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Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Academy Inductees

2014 Inductees

Brian Huntsinger, P.E.

Brian Huntsinger, P.E.

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1997

Director of Pavement Asset Management
Texas Department of Transportation

After graduating from Texas Tech University with his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Brian Huntsinger has focused his career in public service. His passion for public service developed over time beginning with his summer internships in the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Brian is currently the director of pavement asset management for TxDOT in Austin, Texas. In this role, he implements and maintains TxDOT's Transportation Asset Management Plan. This plan lays the foundation for the manner in which TxDOT will manage its future assets, will maintain TxDOT federal compliance, and establishes the baseline for department performance measures. Brian's pavement asset management is focused on conducting pavement evaluations, overseeing pavement management systems, and developing pavement operation strategies for Texas' 195,000 lane miles. He has 14 years' experience with TxDOT and four years' experience with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Brian's responsibilities at FHWA (2009-2013) evolved from serving as an area engineer, conducting total program oversight in a rural portion of Texas, to serving as the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Major Projects Implementation Engineer. As major projects in the DFW region began to phase out of procurement and into construction, namely the North Tarrant Express, President George Bush Turnpike Western Extension, Dallas Horseshoe, and the DFW Connector, FHWA recognized the risk associated with some of these new project delivery methods, including financial obligations and impact to the users in the region. These projects led to the creation of the position of Major Projects Implementation Engineer. For three years, Brian held this role conducting federal oversight of approximately $5 to $6 billion dollars of financial investments in the DFW region.

Brian is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Bridgette. They have three children, Owen (9), Ava (5), and Ali (2). The Huntsingers enjoy vacationing in the family RV, boating, and sports of all kinds.

Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell, P.E.

Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell, P.E.

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 2003
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1998

Technical Director
Glass Association of North America

Urmilla Jokhu-Sowell earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. She began her engineering career as a test engineer and technical writer for Hurricane Test Laboratory, LLC, in Riviera Beach, Florida. Urmilla supervised the technical report department, reviewed technical test reports and drawings for professional engineer approval, compiled and analyzed data from tests to produce technical test reports, oversaw laboratory operations while witnessing and conducting tests per applicable building codes and test standards, and initiated and implemented the Hurricane Test Laboratory Quality Assurance System per ISO standard 17025. In 2000, Urmilla earned promotion to assistant operations manager. Her responsibilities included managing and directing all activities associated with testing, fabrication, and support services for curtain walls, storefronts, shutters, roofs, windows, and doors. She acted as a witnessing professional engineer and worked closely with the CEO in formulating company policies.

In 2007, Urmilla left Hurricane Test Laboratory and joined Glass Association of North America (GANA) where she serves as technical director. Her duties include managing and directing all technical and advocacy activities within GANA's eight divisions and committees. Urmilla holds leadership positions and is GANA's liaison and representative on multiple glass and glazing related national and international organizations which include American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, American National Standards Institute, ASTM International, Glazing Industry Code Committee, Glass Performance Days, GlassCon Global, International Standards Organization, and Protective Glazing Council International.

Urmilla is a licensed professional engineer. She and her husband, Greg, live in Plano, Texas. They have two daughters, Alyia and Keira.

Bryan M. McElrath, P.E., S.E.

Bryan M. McElrath, P.E., S.E.

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 2005
B.S. Civil Engineering, 2004

Project Manager
Curtain Wall Design and Consulting

Bryan McElrath earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. After graduation, Bryan joined Curtain Wall Design and Consulting, Inc. His responsibilities include complete engineering design of complex curtain wall systems for wind and blast loadings. Notable projects Bryan has worked on include New Stanford Hospital, Palo Alto, California; Spring Center Arena, Kansas City, Missouri; San Bernardino Courthouse, San Bernardino, California; and Camp Pendleton Replacement Naval Hospital, Oceanside, California.

In 2005, Bryan presented his publication, "Uncertainties in Wind Flow Characteristics Developed for Full Scale Data," at the Tenth Americas Conference on Wind Engineering in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Bryan is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Rhode Island, and California, and a licensed structural engineer in Illinois and California. His professional affiliations include Structural Engineers Association of Texas, American Institute of Steel Construction, and American Society of Civil Engineers.

Bryan lives in McKinney, Texas. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading, and time with family.

