NSPE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee

Meet the Advisory Committee!

NSPE's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee makes important decisions for the Society on topics and content of interest to our members, and much more.

NSPE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee

  • Jacquelyn Brooks, P.E.
    Jacquelyn Brooks, P.E.
    Chair
     BIO Jackie Brooks is a Senior Engineer at Ecology & Environment, Inc. (member of WSP) focusing on remediation of Florida petroleum discharges (13 years).  Her previous experience encompassed managing regulatory teams for hazardous/nuclear waste, emergency response, and disaster/do­mestic preparedness programs.  Possessing a BS in Chemical Engineering and a MA in Educational Leadership, Jackie's passion is mentoring underrepresented STEM students by helping them identify their gifts and championing them in utilizing these gifts in the STEM fields.
  • Zohaib Alvi, P.E.
    Zohaib Alvi, P.E.
    Member
     BIO Zohaib A. Alvi, P.E., is the Owner and Principal of za/engineering, a Structural Consulting and Construction Inspection company located on Long Island, New York. Mr. Alvi has a holistic approach when it comes to design, engineering, and construction, and believes that diversity and inclusion of peoples and ideas foster pragmatic and purposeful work.
  • Kenneth J. Discenza, P.E., F.NSPE
    Kenneth J. Discenza, P.E., F.NSPE
    Member
     BIO Kenneth Discenza, PE, F.NSPE is a semi-retired Owner of the civil engineering/surveying firm, Site Design Associates, Inc. in San Diego CA. He has served in all officer positions in CSPE and is now the treasurer for NSPE-CA. He has a BS in Civil Engineering from Merrimack College. Ken serves on several community outreach programs in East San Diego County and is employed part time at his church, Our Lady of Grace. His service to the engineering community and local community goes back 40 years and continues today. As the State Coordinator for MATHCOUNTS he has a passion for encouraging all youths he works with to consider an engineering profession.
  • Richard Easley
    Richard Easley
    Member
     BIO Richard B. Easley is the President of E-Squared Consulting Corporation. A 21+ year old small minority business transportation consulting firm conducting work in 34 US states and 22 countries worldwide. Mr. Easley was very humbled to have been inducted into the UT at Austin Civil, Architectural, Environmental Engineering (CAEE) Academy of Distinguished Alumni and takes every feasible opportunity to speak with those that think a career in the field of engineering is too hard to achieve. Mr. Easley believes there can be no greater accomplishment than to be a positive influence that can change lives for the better.
  • Kerrie Greenfelder, P.E.
    Kerrie Greenfelder, P.E.
    Member
     BIO Kerrie is the municipal water department engineering manager for an AEC firm in Kansas City. A certified design-build professional and licensed in six states, she has been involved in the design, management, and construction of water and wastewater treatment facilities across the nation. Throughout her career, Kerrie has demonstrated that she loves what she does and continues to display exceptional dedication to the empowerment and betterment of others, particularly young women. Kerrie is an enthusiastic leader in several organizations, including the Society of Women Engineers and the Water Environment Federation.
  • Rick Guerra, P.E., F.NSPE
    Rick Guerra, P.E., F.NSPE
    Board Liaison
     BIO Rick is President/CEO and majority shareholder of a multi-office consulting engineering firm in Texas. As a Hispanic engineer, Rick has experienced the challenges facing underrepresented groups in a profession long dominated by white males. As a business owner, he has also experienced the many benefits of employing a diverse staff in his own engineering firm. Informed and guided by these experiences, Rick is committed to improving the profession that he holds dear by advocating for and supporting a climate of diversity and inclusion.
  • John Hall, P.E., F.NSPE
    John Hall, P.E., F.NSPE
    Member
     BIO John served as Pres of FES and NSPE Delegate. He owns a civil/survey practice in Miami. His awards include the national AAES Award for Communication in Engineering and FES Engineer of the Year. He served as a framer of Florida's STEM Strategic Plan. His passion is to get engineering into the K-12 curriculum, so engineers will reflect the diversity of our population. At a keynote to the NAE, he said "If the engineering profession hopes to truly represent and serve all of society, we must reflect its diversity. Most of today's engineers chose engineering due to influence from a family member or friend. If this continues, the engineers of tomorrow will look just like engineers today. Until we expose ALL children to engineering opportunities, we will never be representative of the whole of society.
  • Austin S. Lin, EI/EIT, F.ASQ
    Austin S. Lin, EI/EIT, F.ASQ
    Member
     BIO Austin S. Lin is the Past President of NSPE-California. He previously served on the NSPE Board of Directors and is a Past Chair of the Professional Engineers in Industry (PEI) Special Interest Group and past industry director for the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and is an elected Fellow of the American Society for Quality (asq.org). He shelters-in-place in San Francisco.
  • Joseph Rapier, P.E.
    Joseph Rapier, P.E.
    Member
     BIO After serving as the President and CEO of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., a multi-disciplined Engineering and Architevture firm, Joe is now leading efforts to promaote innovation within the firm as the Director of Innovatiomn. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Parkhill, Smith & Cooper, Inc., the firm grew its full-time staff by 40 percent and opened 4 new offices. During Joe’s tenure, PSC implemented several strategic initiatives, including the PSC Leadership Academy and The Building Community Investment (BCI) Program to give back to local communities through grants, pro-bono services, employee gift matching, and volunteer service. Joe has served in numerous civic and professional roles throughout his career including President of TSPE in 2018-19.
  • Megan Schultz, P.E., LEED AP
    Megan Schultz, P.E., LEED AP
    Member
     BIO Megan Schultz is a Civil Engineer with LandDesign, a national design firm offering urban design, planning, civil engineering and landscape architecture solutions. With a passion for sustainability, Megan works to provide innovative and responsible engineering solutions in stormwater management, hydrology, infrastructure planning and land development. Megan has been involved in NSPE Professional Engineers in Construction Interest Group, and enjoys supporting and encouraging the next generation of engineers and architects through the ACE Mentorship Program of Charlotte.
  • Vatsal Shah, P.E.
    Vatsal Shah, P.E.
    Member
     BIO Dr. Vatsal Shah, PE is a decorated Professional Engineer, Adjunct Professor, and avid NSPE volunteer. During the day, Vatsal is a practicing Professional Engineer with over 15 years of practical experience and licenses in 17 states. He is Vice President and Geotechnic Practice Lead for North America at Mott MacDonald, a global consulting engineering and construction management firm with over 16,000 staff worldwide. He is an active Adjunct Professor at both New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and NYU Tandon School of Engineering, teaching courses in civil and geotechnical engineering. He is Past-President of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, and active for over 10 years in NSPE-sponsored MATHCOUNTS event as State Coordinator. Dr. Shah was honored as NSPE's Young Engineer of the Year for 2019.