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Terracon Names Adrian Keller as National Manager for the Transportation and Infrastructure Sector

Press Releases posted 11.06.2018.

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon, a nationally known and respected consulting engineering firm, has named Adrian Keller, P.E., R.G., G.E., as National Manager for the Transportation and Infrastructure Sector specializing in geotechnical engineering services.

Keller joins Terracon with a proven track record of professional engineering experience spanning more than 20 years, including leadership of engineers and geologists on multi-discipline transportation projects, technical delivery, and team management. Based in Terracon’s corporate office, Keller will focus on technical leadership and delivery of major transportation infrastructure projects.

“Geotechnical engineering has been the focus of my career and I’m excited to be working for Terracon where geotechnical engineering is at the core of their business,” Keller said.

With more than 20 years of experience including positions at Aurecon (New Zealand) and HNTB Corporation (Kansas City), Keller has delivered transportation projects internationally and across the U.S.  He is a licensed professional engineer in six states, a registered geologist in Missouri and a licensed geotechnical engineer in California. Keller earned his Bachelor of Science in geology and his Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. His professional affiliations include roles with the Board of Directors for the Kansas City section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Deep Foundations Institute, and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


Terracon Foundation Awards $10,000 in Grants to Heart to Heart International for Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence Relief

Press Releases posted 10.24.2018.

OLATHE, Kan. — The Terracon Foundation announced two $5,000 grants to Heart to Heart International for Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Florence relief efforts, to support deployment of medical teams to treat patients and administer vaccines to those impacted by the storms.

“Terracon is pleased to support Heart to Heart in its efforts to provide hurricane relief services to the communities where our employee-owners and clients live and work,” said Gayle Packer, Terracon president. “We value the opportunity to give back to those who need critical assistance at this time.”

“The incredible support from Terracon Foundation and other partners enables us to rapidly deploy experienced, dedicated medical teams to disaster-affected areas. Medical needs are vast following a disaster. Being able to provide health and hope to people struggling through terrible ordeals is why Heart to Heart International was founded, and why we are so grateful to our supporters and partners,” said Kim Carroll, president and chief operating officer, Heart to Heart International.

Heart to Heart International strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide. For more information, visit www.hearttoheart.org.

For more information about the Terracon Foundation and other organizations it has supported, visit www.terracon.com/foundation.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


Terracon Foundation Awards $104,200 in Grants and Scholarships

OLATHE, Kan. ­­– The Terracon Foundation is pleased to announce the award of $104,200 in community and university grants, and scholarships. The Terracon Foundation was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work.

“The recent grants awarded by the Terracon Foundation represent a variety of local needs from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations where our employees are actively involved. These range from helping to educate students in STEM careers to building and maintaining trails,” said Matt Wheaton, chair of the Terracon Foundation and manager of the environmental department in Terracon’s Seattle office.

“The grants continue our commitment to helping prepare the next generation for careers in engineering. Each grant was championed by a Terracon employee who is actively involved in the organization or university,” Wheaton said.

University Grants

As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Terracon Foundation presented university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships, and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This year, the Terracon Foundation has presented $37,500 to five universities:

University Grant Recipients Location
Birmingham-Southern CollegeBirmingham, Ala.
University of Oklahoma FoundationNorman, Okla.
Texas Tech University – The Institute of Environmental and Human HealthLubbock, Texas
University of Texas at San AntonioSan Antonio, Texas
University of Texas at TylerTyler, Texas

 

Community Grants

The Terracon Foundation has awarded $36,700 in community grants to 10 local, nonprofit organizations whose employees are actively engaged with an emphasis on education and the built and natural environment.

Community Grant Recipient OrganizationGrantRecipient Location
Alliance for Youth, Inc.Great Falls, Mont.
Boys Scouts of America Old North State Council #70Greensboro, N.C.
Future Farmers of AmericaPort Orange, Fla.
Great River GreeningSt. Paul, Minn.
Greater Cincinnati Construction FoundationCincinnati, Ohio
Holy Cross SchoolNew Orleans, La.
Iowa Architectural FoundationDes Moines, Iowa
Central Iowa Trails AssociationDes Moines, Iowa
Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Foundation, Inc.Bradenton, Fla.
PTA Kansas Congress of Parents and Teachers – Starside Elementary SchoolDeSoto, Kan.

 

Dependent Scholarships

The Terracon Foundation also distributed $30,000 in scholarship grants to 15 dependents of Terracon employees who are pursuing four-year degrees through a community college, college, or university.

For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit terracon.com/about/foundation/.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


Terracon Names Michael Jenkins as National Director for Transportation Construction Engineering Services

Featured, Press Releases posted 07.19.2018.

AUSTIN, Texas — Terracon, a nationally known and respected consulting engineering firm, has named Michael Jenkins, P.E., as national director for transportation construction engineering services.

Jenkins joins Terracon with a proven track record of working on all aspects of transportation construction projects, including engineering design, project management, construction engineering and inspection, and business development. His experience in successfully delivering major transportation projects includes Wisconsin’s Marquette Interchange and Zoo Interchange, as well as numerous interstate projects in the Midwest. Based in Terracon’s Austin office, Jenkins will focus on expanding the firm’s transportation opportunities in aviation, ports and waterways, rail and light rail, highways, and bridges.

“Construction is my passion,” Jenkins said. “It is incredibly exciting to join Terracon and to work with a great group of like-minded individuals, focused on further expanding the company’s transportation construction engineering services.”

With more than 20 years of experience including positions at AECOM and Michels Corporation, Jenkins is a licensed professional engineer. He earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with a minor in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services from more than 140 offices with services available in all 50 states. Terracon currently ranks 24th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, visit www.terracon.com.


Terracon Partners with Society of Women Engineers for A Day in the Life of an Engineer Video Series

 

Earlier this year, The Terracon Foundation announced a $25,000 national partner grant to The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to help support its SWENEXT program to engage the next generation of female engineers. Recently, four women engineers working at Terracon participated in the SWE A Day In The Life  of an Engineer Video Series to encourage future female students to consider engineering as a career choice.

The videos not only cover what interested the women in pursuing engineering as a career, but also helps viewers get to see them as well-rounded people with a variety of interests outside of work. The videos were produced for girls who might be participating in a STEM curriculum or who might be interesting in learning about engineering from young women already in the field.

SWE has nearly 40,000 members, 100 professional sections, 300 student sections, and global affiliates throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, visit http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/ or contact Catherine Rocky, P.G., CSPM, national account manager  in Terracon’s Wichita office.

Joanna Monge, P.E., Structural Engineer

Veronica Finol, P.E., Geotechnical Engineer

Elizabeth Mally, Materials Engineer

Woo Lim, Environmental Consultant