SEAOI announces Special Awards recipients

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The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) has announced the recipients of the 2019 SEAOI Special Awards, which will be given at the association’s annual awards banquet on June 22.

This event honors several individuals for their contributions to, and efforts on behalf of, the structural engineering, SEAOI says in a statement.

Award recipients include:

John F. Parmer Award recipient – Donald F. Meinheit, retired principal of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

The John F. Parmer Award is presented to a structural engineer in recognition of outstanding lifelong contributions in the field of structural engineering. This award is presented jointly by SEAOI and the Structural Engineers Foundation. The candidate must be an individual whose distinguished career is acknowledged by his or her peers to be an example of excellence.

SEAOI Service Award recipient – David A. Fanella, senior director of engineering at the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

The SEAOI Service Award is given by SEAOI to a distinguished individual, whose involvement and career services in design, construction, education, or business related to structural engineering, has made a significant contribution to the advancement and the recognition of the role of structural engineers.

Outstanding Young Engineer Award recipient – Michelle Ryland, RA Associate IV, Structural Department at Klein & Hoffman

In 2008, SEAOI introduced an Outstanding Young Engineer Award to honor a young engineer (aged 35 or younger) who is recognized by his or her peers for outstanding achievements in structural engineering.

SEAOI Excellence in Engagement Award recipient – Jamal Grainawi, vice-president; senior project manager; senior technical principal and manager of movable bridges at WSP

The SEAOI Excellence in Engagement Award was established in 2019 to recognize individuals striving to improve engagement of current and/or future structural engineers.


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