Structural Engineers Association of New York




Douglas P. González is an Associate Partner at LERA.  Mr. González has been involved with the structural design of many of the firm’s award winning cultural and civic projects including the Newseum and Freedom Forum in Washington D.C., the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, AR; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland; the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Renovation and Expansion and the Apollo Theater in New York City.  He is an active member of the SEAoNY Code and Standards and Membership Committees and has served on the SEAoNY Board since 2011 as Secretary and Director.

Currently, he is overseeing LERA’s efforts for projects at the NYU Langone Medical Center, consisting of several new and renovated facilities including their new Kimmel hospital tower being constructed at 34th St. and 1st Avenue, as well as several other healthcare and adaptive reuse projects.  Mr. González’s experience ranges from new construction consisting of long spans and exposed structures to the modification, renovation, and restoration of existing structures.  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

Sara Steele, P.E. is an Associate at Silman. 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.



Eugene Kim, P.E. is an Associate at Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP. His design work includes new construction work as well as renovations and rehabilitations.  Some of his previous projects include the renovation of the 40 story Bertelsmann Building in New York, restoration and redevelopment of 280 Park Avenue, Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the new Herb Alpert Educational Village, a non-profit college preparatory school in Santa Monica, CA and One Jackson Square.  Some of his current projects include a new 45 story residential complex in Jersey City, the Moise Safra Community Center on the upper east side, and a new corporate headquarters in NJ.  Eugene joined GMS right out of Columbia University in 2005 where he received both his Bachelors and Masters of Science.  He has previously served as Secretary and Director for SEAoNY and is an active member of the Membership Committee.  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.

Alastair C. Elliott, P.E., LEED AP, is a Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Silman. He received a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami. Since joining the firm in 1995, he has worked on a wide range of projects including institutional, healthcare, education and residential. Recent and current work includes Milstein Hall at Cornell University, Carnegie Hall Studio Towers Renovation, the new building for the Whitney Museum of American Art, and a number of projects for New York University, including the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life. Alastair was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 2004 to 2006. He previously served on the SEAoNY board as a Director and Treasurer from 2004 to 2008. He is currently a member of the SEAoNY Codes and Standards Committee and was a member of the 2014 New York City Building Code Revision Committee. 


Christina Chu, P.E., LEED AP, is a Project Engineer at Thornton Tomasetti (TT). She received a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Engineering degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of New York. Since joining TT, Christina has worked on a variety of projects including commercial, education, retail and tenant fit-outs. Some of her previous work includes Las Vegas CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada; Two Riverfront Plaza in Newark, New Jersey; Shanghai Tower in Shanghai, China; and Basrah Sports City, Secondary Stadium in Basrah, Iraq. Christina is currently helping oversee work on the Hudson Yards Platform in New York.Christina has been a member of SEAoNY since 2008. She is an active member on the Programs Committee and began working with the SE Licensure Committee last year. She has also been involved with Urban Assembly and the ACE Mentor Program.

J. Benjamin Alper, PE, SE (CA) is an Associate at Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, PC where he has practiced for the last 11 years.  He is a registered professional engineer in New York and California and is a registered structural engineer in California. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Ben received his Bachelors of Engineering and Masters of Engineering from Cooper Union.  He has been a member of the SEAoNY Code and Standards and served as a SEAoNY representative to the NYC Building Department on the group that prepared their Plan Examination Guidelines.  His experience includes many notable projects such as New Brunswick Transit Village, the Weeksville Educational Building, the Redevelopment of LGA Terminals C and D and the renovations of The Beacon Theatre and The Forum (Los Angeles).
Ben volunteers as the Responsible Engineer in Charge of Engineers Without Borders’ Maize Processing Facility in Rwanda and has participated in several industry related events such as CANstruction and ACE Mentors.  He has written numerous articles for various structural engineering magazines, including an article published in the June 2016 issue of Structure magazine.
Yunlu (Lulu) Shen, P.E. is an Associate at the SOM New York Office. She received her Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, and her Master of Applied Science from the University of Toronto. She has experience in a wide range of project types, including super-tall towers, commercial offices, museums and cultural centers, renovations, and pedestrian bridges. Recent New York projects include the Manhattan West Development, 34 East 51st Street Boutique Office, and 510 Fifth Avenue renovation. She also participated in the winning design of the inaugural City of Dreams Pavilion competition on Governors Island.
Yunlu has been an active member of SEAoNY since 2009, and was chair of the Programs Committee from 2010-2012. She is also involved with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Young Professionals Committee.

Matthew Peitz, PE is an Associate at Severud Associates Consulting Engineers, PC where he has practiced for the last 9 years. He is a registered professional engineer in New York and New Jersey. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Matthew received his Bachelors of Science from Pennsylvania State University and later received his Masters of Science from Rutgers University in 2013. His experience includes new construction, renovations, and modifications to institutional, residential, commercial, and public buildings. Matthew's most notable projects include One Bryant Park, the American Museum of Natural History, Moynihan Station, the World Trade Center PATH Station, the New York Stock Exchange, the Barnes Foundation, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. He is the Project Manager for both the new Science Building at NYU Langone Medical Center and the Harrison PATH Station Replacement project, which are currently under construction. Matthew is a member of SEAoNY and has participated in several industry related events such as CANstruction and the Iron Designer Challenge.

Yegal Shamash, P.E. is an Executive Engineer with the New York City Department of Buildings.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree from University at Buffalo and a Master of Science degree from Columbia University both in Civil Engineering.
Yegal has previously worked for a private structural engineering consulting firm managing a wide range of projects from new buildings, investigations and renovations/historic preservation. After seventeen years at that firm, Yegal decided he could have larger impact and better assist the general public by serving the community on a broader scale by working for the Department of Buildings. Yegal has been with the Department for the last two years and has worked on multiple city wide safety initiatives.  He currently manages the Forensic Engineering Unit, Concrete Enforcement Unit, Façade and Local Law Unit, Retaining Wall Unit, Compromised Building Unit and the Cooling Tower Unit.  All in all, Yegal supervises over 50 people – Professional Engineers, Construction Inspectors and Administrative Staff - within the Department.  Yegal has been a SEAoNY member since 2000

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