Our Young Engineer Winners Picked from different Professional Societies


Naresh Kolli

Naresh Kolli is a project engineer at Geotest Engineering, Inc. Houston, Texas. He has over 8 years of experience in the civil, geotechnical and environmental field and has worked on various projects involving high rise office buildings to single story commercial buildings, warehouses, schools and government projects, Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments, site reconnaissance and geological and rock profile studies. His responsibilities at Geotest include coordination of field activities, supervision of laboratory testing, performing engineering analyses and preparation of geotechnical as well as Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessment reports. Mr. Kolli worked with several public and private projects in the greater Houston Area.

Mr. Kolli received a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Kakatiya University, India in 2002 and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering from McNeese State University, Louisiana in 2005. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas and Louisiana.

Mr. Kolli has been active member of AAEA for four years and attended several meetings. In addition to his activities with AAEA, Naresh is actively involved with other organizations such ASIE, ASCE and AWWA. He is currently serving as board member of the ASIE and in the past he has served as secretary and Treasurer.


Clayton Black

Clayton Black is currently serving his third consecutive term as the Chairman of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) - Houston Design Standards/Plan Review (DS/PR) Committee. As Chairman of this committee, Clayton leads monthly meetings with the City of Houston planning, public works, engineering, and permit staff members as well as staff members from Harris County Engineering and Permits and Harris County Flood Control District. The goal of the ACEC-Houston DS/PR Committee is to develop standards for plan review, revisions and design criteria for the City of Houston, Harris County and the Harris County Flood Control District. Clayton is also a land development division manager, partner, and member of the Board of Directors at Jones & Carter, Inc. and is a graduate of the University of Houston.



Katherine served as the South Texas Section (STS) AIChE treasurer in 2011 and 2012. In 2010, she was treasurer for the STS Young Professionals. She started helping with the PE Review course in 2013.

Katherine graduated from MIT in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. After graduation, she worked at the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in Washington DC for two years. Although she enjoyed incident investigation, she decided to pursue a traditional engineering job. She found that position with Fluor in Sugar Land, where she has worked for the last six years as a process engineer, including a two-year stint where she managed process software licenses. In 2010, while working at Fluor, she earned a Masters of Civil Engineering with a focus on Project and Construction Management from the University of Houston. At Fluor, she was on the 2013 Employee Giving Campaign Steering Committee and an Emerging Leaders Group subcommittee. Katherine is currently working on the tank farm area of the Lake Charles Sasol project.

Katherine is a member of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Houston Rowing Club, and her neighborhood's home-owner association. Her most adventurous travel experience to date is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.


Natalie Weiershausen, P.E., ENV SP

Natalie currently works as a Project Engineer with Klotz Associates, Inc. in Houston, Texas with five and half years of experience, four of these years at URS Corporation. Her experience is in a variety of projects ranging from water and wastewater planning, utility relocation/design, site design, flood plain analysis, roadway design, and general civil design.

Natalie has been a very active member of ASCE for three years and currently serves as the Houston Branch Vice President of Education. She has previously participated in special committees as well as serving as the Younger Member Forum Chair and Community Services Chair.

Natalie is a 2008 graduate from the University of Texas with a Civil Engineering degree that focused in the hydraulic/hydrology and transportation fields. When free time is available, Natalie loves to run, practice yoga, play volleyball, and spend time with her husband.


Karthik Balasubramanian

Karthik is a Senior Civil/Structural Engineer at Technip USA, Houston, Texas. He received his education at Mumbai University, India, earning a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 2004, and a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering at Lamar University, Beaumont in 2006. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Previously, he worked for KBR Inc for 5.5 years as a Senior Technical Professional-Civil. In February 2013, Karthik was awarded a "Recognition Certificate for Excellent Performance" in Jazan IGCC project for Saudi Aramco.

Karthik`s engineering experience includes Civil, Structural and Infrastructure work for Refinery, LNG terminals, Natural gas basins, and Integrated Gasification Combined cycle plant. He gained extensive exposure to Pre-FEED, FEED and Detailed Engineering phases in Petrochemical & Refinery projects. Karthik has been also involved in activities such as design of Marine facilities, Dredging, Single Point Mooring (SPM), and Marine Simulation studies. He has worked for clients such as Anadarko, Chevron, Saudi Aramco, Sonangol, Sasol, Statoil, Trunkline etc. He is currently serving as Executive committee member of ASIE and in the past has served as Board of Directors. Previously, he has served as President for the Civil Engineering Students Association (CESA).

