Industrial Advisory Board


The Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) consists of 15 industry professionals that meet four times a year. They help advise the Department Chair on what the professional needs and outlook of private enterprise and governmental agencies to help meet the needs of public, government, industry, and the State. They also help in fundraising, serve as a public relations medium, and helps disseminate information on the Department’s status to the legislature, state agencies, cities, and counties.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the IAB please contact Ashley Arpero.

Member Information


Todd Adams

Todd D. Adams is the Deputy Director at the Utah Division of Water Resources.  Todd directs the Planning Branch and oversees the Division’s and day to day operations, budget and serves as the Legislative Liaison.  Todd has been with the Utah Division of Water Resources since September 1990.  Before being promoted to Deputy Director in November 2013 he served as the: Assistant Director and managed the Planning Branch (7 years), Section Chief of the Hydrology and Computer Applications Section and the operational Cloud Seeding Coordinator for the State of Utah (6 years).  He is a member of the Bear River Commission Technical Advisory Committee, Virgin River Interstate Technical Committees and the Virgin River Resource Management and Recovery Program, University of Utah Civil Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board, State of Utah’s Resources Development Coordinating Committee and the Utah Water Users Association – Workshop Planning Committee.  Todd was raised in Logan, Utah where he graduated from Utah State University with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Water Resources.  Todd is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Utah.  Todd is married and has 3 daughters.

Bill Baranowski

Bill Baranowski P.E., is the president of RoundaboutsUSA located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bill is the City Traffic Engineer for West Jordan, Utah. Bill received his B.S. Degree (’86) in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah.  He also received an M.S. Degree (’89) in Civil Engineering from Brigham Young University.  Mr. Baranowski has worked in engineering since 1983 when he got his start as a sandbag and engineering intern for Salt Lake City Public Works during the spring floods of ’83 and ’84. He has nearly 20 years experience in the planning, design and construction of roundabouts in the USA.  He has been involved with roundabout design and analysis at local, state and national levels in the USA and in Mexico.  He has conducted all stages of roundabout projects and helped to design over 100 roundabouts constructed since 1995. His signature project is the roundabout constructed in 2003 at the main entrance to the University of Utah campus that incorporates a modern roundabout with a light rail train running through the center. Bill has also published several papers on roundabout design, pedestrian safety and traffic calming through his affiliation with the Transportation Research Board and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.


Mike Buehner

Michael Buehner, SE, is a Salt Lake City native, a licensed professional structural engineer, and Prinicpal with Reaveley Engineers + Associates.  He received a BUS degree in Asian Studies from the University of Utah in 1988 and worked in Tokyo, Japan, for 5 years before returning to Utah to earn a second degree from the U in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1997.   Mike has been a board member of the Structural Engineers Association of Utah, is a past Chairman of the Utah Engineers Council, and currently serves on the Structural Advisory Board to the Uniform Building Code Commission for the State of Utah.  Mike is the design engineer or project manager for several notable projects at the University of Utah including the LeRoy Cowles Building seismic upgrade and addition, Marriott Library seismic upgrade and addition, Warnock Engineering Building, Huntsman Cancer Institute Phases 2 and 3, The Orthopaedic Center, Health Sciences College North Parking Terrace & Helipad, Donna Garff Marriott Residential Scholars Community, and the Ambulatory Parking Structure.

Lonnie Bullard
Matthew Cassel, Chairman

Matthew Cassel is currently the Park City Engineer. Cassel has been an engineer for 25 years starting with the City of Indianapolis and most recently with Park City. Between stints with the City of Indianapolis and Park City, he worked 15 years for three different engineering consulting firms. Originally from Ohio (Go Indians! Go Browns!), he graduated from the University of Utah in Civil Engineering. In 1995, he returned to school (Butler University for two years) and ultimately earned his MBA from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.

