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Thought Leaders

We have an exciting line-up of speakers and panelists with a unique breadth of experience across the structural engineering profession for the 2019 SE3 Symposium.

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Keynote Speaker

Jamie Claire Kiser, JD, MBA

Managing Principal | Zweig Group

Jamie Claire Kiser is Zweig Group’s Director of Advisory Services. Prior to joining Zweig Group, Jamie Claire practiced law and also worked in commercial banking. She joined Zweig Group in 2015 with an initial focus on M&A and has transactional experience with businesses in all stages, from new firms with growth needs to established firms seeking to wind down and has driven departmental revenue growth of 140% from 2016-2018. After being promoted to Director of Advisory Services in 2016, her responsibilities increased to include strategic leadership over all of Zweig Group’s consulting areas, including valuation, ownership transition consulting, marketing consulting, M&A, recruiting and executive search, and strategic planning.


She holds a Masters of Business Administration, Juris Doctor, and Bachelors of Arts in History. She is a managing principal at Zweig Group and serves on the firm’s board of directors. Additionally, she is an outside board member to Miyamoto International, based in Sacramento, CA; and is on the board of the Buffalo River Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Buffalo National River.

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Jennifer Anna Pazdon, PE

Vice President | CAST CONNEX

Jennifer Anna Pazdon, P.E., M.Sc.Eng is Vice President and NYC Office Leader at CAST CONNEX. A licensed structural engineer in NY with over 14 years of experience in design of structures and construction, she received her Bachelors from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters from Princeton University where she focused her studies on aesthetics, efficiency, and economy of structures. Jennifer has worked as a structural engineering consultant based in NYC, Africa, and SE Asia; she was a Teaching Fellow in Mechanics, Materials and Sciences at Princeton University and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union; and she has lectured extensively on the application of steel castings for buildings, bridges and other structures. An active member of SEAoNY since 2005, Jennifer is currently a member of the SEAoNY board, in 2016 she founded the SEAoNY Diversity Committee, and she has been a contributing member to NCSEA SE3 since its inauguration.

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Alexander Lakocy, PE

Professional Investigative Engineer | Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers

Alex is a Professional Engineer within the Investigative Engineering group at Martin/Martin, headquartered in Lakewood, Colorado.  His work focuses on forensic evaluation and seismic rehabilitation of existing structures throughout the Rocky Mountain and Pacific regions.  He graduated with degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (BSCE) in 2014 and from the Georgia Institute of Technology (MSCE) in 2015.  Alex is passionate about using data to inform better decision-making throughout the structural engineering profession and leads the analysis efforts of the NCSEA SE3 committee.  He also serves on the Young Member Committee of SEA of Colorado (SEAC).

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Angela Fante, PE, SECB

Principal, Chief Structural Engineer | Ballinger Associates

Angie joined Ballinger in 2000 and emerged as a leader within the firm, first as the Structural Group Manager and now as Principal and Chief Structural Engineer.  Her focus on technical expertise, interdisciplinary coordination, and quality control has been key to the successful completion of many complex building and renovation projects. Angie earned Bachelor’s and Master’s of Architectural Engineering in the Structural Option from Penn State University’s AE program.  As an active manager within the firm, Angie is passionate about inclusion and retention within the field of structural engineering, and has been a member of the NCSEA SE3 Committee since its inception.

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Matthew Arnold, PE

Associate III | Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Matt is an Associate Engineer at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. where he specializes in the difficult inspection, nondestructive evaluation, and repair and rehabilitation of existing structures. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2011 and a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering in 2013. He is professionally active in various capacities through NCSEA, SEAOI, and ICRI.

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Sabrina Duk, PE

Principal & Founder | Verahaus Structural, LLC

Sabrina is the founding principal of Verahaus Structural, LLC. She has a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from the Pennsylvania State University with a concentration in Structural Engineering. Originally from New England, Sabrina's career has taken her to all four corners of the country working on various projects ranging from post-disaster investigations to new construction and historic restorations. Her goal is to elevate a client's experience working with a structural engineer and thrives on guiding young engineers along their career. Sabrina is an active member of her local NCSEA member organization and is currently the Vice-Chair of the SE3 committee.

