2018 Young Professional of the Year Award Winners

Raine Gardner, Senior Project Engineer
MSA Professional Services, Inc., Baraboo, Wis.

Raine’s passion to incorporate and feature accessibility and ADA compliance into park, recreation and open space design led MSA to create an internal Parks Community of Practice. As the first chair of the practice, Raine, 35, leads a team of 25 professionals spread across the firm’s 16 offices. Because of its focus and multi-disciplinary composition, the MSA’s Parks Community has been successful in winning a number of large and complex park projects. She has been very active inspiring girls and young women to consider careers in engineering, frequently speaking at local grade, middle, and high schools, as well as community organizations and summer camps. In recognition of her contributions to the firm and the profession, Raine was named to the MSA Board of Directors in 2017.




Aaron Grote, Senior Project Engineer
Lamp Rynearson, Omaha, Neb.

Despite being just 34, Aaron has already worked at Lamp Rynearson for 14 years, starting as an engineering intern and progressing to Senior Project Engineer. He has written a series of “How-To” documents that act as step-by-step guides for the set-up, design, review, and management of a successful project. He is also a co-leader of the Lamp Rynearson’s Early Career Professional Group (employees under age 40) which meets regularly to discuss challenges and difficulties for young professionals at the firm. For the past two years, he has served as president of the Nebraska chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), developing and supporting activities to educate industry professionals regarding the multiple project delivery methods available to them.




Kurt Lysne, Water Resources Group Leader
Moore Engineering, Inc., West Fargo, N.D.

Kurt, 34, has had a rapid rise through his firm. He began as an intern with a specialty in water resources engineering. Three years ago, he was promoted to project manager, working with clients and residents to complete millions of dollars of flood risk reduction projects. In 2016, Kurt became group leader of the Water Resources team, leading 18 engineers and technicians. In that same year, he was named Young Engineer of the Year by the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers, and one of Prairie Business magazine’s 40 under 40. Through his participation in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce’s leadership program, Kurt co-founded Financial Planning Day, a local event that improves the community by enhancing financial literacy.




Edward “Eddy” Roberts, Senior Associate
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers, New York, N.Y.

Eddy, 35, has served as project manager for the structural design of two super tall towers—the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, South Korea, the fifth tallest building in the world (555 meters); and PNB 118 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which will rise to over 600 meters upon completion. He has also worked with many distinguished architects on projects, including the Temple University Library with Snohetta, the Miho Chapel with I.M. Pei, and Richard Serra’s “7” sculpture. For the past 10 years, he has both participated and led LERA’s team for Canstruction New York, an annual charitable event in which teams of architects and engineers compete to build freeform, larger-than-life sculptures made entirely from unopened cans of food, which are then donated to help feed those in need.




Andrew Woodroof, Senior Project Manager
Digital Engineering, Kenner, La.

Andrew, 32, joined Digital Engineering as an intern, working his way up to Senior Project Manager. He has worked on projects such as St. Bernard Parish Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements, Jefferson Parish Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Program Management, New Orleans Broadmoor Green Infrastructure and Drainage Upgrades, and Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority Levee Lifts. While working at the firm, he completed his master’s degree at LSU, the first graduate in the Coastal Engineering program. He is director of programs for the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute, was named the Outstanding Young Civil Engineer by ASCE New Orleans, and received ACEC/Louisiana’s Robby Cangelosi Award, which recognizes young engineers who contribute to the profession and their community.




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