Kim Clark

Ron Dunn

Ron Dunn

Ronald H. Dunn, Founder and President of Dunn Associates, Inc. a Salt Lake City based privately held Structural Engineering Company.  Dunn Associates, Inc. was founded in 1995 and has grown to one of the top revenue producing consulting engineering firms in the State. Ronald Dunn has been practicing as a professional engineer for over 30 years. Mr. Dunn is a licensed Professional Structural Engineer in over 40 States and is a participating member of several other Professional Organizations. A significant majority of Dunn Associates, Inc.’s projects are with private clients who include developers who reside both in the State of Utah and new clients moving to the State. Notable projects at the University of Utah include; Quinney School of Law, Museum of Natural History, Sutton Geology, Skaggs Pharmacy and the David Eccles School of Business. Ron has based his career on building client relationships.  His philosophy is that we are in the business to make our clients successful. This philosophy is mirrored in Ron’s community and philanthropic activities as well.  Five percent of his personal time is usually geared towards “giving back”. Mr. Dunn has served as President of The Structural Engineers Association of Utah, past Chair for the Engineers/Architects Committee for Utah Seismic Safety Commission, Chairman Ethics Committee SEAU.   Currently Mr. Dunn serves as Chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Utah, Industry Advisory Board.

Brett Hadley (Alum)
Bruce Hale

Heff Heden

Jeff Heden

Jeff Heden is the President and CEO of J. C. Heden and Associates, Inc. in San Diego, California. He has over 31 years of planning and design experience in the private and public engineering sectors with specific emphasis on water and wastewater facilities, water supply systems, transient flow pipe network modeling, wastewater force mains, large diameter water transmission pipelines, water and wastewater master plans, water pump stations, wastewater lift stations, potable and irrigation wells, reclaimed water delivery systems and closed-conduit hydraulics.

Matthew Hirst

Matthew Hirst

Mathew Hirst is the Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer for Caldwell Richards Sorensen in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a registered Professional Engineer in six states. Hirst received his B.S. (’99) and M.S (’07) from the University of Utah. As a Professional Engineer, Matt has been active in the engineering community for more than a decade. Matt has become an industry leader is several areas of civil engineering including: Infrastructure relocation from design to construction management, pavement management, and computer aided technology applied to engineering. Mr. Hirst has lead the infrastructure work on Legacy Parkway Phase I & II ($650M), the Access Utah County Program ($1B total value) and the I-15 CORE ($1.1B) which are some of the Utah Department of Transportation’s highest profile projects since 2001. Mr. Hirst has been leading a cutting edge pavement management project with Union Pacific Railroad since 2004, having worked with them on this project since 1995.  With a team of programmers, engineering designer and engineering planners, Matt is helping the UPRR to plan and effectively rehabilitate well over 2000 acres of pavement located in over 23 states found in just over 50 facilities. Since 1994, Mr. Hirst has lead and pushed the boundaries of GIS and GPS technology.  Having consulted with over a dozen agencies and supported their infrastructure mapping and asset management, Matt’s IT/GIS team is poised to release ground breaking web-based software that will manage municipal infrastructure, location marking, customers and work orders.


Scott Lawson

Scott P. Lawson is currently Senior Vice President, Technical Services for Newmont Mining Corporation  He joined Newmont and was elected to this role in December 2012.  Prior to joining Newmont, Mr. Lawson served as Senior Vice President, Engineering Services, Peabody Energy responsible for global engineering and technical services support.  Mr. Lawson also spent 22 years with international miner Rio Tinto including executive roles with Rio Tinto Alcan – Bauxite and Alumina where he directed a global technology team responsible for mining, refining, engineering, technology and business improvement; Rio Tinto Technology and Innovation group as Global Practice Leader for asset management; and as Vice President Engineering & Technical Services for Kennecott Utah Copper. He has also served on the Utah Air Quality Board and the Utah Safety Council Board.  Mr. Lawson began his career with Barrick Gold Corporation.

Mr. Lawson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in Salt Lake City.

Michael Marchant Mike Marchant, PE, PMP, MPM, graduated from the University of Utah in 1987 with a BSCE. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation working at the Naval Reactors Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho where he was responsible for designing and overseeing the construction of capital projects at a nuclear fuels handling facility. After five years, he shifted his career and spent the next 18 years working for consulting and engineering/constructors organizations. He is currently the Engineering Business Manager, for Savage Services. He is a licensed PE in 6 States and is a certified Project Management Professional with PMI and a Master Project Manager with AAPM. His customer base includes federal, municipal, and industrial customers. His project experience includes railroads, radioactive/hazardous waste landfills, training facilities, pipelines, water and wastewater treatment facilities, environmental restoration, and numerous other civil engineering based projects. He has served on a number of advisory committees including the State of Utah’s Plumbing Advisory Committee and is currently serving on the City of Riverton’s Citizen Utility Stormwater Advisory Committee and the U of U’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. During his career, he has been supported and encouraged by his Wife of 28 years, 4 children and 1 grandchild.

