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Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Academy Inductees

2016 Inductees

Steven C. Dean, P.E., CFM

Steven C. Dean,

Earned Degrees:
M. S. Civil Engineering, 1993
B. S. Civil Engineering, 1992

Vice President-Water Resources
Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc.

Discipline: Water Resources/Transportation

Steven began his professional career in San Antonio, Texas with Pape-Dawson Engineers. He has conducted feasibility studies for residential, commercial, and public projects; prepared subdivision layouts; conducted hydrologic and hydraulic studies of local creeks and drainage ways for the FEMA submittals; and prepared PS&E for various sized roadway, utility, and drainage improvements. Steven is experienced in modeling projects within floodplains, including bridges, channels, and low-water crossings. He has managed design team coordination, subconsultants, utility coordination, and conflict mitigation. Steven has extensive experience in roadway design and rehabilitation for the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Department of Transportation, and CPS Energy.

Steven is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and a Certified Floodplain Manager. Professionally, Steven is active in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Texas Floodplain Management Association. He is past president of the American Public Works Association, Texas Chapter, South Central Branch.

Steven and his wife, Kallie, live in San Antonio, Texas. They have three children, Logan, Raegan, and Keegan.

Jay M. Edwards, P.E.

Jay M. Edwards

Earned Degrees:
B. S. Civil Engineering, 1990

Chief Operating Officer
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.

After graduation, Jay began his professional career at Parkhill, Smith & Cooper (PSC) in Lubbock, Texas working as a structural engineer. His responsibilities included the City of Lubbock’s water and wastewater plants and the Children’s Hospital at Methodist Hospital (now Covenant). In 1994, Jay relocated to PSC’s Midland office. During his tenure in Midland, he has managed numerous large projects for municipalities, school districts, and the private sector. Jay has recently completed the T-Bar Well Field Development and Transmission Pipeline, a $240 million fast track project to bring critical drinking water to the City of Midland. He continues to oversee operation of the T-Bar system by providing general management services for the Midland County Fresh Water Supply District.

Jay is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. His professional affiliations include past board member of the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and he served on the board as president of the local chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). Jay received the TSPE Young Engineer of the Year award for the State of Texas and the Engineer of the Year award for the local TSPE chapter. Jay is active in many organizations: Midland County Chamber of Commerce, Midland First and Educate Midland, and Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizens Academy in Midland. In addition to his busy professional career, Jay and his wife Crystal, are very active in their six children’s lives. Jay serves as the President of the Midland Lee Girls Basketball Booster Club, has served as the Tall City Basketball Tournament organizer, and has coached more than 40 different seasons of youth basketball, soccer, football, and baseball. Jay also volunteers with the Midland Independent School District’s Foundation, tutoring at-risk elementary children after school. He is an active member of Stonegate Fellowship Church in Midland. Jay, his wife Crystal, and their six children, Jace, Kortni, Karysa, Karigan, Brant, and Alyssa make their home in Midland, Texas.

John T. Hamilton, P.E.

John T. Hamilton

Earned Degrees:
MBA, Texas Tech, 1999
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1993

Firm Principal/Transportation Sector Director
Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc.

Discipline: Transportation

In January 1994, John joined Parkhill, Smith, and Cooper (PSC) in Lubbock, Texas. John is PSC’s Transportation Sector Director and a Principal serving on PSC’s board of directors. Primarily, John gained his professional experience in aviation through extensive collaborative work during preparation of airport master plans followed by phased implementation of the master plans through subsequent design and construction projects. John served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and served on the Technical Advisory Committee for a Regional Freight Study. The study’s focus was to quantify the type and volume of freight entering, originating, and passing through the Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa, and El Paso TxDOT Districts, and to study the feasibility of adding additional capacity in the vicinity of the La Entrada al Pacifico and Ports to Plains Corridors. John was invited by the Texas Transportation Commission to serve on TxDOT’s Trans Texas Corridor Advisory Committee. Of the 20 committee members from around the state, John was one of three from West Texas. The purpose of the Committee was to advocate for an enhanced transportation system in the state and to assist TxDOT in interfacing with the general public, sharing information, refining issues, resolving conflicts and improving communications.

John is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and New Mexico. John is active in many professional organizations: American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, TxDOT Trans-Texas Corridor Advisory Committee, Lubbock Methodist Hospital System Board of Directors, and Covenant Health System Board of Directors. In 2015, John received the TSPE South Plains Chapter Engineer of the Year award. In 2002, he received the Young Engineer of the Year award with the same chapter. John is a 2001 Leadership Lubbock graduate.

John, his wife Tamára, and their two children, Channing and Clark, live in Lubbock, Texas.

Brian C. Haynes, P.E., CFM

Brian C. Haynes

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1998

Vice President
Halff Associates, Inc.

