C+S May 2023 Vol. 9 Issue 5 (web)

Rising Stars in Multidisciplinary Engineering

Municipal Utilities Department Head Croy Marietta, GA

In her role as Municipal Utilities Director for Croy, Melanie Head has worked to grow her department into one of the firm’s fastest growing practice areas. She is dedicated to a individuals both professionally and personally, regularly leading her team to produce quality deliverables for Croy’s clients, as well as expanding their network professionally. Head is also dedicated to growing the AEC profession and led a group of STEM-focused high school students in a water facility tour and hands-on educational facility. Accomplishments/Projects: Hamilton County, Tennessee McDonald Farm Utility Planning; Dalton Utilities V.D. Parrott Jr. Water Treatment Plant Expansion–Texas; Newton County Water and Sewage Authority Land Application System Expansion Education: BS in Civil Engineering, Auburn University Professional/Public Service: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Water Works Association (AWWA); Georgia Association of Water Pro - fessionals (GAWP); Auburn University 100+ Women Strong Planning and Landscape Architecture (PLA) Division Service Leader, Associate Westwood Professional Services Englewood, CO Over the past nine years, Cole Cappel has risen through Westwood to become the firm’s Planning and Landscape Architecture service leader. Within the first two years as the team’s leader, Cappel’s team nearly tripled in size expanding the service’s geographic footprint across the United States and added a structure of regional leadership. Most recently, Cappel has been asked to transition to a role focused on standalone energy storage to leverage his extensive expertise in land entitlement and team leadership. Cappel is also dedicated to sustainability, devel- oping company-wide initiatives, and contributing to academic research. Accomplishments/Projects: Clements Ranch Community, Design Lead–Texas; Montgomery Condemnation–Minnesota; Sunstone Development–Nevada Education: BS in Urban Studies (minor Architecture), University of Texas at Austin Professional/Public Service: Urban Land Institute, member; American Planning Association, member; Future Cities, volunteer

Melanie D. Head, PE

Cole Cappel, AICP, ENV-SP



May 2023

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