Jesse is a member of SGH’s Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure group. His experience includes highway construction management, structural engineering, and soil-structure interaction engineering. His education includes senior executive institute training and a Master’s of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jesse is nationally recognized in buried structure (culverts, pipes, and tanks) performance, buried bridge design and construction, and the development of related industry standards.
Prior to joining SGH, Jesse was Assistant State Construction Engineer with the Washington State Department of Transportation. In that role, he managed and negotiated contract changes for highway construction projects totaling $1 billion per year, acted as steward for federal funds, developed specifications for highway construction, and assisted in creation of policy for alternative contract delivery methods.
Within the area of buried structures, Jesse has conducted numerous studies using the finite element method to analyze soil-structure interaction, investigated structural failures, acted as principal investigator and project manager for national research studies, and assisted manufacturers and contractors with analysis, testing, and design. Jesse has written material, product, and design standards, investigated and designed concrete for nuclear structures, evaluated structural plastics materials for mechanical properties, and conducted field testing for the properties of structural materials and structure behavior.
Jesse is chair of the Transportation Research Board Committee AFF70 Culverts and Hydraulic Structures, chair of ASTM International Committee F17.65 Land Drainage for Plastic Pipes, voting member of American Water Works Association Standards Committee on Polyolefin Pressure Pipe, voting member of American Concrete Institute Committee 345 on Concrete Bridge Construction, and instructor for the America Society of Civil Engineers Seminar for Design of Buried Pipes. Jesse is a registered professional engineer in eighteen states and three Canadian provinces and a veteran of the United States Army.