Meet Our New Team Members

Amy Stone

Vignette_Amy Stone Born and raised: Born in Texas. Lived in Texas well more than ½ my life.
Department at M&S:  Structural – Civil
What I do here:  I’m the department manager. A lot of what I do is getting projects and then making sure they are executed. I review a lot of projects and help people learn how to complete the projects faster and more accurately. I still enjoy the design work I get to do. It can be anything from Bautex Block (hi, guys) to a steel canopy over a bar.
School Attended/ Discipline:  Texas A&M, Civil Engineering- Structural Specialty (back in the old days when you could specialize), University of Houston, Master of Civil Engineering- Structural Specialty.
Experience: As Johnny Cash says ‘I’ve been everywhere, man’.
Hobbies:  I like to read. I read anything, newspapers to young adult fiction. I’m on the Library Advisory Board for the New Braunfels Public Library.
Want to know something interesting?  I owned a successful small business for several years. What a wild ride!

Carissa Parker

Vignette_CarissaParker Born and raised:  Born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Moved to Texas in 2000.
Department at M&S:  The Brady Bunch – Civil Utilities team
What I do here:   Technical Specialist. Assist engineers with plans, calculations and regulatory compliance needs. Have expertise in groundwater wells and well rehabilitation. Also, use ArcMap GIS to create exhibits and analyze data. Learning WaterCAD.
School Attended/ Discipline:  Texas State University, San Marcos/ Water Resource Major, Minor in Geology
Experience: Spent the last 4 ½ years working in oil and gas industry as Water Solutions Manager for Select Energy Services (Eagle Ford/South Texas region). Job was to source and permit water for drilling and fracking, as well as, piping, storing, treating and recycling that water. Prior to that, I worked for Crespo Consulting in Austin, Texas for 5 years as a Water Resource and GIS Specialist. Worked on all water related engineering and consulting projects from drainage, erosion control and streambank stabilization to floodplain modeling/mapping, HEC-RAS modeling and dam safety inspections.
Hobbies:  Love the outdoors (hike, bike, swim and kayak). Also a huge football fan (Green Bay Packers. Go Pack Go!)
Want to know something interesting?  I’ve been to 33 out of the 58 national parks in the U.S. It’s one of my life goals to visit each and every one of them.

Devon Brean

Vignette_DevonBrean Born and raised: Born in Longview, Texas & raised in Gilmer & Gladewater Texas!
Department at M&S:  Transmission – Jason Moseley’s group!
What I do here:  Whatever they tell me to do..
School Attended/ Discipline:  Kilgore College
Experience: I started my Administrative career at 16 years old working for LeBus International in Longview, Texas. Moved on to bigger and better things with Enbridge Pipelines in 2012.  In 2016 I moved to New Braunfels with my family and was blessed with an opportunity to work for M&S!Hobbies:  When I have free time I love to paint and decorate.  My kids keep me pretty busy but as a group we love to go swimming, go to the movies, and going geocaching.
Want to know something interesting?  Your body immediately releases endorphins when you smile, even when you force it. The sudden change in mood will help you feel better and relieve stress!!

Michael Ranton

Vignette_MichaelRanton Born and raised: Born in Houston and raised in Ingram, Texas
Department at M&S:  Power Services
What I do here:  I test protective relays and various substation equipment.
School Attended/ Discipline:  I attended and graduated from Ingram High School and graduated from TSTC in Waco, Texas.
Experience: I started working at Grubb Engineering out of college from there I went to work for LCRA for 10 ½ years.
Hobbies:  Hunting, fishing, BBQ Cook-offs, watching baseball, and spending time with my family.

Patrick Howard

Vignette_PatrickHoward Born and raised: San Antonio
Department at M&S:  MEP
What I do here:  Electrical team leader
School Attended/ Discipline:  Texas A&M – Electrical Engineering
Experience: 11 years of electrical design experience and 6 years with a PE license. Prior experience designing K-12 educational buildings, offices, laboratories, medical offices, machine shops, and retail.
Prior Employers: Alderson & Associates, MEP Engineering
Hobbies:  Mountain biking, kayaking, camping, hiking, skiing, sports, live music.
Want to know something interesting?  In the last month I’ve kayaked the 60-mile stretch of Guadalupe from Waring to Rebecca Creek Rd.

