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Speakers & Program Mentors

Bhumipak (Luke) Auewarakul, EIT

Bhumipak (Luke) AuewarakulLuke Auewarakul is currently a Construction Claims & Scheduling Engineer at Capital Project Management, Inc. (CPMI) in New York City. He specializes in CPM scheduling of construction projects, along with analysis and preparation of delay and disruption disputes. Luke has assisted in the evaluation of over $500M + in construction claims.

Luke graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering with concentrations in Structural Engineering and Construction Management. He was the secretary of the local ASCE chapter at Columbia University and a member of the Steel Bridge team representing Columbia University at the regional Student Steel Bridge Competition. Currently, Luke is a new member of the ASCE CI YPC and is looking forward to attending his first Student Days. View LinkedIn Profile.

Daniel (Dan) Becker, CCM, PMP

Dan BeckerDan has over 40 years’ experience working with clients developing their capital projects. For over 16 years Dan worked for general contractors. For over 24 years he worked for public agencies providing project and construction management services focusing on alternative project delivery. He recently “retired” to work part time.

Dan led teams to develop projects around the western states including Washington, California, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona. Project costs ranging from $500,000 to over $1.0 billion included bridges, roadways, water, wastewater, airports, rail, commercial and community facilities.

Dan holds certifications from the Construction Management Association of America (CCM), and the Project Management Institute (PMP). He is on the Board of Governors for the ASCE Construction Institute and is a founding member of the Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee. He formally served on the board of the Puget Sound Chapter of Construction Management Association of America and currently serves as a delegate to the Engineers Joint Construction Document Committee (EJCDC).

Dan provides construction management training for organizations and at local Universities. He has presented sessions to clients and at trade group conferences on various construction management topics including contract and risk management, quality control, and changes/claims mitigation management. View LinkedIn Profile.

Carlos Bertha, PhD, A.M.ASCE

Dr. Carlos BerthaDr. Carlos Bertha is a Professor of Philosophy at the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida (USF) in 1989. After working at the Savannah District Corps of Engineers for 5 years, he returned to USF, this time to study philosophy. He has been at USAFA for over 20 years, teaching Ethics, Analytic Philosophy, Symbolic Logic, and Philosophy of Science.

Carlos recently retired from the US Army Reserve after 30 years of service, achieving the rank of Colonel. He served a combat tour with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Gardez, Afghanistan. Carlos was an instructor for the Command and General Staff Officers Course, focusing on organizational leadership, joint doctrine, and professional ethics. His last assignment was Deputy Commander of the Army EPLO Group, under the 76th Operational Response Command, in Salt Lake City, UT, which works to integrate Army assets to US disaster response efforts. Carlos enjoys going to the beach, riding his bike, and even snowboarding when the conditions are right. View LinkedIn Profile.

Caroline Best, EIT

Caroline BestCaroline Best is a Junior Engineer at Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) in Albany, NY. She received a BS in Civil Engineering with a Mathematics Minor from Western New England University (WNEU) located in Springfield, MA in the Spring of 2019. The last two years she has worked on bridge and culvert design along with hydraulic sizing of these structures. Types of projects she has been involved with range from smaller town and county work to larger bridges such as the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge over the Hudson River and the Hunts Point Interstate Access Improvement Project in the Bronx. Prior to full time employment at GPI, she spent all four years of her summer and winter breaks interning at GPI on highway, bridge, and underwater projects.

While in college, she held various positions such as Open House Associate, First Year Seminar Assistant, and a Peer Tutor for Women in STEM. Caroline was heavily involved in clubs and societies on her campus and dedicated much of her time to improving her school’s American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) chapter. Under her leadership as President, WNEU’s ASCE chapter was able to design and build a steel bridge to start participating in the American Institute of Steel Construction’s (AISC) Steel Bridge Competition. While in college, she enjoyed studying abroad in Qingdao, China, and traveling to Stanford University in California to participate in the University Innovation Fellows program. Additionally, she attended Student Days 2018 in San Diego, CA. During her senior year, Caroline participated in research where she was able to co-author an article in the Geotechnical Engineering field.

