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We look forward to collaborating with you on your next project. The professional and technical staff at SME is made up of veteran consultants, engineers, scientists, architects, chemists, geologists, LEED-accredited professionals, inspectors and experts in a wide range of engineering disciplines, building materials and environmental specialties. While we each have unique areas of expertise, we share a commitment to working as a team to deliver valuable solutions for our clients.

Our team members are not only experienced in the industry, many have decades of experience at SME. Our professionals’ tenure with the firm means our clients can count on familiar faces and proven expertise project after project — year after year.

Mark Kramer, PE

PRESIDENT & CEO

Andy Emmert, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Chuck Gemayel, PE

Chief Operating Officer

Dan Roeser, PG

CMO | Regional Vice President

Tim Mitchell, PE

Director of Regional Operations

Jami Sentz

Chief Human Resources Officer

Mike Meddock, PE, CPSM

Chief Development Officer | RVP

Brad Ewart II, PE

Vice President Corporate Development

Mark Halloway, OHST

Corporate Safety Director

PRESIDENT & CEO

Mark Kramer, PE

Mark K. Kramer, PE has led SME’s growing team of professional and technical staff for more than 20 years. Since joining SME in 1995, Mark has held positions of increasing responsibility, and in 2001, he succeeded his father, SME’s founder Ken Kramer, as CEO. He is responsible for corporate development, profitability, staff retention and development, client satisfaction, and risk management. Mark also provides project management for large, multi-disciplined redevelopment projects including environmental and geotechnical evaluations, design and construction monitoring in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and across the country. Mark is sought out by owners and developers for his ability to translate project information, especially the engineering and risks, into language they can understand when developing or redeveloping sites, allowing them to make good decisions to save time and money while controlling risk.

Chief Financial Officer

Andy Emmert, CPA

Andrew J. Emmert, CPA has more than 30 years of accounting experience. As Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Andy is responsible for all corporate and project financial accounting and finance functions, budgeting, project financial training, business insurance, corporate banking relationships, corporate insurance, and all accounting and tax functions. He also serves as a strategic partner with SME’s leadership team and as Group Leader of our Information Systems Team. Andy establishes corporate banking relationships to negotiate lines of credit and loan covenants, as well as prepares and presents documentation to lending institutions to support increased line of credit availability and improved terms and conditions. Andy’s responsibilities also include evaluating the viability of major corporate purchases (including mergers and acquisitions) and their impact on operations and economic payback period. Andy is well known in the industry as a reliable and hard-working financial professional, which has paved the way for advancements in his career. While Andy is proud of receiving the SME President’s Award for Excellence in 2012, he is proudest of being selected to the SME Board of Directors in 2011. Andy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from University of Detroit Mercy.

Chief Operating Officer

Chuck Gemayel, PE

Chuck A. Gemayel, PE has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining SME in 1987, and currently serves as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. In this role, he works closely with all of our Group Leaders to continuously improve service delivery and develop strong client relationships. He also serves as the Program Manager for SME’s contract with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to provide pavement research, field-testing, and technical support for the FHWA Pavement Surface Characteristics (PSC) Program. Chuck has extensive experience in pavement design, management and evaluation, knowledgeable in state-of-the-art analysis and evaluation of highway and airfield pavements, and proficient in materials testing procedures including conventional as well as state-of-the-art methods. He has provided project management/review for numerous MDOT projects for the Metro Region as well as sub-consultant services for MDOT through others. Chuck has been active in many professional organizations serving as President of the Southeast Oakland County Municipal Engineers (SOCME), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), Geoprofessional Business Association (GBA), ASCE Airfield Pavement Committee of the Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), Transportation Research Board (served on several technical committees), ASTM Member of D-4 Committee on Road and Paving Materials, and the Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) Users Group.

CMO | Regional Vice President

Dan Roeser, PG

Daniel O. Roeser, PG leads the Plymouth, Detroit and Shelby Township regional teams in civil engineering design and construction including geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities engineering. He manages a variety of multi-service urban redevelopment projects from the site selection and acquisition phases to the grand opening. A licensed Professional Geologist with 35 years of experience, Dan has been with SME for 26 years.

