Member Group

Basic Education Committee

General Information:

SEAoO promotes Structural Engineering at Ohio's Universities.  We'd like our members to be involved with students at all Ohio Universities with Civil and Structural Engineering programs.  We currently have active chapters at the following schools:
  1. University of Cincinnati
  2. Ohio State University
  3. University of Toledo
  4. Ohio University
  5. University of Akron
  6. University of Dayton
If you would like to be part of this effort, please contact one of the committee members at the bottom of the page or at:

2018 SEAoO Education Awards:

SEAoO is pleased to offer Educational Awards totaling $7,000 to qualified undergraduate students in Ohio, who demonstrate an interest in a Structural Engineering career.  Education Awards will be presented during the SEAoO Annual Conference in Columbus on September 6.  Requirements for 2018 can be found in the PDF/Word files below:
        Education Awards Program 2018.doc (editable form)

        Suggested Paper Format

2018 Winning Entries:
        An Overview of Cross-Laminated Timber - Trent Phillips, University of Cincinnati
        Fire-Resistant Design: Prescriptive Approach vs. Performance-Based Design - Tong Ngann, University of Cincinnati
        Structural Steel Castings - Karlie Clark, University of Cincinnati
Entries selected in prior years:
        Archaeo-Engineering - Matthew Burton, University of Cincinnati
        Megatall Structures: The Shanghai Tower - Joseph Kaufman, University of Cincinnati
        A Brief Overview of Lateral Force Resisting Systems - Malory Gooding, University of Cincinnati
        An Introduction to Bubble Voided Flat Slabs - Kamron Skaggs, University of Cincinnati (2016)
        A Look into Tunnel Construction - Joseph Kaufman, University of Cincinnati (2016)
        Self-Healing Concrete; Biomineralization - Sarah Mullins, University of Cincinnati (2016)
        Rammed Aggregate Piers - Jason Hubbell, University of Cincinnati (2015)
        Carbonation and Infrastructure - Sabine Loos, Ohio State University (2015)
        Reinforced Masonry vs Reinforced Concrete Design - Josh Landis, University of Cincinnati (2015)
        Renovations of Pre-Engineered Buildings - Tyler Fannin, University of Cincinnati (2014)
        Design of Drilled Piers - Rebecca Pinney, University of Cincinnati (2014)
        US 421 Bridge Slide over the Ohio River - Blake Stephens, University of Cincinnati (2014)
        Hidden Defects in Noncomposite Concrete Box Beam Bridges - Katie Kitner, University of Akron (2013)
        Man or Connection, Who Fails? - Roberto Nevarez, University of Cincinnati (2013)
        In Need of a Better Education - Abigail Ping, University of Cincinnati (2013)
        Bridge Failures in the United States - Adam Mellen, University of Toledo
        Fiber Reinforced Concrete - Philip Niekamp, University of Cincinnati
        Post-Tensioning A Pioneer for Mitigating Earthquake Damage - Gregory Grajczyk, University of Toledo
        Green Design and Integrated Design - Naomi Katz, University of Cincinnati
        Exploration of Structural Lightweight Aggregates - John Ubbing, Ohio University

Interested in donating toward SEAoO's Educational Awards?  Click here to donate!


We're excited to kickoff our First Annual Resumania event!  Students who submit an electronic resume will be paired up with a practicing structural engineer to review and provide constructive comments within a week.

  • Students: Submit both Word and PDF versions of your resume to before Friday, December 15th
  • Professionals: Interested in volunteering an hour or two for this outreach event?  Please email us at  


Outreach Involvement:

The 2017 Education Award Book, which includes our committee report, student chapter reports, and papers receiving awards: SEAoO Education Award Book 2017

In the spring of 2018, SEAoO sponsored 6 students from UT to attend the 2018 NASCC.  The students wrote a summary of the sessions that they attended--click to view: SEAoO Student Summaries 2018 NASCC

In the spring of 2018, students at Ohio University hosted the Ohio Valley Student Conference (OVSC).  This ASCE regional competition features steel bridge, concrete canoe, surveying, technical writing and more.  Results are posted and can be found here: 2018 OVSC Student Competition Results


Event Photos:

First Annual Student Breakout Session at SEAoO's 2017 Annual Conference.

