On August 26th, Mr. Kashif Khan, PE assumed the role of President of IEI, succeeding Mr. Michael Sutton, PE, who served as President and CEO since purchasing the company in 1997. Mr. Sutton will remain Chief Executive Officer.
Chicago, IL (September 14, 2021) — Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (IEI) is pleased to announce that Aaron Patterson, PE, PTOE has been promoted to Design Group Manager to lead the efforts of the design team at the firm’s corporate headquarters in Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Patterson will now be responsible for managing Chicago’s design team while overseeing the design and coordination of several projects. He will mentor the next generation of IEI engineers and share knowledge of industry standards and best practices.
With more than 14 years of design and transportation experience, Mr. Patterson will focus on continuing to develop the firm’s design capabilities to deliver successful solutions for our clients’ most challenging projects. He and his team will oversee key client relationships, proposal development, and project execution.
Mr. Patterson originally joined IEI in 2012 as a project engineer and his tenure has included several complex projects, most recently serving as the CDOT Aldermanic Menu Program Manager since 2019. His broad experience includes design, project management, coordination, and quality assurances for all phases of project development – particularly for highway, local roadway, pedestrian facilities, traffic, and bridge design.
Aaron Patterson studied applied physics at Morehouse College, civil engineering at Columbia University and earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and New York and certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE).
IEI is confident that Mr. Patterson is well-positioned to build upon IEI’s reputation for excellence and contribute to our firm’s expansion and our clients’ success. “Aaron has excelled at always putting our clients’ needs first. We’re enthusiastic and eager to see his continued growth as he rises to the challenge of inspiring our younger engineers to follow in his footsteps,” states Ken Smorynski, Vice President and Chicago Operations Leader.
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (IEI) today announces a series of leadership transitions effective immediately.
Kashif Khan, PE, the company’s current Executive Vice President, will become President of IEI, succeeding Michael Sutton, PE, who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since purchasing the company in 1997. Mr. Sutton will retain the position of Chief Executive Officer.
” I am honored, humbled and excited by the opportunity to serve as IEI President,” commented Mr. Khan. “IEI is a purpose-driven civil engineering firm that is poised for continued growth. We have an unparalleled diverse workforce of over 100 staff members who are committed to delivering exceptional service to our clients and creating value for all our stakeholders. This transition would not have been possible without the hard work of our team, the partnerships that we have with our clients, and the leadership of Michael Sutton. I have worked beside Michael for more than 15 years, and I personally understand how significant his contributions have been. His dedicated leadership of the business and the passion with which he lives IEI values provide an example for all of us. I am delighted that Michael will remain part of IEI to continue to help guide the firm during these exciting times in our industry and I look forward to working with him on the firm’s strategic initiatives.”
“Leading IEI and its people since the company’s founding has been an absolute honor and privilege,” said Mr. Sutton. “I am immensely proud of what we have achieved in establishing and then transforming ourselves into the solid company we are today. Even so, there is so much more ahead for us to achieve. Building on our firm foundation, IEI has a bright future with strong growth opportunities, and no one is better suited to lead us into this future than Kashif Khan. Kashif has been a true partner in everything we’ve accomplished. He is dedicated to meeting and exceeding the needs of our clients and committed to upholding the values that anchor our firm. I could not be more confident in Kashif and look forward to continuing to work with him as CEO.”
Since joining IEI in 2006, Mr. Khan, PE has held key leadership roles, with project delivery, sales and business operations. He was instrumental in the launch of IEI’s Indianapolis office and helped transform the location into a focused and profitable cost center. In 2011, Mr. Khan became a shareholder and a principal of the firm. As Executive Vice President, he oversaw the firm’s project delivery with a focus on improving operational efficiencies. As President, Mr. Khan has oversight of all key functional areas of the firm and will manage day to day operational matters. He is a strong believer in community service, which mirrors the IEI belief of giving back to the community in which we live and work. Mr. Khan received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from City University of New York, Grove School of Engineering and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.
IEI is pleased to highlight the women in our workforce during this International Women in Engineering Day. IEI is committed to supporting gender diversity in the AEC industry and is proud of the contributions that women make to the success of our firm!