Karthik has been married to his wife, Usha Anthony for 7 years and he has a baby boy, Kris (8 Months). He is a certified scuba diver and loves adventure sports.


Julian J. Bedoya, P.E.

Julian J. Bedoya has worked at Stress Engineering Services, Inc. since 2005, where he is currently a Senior Associate. Most of his work has centered on performing engineering analyses of pressure vessels and pipelines to determine if the equipment in question has enough mechanical integrity to continue operations. The need for this type of work frequently arises in refinery equipment and is many times unexpected requiring immediate attention. In addition, he has performed full scale testing of pipelines, pipelines reinforced with composite and metallic materials, and other oil and gas equipment in general. He has also worked on installing high temperature strain gauges and thermocouples in operating coke drums in order to obtain detailed measurements for later fatigue analysis and design work of these pressure vessels. Julian has also developed expertise with swaged mechanical connections, having performed analyses and full scale testing work to determine the mechanical integrity of this connection under a variety of different loading conditions. Julian has also developed a two-day, finite element analysis course, which is aimed at people who are new to the subject, or managers that may be reviewing finite element analysis work.
Julian received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University (FIU), and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Julian has been an active member of ASME since his undergraduate days at FIU, holding positions of treasurer and chair of the local ASME student section, winning second place in the Old Guard Prize (oral presentation competition), and presenting a paper as an undergraduate at the IMECE Conference in New Orleans in 2002. Julian is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, which is the Engineering Honor Society.
Since moving to Houston in 2005, Julian has been actively involved with the ASME Northwest Houston Subsection, where he is the programs chair. He also frequently participates and gives presentations at conferences, including the Offshore Technology Conference (US and Brazil), the International Offshore Pipeline Forum, the International Pipeline Conference, the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI), Coking.com forums, and others. Julian has 8 publications in the oil and gas industry, 2 publications in biomedical engineering, and was a contributor to a chapter in vascular mechanics in the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. In 2013, Julian received the Herbert Allen award, which recognizes outstanding technical achievement by an engineer 35 years of age or younger. Julian is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English.


Jose H. Carmona, E.I.T.

The Southeast Chapter of the Texas Section of AWWA selected Jose Carmona as its Young Engineer of the Year. Jose is a design engineer in the public works practice at Jones & Carter Inc. He is an active member of AWWA. Jose currently serves as the Young Professionals Committee Chairman for his local chapter. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Texas San Antonio.


Enrique Morales

Enrique Morales is a civil engineer with 12 years of land development experience. He currently serves as a project manager within the land development department at Brown & Gay Engineers, Inc. in Houston, TX. After obtaining his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University - College Station in 2001, Enrique decided to pursue a career in land development. He now serves as District Engineer for 6 Municipal Utility Districts and is project manager for multiple master planned communities in the Houston area. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

Enrique has been involved with the Houston Hispanic Architects & Engineers organization since 2009 and will serve as the president of the organization in 2014. He has overseen the organization's scholarship application process that has provided Hispanic Houston area high school students with scholarships to pursue degrees in engineering and/or architecture. He has also volunteered to speak with students in predominantly Hispanic HISD elementary schools in order to motivate and generate interest in subjects such as math and science so that they may hopefully pursue engineering educations in the future.

Enrique enjoys golfing, cycling, camping, and almost any other outdoor activity. He enjoys traveling and visiting foreign countries, even SCUBA diving when those travel destinations allow for it. He also enjoys relaxing at home with his wife and daughter.


Michael C. Romer, P.E.

Michael's current position is Subsurface Engineering Research Specialist for the ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.

He works in Houston in the Drilling & Subsurface Function, Well Simulation and Surveillance team, and his focus is Artificial Lift.

Michael received a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2004 and a Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 2006. He had 2 years of electrical engineering experience in manufacturing and power distribution prior to joining ExxonMobil in 2006.

His ExxonMobil experience includes 2 years as Subsurface Engineer for tight gas fields in Wyoming, and 2 years as an Artificial Lift Engineer for offshore oil fields in California. In this assignment he stewarded the installation of electric submersible pumps in three offshore wells and planned two more installations. Michael spent his next 2 years as an Artificial Lift Engineer in the Global Artificial Lift group, where he performed artificial lift studies for assets in Canada, Iraq, and Equatorial Guinea.

