Chicago Chapter ISPE Awards Luncheon



Commissioner Thomas Powers

Chicago Department of Water Management


January 15, 2015  


Where:    Harry Caray's

               33 W Kinzie Street 

               Chicago, IL 60654


Time:      11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking 

               12:00 p.m. Seating and Salad

               12:15 p.m. Presentation by Commissioner Powers

               12:45 p.m. Lunch

               1:00 p.m. ISPE Awards Presentation  


Cost:       $45 Members, $55 Non-Members (plus ticket fees)


Sponsors:  Gold $450 table for 8 attendees

                 Silver $250 for 4 attendees

                 Bronze $150 for 2 attendees

                 (includes company recognition and preferred seating) 


Commissioner Powers will provide an update on the Infrastructure Renewal Program and other Chicago Department of Water Management initiatives.    


In 2010, Mr. Powers was appointed to his current position - Commissioner of Water Management.  In this role, he purifies and delivers drinking water to the City of Chicago and 125 suburban communities.  He also manages an aging infrastructure that includes more than 4,300 miles of water mains and 4,400 miles of sewers. 


With Mayor Rahm Emanuel, he is launching the most ambitious renewal ever of Chicago's water infrastructure.  More than 1,000 miles of water main and 750 miles of sewer main will be replaced or lined in the next decade.  The world's two largest conventional water treatment plants will be kept current with advances in the science of water treatment, and 4 pumping stations that have run on steam power will be converted to electrical systems at great savings to the rate payers. 


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Past Events     

March 20, 2014 PDH Luncheon

posted Feb 11, 2014, 9:00 AM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:04 AM ]


Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways Long Range Transportation Plan

Thursday, March 20, 2014  


Join the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE) Chicago Chapter, ASCE IL Section Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) on Thursday, March 20th for a luncheon event featuring Maria Choca Urban and Tara Fifer of the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways, as they provide an overview of the agency's long range transportation plan.


When:  Thursday, March 20, 2014

Where:  Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse 

Time:   11:30 Networking / 12:00 Lunch / 12:30 Presentation / 1:30 Adjourn

Cost:     $50 - ISPE, ASCE, ITE members / $60 - Non members /$35 - Public Sector and Students

              $150 - Luncheon Sponsor (includes 2 seats)
              $350 - Premium Table Sponsor.  Guest speaker(s) sit at this table.

Attendees received 1 PDH credit for attending.

February 20, 2014 PDH Luncheon

posted Feb 11, 2014, 8:56 AM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:10 AM ]


A Sustainable Alternative to  

Open Cut Replacement

PDH Luncheon 

Thursday, February 20, 2014 

Bacino's Restaurant, 75 E. Wacker


Special Guest Speaker:  Sean O'Dell, P.E., Baxter & Woodman 

Broken, leaky, and undersized water mains are a common problem experienced in many Illinois communities.  This problem is often compounded with decreasing water capital funds, placing an even greater burden on today's Municipal Engineers, Public Works Directors and Water Operators.  The typical solution has been water main replacement using open cut methods with the new main located in the pavement because of minimal space available in the parkway.  These projects are very costly and a major disturbance to the public.  This presentation will discuss the many reasons why trenchless water main rehabilitation should be seriously considered when assessing alternate construction methods.  The installation process, permitting, pitfalls, and example projects in Chicagoland will be discussed in detail.


Sean O'Dell, PE is the Manager of the Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Department for Baxter & Woodman, a Chicago based consulting engineering company.  Sean graduated from Bradley University in 2002 with a BS in Civil Engineering.  He is nearing completion of an MS degree in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).  Sean has planned, designed and managed water, sewer and related infrastructure collection system and treatment improvements for over 40 area municipalities.  


When:  Thursday, February 20, 2014

Where:  Bacino's Restaurant 

Time:   11:30 Networking / 12:00 Lunch (Italian Buffet) / 12:30 Presentation / 1:15 Adjourn

Cost:     $40 - ISPE, APWA, ASCE, ACEC or AWWA members
              $45 - Non members / $20 - Public Sector and Students
              $100 - Luncheon Sponsor
              $250 - Premium Table Sponsor. Guest speaker sits at this table.


Attendees received 1.0 PDH for attending.


2013 Outreach Activities

posted Feb 11, 2014, 8:55 AM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:14 AM ]

Pritzker College Prep Career Day

Friday, May 31, 2013 

Milhouse Engineers and ISPE members Jose Garcia and Luke Bolzenius (far left)

share their experiences as young professionals in the Civil Engineering field


Young Professionals Networking Event Highlights

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

President of CivCon Services Inc. and licensed professional engineer, Jorge Moreno
speaking about the importance of obtaining a P.E. license and five things to keep
in mind when planning your career as a young professional

(left to right) Norman Phoenix, P.E., Darren Ujano (UIC  Student),
Monica Altenhoff (Assistant Civil Engineer, ISPE|Chicago Secretary), Keith Peltason, P.E.

Darren Ujano and retired electrical engineer Norman Phoenix, P.E. talk about
the importance of diversifying your work experience as a young professional


Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make this event a success!