Advice to Students: Explore the opportunities you're given while in college and seek out those which may interest you. It will help you determine what type of job/ position you may enjoy the most and be successful in once you enter the workforce. View LinkedIn Profile.

Aubrey Borgesi, EIT

Aubrey BorgesiAubrey Borgesi is a Civil-Structural Engineer at National Grid in Syracuse, NY. She received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in 2020. Along with working as a civil engineer, she is also working towards receiving her Masters of Science in Engineering Management and planning on graduating in December 0f 2022. Aubrey is the Local Chapters Committee chair of the CI YPC and she attended Student Days in 2018 in San Diego. View LinkedIn Profile.

Chris Cambero

Chris CamberoChris is the VDC manager for all of our Colorado operations. Chris has an extensive knowledge of most of the cutting edge technologies and software’s used in the construction industry. Chris works with inputting logistics into 2d images and fly through videos to help communicate the plan to every member of the team. In addition to site logistics, Chris works with the construction team on BIM models, clash detection, in the field visualizations, AR, VR, and any new software that fits project needs. 

Daniel Cook, P.E., S.E., P.Eng.

Daniel CookAfter returning to Lehigh University to complete his graduate studies in structural engineering, Daniel Cook joined Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) in 2008. Over the last decade plus, he has participated in a variety of projects involving structural investigation, condition assessment, repair and rehabilitation of existing structures, new structural design, construction engineering, and demolition planning.

Mr. Cook is the current President of the ASCE Construction Institute (CI) National Board of Governors. He is also a Past-Chair of the Boston Chapter of CI, a regular guest lecturer at Lehigh University, and a former Adjunct Faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology where he taught Temporary Structures to graduate students. View LinkedIn Profile.

John Gellings, LEED AP

John GellingsJohn is a Senior Superintendent in Whiting‐Turner and runs our Colorado field operations. He has been with Whiting‐Turner for 15 years and worked on a wide range of projects from a rise in downtown Denver, University housing and academic buildings, large retail complexes, data centers, and governmental work. The project sites that John oversees cover the entire front range from Pueblo up to Fort Collins, and also some projects in Tulsa and Salt Lake City. As part of many of the projects John has been on he has had do many road closures and work with large site logistics, whether it be in the heart of downtown or navigating the complex closures of College streets and pedestrian paths. View LinkedIn Profile.

Bobbie Gilmour, EIT, CDT, ENV SP

Bobbie GilmourBobbie is a civil and environmental engineer with experience in water and wastewater treatment, pumping, and pipeline projects. She works on planning, design, and construction projects for municipalities, including support for project task coordination, design and cost analysis, and document control/management and certified payroll for federal funding.

Bobbie's recent work involves providing third-party construction management or engineering services during construction; and she has worked full-time in the field on projects up to $350 million in constructed value. She provides dependable, responsive field support to several project teams to coordinate meetings, organize documents and reports, support public relations, coordinate internal/external communications, and other project needs as assigned.

Bobbie is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), including active leadership in ASCE's Seattle Younger Members Forum as the current President.

Advice to Students: Never stop asking questions! The job is always changing and new technologies and resources are coming out all the time. Take time to learn on your own, but never stop learning from the people that you work with and others in the profession. View LinkedIn Profile.

Douglas Gransberg

Douglas GransbergDouglas D. Gransberg is the president of Gransberg & Associates, Inc., a construction management and project delivery consulting firm. G&A has been retained by 24 state Departments of Transportation as a project delivery consultant and has assisted 4 states in changing their enabling legislation to permit alternative project delivery methods. In 2017, he retired from his position as a full professor and the Donald and Sharon Greenwood Endowed Chair of Construction Engineering at Iowa State University. Before moving to academia in 1994, he spent over twenty years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he completed his first design-build project in 1985. He also He has published more than 200 journal articles as well as four books on the subject of alternative project delivery. View LinkedIn Profile.