C. Raajan Mehta, P.E.

C. Raajan Mehta, P.E.

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 1993
B.S. Microbiology, 1990
    University of Texas at El Paso

Principal/Partner
JQ Infrastructures, LLC

Raajan Mehta earned his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. Raj began his career focusing on environmental restoration projects in the five-state area. Projects entailed the delineation and remediation of petroleum contaminated soil and groundwater. From 1995 to 2003, Raj worked as a Civil/Environmental project engineer for Chiang Patel and Yerby. Since 1996, his work expanded to, and focuses on, evaluation and design of infrastructure projects related to drinking water, wastewater reclamation, and source water protection.

Raj is the Founding Principal of JQ Infrastructure LLC (formerly Mehta West Brashear Group). The firm provides structural, civil, environmental, and surveying services to its clients in the critical water resources and infrastructure markets. The company began operation in 2003 in Dallas, Texas, and has expanded to Fort Worth and Houston with near term expansion plans to include Lubbock and Austin. Raj has directed projects including Central Regional Wastewater Reclamation Plant, Trinity River Authority, Grand Prairie, Texas; East Side Water Purification Plant Improvements, Dallas, Texas; Integrated Pipeline Project, Tarrant Regional Water District, Texas; El Yunque Water Filtration Plant, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; and Decommission and Restoration of Fuel Distribution System, England Air Force Base, Alexandria, Louisiana.

Raj is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. His professional affiliations include membership in American Society of Civil Engineers, American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, Consulting Engineers Council, Society of American Military Engineers, Underground Construction Technology Association, Greater Dallas Planning Council, and Society of Marketing Professionals.

Raj currently lives in Colleyville, Texas, with his wife, Karen. They have one son, Ben. Raj's interests include golf, golf, and more golf.

J. Terry Millican, P.E.

J. Terry Millican, P.E.

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 1969
    University of Oklahoma
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1968
    Texas Technological College

Past President
Freeman-Millican, Inc.

Terry Millican earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Technological College and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (OU). Following graduation from OU, Terry was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army in which he served as a sanitary engineering officer. He served a tour in Vietnam where he was responsible for environmental health inspections of and consultation with military camps, outposts, and fire support bases in central Vietnam. After returning from Vietnam, Terry taught environmental engineering at the U.S. Army Medical Field Service School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He trained other army officers in the military aspects of environmental health. Following discharge from the army in 1972, Terry became vice-president in the Dallas, Texas, firm of Riewe and Wischmeyer, Inc. In 1984, Terry established his own firm with another engineer. In 1987, the firm merged and formed a partnership with Larry Freeman to become Freeman-Millican, Inc. (FMI). FMI has provided professional engineering services to cities, water and utility districts, and other public agencies in the North Texas area for over 25 years. In 1994, FMI was selected by humanitarian Fred Cuny (who later disappeared during a humanitarian effort in Chechnya) and philanthropist George Soros for the design, construction, and start-up of a five million gallon per day (MGD) water treatment plant for the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia. This work was performed during the Serbian siege of Sarajevo. The plant was needed to supply water for Sarajevo because the Serbians had captured and disabled the well fields that were the city's main water supply. A local brewery was the only dependable water supply. Providing a dependable water supply to local residents became a matter of life or death. In the design process, Terry met with Sarajevo officials to discuss and tailor the design to meet the city's needs during wartime conditions. Where to locate the plants, how to transport the modules once they arrived at the Sarajevo airport, and how to transport the modules to the installation sites were all major issues Terry faced. During one of the missions, camera crews from PBS and ABC interviewed Terry in Sarajevo. The Dallas Morning News and the Engineering New-Record published feature articles on this unique water project. The Engineering News-Record selected Terry as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 1994 and honored him at their annual awards ceremony in New York City.

Terry is a retired licensed professional engineer and a licensed public land surveyor in Texas. His membership in professional organizations include American Consulting Engineers and Texas Council of Engineering Companies.

Terry and his wife, Gayle, make their home in Rowlett, Texas. They have two children, Jessamy and Travis, and three grandchildren.

Kenneth R. Petr, P.E.

Kenneth R. Petr, P.E.

