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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/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

 


Terracon Names Packer New President

Expanding Company Selects Proven Leader from Within

OLATHE, Kan. —  Terracon is pleased to announce M. Gayle Packer is now president of Terracon Consultants, Inc., and a succession framework is commencing for her appointment to chief executive officer.

Packer has developed a highly successful career of progressive responsibility and influence in Terracon and gained tremendous knowledge of the company since joining in 2004. Most recently, Packer served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer, coordinating acquisition and integration of 50 companies. She has served on the board of directors since 2011. Packer will continue to lead the development of the company’s new strategic plan.

“Terracon’s success is based on the efforts of great employee-owners to make positive impacts for the clients and communities we serve,” Packer said. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to work together with our employee-owners to continue to grow and innovate on behalf of our clients, our communities, and our industry.”

She succeeds David Gaboury, P.E., who has served as president and CEO of Terracon for more than 20 years. Under his direction, the company has created a legacy of safety, climbed 63 spots on Engineering-News Record’s Top 500 Design Firms list, and exceeded $650 million in revenues. Gaboury and Packer’s CEO transition becomes effective in 2019. Gaboury continues as Terracon’s chairman through 2021.

“Gayle’s entire body of work makes her uniquely qualified to lead the firm going forward,” Gaboury said. “Working in close partnership with her for many years, I am highly confident that her vision is well aligned with our history, values, and direction, while also bringing a new and fresh perspective to our continued success.”

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 terracon.com.


Terracon Engineer Recognized by American Society of Civil Engineers

Oswaldo Bravo receives 2018 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement 

OLATHE, Kan. — Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services, is pleased to announce Oswaldo (Ozzy) Bravo, P.E., M.ASCE, has been selected to receive the 2018 Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Bravo is a senior associate in Terracon’s Lenexa, Kan., office specializing in bridge and highway design-build projects. As a project engineer, he provides analysis, calculations and engineering recommendations on large transportation design-build projects for regional and national clients. He joined Terracon in 2013.

The prestigious award recognizes a younger member of ASCE who has advanced the profession; exhibited technical competence, high character and integrity; developed improved member attitudes toward the profession; and contributed to public service outside his/her professional careers. He was previously recognized by ASCE with the New Face of Civil Engineering Award and continues to serve in leadership roles with the Kansas City section of ASCE.

Bravo has been recognized by several organizations for his professional, civic, and community involvement, including the 2018 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award from the Women Transportation Seminar in Kansas City; the 2017 Terracon Young Professional Award; the 2017 Engineer of the Year designation from the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers Eastern Chapter; and the 2017 Faithful Friend Award by the Friends of Johnson County Developmental Services. He currently serves as chair of the Industry Leadership Development Council for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), and on the Diversity and Women Advisory Board at the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

“It is my responsibility and privilege to share my acquired skills with others and to support them in achieving the same opportunities I have achieved in my own life,” Bravo said.

A native of Peru, Bravo has 10 years of experience in civil and geotechnical engineering in the U.S. He is a licensed professional engineer in Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, and Arizona. He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Kansas and his master’s degree in geotechnical engineering at Texas A&M University.

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 terracon.com.