Engineering & Design Team

Engineering & Design Team

Rich_Bergemann (2)

Richard Bergemann | Director of Engineering

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Accomplishments:
I have been married for 25 years and have three children.  Grew a Design Department from three people to over 40 during my previous employment.  Served 24 years in the Army, retired as a Command Sergeant Major.  Did two tours of Iraq, 1991 and 2005.  Won a National Title in Rugby with the “Wisconsin Rugby Club” in 1998.  Started the Oregon Stoughton Rugby Club.

Extracurricular:
Head Coach for the Oregon Stoughton Rugby Club.  SR Vice Commander for VFW Post 10272.  Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 168.  WI HS Rugby Union – Board Member.  Badgerland Rugby Conference – Scheduler, Board Member.

Off the Clock:
I read military history and biographies.  I have way too many favorite books, but Shelby Foote’s Civil War narrative is impressive and long.  Favorite movies: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Bladerunner, Braveheart, Gettysburg.  I will not watch any movie with a sad ending.  My wife says my emotional state has not yet evolved.  I like to garden, to feed my wine-making hobby of about 100 bottles a year.  I camp, hunt, shoot, ATV, play chess and Texas hold’em.

Steve-Hunsberger

Steve Hunsberger, PE, SE | Principal Engineer

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Accomplishments:
Graduated from UW-Madison.  Licensed Professional/Structural Engineer in IL, IA, MN, WI.  I am the master of the flying balcony.  Built a wood outdoor play palace for my daughter.

Off the Clock:
I don’t want to have anything get in the way of my ability to do my work so I gravitate away from other commitments and play the back up/support role for my wife’s commitments.  I like to play racquetball, golf (standard, mini, Frisbee), ping pong and listen to music.  When my back allows I do a 5:30 am boot camp to keep this enviable physique.  I like free stuff and am a hoarder.  I eat off the dollar menu because my family lives a lavish lifestyle of private schools and organic food.  I am related to famous Dutch painter Vermeer.

Bill-Abel

Bill Abel, PE | Project Engineer

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Accomplishments:
Ran and completed (3) 100-mile ultra marathons.  Qualified for the Boston Marathon but never ran it.  Lead engineer for The Humbucker, total precast building in Madison.  Wonderful wife and kids.

Off the Clock:
Enjoy distance running and competing in ultra marathons and golf.  I enjoy making beer almost as much as I enjoy drinking it.  Iowa State sport fan, I know.

Paul_Jankowski

Paul Jankowski, EIT | Project Engineer

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Accomplishments:
Graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and passed the F.E. exam right after that.

Extracurricular:
I was the coach of my brother’s baseball team for two years, and an assistant lacrosse coach for one before coming to Mid-States.

Off the Clock:
I am a huge Packers and Brewers fan even though I am from Chicago.  I played a year of Division III college lacrosse freshman year.  Now, I just settle for going to the gym a few days a week and trying to eat healthy.  I have been to 10 of the MLB ballparks, and I hope I am able to experience a game in each someday.

David_Alvarez

David Alvarez | Project Engineer

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Accomplishments:
Finished my bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering at ITESM and completed my Masters in Structural Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Extracurricular:
I used to be the captain of a soccer team back in Mexico.

Off the Clock:
I love to watch all sports; my favorite teams are the Packers, Cubs and Blackhawks.  I also like to play soccer and watch all types of movies.

Salvio-Osmena

Salvio Osmena | Project Engineer

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Accomplishments:
I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Santo Tomas back in the Philippines where I grew up.  My greatest accomplishment, thus far, is earning my Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structures from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Extracurricular:
As an undergraduate, I was very active with the sole Civil Engineering organization in University of Santo Tomas.  When I was in my fourth year, I was the Committee Chairperson who oversees the activities of all committees of the organization.  And in my graduating year, I was the Internal Vice President for half of the academic year and was the Acting President for the rest of the term.

Off the Clock:
Out of work hours, I try to workout 4-5 times a week to keep active and healthy.  I also love playing volleyball – I joined leagues in Chicago back when I was in the area.

Secret Life:
The Osmena Family is a prominent political family in the Philippines, especially in one of the provinces called Cebu.  One of the big names is Sergio Osmena who became the 3rd President of the Philippines.  According my my father, we are distantly related to these Osmenas, but none of us followed the political path, just yet.

Matt-Keith

Matt Keith | Project Lead

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Accomplishments:
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 3 years.  I have obtained 2 certifications in solidworks (CSWA & CSWP).

Off the Clock:
Bowl multiple times a week, along with coaching youth camps.  Have multiple 300 games and 800 games series.  When not bowling, I’m usually watching the Bears, Blackhawks, or Bulls.  Father of four legged friend named Fenway.

Nick_Homerding

Nick Homerding | Project Lead

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Accomplishments
My biggest accomplishment in life is my soul mate, Rachael Brown.  I would be nothing without this woman.  I also have an Associate’s Degree in Engineering Technology and have gained many certifications with Illinois Department of Transportation in Concrete, Asphalt, Bridge Construction and Inspection, and finally in Project Management.