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1981

Director, Planning and Zoning
City of Borger

Kenneth Petr served TxDOT as an area engineer in the Borger Area Office for many years providing leadership and direction for that office, covering five counties and several thousand lane miles of streets and bridges. In 2000, Kenneth was recognized for his leadership abilities when he earned promotion from area engineer to director of Transportation Planning for the TxDOT Amarillo District. In these positions at TxDOT, Kenneth was instrumental in executing major improvements throughout the Panhandle, including such projects as the 2-lane to 4-lane widening of US Highway 87 from Dalhart to the New Mexico state line. This heavily travelled corridor was one of the most deadly highways in the Amarillo District due to the combination of heavy truck traffic and high volumes of tourist traffic. Kenneth was also instrumental in securing ARRA stimulus funds for four jointly sponsored projects with the City of Amarillo from 2008 to 2010, including the Grand Street interchange project at BNSF RR and NE 3rd Street. This project removed the bottleneck at the BNSF RR at-grade crossing with NE 3rd Avenue and opened up the northeast side of Amarillo to improved emergency service access and response times.

Kenneth earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. He spent the last three decades of his career in various high profile public service positions focused on making transportation facilities better for the traveling public and citizens who live and work in the Texas Panhandle.

In 2011, Kenneth retired from TxDOT with over 25 years of service and went on to continue his legacy of public service after being selected as the director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Borger. In this position, he has moved a number of important local projects forward that provided relief for the citizens of Borger.

Kenneth is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed plumbing inspector in Texas. In his extra time, he enjoys woodworking, gardening, reading, and Big XII sports.

He and his wife, Rita, live in Borger, Texas. They have two children, Brad and Shelly, and two grandchildren.

Jeff Stovall, Ph.D., P.E.

Jeff Stovall, Ph.D., P.E.

Earned Degrees:
Ph.D. Civil Engineering, 2001
    (Water Resources)
M.S. Civil Engineering, 1999
    (Water Resources)
B.S. Engineering Physics, 1997
    (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Senior Project Engineer
RPS

Dr. Jeff Stovall earned his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, and Ph.D., from Texas Tech University. Jeff is a senior project engineer in water resources and environmental engineering in RPS Espey's Amarillo office. His expertise includes surface and ground water hydrology, groundwater modeling for water supply/availability and remediation, water quality assessment, geographic information systems (GIS), and automated data processing. Prior to his current position, Jeff was the Groundwater Modeling project manager at the USDOE/NNSA Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas, for eight years. His responsibilities included development and application of subsurface variably saturated flow and transport models in support of risk assessment, corrective measures evaluation and design, monitoring network design, and compliance reporting requirements. He has planned, conducted, and analyzed data from aquifer pumping tests throughout Texas. In addition, Jeff taught graduate level engineering courses in hydrology and contaminant hydrogeology at Texas Tech University for several years.

Jeff is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He received the Environmental Stewardship Award in 2005 and the Scientific Achievement Award in 2008. Jeff has prepared and presented papers and discussions on topics such as groundwater management, groundwater remediation design, and surface water supplies.

Jeff lives in Amarillo, Texas, with his wife, Amy. They have two daughters, Lauren and Claire.

Brian Wiese, P.E., S.E.

Brian Wiese, P.E., S.E.

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 2005
B.S. Civil Engineering, 2004

Senior Structural Engineer
CB&I

Brian Wiese earned his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. After graduation, Brian began his engineering career with CB&I as a structural engineer. Within CB&I, Brian serves as an expert on the seismic design of large above ground low temperature and cryogenic storage tanks. He has designed numerous Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) tanks. This includes the seismic design of these structures to many different international codes and the use of base isolation to dissipate the large seismic loads. Brian has been in responsible charge of these types of projects in both Western Australia, New South Wales, Australia, and Guangdong, China.

Brian is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois and a licensed professional engineer in California and Wisconsin. He currently serves as an associate member of the ASCE 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures Seismic Subcommittee, as a member of the ASCE 7 Task Committee on Nonstructural Components, and as secretary of the ASCE 7 Nonbuilding Structures Task Committee for the 2016 cycle. He participates on Task Committee 8 for Nonstructural Components and Task Committee 13 for Nonbuilding Structures. Brian is also a participant in Toastmasters.

Brian and his wife, Stephanie, live in Oswego, Illinois. They have a son, Nicholas.

June Willcott, P.E.

June Willcott, P.E.

