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Distinguished Lecture Series


Evening with the Pros


Matt Crafton, Crafton Tull, President and CEO; Moderator, Bob Walters, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Chief Engineer (retired); Grady Harvell, AFCO Steel, President; Ralph Hall, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Assistant to the Director; Mike Griffin, Garver Engineers, Director of Aviation 

September 29, 2011





Moderator and Speakers at Evening with the Pros

Speakers with students

AASHTO (American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials) Safety Manual


Karen Dixon, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

March 31, 2011


Karen Dixon and Kevin Hall

Panama Canal Expansion 2014 

Richard L. Grenville, Director of Logistics and Business Development with the Tulsa Port of Catoosa

March 3, 2011


Heather Nachtmann, Dick Greenville and Kevin Hall

War Eagle Bridge Rehabilitation  


Chris Wilbourn, Senior Project Manager and Project Engineer of Garver Engineers

November 18, 2010





Evening with the Pros   


Bob Walters, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Chief Engineer (retired); Bert Parks, Garver Engineering; Scott Bennett, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation; Marcus Hopkins; AFCO Steel and a recent graduate; and Larry Weir, Wawkin-Weir Engineers

September 30, 2010


 Marcus Hopkins, AFCO Steel

 System Maturity and Development Lab 


Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology

April 23, 2010



Ed Pohl, Ph.D. and Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez, Ph.D.

Dr. Ramirez-Marquez speaking with a graduate student after the lecture 

 Planning for Light Rail in NW Arkansas  


Rod Diridon, Executive Director of the Norman Y. Mineta International Institute for Surface Transportation Policy Studies at San Jose State University

October 20, 2009



Rod Diridon with Razorback Cap



 Evening with the Pros

Bob Walters, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Chief Engineer (retired); Randy Hathaway, Ph.D., P.E., Deputy District Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Emmanuel Banks, P.E., Assistant Chief Engineer-Operations with Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department; Keith Tencleve, P.E., Project Manager for Garver USA and a recent graduate; Charles Zimmerman, P.E., Vice President of International Design and Construction, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; and James Engstrom, P.E.of H.James Engstrom & Associates, Inc.

September 10, 2009



Bob Walters with James Engstrom and Emmanuel Banks

Charles Zimmerman with Harold Beaver and
Kevin Hall, Department Head of Civil Engineering  

 The Increasing Role of Seismic Measurements in Geotechnical and Pavement Studies


Kenneth H. Stokoe, II, Ph.D., P.E., Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department from the University of Texas at Austin

February 5, 2009



 Jack Buffington with Kenneth Stokoe

 Opportunities Available to Engineers 


Wallace F. Forbes, CFA, President of the Forbes Investors Advisory Institute

October 23, 2008


Wallace F. Forbes with MBA students from the Walton College of Business

Jack Buffington, Wallace F. Forbes and Kevin Hall  

 Evening with the Pros   


Mike Marlar, P.E., President of Marlar Engineering of North Little Rock; Sherman Smith, P.E., Director of Pulaski County Public Works; Robert Seay, P.E., City Engineer for the City of Hot Springs; Charles Clements, P.E., Division Head, Roadway Design, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department; Natalie Becknell, P.E., Project Engineer at Garver Engineers and a recent graduate; Bill Staggs, P.E., Chief Engineer at North Little Rock Wastewater Utility

September 11, 2008





Ted C. Kennedy, founder of BE&K, Inc.

February 21, 2008

Ted Kennedy and Jack Buffington speaking with a student

 The Best Value Model for Education: Can Everyone Win?

Dean T. Kashiwagi, Ph.D., P.E., Director of the Performance Based Studies Research Group and Professor at Arizona State University

October 11, 2007


Dean Kashiwagi speaking at lecture


 Evening with the Pros

Mike Marlar of Marlar Engineering of North Little Rock; Kirby Rowland of Garver Engineers; Steve Beam of Crafton & Tull Engineers; Carl Bachelor of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department; and Don Mosley of Wal-Mart.

September 13, 2007



Presenters at Evening with the Pros

Students attending lecture