Off the Clock:
I like to go camping, hiking, sit around a bonfire, fishing, bowling, golf, taking a drive in the country, gardening, sketching and drawing, home improvements (when I have the money to do so), and hanging out with friends and family.

Secret Life:
Most people don’t know that I’m a fairly good singer and dancer when I want to be.  I can impersonate people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sloth from The Goonies.  Also, some people think I am a great descendant of Sasquatch!

Donald Wilkinson

Donald Wilkinson | BIM Coordinator

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Accomplishments
Completed electrical re-documentation of two factories in Brillion, WI.  I traced and re-labeled over 13 miles of conduit, panels, and transformers and also translated all of that information into line diagrams and made a complete set of electrical plans for the machinery.  I put together tutorials so the maintenance staff could keep their records up to date in the future.

Off the Clock
My favorite hobby right now is being a dad.  Besides that, I am a model painter and enjoy playing board games and reading fantasy books.  I spend most of the spring/summer outside hiking, camping, climbing, and just being out in nature.  I also enjoys watching lots of movies.

Secret Life
I am a Canadian citizen and my wife is a Japanese citizen.  Our daughter is a triple Canadian, American, Japanese citizen.

Mindy-Frank

Mindy Frank | Design Manager

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Accomplishments:
Earned A+, Net+, MCP, MCSA certifications from Microsoft.  Lead designer and IT leader.  Involved with several of our exciting projects over the years like Trio, The Siena, Kerry Foods and Seneca.

Off the Clock:
Enjoy golfing with my husband and neighbors, I have never laughed as much as when we are all together.  Biking on hot humid days is one of my favorite things to do.  May seem crazy but, there’s nothing like jamming to some tunes and riding.  Only thing to worry about are the kamikaze chipmunks.  They make cute little speed bumps.  I was the VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) State Vice President my senior year of high school.

Zoran

Zoran Saric | Senior Project Designer

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Accomplishments:
Helped design some very challenging projects such as Covenant Village, West Bend P.D., Pinstripes and Tioga Elementary School.

Off the Clock:
Enjoy playing indoor and outdoor soccer.  Our team won the Indoor Championship at ISC Rockford three times.  I like to travel and experience new places, most memorable has been Niagara Falls.  When I was in high school I won a large chess tournament.

Bill-David

Bill David | Project Designer

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Accomplishments:
Have been in engineering and design for 20+ years in various capacities.  About 9 of that in the precast field.  I am currently a Project Leader at Mid-States.

Off the Clock:
During the fall there is nothing better than getting together with friends and watching our Bears struggle over a cold beer. It’s not easy, but I’ll keep doing it.

Secret Life:
In a previous life I was in the Air Force and possessed a Top Secret security clearance.  I was an electro-mechanical technician for the Minuteman II I.C.B.M. in South Dakota.  Real estate relocation at its finest.

Kristen

Kristen Heiser | Project Designer

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Accomplishments:
My son is my greatest accomplishment.  Everyday he amazes me.  Been at Mid-States for 9 years.  Drawn several exciting projects.

Off the clock:
Spending time with my family and our rescue dog is my favorite thing to do.  I also love to cook and bake, I’m always trying out new recipes.  My grandfather was born and raised in a small town in Iowa that (as the story goes) Al Capone drove to during the prohibition for liquor.

Evan_Saunders

Evan Saunders | Project Designer

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Accomplishments:
Graduated from Morrison Institute of Technology with an Engineering Technology Degree.  Going out to Breckenridge, CO and skiing from the summit at 12,998 feet.

Off the Clock:
I spend my summers on a lake, fall in the woods hunting, and winters skiing.  Love doing just about anything outdoors.

Secret Life:
My mom was a childhood friend of Steve Stricker.

Dave-Hill

David Hill | Detailer

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Off the Clock:
I enjoy golfing when I get the chance.

Secret Life:
Married with 3 children, all in their 20’s.

Mike_Owens

Mike Owens | Detailer

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Accomplishments:
Four years as Co-Advisor and Mentor for the Hononegah High School Robotics Team, Stateline Robotics Team 4655.  Adjunct Instructor at Rock Valley College for the Building Construction Curriculum.

Extracurricular:
Owner of a small business working in the mortgage banking industry.

Off the Clock:
Running.  Wood working.

Secret Life:
Hollywood look-alike?  Maybe Nicholas Cage.

Adam_Benedict

Adam Benedict | Detailer

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Accomplishments:
Married to a wonderful woman and father to four uniquely individual children.  Earned my degree in graphic design in 2008 and have been a freelance designer for almost 10 years.

