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Zweig Group’s 2024 Rising Stars In the AEC Industry

Zweig Group’s 2024 Rising Stars In the AEC Industry

The Start of Celebration: Zweig Group’s 2024 Class of Rising Stars

An introduction by Kyle Ahern, Employee Experience and Data Strategist, Zweig Group

The announcement of Zweig Group’s 2024 class of Rising Stars marks the start of my favorite time of the year—award season.  This is the time of the year where we begin our annual tradition of honoring and celebrating the amazing accomplishments of people and firms who are Elevating the AEC industry.  For me, Rising Stars is the perfect way to start the awards season.  By recognizing the young professionals already making a profound impact on the AEC industry, we are able to get a full view of its future.  The 2024 Class of Rising Stars have already made their mark on the AEC industry through exceptional technical capability, leadership, effective teaching and research, and public service.

Through this work, this year’s class of Rising Stars have directly benefited the design profession, their employers, project owners, and society.  This impact also extends to work done in their communities as well as leadership and mentorship within their firms.  The result is their influence over new ideas, practices, and impacts beyond technical capabilities.  Each new class of Rising Stars represents a diverse set of young professionals from places across the United States holding positions throughout the organizational chart.  This trend has only continued this year, only proving that Rising Stars can come from anywhere throughout our wide-ranging industry.

As a part of this celebration, I would also like to acknowledge and thank all of the coworkers, colleagues, and teammates that nominated our 2024 Rising Stars winners as well as those who didn’t win this year.  When it comes to advancing a young professional’s career, recognition of their accomplishments, skill, and leadership can go a long way.  Knowing that there is someone out there who recognizes what they are doing and takes the time to nominate them for an award like this is very important, and I encourage everyone to try to think of the young professionals in your firms who deserve this type of recognition.  Letting the next generation of leaders know that their work is getting noticed is not only good for their career but can be very helpful for the long term success of your firm.

Zweig Group’s Awards are at the center of one of the five tenets of our vision, Elevate the Industry; that tenant is “Celebrate.” There is so much good that this industry brings to the built environment and to the lives of the people who work in it. We want to celebrate the firms, people, and accomplishments of the AEC Industry. These awards give the winning firms and people the recognition that they deserve in an industry that is often overlooked by society. The winners of our awards truly do help to elevate the industry as a whole. Celebrate your success, celebrate your accomplishments, celebrate your employees, and help Zweig Group Elevate the Industry.
Through our awards program, we also recognize revenue growth with our Hot Firm List. We recognize outstanding marketing through our Marketing Excellence Awards. We recognize those who are showing courageous leadership with our highest professional honor, The Jerry Allen Courage In Leadership Award. We honor those new firms who are already making an impact with our Top New Venture Award. And we honor those firms impacting their employee’s live by creating great workplaces with our Best Firms To Work For award. We will be announcing and celebrating these winners over the next few months culminating with our awards celebrations at the 2024 Elevate AEC Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida, September 18-19.

The 2024 Class of Rising Stars in the AEC Industry


Jeremy Mano

Architect/Project Manager

ARRIVE Architecture Group

Bedford, TX

Jeremy Mano is a bright architectural professional who stands out not only for his innovative designs but also for his commitment to teaching, research, public service, leadership, and exemplary time management.  Beyond his role as a newly-licensed architect, Jeremy is deeply involved in education, and devotes a significant amount of his time to teaching aspiring architects and interns, sharing his knowledge and experience with the next generation.  In addition to his professional and educational endeavors, Jeremy is deeply involved in acts of public service and believes in using his skills to contribute to the community and make a positive impact on society.  Jeremy’s leadership qualities are also evident in his ability to inspire and motivate those around him.

