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MSU faculty honored

Four faculty members in Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design recently received national awards for their exemplary work in architectural education. School of Architecture associate professors Hans Herrmann and Alexis Gregory and assistant professor Emily McGlohn, along with Building Construction Science assistant professor Michele Herrmann, were formally recognized with two Architectural Education Awards by the Association of Collegiate ...

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Ehrman joins Neel-Schaffer

Brad Ehrman, PE, has joined the Neel-Schaffer firm as a Hydraulics Engineer and Senior Project Manager. Ehrman has nearly 15 years of engineering experience in project management, hydraulics/hydrology, and erosion control, regulations, policies, and design. He will provide services for clients across the region. That will include assisting the firm with its on-call special drainage studies contract with the Georgia ...

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Funchess joins design firm

Brian Funchess, recently joined Canizaro Cawthon Davis Architects as an Intern Architect and visual software specialist. Funchess is a Mississippi State University graduate where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture Degree.  Funchess also obtained his OSHA Construction Safety License and certificate in Carpentry while attending the Career Development Center in Jackson. Funchess is a musician and is active in his ...

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Neel-Schaffer appoints VP

Vijay Kunada, PE, PTP, PTOE, has been named a Vice President at Neel-Schaffer. Kunada joined Neel-Schaffer in 2006 and has 15 years of experience. He works in the firm’s Lafayette (Louisiana) office, where he serves as the Engineer Manager, focusing on local and regional transportation plans, travel demand models, GIS projects, safety studies, traffic signal timing plans, corridor analysis, traffic ...

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Keeney joins Neel-Schaffer

Structural Engineer Matt Keeney, PE, has joined Neel-Schaffer in its Tuscaloosa, Ala., office. Keeney, who has 17 years of experience, will oversee all structural design for our industrial and private clients.  He has experience in the structural design of commercial facilities, ranging from manufacturing plants to power plants.

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Kime joins Neel-Schaffer

Bridge designer John Kime has joined Neel-Schaffer and will lead its South Carolina bridge design efforts, working out of the Columbia office. Kime has two decades of experience as a bridge designer, working for consultants in Florida and Texas before moving to the Palmetto State. His responsibilities for Neel-Schaffer will be coordination of all bridge design projects in South Carolina, ...

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Waggoner staff realigned

Waggoner Engineering recently shifted from a project-based organizational structure to one that will associate its employees with specific roles based on geographic markets to allow for a more intense focus on serving the client. CEO Joe Waggoner will now oversee business development efforts and the overall management of the company. Emad Al Turk, who has re-joined Waggoner as President, will ...

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WORKING IN THE FAST LANE — 3D CADD programs helping engineers design better roads

By BECKY GILLETTE Wouldn’t it be nice to actually see how a road is going to look before building it? What if you could anticipate problems before encountering them in the middle of construction, thus avoiding delays that cost time and money? With the use of modern three dimensional computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, engineers can come close to ...

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Education, experience, examination key to becoming an architect

By NASH NUNNERY So, you want to be an architect? Nobody enters the field of architecture solely on the premise that it’s cool. Not even downtrodden Seinfeld character George Kostanza, who often introduced himself as architect extraordinaire Art Vandelay in certain social situations. Actually, the process to becoming an architect can be a bit arduous. It involves finding the right ...

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MSU office wins development award

Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension in Canton recently accepted the Community Economic Development Award from the Mississippi Economic Development Council for its work to bring advanced manufacturing jobs back to America. The recognition cited the “Reshoring Advanced Manufacturing Jobs in Mississippi: Enhancing Skills and Building Competitiveness” program. During the three-year effort, the project team worked with ...

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