Structural Engineers Association of New York

 

ELECTION for 2020-2021 BOARD MEMBERS

Members of SEAoNY will receive an email with the ballot. Please email admin@seaony.org if you have any questions.

Elections will be held for President-Elect, Treasurer and Four (4) Directors. Each Member can only vote once.

Please pick a nominee once, do not pick the same nominee for more than one director position. Ballots like such will not be counted. Only SEAoNY members may vote. Polls closes July 14, 2020


Nominees

President Elect

 

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.

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.

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.
 

Olivia Parker joined the Severud Associates’ team six years ago, after receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from Lehigh University.  Over the course of her career, Olivia has engineered high-end residential buildings, office buildings, and tenant fit-outs, among many other projects.  Olivia’s current focus is on 270 Park Avenue, the high-rise office building in New York City that will replace an existing high-rise and be supported over active railroad tracks. Olivia has been involved with SEAoNY since the start of her professional career, and was one of the founding members of the SEAoNY Young Members Group, where she has served the last 3 years as the Record Keeper.

                                                                                                                                                                           

Chander Puri BE C.Eng M.ASCE FIStructE joined DPRILLA in 2020 with over 30-plus-years of structural engineering experience in various leadership roles. He has considerable global experience in structural analysis, design, value engineering and peer review of a variety of building types in both steel and concrete. Chander’s work includes entertainment and cultural venues, commercial buildings, tall and supertall residential towers, long-span structured, mixed-use and industrial developments in moderate to severe seismic zones. 

His keen business development, client management and project leadership skills, coupled with extensive engineering background, provides him a strong understanding of the importance of collaboration, creativity, and flexibility for the successful delivery of signature projects. He has been involved in several iconic projects, mainly in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, that are built or currently under construction, including Macy’s Fulton Street renovation and extension, SeaWorld Abu Dhabi, Mashreq Bank Headquarters, HBZ football stadium, DMCC Al Mas Tower, Mashreq Bank Headquarters, Zayed National Museum, and One Zabeel Twin Towers in Dubai. 

As a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of The Institution of Structural Engineers, Chander is recognized for his outstanding contributions and commitment to the structural engineering industry. Chander is passionate about career mentoring and has contributed significantly to programs with his employers and the engineering community. Chander currently serves on SEAoNY Programs Committee. He is Past Vice-Chairman of The Institution of Structural Engineers’ Regional Group in UAE. He has contributed to American University of Sharjah’s Civil Engineering curriculum review committee. He has also taught a concrete design course to candidates preparing for Part 3 exam leading to Chartered Engineer, MIStructE qualification.

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.


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