Steven Widacki

Vignette_WidackiHeadShot Born and raised: Houston, TX in the Heights just north of downtown.
Department at M&S:  Georgetown office Civil Lead
What I do here:  Business Development and Transportation/Water, Wastewater & Drainage Infrastructure/Land Development Project Management.
School Attended/ Discipline:  Texas A&M/Civil Engineering – 1983
Experience: Pape-Dawson (San Antonio); Turner, Collie & Braden/AECOM (Houston); Carter & Burgess/Jacobs, Lockwood, Andrews, and Newnam, Inc. (LAN), City of Kyle and Alliance Transportation Group (all Austin area).
Hobbies:  Would like to play more golf, but don’t seem to have the time. Dove hunting, and following the Astros, Spurs, Texans and anything Texas A&M.
Want to know something interesting?  I have four girls, three of which have graduated from college (Texas/Texas State/Texas A&M), the fourth is a sophomore at UT-Arlington, and three grandkids with fourth on the way.

Trevor Tast

Vignette_TrevorTast Born and raised: I was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Topeka, Kansas.
Department at M&S:  I work in the Civil – Land Development department.
What I do here:  Title Project Engineer/ Project Manager: Mostly what I’ve done since starting is learning and adjusting to development out in the country. I am a city boy used to high rises and mixed uses with board members in suits. I primarily was brought on to help out with current M&S clients, Southstar Development, and Cordova Development.
School Attended/ Discipline:  Kansas State University – Wildcats. Civil Engineering – General Option. However, I’m been born and raised a Nebraska Fan.
Experience: My internships during college were unique in a way that I got to be a project manager very early on as the firm I worked for had three employees. So I got tossed to the fire very early which has lead me to where I am. Post-graduation I worked for a small firm (30 employees) on residential developments in Wichita Ks. I worked for that firm for 3 years before relocating to Kansas City with my family where I worked for Olsson Associates (1,000 employees). My title there was associate engineer, but I acted as project manager/ designer for numerous projects across the Kansas City area mostly on the commercial side of land development. Like I said previously, high rises, luxury apartments, and big box commercial. I’ve come from the school of being self-taught with my discipline in Civil 3D, Civil design, and project management. Learned, failed, and grown a lot in the past 7 years of my career.
Hobbies:  My personal free time used to be filled with golf, and beer crafting when I was back in Kansas and had friends. Since moving to Texas a year ago, I’ve completed DIY home projects, done some amateur furniture wood working, shot some hogs, and enjoyed several glasses of whiskey.
Want to know something interesting?  I’ve had former clients that played in the NFL, and most recently some that lived in Hollywood Hills. I am the husband to a PhD (Rebecca) which is what brought my Family to Texas last year. A recently turned 4 year old Cecilia (Ceci) and Player 4 to be named sometime towards the end of this year.

Viet Nguyen

Vignette_VietNguyen Born and raised: I was born and raised in Rockport, Texas, a small fishing/beach town where I worked in my family’s shrimping/fishing bait business up till the end of my senior year in high school.
Department at M&S:  Now I work with the M&S Engineering team in The Woodlands, Texas where we currently provide electrical design and consulting services for utility companies.
School Attended/ Discipline:  After high school, I spent 2 years in San Antonio taking my basics for engineering at UTSA and then I decided to pursue a career piping design. I spent 2 years at Houston Community College for drafting and design specializing in piping and mechanical design.
Experience: . It was the year 2008 and demand for piping designers was nonexistent, but I was able to land a CAD Technician position at CenterPoint Energy and moved up to be a Project Designer. After 6 years at CenterPoint Energy I moved on to other companies where I was able to advance my knowledge and skills in mechanical and distribution design.
Hobbies:   When I’m not working, I spend much of my free time with family and friends doing mostly outdoor activities such as football, basketball, running, biking, fishing, kayaking, camping or just hangout and grill at the beach.
Want to know something interesting?   I think this world is interesting and I feel the need to explore it.

 

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