Michael moved to the Upstream Research Company in early 2012 to support artificial lift research and is currently coordinating efforts in that area. He was awarded a P.E. license in Petroleum Engineering in Winter of 2012.

Michael has authored two IEEE and two SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) papers. He currently serves as the Chair of the Houston Chapter of the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society. He is also active in the steering committees of the ALRDC (Artificial Lift Research & Development Council) International Gas Lift Workshop, the Offshore Technology Conference, and the SPE North American Artificial Lift Conference.

Michael and his wife Aryn have been married for 5 years, and they have a 2-year old daughter, Amelia.



Terrence Brown

Terrence Brown joined Walker Engineering Inc. in 2012 in the Pre-Construction department. His experience includes BIM modeling and design assist collaborations on projects such as United Airline Terminal B at IAH, Phillip 66 Operation Center, Noble Energy Center II, Kyle Field at Texas A&M University among other Houston projects. Terrence received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.

Terrence has been an active member of NSBE for 9 years. Terrence membership has been fruitful as he has served as Chapter Treasure, President, Zone Coordination, and Regional Public Relations Chair and is currently serving as Parliamentarian of the Houston Alumni Chapter. Outside of NSBE Terrence loves to volunteer in community mentoring kids by partnering up with organization such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and local schools. Terrence is also a proud member of HKN Electrical Engineering Honor Society and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Terrence enjoys traveling to foreign countries, trying new cuisines and playing chess.


Kate Emery

Kate Emery started with HNTB Corporation in July 2012 as a graduate transportation engineer. She has worked with various groups on different projects, including bridge design and roadway schematics and design. Although her passion started with water resources and environmental in school, she has been learning a lot and getting her hands wet in any project she can find.

Kate has been active in the Society of American Military Engineers since July 2012. Her fiance, Johan Petterson (the 2013 SAME YMOY), encouraged her to get more involved with the young members, leading her to take on Young Member Committee Chair and 2015 Young Member Director. She also serves as the WordPasser Chair, producing the Houston/Galveston Post's monthly newsletter.

Kate graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M with a concentration in water resources. She hopes to get her MBA in the future and plans to take her Professional Engineering Exam in October 2016. She enjoys cycling, house renovations, and crafting.


Morena G. Arredondo, P.E.

Morena works as a Project Engineer with Klotz Associates, Inc. in Houston, Texas with six and a half years of experience. Morena is responsible for ensuring a design that satisfies all project criteria, as well as the needs of the client. She participated in design services for land/site development, transportation and most recently public works/utilities which include development of plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E). Her daily project activities include coordinating with Clients and Sub-Consultants to meet project needs as well as training entry level engineers and interns.

Morena serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for SHPE Houston. She has taken initiative and demonstrated leadership and commitment through various community outreach events that help empower and motivate students to pursue STEM related careers. She's promoted SHPE Houston by coordinating events at public schools as well as volunteering events with non-profit organizations such as the Houston Food Bank & Kids Meals.

Morena was recently selected by the Greater Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation to be a part of the 2013 Emerging Leaders Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to identify and develop future Hispanic leadership to impact Houston Area businesses, communities, government and public interests through executive training programs. Morena is a 2007 graduate from the University of Houston Main Campus with a Bachelor in Science of Civil Engineering Degree. During her free time, Morena likes to attend church, participate in volunteer events, train at the gym and spend time with her family.


Simeon Eburi Losoha

Simeon is a Petroleum Engineer with Chevron Corporation. He currently works in Chevron's Energy Technology Company (ETC), which supports upstream, downstream and midstream operations to deliver high-quality, cost-effective technology solutions and services to Chevron's operations worldwide. Within ETC, Simeon works in the Shale Unit as a Reservoir and Simulation Engineer and provides support and expertise to Chevron's Unconventional and Shale Assets worldwide.

Previously, Simeon worked in Chevron's Mid-Continent Business Unit as a Reservoir Engineer on the East Texas Shales Asset Team working the Haynesville Shale, and prior to that assignment, he worked in the same business unit as a Production Engineer on the Oklahoma Asset Team working mature gas fields and the Woodford Shale.

