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Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Academy Inductees

2015 Inductees

Jacob Bice, Ph.D., P.E.

Jacob Bice

Earned Degrees:
Doctor of Philosophy, Purdue University, 2006
M.S. Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2002
B.S. Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University, 2000

Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager
Walter P Moore Diagnostics

Jacob is a Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager in Walter P Moore Diagnostics. He has over eight years of experience in diversified aspects of structural engineering analysis, design, and management. Jacob specializes in the evaluation of existing structures, nondestructive testing, and concrete durability. His effective application of NDE methods allows for effective and efficient development of appropriate repair designs and specifications. Jacob’s clients and projects have included Phillips 66 Detention Tank Condition, Tulsa, Oklahoma; G.T. Mickey Leland Federal Building, Houston, Texas; John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, Texas; Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; St. John’s River Power Plant, Jacksonville, Florida; Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant, Savage, Maryland; Saskatoon City Hospital, Saskatoon, SK, Canada; Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, Washington, DC; Bangladesh Building Safety Evaluations, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Silver Spring Transit Center, Silver Spring, Maryland; Metrolink Tunnel under Union Station Repairs, St. Louis, Missouri; Port of Houston Authority, and Ocean Tower SPI Structural Analysis, South Padre Island. Jacob is the recipient of numerous awards. For his work on the City of Houston Bethel Park Emergency Stabilization and Restoration, he won the Preservation Houston 2014 Good Brick Award, Houston Business Journal 2014 Landmark Award, 2014 ICRI Award of Excellence, and 2014 ENR Texas-Louisiana Award of Merit. For his work on the St. Louis Union Station Trainshed and Headhouse – History Building Assessment and Restoration, he won the 2010 ICRI Project Award and 2008 Masonry Construction Historic Restoration Project of the Year.

Jacob earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. Jacob is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Maryland, Alabama, and Oklahoma. His professional affiliations include American Concrete Institute (ACI), ACI 224 Committee, ACI 228 Committee, ACI 228 Task Group, and Post-Tensioning Institute.

Jacob and his wife, Erin, currently reside in Forney, Texas. They have two daughters, Madelyn and Olivia.

José E Colón

José E Colón

Dennis W. Haar, P.E.

Dennis W. Haar

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 1998
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1996

Project Manager
Halff Associates, Inc.

Dennis Haar earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. Dennis began his professional career with Ref-Chem in Odessa, Texas. There he worked as a structural design engineer and assisted with construction quality control. After a year, Dennis moved to Halff Associates in Fort Worth, Texas where he has worked as a project engineer, project manager, and production team leader. Dennis and his team provide general civil engineering services for private, municipal, state, and federal clients. His projects span a range of areas, including municipal water, wastewater, drainage, paving analysis and design, wastewater biosolids reuse, park and trail design, site development, highway design, federal hospital, and aviation projects. Dennis has also served as staff engineer for municipalities and utility districts.

Dennis is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Louisiana. He is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society. In addition, Dennis volunteers at the Northwest YMCA, various engineering events, and is active in the local homeowners association.

Dennis currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas. When not working, he enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, sporting clays, hunting, and fishing.

Ronald L. Johnston, P.E.

Ronald L. Johnston

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1990

District Engineer
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Ronald Johnston earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1990. He is a native of the South Plains area. In June 1990, Ronald began his career with TxDOT in the Borger Area Engineer’s Office. In 1992, he was the recipient of the Associated General Contractors Construction Award for the development of FM 3213 in Hansford County. In 1994, Ronald transferred to the Amarillo District Design Office. He was named the district pavement engineer in 1997 and became the district design engineer in 1998. From 2001 through December 2006, Ronald served as the area engineer for the Canyon area office. In January 2007, he became the Collin County area engineer in the Dallas District where he played a vital role in the construction of SH 121 and the design of projects resulting from the SH 121 Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA). In 2009, Ronald became the Dallas District director of operations serving as the co-chair of the Snow and Ice Committee for Super Bowl XLV. He was the point-person for all snow and ice clearing activities for that event. This proved to be vital experience in February 2013, when the Amarillo District received 19 inches of snow within a 24-hour period. Ronald currently serves as district engineer in the Amarillo District, a position he has held since November 2012. In this position, he is responsible for the planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance of the state transportation system within the seventeen counties of the district.

Ronald is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He and his wife, Liz, currently reside in Amarillo, Texas. They have four children, Lyndsay, Landon, Cliff, and Michael.

Lacey G. Rodgers, P.E.

