MANHATTAN, KS – In recognition of his career and commitment to his community, Benesch’s Michael Heigert, PE has been named Engineer of the Year by the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers Tri-Valley Chapter. Candidates considered for this award must demonstrate exceptional achievements in engineering as well as a strong commitment to KSPE activities, technical and professional organizations and their communities.
Over the course of his career, Heigert has become an accomplished project manager with a broad range of civil engineering and management skills. He has spent the last ten years working on projects on behalf of the Kansas Department of Transportation and Kansas Turnpike Authority, in addition to several municipalities and smaller communities across Kansas. Today, he is leading 13 active projects with an estimated combined construction cost of $52 million dollars.
Being part of an industry that makes a difference is a major motivator for Heigert. “What we all do as engineers is unique, requires critical thinking and, quite frankly, is awesome!” he says. “Developing innovative ideas, putting them on paper and then seeing them built and enjoyed by communities for years to come is empowering.”
When he’s not leading engineering projects, Heigert volunteers for non-profit organizations such as MATHCOUNTS, girls on the run, and other community service events.
Heigert will now be a contender for KSPE’s statewide Engineer of the Year award.