Oklahoma's engineers help ensure public safety where they work and live

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the role essential workers, including medical professionals, public servants and even grocery employees, play in our everyday lives. Less noticed might be the importance of licensed professional engineers in making sure the vital systems in our communities continue operating even during crises.

Hatley named NSPE

National President

Tricia Hatley, vice president and principal at Freese and Nichols, will be installed as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers on Saturday, Aug. 1.

Hatley has been a member of NSPE, engineering’s largest professional group, since graduating from Oklahoma State University with a 

bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in1993. 

“Working together is something engineers understand, as our project work is accomplished through teams,” Hatley said. “I’m excited about the year ahead, as we work together with our state societies to create a world where the public can be confident that the engineering decisions impacting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals.”

Kimley-Horn Gives Back

Moving to Oklahoma was more than an opportunity for Garrett Putman to further his career at Kimley-Horn. Since relocating from Texas four years ago, he has found lifelong friends and a connection to a community that he says is unlike any other. 

“I absolutely love Oklahoma. The people are friendly and have 

welcomed me as one of their own,” said Putman. “Working for Kimley-Horn in Oklahoma City has provided me the opportunity to find lifelong friendships and become connected to a really great community.” 

New ODOT Memorial Foundation helps families of fallen transportation workers

The deaths of James Dawkins in 1931 and Rickie Nichols Jr. in 2018 connect a group of 61 people who gave their lives in service to the state while keeping highways and interstates safe and open to the public. 

These transportation workers lost their lives to a distracted driver while flagging traffic through a work zone or keeping highway rights-of-way clean and clear. Some lost their lives while in their vehicles well away from the highway like Tim Vandiver in 2012. Others were struck while surveying for future highway projects like Donald Killian in 1970 or checking bridge integrity during a flood like John E. Botts in 1973.

Lochner Provides for Native Oklahoman

“I’ve had a career of public service. Employment with Lochner has allowed me to continue serving Oklahoma, with the heart of a servant” - Troy Travis, office manager and professional engineer

Troy Travis was looking for an opportunity after retirement to continue serving the business community in Oklahoma City after retirement.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Velocity | October 22, 2020

HNTB's OKC Office Helps Provide Important Resources to Community Orgs During Pandemic

HNTB is committed to helping our Oklahoma City community through the challenging times of 2020.  Through its REACH (Retaining, Enriching, and Advancing our Culture at HNTB) initiative, the firm identified engagement opportunities to help employees donate and volunteer for organizations in need. To read the full article, visit VelocityOKC.com.

GarverUSA.com | April 15, 2020

Garver named ENR Texas & Louisiana’s 2020 Design Firm of the Year

Garver employees across the country spent 2019 celebrating the firm’s centennial year by connecting with clients and students, while providing the same exemplary services clients have come to expect over a century. To read the full article, visit GarverUSA.com.

The Journal Record | July 28, 2020

Hatley Named NSPE National President

Tricia Hatley, vice president and principal at Freese and Nichols, will be installed as president of the National Society of Professional Engineers on Saturday. To read the full article, visit JournalRecord.com.

OkMag.com | Mar. 25, 2020

40 UNDER 40 2020:

Matthew Youngblood, Garver

At Garver, Matthew Youngblood acts as a project manager and engineer with specific expertise in construction and rehabilitation for highway projects. To read the full article, visit the OkMag.com.

The Journal Record | June 1, 2020

Hydrologist joins Freese and Nichols' Tulsa Office

Freese and Nichols Inc. hydrologist Jeremy Rice has moved to the Tulsa office. To read the full article, visit JournalRecord.com.

EditionDigital.net | Fall 2019

Bus Rapid Transit:  Brightly into the future 

The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has a transportation vision for its commuters - one that includes bus rapid transit (BRT). To read the full article, visit EditionDigital.net.


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