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Agnes E. Weber, PE, CCM

Agnes Weber has 39 years of experience in the civil engineering field with emphasis in construction management of roadway, highway, bridge, and water facilities. Agnes began her career in San Diego for the California Department of Transportation. Over the past 28 years, she has served in the private sector starting with Vali Cooper & Associates, Inc. where she held a myriad of positions ranging from Contract Manager, Chief Operations Officer, President, to Chief Strategy Officer and including Secretary of the Board.

She is currently working for Gannett Fleming Inc. as a Senior Consultant supporting the Construction Services West Division. Agnes earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University in 1985. She is a registered civil engineer in California, Colorado, Nevada, and Texas and is a Construction Management of America Association Certified Construction Manager. Agnes is currently serving as a Governor on the American Society of Civil Engineering Construction Institute National Board of Governors. She is also an active member of the CMAA having served on local and national boards.

Rodney Mccoy, PE

Rodney McCoy has been the Central Division Schedule Manager for Flatiron Construction for almost 7 years. He has over Twenty-Five years of experience in Civil Engineering Design, Construction, and Project Controls. Rodney specializes in CPM Scheduling and is responsible for developing, maintaining, and analyzing project schedules. He also trains other employees on scheduling processes, procedures, means and methods.

Rodney is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is also a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. He has served for 15 years on the NCEES’ examination development committee. Rodney is inspired daily by his wife and their three teenage children.

Nils Gransberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Nils Gransberg is a member of Gransberg & Associates, Inc., a project management consulting firm specializing in the engineering and construction industry as a consultant for Federal, state, and private owners providing cost estimating services (conceptual, parametric, top-down, bottom-up), claims support, as well as capital program development, stochastic project cost modeling, project risk management and modeling, quality management, procurement support services, and training. Dr. Gransberg teaches BIM/VDC and heavy civil construction project management courses at the University of Oklahoma.

He teaches Construction Engineering professional development courses in Construction Administration, Cost Estimating, Scheduling, Design-Build Project Delivery, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiation Skills, and more for the American Society of Civil Engineers. Prior to joining G&A, he worked as a project manager for the University Oklahoma’s capital projects group managing CM-at-Risk, Design-Build, and ID/IQ contracts to develop and deliver building, utility, airfield, and road projects on the OU campus. Dr. Gransberg served 14 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, retiring at the rank of captain. Highlights of his military service include the design, management, and oversight of a $450 million transportation infrastructure construction program in Kandahar, Afghanistan including the design and construction of Route Hyena, a 22km long two-lane highway in Panjwa'i District.

Jeff Marshall

Jeff Marshall is a construction professional with over 30 years of extensive experience in heavy civil and transportation projects. Jeff began his career in construction working with his father’s small grading business at a young age. After completing high school and some college, he worked as a foreman for a construction firm in South Florida in 1988, where he honed his skills in site development projects. In 1993, he transitioned to managing landfill operations and construction as the District Manager for Waste Management Inc. in Miami, Florida. This role allowed Jeff to expand his expertise in environmental compliance and operational efficiency.

In 1999, Jeff joined R.B. Baker Construction, now Reeves Construction Co., where he took on the roles of Superintendent and Project Manager. Over the years, he has successfully managed numerous site development and heavy civil highway construction projects, overseeing all aspects from project timelines and budgets to subcontractor coordination and safety regulations. His comprehensive knowledge of DOT-specific processes, manuals, and specifications has been instrumental in the successful delivery of many projects.

Jeff currently holds the role of Construction Manager, overseeing and mentoring Project Engineers and Project Managers on various transportation and commercial site development projects around the coastal Georgia and South Carolina region.

Ian McKane

Ian McKane is currently a Resident Civil Engineer with the Philadelphia Water Department. Ian is currently managing a project to replace and construct a new portion of a high hazard dam in Philadelphia. The project includes the preservation of a historic lock and gatehouse structure as well as the reintroduction of flowing water through a new intake structure to a canal in the city. In the past Ian has worked on multiple mechanical, civil, and electrical projects at Philadelphia’s largest drinking water treatment plant. Ian graduated from Villanova University with a Master of Science in Civil Engineering.

While at Villanova, Ian worked as a Graduate Research Assistant studying temporal trends in sediment and nutrient transport in rain gardens. Ian also earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Rowan University. As a student at Rowan, Ian became involved with the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Ian competed in the Construction Institute Student Days Competition in 2017. Ian is currently the Vice Governor of the ASCE Construction Institute Young Professionals Council.

Yvonne Owusu-Safo

Ms. Owusu-Safo is the President/Owner of TransLand Engineering Group (TransLand), LLC that is located in Chicagoland area of Illinois. TransLand is a D/M/WBE Certified Civil Engineering firm that provides planning, design and construction management consulting services to public and private sectors such as Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, City of Chicago and other Agencies.

She holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and MBA from DePaul University. She has over 25 years of experience serving on projects as the project engineer, project manager, resident engineer, and construction manager, performing project scoping, alternative analysis, roadway design, bridge and roadway construction management, and writing grants for project funding.

Her areas of excellence include construction management and project cost estimating. In addition to serving on the ASCE-CI Board, she also serves as a commissioner on her town’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals as part of her dedication to understanding community needs, promoting neighborhood growth and redevelopment. In her free time, Ms. Owusu-Safo loves to play board games with her two children, watch movies, attending their sporting events, cooking, and sewing.

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