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Young Civil Engineering Professionals Volunteer at STEM Expo

by Jessica Pairrett 20. October 2016 12:09

Andy, Andrew and Tracy

Members of R.A. Smith National’s Young Professionals Group shared their love of engineering and science by volunteering at the ASCE–Wisconsin Section’s STEM Expo on Saturday, October 8. Attendees of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Expo included kids of all ages, from elementary through high school.

One of the exploration station tables led by the R.A. Smith National volunteers focused on disappearing water. By pouring colored water over a salt compound, participants discovered the salt’s high absorbency property. The water “disappeared” and was absorbed by the salt, bringing into question the importance of soil properties and stability as they relate to infrastructure and foundations.

At another station, the firm’s volunteers helped participants explore the basics of buoyancy through the “Build a Watercraft” activity. Using straws, tape, plastic wrap and a cup, children were prompted to build a model that could float. Once confident with their watercraft, they tested it out by placing it in the water with as many weights as possible in the cup until their model went under water.

A fun day was had by all, parents included, as simple science experiments were used to demonstrate real-world engineering concepts such as absorbency, soil stability and buoyancy. The event was held at the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus in downtown Milwaukee. In addition to having four volunteers representing the firm, R.A. Smith National was also a bronze sponsor of the event.

In the photos below, civil engineer Andrew Stasiukevicius helps children with the disappearing water experiment.
In the photo above are R.A. Smith National volunteers Andy Utic, Andrew Stasiukevicius and Tracy Diamond (Kristian Nygaard not shown).

Katie Havener and Richard Gebhart Join R.A. Smith National

by Karen Wiesneski 18. October 2016 08:38

Katie Havener and Richard Gebhart have joined R.A. Smith National as civil engineers, Havener in the land development services division serving the private sector and Gebhart in the municipal services division. Havener and Gebhart both held co-op positions with the firm while earning their bachelor's degrees. R.A. Smith National is a multi-disciplined civil and structural engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis. with offices nationwide.

Havener recently earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She assists project managers with the design, drafting and permitting of various projects. Her experience includes the design of grading, storm water management, water main, sanitary sewer and paving plans. She has worked on a variety of projects including Mayfair Mall (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Portillo’s (Brookfield, Wis. and Gurnee, Ill.) and Jersey Gardens Mall (Elizabeth, N.J.).


Gebhart recently earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His responsibilities are primarily focused on sanitary sewer flow monitoring which includes assistance in the collection of data, processing, GIS mapping and analysis, and the report preparation process. He has worked on projects for the cities of Appleton and Waukesha, among other municipal clients. Gebhart also has experience in providing construction observation, construction inspection and culvert inspection.


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