Lacey G. Rodgers

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 2004

Director of Project Delivery Office
Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)

Lacey Rodgers has spent her entire engineering career with TxDOT. While attending Texas Tech University, Lacey worked as a summer intern, learning how TxDOT operated as an agency and refining her MicroStation/CADD skills. Lacey earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech in 2004. After graduation, Lacey began work at the Texas Department of Transportation Collin County Area in McKinney, Texas. In this position, she produced maintenance contracts for roadway-related projects, assisted with PS&E development for various rural State Highways and Farm-to-Market projects as well as a section of US Highway 75 north of Collin County, managed the construction progress on a six lane urban roadway in Collin County, and worked on multiple discipline projects. In 2011, Lacey was given leadership of the newly created Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) design section in the Dallas district headquarters. She formed an H&H Design Team tasked with managing the funding and project development for on/off systems bridge replacement projects for the Dallas district. Lacey developed an internal tracking process to better manage the programmed bridges in her district, and she developed and maintained a four-year letting plan for the district’s programmed bridges. She also hired and managed a five person in-house design team with everyday design activities and trained the staff in PS&E production and roadway/H&H design practices. Lacey is currently Director of the Project Delivery Office for the Dallas district office of TxDOT. Her tasks include managing a team that includes 20+ transportation professionals across three separate teams, Plan Review, and H&H and Consultant Management, where an annual budget of +$600 million is managed for transportation projects in the DFW Metroplex. Lacey is the acting project manager for a large multi-level interchange project called the “Diamond Interchange” around the old Texas Stadium site in Irving, estimated for construction at nearly $600 million. Lacey is a licensed professional engineer. She is an affiliate member of TSPE and acting liaison member for the Dallas District of TxDOT and TSPE. Lacey volunteers her time to promote both the civil engineering profession and transportation engineering profession at local schools in her community.

Lacey, her husband Kevin, and their four year old twin girls, Callie and Leah, reside in Rockwall, Texas. In her spare time, Lacey helped found the Royce City Area Mothers of Multiples Group in 2011. This group provides support and assistance to families who have twins, triplets, and other multiple births.

Perry L. Smith, P.E.

Perry L. Smith

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1993

Principal
SMITH LASALLE, Inc.

Perry Smith earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1993. While attending Texas Tech, he worked part time for Hugo Reed and Associates, Inc. Perry, a principal with Smith LaSalle, Inc., has over 20 years of experience as a structural engineer on offshore and subsea structures, waterfront facilities, and marine construction in harsh environments. He is currently involved in structural design, inspections, and construction management for offshore structures, dams, waterfront facilities, and underwater specialty structures. Prior to joining Smith LaSalle, Perry served as manager for the Marine Structures Division at Collins Engineers in Chicago and director of Waterfront and Offshore Structures and Diving at Oceaneering International, Inc. in Chesapeake, Virginia. He was also responsible for the WINDSOC contract as the program manager and managed the underwater welding program at Oceaneering’s Chesapeake Division. Perry has worked as a project manager and structural design engineer on projects for various oil companies, Navy, ACOE, Air Force and other commercial projects. He is experienced in the design of structural weldments, including mechanics, fatigue, and dynamic analysis using high strength steels and aluminum. Perry is a certified welding inspector and has prepared several Welding Procedure Specifications for the Navy, offshore, and heavy industry. He has worked as an oilfield construction diver, construction manager, and resident engineer for heavy industry and offshore projects. In addition, he is experienced in the preparation of project execution plans, accident prevention plans, and plan of action and milestone plans, as well as being proficient using SureTrak Project Management and structural analysis programs. Outside the United States, his firm has completed international projects in the Middle East and West Africa. Perry is a licensed professional engineer in 24 states. He has completed numerous certifications and training. His professional affiliations include American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ASCE Ports & Harbors of Diving Qualifications, American Welding Society (AWS), AWS D3B Subcommittee on Underwater Welding, AWWA C652 Disinfection of Facilities Standards Committee, Structural Engineering Institute, and Association of Diving Contractors International.

Perry and his wife, Cindy, currently reside in Chicago, Illinois with their four children, Vance, Cecilia, Mike, and Colette.

Stacey L. Weichert, P.E.

Stacey L. Weichert

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering (Cum Laude), 1991

Associate
Cude Engineers

Stacey Weichert earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1991. Stacey has over 20 years of experience as a managing engineer, planning and implementing projects for a wide variety of projects and clients. Several engineering firms she has worked for include URS Corporation in Austin and San Antonio, Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. in San Antonio, and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam in San Antonio. In 2012, Stacey joined Cude Engineers as an associate. She is the manager and coordinator of projects for commercial and educational clients throughout the San Antonio area. Stacey is responsible for feasibility studies, offsite utility extensions, design, and construction of facilities for multiple-area school districts, including high schools, elementary schools, athletic facilities, and support/transportation facilities. Stacey is the project manager for public utility and roadway projects in San Antonio and Bexar County. Key projects Stacey is currently working on include Northside Independent School District (NISD) Swim Center, NISD Kallison High School, Cupples Road Water and Sewer Relocations, Judson ISD, and Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD athletic renovations. Stacey is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Her professional affiliations include American Society of Engineers and Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentor Program, specifically for Lanier HS and Jefferson HS.

Stacey and her husband, Jeffrey, make their home in San Antonio, Texas. She enjoys sailing, skiing/snowboarding, travel, music, painting, and reading. In 1998-99, Stacey took personal leave to backpack around the world with her husband. They visited England, Western Europe, Northern Africa, Turkey, India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, China, Australia, and French Polynesia.