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Academy of Civil Engineers Inductees
The following individuals were inducted into the Academy of Civil Engineers. Election to the Academy recognizes outstanding achievement, excellence and leadership in engineering and civic affairs.
- Inductees 2017
Becky Baltz, PE
Southwest District Engineer, MoDOT
Becky Baltz earned her bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1984 and started a career with MoDOT the following month. She progressed through various engineering assignments in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., before being named district engineer in Joplin, Mo., in 2006. In 2011, she was named southwest district engineer in Springfield, where she restructured the district as part of MoDOT’s reorganization. A highlight of her career is the 2012 conversion of U.S. Highway 71 to Interstate 49 between Joplin and Kansas City. Other projects directed by Becky in the southwest district include the region’s first design-build project, first six-lane freeway, MO 249/Range Line Bypass in Joplin, and several diverging diamond interchanges — one of which received the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 2015 “Best Use of Innovation” Award in the small projects category. Becky is the only person to receive “Most Influential Woman” recognition in both Joplin and Springfield. She also received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Ozarks Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (OCITE), as well as the 2016 Woman of the Year Award from the Kansas City Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). Becky also was honored with resolutions for distinguished service from both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives. Becky is a member of many professional and technical organizations, several chambers of commerce, Leadership Missouri and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. She has given many presentations to civic groups and schools on topics of innovation, transportation, leadership and careers in engineering. Becky and her husband, Bryan, have two sons and one granddaughter. They live in Springfield, Mo.
Claudia C. Hoeft, PE
National Hydraulic Engineer
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Claudia Hoeft earned her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1990 and started her exemplary hydraulic engineering career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Columbia, Mo. Since then she served the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Indiana, again in Missouri, and in Arkansas, being promoted several times. Since 2005, Claudia has served as the NRCS National Hydraulic Engineer in Washington, D.C. In this position, Claudia provides critical direction for engineering practice with specific leadership for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis of watersheds, floodplains, wetlands, agricultural and urban lands, and streams for NRCS water resource projects. She oversees and coordinates with other NRCS engineering specialists on policy regarding earthen embankment dams constructed through the NRCS Watershed and Flood Prevention Program, as well as other hydraulic structures constructed with assistance provided to landowners through various NRCS-administered programs. She also oversees the formulation and development of key hydraulic and hydrologic engineering technology, engineering handbooks and computer programs. She authored, co-authored, or served as editor for portions of the NCRS National Engineering Handbook (NEH) on Hydrology and NEH on Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting. Claudia is a Fellow Member of ASCE, volunteers her time to MathCounts and the Discover Engineering Family Day at the National Building Museum. She enjoys speaking to and introducing K-12 students to engineering. Claudia is a registered professional engineer in Indiana and Missouri and lives in Manassas, Va.
Paul Kronlage, PE
Vice President, Engineering
EFK Moen, LLC
Paul Kronlage received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1983 and began his career in transportation. For 14 years with MoDOT, he worked and managed some high profile highway corridors in the St. Louis area such as 11 miles of widening of Interstate 55 south of Interstate 270, 10 miles of widening of Highway 141 from Highway 30 to Interstate 64, and 10 miles of widening of Highway 21 in Jefferson County. In 1998, he and three friends founded EFK Moen, LLC. As partner and director of engineering, he has helped grow the company from its original four employees to a successful firm with offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Fairview Heights, Ill. EFK Moen supports large firms and has acquired its own large projects such as the 11 miles of widening of Highway 65 in Taney County, Highway 364 in St. Charles County from I-64 to I-270, and the first consultant designed diverging diamond interchange at James River Freeway and National Ave. in Springfield, Mo. He is a longtime member of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, MSPE, ACEC and ISPE. Paul has been very active with his children and St. Agnes Catholic Church and School in Ste. Genevieve County. He has been a frequent speaker advocating engineering at St. Louis area high schools, and has supported the St. Louis Wheelchair Athletic Association for many years. Paul and his wife, Micki, have six children, ranging in age from 11 to 23; one is a senior in physics at Truman State University and two attend Missouri S&T — one is a junior in civil engineering and the other is a freshman in mechanical engineering. They live in rural Jefferson County, just south of St. Louis.
Mary Lamie, PE
St. Louis Regional Freightway
Bi-State Development Agency
St. Louis, Missouri
Mary Lamie earned her bachelor degree in civil engineering from Mizzou in 1989 and her master’s degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1998. She worked for Illinois DOT for 22 years, her last assignment was deputy director of highways for region five. While at IDOT she was responsible for the region’s transportation program including engineering, management and budgeting. Her project management experience includes the high-speed rail corridor between St. Louis and Chicago and the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (I-270) across the Mississippi River. Since 2015, she has served as executive director of St. Louis Regional Freightway, a business enterprise of Bi-State Development. She is responsible for public-private partnerships to optimize the region’s freight transportation network, creating a foundation for the bi-state region as a national freight hub. Mary has received several awards including the 2008 (Illinois) Southwest Leadership Council Salute to Leadership Award, the 2008 Winning Women Public Service Award, the 2004 Woman of the Year by the WTS Metropolitan St. Louis Chapter and the 1992 IDOT State Engineer of the Year Award. Mary is involved with the World Trade Center of St. Louis, the St. James Catholic Church and the Mothers Club at Gibault Catholic High School. Mary lives in Millstadt, Ill., with her husband, Joe, and their two sons.
Dr. Shamsher Prakash, PE
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Shamsher Prakash joined our department of civil engineering in 1978 as an associate professor in geotechnical engineering and has since influenced a generation of graduates and peers. Retiring in 2000, he is now a professor emeritus. Shamsher has made several seminal contributions to the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering, in which he is recognized for advancing soil dynamics and earthquake engineering. He is a pioneer in the liquefaction of silts and clays and soil-pile-structure interactions. His books, reports and publications serve as a mentor to students in his field. Among his many recognitions are Distinguished Member of ASCE; Gold Medal, Kazakistan Society for service to Geotechnical Engineering Worldwide (2013); Distinguished Alumnus, Indian Institute of Technology for contributions to earthquake engineering; and Distinguished Alumni, University of Illinois. He received Doctor Honoris Causa by the Technical University of Engineering, Bucharest, Romania (2003). He developed and chaired five international conferences on recent advances in geotechnical earthquake engineering and seven international conferences on case histories in geotechnical engineering. These conferences, sponsored by S&T, were held in various locations through the United States. In 1988, Shamsher and his wife, Sally, established the Shamsher Prakash Foundation with the purpose of “uplifting mankind through Yoga, Geotechnical Engineering, Education and Peace.” Their foundation now makes ten cash awards in a variety of areas including geotechnical engineering research, teaching, practice, and for creative design and for achievement in soil dynamics. Their foundation also funds a primary school for children of immigrant workers in India. Thus far the Shamsher Prakash Foundation has made 66 awards to worthy (and grateful) recipients in 20 different countries. Shamsher is a yoga guru and for years has given talks about the benefits of yoga and also teaches yoga. He and his wife, Sally, live in Rolla, Mo.
