Jesse is Head of the Engineering Mechanics and Infrastructure Division (EMI) of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) in Waltham, Massachusetts. His experience includes soil-structure interaction for buried linear assets, structural/civil engineering, highway construction management, and strategic planning. Jesse’s education includes senior executive institute training and a Masters of Science from MIT.
Prior to joining SGH, Jesse was Assistant State Construction Engineer (ASCE) and Bridge Designer with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). As ASCE, he managed and negotiated contract changes for highway construction projects totaling $1B per year, acted as steward for federal funds, developed specifications for highway construction, had partial oversight of 300+ region construction personnel, and assisted in creation of policy for alternative contract delivery methods. As Bridge Designer, he developed designs for new highway bridges, transit stations, ferry terminals, and floating bridges.
Within the area of buried structures, Jesse has conducted numerous soil-structure interaction studies, investigated structural failures, conducted national research for transportation infrastructure, and assisted manufacturers and contractors with analysis, testing, and design. Jesse has written material, product, design, and installation standards, investigated and designed concrete for nuclear structures, and evaluated mechanical properties of structural materials in laboratory and instrumented field testing.
Jesse is Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee AFF70 Culverts and Hydraulic Structures, Chair of ASTM International Subcommittee F17.65 Land Drainage for Plastic Pipes, Voting Member of American Water Works Association (AWWA) Standards Committee on Polyolefin Pressure Pipe, Voting Member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 345 on Concrete Bridge Construction, and Instructor for the America Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Seminar for Design of Buried Pipes. Jesse is a registered professional engineer in 20 states and 4 Canadian provinces and a veteran of the United States Army.