Gabrielle Grompone, EIT

Gabrielle GromponeGabby works as a Construction Project Engineer for a General Contractor in New Jersey. She has worked on projects ranging from $60M+ heavy highway/heavy civil, utility and water infrastructure , particularly inclusive of bridges, new roadways, culverts, existing roadway widening, gas main, water main, electric and fiber overhead and conduit, substations, GIS Buildings, sign structures, well pumps, and water treatment facilities. In addition to the typical responsibilities at ones company, Gabby is also the first East Coast Regional Leader of Women in Construction (Network of Women) and the Co-Leader of the Equipment Idle Reduction Team.

Gabby graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (2017), M.S. in Civil Engineering specialized in Construction Management and Structural Design (2020), and Graduate Certification of Construction Management. In her undergraduate years, she performed many extracurricular research projects as well as mentoring younger students projects. These projects resulted in the first award won, and first place, for the Civil Engineering Department from the Dana Knox Research showcase, induction into the Scientific Research Society, becoming a published Author of an Engineering Children’s Book, amongst many other feats. She was a participant in Student Days in 2016 and 2017, returning as a Young Professional immediately after.

Gabby is now the Construction Institute, YPC, Chair. In her tenure, she has set forth new initiatives in order to create an open culture of learning and advancement by developing young professionals technical understanding, expanding the YPC and leadership opportunities, and providing networking and mentoring opportunities with more experienced professionals. Her ultimate goal has been to create relationships amongst engineers, horizontally and vertically, to allow these connections to act as friendly resources throughout ones career. Gabby strives to provide the participants of Student Days all the YPC has to offer. In her eyes, the best construction takeaways from Student Days which are comparable to those of the profession itself, are the abilities to push yourself out of your comfort zone, to think outside of the box, to problem solve and provide solutions with many possible answers without one ‘fool-proof’ 1+1=2 solution, to harness the strengths of all team members current abilities and potential, and to be aware and take advantage of all resources. View LinkedIn Profile.

Bob Hays, P.E.

Bob HaysBob Hays has spent the past 18 years in engineering roles with the Colorado Department of Transportation. He currently serves as project director for CDOT’s Central 70 project, leading the management of all pre‐construction and construction activities. He has been an integral part of the Central 70 team since the very beginning – previously serving as design manager, where he managed the development and execution of the project’s RFP and technical proposal elements. Prior to the Central 70 Project, Hays served as design manager for phases 1 and 2 of the US 36 Managed Lanes Project. Prior to working on major infrastructure projects, Hays served as the CDOT Resident Engineer in Boulder.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is licensed by both the State of Colorado and the Design Build Institute of America.

Emma Herr, EIT

Emma HerrEmma Herr is an Office Engineer with Max J Kuney Construction. She currently assists project managers with project management tasks and temporary formwork and falsework design.

Emma graduated from Iowa State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Certificate in Leadership. She is heavily involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers Young Professional Council and hold the position of Professional Development Chair. View LinkedIn Profile.

Michael Kelly, P.E.

Michael KellyMichael Kelly is a Highway Project Engineer with JMT in Houston, TX. Michael earned his Bachelors of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 2012. He passed the Professional Engineer exam in April 2017. After working for 5 years in Maryland, he relocated to Houston. After a brief stint away, Michael returned to JMT and has been back for 2 years. Michael’s main area of focus is highway design but also has experience with traffic control design, signing and pavement marking design, project management and disaster recovery analysis.

Advice to Students: Never stop learning, seek opportunities to work extra and don’t be afraid to relocate for an opportunity. 

Hunter Mandernach, EIT

Hunter MandernachHunter Mandernach is a Civil Engineer Intern at Shive-Hattery in West Des Moines, Iowa. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 2020. During his time at Iowa State, Hunter was involved in the ASCE student chapter and attended CI Student Days in 2019. After having a handful of summer internships in different areas of civil engineering, his professional career has started out with designing roadways and stormwater resources around the Des Moines metro area. Hunter is working towards obtaining his Professional Engineer (PE) license in a few years.