Education:

  • Bachelors in Architecture, Louisiana Tech University
  • Masters in Architecture, Prairie View A&M University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Harper’s Station – Associate Project Manager
  • The Claiborne at Brickyard Crossing – Co-Project Manager
  • The Blake Assisted Living Communities – Architect & Project Manager
  • 2023 Charyl McAfee-Duncan Scholarship Recipient 
  • 2023 Volunteer Award – DFW NOMA

Professional/Public Service:

  • National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA-DFW Chapter)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA-Fort Worth Chapter)

Enrico Giori, Associate AIA

Architectural Designer

Architecture for Education, Inc. (A4E)

Pasadena, CA

Enrico Giori is an accomplished Architectural Designer that has a rich academic background from the Rhode Island School of Design’s Architecture Department where he earned both a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors.  His professional journey is marked by a dedication to the principles of participatory planning and co-design strategies, which he seamlessly integrates into practice.  Throughout his career, Enrico has demonstrated exceptional proficiency in project design and leadership, spearheading various initiatives that have left a lasting impact. Enrico’s commitment to inclusivity and community engagement set him apart in the field of architectural design.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (Honors), Rhode Island School of Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors), Rhode Island School of Design

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Rio School District Master Plan (Oxnard) – created a district-wide Master Plan aimed at advancing 21st century learning practices
  • California State University, Los Angeles Tenant Improvement Project – used spatial design to optimize existing spaces and create dynamic environments
  • Flintridge Prep Chandramohan Library and Learning Commons Renovation – articulated a comprehensive design proposal for a new library space that supports the social, emotional and intellectual wellbeing of all students. 
  • Lake Elsinore Educational Specification Workshops – guided discussions on challenges and opportunities for effective teaching and learning.

Professional/Public Service:

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), associate member
  •  Author of award-winning children’s book “We Want a School! Vogliamo una scuola!”

Elizabeth Y. Aguin, PE

Vice President of Operational Support Services

RJN Group, Inc.

Dallas, TX

Elizabeth “Liz” Aguin serves as the archetype for professional achievement, rising from the ranks of intern to principal in just 16 short years.  In 2008, Liz embarked on her journey as an engineering intern, paving the way for what would become an exceptional career.  With her educational background and personal focus on structural engineering, she accepted a position with RJN Group Inc., a civil engineering firm focused on sanitary sewer systems, as a stop-gap measure until she could find a career more suited to her structural engineering ambition.  Liz joined the Data Group as a data analyst at RJN, a decision that would send her on a fast-track journey into the upper echelons of RJN’s top leadership team.

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering and Mathematics, Southern Methodist University
  • MS in Civil Engineering, Southern Methodist University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Long-Term Flow Monitoring (Austin, TX) – Project Manager
  • Flow Monitoring Support for Modeling and Planning (Houston, TX) – Deputy Project Manager
  • Long-Term Flow Monitoring (Baltimore, MD) – Hydraulic Analysis Lead

Professional/Public Service:

  • American Public Works Association, Texas Chapter – Community Service Chair
  • Volar College and Career Services – Board Member

Duncan Robertson, CPSM

Director of Business Development and Marketing

Tamarack Grove Engineering

Boise, ID

Duncan Robertson embodies all of the qualities that someone dedicated to their community, industry, and profession should possess.  As Director of Business Development and Marketing at Tamarack Grove, Duncan has been a valuable member of the team who consistently demonstrates excellence in his five years with the company.  In the industry, Duncan is an incredible role model and leader for aspiring marketing and BD professionals, and has made a profound impact on Tamarack Grove and within the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).

Education:

  • BA in Communication, Boise State University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • 2022 SMPS Marketing Communications Award – #1 Brand Awareness
  • 2022 SMPS Marketing Communications Award – #1 External Newsletter 
  • 2022 Zweig Marketing Excellence Award – #1 Holiday
  • 2023 Zweig Marketing Excellence Award – #1 Recruiting
  • 2022 Zweig Trifecta Award
  • 2023 Zweig Trifecta Award
  • 2022 Idaho Press Top Workplaces

Professional/Public Service:

  • SMPS Amplify AEC Annual Conference, Programs Co-Chair
  • SMPS Pacific Regional Conference Committee Member 
  • SMPS Idaho Chapter, Founding President (2022-23), Past President
  • Builders Contractors Association of SW Idaho, Member
  • ACE Mentor Program of Idaho, Public Relations Chair

Coral Sperling

CAD Technician II

Bowman

Reston, VA

Coral Sperling’s professional journey is marked by a blend of determination, leadership, and a passion for both survey and professional development. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indian River State College while working full-time as a CAD technician at Bowman. Her ability to balance work and academic responsibilities demonstrates her organizational acumen and commitment to personal and professional growth.  Moreover, Coral’s influence extends beyond her professional and collegiate responsibilities. She is an active member of the Women Surveyors Summit – an industry event held to support and promote diversity in the land surveying profession. As an active member of the organization, Coral is committed to empowering other women in her field and spreading the word about opportunities for women in land surveying. As a headstrong individual with an infectious personality, Coral is a natural leader with the ability to cultivate positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders – bringing out the best in others and fostering a supportive and dynamic work environment. 