John Priest, PE
John Priest earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1952. Over the past six decades, John has managed staffs and successfully implemented water resource, environmental, policy and institutional programs in the U.S. and for international lending agencies and government ministries. Between 1959 to 1986, he went from planning engineer, to vice president and group manager for the eastern hemisphere at Harza Engineering Company in Chicago. Subsequently, as senior vice president and then president, he directed global operations of Engineering Consultants, Inc. in Englewood, Colo. The following six years he managed and directed environmental and engineering projects in Argentina and Chile for Black & Veatch International. For the rebuilding of five countries that had been devastated by war and natural disaster, from 2004-2009, John oversaw the strengthening of Afghan contractors through the rebuilding of infrastructure, accompanied by the reintegration into society of combatants following 30 years of war. At the request of President Christiani of El Salvador, he formulated plans and policies for rebuilding the national electric power system. During the 1970s, he led preparation of a 5-year investment program for Pakistan. He formulated measures for recovery from the 1991 eruptions of Mount Pinatubo, Philippines, to alleviate conditions in some 7,500 sq. kms that had been blanketed with ash and lava. He led financing studies for the $20 billion Tunnel and Reservoir Program for Greater Chicago to capture storm water runoff that contaminated Lake Michigan, and for the preparation of a USBR Congressionally mandated report to secure the 1979 appropriation for
construction of the Garrison Diversion Project. The object was to compensate tribes and farmers whose land had been inundated by construction of reservoirs on the Missouri River. During the last 20 years of reserve service in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, he was promoted to Captain and was Action Officer on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations for Strategy, Plans and Policy with a focus on the Global Maritime Strategy that was designed for peaceful defeat of the Soviet Union. John lives in Littleton, Colo.
Dr. Thomas F. Wolff, PE
Senior Associate to the Dean of Engineering
Michigan State University
Tom Wolff received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1970, his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1974 from Oklahoma State University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1985. Upon graduating from Rolla, Tom went to work for St. Louis District U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers as a geotechnical engineer. After 15 years with the Corps, Tom attended Purdue, received his Ph.D., then joined the civil and environmental engineering department at Michigan State University. At Michigan State University he has been associate dean of undergraduate studies, interim chair of the civil engineering department and now, in part-time retirement, senior associate to the dean of engineering. During his tenure at Michigan State, Tom has excelled at teaching, research and service. He has received three department teaching awards and one from Chi Epsilon. Tom has been the principal investigator on 12 funded research projects, graduating seven Ph.D.’s. He has written chapters in four different engineering textbooks. Tom has authored many articles in refereed journals and publications from conference proceedings. At Michigan State, Tom was the Chi Epsilon faculty advisor for many years and has served on many college and university committees related to undergraduate education. Tom has served on several ASCE committees related to geotechnical engineering, and served on advisory committees to the Michigan Professional Engineering Board. He was also involved in three post-Katrina task groups. Long involved with Chi Epsilon, Tom currently serves as the National President of Chi Epsilon Honor Society. From the Corps of Engineers, Tom received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, also MSU’s College of Engineering’s Withrow Distinguished Service Award and the MSU ASCE Student Chapter William A. Bradley Award for outstanding faculty members. Tom and his wife, Kathleen, live in Okemos, Mich. They have two sons and one grandson.
Neil S. Brady, PE
Anderson Engineering Inc.
Neil S. Brady earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1995 from Missouri S&T and joined Anderson Engineering Inc., in Springfield, Mo. He is now the president and CEO of that firm of 75 engineers, surveyors and staff. With four offices in southwestern Missouri and one in Destin, Fla., the firm offers consulting engineering across the country. Brady is a longtime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). He is past president of MSPE and a past member of NSPE’s House of Delegates.
In the Springfield area, Brady is a member of Ozarks Greenways Technical Committee, past president of the Springfield Little Theatre Board of Directors, past member of the city’s Green Building Task Force and the Greene County Storm Water Management Task Force. He and his wife, Tonya, have three children and live in Springfield, Mo.
Dr. Genda Chen, PE
Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Dr. Genda Chen earned his bachelor and master of science degrees from Dalian Institute of Technology in Dalian, China. In 1992, he received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After a few years of consulting, in 1996 Chen joined the civil, architectural and environmental engineering department at Missouri S&T as an assistant professor. Since then he has been an outstanding instructor in our department by teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and introducing new courses. His research interests include structural health monitoring, deterioration of composite structures, adaptive passive dampers, and seismic analysis and retrofit, among others. He is now associate director of Missouri S&T’s Mid-America Transportation Center and the Robert W. Abbett Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering. He holds three patents, has received several national and university awards (e.g. National Science Foundation CAREER Award), has been a U.S. delegate on nearly 20 national and international workshops, and has been an invitee to post-disaster reconnaissance, including the 2011 Japan earthquake, the 2010 Chile earthquake, the 2008 China earthquake and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He has authored over 120 journal articles and over 170 conference articles, written 37 engineering reports and advised 42 Ph.D. and M.S. students. Chen and his wife, Sharon, have one daughter Jingwen, a graduate student in computer science at Missouri S&T.
Sean C. Henry, PE
Director of Public Works and City Engineer
City of Carbondale
Sean C. Henry earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1995 from Missouri S&T. While in school and shortly thereafter, he worked as a summer engineering technician and then as a civil engineer for the City of Carbondale. In late 1996, he joined the consulting engineering firm of Asaturian Eaton & Associates in Carbondale, Ill. He was their first civil engineer with a degree and was instrumental in growing the civil engineering business for the firm. In the summer of 2006, he returned to the City of Carbondale and served as the city’s maintenance and environmental services manager until the spring of 2011 when he was appointed to be the city’s director of public works and city engineer. As director of public works, he is responsible for the administration, management, oversight and daily operations of 20 distinct operating divisions with an annual budget of $19 million and 85 full-time employees. Some of his responsibilities include: water and wastewater treatment; water distribution and wastewater collection; storm water management; streets and traffic signals; building maintenance and operation; refuse and recycling collection; cemeteries; forestry; equipment maintenance; engineering design and construction oversight of all city construction projects and review and permitting of development projects within the city. Henry is a member of the American Public Works Association (APWA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). He is also chairman of the Professional Advisory Board for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Southern Illinois University. In that capacity, he has also served as a senior design project mentor.
Henry is an Eagle Scout and has been active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his lifetime. He is currently guiding his two sons through Cub Scouts and has received several awards for his and his family’s dedication to scouting. He lives and works in Carbondale, Ill.
Jim Kirby, PE
Black and Veatch (Retired)
Kansas City, Missouri
Jim Kirby earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1963. He joined Black and Veatch, Consulting Engineers and over the next 33 years amassed an impressive career in responsible leadership and in the planning, design and construction of large water resources projects, water supply and treatment, wastewater collection and treatment and storm water systems. Examples of the projects for which Jim was responsible include: a large Corps of Engineers water resources project in Puerto Rico; a USAID-funded wastewater collection and treatment project in Cairo, Egypt, serving about 5 million people; a World Bank-funded wastewater project in Izmir, Turkey, serving 2.5 million people which included equipment procurement and installation of a pumping station which used German electric motors, Japanese-built pumps and U.S. electrical switchgear (it worked); an internationally funded water resources project in Chile that would rival Bureau of Reclamation projects in California; and review of a wastewater and stormwater master plan for Dubai. Kirby retired after serving six years with the Kansas City Water Services Department as engineering division section manager for plant and process design. Jim is a diplomate in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and is a member of several professional societies. He served as trustee and member of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Continent Library, as deputy commissioner with the Kansas City Election Board and a board member of Heartland Honor Flight. Kirby lives in Kansas City, Mo.
Dr. Larry Mays, PE
School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
Dr. Larry Mays earned his bachelor and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1970 and 1971, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1976 after serving in the military. After 13 years at the University of Texas at Austin, where he rose from assistant professor to professor to director of the Center for Research in Water Resources, Larry joined Arizona State University (ASU). Over the past 27 years there he has served as department chair and as professor of civil and environmental engineering. Mays’ research has focused on the optimal design and operation of water infrastructure systems. He has been the author, co-author or editor-in-chief of 24 books, including the textbooks, Applied Hydrology; Hydrosystems Engineering and Management; Water Resources Engineering; and Groundwater Hydrology. He has supervised to completion 34 Ph.D. students, published over 115 refereed journal articles, another 100 proceedings papers, and authored or co-authored over 70 chapters in books for which he was the editor-in-chief. Expanding his interest in ancient water systems, Mays has traveled the world photographing them and developed the book, Ancient Water Technologies and co-edited the book The Evolution of Water Supply through the Millennia. He has done volunteer work or been a consultant to the UN, the World Bank, Texas Attorney General’s Office, AWWA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and others. He is a fellow member of ASCE, the International Water Resources Association, and the International Water Association. In addition, he has won several national and international awards in engineering including the ASCE Julian Hinds Award, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulazizz International Prize for Water – Surface Water Prize and the Warren Hall Medal from UCOWR.
