September 2013


Senior Principal and Senior Consultant, Terracon Consultants, Inc. Lenexa, KS

I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I received BSCE (1971) and MSCE - Soil Engineering (1973) degrees from Iowa State University. Through ROTC at ISU, I was commissioned a 2LT USAR in Corps of Engineers in July 1973, but was notified entry on active duty would be delayed at least 6 months so I began my engineering career working for Gerald Olson at Soil Testing Services of Iowa (STSI) in 1973. I reported to Fort Belvoir Army Engineer School in April 1974 and was the Distinguished Graduate of 8-74EOBC. I spent the next 21 months on active duty with the COE Portland District, Portland OR. I continued as a reserve officer (1LT/CPT) until 1983, when I was honorably discharged.

Following my active duty service, I returned to STSI in 1976 as Geotechnical Project Engineer in Cedar Rapids. I served as Des Moines Office Manager from 1978 to 1985). STSI became Terracon Consultants in 1980 when STSI formally separated from STS. From 1985 to 2009, I served as Geotechnical Department Manager in Terracon’s Lenexa, KS office. I am now a Senior Consultant. I earned my Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Kansas (1999) while working full time at Terracon. Concurrent with Terracon employment, taught graduate level foundation courses as adjunct professor at KU from 2000 to 2004. I became a Senior Principal in 1980 and I served on Terracon Board of Directors from 1984 to 2011.

I am a licensed professional engineer in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. I have been an ASCE Fellow since 1991 and a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering since 2009 (I was part of the inaugural class). I received ASCE Citizen Engineer Award in 2012.

I have been married to Terry for over 40 years. We have 3 grown daughters and 3 (soon to be 4) grandchildren.