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 1989
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1988
    (Structural Emphasis)

President
Willcott Engineering, Inc.

June Willcott began her professional career in Chicago with one of the country's most prominent forensic engineering firms after earning her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis and her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. She subsequently moved to Florida where she continued working for consulting forensic engineers developing her experience in the evaluation, repair, and restoration of constructed buildings. All of June's professional work required field evaluation of problems in existing structures and the design of repair specifications. She has developed an expertise in the diagnosis and evaluation of water infiltration sources with a continued emphasis on the repair of these systems. She evaluates and specifies repairs for concrete restoration of oceanfront buildings, including refurbishment of glazing and cladding systems. June specializes in the evaluation of water infiltration in the exterior weather protection and waterproofing components. She has developed an extensive knowledge of materials and their performance enabling her to make recommendations for sustainable integrated repairs. She has a thorough knowledge of the contribution of stucco, waterproofing, sealant, and paint systems in the overall envelope performance. Quality assurance in design and quality control during the repair process are also hallmarks of her professionalism.

In 1999, June founded Willcott Engineering, Inc., continuing her emphasis on consulting engineering services for the constructed environment. The firm's clients include condominium associations, homeowners associations, apartment complex owners, developers, contractors, and insurance companies. June serves as engineer of record on renovations and rehabilitations of numerous projects. A substantial portion of work has been in multi-story residential properties. The firm evaluates claims of construction defects for various parties, including associations, developers, and contractors. Through her leadership, Willcott Engineering continues to develop talent in evaluating buildings and specifying sustainable solutions for structural, exterior finish, glazing systems, and waterproofing solutions.

June is a licensed professional engineer in Florida and a board member on the Safety Glazing Certification Council.

She resides in Coral Springs, Florida, with her husband, Richard Derby. They have two daughters, Emily and Sarah.

W. Jeff Williams, P.E.

W. Jeff Williams, P.E.

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1981

President
Graham Associates, Inc.

Jeff Williams is president of Graham Associates, possessing 32 years of experience in civil engineering. Since earning his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University, Jeff has been working on very diverse and high profile projects including parks, town centers, sports complexes, and churches. He has served as the principal in charge or project manager for some of the premier projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex such as AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium, I.H. 30 Three Bridges, The Ballpark in Arlington, River Legacy Living Science Center, The Parks Mall, Southlake Town Square, and Prestonwood Baptist Church. Jeff has received the “Award of Excellence” from the Texas Section of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Johnson Creek Corridor Plan. He also received the “Comprehensive Planning Award” by the Texas Section of the American Planning Association. He is currently serving as the Civil Engineer of Record for the 400 acre Nebraska Furniture Mart development in The Colony, Texas. Jeff is also working on the largest suburban infill, mixed use development in the nation – the 2000 acre Viridian Development in North Arlington.

Jeff served as the Civil Engineer of Record for the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium project which received the 2009 Texas Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. In addition, the I.H. 30 Three Bridges project won the Texas Project of the Year for 2011 from the Texas Public Works Association. His firm, Graham Associates, Inc. was honored as Arlington’s 2012 Small Business of the Year.

Jeff's involvement in the Arlington Chamber of Commerce spans over two decades while serving in numerous leadership positions such as Chairman of Community Development, Chairman of Economic Development Council, and Treasurer, before serving as Chairman of the Board. He is the past recipient of the Vandergriff Community Leadership Award. Jeff was recently elected vice-chairman of the Cotton Bowl Association that will be hosting the 2015 National College Football Championship Game.

Jeff is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. His current and past professional affiliations include: past chairman of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce; vice-chairman of the Board of Cotton Bowl Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; board member of Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau; Advisory Council of the National Football League Youth Education Town; board member – Project Restore Hope; Management Team – Chamber’s Christkindlmarket; chairman of the Building, Masterplanning, and Property Acquisition Committee – FBC Arlington; past chairman of the Deacons – FBC Arlington; Super Bowl Transportation Committee; past president – River Legacy Foundation; Advisory Board – Arlington YMCA; Advisory Board – Junior League of Arlington; Lifetime Member of PTA.

Jeff and his wife, Karen, live in Arlington, Texas. They have two daughters, Natalie and Suzanne, both Texas Tech University graduates, and a son, Ryan. Ryan is currently enrolled in Texas Tech.