CURRENT DIRECTORS
Each year in September SEAoNY elects a Board of Directors, whose leadership guides the organization's efforts. The breadth of their knowledge and experience allows SEAoNY to host valuable programs and maintain a strong voice in the structural engineering community.

President
Brian Falconer, P.E., SE, LEED AP, SECB is a principal at Severud Associates where he has practiced for over 20 years. Brian received a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MS in Structural Engineering from University of Texas. His experience includes commercial, institutional, residential, and public buildings. His notable projects include the American Museum of Natural History, the NYUMC-Skirball Institute, the Neurosciences Institute, Turkiye Is Bankasi Headquarters, the American Folk Art Museum, the University of Michigan Biomedical Research Building, the World Trade Center PATH Station, the Barnes Foundation, Novartis, and Moynihan Station. Brian has collaborated with Santiago Calatrava, James Carpenter, Ennead Architects, Gwathmey Siegel, Jean Nouvel, Dennis Oppenheim, Kevin Roach, SOM, Weiss/Manfredi, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. He has been a member of SEAoNY since 1995, and he was the Chairperson for the NYC 2008/IBC 2009 Review. In 2003, Brian began serving with the NYC DOB on the Model Building Code Committee, then the Ad-Hoc Alternative Concrete Protocol Committee, and now the Structural Committee, the Seismic Panel, and Chairperson of the Masonry Chapter Panel. His national service includes the Structural Engineering Institute’s Seismic Effects and Structural Fire Protection Standards Committees. Brian resides in Maplewood, NJ with his wife, Virginia, and their two children.


 

President Elect

Eli B. Gottlieb, P.E., is a Principal at Thornton Tomasetti. Eli is a licensed professional engineer in New York, and an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department. He is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of New York and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering and applied science from Princeton University and a master’s degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics from Columbia University. He has been a member os SEAoNY since 1997. His recent projects include the Hudson Yards mixed-use project in New York, 11 Times Square in New York, and Basrah Sport City in Iraq. In 2011, he was named to Engineering News-Record’s Top 20 under 40 list, which recognizes outstanding contributions of AEC young professionals. egottlieb@seaony.org

 

Secretary

Benjamin Pimentel, P.E. is Managing Partner of Rosenwasser/Grossman Consulting Engineers, P.C., which he joined in 2004. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the firm, the initial structural design of buildings, as well as project management. Additionally, he implemented and oversees the firm’s Building Information Modeling projects, and he oversaw the application and certification by International Accreditation Service for the firm's Special Inspections department. He has designed many notable and challenging high-rise buildings in New York City with past experience including the 1.2 million square foot, 60-story MiMa at 440 West 42nd Street, the 26-story “M&M Building” at 1600 Broadway, and the 40-story Oro condominiums in Brooklyn. He participated in the SEAoNY IBC-NYC code comparison study, contributing to the concrete section. Currently, he is representing several buildings along the Second Avenue Subway line, and is involved in multiple new construction sites throughout New York City. He is a graduate of Roger Williams University. bpimentel@seaony.org

Treasurer

Sara Steele, P.E. is a Senior Engineer at Robert Silman Associates. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past ten years she has worked on new construction, renovation, and historic preservation. She has worked on a variety of project types including educational, institutional, residential and commercial. Sara’s major projects include Morgan Library Expansion, FDNY Rescue Company 3, Manhattanville College Student Center, Thompson LES Hotel, and many private residences. She has been a member of the SEAoNY Programs Committee for over five years where she has helped to organize many evening seminars and annual meetings. ssteele@seaony.org

Past-President

Scott Hughes, P.E., is an Associate at Robert Silman Associates. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley and his Master of Science in Structural Engineering from the University of Minnesota. He has over fifteen years of experience and has been with Robert Silman Associates since 1997 where he has worked on a wide range of project types, including educational, residential, institutional and commercial. His projects include the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, the Morgan Library Expansion, the Common Ground Community at Hoyt-Schermerhorn and the Metal Shutter Houses on West 19th St. He has also worked on numerous public projects for the City of New York, including the FDNY, the School Construction Authority (SCA), and the Department of Homeless Services. For the past year he has served on the SEAoNY Board of Directors as Secretary. shughes@seaony.org

Directors

Douglas P. González is a Senior Associate at LERA. Joining the firm in 1991, Mr. González has been involved with the structural design of many of the firm’s cultural and civic projects including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; the Baltimore Convention Center Expansion in Maryland and the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NYC.  Mr. González was Project Manager for the Newseum and Freedom Forum, a 650,000-sf museum for journalism in Washington, DC. Currently, he serves as Project Manager for a new 5-story office building for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover, NJ, several new facilities for the NYU Langone Medical Center, and the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation and Expansion in New York City, which is under construction. Mr. González also has significant experience in the renovation and modification of existing structures, consisting of adaptive reuse, historic restorations, and structural upgrades. Additionally, Mr. González held the titles of Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair for the ASCE Metropolitan Section Structures Group, and was a member of the Structures Congress (NYC) Steering Committee in 2005. He was also a member of the SEAoNY IBC-NYC code comparison study and participated in the NYC Building Department model code development program. Mr. González holds a Master of Science from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York City. dgonzalez@seaony.org
Jonathan Hernandez, P.E., is a Partner at Gilsanz Murray Steficek. Jonathan joined GMS in 2000 after 18 years of working as a structural engineer in the Philippines. He is currently the lead engineer responsible for hundreds of new LEED™ certified PNC Bank branches located across the US. Other projects include the rehabilitation of historic firehouses, the infrastructure upgrade of JP Morgan Chase headquarters, and the construction of a tomotherapy suite fitted with lead walls.
Bradford Kiefer, P.E. is an Associate Principal at GACE Consulting Engineers PC. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY, and has fifteen years of structural engineering experience designing a variety of structures from new construction to renovations. Some of Bradford’s projects include the landmarked and meticulously restored 141 Fifth Avenue (New York, NY), the elegant Stanhope Hotel (New York, NY), and new buildings such as The Platinum (New York, NY), Feinstein Institute (Manhasset, NY) and The Hudson Tea Development (Hoboken, NJ). He is an active member of the SEAoNY’s Existing Building Code Committee, and was also a member of the Structural Technical Committee for the NYC DoB who were tasked with reviewing the 2008 Building Code and recommending changes for the next code.
 
  Eugene Kim, P.E. is an Associate at Gilsanz Murray Steficek. His projects range from the interior renovation of the 40 story Bertelsmann Building in New York to the new Herb Alpert Educational Village, a non-profit college preparatory school in Santa Monica, CA. Eugene joined GMS right out of Columbia in 2005 and when he is not busy engineering, he serves as the company’s team captain for CANstruction, an annual event to fight hunger.
James Vignola, P.E. is a senior structural engineer at STV Incorporated. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and a Master's of Civil Engineering with a structural concentration from Stevens Institute of Technology. He has a wide range of experience in many types of construction, from modern single family homes up to large scale institutional buildings. He worked for several years at a boutique engineering firm for which he provided consulting services for smaller high end projects such as free form architectural stairs or museum exhibits, as well as many townhouse renovations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. At STV, he has consulted on numerous commercial construction projects for various schools, universities, hospitals and other public agencies including federal work. Throughout his career, Mr. Vignola has amassed extensive experience with restoration of all types, including many exterior envelope repair and restoration projects in and around New York City. He is also very involved with the development of workflows and best practices related to the use of BIM and integrated analytical modeling and has completed several design project using various 3D software.

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