Education:

  • Associates Degree, Indian River State College
  • Drafting & Design Technical Certificate, Indian River State College 

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Alta Surveys for Commercial Developments (Florida)
  • Storm Hardening Projects (Florida) 

Professional/Public Service:

  • Florida Survey and Mapping Society (FSMS), Indian River Chapter
  • Florida Women in Energy Forum
  • Women Surveyors Summit

Zuzanna Sobczak, PE, ENV SP

Water Resources Engineer

Wade Trim

New York, NY

Zuzanna Sobczak is a structural engineer who works on large water, wastewater, sanitary sewer, and stormwater management projects in large urban areas of the Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast.  Zuzanna’s acute attention to detail and complex design as well as her structural engineering expertise help Wade Trim advance strategic initiatives and technological innovations that benefit public utility clients and the environment while also improving the company’s internal processes.  For her clients and her team, Zuzanna incorporates the latest technological trends including sustainability and safety considerations while also leading field work.  Furthermore, she continually strives to make a difference in her community and has years-long commitments to nonprofits dedicated to sports, health, and excluded members of society.  

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Wayne State University
  • MS in Structural Engineering, Wayne State University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Southerly Tunnel and Consolidation, Ohio (Cuyahoga River) – Project Engineer for pre-design, hydraulic modeling, and final design for near-surface structures for a soft-ground, 3.5-mile storage tunnel
  • Bronx River CSO Long-Term Control Plan, New York – Project Engineer for facility planning and design of the sewer infrastructure to improve water quality within New York Harbor and its estuaries by controlling CSOs

Professional/Public Service:

  • New York Water Environment Association
  • Water Environment Federation
  • Smart Water Networks Forum
  • Municipal Engineers of the City of New York

Tiara Marcus

Project Management Practice Group Leader

ISG

Sioux Falls, SD

An advocate for innovation and enthusiast for making a difference, Tiara Marcus has proven herself a leader amongst professionals in the AEC industry. For over 10 years, Tiara held various leadership positions at major manufacturing companies, gaining valuable insight and hands-on experience as she advanced through her career as a safety engineer, project management and continuous improvement leader, quality manager, and manager of manufacturing operations. In these roles, her responsibilities ranged from leading nearly 200 production and technical personnel and ensuring optimal performance to implementing strategic plans and investing in major infrastructure and equipment. A technical problem-solver and master collaborator, Tiara’s leadership transformed processes and positioned companies for long-term success.  Since joining ISG, she has worked to understand the intricacies of how the firm operates and applies this knowledge to her leadership role. She eagerly approaches challenges, exploring avenues to solve problems and remaining committed to developing optimal solutions, all while maintaining a high focus on the mentorship and development of those around her. 

Education:

  • BS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (Minor in Occupational Safety), South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • MS in Engineering Management, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), Infrastructure First Project

Professional/Public Service: *past positions

  • Range Engineering Council (REC) – Co-Chair
  • Lake Area Technical College – Advisory Board & Diversity Council Member

Shelby Harvey, MBA

Talent Development & HR Director

BHC

Overland Park, KS

Shelby Harvey’s journey – from Administrative Assistant to her recent appointment as the Talent Development & HR Director – exemplifies a remarkable trajectory of professional growth and impactful contributions across multiple capacities.  Shelby has consistently showcased exceptional abilities in project design, management, leadership, training, and public service.  Shelby excels in guiding individuals to leverage their strengths effectively, and she enhances the overall leadership capacities within her organization while also cultivating a culture of mentorship and growth.  Her dynamic leadership, strategic vision, and dedication to employee development and inclusion have made a profound impact on BHC’s success and organizational culture.

