sections. Her recent work experience includes 10 Hudson Yards in New York, Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, and 11 Times Square in New York. Her recent work with ASCE-SEI includes membership on the sustainability committee with an article published in the June 2014 issue of Civil + Structural Magazine. She has a passion to mentor others and participates in the ACE program.
  Eugene Kim, P.E. is an Associate at Gilsanz Murray Steficek. His projects range from the interior renovation of the 40 story Bertelsmann Building in New York to the new Herb Alpert Educational Village, a non-profit college preparatory school in Santa Monica, CA. Eugene joined GMS right out of Columbia in 2005 and when he is not busy engineering, he serves as the company's team captain for CANstruction, an annual event to fight hunger.
James Vignola, P.E. is a senior structural engineer at STV Incorporated. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and a Master's of Civil Engineering with a structural concentration from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has a wide range of experience in many types of construction, from modern single family homes up to large scale institutional buildings. He worked for several years at a boutique engineering firm for which he provided consulting services for smaller high end projects such as free form architectural stairs or museum exhibits, as well as many townhouse renovations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. At STV, he has consulted on numerous commercial construction projects for various schools, universities, hospitals and other public agencies including federal work. Throughout his career, Mr. Vignola has amassed extensive experience with restoration of all types, including many exterior envelope repair and restoration projects in and around New York City. He is also very involved with the development of workflows and best practices related to the use of BIM and integrated analytical modeling and has completed several design project using various 3D software.


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