Advice to Students: Enjoy Student Days! It's tough work, but you make great connections. Act like a sponge and absorb as much information as you can in this short time. Your learning will never stop! View LinkedIn Profile.

Saumil Maniar, P.E., PMP

Saumil ManiarSaumil Maniar is a Director with PMA Consultants out of their New York office. He leads their cost estimating and project controls practice. PMA is 50 year certified minority firm with offices in the US and internationally.

Mr. Maniar has worked in the field for 13 years. During this time he has worked on heavy civil projects across the US, including in New York, Colorado, South Carolina, and New Mexico among others. He has developed and negotiated cost estimates for federal agencies, state agencies, Fortune 100 companies and various contractors. He is currently leading teams on LGA Airport AirTrain program, CoDoT's MIRA program, FTA Small Starts and a Volvo manufacturing facility. View LinkedIn Profile.

Ian McKane, EIT, A.M. ASCE

Ian McKaneIan McKane is currently a Civil Engineer with the Philadelphia Water Department working in the Construction Unit. Within the Construction Unit Ian works as a Resident Engineer and Inspector at The City of Philadelphia’s largest drinking water treatment plant. Currently, Ian is managing projects that include the replacement of the flocculator shaft and bearing systems, the dredging and disposal of sediment from the raw water basin, and the construction of a backup filter control system.

Recently Ian graduated from Villanova University with a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering. While at Villanova, Ian worked as a Graduate Research Assistant studying Green Stormwater Infrastructure with a specific focus on studying fine sediment and nutrient transport over time. Ian also earned a Bachelors 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. Through connections made in ASCE, Ian attended the Student Days Competition in 2017. Ian is currently a member of the ASCE Construction Institute Young Professionals Council as the Sponsorship Chair. View LinkedIn Profile.

Jeff Mehl

Jeff MehlJeff is a Superintendent with Whiting‐Turner out of our Fort Collins office and been with Whiting‐Turner for just over 10 years. Most of Jeff's career has been in Northern Colorado working at CU and CSU on housing and dinning projects, lab projects, and university buildings. Jeff has also done some large food and beverage work for a cheese manufacturer in Greeley and for the past year has been working in the healthcare industry. Jeff has worked closely with our VDC team to integrate site logistics, complex crane work, and public right of way closures into 3d visuals to communicate the plan well before the work needs to take place. View LinkedIn Profile.

Chad Morrison, P.E.

Chad MorrisonChad Morrison, P.E. is celebrating 20 years with the Berlin Steel Construction Company, a career that began in high school as a miscellaneous steel detailer. As an engineer, he is responsible for the design of structural steel connections and miscellaneous steel items including stairs, rails, and other architectural features. His design work is not only focused on safety of the general public, but also the field and shop workers who make it a reality.

Chad earned his Masters degree from the University of Rhode Island and currently serves as President of the ASCE Rhode Island Section. View LinkedIn Profile.

Nathan O'Donnell

Nathan O'DonnellNathan is a graduate from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He currently works as a Project Engineer for the Weitz Company in South Florida. After 4 years of involvement in ASCE as a gator engineer serving as president of his chapter and project manager of his concrete canoe team, Nathan is still active in ASCE with the Construction Institute. As a student in the 2019 Student Days program, Nathan is now helping put the program on and will be a young professional (YP) mentor during the competition. Nathan is also leading the charge to develop a sustaining student conference competition for the ASCE student conferences. He hopes that this competition will be another way students can learn about construction engineering and that it will inspire students to want to build a better future for our world as engineers. One of Nathan's favorite quotes is "Doctors save lives one at a time, but engineers save the lives of thousands".

Advice to Students: Understand WHY you want a job before you figure out WHAT you want that job to be. What are you great at, what is important to you, and how can you make it a service to the world. That is your passion. That is your purpose. View LinkedIn Profile.

