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SEAoO Columbus - Annual Student Mentoring Night

November 25, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Scott Laboratory - Room E100
201 West 19th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Annual OSU SEAoO Mentoring Night  (1.0 PDH)

An evening for Structural Engineers - Seasoned, Young, and Prospective. Hosted by our OSU SEAoO student chapter.

This is a mixer event to acquaint young engineers with the trials and triumphs of our profession and will benefit both our experienced and future structural engineers.  Students interested in the structural engineering profession should attend to gain insight on the road ahead.  To ensure a good career fit, students need to explore all of their options (work vs. grad school, new construction vs. research, etc.).  At this meeting, presenters will discuss their projects and job experiences.  The goal of the night is to showcase various routes within structural engineering that students can pursue after graduation, and this year we will focus on various project types.  Seasoned engineers will also attend and facilitate dinner discussions and encourage our students.  Please dress in business casual attire.


  1. Beth Trapp, E.I. – Korda/Nemeth Engineering
    • Beth is a Bridge Engineer at Korda/Nemeth Engineering in Columbus, Ohio. She has over ten years of experience in transportation engineering with a focus on bridge design, rehabilitation, load rating and inspection. She has designed and inspected a variety of structure types including concrete slabs, prestressed box beams, steel beams, steel plate girders, timber and steel trusses and concrete arches. Beth received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2008.

  2. Cole Mertz, E.I. - Schaefer
    • Cole is a design engineer at Schaefer, a structural engineering firm that provides collaborative structural engineering services including planning, design, inspection and investigation. Currently focusing on residential, retail, and mixed use structures, he also has experience in projects of varying size, complexity, and material type including wood, steel, masonry, and concrete. Cole received his both his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University in 2019 and 2018, respectively. 

  3. Aaron Pajestka, E.I. - Schaefer
    • Aaron recently joined Schaefer’s Columbus, Ohio structural engineering team as a design engineer. He has experience designing with steel, wood, concrete and masonry across several markets including industrial, healthcare, and office. Aaron received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a minor in Architectural Studies from The Ohio State University in 2019.

  4. Ibrahim Huthman, E.I. – Paul J. Ford and Company
    • Ibrahim Huthman is a Structural Engineer with Paul J. Ford and Company based in Columbus, OH. He works in the lattice tower department, where he specializes in the design, analysis and modification of telecommunication and transmission structures as well as their foundation. Ibrahim completed his MSEng degree from Ohio University in 2016 and BSCE from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI in 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys competing in marathon races and playing soccer (#ArsenalFC).

Tentative schedule:

      6:00 pm – Registration
      6:30 pm – Dinner
      6:45 pm – Presentations


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While earlier RSVPs are appreciated, please register by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 22.

Questions on any Columbus events, please contact Bernie Kooi at:
[email protected]


$20.00 SEAoO Member

$0.00 Student

$30.00 Non-Member