Tony Shkurti leads SEAOI as president; new officers take office

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New SEAOI president Tony Shkurti

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) has installed a new executive committee and elected three new directors.

“We have a very robust agenda this year, but I am confident in our ability to accomplish the goals we’ve set,” said president Tony Shkurti from HNTP Corporation. “We are in an exceptional position right now thanks to the excellent leadership of our past board members and our current dynamic, engaged board of directors. We have the best members in the industry, and I’m honored to serve as their president.”

In addition to Shkurti, other executive members include: President-elect – David Nickell, TGRWA, LLC; treasurer – Christine M. Freisinger, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates, Inc.; secretary – Soliman Khudeira, Chicago Department of Transportation and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Directors to 2018 are: Derek Boeldt, Chicago Transit Authority; Lawrence Kirchner, TransSystems and Joseph M. Lowrance, Farnsworth Group, Inc.

Directors to 2019 are: Jan I. Blok, The Structural Group, Ltd., Kevin Conroy, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger and Jose A. Medero, Thornton Tomasetti.

Newly-elected directors to 2020 include: Johann Aakre, HNTB Corporation; Homa Ghaemi, Klein and Hoffman; and Jon Sfura, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Past presidents: Terry R. McDonnell, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, 2014-2015; David Horos, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, 2015-2016 ; and Salvatore DiBernardo, Ciorba Group, 2016-2017.

Shkurti is a fellow and associate vice-president at HNTB Corporation. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and has an MSCE from Wayne State University and a BS from Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania. He has been practicing structural engineering for 20 years, and has a long history of teaching as a professor at Polytechnic University of Tirana and for SEAOI as an instructor for the bridge portion of the Refresher Course and bridge design courses.

SEAOI was founded in 1965 by practicing structural engineers to advance and advocate excellence in structural engineering and to aid in safeguarding the lives and property of the public.

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