Rachel McQuillen

Larry Milner

Larry Milner

Mr. Milner serves as Vice President and General Manager of Burns & McDonnell’s Chicago regional office. As office manager he is the Principal-In-Charge of more than 170 professionals (including electrical, chemical, mechanical and civil engineers along with geologist, biologists and other scientists) who provide the following technical services:

  • Energy
  • Aviation & Facilities
  • Infrastructure (transportation and water/wastewater)
  • Environmental Remediation Services
  • Business & Technology Services
  • Construction Design Build

Hi personal experience is in the field of environmental investigation and remediation. Mr. Milner was instrumental in developing Burns & McDonnell’s largest environmental practice outside of its Kansas City corporate headquarters. He is a licensed professional engineer with over 20 years of construction and engineering experience. Mr. Milner is a recognized leader in the environmental industry and has more than two-dozen publications/presentations and awards related to his industry.

Jim Nordquist

Jim Nordquist

Jim Nordquist, P.E., is the founder, president and CEO of Applied Geotechnical Engineering Consultants, Inc. (AGEC) located in Sandy, St. George and Cedar City, Utah.  Jim received his B.S. Degree (’77) in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah (U of U).  He also received an S.M. Degree (’79) in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Under Jim’s leadership, AGEC has become one of the most respected geotechnical/geologic/construction materials engineering consulting firms in the area.  Projects have included the Energy Solutions Center, the LDS Conference Center, the City Creek Center, Procter &Gamble facility in Bear River City, I.M. Flash Lehi facility, Intermountain Medical Center, and the Meldrum Engineering Building addition.

Don Ostler

Don Ostler

Don Ostler is the Executive Director and Secretary of the Upper Colorado River Commission comprised of representatives from the Governor’s of Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico and one person appointed by the President.  In this capacity, Don fulfills the Commission responsibilities of administering the use of waters in the Upper Colorado River Basin and in complying with delivery requirements to California, Arizona and Nevada as well as the Government of Mexico.  Don has been instrumental in establishing drought management plans for the entire Colorado River Basin and Mexico.  Prior to this time Don served as Director of the Utah Division of Water Quality in an appointed position serving 3 of Utah’s Governors.  Don has also served as President of the national Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators in Washington DC, Chairman of the Western States Water Council Water Quality Committee, a member of the Utah Soil Conservation Commission and other professional groups.  Don is a registered professional engineer in Utah and received his bachelors degree (71) and masters degree (75) in civil engineering from the University of Utah.  Don continues to employ student interns from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Utah in his work at the Commission.

Kimberly Robinson
Vern Rogers
Mike Seare

Joshua Sletten

Joshua Sletten

 Joshua J. Sletten, S.E. is the Bridge Management Engineer for UDOT’s Structures Division; he has served in this capacity for nearly a year. Prior to his current role, Josh also served as the Structures Design Manager and the Structures Division Project Manager for UDOT.

Prior to working at UDOT, he spent eight years working as a bridge design engineer and project manager for the transportation engineering consultants LJB, Inc in Dayton, Ohio and HNTB Corp. in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a member of the AASHTO Subcommittee on Bridges and Structures and serves on the Technical Committee for Software and Technology (T-19) as well as the Technical Committee for Bridge Preservation (T-9). He earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 2001 and a master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Purdue University in 2002.


Phillip Solomon

Phillip Solomon P.E. was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from University of Utah-degree in Civil Engineering (1984) He also obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Utah State University (1997). He currently is the Energy Services Director for the City of St. George, Utah. He has 29 years with the City and has worked in several positions with in the City’s water and energy utility. He has been involved with several large water and power infrastructure projects throughout the City. Prior to joining the City of St. George, Phillip worked for Bechtel National, Inc., in San Francisco, California as a structural engineer. He also has been an adjunct professor at Dixie State University in the Business Department. He is currently serving on the American Public Power Association Public Power Reliability Committee. He is a registered professional engineer in Utah and Arizona. He is married and has 3 children.