Discipline: Transportation, Water
Resources, Land Management

Since joining Halff Associates as an EIT in June 1998, Brian has rapidly progressed as a Project Engineer, Project Manager, and Team Leader. He is a Vice President and currently serves as Branch Manager of the Flower Mound, Texas office of Halff Associates. During his career, he has designed and managed many civil and environmental projects involving: 30+ municipal roadway projects, transportation planning and studies, 20+ site developments, drainage planning and design, water and wastewater design, floodplain reclamation, floodplain management, mapping and surveying, environmental studies, master plan studies, and general engineering services. These projects have broadened his experience as an engineer and project manager. Brian serves as the Engineer for numerous towns providing general engineering services including project development; consultation regarding general engineering issues; review of documentation construction administration and inspection; participating in council meetings; and addressing other engineering related issues. Brian is recognized by his peers and clients as an innovative and versatile engineer, able to quickly grasp the technical issues and problems that must be addressed for diverse engineering assignments. His unique blend of public and private civil design expertise allows him to provide services to multiple client types. Brian has mentored and trained a number of young civil engineers.

Brian is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, a Certified Floodplain Manager, and is involved in numerous professional organizations.

Brian and his wife, Nealey, live in Keller, Texas. They have two children, Drew and Callie.

Andy Jacobson, P.E., S.E.

Andy Jacobson

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 2006
B.S. Civil Engineering, 2006

Senior Structural Engineer
CB&I, Inc.

Discipline: Structures

Andy has been an important part of the CB&I Engineering team since joining the organization after graduation. Andy began his professional career at CB&I, in The Woodlands, Texas. His responsibilities included, design and specification of storage tanks and vessels in accordance with several codes and standards. He was responsible for the design and specification of structural support and process structures for the petrochemical and mining industries, design and specification of reinforced concrete foundations and earthwork, and TES tanks. In 2012, Andy relocated to the CB&I office in Plainfield, Illinois as an Engineering Team Leader. Andy supervises engineers and drafters in the preparation of structural designs and drawings required for aboveground storage tanks fabricated and constructed by CB&I worldwide. Typical projects executed are waste water tanks in Princeton, Illinois, as well as miscellaneous shop built tanks and flat bottom tanks in Queensland, Australia; Onslow, Australia; and Mina Al Ahmadi, Kuwait.

Andy is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Oregon, California, Washington, Louisiana, Wyoming, Idaho, New Jersey, West Virginia, and North Dakota; a licensed structural engineer in California, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, and Louisiana; and a registered professional engineer in Queensland, Australia. Andy is one of only three California licensed structural engineers in CB&I, all of which are graduates from Texas Tech University.

Andy and his wife Rachel, live in Plainfield, Illinois. They have two children, Mason and Ava.

Lydia J. Johnson

Lydia J. Johnson

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering/BArch, 1993

Technical Manager - Alaska LNG Project
ExxonMobil Development Company

Lydia began her professional career at Exxon in January 1994 as a construction engineer, building and designing retail gas stations all over the United States. After the ExxonMobil merger, she moved to the Upstream business for ExxonMobil where she managed the US natural gas sales and supply logistics teams before moving into the more global arena of developing standards for commercial frameworks for oil and gas projects all over the world. In August 2006, Lydia moved her family to London, England to manage the business analysis team for European long term natural gas sales. Two years later she became the business development manager for the Operated by Others infrastructure in the North Sea. While there, she had the opportunity to work with the DECC to develop industry commercial standards for the UK. Lydia returned to the US in July 2010 into the newly formed ExxonMobil Upstream Ventures Company focused on resource acquisitions. As a Commercial Advisor, she led the negotiations and due diligence teams for several multi-billion dollar corporate acquisitions. In September 2014, Lydia became the Technical Manager for the Alaska LNG project, a joint venture between ExxonMobil (lead), BP, ConocoPhillips and the State of Alaska. This is a $45-60 billion project to commercialize the vast natural gas resources on the North Slope of Alaska by building a gas treatment plant on the North Slope, an 800 mile pipeline and a liquefaction facility and marine terminal in south-central Alaska. The project is currently in the Pre-Front End Engineering and Design phase. As the Technical Manager, Lydia’s role is to manage the integrated design and execution basis, the complex joint venture relationships, public affairs, and the overall quality management of the project. ExxonMobil has provided many opportunities to volunteer in the various communities in which Lydia has lived and worked which include: Junior Achievement volunteer, United Way Days of Caring, Meals on Wheels for kids program in Houston, The Covenant House in Alaska, as well as many other local charities. One of her favorite volunteer roles is being an ExxonMobil Science Ambassador, which provides ‘hands on’ experiences for the sciences associated with the energy business to kids of all ages. She also serves on the ExxonMobil Development Company Women’s Leadership Team. Lydia met her husband, Mickey at Texas Tech, also a civil engineer. Together they are raising three children, Lindsay, Jack, and Kate in Tomball, Texas and are active in all of their activities. In 2014, Lydia and Mickey established the Jim and Nancy Welshimer Scholarship Endowment in Engineering, in honor of her mother and father and their support of her education.

