Timothy J. Mitchell, PE
Vice President, Director of Regional Operations

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 35 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. Since joining SME in 1983, Tim has accepted increasingly higher levels of technical and management responsibilities and he is proud of his role in opening and growing our Kalamazoo Regional Office established in 1985.

Tim enjoys helping SME clients to understand and assess benefits, construction and performance risks, and construction costs so they can select a foundation option that is both economical and practical to construct, thereby saving construction costs and providing value to the project team. He is accomplished in testing the stress and deformation response of different soils using the in-situ pressuremeter, and in using the results to more accurately predict allowable bearing pressures and settlement. Tim is familiar with the variety of engineering, materials and environmental services provided by SME and he helps our clients understand the advantages of using SME in multiple roles on their projects.

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 26 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.

Outside of his career and professional activities, Tim enjoys bicycling on both road and mountain bikes, and walking or snowshoeing in the woods with his Siberian Huskies.


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