SEAoNY

Structural Engineers Association of New York


2021-2022 SEAoNY Board of Directors

President

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.

President-Elect


Erik Madsen P.E. is CEO of Madsen Consulting Engineering. Erik has extensive experience in the design and construction of new highrise building structures, renovations of historic and archaic properties, forensic work and design of temporary structures for construction. Erik started Madsen Consulting Engineering in 2010. He is a past SEAoNY Board Member, past chair of the Programs Committee, past staff editor of Cross Sections, co-chair of the SEAoNY Central NY Startup Committee, current co-chair of SPEC, and has served as the SEAoNY state delegate to NCSEA for 16 years. Erik has been a member of the NYC Department of Buildings Code Revision Structural Technical Committee and NCSEA's General Code Advisory Committee since 2011.


Treasurer


John Pat Arnett P.E. is a Principal at Silman. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering (Structural Engineering) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  In 1996, Pat was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship and did research on improving ductility and energy dissipation in steel moment connections.  His projects at Silman have ranged from adaptive reuse to new construction, working for both institutional and corporate clients. Pat previously created a course in existing building renovations at NYC College of Technology (City Tech) and currently is a studio consultant for the Rice School of Architecture (since 2011) and an adjunct professor at Columbia University (since 2013).  He is currently the professional mentor for the Engineers Without Borders Manhattan College chapter and was formerly the mentor for Princeton University. Some of Pat’s notable projects include Maroon Ranch - Aspen, Theater For a New Audience, and the Empire Stores renovation and redevelopment in Brooklyn, NY.

Secretary

Maya Stuhlbarg, PE, SE is currently a Senior Engineer at Silman. Maya started her career in New York City at Thornton Tomasetti. Prior to that, she received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, and a Master of Science from University of California, Berkeley. She is a licensed engineer in the states of New York and Illinois. For the past seven years, she has worked on new construction and existing renovation projects in a variety of sectors including residential, educational, and commercial. Some of her projects include the Yale Center for Innovative Technology, the renovation of Trinity Church – Wall Street, the renovation of Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 20, and Gansevoort Peninsula. Maya has been a member of SEAoNY for the last seven years, first involved with the Education and University Outreach Committee, and more recently she collaborated to help form and grow SEAoNY's Young Member Group of which she is past Chair. She has been a Director on the SEAoNY Board and the liaison to the Programs Committee for the past two years. 

Past-President

Bradford T. Kiefer, P.E. is a principal at Kiefer & Schuster Engineering PLLC, a firm he recently started with his partner Heather Schuster.  He holds P.E. licenses in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and a P.A. license in Connecticut. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Brad has been a part of SEAoNY for 20 years and has previously served as board member and as co-chair of the Codes and Standards Committee.  He has designed and managed a multitude of projects from small renovations to new buildings, participating in all stages of the project - from initial design and analysis through contract documents and construction administration. 

Directors


Samantha Brummell, P.E. is a Project Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti. Sam started her career in NYC at Severud Associates. Prior to that, she worked in the Construction of Facilities Department at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Most of her experience is in healthcare, residential and commercial construction. Notable projects include Brooklyn Methodist New York-Presbyterian Hospital and The Greenwich Lane Condominiums. Sam holds a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering, both from Cornell University. She is licensed in the State of New York. Sam has volunteered as an ACE mentor for five years with Brooklyn Tech High School, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Professional Women in Construction. She was selected for CTBUH NY’s first Emerging Leaders Award and ENR New York’s Top Young Professionals in 2019.

In 2015, Samantha joined the Education & University Outreach Committee. The following year, she chaired the group and started a side project to organize and pilot events targeted towards younger members. In only 8 months, the committee hosted all their annual events for students as well as six new events targeted towards YMs. In 2016, she founded SEAoNY’s Young Members Group, which was honored in 2018 as a Finalist for “Young Member Group of the Year” by NCSEA.  Sam is also active in NCSEA’s Code Advisory Committee, General Requirements Subcommittee as the group’s Recording Secretary.  


Selam Gebru, PE is currently an Associate at SOM New York. She received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Selam started her career in Montgomery, Alabama at Weatherford & Associates working there for over 8 years before going back for her Master of Engineering degree at MIT. Most of Selam’s experience is in new construction, in a variety of sectors, including commercial, residential and educational. Selected projects include Pendry hotel at the Manhattan West Development, Avenues - Riyadh, a hotel and office development in Saudi Arabia and National Museum of the United States Army in Virginia. She has also worked on several high-end wood houses across the southeast. Selam is a member of SEAoNY, and was a member of SEAoAL prior to her time in New York.

Tim Lynch is a New York State licensed Professional Engineer and certified Site Safety Manager with over 30 years of structural engineering design and construction experience.  