Mays has three children, helped in Boy Scouts and little league, backpacked Alaska, and loves snow skiing, fly-fishing, welding, scuba diving, photography, and traveling the world. He and his wife, Susi, share their time between Mesa, Ariz., and Pagosa Springs, Colo.
Rocky Miller, PE
Missouri House of Representatives
Osage Beach, Missouri
Rocky Miller earned his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1988 from Missouri S&T and then worked for Laclede Gas and Iowa Southern Utilities before returning home to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Rocky now owns his family’s engineering and environmental services firm, the Miller Companies. Active in lake and state institutions, Rocky served on the School of the Osage as a board member, including four years as president. He is a former director of the Missouri School Board Association and member of the Daybreak Rotary Club. Elected to the Missouri Legislature in 2012, Rocky represents District 124, the Lake of the Ozarks area. As a state representative, Rocky is chairman of the energy and environment committee and serves on committees for natural resources, utilities and solid waste. Rocky has received awards from the Electric Cooperatives, Missouri Chamber, St. Louis Business Journal and Missouri Farm Bureau for his work in the legislature. He has also been placed on the Southern States Energy Board, the energy and environment committee for the Southern Legislative Conference and the energy and environment committee for public policy with the Council of State Governments.
Miller and his wife, Della, live in Osage Beach, Mo. They have four children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Steve Starrett, PE
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Director of Honor and Integrity Systems
Kansas State University
Dr. Steve Starrett earned his bachelor of civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1989 and his master degree and Ph.D. in water resources and environmental engineering from Iowa State University. He joined the civil engineering faculty at Kansas State University in 1994. Today, he is an associate professor of civil engineering and is director of the honor and integrity systems at Kansas State. Starrett is also the director of the civil engineering undergraduate program. With a key interest in engineering ethics, he has developed and taught courses on the subject and is near completion of co-authoring a book titled, Pursuing Engineering Ethics Through Real World Case Studies. Active in the National Institute for Engineering Ethics, Starrett served on its executive board from 2012 to 2014. He is currently the president-elect of ASCE’s Environmental and Water Resources Institute, and has served as the chair of the ASCE Committee on Ethical Practice. The National Academy of Engineering recently recognized one of his courses as an exemplar course in engineering ethics education.
Starrett and his wife, Shelli, a 1988 electrical engineering graduate of S&T, live on a farm near Manhattan, Kan., where she is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Kansas State. They have three children.
Gregg Wilhelm, PE
Three Avocados Coffee Co.
Director of Sales and Operations
St. Louis, Missouri
Gregg Wilhelm earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering in 1983 from Missouri S&T and began his career with MoDOT in the St. Joseph District. In 1985, he transferred to the St. Louis District, where he worked on a variety of projects, including the geometric and hydraulic design of the I-64 at I-270 interchange. Shifting focus, he became the local programs design engineer, helping communities with projects that enhance transportation and the local economy. He was the MoDOT lead in working with Trailnet, a local active transportation advocacy group, to rehabilitate the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge from a declining vehicular structure into an active transportation link across the Mississippi River. He retired from MoDOT in 2014.
Active as a head elder at Messiah Lutheran Church, in 2010 he went on a mission trip to Uganda. After returning from that trip, Three Avocados, a non-profit coffee company, was formed and Gregg has been actively involved with Three Avocados ever since. Wilhelm serves as the director of sales and operations, and all profits are sent to Uganda to help provide clean drinking water, or to Nicaragua to improve education for children. Since its formation in 2010, sales of Three Avocados coffee have helped provide over 21,000 people in Uganda with clean drinking water. He and his wife, Rachel (a 1987 engineering management graduate of S&T), live in O’Fallon, Mo.
David Wisch, PE
David Wisch earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He began his career in offshore engineering with Texaco and today is Chevron’s global technical authority in civil, structural and marine engineering. He is the engineer of record for the first U.S. offshore platform to undergo a certified verification agent (CVA) certification and provided engineering oversight for the world’s deepest self-standing structure. Dave has worked for more than 30 years in industry standards development for the API and ISO. He chaired the API Committee on Offshore Structures and led the U.S. delegation to ISO’s Offshore Structures Standards Committee. After hurricanes Ivan, Katrina and Rita, he led an API task force to develop consensus interim industry standards for mooring of floating drilling vessels in less than 90 days.
Dave has chaired the Chevron Fellows program and the company’s Mentoring Excellence in Technology programs. He has chaired many national technical committees and served two terms as a Marine Board Member for the National Academy of Engineering. He has received awards for his work from the API, ISO, Chevron and the National Academy of Engineering.
Dave was a placekicker on the Miner football team and an officer of S&T’s ASCE Student Chapter. Dave and his wife, Leslie, live in Richmond, Texas. They have one daughter, Christine, who is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Randy Dreiling, PE, SE
Vice President and Senior Structural Engineer
Design Nine, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri
Randy Dreiling received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1981 from Missouri S&T and began a career in structural engineering. He worked for Missouri Pacific Railroad in the bridge department, Zurheide Hermann, Booker Associates and Parsons Brinckerhoff, all in St. Louis, before joining Design Nine, Inc., in 2000. Randy currently serves as vice president and senior structural engineer for Design Nine, a firm which specializes in providing engineering services to the railroad industry. He has served as president of the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis, was a member of the Miner Alumni Association Board of Directors from 2000 through 2012, serving as director, assistant secretary and vice president, and is a member of the American Railway Engineering Association, serving on the committee for seismic design. Randy is also a member of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) and has held many local chapter committee and officer positions, including chair of MSPE’s PEPP Board. Over the past 20 years, he has been a huge supporter of the Miner Alumni Association St. Louis Section, serving on nearly all the committees and holding officer positions, as well as, organizing section activities and events. The annual Section Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tournament, held every June, routinely has participation exceeding 100 golfers. In 2014, Randy received the Association’s “Frank H. Mackaman Volunteer Service Award.”
Diane Heckemeyer, PE
Department Chair, Construction and Civil Technology
State Technical College of Missouri
Diane Heckemeyer received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1986. After graduation, she worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as area engineer and senior estimating engineer before being named state design engineer in 2001. In 2005, Diane was hired as department chair of construction and civil technology at the State Technical College of Missouri. She was named the Missouri Breaking Traditions Post Secondary Educator of the Year in 2014 and in 2013 was named a Chapter Honor Member of S&T’s Chi Epsilon chapter. She was named the American Public Works Association (APWA) Missouri Chapter’s professional engineer of the year in 2012, and was the 2009 recipient of the National Women in Construction’s Crystal Vision Award.
Diane and her husband, Roger, live in St. Elizabeth, Missouri, with their two daughters. Their oldest daughter, Kelly, is a civil engineering student at S&T and is a catcher on the Lady Miner softball team.
