New directors take over at Kaw Valley Engineering

July 6, 2016 by Zachary Eckels

President and Directors

As a part of the strategic planning Kaw Valley Engineering is currently undergoing, some big changes have been made to our organizational chart. These changes are intended to improve communication and unity among our offices, offer clearer career paths to our employees and improve production efficiencies for our clients.

The biggest and most visible change is the implementation of five directors to take control of the major sectors of our firm. These directors are seated directly below our president, Leon Osbourn, PE, PS, and will report to him.

As of July 5, our directors are: Chad McCullough, PE, Director of Engineering; Michael Osbourn, PE, Director of Field Services; Jason Loader, PS, Director of Surveying Services; Coby Crowl, PE, Director of Marketing and Business Development; and Charles Sharp, Director of Operations.

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Beatty elected president of KSPE

May 25, 2016 by Zachary Eckels

Keith Beatty

Keith Beatty, PE, has been elected president for the executive committee of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. He will be installed during the society’s annual conference on June 9.

Keith says his overall mission as President is to continue the tradition of advocacy for the Professional Engineer.

“By promoting licensure we can help ensure the safety and welfare of the public and the profession. Over the next year I plan to work on an outreach program to better KSPE and the public perception that Engineers have,” he said.

Continuing the society’s mission of “advocating legislation and public policy for the betterment of human welfare and the profession” is also high on Keith’s list.

“KSPE has one of the best programs in the legislature with our lobbyist and member conviction. KSPE spends countless hours at the State House answering and testifying on behalf of the Professional Engineer,” he said.

Keith received his BS degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University and began his professional career with Kaw Valley Engineering in 1997. He spent eight years as the City Engineer for the City of Emporia before rejoining Kaw Valley Engineering in the spring of 2009 as the Director of Engineering Services.

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Kaw Valley Engineering Named in Ingram’s Greater Kansas City Book of Leads & Lists

March 17, 2016 by Kerry Patterson

Keith Beatty K-5

Kaw Valley Engineering has been named in Ingram’s Greater Kansas City Book of Leads & Lists.

Ingram’s is Kansas City’s premier business publication and has been for the past 40 years. With more than 105,000 influential and affluent monthly readers and 25,000 additional readers of Ingram’s Quarterly Reports and reprint sections, Ingram’s has earned the respect of top executives in the Kansas City area, as well as one of the highest readership profiles of any business magazine, business journal or daily newspaper in North America. Aside from regular reporting, Ingram’s features prestigious monthly specials highlighting some of Kansas City’s top business people, including 40 Under Forty, 20 in Their Twenties, Corporate Report 100 and Industry Outlook.

Kaw Valley Engineering ranked in the top 25 in Ingram’s Top Area Engineering Firms, both in the Ranked by Total Firm-Wide Office Billings and the Ranked by Number of Local Engineers listings.

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Austin Receives WCES Engineering Service Award

March 14, 2016 by Kerry Patterson

The Wichita Council of Engineering Societies (WCES) has selected Tim Austin as the recipient for this year’s WCES Engineering Service Award.

The WCES Engineering Service Award is given in recognition of volunteer service dedicated to the advancement of engineering, the engineering profession, engineering public awareness and/or engineering public service. The award was presented to Tim during the Engineer’s Week Luncheon on February 18, 2016, at the Wichita, Kansas, Marriott.

Tim received a Masters of Public Administration degree from Wichita State University in 1992 and a Bachelors of Science degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University in 1984. He is currently the President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)

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Keith Beatty Shares Enthusiasm for Engineering with K-5 Students

March 1, 2016 by Kerry Patterson

Keith Beatty K-5

During Engineers Week (Feb. 21 to 27), Keith Beatty, PE, shared his enthusiasm for engineering with students at Grandview Elementary School in Grandview Plaza, Kansas.

As part of the elementary schools “Day of Engineering,” Keith spoke about several types of engineering, including aerospace, material, chemical, electrical/computer, environmental, geotechnical, and, of course, civil engineering to encourage today’s youth to “Discover Engineering.” Props were used, such as a rip stick, long board, motorcycle helmet, medical supplies, and a Microsoft Surface to demonstrate how engineers have a large impact in a variety of areas.

We’re all familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and how Goldilocks sat in Baby Bear’s chair and broke it. After the presentation, students brainstormed how to make a new chair out of various materials for their “Baby Bear” (comprised of a water bottle) as part of an engineering project.

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Beatty Receives KSPE Award

February 22, 2016 by Kerry Patterson

The Topeka Chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) has selected Keith Beatty as the recipient for this year’s KSPE Award.

The KSPE Award is given to a registered professional engineer in recognition of many years of outstanding contributions to KSPE, the engineering profession, his/her community, and mankind. The award will be presented during the Engineers Week Luncheon on February 26, 2016 at Washburn University’s Memorial Union.

