Presenters

ASCE Geotechnical Engineering

Roger Failmezger

President, In-Situ Soil Testing L.C.

Roger Failmezger received his B.S.C.E. from Lehigh University in 1981 and his M.E.C.E. from the University of Florida in 1982. He is a professional engineer licensed in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. He was appointed a Fellow by ASCE in 2006 and became a diplomate of geotechnical engineering in 2013. He organized and edited (with Brian Anderson) the “Second International Conference on the Flat Dilatometer Test” in Washington, D.C. in 2006.

Environmental Design and Water Resources

Josh Cackley

Dam Safety Program Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers

I earned by BSCE from Purdue University in 2003. I have worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District since 2003, working in the structural design section for 12 years before becoming the District's Dam Safety Program Manager in 2015. After the historic flooding in the spring of 2019, the City of Davenport, Iowa requested assistance from the Corps to investigate the cause of the HESCO failure in order to improve their flood plan for future high water events. I lead the investigation and performed the engineering evaluation for the Corps.

Nicole Gleason

Public Works Director/Assistant City Administrator, City of Davenport

Nicole has been the Public Works Director for three years. Prior to working for the city, she spent nearly 15 years in private sector supply management and logistics.

Curtis Miller

US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District

Curtis Miller has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Omaha District for over 18 years, all in the Hydraulics Section of the Hydrologic Engineering Branch. Curtis has worked on a wide range of projects including dam safety, levee safety, planning studies, and emergency response to floods and hurricanes. Curtis has B.S and M.S degrees from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has been a P.E. in Nebraska since 2007.

ASCE Land Survey

Chad Stewart

Construction Risk and Safety
Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann

Chad joined CSDZ in 2015 and brings over 20 years of construction experience to his clients. He began his construction journey in the 1990’s as a union carpenter apprentice and, after achieving Journeyman status, he moved into the site Foreman role. Over the next 7 years, Chad concentrated on construction management where he consulted with organizations on a nationwide scale. His talent was focused on developing strategies to measurably improve construction risk objectives for increasing profitability potential, improving efficiencies and reducing costs. Chad was the Safety and Training Manager for a national contractor before coming to CSDZ where his attention was on gas/oil transmission and distribution, utilities and municipal construction. During this time, Chad earned the "National Safety Person of the Year" award from the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) in 2013.

Tim McClung

Planning and Outreach Manager
Iowa DOT

Tim McClung is the Planning and Outreach Manager for the Iowa DOT’s Aviation Bureau. In addition to his normal duties, Tim has been involved with unmanned aircraft integration in Iowa by working with FAA, airports, pilots, first responders and law enforcement. He has also played a lead role in implementing the use of unmanned aircraft at the Iowa DOT. He has been with the Iowa DOT since 2003 and is a licensed commercial pilot and Part 107 certified unmanned aircraft pilot.

Steve Zeets

CEO and Founder
Whirrx

Whirrx is a drone company built by surveyors for surveyors. Whirrx was born after our Terraplane customers began asking to purchase the drone system due to our unique ability to achieve 1cm vertical accuracy in a survey deliverable. We provide a standardized drone system, along with cloud software processing and training to make drones finally work for you, the surveyor.

ASCE Transportation

Adam Shell

Iowa DOT

Adam serves as the Program Manager and the department’s subject matter expert for the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Technology Program. He develops, advances and maintains the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program within the Highway Division. Adam also conducts and coordinates various GIS activities in the Office of Traffic Operations.

Daniel McGehee

The University of Iowa

Daniel McGehee has been obsessed with car crashes for over 20 years. He is interested in every aspect of them - from how, when and why they occur, to technologies for avoiding them altogether. His driver performance, distraction, and technology development research has led to innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations involving engineering, medicine, and public health. McGehee's research has helped policy makers to improve government safety standards, as well as state and federal laws. While the first generation of safety systems were designed to help protect occupants in cars, his research deals with preventing or reducing the severity of crashes. Such technologies will ultimately lead to higher levels of automation on our roads.

ASCE Structural

Ross Smith

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Ross Smith is experienced in structural evaluation, building enclosure commissioning, unique failure investigations, repair design, and construction quality control. His work also includes structural and architectural failures related to water infiltration, fire, wind, snow, condensation and material failures. Mr. Smith also specializes in full-building condition surveys, coordinating multiple engineering disciplines for a comprehensive analysis and then assisting owners in developing and administering asset management systems. He is also experienced in new building design, sustainable construction, peer reviews, and litigation assistance.

Travis Konda

HNTB

Konda has design and construction experience with cable-stayed and tied-arch bridges and design-build projects. In addition to practicing bridge design, he has remained active academically by teaching two courses in structural analysis at the University of Kansas Edwards campus and co-authoring several articles. Konda and his wife, Ursula Deza (PhDCE’10), also actively support their local community garden and food shelter through volunteer efforts.