Karin M. Jacoby, PE, JD
Kansas City, Missouri
Karin M. Jacoby received her bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1985 and joined Booker Associates in St. Louis as a design engineer. In 1995, feeling drawn to public works, she moved across Missouri to Kansas City, where she served as assistant city engineer and manager of waterways for 14 years. Karin earned a master of public administration and a juris doctorate, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1999 and 2006, respectively. She has spent most of her career in water resources, waterways, flooding and levees. She founded SPICA Consulting in 2009 as an engineering firm focused on flood risk management. In 2013, she began practicing law and now provides legal services to clients in the Midwest and South. Karin is involved in development of the nation’s policy on flood protection, serving as a member of the congressionally established National Committee on Levee Safety, and co-authoring with the National Academy of Sciences Levee Committee a report to FEMA with recommendations for the National Flood Insurance Program. Since 2001, Karin has been the executive director of the Missouri and Associated Rivers Coalition, a non-profit advocating for more beneficial use of water and related land resources. She received the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Kansas City Industrial Council’s Progress Award for Improving Waterways. In 2005, the Kansas City Star named Karin “One of Five People to Watch.” She has addressed students in the CArE engineering department and in 2014 was the Chi Epsilon’s Chapter Honor Member. Karin is an avid fisherman and spends her time on Missouri’s spring-fed rivers.
Steve Meyer, PE
Director of Environmental Services
City of Springfield
Steve Meyer received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1975 and began his career working for the Illinois Department of Transportation. He has worked as an engineering consultant in Florida before becoming an associate civil engineer for the City of Springfield in 1987. For the City of Springfield, he has served as superintendent of streets and public grounds, assistant director of environmental services, and since 2011, the director of environmental services. In that position, Steve is responsible for leading and managing the city’s sanitary sewer collection system and its two wastewater treatment plants, stormwater management, solid waste collection and disposal, and maintaining compliance with the city’s MS4 permit. His department is also responsible for coordinating citywide sustainability practices and there is an effort to make the city’s southwest plant energy neutral within 10 years.
Steve is a member of the Water Environmental Foundation, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the Institute of Transportation Engineers and is on the board of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies.
Steve has coached YMCA youth sports, volunteered with Boy Scouts of America and the Salvation Army. He and his wife, Judy, live in Springfield, Missouri. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Allen G. Minks, PE
Geotechnical Department Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri
Allen G. Minks received his bachelor and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1981 and 1983, respectively. Since graduation, Allen has spent his career in the geotechnical field with firms such as McClelland Engineers, Shannon & Wilson, Inc. and SCI Engineering. He is currently the geotechnical department manager for Terracon Consultants, Inc. in St. Louis. Active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) since his days as a student, he has held every office in the St. Louis Section and served as president in 2007-2008. He is a Fellow of ASCE, is the recipient of the St. Louis Section’s Professional Recognition Award in 2012 and the ASCE National Edmund Friedman Recognition Award in 2013. He has taught a Missouri Society of Professional Engineer-sponsored geotechnical professional engineer refresher course for over 10 years. In addition, he serves on the city of Florissant, Missouri, Planning and Zoning Commission and is a member of SAVE Coalition, which performed building inspections in Joplin, Missouri, after the 2011 tornado.
Allen coached all three of his sons in soccer and baseball from kindergarten to eighth grade — a total of over 30 teams. He and his wife, Connie, live in Florissant, Missouri. They have three sons, and their fifth grandchild is due next month.
Charles E. Powell, PE
Charles E. Powell received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1971. He initially worked for Brown & Root in Houston and London, then returned to the Springfield, Missouri, area where he worked for consulting engineering firms, including Anderson Engineering, ET Archer and Scott Consulting Engineers. In 2006, he formed CEPCO LLC, a consulting firm that does forensic building investigations for insurance companies and attorneys. He also provides structural engineering services for governmental agencies.
Charles has been active at the local and state level of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving as state and chapter president of MSPE and section president of ASCE.
Currently he is chairman of the Christian County Health Department and a member of the City of Ozark Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a SAVE Coalition Structural Inspector 1 and a member of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Task Force.
Charles and his wife, Connie, live in Ozark, Missouri. They have two sons and several grandchildren.
Dr. David Richardson, PE
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Dr. David Richardson received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1971 and 1973, respectively. He owned his own consulting firm for 22 years, working in Texas and Arkansas, before selling it. He then returned to Missouri S&T and earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1984. In that year, Dave became the area head for construction and construction materials and has taught those courses in the S&T civil department. He has received 17 teaching awards plus numerous advising and faculty awards, including the Academy’s Faculty Achievement Award. He has published research papers, conducted 180 short courses and directed 60 asphalt and concrete conferences, and he provides continuing education to engineering professionals and technicians. Dave has been a positive influence on S&T’s civil engineering graduates, as well as the paving industry in Missouri. He is a Fellow in the American Concrete Institute, has chaired national ACI technical committees and has been president of the state ACI chapter.
Dave has been an elder and treasurer at Ozark Highlands Christian Church for over 30 years. He and his wife, Carol, live in Rolla, Missouri, and have three children and six grandchildren.
Francisco "Frank" M. Benavides, PE
PENTA Engineering Corporation
St. Louis, Missouri
Francisco “Frank” M. Benavides of St. Louis is executive director of PENTA Engineering Corp.; principal consultant of PEC Consulting Group LLC; and executive director of PENTA India Cement & Minerals Pvt. Ltd. He earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1970, and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. A founder of PENTA and member of its board of directors, Benavides has provided the company with strategic direction and employee development for 27 years. His engineering experience includes technical and economic feasibility studies for major capital investments for the minerals and energy industries; plant valuations; management of engineering and construction projects, including the planning, coordination and supervision of construction and commissioning of process equipment. He is a licensed professional engineer in seven states and is registered with the U.S. National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. He holds memberships in numerous organizations, including the Society of Mining Engineers and the Manufacturing Technical Committee of the Portland Cement Association. He is also the Consul of Peru for Missouri.
Reginald H. Benton, PE, SE
President & Principal
Benton & Associates Inc.
Reginald H. Benton of Jacksonville, Ill., president of Benton & Associates Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1979. His more than 34 years of experience includes working for consulting engineering firms and the Illinois Department of Transportation. Benton is fortunate to be a second generation engineer, beginning his practical experience on the survey crew and other duties at Benton & Associates from 5th grade through college graduation. As a Benton & Associates principal and president, he has ultimate responsibility for the quality, schedule and budget for a wide range of projects. Benton also serves as senior structural engineer for the firm, designing bridges, buildings, swimming pools and special structures associated with water and wastewater treatment. Benton is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and Missouri, and is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois.
He has served on the boards of United Way, Sherwood-Eddy YMCA, Elm City Rehabilitation and Kiwanis, and he currently serves on the Passavant Area Hospital board and as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. He has held leadership positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Central Illinois Section, American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois, and Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE). He was named “Young Engineer of the Year” by ISPE and a “Fellow” by American Council of Engineering Companies.
Michael W. Burke, PE
Executive Vice President
J.S. Alberici Constructors Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri
Michael W. Burke of St. Charles, Mo., an executive vice president for J.S. Alberici Constructors Inc., earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1991 and 1992, respectively. He is responsible for Alberici’s steel fabrication subsidiary, Hillsdale Fabricators, in addition to leading Alberici’s North American Water and Waster Construction Division including two water and waste water subsidiaries in Atlanta and Topeka, Kan. Burke has worked on large projects in the U.S., Grand Bahama, Aruba, Portugal, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, with responsibilities for both design and project management. He was involved in the fabrication and erection of the structural steel used in the Indianapolis Colts’ Lucas Oil Stadium. A licensed professional engineer in Missouri, Burke has served on the boards of the American Institute of Steel Construction and Associated General Contractors.