Keith received his BS degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University, and began his professional career with Kaw Valley Engineering in 1997. He had spent eight years as the City Engineer for the City of Emporia before rejoining Kaw Valley Engineering in the spring of 2009 as the Director of Engineering Services.

Keith was recognized as EIT of the year by the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) in 2002 and Government Engineer in 2005. He has previously served in all the leadership chairs of the Topeka Chapter, In addition, Keith has served the following positions on the KSPE Executive Board: Second Vice President (2005-2006); First Vice President (2006-2007); Secretary (2008-2010); First Vice President (2010-2011); Second Vice President for a partial term in 2014-2015; and is currently fulfilling the role as President Elect.

Keith has continued to serve his community with his dedication and leadership within the Boy Scout of America organization. Over the past eight years, Keith has held positions within Pack 165 or Troop 157, Emporia, Kansas, SOJADI District of the Jayhawk Area Council. Pack 165 utilized Keith as Den Leader over the years serving Tigers, Wolfs and Bears and as an assistant Den Leader for the WEBELOS for two years. Keith has served as a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 157 while taking a lead role in planning high adventure trips, camps and special outings for the Troop. Keith has completed his Wood Badge Training and is also a member of the Dzie-Hauk Tonga Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.

Image Courtesy of Kevin Beck / Topeka Chapter KSPE

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National Engineering Society Names Tim Austin as New President

August 3, 2015 by Kerry Patterson

Tim Austin NSPE
Image Courtesy of NSPE and Steve Schneider Photography

On July 18th, in Seattle at the 81st Annual Conference of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Tim Austin, PE, was installed as its 77th President for the 2015-16 year.

Austin is a professional engineer and Office Manager of Kaw Valley Engineering’s Wichita office. His diverse work experience has provided him with a unique perspective of the engineering and construction industries and he has been an experienced and accomplished manager in both the public and private sectors. Austin has had an active leadership role in a number of professional and community organizations including the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, the Engineer’s Foundation of Kansas, the Wichita Area Builders Association, the Wichita Art and Design Council, the Wichita Airport Advisory Board, and Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Established in 1934, the National Society of Professional Engineers and its 33,000 members serves as the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers regardless of discipline and area of practice.

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Loader Attains Colorado Professional Land Surveyor License

July 10, 2015 by Kerry Patterson

Kaw Valley Engineering, provider of consulting civil and geotechnical engineering services, is proud to announce that Jason R. Loader has successfully completed his Colorado Professional Land Surveyor (PLS) exam and experience requirements for licensure in that state. Jason is the Director of Surveying Services for all Kaw Valley Engineering offices, and is licensed in four additional states.

Jason Loader graduated from Kansas State University in Salina with an Associate of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology with a Surveying Option.  Jason started his career at Kaw Valley Engineering in the Junction City office in August 1999.  He is a member of the Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma Societies of Land Surveyors; the National Society of Professional Surveyors; and is the current President of the Salina Chapter of Kansas Society of Land Surveyors

Jason’s 15 years of experience includes all aspects of land surveying which include: cadastral surveys, property surveys, topographic surveys, ALTA/ACSM land title surveys, and construction layout surveying.  He has extensive knowledge of modern technologies used in surveying, consisting of GPS, robotic total stations, and office software.

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Wichita Open House Welcomes Friends / Clients

March 17, 2015 by Kerry Patterson


On February 12, 2015, Kaw Valley Engineering held an open house in our Wichita, Kansas, office. The event was a great success with more than 70 clients and friends attending.

Tim Austin, Wichita Office Manager, was pleased with the outcome of the open house. “We’ve celebrated many accomplishments since we opened our Wichita office in May 2014. We had a great time, and are glad we had the opportunity to connect with clients and colleagues.”

A raffle was held for a Kaw Valley Engineering gift basket, which included a beautiful etched bottle of wine, two wine glasses, a Bradley Fair gift card, and a box of Cocoa Dolce artisan chocolates. The winner of the gift basket was Scott Harper of Landmark Commercial Real Estate.

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Jennifer Lindsley Appointed to Director of Drafting Services

March 4, 2015 by Kerry Patterson

Jennifer Lindsley

On February 24, 2015, Jennifer Lindsley was appointed to Director of Drafting Services at Kaw Valley Engineering.

Up until recently, Charles Sharp has acted as both Director of Drafting Services and Director of Information Technology (IT) for the company. Those positions have now been split into two separate positions with Jennifer now managing drafting and Charles managing IT. Charles and Jennifer will remain contacts for both IT and drafting.

As Director of Drafting Services, Jennifer will coordinate with all offices to maintain companywide standards and continuity. Jennifer stated, “I am excited to continue to work closely with the drafting departments in all offices. It is a great time to transition into this role; I don’t believe we have ever had more talented staff.”

Jennifer’s journey at Kaw Valley Engineering has been a long one. She joined Kaw Valley Engineering in 1997 while still in high school as a part-time drafting technician. From there, she continued to work part-time while earning her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, with an emphasis on Financial Management, at Kansas State University, and was hired on full-time in 2000.

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