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For the second year, CE News is honoring 15 young(ish) professionals with its "Rising Stars in Civil Engineering" recognition – professionals 40 years old or younger working in the United States who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, or public service benefiting the civil engineering profession, their employers, project owners, and society. Read brief summaries of each person’s accomplishments here.

The 2013 Rising Stars range in age from 28 to 40 years, with an average age of just under 36 years. They represent private engineering firms, a state transportation department, a county public works agency, an industry association, and the U.S. military and are based in 10 states from Alaska to Florida.

The 2013 Rising Stars in Civil Engineering (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Jason Brinkman, P.E., transportation systems manager, Idaho Transportation Department, Boise, Idaho;
  • J. Camilo Daza, P.E., senior project manager, Walter P Moore, Houston;
  • Mark D. Haberer, P.E., firm principal, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc., Lubbock, Texas;
  • Matthew Hammond, P.E., executive vice president, Traffic Planning and Design Inc., Pottstown, Pa.;
  • Adnan Javed, P.E., CFM, M.ASCE, project manager/stormwater engineer, Sarasota County, Fla.;
  • Maj. Cullen A. Jones, P.E., assistant professor, Department of Civil & Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.;
  • Matthew G. Rempfer, P.E., PTOE, senior civil engineer, Collins Engineers Inc., Chicago;
  • Christian Roche, P.E., LEED AP, project engineer, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Lawrenceville, N.J.;
  • Robert Rodden, P.E., director of technical service and product development, American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.;
  • Pamela P. Salas, P.E., LEED AP, QSD, project manager, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, San Francisco;
  • E. John Schaap, P.E., principal engineer, vice president, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, Fresno, Calif.;
  • Matthew T. Stone, P.E., Civil Department manager, senior associate, and senior civil engineer, PDC Inc. Engineers, Fairbanks, Alaska;
  • Shoots Veis, P.E., project engineer, Engineering West, Billings, Mont.;
  • Eric L. West, P.E., principal and Public Works Team leader, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc., Midland, Texas; and
  • Jonathan Ziegner, P.E., corporate associate and Transportation Team leader, Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc., Lubbock, Texas.

The process of selecting only 15 Rising Stars from many highly qualified nominees is both challenging and encouraging. The challenge is trying to assess fairly the numerous professional and public service contributions and personal achievements that each nominee represents (plus summarizing each of the honoree’s accomplishments in only 150 words or so). The encouragement is in recognizing afresh the dedicated, talented, and caring people who make up the civil engineering profession.

Bob Drake