Education:

  • BS in Communications, University of Central Missouri
  • MBA (Emphasis in Human Resources Management), Baker University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • BHC’s Summer Internship Program and College Recruiting – led the expansion of the program by fostering relationships with colleges and overseeing recruitment efforts to attract top talent
  • Policy Proposals to BHC’s Board of Directors – drafted and presented policy changes concerning parental leave, remote work, dress code flexibility, and floating holidays
  • Rewriting BHC Employee Handbook – led comprehensive revision of handbook to ensure inclusivity through language and policies
  • Certified Gallup CliftonStrengths Coach

Professional/Public Service:

  • Kansas City Area Development Council – TeamKC Board of Advisors
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Johnson County Chapter (SHRMJC) – DEI Committee
  • Zweig Group’s ElevateHER  – 2023 Cohort Member, 2024 Advisor

Robin Shelton, SE, PE

Senior Project Manager

RLG Consulting Engineers

Peoria, IL

Robin Shelton exemplifies excellence and leadership as a Senior Project Manager in RLG’s Peoria office, with over a decade of experience in the field. His professional journey is a testament to his multifaceted abilities across various capacities, including project design, management, leadership, teaching, and community engagement. Throughout his tenure, Robin has overseen numerous significant projects, including renovation for a luxury retailer in Chicago, the Christ Community Church building addition in Gridley, and the Morton High School entry addition in Morton, Illinois. These endeavors showcase his adeptness in project design, where he tackled intricate structural challenges with creativity and innovation, leaving his mark on each endeavor.  Beyond project management, Robin is deeply committed to fostering a culture of mentorship within his team, dedicating time and effort to guide and develop junior engineers. 

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Bradley University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Luxury Retailer Renovation (Chicago, IL) – Project Manager & Design Engineer
  • Building Addition, Christ Community Church (Gridley, IL) – Project Manager & Design Engineer
  • Entry Addition Project, Morton High School (Morton, IL) – Project Manager

Professional/Public Service:

  • Structural Engineers Association of Illinois (SEAOI) – member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – member

Ricardo Jesus Maga Rojas, NOMA, Associate AIA, Fitwel Ambassador, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C, PMP

Associate, Project Manager

The Lawrence Group

Austin, TX

Throughout his career, Ricardo Jesus Maga Rojas has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to leadership, volunteering, and public service, which has made a tangible impact on the AEC industry and the broader community.  As an emerging leader in the city of Austin, Ricardo has shown leadership qualities that extend beyond conventional professional boundaries, and has been primarily focused on spearheading initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the architecture and design industry.  His commitment to community service and leadership extend well beyond his professional role, as evidenced by his involvement in various initiatives aimed at uplifting marginalized communities and advocating for equitable opportunities.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Tuskegee University
  • Master of Urban Planning, Texas A&M University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Co-founded National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Central Texas Chapter
  • Spearheaded formation of AIA Austin’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Community
  • Seminar coordinator for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Professional Development Program (PDP)

Professional/Public Service:

  • National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
  • HBCU PDP
  • AIA National Associates Committee (NAC)
  • Texas Society of Architects (TxA)
  • AIA Austin
  • City of Austin – Boards & Commissions

Austin Crowley, AIA, NCARB

Associate

Michael Graves & Associates

Princeton, NJ

Upon joining Michael Graves in 2016, Austin Crowley experienced almost immediate success as a rising young designer with a world-renowned firm known for innovation and international design excellence.  Austin’s keen eye for design storytelling, his superb communication skills, and his grasp of emerging technologies have made him an integral leader for our multidisciplinary design team of architects, interior designers, visual artists, and graphic designers, bending the norms of traditional architectural practices.  Furthermore, Austin was featured as “1 of 5 Up-and-Coming Design Disruptors” by Interiors+Sources Magazine, and his leadership has changed the firm’s experiential design process and culture by creating a more collaborative and inclusive environment for innovating design.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Architecture, NJIT Hillier College of Architecture & Design