Dan finds it engaging and exciting to change a property or building that is not useful into a useful and beneficial site for a community. He is driven by the opportunity to help a client solve a problem whether it’s repurposing contaminated land or dilapidated buildings, turning defunct properties back into useful and successful properties. Dan is sought out and known for his ability to help build project teams not only with individuals but with multiple engineering and environmental companies to win larger transportation projects, and then help the group work as a team during the project to deliver results to our transportation clients.

Director of Regional Operations

Tim Mitchell, PE

Timothy J. Mitchell, PE is Vice President and Director of Regional Operations responsible for guiding and supporting SME’s regional teams throughout the Midwest. With more than 39 years of engineering and construction experience, Tim uses his geotechnical engineering expertise to help our internal project teams and our clients, and he also assists with corporate administration, management, and strategic initiatives. Tim maintains an interest in continuing education and mentoring young engineers. He has played an active role in SME’s cooperative education program for more than 29 years by recruiting, mentoring and assisting young engineers as they achieve their career goals. Tim has taught engineering courses at both Michigan State University, his alma mater, and at Western Michigan University, where he currently serves on the Industry Advisory Board for the Department of Civil and Construction Engineering and participates with a variety of student activities. He has served on WMU Engineer’s Week Dinner Steering Committee for many years as the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) representative. Tim is an MSU Chapter Honor Member of Chi Epsilon, a Civil Engineering Honorary Fraternity. He has mentored high school students interested in engineering careers through his involvement with the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentoring Program and with Southwest Michigan Science Olympiad on behalf of ASCE.

Chief Human Resources Officer

Jami Sentz

Jami L Sentz leads SME’s human resources group and is responsible for recruiting, benefits administration, compliance, talent development, engagement and retention, and employee relations. With 14 years of experience, she works closely with the leadership team to ensure SME’s policies and practices are aligned with our core values and strategic vision. She serves on the strategic planning committee, and is involved in the planning and execution of SME’s HR related strategic initiatives. Jami also serves as a member of SME’s safety committee, ensuring team members safely return home to their families each day. Jami’s passion is helping to develop SME’s most important asset – our people. By helping team members reach their fullest potential professionally, their personal lives are in turn enriched. All too often, our personal and professional lives intertwine, even when we might not see it, and helping people work through that is what she enjoys the most about human resources.

Jami holds a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and was awarded the SME President’s Award for Excellence in 2017. She has a knack for coming up with creative solutions and has the ability to make tough conversations easy. Outside of work, Jami enjoys spending time with her family – attending her daughters sporting events, going to the lake, and taking vacations with them as often as possible before they grow up! Her husband is her best friend and their favorite thing to do is to work out at the gym together.

Chief Development Officer | RVP

Mike Meddock, PE, CPSM

Michael S. Meddock, PE, CPSM is SME’s Chief Development Officer and Regional Vice President responsible for overseeing and coordinating SME’s services in Indiana and Ohio. These services include project management, technical report review, project planning and business development. With 30+ years of experience in redevelopment and environmental consulting, Mike manages all aspects of redevelopment projects from acquisition through design and construction, including environmental, geotechnical and construction materials services to bring a project to successful completion. He revels in building lasting professional and personal relationships while finding opportunities to help clients meet their goals. This passion culminated in Mike’s research in the Fundamentals of Professional Practice (FOPP) program, where he implemented and championed SME’s internal Build-a-Practice program. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is also an SMPS Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM).

Vice President Corporate Development

Brad Ewart II, PE

Bradford L. Ewart II, PE is SME’s Vice President of Corporate Development and a Senior Consultant responsible for leadership within the Northern Indiana and Mid-Michigan regions. With 15+ years of experience, he leads geotechnical and pavement evaluations including formulating project scope and conducting technical analyses. Brad is experienced in geotechnical engineering services, performing geotechnical engineering evaluations, deep foundation design, instrumented auger cast pile load testing, settlement design/investigations, and vibration monitoring studies for healthcare applications. He also has experience with construction materials services, providing field verification of soil conditions for auger cast piles, intermediate foundation systems, rammed aggregate piers, and shallow foundation systems. Brad has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in both Michigan and Indiana.