Joint Luncheon Seminar with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

posted Oct 17, 2013, 8:15 AM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:11 AM ]

October 30th @ Petterino's Restaurant

Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation Tour and Presentation

posted Jan 14, 2013, 1:40 PM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:14 AM ]

Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation Tour and Presentation

Monda, April 1, 2013

IIT Campus - Galvin Center

5:00 PM

$10 Members

$15 Non-members

FREE For Current Students


In January 2012, the Galvin Center completed and moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility designed to house its Smart Grid, microgrid and energy research, demonstration and education activities.  Come hear from Director, Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, about the facility and the Galvin Center programs.  Networking and refreshments will be available at this evening event.


posted Dec 27, 2012, 6:11 AM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:15 AM ]

Please join us for the, 2013 SEF on February 26 for a lecture  - Skyscrapers—Past, Present, Future.  Dr.  Shankar Nair will outline the history of the skyscraper — the invention of the safe passenger elevator, which made tall buildings usable; the invention of the metal-framed structure, which made them economical; the rapid increase in height from the 10-story Home Insurance Building in 1885 to the 102-story Empire State Building just 46 years later; the stagnation in height for many years even as structural materials and techniques improved rapidly; the present surge in super-tall buildings; and trends for the future.  All of these developments will be explored with a particular emphasis on the fundamental engineering principles driving the evolution of these structures.  Though presented primarily from a structural engineering perspective, the presentation should be accessible to anyone interested in tall buildings.  
About the Speaker:
Shankar Nair has more than 45 years of experience in structural engineering as a designer, researcher, author, and lecturer.  His work has focused on structural engineering for large architectural and civil engineering projects, including the longest tied-arch bridge span in the world and many high-rise buildings.  Dr. Nair has worked for exp and its predecessor firm Teng & Associates since 1995, and before that was a principal at RTKL Associates in Baltimore and Alfred Benesch and Company in Chicago.  His work has garnered numerous awards, including four AISC “Prize Bridge” awards and six annual “Most Innovative Structure” awards from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.  Dr. Nair chairs the AISC Committee on Specifications and is a past chairman of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.  He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering in 2005.
This promises to be a very interesting lecture. It will be held at the Chicago Architecture Foundation located at 224 S. Michigan, Chicago. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available starting at 5:30 pm, with the lecture beginning at 6:30 pm. The reception and program are free of charge and open to the public.

Wells Street Bridge Reconstruction

posted Dec 27, 2012, 6:07 AM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:16 AM ]

Please join us for the February 2013 SEAOI Dinner Meeting.
AECOM performed phase I and II engineering services for the Chicago Department of Transportation for rehabilitation of historic Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River.  Built in 1922, it is a double-deck, double leaf, fixed trunnion structure that carries an elevated railway on the upper level, and vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic on its lower level. The main span of the bridge is 345 feet long and 72 feet wide.  The bridge has numerous structural members with extensive corrosion and loss of section.
Walsh Construction was awarded the construction contract and rehabilitation begun in the fall of 2012.  The goal is to have absolute minimal disruption to transit services, river navigations and the traveling public.  Bascule bridges in this country are considered as landmarks; maintenance and rehabilitation of them are challenging and costly.  Wells street Bridge is unique as it carries two levels of traffic in busy downtown business district of Chicago and thus creates additional design challenges from the staging point of view.
The presenters will be Johnny E. Morcos, P.E., Acting Chief Bridge Engineer, CDOT and Dipal P. Vimawala, S.E., P.E., Vice President, AECOM.  Mr. Morcos is the CDOT Project Manager for the North/South Wacker Drive Viaduct Reconstruction, Torrence Avenue Vertical Lift Bridge and Wells Street Bascule Bridge Rehabilitation.  Mr. Vimawala is the Bridge Practice Leader for Midwest region of AECOM.  He has extensive experience in bridge design, project management and Quality Assurance/Quality Reviews. 
This program should be of interest to all members of the construction industry, including architects, engineers, and contractors.  SEAOI dinner meetings are open to the public.
The dinner will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at the Parthenon Restaurant, 314 S. Halsted, Chicago. A cash bar will open at 5:15 pm and dinner will be served at 6:00 pm. The program is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.

Chicago STEM Social: Chemistry Demo-Night - October 19

posted Oct 16, 2012, 5:31 PM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:17 AM ]

Awards and Installation Dinner - August 9th

posted Jul 16, 2012, 2:44 PM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Jul 16, 2012, 3:09 PM ]

SEAOI Women's Networking Luncheon - July 24 (date changed)

posted Jun 27, 2012, 8:22 AM by Chicago Chapter ISPE   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 6:19 AM ]

Chicago, July: The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) has scheduled a women’s engineering networking event for July 24th.


Please join us at noon for lunch on July 17th at Rock Bottom for our second Women’s Networking event of the year.   We are looking to see our faithful attendees along with new faces, so don’t be shy.


Date: July 17th

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Rock Bottom

One West Grand Avenue

Chicago, IL

Cost: $20 per person (prepayment required)

Cash Bar


The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) is an organization established in 1965 to represent all licensed structural engineers in the State of Illinois. SEAOI monitors legislation affecting the design profession. The association recognizes distinguished engineers and holds an annual design competition honoring excellence in structural engineering. SEAOI also holds monthly dinner programs to keep the practicing structural engineer aware of the latest advancements in the field. Interested parties are invited to contact the organization at (312) 649-4600, or visit the SEAOI website at, regarding membership and general information about the association’s activities.

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