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Mountain Resort Village Master Plan (Tabuk Region, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) – Design Lead
  • Cutler Bay Legacy Park Municipal Complex Master Plan (Cutler Bay, FL) – Design Lead
  • Resort Development Master Plan & Beach Club (Turks & Caicos Islands) – Senior Designer
  • The Metro & The Grand (West New York, NJ) – Senior Designer

Professional/Public Service:

  • NJIT Hillier College of Architecture & Design – Visiting Guest Design Juror
  • Princeton ArcPrep Program – Professional Development Program Mentor

Alanna Watts, PE

Mechanical Engineer | Associate

Parkhill

Lubbock, TX

 

Alanna Watts is a licensed professional mechanical engineer for Parkhill in the MEP and Structural sector. She has more than 10 years of experience in designing HVAC and plumbing systems for a variety of commercial facility types. Alanna joined Parkhill in 2013 and specializes in Building Information Modeling (BIM), HVAC design automation, and building acoustics. Her contributions to projects and internal processes and standards at Parkhill are widely recognized across the firm and regionally. She led the City of Lubbock model codes and construction energy code analysis to make local regional recommendations to city building code adoptions.  In 2019, she presented at Autodesk University on BIM Automation. Her experience as a mechanical design engineer has provided her valuable insight into the best practices and standards for commercial building design and the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare of those who utilize these facilities. 

Education:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Natural Gas Services Group (NGSG) (Midland, TX)
  • Coronado High School (EL Paso ISD)

Professional/Public Service:

  • American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineer, West Texas Chapter President, 2020 
  • Texas Society of Professional Engineers, South Plains Chapter Young Engineer of the Year, 2022
  • City of Lubbock Model Codes and Construction Advisory Committee
  • Helping Youth Purposely Engage
  • Lubbock Area United Way Loaned Executive

Akshaya Iyer, PSP

Vice President

Peritia Partners

Austin, TX

Akshaya Iyer’s construction career began in her home country of India before she moved to the United States and earned her graduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.  At the age of 27, Akshaya co-founded Peritia Partners, a construction consulting firm with experts who have advised over $130 billion in projects in construction management, project controls, and construction dispute resolution.  She has more than 10 years of experience in construction management, project scheduling and serving as an expert witness during construction litigation across private and government sectors – advising over a billion dollars in projects.  Akshaya is driven to continuously develop her skills and knowledge and possesses a rare ability to communicate and work effectively with owners, developers, construction attorneys, general contractors, and subcontractors.

Education:

  • BE in Civil Engineering, Businayana Mukundadas Sreenivasaiah (BMS) College of Engineering
  • MS in Civil Engineering (Emphasis in Construction Engineering and Project Management), The University of Texas at Austin

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Residences at the Allen (Houston, TX) – facilitated effective communication and collaboration among key stakeholders to develop a robust baseline schedule for the $454 million mixed-use development, performed time impact analysis to prove delays, and assisted client in successfully negotiating time extensions.
  • LSU Health and Sciences Center (New Orleans, LA) – developed and coordinated planning and scheduling for the renovation of five buildings and the addition of seven bridges and an eight-story tower, performed forensic delay analysis after the project was completed to negotiate time extensions and offset liquidated damages that were assessed.

Professional/Public Service:

  • Austin Chapter of Associated General Contractors, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Society of Women Engineers, Austin Section, Past Treasurer, Past Webmaster

Neda Talebzadeh

Senior VDC Engineer

EnTech Engineering, PC

New York City, NY

Neda Talebzadeh is a virtual design and construction (VDC) engineer and structural engineering specialist who has played an instrumental role in the design of multiple major infrastructure projects in the New York metropolitan area.  Despite being only six years into her career in the AEC industry, Neda has already made tangible, positive impacts on projects of regional importance, using her considerable construction technology skills to advance designs, reduce project costs, and benefit clients.  As a member of the VDC teams for capital airport, highway, rail, and resiliency projects, Neda develops detailed 3D models that enable coordination between engineering disciplines.  In addition to her BIM-related work, Neda has taken on a key role in EnTech’s emergent drone imaging practice.