John Frerking, PE
Business Development Manager
Engineering Surveys & Services
John Frerking of Columbia, Mo., business development manager for Engineering Surveys and Services, earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1987. He began his career as a sales engineer at CSR-Hydro Conduit in Kansas City. In 1996, he joined Burns & McDonnell as project development manager for the firm’s Infrastructure Division. In his current position since 2012, Frerking is responsible for planning and implementing strategies to grow the company’s market share with public sector clients. Over the years, he has chaired committees for the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE); KC Metro and Missouri Chapters of the American Public Works Association; and the Engineers’ Club of Kansas City, including serving as president from 2004 to 2005. John has been active in the Miner Alumni Association’s Kansas City Section for many years, including serving as president. He has also served on the Miner Alumni Association’s Executive Board from 2005 to 2011. He received the S&T Civil Engineering Exemplary Young Alumni Award in 1998. Frerking is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri.
Dale L. Houdeshell, PE, FASCE, PWLF
Director of Public Works
City of Clayton
Dale L. Houdeshell of Lake St. Louis, Mo., director of public works for the City of Clayton, earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1972. He began his career with Bogina Architect Engineers Inc., in Lenexa, Kan., and held positions as director of streets and engineering, city engineer and manager of public works services in several Midwest communities. Houdeshell retired from the City of Manhattan, Kan., in January to return to the St. Louis area. In Manhattan, he was responsible for managing development review; infrastructure design and construction; water, wastewater and storm water enterprise funds; and a capital improvement and sustainability program. He also provided technical guidance for the Manhattan Regional Airport upgrade, Flint Hills Discovery Center Museum, local parks and pools, and the Department of Homeland Security’s National Bio and Agro-Defense facility. In his current position, Houdeshell is responsible for managing development review; infrastructure design and construction; facilities maintenance; fleet maintenance; forestry; and a capital improvement program. He has held positions with Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE), American Public Works Association, Transportation Engineers Association of Metro St. Louis and MSPE St. Louis Chapter. Houdeshell is an ASCE Fellow and received the Government Engineer of the Year Award in 2013 from KSPE. Other awards include: Order of the Engineer, Public Works Leadership Fellow, Top 10 Public Works Leaders of the Year and Outstanding Engineer in Government. He is a licensed professional engineer in Missouri and Kansas.
Ralph C. Jones, PE
Chairman & CEO
Structural Engineering Associates Inc.
Kansas City, Missouri
Ralph C. Jones of Overland Park, Kan., chairman of the board and CEO of Structural Engineering Associates Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1980 and a master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1985. Since joining Structural Engineering Associates in 1986, he has served as field inspector, resident project representative and designer. He is currently the principal in charge of field operations including inspections, structural investigations, building forensics, masonry restoration design and concrete repair design.
Jones has held several positions with the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) including president of the Great Plains Chapter. He received the ICRI Project Award of Excellence in the masonry category in 2008 for his work on the Masonry Renovation of the Historic Quad at Missouri State University. He also received the ICRI Award of Merit in the water structure category in 2009 for the repair and waterproofing of the Kauffman Baseball Stadium Fountains.
He has been a member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Kansas City for over 25 years and served as president of the Kiwanis Student Assistance Program from 1995 to 2003, which assists high school students who are living on their own to stay in school and receive their high school diplomas.
Alard Kaplan, PE
Energy Projects Consulting
Alard “Al” Kaplan of Houston, owner of Energy Projects Consulting, earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering (cum laude) from Missouri S&T in 1972. His career began at Mobil Oil, where he managed offshore and liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Indonesia,the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Qatar. He served as vice president for major projects with Marathon Oil Corp., and after retiring in 2008, set up an independent consulting firm. He has since served as acting head of wind projects for BP U.S., an advisory board member for an Algae to Biodiesel Co. and is currently LNG project manager for the Mozambique LNG Project with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. His consulting business has had recent projects in West Africa, the Gulf of Mexico and Australia. Kaplan has served on the board of directors of the Construction Industries Institute and on the Project Management Practices Advisory Board at Texas A&M University. He has authored several technical papers on LNG production and transport and holds related U.S. patents.
Sanjeev Kumar, Ph.D., PE, Fellow ASCE
Chair, Professor & Distinguished Teacher
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Sanjeev Kumar of Carbondale, Ill., chair, professor and Distinguished Teacher in the civil and environmental engineering department at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, earned master of science and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1993 and 1996, respectively. He began his professional practice career in India and then joined Geotechnology, Inc. in St. Louis in 1994. He joined SIU as an assistant professor in 1998. He has received more than $2 million in research grants, and has published 36 articles in professional journals and more than 60 articles in conference proceedings. He has completed more than 100 engineering projects as a project engineer, manager, peer-reviewer or consultant. He has received numerous outstanding teaching awards, including the Engineering Excellence Award, Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Professional Recognition Award (ASCE), Distinguished Scholar (Phi Kappa Phi), Distinguished Fellow from the Institute of Hospital Engineers (India) and the S&T Civil Engineering 2003 Exemplary Young Alumni Award. He has served on many of ASCE’s national committees and has chaired the Committee on Continuing Education.
David Ahlvers, PE
State Construction and Materials Engineer
Jefferson City, Missouri
David Ahlvers of Jefferson City, Mo., state construction and materials engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), earned bachelor of science degrees in civil engineering and engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1984. He served as a construction inspector and as district engineer of MoDot’s Northwest District. In 2003, Ahlvers moved to his current position, where he is responsible for the geotechnical section, physical and chemical testing laboratories, pavement design, research, materials testing and oversight of the state construction program. He chairs the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Roadways and Structures Committee and serves as Missouri’s representative to the Research Advisory Council. He was an officer in the St. Joseph Rotary Club and served on the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce. He participates in his church as a Eucharistic minister and teaches Sunday school. David also attends many school activities and coaches. He and his wife, Laura, have three daughters.
Gary Amsinger, PE
MCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri
Gary Amsinger of Defiance, Mo., corporate vice president of safety for McCarthy Building Companies Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1980. He joined McCarthy as a project engineer and worked in the field managing construction projects in both commercial and heavy civil areas. He was a project manager, project director and divisional director of engineering prior to his current position. Amsinger led an effort to require that all personnel use fall protection when exposed to falls greater than 6 feet, which is now an industry standard. He holds a U.S. patent for developing a crane safety device. Amsinger chaired and held executive leadership positions in the Safety and Health committees for the national and St. Louis chapters of the Associated General Contractors (AGC); served on the Executive Committee of the National Construction Safety Executives organization; and served on the editorial board of Superintendent Magazine. He is on the S&T Career Opportunities and Employer Relations Advisory Board and led McCarthy’s recruiting efforts at S&T for more than 25 years. He led McCarthy’s United Way of Greater St. Louis Campaign for more than a decade. He has served as a Leader in the Boy Scouts, coached youth baseball and served as president of the Church Council at Friedens Peace UCC in New Melle. He and his family are currently members of Dardenne Presbyterian Church. Gary and his wife, Janet, have two sons.
Retired, Senior Vice President of Design and Construction
Kohl's Department Stores
Dan Booher of Springfield, Mo., retired senior vice president of design and construction for Kohl’s Department Stores, earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from S&T in 1980 and 1981, respectively. His extensive career in the retail construction business began with Walmart Stores Inc., where as vice president for construction international in Mexico City he was involved in the creation of the Walmart Supercenter. Booher joined Einstein Bros. Bagels when it was a start-up and helped grow the company to 600 stores. At Toys “R” Us, he supported domestic and Asian operations, and as vice president of design and construction for Office Depot, he and his team developed stores in the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2002, he joined Kohl’s, where he was responsible for site development, engineering and architectural design, and interior design as well as construction operations. He now does limited consulting work through his company, Blue Ocean Advisers. After retiring from Kohl’s in 2010, Dan built his dream home on 32 acres. He is active in the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Second Baptist Church and Habitat for Humanity. Dan and his wife, Karrolyn, are fortunate to have their three children attending school in Springfield.
John Branham, PE
Branco Enterprises, Inc.
