CE News has named its 2013 Rising Stars in Civil Engineering, a group of professionals 40 years old or younger who have benefited the profession, their employers, owners, and society. Three of this year's stars are NSPE members. First is Mark Haberer, P.E., a principal for Parkhill, Smith & Cooper Inc. who has worked on a wide variety of projects from utility infrastructure to municipal waste. He currently works as program manager for the Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport in Texas, which includes overseeing a multiyear $47.8 million runway reconstruction project. Another rising star is Eric West, P.E., another principal for Parkhill, Smith & Cooper in their Midland, Texas, office. Working as the site development team leader in the public works sector, he manages projects such as municipal stormwater studies and roadway relocations. He has previously been named Texas Young Engineer of the Year in 2009 and was NSPE's Young Engineer of the Year in 2010. Parkhill, Smith & Cooper named West a corporate associate for the firm in 2005 due to his ethics, management skills, and technical knowledge. Also named was Jonathan Ziegner, P.E., a corporate associate and transportation team leader with Parkhill, Smith & Cooper. A dedicated mentor, he has managed new EITs in the development of roadway design projects, encouraging them to get invested in their projects by giving them design responsibility and coaching. He is also active in his local Texas Society of Professional Engineers chapter and is a board member for the state society's political action committee.
||Errin Kemper, P.E., was recently promoted to the position of assistant director of environmental services for the city of Springfield, Missouri. He has worked for more than 10 years with the city, most recently in the stormwater engineering division of public works. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology; he focused on water resources engineering for his graduate studies.|
Herbert Congdon II, P.E., was recently selected by Cabling Installation & Maintenance as one of the industry's positive contributors. An associate vice president at the Telecommunications Industry Association, he provides volunteer leadership for the organization as it develops cabling specifications. He previously worked in the U.S. Navy as part of its nuclear submarine force, as well as in the private sector. Before transitioning to his executive role with TIA, he chaired its Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee.
The American Public Works Association recently announced its top 10 leaders for 2013, including Donald Jacobovitz, P.E., the public works director for Putnam County, Florida. Oversight of the public works department includes road and drainage maintenance, engineering support for the county, operation of three water plants and two ferries. In addition to this departmental work, Jacobovitz serves as a liaison to the Corridor Management Entity, helping manage scenic byway assets and future planning.
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