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Beihang University
  • MS in Civil/Structural Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • East Side Coastal Resiliency (NYCDDC) – Senior VDC Engineer/Drone Engineer for CM team on $1.4 billion program to reduce flood risk along 2.4 miles of Manhattan’s Lower East Side
  • JFK Roadways, Utilities, and Ground Transportation Center (PANYNJ) – Senior VDC Engineer and Asset Management Lead for Design-Build Team
  • Penn Station Access (MTA C&D) – Senior VDC Engineer for extension of Metro-North Railroad into Manhattan’s Penn Station

Professional/Public Service:

  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE), member
  • Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY), member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, member

Nan Jia, PE, QSD/P

Engineer III

CWE

Fullerton, CA

Nan Jia quickly made a positive impact at CWE, beginning as an Engineer I in 2018 and then rising to her current role as an Engineer III. As she grows in the water quality management field, she tackles intricate challenges with finesse, earning recognition as an expert among clients who actively seek out her specialized knowledge. She excels in project management, mentoring junior staff, technical report writing, database management, water quality monitoring, and water quality data analysis. Her accomplishments noted below exemplify her drive for creating innovative programs to positively impact water resource and water quality challenges in Southern California.  Her multilingual experience has both challenged and uniquely qualified her to successfully lead projects.  Through diligence and perseverance, she swiftly transformed from an entry-level individual to an expert. She consistently delivers meticulously crafted, high-quality work. 

Education:

  • BS in Environmental Sciences, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California-Irvine

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Los Angeles County Flood Control District (LACFCD) Mass Emission Station (MES) Water Quality Monitoring – Project Manager
  • Rio Hondo/San Gabriel River Water Quality Group CIMP Implementation – Project Manager

Professional/Public Service:

  • Southern California Chinese-American Environmental Protection Association (SCCAEPA) 
  • American Educated Chinese Foundation (AEC)

Morgan Mullins, PG

Project Geologist

Atlas Technical Consultants

Duluth, GA

Morgan Mullins, a Project Geologist, expertly manages a portfolio of twelve landfill contracts, encompassing annual environmental monitoring, engineering services, and operational compliance services. Morgan’s role extends to executing environmental site assessments for diverse clients from commercial and residential real estate entities requiring due diligence and brownfield services to government organizations with environmental cleanup initiatives to transform vacant lots into revitalized spaces. Throughout her tenure, Morgan has cultivated enduring client relationships, marked by repeat engagements, thanks to her professional problem-solving, value-driven approach, and reliability. Her commitment is evidenced by her strong work ethic, positive attitude, and eagerness to learn and contribute beyond expectations to meet project demands and deadlines.

Education:

  • BS in Geology, Georgia State University
  • MS in Hydrogeology, Clemson University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Georgia County C&D Landfill, Phase 2 Horizontal and Vertical Expansion – Project Manager
  • Georgia County MSWL Landfill, Section 3 Construction and Environmental Monitoring Network Expansion – Project Manager

Professional/Public Service:

  • Engineers without Borders (EWB)
  • American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), Atlanta Chapter – Vice President

Michael Makris, PE

Project Manager

BHC

Overland Park, KS

Michael Makris joined BHC in 2016 following his graduation from Iowa State University, and he was promoted to Project Manager in 2024 to serve as a leader for much of BHC’s Civic and Healthcare portfolios, including hospitals, senior living facilities, city halls, and first responder stations.  Throughout his project experience, Michael has shown a commitment to providing functional designs for end-users and a passion for sustainability.  As an Engineering Professional, Michael’s clients describe him as a positive communicator and trusted design partner, which results in clients reaching out to him at the earliest stages of project feasibility to assist with the identification of site constraints.  Additionally, Michael prides himself on being a mentor to BHC’s interns and new professionals, operating with the goal to develop a strong problem-solving skill set among those he works with.