John Branham of Stella, Mo., president of Branco Enterprises Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1970. He founded Branco Enterprises Inc. in 1976. The construction company was recognized by MoDOT as its top achiever in the small volume category for 2011 and received an Excellence in Paving Award. Branco was recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR) as a top 200 environmental contractor and by Concrete Construction Magazine as a top-100 concrete contractor. Branham has been an American Arbitration Association arbitrator since 1986. He served as chapter president of the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) and as chair of the AGC of Missouri. He is now vice president of AGC of Kansas City. He served as president of the Neosho Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Neosho Planning and Zoning Commission and the Neosho Rotary Club. John and his wife, Vi, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Michael L. Davis, PE
Barton Engineering Company, Inc.
Michael L. Davis of Lebanon, Mo., president and CEO of Barton Engineering Co. Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1975. A registered engineer in Illinois and Missouri, he worked for Benton & Associates, a consulting engineering firm in Illinois, for eight years prior to joining Barton Engineering Co. Inc. in Lebanon. Barton provides consulting engineering services to the private sector and to municipalities, corporations and governmental entities. Davis served on his local school board for 12 years and the Missouri State School Board for four years. He is president of the Lebanon Education Foundation and was named Volunteer of the Year by the Laclede Literary Council. He is a board member and past president of the Lebanon Rotary Club, and was named Rotarian of the Year. In 1991, he was appointed to the Selective Service Board by President George H.W. Bush, retiring in 2011. A Chamber Ambassador, he received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Lebanon Chamber of Commerce in 2002. He is active in the Ozark Chapter of MSPE and was named its Young Engineer of the Year in 1986. In 1997, he received the S&T Alumni Service Award. Mike and his wife, Joy, have two children and two grandchildren.
President, Northern Pacific Division
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
San Francisco, California
Richard Henry of Lafayette, Calif., president of the Northern Pacific Division of McCarthy Building Companies Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1983. He was assigned to McCarthy’s first project in California and worked in the field as a project engineer, project manager and vice president before his promotion in 2002 to his current position. He is responsible for projects that produced more than $550 million in revenue last year, including the 1-million-square-foot Kaiser Replacement Hospital in Oakland, Calif., and the new $857 million Stanford Hospital. Henry is an expert in public school design and construction processes and worked closely with the California State Architect as an appointed Advisory Board member to improve procedures and delivery guidelines for public projects throughout the state. He is a member of McCarthy’s board of directors and serves on the boards of the Construction Employees Association, the Bay Area Council, and the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization. Rich and his wife, Angela, have three children.
Dr. Robert Holmes Jr., PE
National Flood Hazard Coordinator
U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Robert “Bob” Holmes Jr. of Rolla, Mo., national flood hazard coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), earned bachelor of science and master of science degrees in civil engineering from S&T in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 2003. He previously served as chief of hydrologic data collection and director of the USGS Illinois Water Science Center. Holmes now works for the USGS Headquarters in Reston, Va., but is based in Rolla, where he coordinates operational response to major flood events nationwide including developing operational plans with other agencies. He also serves as senior advisor to the USGS director and associate directors for flood science issues. Holmes is an adjunct professor in S&T’s civil, architectural and environmental engineering department, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in water resource engineering topics. He is a diplomat in the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and past president of the Mid-Missouri Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has received awards from the USGS, the Department of Interior and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Bob and his wife, Joanne, MetE’91, have four daughters, including one who recently graduated from S&T and one who is a current S&T student. Bob has coached Rolla youth softball and basketball, been active with a local camp for children of prisoners, and serves as a board member for the Champions of Rolla Education.
Terry Leeds, PE
Director, Water Services Department
City of Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri
Terry Leeds of Kansas City, Mo., director of the water services department for the city of Kansas City, Mo., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1984. After spending 10 years as a design engineer for Black and Veatch, he joined the city of Kansas City where he’s held positions as a design engineer, section head, division head, project manager and assistant director. In his current position, he is responsible for drinking water supply treatment and distribution, stormwater management and wastewater collection and treatment. His department includes 960 employees and a budget of approximately $262 million. Leeds is active in the Water Environment Federation, ASCE and is a board member of the Wet Weather Partnership and Association of Missouri Cleanwater Agencies. He received the Golden Manhole Award from the Missouri Water Environment Association. He is active in many civic organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, PTA and Community Blood Center (he is a 3-gallon donor). Terry is an ordained deacon and has held various church leadership positions. He is currently a Bible study shepherd for 3rd graders at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. Terry and his wife, Dana, have five children.
Fred Palmerton, PE
Palmerton and Parrish, Inc.
Fred Palmerton of Springfield, Mo., vice president of Palmerton and Parrish Inc., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Washington University in St. Louis in 1960. After several years working with Reitz and Jens Inc. in St. Louis, Palmerton joined Anderson Engineering Inc. in Springfield. In 1989, he co-founded Palmerton and Parrish Inc., a consulting engineering and materials testing firm with 45 employees and offices and laboratories in Springfield, Branson and Joplin. He has been active in MSPE, serving in all officer positions and as president in 1998. He has served on many National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) committees and was the national chair of its professional engineers in private practice (PEPP) division in 2008. He is a member of ASCE, the American Concrete Institute and ASTM International. His honors and awards include NSPE Fellow, NSPE/PEPP Outstanding Service Award and MSPE Hall of Fame. Fred has assisted with the department’s asphalt and concrete conferences for many years. He is an Elder in the Hillcrest Presbyterian Church and has served as the Board Chairman of the Springfield Council of Churches. Fred and his wife, Rae Jean, have four children and six grandchildren.
Senior Vice President and Partner
Clayco Construction Corporation
St. Louis, Missouri
Tom Sieckhaus of Fenton, Mo., senior vice president and partner of Clayco Construction Corp., earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1988 and an MBA from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1996. After six years with Turner Construction, he joined Clayco in 1994 as a project manager. He is currently responsible for all commercial projects for the national design build and construction firm, which employs nearly 1,000 people and has annual revenues of nearly $850 million. In 2005, Sieckhaus received the “40 under 40” award from the St. Louis Business Journal. He is on the board of directors of the Matthews Dickey Boys Club and served on the Carpenters Labor Committee of the AGC and on the St. Paul’s Church Building Committee. He once served on the Carpenters Labor Committee of the AGC, as well as the St. Paul’s Church Building Committee. He and his wife, Michelle, have two sons.
Curtis Skouby, PE
Director of Public Utilities
City of St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
Curtis Skouby of St. Louis, director of public utilities for the city of St. Louis, earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1985 and a master of science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1999. He began his career with the city of St. Louis as a civil engineer and was appointed to his current position in 2008. Skouby is responsible for the utilities and the water and communications division, operating with a staff of approximately 400 employees. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, served as chair of the Missouri section and received the 6 Guardian Award from AWWA in 2007. He serves on the Missouri Safe Drinking Water Commission and is a plan reviewer for the Partnership of Safe Drinking Water. An Eagle Scout, he is a leader and volunteer with both the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA. Curt’s wife, Mary, his father and two of his siblings also have degrees in civil engineering. He and Mary are volunteers at Glendale Lutheran Church. They have 10-year-old twins, Brian and Sarah.
Brett Hanke, PE
Brett Hanke received his BSCE from UMR in 1972 and his MS in Engineering Management in 1984. Commissioned through UMR’s Army ROTC Program, Brett’s career began as an engineer officer with the 82nd Airborne Division. After eight years in various assignments and at the rank of Captain, he left the active Army, but stayed in the Missouri National Guard. From 1980 until 2004, he worked for Booker Associates, Sauget, Illinois, and was the Director of Public Works for Granite City, Collinsville, Illinois and Wentzville, Missouri. In 2002 he retired from the Army as a Colonel. In 2004 Brett returned to active duty, serving a tour in Iraq, where he was responsible for the $4 billion reconstruction program for water and wastewater facilities. He was a security engineer for SAIC until retiring in 2007. In 2009 he came out of retirement and formed Hanke Constructors. Brett took up sky diving while in the Army, and has over 100 jumps. He also enjoys karate and holds a 6th degree black belt. Brett has three children, who have all served tours in Iraq. He and his wife, Ann, enjoy their family and farming for fitness near Wentzville, where he can be recognized as being “out standing in his field,” using 1930s vintage farm equipment.