Brad is driven by knowing that each day may bring the opportunity to lend a helping hand. He has a special knack for looking at the big picture and providing value engineering to solve soils issues. Along with providing excellent customer service, Brad enjoys building long-lasting relationships with clients through honesty, integrity and participating in activities outside of the workplace.

In his free time, Brad enjoys playing baseball, basketball and sand volleyball, along with coaching baseball. During the summer he tries not to miss an opportunity to spend time with family visiting Grand Haven, St. Joseph, Muskegon and Traverse City, Michigan. Brad really enjoys driving his 1994 Pontiac Trans Am and as he says “c’mon, who wouldn’t.” Brad and his wife also enjoy volunteering through their church.

Corporate Safety Director

Mark Halloway, OHST

Mark A. Halloway, OHST serves as SME’s Corporate Safety Director. Mark has 26+ years of experience performing and managing environmental and hazardous materials assessments, monitoring hazardous materials removal projects, designing and managing asbestos and hazardous materials removal projects, and conducting remediation contractor bidding and administration. This expertise has led to his recognition by clients, peers, and contractors as a knowledgeable, no-nonsense expert in renovation and demolition involving asbestos and other hazardous materials, with a specific emphasis on the National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) asbestos regulation.

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Group Leaders

 

Tim Bedenis, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE

Vice President Geotechnical

Dan Cassidy, CPG

Vice President Environmental

Jeff Evans, PS

Vice President Survey

Dave Hurlburt, PE

Vice President Construction Materials

Kim Looman

Senior Manager Administrative Services

Eric Murrell, RA

Vice President Building Materials

Joel Rinkel, PE

Vice President Geotechnical

Paul Schmeisl, PE

Vice President Construction Materials

Jason Schwartzenberger, PE

Vice President Infrastructure

Tiffany Vorhies, NACE CIP-2

Vice President Steel, Coatings, NDT

Vice President Geotechnical

Tim Bedenis, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE

Tim is a Vice President at SME and possesses more than 35 years of experience. He specializes in the evaluation of slopes, embankments and retaining walls for highway embankments, containment areas and retention basins, including recommendations for various types of erosion protection. As the Business Unit Leader of our Geotechnical Engineering and Drilling Services, he leads a team of geotechnical engineers and drillers, and provides technical review for many projects involving special soil testing; deep foundations (driven piles and drilled shafts); underpinning; various types of earth retention systems; cofferdams; mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls; reinforced slopes and berms; and part-width construction of bridges. He has also been involved in many instrumentation projects to measure and monitor displacements, pressures and vibration levels during construction and as part of forensic evaluations. Tim’s expertise includes forensic evaluation and analysis of existing soil and foundation conditions.

Tim is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. Earlier this year, he was elected a Fellow of ASCE, and has recently earned his Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification from the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Vice President Environmental

Dan Cassidy, CPG

Daniel R. Cassidy, CPG has been a part of SME’s team since 1997 where he has held positions of increasing responsibility, and now leads SME’s Environmental Services Group. A principal of SME, his responsibilities include setting and implementing the Environmental Group’s business strategy, setting and executing the Group’s operational plan, providing senior technical leadership, and managing liability issues. He also advises owners, developers and the design and construction community in the areas of urban and brownfield redevelopment strategies and financing, environmental assessment of contaminated sites, remedial investigations, and environmental regulatory compliance.

Dan holds a BS degree in Environmental Geoscience from Michigan State University and an MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit, where he was also a Candidate for Juris Doctor of Law. Dan’s redevelopment experience and scientific and business finance background make him uniquely positioned to leverage the financial incentives available for redevelopment projects to the maximum benefit of our clients, public and private. Dan has successfully written applications for over $30 million in federal/state grant funding and assisted in acquiring incentives and managed projects involving over $150 million in state and federal incentives. He also manages remedial investigations and development of remediation alternatives for commercial and industrial properties.