IEI celebrates National Women’s History month and the monumental impact that women have made throughout the globe in many fields, including science and engineering. In 1946, Hattie Scott Peterson was the first African American woman in the U.S. to earn a degree in civil engineering. She graduated from Howard University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, started her career with the US Geological Survey and then succeeded on to become the first African American woman engineer in the US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE).
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (IEI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Ken Smorynski, PE, SE to Vice President and the Chicago Office Operations Leader. In his new role, Mr. Smorynski will oversee IEI’s design, program management and construction inspection staff. He will also be responsible for staff development, lead generation, client relations, contract management and overseeing day-to-day activities.
For nearly eight years, Mr. Smorynski managed the Chicago Design team and under his leadership, the Design Group more than doubled its revenue and took on more complex projects, which has been an essential part of the office’s growth.
In addition to his role as Design Group Manager, Mr. Smorynski was also the Project Manager of the CDOT Jackson Park Mobility Improvements project that includes delivery of Phase I and Phase II engineering services to support the South Lakefront Framework Plan. This $145M project is designed to provide significant transportation improvements to increase safety, roadway mobility, and pedestrian accommodations in and around Jackson Park in preparation for the Obama Presidential Center. The project was very challenging in that it involved working on complex Phase I preliminary engineering and environmental assessment services concurrently with Phase II final design engineering services. The Phase I environmental assessment entailed two lead federal agencies, the National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration; and sought to balance providing mobility improvements while at the same time avoiding or minimizing impacts to the various environmental and historic resources in the project area.
Ken embodies the core values IEI was built on and he has the respect of his colleagues and clients alike. “This promotion recognizes the contributions Ken has made during his tenure with IEI and I look forward to experiencing greater Chicago Office growth as Ken settles into his new role,” said IEI President, Michael Sutton.
An accomplished structural engineer, Mr. Smorynski holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering; and recently earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. His expertise, skill and leadership will enhance business operations and expand IEI’s project footprint throughout Chicagoland.
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (IEI) supports many causes that help transform lives and enrich communities both locally and nationally. IEI’s commitment to community outreach is a part of the firm’s corporate essence. During this Black History month of celebration, the firm stands behind Northwestern University’s (NU) efforts to create bright and promising futures for NU’s black/African American students. Considering the firm’s commitment, Michael Sutton, IEI’s President and Northwestern University Alum, gave the first payment of a financial pledge to Northwestern University through IEI’s philanthropic arm – Infrastructure Engineering Foundation (IEF). The financial gift will help advance the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts pertaining to black/African American students . The news of this contribution is highlighted in the Winter 2021 issue of Northwestern Magazine. Click here to read more
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. Executive Vice President, Kashif Khan, joined other industry leaders for the Office of Minority and Women Business Development’s (OMWBD Indianapolis) 13th Annual Year-End Forum. The virtual panel discussion addressed the unique impacts of the pandemic on XBE firms and what to expect in 2021. The forum included City Council President, Vop Osili, along with representatives from city agencies who spoke about the upcoming opportunities and expectations of the City from all stakeholders responsible for delivering services and goods to the City of Indianapolis. More than 100 people attended a day of information, inspiration, encouragement, and vision.
Amidst an unexpected and unforeseen 2020, IEI continued to be present with businesses, leaders and the youth throughout the communities we serve.
In addition to the many organizations and causes IEI supports, President and CEO, Michael Sutton participated in a number of panels, spoke to a group of engineering students and supported several programs in 2020.
Michael joined a virtual panel discussion with the Black Business Empowerment Commission to discuss the impact that Covid-19 had on Black Businesses, as well as the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey’s (AACCNJ) Black Business Month’s webinar series. He also presented for The Science Consortium of Minority Schools (SCMS) with other notable leaders to inspire and encourage women and minority students to consider careers in engineering.
To learn more about IEI’s outreach and philanthropy visit us on the web: https://www.infrastructure-eng.com/about/community-support/ or follow us: https://www.linkedin.com/company/infrastructure-engineering-inc./.