David Ponte, P.E., CCM, CFCC

David PonteDavid has more than 35 years of experience in the design, construction, and management of large, complex construction projects. This experience includes the preparation of detailed construction cost estimates and project budgets; development of large, complex CPM schedules, and the preparation/analysis of construction claims. David has provided strategic risk management and dispute resolution expertise to owners, contractors, design professionals, insurance carriers, and attorneys.

In addition, David is a contributing author to several construction claim related publications, has published several articles on construction cost estimates, and has presented on numerous topics pertaining to construction claims.

His area of expertise includes the forensic analysis of complex design and construction issues; development and analysis of multifaceted CPM schedules; preparation of detailed expert opinions/reports encompassing both technical and quantum construction issues; as well as the development & analysis of construction costs and budgets. View LinkedIn Profile.

Anthony M. Puntin, P.E., F. ASCE

Anthony M. PuntinTony is currently a Project Manager for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.  He has 29 years of experience in the civil engineering industry with a focus on transportation projects and project management. Tony is also an adjunct professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the coordinator of the Capstone Program for the Civil/Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Departments. Tony has worked for several consulting companies and served as the Executive Director of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. 

A 1992 graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Tony has served on their Civil and Environmental Advisory Council since 2010. He and his wife Beverly live in Concord, New Hampshire. He has two daughters, Alexandra is a nurse and Haley is an environmental engineer. View LinkedIn Profile.

Ryan Sauer

Ryan SauerRyan is a Vice President with PC Construction based in South Burlington, VT. He is overseeing Construction projects in VT, NH and NY.

He received a BS in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in 2004. Upon graduation he worked in and around New York City for Kiewit Construction Company. Ryan was one of the Co‐Founders of the ASCE CI Young Professionals Council and is currently on CI’s Board of Directors. He was recognized as one of ENR New England’s 2019 top young professionals. View LinkedIn Profile.

Mike Schubert, EIT

Mike SchubertMike works for the Arizona Department of Transportation as a Construction Project Supervisor. His duties include being the lead inspector, solving issues between the state and the contractor at the field level, and writing supplemental agreements. For you Office fans. Mike would be the Jim Halpert to Michael Scott. Michael Scott would be the Resident Engineer doing the big picture stuff, while Mike handles the day to day operations of the active projects.

Mike is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. He has been with ADOT for almost 9 years, with nearly half the time being an intern. Mike has been involved with the ASCE Construction Institute since competing at Student Days in 2017, and then becoming a mentor.

Advice to Students: Have fun. Don't stress if you don't know something. It's completely okay to ask for help if you're lost. We all have to start somewhere. View LinkedIn Profile.

Robert Sprotte, EIT

Robert SprotteRobert recently graduated Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Civil Engineering. He solidified his interest in construction after attending the Construction Institute Student Days conference during the summer of 2019. During his time at Cal Poly, he worked with a research team lead by Dr. Hani Alzraiee investigating various applications of drones in the construction industry. This work included a project titled Drone Applications in Construction and multiple conference papers published and presented at the ISARC 2020 online conference this past October. In August, he will start a job at the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company working on commercial construction projects in the Bay Area.

Advice to Students: Student Days is an incredible opportunity to learn about and make connections in the construction industry. My advice is to really put yourself out there and meet people. You never know who you’ll cross paths with in the future! View LinkedIn Profile.

Nalah Williams, EIT

Nalah WilliamsNalah is a Senior Project Designer with Core States Group in Dallas, TX. Nalah earned her Bachelors of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2019. She works on site design and land development projects for restaurants, gas stations, and commercial offices.

She serves as the Vice Governor for the Construction Institute's Young Professionals Council. Nalah also serves as the Event Coordinator for the ASCE Dallas Younger Members Group. She was a participant in Student Days in 2019 and won the competition with her team! Nalah also enjoys designing custom homes for her private clients and hopes to have her own construction management company one day to build those very homes. She loves mentoring students and showing them the available opportunities for a young, woman of color.

Advice to Students: Ask questions and don't be afraid to be the first to do it! View LinkedIn Profile.

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