Dan is known for leading and facilitating brownfield redevelopment projects from the initial strategy, to building the financial stack by maximizing financial incentives available for projects, to solving the technical challenges. He thrives on seeing a project through from inception to completion and realizing the positive impact each and every project has on the community and surrounding environment. Dan feels very fortunate that he has spent a large part of his career focusing on brownfield redevelopment which he feels is the best example of reuse, recycling, and recovery of urban areas that literally revitalizes communities. These projects are also great examples of his unique ability to facilitate public-private partnerships.

Outside the office, Dan spends most of his time enjoying quality time with his family which includes his wife and two beautiful daughters. He is an avid Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and MSU Spartans fan.

Vice President Survey

Jeff Evans, PS

Jeff Evans, PS is a Vice President and the dynamic leader of SME’s Surveying Group. With more than 25 years of building client relationships based on trust and hard work, with relentless passion and drive to make those around him better every day. Jeff takes great pride in being the ultimate client advocate to help them achieve their goals. He has served as a project manager and group leader for survey in infrastructure improvement projects across the Midwest. In 2009, he started his own consulting company providing land surveying, civil engineering, GIS, land management and ecological services to energy clients. Jeff joined SME in 2019 and is working with our civil engineering and land surveying teams to develop strong client relationships.

Jeff earned his BBA in Business Administration from Cleary University. He is a Professional Surveyor licensed in 12 states including Michigan, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Tennessee.

In his free time, Jeff can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family by boating, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV’ing or spending time up north.

Vice President Construction Materials

Dave Hurlburt, PE

Dave J. Hurlburt, PE is a Vice President and Principal at SME with 33 years of civil engineering experience. He serves as the Business Unit Leader for SME’s Construction Materials Services (CMS)  and Lab groups.  Dave delivers expertise in the areas of construction materials services and geotechnical field engineering. He provides business development, project management, consulting, and engineering evaluations on a wide range of projects. Dave is a  registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from MTU.

Dave has been project manager for more than 2,800 geotechnical evaluation and CMS projects. He strives for the CMS group to provide great service and efficient, practical solutions for our clients every day, which is one of the reasons our clients hire SME – because we have qualified staff who respond to situations with quick and competent recommendations.

Dave is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He attends AGC events and volunteers with the Williamston School Foundation.

Dave likes to play basketball, mountain bike, landscape and do remodeling project around the house & cabin. Activities with his family include snowmobiling, fly fishing, hunting, hiking, playing cards, playing Catan, watching movies together and most recently, babysitting a grandchild.

Senior Manager Administrative Services

Kim Looman

Vice President Building Materials

Eric Murrell, RA

Eric A. Murrell, RA, CCS, BECxP, CxA+BE is the Group Leader for SME’s Building Materials Group, which includes our Building Enclosure and Structural Materials teams. He provides project team support and expertise for building condition surveys and evaluations of cladding, weather control, thermal control, and vapor control issues in new and existing building enclosures. He is an expert in evaluation, consulting, and design services for building enclosures, including, weatherproofing, atypical flashing conditions, and multiple material interface detailing. He specializes in high-durability construction, including healthcare and higher education architecture, emphasizing high-performance enclosure design and quality assurance, including document review.

With 35 years of experience, Eric is a licensed architect in Michigan. He holds a BS degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. Eric is a Certified Construction Specifier, and holds both Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure certificates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Eric is a member of the Construction Specifications Institute and the former Planning Commissioner for the City of Berkley, Michigan. He is also the Treasurer and founding Member of The Building Enclosure Council of Greater Detroit.

