SEAoNY

Structural Engineers Association of New York


2022- 2023 Elections




Elections are being held for President-Elect, Treasurer, and four (4) Director positions. Each member can only vote once. Only SEAoNY members may vote, if you have not received the email containing the ballot please email admin@seaony.org. Polls closes 3 PM August 1, 2022

President-Elect



Samantha Brummell, PE is a Senior 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, 141 Willoughby and 345 PAS The Cure. Sam holds a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering, both from Cornell University. Given that all of her professional experience has been in NYC, she is licensed in the State of New York. Sam has served as an ACE mentor and volunteered with the Salvadori Center. Additionally, She is a member of the Association of Medical Facilities Professionals, American Society of Civil Engineers and Professional Women in Construction. Sam has been honored as a top young professional by CTBUH and ENR at the state level, and C+S Engineer Media and ACEC on a national level, for her dedication to the AEC industry.

In 2015, Samantha joined the Education & University Outreach Committee. The following year, she chaired the group and started a side project to 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, and she has been serving on SEAoNY’s Board of Director since 2018.  Sam is also active in NCSEA’s Code Advisory Committee, General Requirements Subcommittee as the group’s Recording Secretary.

Yunlu (Lulu) Shen, PE is an Associate Principal at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Lulu’s engineering work encompasses a broad range of structures—including super-tall towers, museums and cultural centers, renovations, and pedestrian bridges. Notable New York projects include Two Manhattan West, Highline Moynihan Connector, 510 Fifth Avenue renovation, and 34 East 51st Street Boutique Office. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, and her Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto.

Lulu has been an active member of SEAoNY since 2009. She was Secretary from 2019-2021, Director from 2016-2019, and Chair of the Programs Committee from 2010-2012. She led the taskforce that established the Central New York Chapter, as well as the Bylaw update in 2018. She is also on the steering committee of NCSEA’s PR campaign to promote the structural engineering profession.

Treasurer

Anthony Piderit, PE 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. 

Directors


John Pat Arnett, PE 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.

Jill Hrubecky, PE serves as the Executive Engineer for the NYC Department of Buildings’ (DOB) Investigative Engineering Services (IES) unit – DOB’s engineering response and audit unit. IES supports all DOB portfolios, manages special initiatives like compromised structures, and aids the Technical Affairs unit in Code and Rule revisions. IES encompasses the following units: Concrete Enforcement, Forensic Engineering, Local Law & Façades, Retaining Wall, and Structurally Compromised Buildings. In her role, Jill provides technical expertise and aids in managing a team of 60 design professionals, inspectors and administrative support staff. She works to further the DOB’s efforts to create a culture of safety on construction sites and enforce laws to protect all New York City residents, workers, and visitors. Previously, Jill was a Principal Engineer with the Forensic Engineering Unit where she provided engineering competence for incidents, accidents, collapses, fires, weather events and building related fatalities. Prior to joining DOB, Jill was an Associate at Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP Engineers and Architects, where she worked for 14 years. Jill is a licensed professional engineer in the states of New York and California. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and a Master of Public Administration from New York University.


Timothy Lynch, PE is a NYS licensed Professional Engineer with over 35 years of engineering experience. Up to June of 2022, Mr. Lynch served as the Chief Enforcement

Engineer for the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). Since 2005, Mr Lynch has served with the DOB in a number of titles, working on all types of field and engineering evaluation issues related to the public safety of NYC’s 1.1M existing buildings. As a structural engineer, using all his years of experience, he has coordinated and attended DOB’s engineering responses for partial and full building collapses, and the immediate efforts required to make them safe using shoring campaigns, demolitions or short and long term repairs. Regular responses and management were daily tasks required to make buildings safe for occupants and the public when serious structural stability issues arose from construction accidents and errors, fires, and structural decay from weathering and wear and tear. The work also required responding to, managing and coordinating NYC’s response to major weather events such as hurricanes and large coastal storms. These can impact anywhere up to 100K of NYC’s buildings, in particular, family dwellings located in coastal areas as was the case with Superstorm Sandy. The emergency response work also extended to out of state deployments up and down the Atlantic seaboard, where NYC provided expert engineering help for building evaluations through its mutual aid programs.

    Steve Reichwein PE, is a Senior Associate at Severud Associates in New York City. Upon obtaining an integrated MAE/BAE degree in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, Mr. Reichwein joined Severud Associates as a structural engineer in 2009 and has elevated to Senior Associate. His assignments have included project management, inter-trade coordination, structural analysis and modeling, structural design, structural detailing, preparation of structural contract documents, construction administration, concrete special inspections, on-site presence/assistance, and forensic structural engineering. Mr. Reichwein has developed vast knowledge and experience in parametric design and modeling utilizing innovative techniques and geometric base three-dimensional parametric software, such as Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper, Revit, and Dynamo.  Additionally, Mr. Reichwein has vast experience with integration between geometric based three-dimensional parametric software and finite element structural analysis software, such as SAP, ETABS, and RAM Structural System. Mr. Reichwein has obtained professional licensure upon successfully completing the nationally recognized NCEES Structural Engineering Examination (SE) and currently holds Professional Engineering (PE) licenses in New Jersey and New York and a Structural Engineering (SE) license in Nevada.

       

    Andrea Shear, PE, 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, a director of WJE’s Special Inspection Agency and a New York City Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector, and a Qualified Parking Structure Inspector. 

    Andrea has been an active member of the Structural Engineers Associate of New York (SEAoNY) since 2008. She is the co-chair of the Codes and Standards Committee and has completed one term as Director. 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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