Simeon was an Ambassador Lecturer at Cypress Lakes High School and Junior Achievement Lecturer at Lamar High School and Westside High School. In 2011, Simeon was selected to be on the SPE Gulf Coast Section (GCS) Young Professionals Board where he co-chaired the Emerging Engineers Conference. In 2012, he served as the SPE GCS Young Professionals Vice-Chair, and in 2013, he served on the SPE GCS Board of Directors as SPE GCS Young Professionals Chair.

Simeon graduated from Texas Tech University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering with numerous honors, while leading the Texas Tech African Student Organization in 2005 and the Texas Tech Engineering Ambassadors organization in 2006 as president. In 2007, he graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering also from Texas Tech University. In 2012, he was selected to be on the Texas Tech Young Engineering Alumni Board.

Simeon enjoys playing recreational sports - basketball, soccer and flag football, following Red Raider sports and professional basketball, playing guitar, chess, volunteering and spending time with family and friends.


Islin Munisteri

Islin Munisteri, E.I.T., is currently a Reservoir Engineer at BP for the Mad Dog project in the Gulf of Mexico. Previously, she worked in the Gulf of Mexico Operated by Others team as a reservoir engineer, focusing on the Mars and Europa assets. She has also worked on tight gas in the Arkoma Basin.

Islin has been active in SWE. As a collegiate, she was the founding editor the Region I blog. In 2007, she received the SWE Future Leader Award. She went on to become the MEGA Issues Task Force Chair on a national level in 2008, where she and her team produced a white paper on member lifecycle and retention. She has served as Awards Chair, Secretary, and subsequently is the current president of the SWE Houston Area section.

Islin graduated from Colorado School of Mines in 2009 with a Bachelors of Science in Petroleum Engineering, and was active in Pi Epsilon Tau and was inducted into Order of the Engineer. She is also an editor for the Society of Petroleum Engineers' The Way Ahead, the magazine for young professionals, with a readership of 30,000 members. Islin enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, skiing, and reading.


Jason Kirby

The Texas Public Works Association Southeast Branch (TPWA SE) has selected Jason A. Kirby, P.E. as the 2013 Young Leader of the Year. Jason currently serves as the District Engineer for Fort Bend County Water Control & Improvement District No. 2. His current duties include oversight of all engineering, planning and construction related aspects of the water and wastewater systems for the approximately 11.5 square miles encompassed within the District. With over ten years of technical design and project management experience, Jason's work prior to joining the District included various water, wastewater treatment and reuse project across the state for many different municipal and private entities. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. Jason is licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas, is a Certified Floodplain Manager, and Board Certified Environmental Engineer. A lifelong resident of Texas, Jason is an active member of the Houston Rodeo, teaches adult bible study as a member of Pecan Grove Baptist church and loves spending time with his wife Amy, 6 year old daughter Kailee, and 2 year old son Cooper.


Charles R. Stevens Jr., P.E., PTOE, LEED AP

Charles is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE), and is LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. He is a Managing Director and the Traffic Engineering Group leader with Binkley & Barfield, Inc.

Charles has been involved in TSPE since 2010 including serving as the Scholarship Chair, Golf Tournament Chair, and now as a Director on the Board. Charles received a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2005, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2003. Charles is Married to Roma Stevens and has a six year old daughter named Asha.


Megan Siercks, PE, PTOE, PTP

Megan Siercks, P.E., PTOE, PTP is a licensed engineer in the State of Texas and holds a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification and a Professional Transportation Planner certification. She is a Senior Associate at Walter P Moore where she has worked for seven years in the traffic engineering group. Megan's engineering experience includes a variety of traffic projects including master planning, traffic signal design, traffic impact analysis, access management, and simulation modeling. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University ('05) and a Masters of Civil Engineering from the University of Houston ('11).

Megan has been actively involved in the Houston Chapter of TexITE for 7 years. She has been a part of the annual Shrimp Boil planning committee for the last four years. Additionally, Megan has participated in the planning of the two State Meetings, held in Sugarland in 2010 and Clear Lake in 2013. She was responsible for planning both evening social events, one at George Ranch Historical Park and the other at Houston Space Center. Megan is similarly active in the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and serves on the Houston Engineers Week Committee. She also participates in events like Canstruction, which benefits the Houston Food Bank, MathCOUNTS, Houston Heart Walk, and a neighborhood welcoming committee.

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