Robert E. Lee, P.E.

Robert E. Lee

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1986

Flexible Pavements Director
Texas Department of Transportation

Discipline: Transportation

Robert Lee is Director of TxDOT Flexible Pavements Branch in the Construction Division in Austin, Texas. After graduating in 1986, Robert joined the TxDOT Construction Division in Austin as a Field Construction Engineer. In 1994, he moved to the agency’s Materials and Tests Division as a Senior Bituminous Engineer. In 1999, Robert began a seven-year stint in the private sector, joining Koch Materials Inc., the nation’s largest asphalt paving materials company, where he was engaged in the development of popular proprietary paving systems such as NovaChip® and Strata®. In 2006, Robert joined PaveTex Engineering Inc., a leading materials testing and consulting company in Texas. In 2007, Robert returned to TxDOT in the position of senior bituminous engineer in the Construction Division. He was responsible for forensic investigations of failed pavements, technical support and technical writing of reports, papers, test procedures and specifications. He assumed duties as Director of Flexible Pavements in 2014. Robert is responsible for bituminous related specifications, test procedures and guidance documents; develops and implements research that meets TxDOT and industry needs and goals; provides knowledge and expertise in materials, mix designs, pavement design, and QC/QA issues; and gives supervision and professional development to engineers and technicians. Robert has several publications in the area of bituminous materials to his credit. One of the papers he co-authored in 2014 received the Best Paper Award at the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists Annual Meeting, the premier conference on asphalt materials in the country.

Robert is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. He also stays very active in the professional service arena at both national, regional, and state levels. He is a member of the American Society for Testing Materials International and serves on its E-17 Committee for Pavement-Vehicle Systems. Robert is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Texas Asphalt Paving Association (TxAPA) Hot Mix Asphalt Center, Co-Chairman of TxAPA’s Level 2 Mix Design Committee, and serves as Chairman for the Southeast Asphalt User-Producer Group.

Robert, his wife Jennifer, and their three children, Noah, Jordan, and Luke live in Cedar Park, Texas.

Brian G. Pierce, P.E.

Brian G. Pierce

Earned Degrees:
M.S. Civil Engineering, 2001
B. S. Civil Engineering, Suma Cum Laude, 2000

President
Pierce Engineering

Upon graduating from Texas Tech, Brian began his professional career in the Dallas office of Halff Associates, Inc. as EIT. While in this position, he gained experience working on numerous projects all over the State of Texas which included parks and recreation projects, vehicular bridge projects, utility support projects, and building projects. During his tenure at Halff Associates, Brian realized his ultimate professional goal was to own his own consulting company. Brian is currently responsible for designing and managing structural components. These projects include various civil structures or buildings as well as various types of structural materials. Brian’s building projects include: Dallas Cowboys VIP Luxury Suite in Irving, Texas; TIFRC Medical Clinic in Taji, Iraq; MOI Maintenance Complex in Salman Pak, Iraq; and SLB Schlumberger Oil Field Operations in Rumaila, Iraq, as well as numerous other projects. Brian has many bridge design experiences. He worked on the five-level highway interchange for IH 35E and SH 121 located in Lewisville, Texas. This interchange drastically changed the motorists commute time through the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. IH 35E is one of the busiest highway corridors in the county. When this interchange opened for traffic, it drastically shortened the travel time for motorists traveling from Collin County to Denton County. Brian is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and Oklahoma. His professional memberships and associations include American Wood Council and Texas Tech Alumni Association. In addition to his busy schedule running his own company, Brian is involved in numerous civic activities. He is a 5th Grade Sunday School Teacher and is involved in Little League. Brian, his wife Shelly, and their three children, Brooke, Krista, and Jillian live in Childress, Texas.

K. Elaine Rogers, P.E., LEED AP BD+C

Brian G. Pierce

Earned Degrees:
B. S. Civil Engineering, 1983
BArc, Structures Specialization, 1983

President
Henderson Rogers Structural Engineers

Discipline: Structural Engineering

Elaine earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree and Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from TTU in December 1983. She has been in Houston, Texas for 25 years and has had her own firm for the past 15 years. Elaine is a founding principal and current president of Houston structural engineering firm Henderson Rogers Structural Engineers, LLC (formerly Rogers Moore Engineers) and their affiliate firm, Henderson + Rogers, Inc. She has 33+ years of experience in structural engineering design of architectural building projects and has helped build the firm’s solid reputation by providing consistent, responsive service to owners, architects, and design-build clients. Elaine has served as Principal in Charge on major educational, healthcare, research, commercial, and aviation projects throughout Texas. She has been an instrumental leader in the following projects: Discovery Green, United Airlines Terminal B Southside Expansion, and Texas Tech University Dan Law Baseball Field. Elaine has been responsible for the design of projects up to $200M of construction cost. Elaine’s firm has provided structural design for high profile projects at all major universities in Texas including University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas State University, and of course her alma mater Texas Tech University!

