Role at Schemmer: Manager, Traffic Engineering and Project Manager
Road to Engineering. It’s ironic that I ended up as a traffic engineer after growing up in a place where the only traffic ‘signal’ in Harlan County, Nebraska was a flashing beacon, which controlled a crosswalk between the school and the football field/track.
In college, destiny stepped in when I saw an advertisement posted on the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Civil Engineering Department’s bulletin board for an undergraduate research assistant. Honestly, without being chosen to fill that position, I couldn’t say with complete confidence that I’d be a traffic engineer today. Fortunately, the position allowed me to work under the late Dr. Pat McCoy, who was one of the most well-known transportation engineering professors and researchers, not only in Nebraska, but across the United States. Working with him was formative in my early years and inspired me to continue in this particular sector of engineering.
Impact of Traffic Engineering in the Community. Although many outside of the civil engineering profession may take it for granted, without civil engineers, communities would struggle to survive as we know them today. As a traffic engineer, there can be obstacles to hurdle, but I take great pride in the work our industry performs, to make our streets, sidewalks, trails and highways operate safely and efficiently for the betterment of our communities.
Relationship with Clients. Simply put, working predominantly in the public sector, I like to see our clients perceived well in the eyes of the public at all times, especially throughout the duration of their projects. I strive to be an honest and dependable co-worker and business partner to our clients. Although it’s cliché, if our client is happy, I am happy.
Perspectives on the Future of Engineering. Vehicle-to-vehicle communications and self-driving vehicles, once implemented, will have a profound impact on the role of traffic engineers. I have yet to wrap my head around all of the impacts these technologies will have on our profession, however, these new developments will surely pose new challenges and pave way for more opportunities in this ever-changing industry.
Personal Goals and Passions. Outside of work you will find me spending time with my wife, Julie, and our two daughters at their team sporting events. I’m either watching or coaching them in soccer, softball or basketball.
Besides my Catholic faith I share with my family, everything else takes a back seat, no questions asked. Raising two respectful, caring and faith-filled daughters is very important to me. I’ll take 1% of the credit while giving the remaining credit to my wife.
Fun Fact. I am a twice retired high school basketball official. Earlier this month, I attended my 35th consecutive state basketball tournament. My dad and I share a love for the game of high school basketball – in fact, he was my high school basketball coach – and we share an annual tradition of attending (unfortunately, only as spectators) the boy’s state basketball tournament.