Alan A. Kamp, PE
Vice President &
Senior Project Manager
Black & Veatch
Kansas City, Missouri
Alan Kamp received his BSCE from MSM in 1964 and his MSCE from UMR in 1965. He began his career as a structural engineer for gas and oil process plants for Phillips Petroleum Company. He is now Vice President and Senior Project Manager for the Oil and Gas Business Line at Black & Veatch. He has designed and managed projects in China, Australia, Abu Dhabi, Scotland and the United States. These projects have included gas treating, sulfur recovery, LNG peak shaving and base load facilities, oil refinery units, one sugar refinery in Africa, and a coke gasification facility that produces ammonia fertilizer. Alan is a long time member of ASCE, has served as a Boy Scout Leader, chaired Black & Veatch’s United Way efforts, and received Black & Veatch’s Robinson Outstanding Management Award in 1995. Alan and his wife, Illa, are part owners of and operate the Branson Scenic Railway, which operates dinner and excursion train service in Branson, Mo. Married 45 years, they have two children and five grandchildren. Alan and Illa live in Kansas City and Branson.
Pat McCown, PE
CEO, McCownGordon Construction
Kansas City, Missouri
Pat McCown received his BSCE from UMR in 1974 and entered into the construction industry in 1974, working for Fluor in California. In 1977, he moved to the Kansas City area and has worked for Pritchard, JE Dunn, and Walton Construction. He received his Professional Engineer License in 1980 and his MBA from UMKC in 1983. In 1999, he founded McCownGordon Construction, the company he now directs and serves as CEO. The company offers construction management and design build delivery methods and has built projects in a broad range of segments including corporate, bio/life sciences, higher education, healthcare, mission critical and municipality. Pat has served on a variety of technical committees, including those for ASCE, GSA and AIA. He currently serves on the boards of UMB Bank N.A., Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Area Development Council, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Kansas City Art Institute, Starlight Theatre, UMKC Conservatory’s Advisory Committee and the Leadership Committee for United Way. McCown is co-chair of the Business Council for the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, a member of the Metropolitan Arts Council and a corporate partner of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Pat and his wife, Beth, have four children and three grandchildren.
Ranney McDonough, PE
McDonough Engineering Corporation
Ranney McDonough received his BSCE from UMR in 1966. Through Army ROTC, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and volunteered for Army Rotary Wing Flight School. A little over two years later, he was flying for the 187th Assault Helicopter Company in Vietnam. Captain McDonough was there during Tet 1968, flying the III Corps Commanding General. He left the Army in 1969 to begin his civil engineering career. In 1977 he founded McDonough Engineering in Houston, Texas. Since then his company has completed the civil engineering design of many projects in the Texas Gulf Coast Region. Projects have included commercial, industrial, public works, governmental and transportation. Ranney is a member of several technical/professional societies and has served on the Executive Board of the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership and is a Past President of the Harris County (Texas) Flood Control Task Force. He is a member of S&T’s Order of the Golden Shillelagh and is active in the Alumni Association Houston Section. Ranney has supported the Boy Scouts, the American Festival for the Arts and Houston Livestock Show. Ranney and his wife, Linda, live in Dunwoody, Ga.
Stephen H. McVeigh
Independent Oil & Gas Consultant
Stephen McVeigh received his BSCE from UMR in 1972. His entire career has been in the engineering and management aspects of oil and gas exploration and production. He retired after 32 years of service in the domestic and international upstream sector of Royal Dutch Shell Companies. From 2000-2004, Stephen served as CEO for Sakhalin Energy Investment Company in the Russian Federation. This company manages the Sakhalin 2 project and is the first offshore oil and gas development and LNG project in Russia. The Sakhalin Project was built from scratch in the harsh sub arctic environment of Sakhalin Island in the Russian Far East. Under Stephen’s leadership, the joint venture and its share holders (Shell, Mitsui and Mitsubishi) reached a positive final investment decision for a $10B grass roots integrated oil, gas and LNG development, one of the largest such projects ever attempted. Married to his wife, Janet, for 36 years, they live in Houston near their three sons.
HBD Construction, Inc.
St. Louis, Missouri
Michael Perry received his BSCE from UMR in 1980. He graduated from UMR on a Saturday and started with HBD the following Monday, bought a house the next month and was married the next month. Today he is President of HBD, leading one of the largest general contracting and construction management organizations in St. Louis. The company builds commercial and multi-family projects and recently won a “Project of the Year Keystone Award” from the AGC of St. Louis and was just recently nominated as General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractors Association. Mike currently serves as Immediate Past Chairman of AGC St. Louis and is Chairman of their Membership Committee. He is involved with the AGC Construction Careers Center, which prepares students in grades 9-12. He also serves on the advisory board for Youth Lifeline America, which helps disadvantaged inner city youth by teaching life skills. Mike is on the Board of the American Heart Association of St. Louis and coordinates their annual Heart Walks. He is a St. Louis Rotarian, RCGA Leadership Circle Member and serves on the legislative committee for the Missouri Growth Association. Mike and his wife, Tina, live in St. Louis. They have four daughters, which includes 17-year-old twins.
Amy Strauss, PE
Amy Strauss received her BSCE then MSCE from UMR in 1990 and 1991, respectively. She began her engineering career as a co-op student with Springfield City Utilities, and has progressed through many aspects of the Utilities’ systems and is currently a Senior Engineer in Power Generation. Amy is responsible for the management of various power plant projects as well as process monitoring and projects to increase efficiency. Over the years, Amy has been very active with the Ozark Chapter of MSPE. She chaired S&T’s Civil Engineering Department’s Advisory Council, has co-chaired the Greater Ozarks Chapter, American Red Cross’ “Every Day Heroes Event,” and served as Board Chair of the Red Cross Chapter, assisting the Red Cross efforts to acquire and renovate a building for office expansion. Following the Joplin tornado last year, Amy was deployed as part of SEMA’s Structural Assessment Visual Evaluation Team. Amy was the NSPE National Young Engineer of the Year in 2000. Amy has two teenage sons and she and husband, Gary, live in Springfield, Mo.
Paul Wojciechowski, AICP, PE
Senior Associate, St. Louis Office Manager
Alta Planning and Design
St. Louis, Missouri
Paul Wojciechowski received his BSCE from UMR in 1983 and began his career with MoDOT in Willow Springs in 1983. He is now a Senior Associate and St. Louis Office Manager for Alta Planning and Design, a company with 20 offices nationwide, based in Portland Ore. He has spent 28 years working with transportation planning for public sector entities as well as consulting firms. Paul served in planning and design positions at MoDOT for 17 years, most of which was in the St. Louis Metro District. He later served as Director of Public Works for the City of Clayton from 2004-2008 and was responsible for all aspects of public works projects, capital improvement budgeting, parking, traffic, vehicle fleet management and building maintenance. While in Clayton, Paul received an Outstanding Local Government Leadership Award from the East West Gateway Council of Governments in 2007. An avid bicyclist, who often rides his bike to work, Paul’s career has been focused on planning and design of streets that serve all users throughout the St. Louis area. His work in “bike ped” issues and facilities has earned him Trailnet’s Healthy Active Living Award and Missouri Bicycle Federation’s Distinguished Service Award. Paul lives with his wife, Sharon, in the City of Wildwood, where he has served as City Council Member, P&Z member and Town Center Advisory Committee Member. He is currently on the Board of Adjustment for the city.