Eric’s outside interests include a unique affinity for antique toasters which has led him to a membership in the Toaster Collectors Association. He also enjoys the sport of curling and country-western dancing, mainly two-step waltz and swing. Eric is a supporter of the New Beginnings Animal Rescue in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Vice President Geotechnical

Joel Rinkel, PE

Joel W. Rinkel, PE is the group leader for the geotechnical business unit at SME. He is primarily responsible for the development, operations, and visibility of the geotechnical group. He is a registered professional engineer with 28 years experience providing geotechnical engineering services, construction materials services, pavement engineering, geo-civil design services, dewatering design services, shoring and underpinning design services, building monitoring and condition assessment services, forensics evaluations for below-grade structures, and expert witness testimony. Joel also serves as Owner’s representative for assessing subsurface conditions and their impact on the design and performance of subgrade-supported structures. Joel has BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering. He has been a project manager for more than 2,500 geo-civil and shoring design, geotechnical, pavement and construction materials services projects.

Joel relishes the fact that every day is an opportunity to accomplish something good by helping those in need both in and out of the office. Joel is known as the go-to problem solver pertaining to soils and subsurface materials. He finds opportunity and, more specifically, a method, technique and approach to provide high quality, cost-effective construction consulting services.

Vice President Construction Materials

Paul Schmeisl, PE

Paul J. Schmeisl, PE is Vice President and Group Leader for SME’s Construction Materials Services (CMS) Group. Beginning his career at SME as a field technician, he has over 20 years of experience with foundation systems, concrete, and pavements. As CMS Project Manager and Geotechnical Engineer of Record for commercial developments, education facilities, hospital campuses, power generation and transmission clients, and transportation projects, he has the ability to anticipate our client’s needs, offer guidance at critical decision points, and keep the team informed of risks that would affect the long-term success of their projects.

He also serves as project manager on geotechnical, civil, and pavement related services, ranging from conventional geotechnical evaluations to complex engineering designs to construction consulting services. Paul is skilled at providing engaged project management and coordination for complicated, large-scale projects. He has the expertise needed to usher in positive, timely, and cost-effective results on every project.

Paul is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and Ohio. He has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. In his free time, Paul enjoys the outdoors including backpacking, snowboarding, off-roading in his Jeep, fishing, and camping with his friends and family.

Vice President Infrastructure

Jason Schwartzenberger, PE

Jason A. Schwartzenberger, PE provides project management expertise in the area of pavement design, management and evaluation. He is Group Leader for SME’s Pavement Services Group. His 20 years of experience with SME includes pavement condition assessments, implementing pavement management systems, destructive and nondestructive testing, developing feasible pavement rehabilitation options utilizing latest construction techniques, preparing plans and specifications, and providing construction administration and testing services. Jason is experienced in design, construction and inspection of shallow and deep foundations and earthwork operations, and earth retention systems. He also reviews asphalt mix designs and test data from our Plymouth asphalt laboratory. Jason is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Jason has served as Project Consultant for numerous MDOT pavement geotechnical evaluations on statewide roads, as well as county and municipal roadway projects. He has also served as project manager or engineer for multiple county and municipal roadway projects. For Jason, each project is exciting to see it begin to take shape and for the designs, drafted first and through many revisions of drawings, come to fruition in the field.

Jason has a knack for creating and maintaining long-term professional relationships with his clients who are impressed by his level of detail and commitment. His ability to analyze potential obstacles in a project design and develop several different solutions for the client keep those clients coming back to SME with future projects.

He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Michigan Section. Jason is an avid outdoorsman and in his free time can often be found enjoying nature via hiking, hunting, vacationing or catching up with family and friends.

Vice President Steel, Coatings, NDT

Tiffany Vorhies, NACE CIP-2

Tiffany provides project management and expertise in the areas of steel and coatings inspection and assessments. She is the Group Leader for the Steel, Coatings, and Nondestructive Testing Services Group, which includes managing a team of certified coating and steel inspectors at SME.  Tiffany has been performing coatings inspection and specification since 2007, and is considered a local expert for coating assessments. Her coating project inspection experience includes multiple bridges, tank liners, tank exteriors, water towers, building facades, structural steel, helipads, stadiums, coast guard boats, piping and many specialty components. She has written specifications ranging from corrosion mitigation in high corrosion natatoriums to the lead based paint removal and recoating of an entire football stadium. Her steel related project management experience includes projects such as conveyor integrity assessments, American Petroleum Institute (API) tank audits, bridge inspections, fabrication shop audits and specialty nondestructive testing (NDT) reviews. Tiffany has a BS degree in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University.