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Iowa State University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Federal Correctional Institute and Prison Camp (Leavenworth, KS) – Civil Engineer of Record
  • Citizens Medical Center, Replacement Hospital (Colby, KS) – Civil Engineer & Project Manager
  • St. Clairsville Neighborhood Hospital (St. Clairsville, OH) – Civil Engineer & Project Manager

Professional/Public Service:

  • Overland Park Chamber’s Young Professionals
  • Leadership Overland Park Program – 2021
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – member

Melanie Ray

Associate

Hord Coplan Macht

Baltimore, MD

Throughout her career, Melanie Ray has been a fierce advocate for making the architecture field more inclusive, and has focused her efforts on achieving this goal.  Based in Baltimore, Melanie discovered that, despite more than 70 percent of the population being non-white, it didn’t have a chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). In 2017, she led the effort to form Bmore NOMA, the Baltimore chapter, and under her leadership as chapter president, has since grown the chapter to more than 75 membersMelanie has also worked with NOMA National to help more than 120 underrepresented architecture students with top firms across the country through the NOMA Future Faces Fellowship.  Throughout her career at Hord Coplan Macht, Melanie has repeatedly demonstrated her leadership through significant volunteer work promoting diversity in architecture.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Ladrey Apartments, Alexandria VA – Project Manager
  • Elms Fells Point– Project Architect
  • ROOST Baltimore – Project Designer

Professional/Public Service:

  • National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Baltimore Chapter – founding member
  • AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee
  • AIA Baltimore Board of Directors – NOMA Liaison

Matthew A. Fink, AIA, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Associate

LAN Associates

Midland Park, NJ

Matthew Fink is a registered architect, certified interior designer, project manager, mentor, design expert, and industry-wide knowledge base.  Matthew has built an impressive career at LAN Associates where his work spans multiple sectors including commercial, amusement parks, recreation, faith-based, and K-12 educational facility design.  The thread that connects his majors projects is their value to the community–particularly in the K-12 sector where he is a creative lead architect and project manager handling design, client relations, and business development for the company’s most notable projects.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Woodbridge Ross Street Elementary School– Design Lead
  • River Vale NJ Wellness Center – Design Lead & Project Manager
  • Cranford Public Schools Referendum – Design Lead & Project Manager
  • Florham Park STEAM Labs – Design Lead & Project Manager

Professional/Public Service:

  • Architects League of Northern New Jersey, Board of Trustees
  • AIA NJ Emerging Professionals Community, founding member

Luke Stenzel

Business Services Manager

BHC

Overland Park, KS

Luke Stenzel’s involvement within BHC is characterized by a remarkable blend of management proficiency, inspirational leadership, and commitment to community engagement. Through his multifaceted contributions, Luke has not only elevated BHC’s organization but has also left a long-lasting mark on the Kansas City and Wichita regions. In the domain of management, Luke’s expertise has been instrumental in guiding the expansion of BHC’s operations into the Wichita region.  Luke’s leadership capabilities are equally impressive, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence within his team.  As the entrusted expert in BHC’s Wichita office for a wide range of issues, Luke’s ability to navigate challenges and inspire his colleagues has been instrumental in cultivating a cohesive and high-performing team environment. 

Education:

  • BS in Business Management, Emporia State University
  • MBA, Emporia State University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Wichita Market Expansion, BHC – crafted comprehensive business plan and built compelling case for expansion
  • Cross Company Business Development Model

Professional/Public Service:

  • 2023 Leadership Overland Park
  • Fiber Broadband Association – Conference Committee
  • Wichita Chamber Young Professionals – Vice Chair

Lauren Davenport, PE, LEED AP, PMP

Project Manager

Thomas & Hutton

Savannah, GA

A licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia and Florida, a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Lauren Davenport is a Civil Project Manager at Thomas & Hutton with ten years of experience designing infrastructure and systems that support large-scale development projects.  Her role in construction management includes diverse projects such as public parks, historical hotel renovations, and cutting-edge data technology centers.  Lauren’s expertise in transportation engineering–specifically in planning, design, ITS, and traffic operations–was honed through her work with the Florida Department of Transportation in Chipley and Tallahassee, where she also provided crucial engineering support post-Hurricane Michael in 2018 as part of the Disaster Assessment Team.

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Temple University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Hyundai Motor Group’s Metaplant America Project – Project Manager

Professional/Public Service:

  • ACE Mentor
  • American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Savannah Chapter President

Kristen Judish, PE

Structural Engineering Project Manager

Galloway & Company, Inc.