Wayne Laufer, PE
Bois d’Arc Energy, Inc.
Wayne Laufer received his BSCE from UMR in 1967. His career in offshore oil exploration and development began that year at Shell Oil. In 1977 he co founded S.A. Holditch & Associates, now a part of Schlumberger. In 1998 Wayne co-founded Bois d’Arc Offshore, LTD, which became Bois d’Arc Energy. Bois d’Arc Energy has concentrated on exploring, drilling, completing, operating, and producing natural gas and oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico region. In five years the company drilled 54 exploration wells and 38 development wells. In 2005 Bois d’Arc Energy was taken public on the NYSE with Wayne as president and CEO. The company was sold in 2008. In 2009 Wayne and his wife announced a gift to endow a chair in energy research at Missouri S&T. Their gift is the largest for an endowed faculty position ever received by the University of Missouri system. Wayne received his professional degree from S&T in 2009. He and his wife, Gayle are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh. They live in Sanibel, Fla. and Friday Harbor, Wash.
Senior Sale Executive
Kent Lynn received his BSCE from UMR in 1985 and his MBA from the University of Nebraska in 1991. Kent began his career with IBM in Omaha after graduating from UMR. He began as a systems engineer working with DoD clients, but quickly moved into sales roles with increasing responsibility. Kent has particular expertise in the telecommunications and service-provider industries, spanning his twenty-six year career in Information Technology. He served in various software sales and consulting roles, including global practice leader and principal consultant to utility, energy and media/publishing companies, prior to holding his current position as Client Executive, where Kent is responsible for managing relationships with some of the company’s largest commercial clients. Throughout his career, Kent has traveled extensively, and from his experiences decided to establish a scholarship fund at S&T to support international service learning. Kent is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh and received a Professional Degree in Computer Science from S&T in 2009. A 14-year resident of Washington, D.C., Kent advises local non-profit institutions and schools on technology issues. He serves on the Community Council of the public radio station at The American University in Washington, D.C., where he is also a member of the Leadership Council. Kent is an avid triathlete, marathoner and distance cyclist.
Michael J. McEvilly, PE
Vice President of Operations
Spitzer Industries, Inc.
Mike McEvilly received his BSCE from UMR in 1980 and an MS in Engineering Management in 1981, also from UMR. He has spent his career in the oil and gas industry with positions with Cities Service Oil & Gas Corporation, then Facilities and Construction Manager Deepwater Worldwide with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., then Vice-President of Capital Projects with Helix Energy Solutions, and currently as Senior Executive Vice President of Operations for Spitzer Industries, Inc. In that position he principally oversees the design and fabrication operations of approximately 1000 employees in four facilities totaling 525,000 square feet, manufacturing process and subsea equipment used in offshore oil and gas production operations. He is a member of several technical societies, professional societies and advisory boards, was named the Young Engineer of the Year by Sam Houston Chapter for the state of Texas, received the Distinguished Achievement Award for Projects at the Offshore Technology Conference for the years 2007 and 2010, for the Marco Polo Tension-Leg Platform in 4,300 feet of water, and the Independence Hub Semi-Submersible in 8,000 feet of water respectively, both of which were record water depths at the time of installation. Mike is a member of the Elks Lodge, Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Shriners. He has served as a Little League coach and umpire and in youth basketball and soccer as a coach and umpire. In his student days at UMR, Mike was the president of Chi Epsilon, Blue Key and Intercollegiate Knights. He is a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and was named a National Top Teke in 1980. He is a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh, and will be inducted into the Academy of Engineering Management this April. Mike lives in Spring, Texas with his wife Mary, who is also a graduate of UMR.
Dr. M. Brad Parks, PE
Advanced Threat Technology Development
and Response Group
Saudia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico
M. Brad Parks is the Senior Manager for the Advanced Threat Technology Development and Response Group at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brad received his MSCE and PhD (1987) in civil engineering with a specialty in automotive structures. Since 1987 he has worked at SNL on a variety of projects including accident performance of containment buildings housing nuclear power plants, structural analysis of ship-to-ship collisions to determine potential damage to on-board containers carrying radioactive materials, scientific advisor to the DOD’s office that deals with counter proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and manager of a department studying transportation-related nuclear explosive security issues. In his current position at SNL, Brad manages four departments that are focused on nuclear weapon security, nuclear emergency response, and consequence management for nuclear, chemical, or biological incidents. Brad has received many awards, including the 2000 Sandia Employee Recognition Award. He has authored approximately 50 publications. Brad and his wife Stacy live in Albuquerque along with their two sons, Jordan and Ethan.
Brad R. Parrish, PE
Palmerton & Parrish, Inc.
Brad R. Parrish received his BSCE and MSCE from UMR in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Brad began his career in geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing in 1979, in 1989 cofounded Palmerton & Parrish, Inc., and is currently the firm’s president. The firm offers geotechnical, environmental, and design engineering services and operates a full service construction materials testing laboratory. Brad is licensed as a Professional Engineer in four states. Over the years, Brad has been very active in MSPE and also has served as President of MSPE. He has also been active in ACEC-MO, having served as a Director and PAC Trustee. In 1989, he was honored as MSPE Ozark Chapter’s Young Engineer of the Year. In 2000, he received the MSPE “Extra Mile” Resolution Award for his work on Engineering Licensure and Registration. In 2008, Brad was UMR’s Chi Epsilon Chapter Honor Member. Active in the North Side Christian Church of Springfield, Brad has worked in church and youth activities for many years. Married to his high school sweetheart, Cora, for 34 years, he lives in Springfield and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Chuck Taylor, PE
and Tilly, Inc.
Following in his father’s footsteps Charles (Chuck) Taylor enrolled at Rolla and graduated with his BSCE from UMR in 1983. He went to work for Crawford, Murphy and Tilly, Inc. in their aviation services division and today Chuck serves as CMT’s Group Manager of Aviation Services. Throughout his career, Chuck has worked on airports throughout the U.S., engineering solutions to technical, as well as political and funding problems, all the while meeting the stringent requirements of the FAA. His work on rehabbing Runaway 30R at Lambert Field in St. Louis won him a National Paving Award from the American Concrete Paving Association, Lambert’s first national award. Chuck is a member of the Association of Airport Executives, the Missouri State Aviation Council, ASCE and other technical/professional societies. A member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Springfield, Illinois, Chuck volunteers for many parish activities, including youth softball, football, and basketball. Chuck and his wife Jenny have two children: Jessica who attends Wesleyan University and Clayton who is in the 8th grade at St Agnes School in Springfield, IL.
Jeff Theerman, PE
St. Louis, Missouri
Jeff Theerman is the Executive Director of Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), St. Louis. He received his BSCE from UMR in 1980, MSCE from SIU-Edwardsville and his Professional Degree from Missouri S&T in 2009. A long-time engineer at MSD, Jeff has swum upstream and now is responsible for all engineering, construction, operations and administration for the District. MSD employs about 950 people and has an annual budget of about $400 million, about $200 million of which is construction. The District is responsible for all wastewater collection and treatment, as well as all storm water collection and conveyance for St. Louis City and County, which serves a population of about 1.4 million. Jeff has been a great ambassador of civil engineering and S&T. Within the many technical, professional and community societies he works to further his profession as well as be a spokesman for engineering, MSD and Missouri S&T. Jeff is serving as the national president for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and is a member of several other technical/professional organizations. He is an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, he is an Eagle Scout and serves as an assistant Cub Scout Pack leader, was MSPE’s Engineer of the Year for 2008 and is an Honorary Member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers. Jeff, his wife Barb, and their two children live in Kirkwood.