Elaine is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Virginia, and North Carolina. Her professional affiliations include, American Council of Engineering Companies, American Institute of Architects, Architectural Engineering Institute, American Society of Civil Engineers, Rice Design Alliance, and Structural Engineering Association of Texas.

Elaine lives in Houston, Texas. She has two children, Amanda (Rogers) Moore and Travis Rogers.

Raymond Russo, P.E.

Raymond Russo

Earned Degrees:
B. S. Civil Engineering, 1980

Chief, Civil Works Integration Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division

Discipline: Civil Engineer

Raymond Russo is Chief of Civil Works Integration Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Southwestern Division (SWD) in Dallas, Texas. He is responsible for the development and execution of Civil Works, Military, Hazardous, Toxic and Radiological Waste, and Support for Others programs within the SWD. Raymond has worked for the SWD since 1991, first as a Lead Engineer Manager, and prior to his current position, as a Program Manager for the Civil Works program. His other notable positions include Policy Analyst at Headquarters, USACE in Washington D.C., Project Manager with the Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers, and Civil Engineer with the Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers. During the most recent period of his career, Raymond managed the preparation of over 400 civil works projects, including flood risk reduction, navigation, hydropower, water supply contracts and numerous congressional engagements. His efforts enabled the SWD region to award 36 military construction projects worth $694 million. He also led the successful award of the majority of the Fort Polk Land Acquisition project that supports the military training mission at Fort Polk, and the Consolidated Tower, San Antonio Military Medical Center, a world-class hospital facility that supports the Department of Defense medical program. His deep reservoir of experience and talent in the civil works arena allowed him to provide insight and guidance in these critical areas that will pave the way to the Corps' future.

In 2013, Raymond was honored with the presentation of the bronze de Fleury Medal for his superior service to the Army Engineer Regiment and numerous contributions to both the civil works and military programs missions of the Southwestern Division. The de Fleury Medal is an Engineer Regimental Award presented by the Army Engineer Association to recognize those who make outstanding contributions to Army engineering. Raymond’s award was originally presented in Washington by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula, Southwestern Division commander, while Raymond and Kula were conducting annual congressional visits. It was re-presented to Raymond during SWD's Engineer Day awards ceremony in Dallas. "The halls of Congress were a very fitting location for the presentation of this award," said Kula, "considering the many efforts that Mr. Russo has made through the years in seeing through significant civil works projects that have brought enduring and tangible benefits to the people and communities of the Southwestern Division region."

Raymond is licensed as a professional engineer in Texas and is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers. Raymond and his wife, Nina, reside in Dallas, Texas.

Jeffrey P. Young, P.E.

Jeffrey P. Young

Earned Degrees:
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1989

Principal
Weaver Consultants Group

Discipline: Water and Environmental

Jeffrey is a principal with Weaver Consultants Group (WCG) in Fort Worth, Texas. He has over 25 years of experience managing and directing waste management projects for private and municipal clients. Waste management project activity includes site compatibility studies, preparation of landfill permit applications, site development plans, the design of transfer stations and material recovery facilities, and the design of liquid waste processing facilities. Jeffrey works closely with WCG’s national and regional clients. He has completed solid waste, oil and gas waste, industrial and hazardous waste, and low-level radioactive waste projects for private and municipal clients. Projects typically have involved feasibility studies, due diligence investigations, facility siting, site investigations, environmental studies, permitting, design, and construction services. Through working with numerous regulatory agencies, he has developed broad-based insights into solid waste regulatory issues. In particular, he has developed an in-depth understanding of the permitting programs of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Railroad Commission of Texas, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other regulatory agencies in the Southwest. Over the last 10 years, Jeffrey has lead WCG’s Southwest Practice Group, which includes operations in Fort Worth, Denver, and Houston. In 2015, he began transition to a corporate leadership role within WCG’s family of companies. Jeffrey is a licensed professional engineer in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Tennessee. His professional affiliations include, American Society of Civil Engineers, Solid Waste Association of North America, and National Waste and Recycling Association. He also serves on the Possum Kingdom Lake Association Board of Directors.

Jeffrey and his wife, Lea, live in Willow Park, Texas. They have three sons, Chuck, Brian, and James. Chuck is a sophomore engineering student at Texas A&M. Brian and James attend Aledo High School