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Severson Completes ACEC WI Future Leaders Institute

by Jessica Pairrett 18. June 2015 08:45

Congratulations to Brad Severson, P.E., transportation project manager in R.A. Smith National’s Appleton office! Severson recently completed the Future Leaders Institute leadership and career development series offered by the American Council of Engineering Companies-Wisconsin chapter
(ACEC WI).

The ACEC Future Leaders Institute is a program focused on developing professionals and preparing individuals to be successful in future project management and principal positions. Concentrating on the non-technical aspects of engineering, the Institute promotes relationship building,
goal setting and action planning. A wide array of design professionals in Wisconsin can participate in the program, including those with engineering, architectural, historical,
planning and surveyor backgrounds. Learn more about the Future Leaders Institute.

“Leading up to the start of the program, past attendees felt I would really enjoy the program and explained how much they benefited from attending the Future Leaders Institute,” said Severson. “The program far exceeded those lofty expectations.  There are numerous aspects from each session that I will be able to apply daily to improve both my personal and professional life.”

ACEC WI honored all participants during a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015. The ceremony took place during the organization’s annual meeting on May 21, 2015, at Discovery World in Milwaukee. 

John Kastner of R.A. Smith National Selected Wisconsin’s Young Engineer of the Year

by Jessica Pairrett 17. June 2015 10:03

John Kastner, P.E., group manager with R.A. Smith National — a multi-disciplined civil engineering and surveying firm — headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., has received the 2014-2015 Wisconsin Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE). The award was presented during the WSPE Discovery Conference on May 27.

The WSPE Young Engineer of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession. Individuals who are named to receive this award are recognized by their peers for their outstanding performance in engineering and their ability and willingness to serve the engineering profession as leaders to the future. Prior to receiving the State award, in February 2015 Kastner received the 2014 Young Engineer of the Year Award from WSPE’s Milwaukee Metro Chapter.

Kastner has more than 12 years of experience in various engineering construction and design roles for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, local governments and private developers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is an MBA candidate at Marquette University.

WSPE, a Wisconsin chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers, is an organization that supports the ethical practice of professional engineering.

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