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AISC Education Foundation Board Expands, Elects New Officers

Parul Dubey on October 2, 2023 - in News, People

CHICAGO – The AISC Education Foundation has grown over recent years–and the Board of Directors that manages its operations has grown along with it.

Its membership now reflects additional sectors of the industry–tripling in size. It now comprises five steel fabricators, five engineers, and five educators.

“Looking at the growth in Foundation assets and the scope of its reach into the education and engineering design communities over a decade, I thought it was a good time to expand the size of the Board and include participation from other stakeholders in these communities,” former Chair David Zalesne (Owen Steel Company) said.

The Education Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, funds programs designed to bring steel to life for the next generation of industry leaders. Scholarships are a major part of its impact, and the Foundation administers more than $200,000 annually in funding for undergraduate and master’s students at U.S. colleges and universities.

The expanded Board elected new leadership at its most recent meeting. Emily Guglielmo, SE, PE (Martin/Martin Inc.) has stepped up as chair.

“Emily has embraced her role as Chair and is doing a fantastic job organizing both long-term and short-term goals for the Foundation,” said Zalesne. “The new Board has been fully engaged to support her and bring fresh perspectives to the Foundation, and Maria Mnookin continues to provide expert support from the AISC staff side to manage the day-to-day work of the Foundation.”

Benjamin Baer, SE, (Sheffee Lulkin & Associates, Inc.) was elected vice chair, and Glenn Tabolt (STS Steel, Inc.) was elected treasurer. Edward Seglias (Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC) serves as the Board secretary.

Other engineers on the Board include Jon Magnusson, PE, SE, Hon. AIA (Magnusson Klemencic Associates); Stephanie Slocum, PE (Engineers Rising LLC); and Jeffrey Smilow, PE (WSP).

The Board also recently welcomed educators Patricia Clayton, PhD (Wake Forest University); Gregory Michaelson, PE, PhD (Marshall University); Machel Morrison, SE, PhD (University of California, San Diego); W. M. Kim Roddis, PE, PhD (The George Washington University); and Andrea Surovek, PE, PhD (South Dakota School of Mines & Technology).

Steel fabricators on the Board include Casey Brown (Zimkor LLC), Babette Freund (Dave Steel Company, Inc.), Dan Kadrmas (TrueNorth Steel), and Glenn Tabolt (STS Steel, Inc.).

About the AISC Education Foundation

The Education Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that provides scholarships, grants, and other programming that helps students and educators explore the structural steel industry and appreciate steel’s full potential.

The Foundation is administered by the American Institute of Steel Construction, and every penny contributed to the Foundation goes straight to programming.

For more information about the AISC Education Foundation, please visit aisc.org/giving/about.

About the American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information.

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