Matt Heyen, P.E., PPL
Matt Heyen joined Hanson in 2001 and serves as an assistant vice president and project manager in Hanson’s power market. A civil engineer, his experience includes a variety of transmission line, wind farm, solar and solid-waste projects nationwide, tiered environmental studies, concept and alternative analysis planning studies, geometric design, utility management, storm sewer design, sanitary sewer design, quantity takeoffs/cost estimation, construction document preparation, field construction observations, client management and public involvement programs. His background has given him a wide range of experience, from setting horizontal and vertical control alignments for interstates to deploying advanced metering technology throughout the state of Illinois.
Matt’s experiences with urban roadway projects include the award-winning Interstate 74 reconstruction project, for which he was responsible for all drainage design, a downtown roadway design and an exit ramp design. He also served as project manager for the MacArthur Boulevard expansion, downtown Springfield streetscape reconstruction project and multimillion-dollar Capitol Avenue reconstruction project, all in Springfield, Illinois; and the Fell Avenue urban bridge replacement in Bloomington, Illinois.
In combination with his private pilot’s license experience, Matt’s transportation background has helped him build his expertise in the collection of data — both photo and video — with Hanson’s unmanned aircraft system. He has accumulated more than 500 hours of piloting experience. He also has worked on many railroad projects, and his responsibilities have included conducting railroad preliminary engineering, feasibility studies, corridor analysis and evaluation of routes; and determining concept-level high-speed rail sections. He played a significant role in projects involving Illinois’ high-speed rail development, including serving as a project manager and transportation engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement, acting as a roadway project engineer for Springfield’s railroad corridor study and providing data acquisition and design preparation for the city’s resulting rail improvement project.
Matt is a member of the American Wind Energy Association; American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois’ Illinois Department of Transportation Bureau of Local Roads and Streets Rewrite Committee; the National Society of Professional Engineers; the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE), Capital Chapter; Transportation Research Board; and the American Public Works Association–Prairie Branch, for which he serves as past president.
ISPE named Matt its Young Engineer of the Year in 2013, and he received the ASCE Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2014.
Professional Engineer: Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee
National Council of Examiners Engineering and Surveying
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Certification–Federal Aviation Administration
Private Pilot’s License–Federal Aviation Administration
MacMurray College: Bachelor’s degrees, physics and mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Bachelor’s degree, agricultural engineering