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Nina Mahjoub, PE

Principal | Holmes Structures

Nina is a Principal with Holmes Structures and leads its growing Los Angeles office. Over the course of her career, she has garnered industry recognition for her dedication to historic projects such as the seismic retrofits of the MacArthur in Los Angeles and 140 New Montgomery in San Francisco. Nina chaired SEAOSC’s Sustainable Design Committee and is a member of the US Green Building Council. The National Trust for Historic Preservation inducted Nina into the 40 Under 40 list, which celebrated her commitment to the preservation of historic architecture. She holds a Master of Engineering in High Performance Structures from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master in World Heritage & Cultural Projects for Development from Universita de Torino and UNESCO, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles. Nina resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Uchenna T.E. Okoye. PE

Business Consultant, Construction | Autodesk, Inc.

Uchenna has 15 years experience as a project manager as a structural engineer and general contractor. He has typically worked on healthcare, large scale residential, and higher education projects using Lean Principles and Integrated Project Delivery contracts. He has pioneered the use of integrated steel delivery systems on projects throughout the United States. He has served as the education and training chair of the Lean Construction Institute, Northern California Community of Practice, responsible for coordinating, presenting, and facilitating training events all over the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also served as Co-Chair of the NCSEA Basic Education Committee. He received his BS and MS in Structural Engineering and Geomechanics at Stanford University. His prides himself on driving true integration of people, processes, and technology focusing on people first.

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Emily Hoober George, PE, SE

Principal | KPFF

Emily is a Principal at KPFF in the Seattle Structural group. She earned a BS in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in structural engineering from the University of Illinois. She specializes in leading large design teams in the Prime role. Her current project is designing a new 2-bay paint hangar for the Boeing Company. She and her husband live in Downtown Seattle with their two young children. They run a non-profit together aimed at making their neighborhood a better place for families to live.

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Greg Davenport, PE

Principal Engineer | HKS

Greg is a Principal in HKS’s structural engineering group in Dallas, having worked at HKS since 1993.  Greg focuses on business development, staffing, and project management. He has market sector experience in healthcare, sports, hospitality, education, government and commercial, with a current emphasis on healthcare. Greg is a licensed professional engineer in 17 states.  He earned a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin - Hook ‘em! Greg is one of three engineers in the process of establishing an SE3 committee in the Dallas member organization.

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Stephanie Slocum, PE

Founder | Engineers Rising, LLC

Stephanie is the founder of Engineers Rising, LLC. She graduated with an integrated bachelors and masters in Architectural Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of She Engineers: Outsmart Bias, Unlock Your Potential, and Live the Engineering Career of your Dreams and the creator of the Fearless program, the first-of-its-kind virtual group mentoring and career development program specifically designed for female engineers. Prior to founding Engineers Rising in 2018, she worked as a structural engineer for 15 years, where her last position was Associate Principal. She has extensive experience in the design and structural engineering project management of low to mid-rise commercial building projects, totaling over $500 million dollars in overall construction costs. Stephanie is also the current chair of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Business Practices committee and a member of ASCE’s Task Committee on the Code of Ethics.

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Angela Heinze, PE

Associate | Thornton Tomasetti

Angela is an Associate at Thornton Tomasetti, with experience in structural and protective design.  Angela graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College in 2004 and with a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University in 2006.  In addition to her work with the SE3 committee, she is a committee director on the board of Women@TT, an Inclusion and Diversity employee resource group at Thornton Tomasetti and a founding board member, serving as Community Outreach Chair, for the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE) chapter of Women in Structural Engineering (WiSE), also known as WiSE Philadelphia.  Angela is also active as a member of the events committee of her local Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) chapter.

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George Theo, MS

Human Resources & Business Development | Coughlin Porter Lundeen

George is Coughlin Porter Lundeen’s (CPL) Human Resources and Business Manager. He graduated from Seattle University with a BS in Psychology and completed his MS in Counseling from Shippensburg University. Prior to joining CPL, he spent 20 years working in Higher Education, where his last position held at the University of Washington was the Dean of Students. He joined CPL in 2017 with an initial focus on staff development and company culture. In his current role, he utilizes his experience building relationships, evaluating biases, and creating communities and inclusive environments to aid his collaboration with the leadership team and staff in client service and team success. George brings people together around a common purpose, sharing knowledge, and leveraging everyone’s unique strengths to make a collective impact. His unique background allows him to effectively respond to transformation within the industry and workforce.

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