Johnstown, CO

Kristen Judish’s journey with Galloway is marked by professional and personal growth achievements, outstanding leadership capabilities, and invaluable contributions to various projects and teams.  From her onset at Galloway in 2014, she has demonstrated a dedication to excellence, and her leadership skills have shined brightly.  Kristen is also passionate about making a difference and empowering others.  She is a key advocate for Galloway’s diversity and inclusion initiatives as she helped form and currently leads Galloway’s women’s network (GROW) and served as a leader on the Galloway Diversity and Equity Initiative.  Furthermore, Kristen works on diverse project types, and her ability to navigate different project requirements and material types not only showcases her skill but also enriches her role as a mentor, allowing her to impart invaluable lessons to her team members.

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering (Minor in Renewable Energy), Colorado School of Mines

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Victory Ridge Residential – SMEP Team Lead
  • Kroger Site Specific Projects & Prototype Development – oversees structural team
  • Freedom Street Food Hall  – led core and shell design

Professional/Public Service:

  • Girls Inc
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE) – Colorado School of Mines events
  • Amp the Cause

Kevin Galvez, SE

Senior Structural Engineer

BASE

Honolulu, HI

Kevin Galvez was born and raised in American Samoa and earned his BSCE and MSCE from the University of Hawaii.  Kevin has a varied skill set that is mandatory for managing projects in such diverse places.  Unlike in many places that may have one extreme natural phenomenon to overcome, Kevin’s challenges include designing buildings to resist many forces that include super typhoons and hurricanes, large earthquakes and tsunamis, and corrosive tropical environments.  Within his broad range of project types, Kevin has developed an expertise in large public-sector projects, especially with the DoD and USACE.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Masters of Science in Civil Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Hawaii State Hospital, New Patient Facility – Project Manager
  • Camp Blaz, multiple projects
  • Career & Technology High School (Samoa) – Project Manager

Professional/Public Service:

  • Structural Engineers Associate of Hawaii(SEAOH), member
  • ASCE

Julia Wolanski, PSP, GISP

Associate | Senior Project Manager

Colliers Engineering & Design

Philadelphia, PA

Julia Wolanski is a Senior Project Manager for Colliers Engineering & Design’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Discipline, and, as such, she is at the forefront of an innovative technology that enables clients to have a single point-of-access to real-time data about their assets. This year, Julia was promoted to the Associate level on the Path to Ownership at the firm. Path to Ownership nominations are submitted on behalf of the employee by Division Directors and judged by the Executive Committee on continuing education, professional experience, revenue, billable hours, business development, corporate culture involvement, technical quality assurance and quality control. Julia is also an adjunct professor at her alma matter Temple University. She is teaching Environmental GIS for students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, with her course specializing web GIS tools and environmental risk analysis. When she is not making an impact in the GIS Space, Julia can be found volunteering her personal time working on the displays and curations at the North Museum of Nature and Science in Lancaster, PA, teaching yoga, and reading. 

Education:

  • BS in Environmental Science, Temple University
  • PSM in Geographic Information Systems, Temple University

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • GIS Blueprints, City of Philadelphia – Project Manager
  • Asset Management Platform (Erie County, NY) – Team Lead

Professional/Public Service:

  • Urban & Regional Information Systems Association, Mid-Atlantic Chapter (MAC URISA)
  • Delaware Valley Project Manager Institute
  • Women in GIS, Philadelphia Chapter

Jessica Greenough, PE

Civil Technical Project Manager

Galloway & Company

Greenwood Village, CO

Since joining Galloway in 2013, Jessica Greenough has embodied the essence of client-centered excellence and technical prowess.  Her intrinsic motivation stems from her genuine connection with people.  Jessica’s love of the technical aspect of her work is also evident, and she thrives in the creative space provided by complex projects involving grading, drainage, and novel design solutions.  As a member of Galloway’s Urban Stormwater team, she plays a pivotal role in managing the company’s standards on drainage and erosion control design.

Education:

  • BS in Civil Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Accomplishments/Projects:

  • Nine Mile Corner – involved in the project specifically for technical aptitude and was instrumental in the project’s success
  • Silverthorne Storage – managed the land development aspects of the project
  • Village at Cottonwood Creek – managed all design efforts and correspondence

Professional/Public Service:

  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • ACE Mentor Program of Colorado, associate board member
  • Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver