ISEA Moment May 2016 Print

President's Report

Dear ISEA Members:

As we approach the end of our 2015-2016 season, your ISEA Board of Directors wanted to recap our activities and plans for the future. Our current BOD consists of the following:

  • Wes Jordan – President
  • Tim Dickson – President Elect
  • Craig Scherschel – Secretary
  • Paul Brumleve – Treasurer
  • Jared Plank – Past President
  • Dan Schenkel – Director
  • Steve Spitzer - Director


I want to personally thank each of our Board members for their hard work this year. We are also very grateful for Bob Ladisich’s selfless coordination efforts for our annual Spring Conference, and thank him once again for his work this year. We also thank our speakers and sponsors for their support. And most of all, we thank you for your participation in our organization to promote our profession in the great state of Indiana.

Please read on for our highlights for the 2015-2016 season, and upcoming plans.


Wes Jordan

ISEA President


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Welcome New Members

ISEA Welcomes the following members who have joined since January 2016.

Patrick Lock Lynch, Harrison & Brumleve, Inc.
Jeff Funkhouser ProStructural Engineering
Shane Paulson Lynch, Harrison & Brumleve, Inc.
Mark Leblang Alliance Architects, Inc.
John Kennedy Kennedy Consutling Group LLC.
Linnea Wellings Force Design, Inc.
Carl Barnett City of Washington, Indiana
Anne Marie Riecken American Structurepoint



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Recap of Events

Fighting for our Professional Licensure!

In August 2015, we issued a letter to the Governor’s Office and to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency to document our opposition to the Governor’s Job Creation Committee (JCC) recommendation to eliminate licensure for all professional engineers in the state of Indiana. We joined a coalition with other professional engineering partners, and attended a JCC meeting held in the Indiana Government Center to voice our concerns. The JCC took a vote during the meeting, and reversed their original recommendation. Jared Plank and Wes Jordan attended the meeting as ISEA representatives.

2015 – 2016 Season Kick-Off Meeting

This year’s annual kick-off meeting was held at George’s Grill in northeast Indianapolis on September 29th. Approximately 10 to 15 members attended this free, social event. Craig Scherschel presented a preview of our new website during the meeting. We strongly encourage everyone to attend our next kick-off meeting this fall. It’s a great networking opportunity, and ISEA picks up the tab! Please stay tuned for more information.

Bowen Lab Tour at Purdue University

Purdue University hosted an ISEA meeting at Bowen Laboratory in West Lafayette on December 2nd. We are grateful to Dr. Mark Bowman for hosting our visit at this remarkable facility. This was a well-attended meeting with approximately 20 to 25 professionals and students.  During our student-guided tour, we observed active research projects, a huge shake table, and steel debris from the Minneapolis I-35 bridge collapse. After the tour, we enjoyed presentations from several grad students regarding their on-going projects at the facility.

Spring Conference

This year’s annual conference was well-attended with nearly 100 participants joining us for a day of seminars, lunch and networking. There were a good variety of excellent speakers for our conference, including: 

  • Sherman Minton Bridge Structure Retrofit by Anne Rearick, P.E. (INDOT Director of Bridges)
  • Design of Shelf Angles for Masonry Veneers by Mark McGinley, PhD, PE (University of Louisville)
  • Masonry Design Using the 2014 Indiana BuildingCode by Scott Walkowicz, PE (Walkowicz Consulting Engineers)
  • Ethics in the Practice of Professional Engineering by Vincent Drnevich, PhD, PE (University of Kentucky and Purdue University)
  • Steel Solutions Center by Jennie Traut-Todaro, SE (AISC Steel Solutions Center)
  • Performance-Based Specifications: State of the Industry and Way Forward by Colin Lobo, PhD, PE (Senior V.P. of Engineering, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)
  • Bridge Resilience through Economical Seismic “Quasi-Isolation” Design using Common Bearing Components by James M. LaFave, PE, PhD (University of Illinois)


Attendees received 7 PDHs as well as an opportunity to visit with 18 vendors related to our profession. We are grateful for all of our vendors and sponsors – but most of all, we thank you for your attendance and support. Please keep our conference in mind for next year. If you have any suggestions or ideas for speakers at next year’s event, please share them with anyone from our Board.  We promise to continue working hard to arrange for equally interesting speakers at next year’s conference.



New ISEA Website

We’re particularly proud of our new ISEA website launched earlier this year. Thanks to Craig Scherschel’s dedicated efforts and countless hours, we have a state-of-the-art website for our organization with all of the “bells and whistles”, including membership area access, event sign-up with payment capability, appealing graphics, and membership email/notifications. Thanks to our Board members as well, for their time and related research efforts to make this happen.


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Upcoming Events

Elections 2016

Soon, you should be receiving a voting ballot for election of our Treasurer. Paul Brumleve has worked hard in this role for the past two years, and has expressed his willingness to continue for another term. The Board recommends that we re-elect Paul for another term.


Please note that we are always looking for members that want to participate in managing and promoting our organization. Should you have an interest, please contact any of our current Board members. Next year, we will have several positions available to fill. We also want to encourage your involvement in ISEA committees. Areas of focus will be Government Relations, Public/Media, and Younger Members.

ISEA Scholarship Program

Developing a scholarship program is one of our goals for the upcoming ISEA season. If you have an interest in helping with this effort, please contact any of our current Board members.


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