C+S January 2020 Vol. 6 Issue 1 (web)

Rising stars in civil engineering

Jeff Roman Partner, Engineering Practice Leader Little Charlotte, North Carolina

Roman has led the Engineering Practice at Little to six years of profitable growth, quadru- pling staff and revenue while expanding engineering to all offices and adding new service offerings. He created a vision and core values and successfully implemented a culture change to build Little’s national engineering practice. In 2018, he became the first engineer to join the partnership and is currently the youngest partner. In 2019, he was selected for a three-year term on Little’s Board of Directors. Accomplishments: • Civil engineer of record for multiple projects at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. • Civil engineer of record for most projects within the Forum at Fort Myers, a 700-arce mixed- use development. • Client relationship manager and project manager for new construction and renovations for automotive dealerships nationwide for Sonic Automotive. Public/Professional Service: Roman gives back to the engineering profession with his pas- sion for STEM education. His outreach efforts have impacted well over 1,000 students during the last 15 years. Roman speaks in K-12 and college classrooms presenting about engineering and facilitating fun hands-on activities. He leads Little’s efforts to host students for field trips and job shadowing, host teachers for externships, and created an Engineering Explorers Post. Education: BS Civil Engineering, Lawrence Technological University | Executive MBA, University of Florida Sharareh Kermanshachi Assistant Professor and Director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environment (RISE) Lab University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas Dr. Kermanshachi has received several prestigious national and regional awards including the UESI Fellowship, ASCE Outstanding Reviewer, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achieve- ment Award, ASCE Professional Service Award, ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd), OER Research Fellowship, and the Graduate Climate Award. Kerman- shachi was the only recipient of the 2018 Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Distin- guished Leadership Award from the Faculty category. Kermanshachi’s areas of expertise are risk management, performance optimization, and post disaster reconstruction. Accomplishments: • Currently leading the RISE lab, which has more than a dozen Ph.D. and master’s students and teaches various graduate and undergraduate level courses in civil engineering. • Peer reviewed publications – over 326 citations. • Has published more than 80 books, scholarly articles, conference proceedings, and research reports and has conducted several national- and state-level research projects with a value of more than $2.3 million. Public/Professional Service: An extensive record as an advisor, organizer, and mentor. Education: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University | MS, Civil Engineering, Mississippi State University | MBA, Eastern Mediterranean University | BS, Architectural Engineering, I.A. University of Tehran


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