Mr. Lynch is the Chief Engineer for the Enforcement Bureau for the City of New York’s Buildings Department where he has served in a number of senior titles since 2005.  Mr. Lynch’s duties are as follows:

  • Code development focusing on the issues related to the structures and maintenance of our 1.1M existing buildings.
  • Inter-agency communications and initiatives
  • Performing site visits and engineering audits and writing reports on building fires, collapses and building’s related ,
  • Developing and performing internal and external training programs,
  • Responding natural disasters by assisting and overseeing our teams of engineers and inspectors and first responders (OEM, FDNY, HPD..). Most recently, Mr. Lynch performed and oversaw building evaluations in Puerto Rico for residential buildings and essential facilities damaged during Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes.
  • Outreach to our professional and contracting community regarding prior codes, prescriptive and performance design and structural behavior of  our 1.1M buildings.
  • Expert and fact witness for complex court cases and special legal assignments.
 

Jennifer Anna Pazdon, P.E. is Vice President of Cast Connex where she enables architects and engineers to leverage steel castings to simplify design, enhance aesthetics, and improve performance of connections. She earned her Bachelors in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters in Structures from Princeton University where her studies focused on aesthetics, efficiency, and economy in structural design. Ms. Pazdon’s projects in NYC include One Jackson Square (with GMS), The New Whitney Museum of American Art (with Silman), VIA 57 (with Thornton Tomasetti) and multiple residential renovations with Pazdon Engineering, Inc.

In addition to her practice as a structural engineering consultant based in New York City, Ms. Pazdon has been technical consultant to humanitarian agencies for projects in developing nations in Africa, Asia, and SE Asia. She was Lead Engineer for Build Change from 2015-2016.

Ms. Pazdon has been an active member of SEAONY for over 13 years. She is founding Chair of the SEAoNY Diversity Committee, was SEAoNY Programs Chair for 3 years, and is a frequent contributor to Cross Sections, the SEAoNY Newsletter.

In 2016, Ms. Pazdon became inaugural voting member of the NCSEA SE3 Committee. She is an active member of the AISC Continuing Education Committee Archives, the Professional Women in Construction Membership Committee, and the Organizing Committee for the 2018 IABSE Future of Design Conference in New York City.


Anthony Piderit, P.E. is an Associate at Murray Engineering. Anthony has been involved in numerous and diverse projects including the design of mid-rise residential and commercial use developments, townhome and penthouse renovations, as well as historical restoration of a number of NYC Landmark buildings. Anthony has designed different building types including conventional concrete structures, as well as steel and masonry structures for commercial, educational, residential, institutional, and cultural buildings. Anthony is the current Chair of the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY) Young Member Group Committee and also sits on the Scholarship Committee. He also is the Secretary of the NCSEA Existing Building Code Committee. 

Muhammad Rahal, P.E. joined Severud Associates in 2002 as an engineer. Within the next five years, he received his master’s degree and progressed to senior engineer. In 2008, Muhammad advanced to the role of associate and in 2019 was elevated to senior associate. Muhammad’s condition survey and field experience has made him particularly expert in building additions and alterations and renovations of existing structures. He has contributed to many noteworthy projects, including the mixed-use building at 851 Avenue of the Americas, the 35XV Condominium, and renovation of the former New York Times building, all in New York City.

Muhammad is author of the master’s thesis, The Design of Steel Structures Under the Influence of Blast Loading, published by The Cooper Union in 2004.

Muhammad is licensed as a professional engineer in New York and New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering in civil engineering, both from The Cooper Union.

   

 Andrea Shear is an Associate Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.  (WJE) in New York City. Since starting at WJE in 2003, she has performed field investigations and evaluations involving a broad range of construction materials, with a primary focus on renovation of historic steel and concrete structures. She has designed structural and building envelope repairs, restorations, and modifications for adaptive reuse, as well as completed construction period services and special inspections associated with a variety of structures, including high rise and historic commercial and office buildings, parking structures, residential buildings, and civil infrastructure. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in Civil Engineer from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey, an ICC certified bolting inspector, an AWS Certified Welding Inspector, a director of WJE’s Special Inspection Agency and a New York City Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector. 

Andrea has been an active member of the Structural Engineers Associate of New York (SEAoNY) since 2008, most recently serving as secretary of the Codes and Standards Committee. Prior to moving to New York, she was a member of the Structural Engineer’s Association of Michigan (SEAMi). She is also an active participant of the American Welding Society (AWS)'s Subcommittee on Strengthening and Repair and AWS D1 Task Group 1 on Design.


Hannah ValentinePE is a Senior Structural Engineer at Buro Happold’s New York office. She received both her Master’s and Bachelor’s of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. During her time at Buro Happold, she has worked on a number of large projects in the sports, university, and commercial sectors. Such projects including the Mercedes Benz Stadium, the first LEED Platinum professional sports stadium and winner of the 2017 NCSEA Award for Outstanding Project; Harvard Allston Science Complex, a 500,000SF laboratory complex in Harvard’s Innovation Corridor; and a 600,000SF commercial development on the former Hudson’s site in Detroit.

She is the current co-chair of the SEAoNY Diversity Committee. She mentors high school interns through the LA Promise Fund's Intern Project, and aims to widen the pipeline for next generation of young professional engineers. She is also involved. With the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, American Institute of Steel Construction, and the Penn State Alumni Association.

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