Melinda (Myndi) L. Bacon, PE provides project management in the area of hydrogeological and subsurface characterization evaluations, including soil classification, soil and groundwater sampling, coordination of investigative field activities, monitoring well installation, decommissioning activities and report preparation. Myndi specializes in preparing scopes of service (geotechnical subsurface evaluation plans) and budgets; obtaining permits; setting up site access and traffic control plans; coordinating personnel and drilling field activities; managing field and laboratory activities; reviewing laboratory reports; performing geotechnical engineering calculations; and, preparing geotechnical engineering reports for MDOT, and local government and commercial sites including design recommendations for foundations (ASD and LRFD), earthwork, floor slab subgrades, below-grade and retaining walls, groundwater control, and pavement subgrades. Myndi has been with SME for 20 years, is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, and has a BS degree in Geological/Environmental Engineering and a MS degree in Civil Engineering.

Myndi is passionate about civil engineering and her most gratifying projects are for transportation (public) infrastructure. She feels a tremendous sense of accomplishment when the final geotechnical engineering report is submitted to the government agency, knowing the citizens of Michigan will have a safer and improved infrastructure. Myndi has provided geotechnical engineering services for numerous cantilever and truss signs, traffic signal modernization, cable barrier, bridge, and ITS projects throughout the lower peninsula of Michigan. She has also provided pavement evaluation and engineering services on many road reconstruction and rehabilitation projects throughout Michigan.

Among her many accomplishments, Myndi was named ASCE Michigan’s Franklin D. Meyers 2012 Outstanding Civil Engineer of the Year, as well as the ASCE Southwest Michigan 2012 Branch Engineer of the Year. In 2006 she was named ASCE Southwest Michigan Branch Young Engineer of the Year. Myndi is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and serves on the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Michigan Transportation Committee. She is President-Elect of the Michigan (MI) Section of ASCE, served as the 2008 through 2010 Southwest (SW) MI ASCE Branch President and filled the board positions of Vice President and Treasurer prior to being the branch President. Additionally, Myndi served as Past President, President, Treasurer, and Secretary on the NAWIC Battle Creek/Kalamazoo Chapter’s board of directors, and was presented with NAWIC Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Foremost Leader Awards in 2008, 2012 and 2013. Myndi is currently the Construction Industry Event Chair and Lego Block Kids Event chair for the NAWIC Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Chapter, and is the K-12 Outreach Chair for the ASCE Southwest Michigan Branch.

At home, Myndi enjoys spending time with her husband, also an engineer, and their two children. As a family they enjoy many outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, golfing, camping, hiking and spending quality time with their golden retriever, Lily. Myndi also enjoys performing K-12 Outreach events at her children's school to enhance the knowledge of civil engineering and the construction industry.

Projects

I-75 Modernization: 20 years in the making

The I-75 Modernization Project encompasses 18 miles of freeway in Oakland County, Michigan with a daily traffic volume of 103,000 to 174,000 vehicles. SME worked closely with MDOT's design-build team to provide geotechnical and pavement services for Segment 1 of this high profile project.