Coatings projects are often at the mercy of the weather, which can ultimately affect schedules. Tiffany has a knack for communicating with owners and contractors to maintain a combined effort toward the importance of quality versus allowing the schedule to drive the project. Her collaborative attitude and reputation for commitment to quality have led to owners requesting her by name to oversee their projects.

In her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family which is deeply rooted in women’s college basketball. She also loves watching the Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers sporting events, spending time outdoors on nature walks with her dogs and touring the local wineries of Michigan and hearing live music.

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Regional Office Managers

 

Lou Northouse, PE

Grand Rapids | RVP

Jamie Bates, PE

Fort Wayne

Brian Berger, PE

Bay Region

Jason Cheney, CHMM

Indianapolis

Wes Hemp, PE, PG, LEED AP

Louisville Metro

Wess Mekhael, PE

Cleveland | RVP

Grand Rapids | RVP

Lou Northouse, PE

Louis J. Northouse, PE is a Regional Vice President who manages SME’s West and Northern Michigan offices. He  coordinates a diverse team of engineers and technicians to oversee consulting services related to geotechnical engineering, building materials and construction materials testing services. Lou began his career with SME more than 20 years ago as a field engineer. Since then he progressed in responsibility and began managing projects. His technical, administrative and budgetary management expertise has been utilized on more than 1,500 projects in West Michigan. He is knowledgeable of Special Inspections and Michigan Building Code requirements, is skilled at estimating project scopes and budgets, and is well known for communicating with clients throughout the course of their projects. Lou strives to efficiently provide answers to questions and project related issues, utilizing the knowledge of other SME professionals when needed, to keep projects on schedule and within budget. Lou is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

Fort Wayne

Jamie Bates, PE

Jamie M. Bates is Regional Office Manager for SME’s Fort Wayne, Indiana office. She has extensive geotechnical engineering experience across Northern Indiana, Northwest Ohio, and Southern Michigan.  She specializes in ground improvement techniques, pavement evaluation and design.  She is knowledgeable in shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls, pavements, engineered fill, settlement, slope stability, and seismic design. Jamie is also experienced with soil and rock classifications, as well as performing ASTM geotechnical laboratory testing procedures.  Jamie assists clients by preparing competitive proposals specific to their needs and providing value engineering focused reports in a timely manner. She earned her BS degree in Civil Engineering from Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana.

Bay Region

Brian Berger, PE

Brian C. Berger, PE is a Senior Consultant and serves as Regional Office Manager responsible for overseeing and coordinating SME’s services in the Bay Region. With more than 20 years of engineering experience, he also manages a variety of environmental projects across Michigan. Brian prides himself on his ability to navigate the challenges of complex projects and has a knack for viewing those projects from a practical perspective. His daily focus is on educating his clients and providing them with good service and practical solutions. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan.

Indianapolis

Jason Cheney, CHMM

Jason A. Cheney, SHMM is a Senior Project Consultant and Regional Office Manager for SME’s Indianapolis office.  Jason has over 22 years of experience providing due diligence services. As a member of our Environmental Services group, he manages a variety of projects including environmental due diligence, site assessments for brownfield redevelopment support, underground storage tank (UST) closures and assessments, hazardous building materials assessment, and abatement projects. He is a licensed Asbestos Inspector through the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) program. He is currently the Due Diligence practice lead for SME and is responsible for review of all Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. He earned his B.S. degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from Purdue University and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Columbus

Colin Flaherty, CP, CPG, PG

Colin O. Flaherty, CP, CPG, PG is a Senior Consultant and serves as Regional Office Manager for SME’s Columbus office. With nearly 20 years of environmental and geosciences experience, Colin manages a variety of projects including Phase I/II environmental site assessments (ESAs), brownfield redevelopments, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Voluntary Action Program (VAP) projects, USEPA Brownfield Assessment Grants, UST projects, hydrogeological site investigations, and numerous forms of environmental monitoring and reporting. He works diligently to help clients navigate their complex revitalization projects in the area. Colin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.  He is an Ohio VAP Certified Professional (CP), a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG), and a Professional Geoscientist (PG).

