Monthly Technical Presentation and Dinner Meeting
February 28, 2013


Topic: Historical & Contemporary Developments in Concrete Shell Structures-1.5 PDH
Location: The Villanova University Conference Center, Conference Room 203 601 County Line Road
Radnor, PA 19087
Cost: members $45; non-members $50; students $15

The Program: Historical and Contemporary Developments in Concrete Shell Structures. From the earliest civilizations to the present day, concrete shell structures have provided fascinating shelters for various purposes. These structures are elegant, efficient, secure, durable, and sustainable. Using modern design and construction methods, shell structures are also economical. This program will address shells found in nature, structural forms, prehistoric manmade shell structures, early concrete and masonry shell structures, the development of reinforced concrete technology, pioneering shell designers and their significant works, and recent developments in the design and construction of reinforced concrete shell structures. This presentation is based on one given before a live audience at a technical session during the 2011 ACI Spring Convention. The Presenters: 
Theodore J. Smulski is Senior Structural Engineer at DEDC in Newark, Delaware, where he works with a multidisciplinary team to solve unique problems for industrial, institutional, and commercial clients. With BCE and MCE degrees from the University of Delaware and over 30 years of design experience, he is a licensed professional engineer in five states. Mr. Smulski is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Structural Engineering Institute, and American Concrete Institute. He is a member of ACI-ASCE Committee 334, Concrete Shell Structures; and he is active in the Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter of ACI, having served as chapter President in 2007-2008.

Meeting schedule: 

  • 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Social and Registration 
  • 6:15 pm -7:00 pm Dinner & College Night Program: 
  • Dinner will be served during the College Program - please see dinner options listed below. 
  • Villanova University faculty members, Professors Joseph Yost and David Dinehart, will give a brief introduction into Villanova’s involvement with ASCE/SEI. 
  • Villanova students to present current activities and past successes ASCE/SEI Student Competitions, including the Steel Bridge Competition and the Student Design Competitions.
  • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Technical Program 
  • Dinner Choices: Assorted Sandwiches and Hoagies - Ham & cheese, turkey & cheese, tuna, veggie (Please note preference in response) 
  • Chips & Pretzels 
  • Assorted beverages: sodas, waters, juices, 
  • Brownie and cookie tray

To register (REQUIRED):
Please email Dr. Nazhat Aboobaker at:
Tel: 215-896-6264 by 2/25/2013
Please make check payable to SEI-Philadelphia at the door OR Mail check payable to
SEI-Philadelphia Chapter to SEI Treasurer Mr. Khalid Shaikh, c/o InVision Engineers, P.C. 16 Manley Road, Pennington, NJ 08534