2017 Annual Conference Student Breakout

OSU students at the 2017-2018 Student Mentoring Meeting.

UC students at the 2017-2018 Student Mentoring Meeting.



New Industry Scholarship Opportunities: 

If your organization has a scholarship opportunity for students, please contact us and we will promote it to our student chapters. 


Thank You Notes From Our Students:

To Whom It May Concern:

On behalf of the University of Cincinnati SEAoO Student Chapter and all students in attendance, we would like to thank all professionals for your participation in this year’s Student Mentoring Night.  We all enjoyed networking with you and the advice we received. Thank you for making this year’s event a success. Based upon the feedback that I have received, everyone was thrilled with this year’s event. Both students young and old were thrilled with this event.

We would specifically like to thank Garrett Dunn, Antonio Verne, and Phil Niekamp for their excellent presentations. All three presentations provided tons of advice and inspiration to students. The presentations put the exclamation point on the night. Above all, we would like to thank Mindy Barber, our student chapter advisor, for her help in organizing the event.

We greatly appreciate everyone who participated in this year’s Student Mentoring Night. We hope to see you at next year’s Student Mentoring Night!

Thank you,
Brent Bohman
UC SEAoO Co-President 


To whom it may concern:

On behalf of SEAoO-OSU I would like to say thank you to those who participated in this year’s Mentoring Night. The event was a tremendous success thanks in large part to everyone that was there lending insight, wisdom, or just socializing with our younger, future engineers.

By means of specific mention I would like to especially thank the presenters, Dale Schiefer and Antonio Verne, for the time they devoted to this event in travel and in preparing their respective presentations. Seeing abstract engineering projects shows that there is a lot more to structural engineering than just codes and tables. I would also like to thank Matt Inkrott and Fae Garstang for their time in helping us coordinate the event. Additionally, a special thank you goes to the Ohio Contractor’s Association for kindly allowing us to use their facility for our meeting.

Lastly, I would like to thank our advisors, Carrie Bremer and Bernie Kooi, for their continual support of our younger members as we attempt to bridge the gap between what we learn in school and what it takes to be a practicing structural engineer.

As mentioned before, we greatly appreciate everyone that participated in Mentoring Night, making it the great success that is was. Every interaction we have with the professional engineering world and those that run it makes joining the workforce a less daunting task and more of an exciting, attainable goal. We hope to see you at next year’s Mentoring Night!

Thank You,
Russell Boroski
SEAoO-OSU President


Interested in donating toward SEAoO's Educational Awards?  Click here to donate!


Basic Education Committee Chair

Bernie Kooi
1650 Watermark Drive
Columbus , OH 43215

Basic Education Committee Member

Melinda Anne Barber
THP Limited
100 E 8th St.
Cincinnati , OH 45202

Basic Education Committee Member

Walter Heckel, P.E., SECB
THP Limited, Inc.
100 East 8th St.
Cincinnati , OH

Ohio State University

Bernie Kooi
1650 Watermark Drive
Columbus , OH 43215

Ohio University

Matthew W Hunkler
ADF Engineering
228 Byers Rd Suite 202
Miamisburg , OH 45342

University of Akron

Scott Bickel
20 South Van Buren
Barberton , OH 44203

University of Akron

Suzana Rufener
Babcock & Wilcox
20 S. Van Buren Ave
Barberton , OH 44230

University of Cincinnati

Melinda Anne Barber
THP Limited
100 E 8th St.
Cincinnati , OH 45202

University of Dayton

Richard A. Meyer
Shell+ Meyer Associates Inc.
2202 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton , OH 45409

University of Dayton

Benjamin J. Van De Weghe
Shell+ Meyer Associates Inc.
2202 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton , OH 45409

University of Toledo

Robert J Kasee, PE
Owens-Illinois, Inc
Four O-I Plaza, One Michael Owens Way
Perrysburg , OH 43551-2999
University of Toledo

Robert J Ward
Owens-Illinois, Inc.
One Michael Owens Way
Four O-I Plaza
Perrysburg , OH 43551