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
In her role as Director, she will be spearheading the Human Resources segment of the firm’s national strategy, while managing IEI’s essential HR functions, including planning and administration, recruitment, performance management, and growth and organizational development.
Ms. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee State University, a Master’s of Science (M.S.) in Industrial & Labor Relations from Loyola University Chicago, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D.). She is based out of the firm’s Corporate Chicago Office.
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./.
Infrastructure Engineering Inc. (IEI) is pleased to announce the promotion of Clint Ferguson, PE,
to Vice President of Business Development. In this new role, Mr. Ferguson will oversee the development of a cohesive local and national strategy, and key initiatives that will support IEI’s core business and targeted industries. He will serve as the primary business development liaison between the leadership of IEI’s respective regional operations, and will lead capture strategy, project risk assessment, collaboration, and coordination to build an even stronger organization for clients of the firm.
Mr. Ferguson led IEI’s Chicago Office Operations for more than seven years, where his technical skill, natural leadership and savvy business development acumen made him an exceptional partner. “Clint’s proven track record in winning work in our largest office as well as his deep understanding of the marketplace, project delivery and client satisfaction makes him the ideal choice for this role,” stated IEI President, Michael Sutton.