Louisville Metro

Wes Hemp, PE, PG, LEED AP

Wesley (Wes) J. Hemp serves as a Senior Project Engineer and Regional Office Manager for SME’s Louisville Metro office. With more than 18 years of geotechnical experience in the Louisville and Southern Indiana areas, he is skilled in developing geotechnical scope of services, and managing and performing geotechnical evaluations. His expertise on publicly funded transportation projects includes bridge foundations, earthen embankments and pavement design. Wes is knowledgeable of ground improvement procedures and specialty foundation systems. He can develop soil parameters and provide general design considerations for underpinning systems including helical piers, micro-piles and pin-piles. Wes earned a Masters of Engineering (MEng) in Civil Engineering, a Certificate in Environmental Engineering, and B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Louisville. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He is a Registered Professional Geoscientist in Louisiana and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Lansing

Megan Jacobs, PE

Megan S. Jacobs, PE is a Senior Project Engineer with more than 15 years of experience, and serves a Regional Office Manager of SME’s Lansing office. She is experienced in preparing proposals, providing project set-up for geotechnical and pavement evaluations and providing project management for construction materials (CMS) projects. Megan performs visual engineering soil classification for both geotechnical and pavement evaluations for proposed projects. She also provides field engineering and construction materials testing services including deep foundation installation, shallow foundation subgrade verification, pavement subgrade evaluations, vibration monitoring, compaction testing of backfill, and concrete field testing. Megan earned her BS degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University and a Licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan.

Cleveland | RVP

Wess Mekhael, PE

Wessam (Wess) N. Mekhael, PE a Regional Vice President who manages SME’s offices across in Ohio. He coordinates and oversees a diverse team of engineers and technicians to oversee consulting services related to geotechnical engineering, building materials, and construction materials services (CMS). He is skilled at estimating project scopes and budgets,and is well known for communicating with clients throughout the duration of their projects. His technical, administrative, and budgetary management expertise has been utilized on more than 2,000 projects in northeast Ohio. With more than 10 years of experience, Wess is a licensed engineer in Michigan and Ohio. He holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Wayne State University.

Kalamazoo

Jeff Krusinga, PE, GE

Jeffery M. Krusinga PE, GE serves as Regional Office Manager for SME’s Kalamazoo office. He has more than 30 years of extensive analytical experience associated with the evaluation of stability for both existing and proposed slopes and embankments. Jeff’s interest in geotechnical engineering began while in graduate school and broadened during his early professional career in San Diego, California where he gained extensive experience performing slope stability evaluations, working on coastal protection projects, and conducting groundwater resource evaluations. He has been involved with the evaluation of numerous dams, including performing safety inspections, quantifying factors-of-safety when assessing various failure modes, and preparing plans for repair. Jeff is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and a registered civil engineer (RCE) and geotechnical engineer (GE) in California. Jeff holds BSE and MSE degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan, and completed postgraduate studies at San Diego State University.

Macomb

Andy Smith, PE

Andrew L. Smith, PE  is a Project Engineer with SME’s Construction Materials Services (CMS) Group and Regional Office Manager for our Macomb office. With more than 15 years of experience, Andy is knowledgeable in shallow and deep foundations, earth retention systems, engineered fill and backfill, soil infiltration, concrete and reinforcing steel, concrete relative humidity, masonry, pavements, as well as laboratory testing of soils and concrete. He has provided resident engineering services related to daily construction activities including scheduling and reviewing submittals and change orders for CMS projects. Andy also has several years of experience with geotechnical engineering and vibration monitoring. Andy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, and Missouri.

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