Best and Brightest

February 18, 2016

Four Michael Baker Young Professionals Recognized
as ENR Top “20 Under 40” Regional Winners

Michael Baker International is proud to employ some of the most driven, capable young design and engineering professionals in the nation who are consistently making a difference in the communities they serve. Recently, four of the company’s up-and-coming leaders received recognition by being named to Engineering News-Record‘s (ENR) “20 Under 40” list in the Midwest and MidAtlantic regions for their career progress, commitment to community and involvement in landmark and sustainable projects.

ENR.jpg“These four Michael Baker team members are a true representation of the great talent found across our enterprise," said CEO Kurt Bergman. "Their work speaks for itself, and their willingness to give back to their communities shows that they are men and women of character who are willing to sacrifice their time and talents to help others. Congratulations to all four ’20 Under 40’ honorees. They are setting the bar high for all of our employees.”

Jason Stith, a structural engineer in the Louisville, Ky., office, was selected by ENR Midwest. Since joining Michael Baker five years ago, Jason has driven a number of landmark bridge repair and construction projects throughout Kentucky. Most recently, he played a critical role in the design of twin arch bridges at Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in western Kentucky. Additionally, Jason had a prominent role in designing the replacement span for the Eggners Ferry Bridge, which was completed in just four months after being heavily damaged by a cargo ship. Jason remains active in his community by volunteering his engineering expertise to the Missionary Air Group, which supports humanitarian and relief operations in poor and remote areas around the globe. He designed a retrofit for a suspension bridge across a river in Honduras so locals could cross safely and access the area hospital.

Wendy Berrill, a civil engineer in the Pittsburgh, Pa., office was honored by ENR MidAtlantic. Since joining Michael Baker as an intern nearly a decade ago, Wendy has quickly established herself as an emerging leader in the company, demonstrating expertise in both highway and railroad engineering and design. She lays out the alignments of new or reconstructed roadways and railroad design projects from conception to completion. Her impressive portfolio includes various award-winning rail yard and roadway expansion projects for high-profile clients both domestically and internationally.

Additionally, Wendy understands the importance of strong female role models in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. She is a founding board member of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Pittsburgh area chapter, helping to inspire women through the organization’s local mentorship initiative, Transportation YOU, a hands-on, interactive mentoring program.

Chad Davis, an assistant vice president and practice manager in Pittsburgh, Pa., also was recognized by ENR MidAtlantic. Chad is responsible for the operational management of Michael Baker’s civil, environmental, geographic information systems and survey departments within the company’s Pittsburgh office. As the company’s national technical lead for dam and levee services, Chad leads multi-disciplinary teams on multi-million-dollar projects, including various dam rehabilitations, levee assessments, flood protection studies, stormwater authority establishments, regional/county-wide stormwater management plans, land developments, and stream and aquatic ecosystem restorations across the nation. Currently, Chad is the program manager for two statewide dam safety contracts and the civil design lead on the rehabilitation project of the Buckeye Lake Dam in Ohio.

Outside the office, Chad gives back to the Pittsburgh community by lending his expertise to help guide future engineers through numerous community events and company-sponsored STEM initiatives.

Allison Westlund, a project manager in Alexandria, Va., was the third Michael Baker colleague honored by ENR MidAtlantic. Allison leads a team that provides support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning program by sharing planning and outreach expertise to help communities reduce or mitigate their risk of flooding. As a certified floodplain manager, she honed her skills and expertise during Flood Map Modernization, a multi-year presidential initiative to improve and update the nation’s flood hazard maps. She led the coordination and reviews for flood insurance rate map revisions in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin by working with engineering professionals at state and local levels.

Outside the office, Allison supports her community and natural surroundings. She lends her time as a member of the board of directors of Friends of Bluestone, Inc., an organization that supports Bluestone Camp and Retreat, located in the mountains overlooking Bluestone Lake in Hinton, W. Va. It provides nature-based character-building experiences for children.