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Sept. 24, 2014
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Hanson Professional Services Inc.
American Society of Civil Engineers section recognizes Fletcher, Heyen
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Central Illinois Section recently named two Hanson Professional Services Inc. employees engineers of the year.
Mat Fletcher, P.E., S.E., a vice president and project manager at Hanson’s Peoria, Ill., office, received the Civil Engineer of the Year Award, which recognizes distinguished civil engineers for significant engineering contributions. His work at Hanson includes being the engineer of record for the 3,300-foot-long Tanana River Bridge that is part of Alaska Railroad Corp.’s Northern Rail Extension between North Pole, Alaska, and Delta Junction, Alaska, and Union Pacific Railroad’s (UP) Proviso Third Main (B2) project from Elmhurst, Ill., to Melrose Park, Ill., for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) program; structural design engineer for BNSF Railway Co.’s intermodal facility expansion in Memphis, Tenn.; and project engineer for UP’s Global III facility in Rochelle, Ill.
Fletcher was selected as a Rising Star in Structural Engineering by ZweigWhite’s Structural Engineer magazine in 2012. He is a member of ASCE and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, serving on Committee 15: Steel Structures. He also serves on the Fulton County Zoning Board of Appeals. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Bradley University. He is a licensed professional engineer in multiple states, including Illinois, and the Canadian province of British Columbia; and he is a licensed structural engineer in Alaska, Illinois, Oregon and Nevada.
Matt Heyen, P.E., a transportation engineer at Hanson’s Springfield, Ill., headquarters, received the Young Civil Engineer of the Year Award, which recognizes civil engineers who are age 35 or younger and have demonstrated leadership potential and significant engineering contributions. His project experience includes the reconstruction of Interstate 74 through downtown Peoria, Ill., the reconstruction of Interstate 294 in Chicago, the Capitol Avenue streetscape design and beautification in Springfield and tiered environmental impact studies for high-speed rail for the Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor and for Springfield.
Heyen has been a member of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers’ Capital Chapter since 2001 and received the chapter’s Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2006. He also is a member of the American Public Works Association and National Society of Professional Engineers. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from MacMurray College and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed professional engineer in Iowa and Illinois.
Award winners will be recognized Sept. 30 during the 90th annual ASCE Central Illinois Meeting and Banquet in Champaign, Ill. ASCE is a professional organization and the oldest national engineering society in the United States. Founded in 1852, ASCE has more than 140,000 members worldwide.
Hanson is a national, employee-owned consulting firm providing engineering, planning and allied services. The firm’s corporate headquarters is located at 1525 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62703. The office may be reached by phone: (217) 788-2450 or fax: (217) 788-2503. The Peoria office is located at 7625 N. University St., Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614. The office may be reached by phone: (309) 691-0902 or fax: (309) 691-1327.