Off the Clock:
Favorite Movies:  Jaws, Back to the Future, The Blair Witch Project, The Lord of the Rings
Favorite Band:  Alkaline Trio
Favorite Book:  1984
Favorite Superhero:  Daredevil
Hobbies:  Camping, Cryptozoology, Folklore, Weird History, Movie Trivia, Genealogy

Secret Life:
I literally ran into and almost knocked down Rod Stewart while in Chicago back in 2010.  He was leaving a club, I wasn’t paying attention, and we slammed into each other.  He was super cool about it though and we shook hands while both apologizing.

I traced my family history back over 500 years and I discovered my great grandparents x10 were one of the first families to settle in what would eventually become America.  I also found out that my great grandfather x6 was kicked out of the country for supporting the British during the revolutionary war, ended up in Canada, and helped settle what would eventually become Ontario.  The family eventually came back to America after sneaking in via Ox Cart.

Brent_Carroll

Brent Carroll | Detailer

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Accomplishments:
Graduated Suma Cum Laude.  Ranked 7th in the nation in 2012 by the Skills USA in CAD Mechanical Drafting.

Off the Clock:
I enjoy bad horror movies and am a pretty avid gamer.  I also enjoy playing pool and board games with friends.

Secret Life:
When I was in high school I was a sergeant in a law enforcement explorer group and was deputized all 4 years of high school.

Carrie_Lester

Carrie Lester | Detailer

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Accomplishments:
Served three years of active duty in the Army, plus an additional eight years in the Army Reserves.  Received the Army Accommodation Medal and two Army Achievement Medals.  Graduated from Kishwaukee College in 2012.

Off the Clock:
When not at work, I enjoy being outdoors, reading Stephen King books (especially the Dark Tower series), baking and traveling.  I also enjoy home projects, mostly painting.

Secret Life:
Three years ago, I took clarinet lessons.

Jim_Alf

Jim Alf | Detailer

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Accomplishments:
I was employed by Hamilton Sundstrand on aerospace systems, electrical and power generation, where I worked on airliner systems, as well as space and military programs.

One product I worked on was a Ram Air Turbine, which supplies emergency power to the controls of passenger planes.  One of these helped Chesley Sullenberger land his plane in the Hudson.  This was dramatized in the movie Sully.

Off the Clock:
NFL Football, New England Patriots fan.  Attending concerts – latest was seeing Tom Petty at Summerfest.  Books, epic fantasy and sci-fi, the Dresden Files are a favorite.  Gaming: Xbox, board games and tabletop war games.  And movies – all of them.

Secret Life:
My grandfather owned and operated a concrete company.

Deonta_Muhammad

Deonta Muhammad | Detailer

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Accomplishments
Graduated from University of Illinois in Technical Systems Management.

Extracurricular
I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Off the Clock
I enjoy playing basketball.  Top movies are: The Notebook, Love and Basketball and Wanted.  I am also a barber.

Secret Life
Right now I am slowly trying to become a Vegan.

Erin_Rich

Erin Rich | Detailer

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Accomplishments
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Interior and Environmental Design from Illinois State University.

Extracurricular
I am captain of the Rich household (according to me).  I am married with two little ones who keep me very busy and a pudgy little puggle who is always at my feet (at least when she smells food).

Off the Clock
I love hanging out with family and friends, but am equally as happy vegging out at home.  I also have a passion for interior design.  My favorite movie is Back to the Future and feel the need to watch it every time it’s on TV.

Secret Life
I played the trumpet in high school but definitely cannot still play.  I once ran into Burt Young (coach Paulie in Rocky) in a Chicago train station.  I also met LL Cool J and called him “LL” as if we were old pals.  I participated in a taping of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I skydived once and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Gabriel_Bueschel

Gabriel Bueschel | Detailer

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Accomplishments
Ten years ago I placed first in a go-cart race against my eleven-year-old cousin and his friends.  I still have the first place ribbon.  I once slam dunked over my two-year-old niece playing a game of basketball.

Extracurricular
I enjoy playing recreational softball with my friends.

Off the Clock
I am a huge Chicago sports fan and have been a diehard Cubs fan my entire life.  Baseball has been my favorite type of sport ever since I was a kid.  My favorite book to read is Ender’s Game. B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Joe Bonamassa are some of my favorite musicians.

Secret Life
I once high-fived a girl at the end of a date.  (We did not go on a second date).

Ethan_Hall

Ethan Hall | Detailer

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Accomplishments:
Starting a beautiful family with my loving wife.

Extracurricular:
I was a participant in the band of travelers that defeated the dark elves and retrieved the eye of Goroth in my Dungeons and Dragons campaign.

Off the Clock:
I have a lot of “flash in the pan” hobbies, but my most recent one is construction of a darkroom in which to develop my own photos.  I am also a fan of the D.C. universe over Marvel.

Secret Life:
Related to Alvin York, one of the most decorated soldiers of WWI, capturing 132 German soldiers.  I am currently going to school for psychology, but my true passion is for philosophy (not many jobs), and quantum physics (I really hate math).  A lot of people used to tell me I looked like Frodo, I don’t know, what do you think?

Jay_Meling

Jay Meling | Engineering Quality Auditor

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Accomplishments:
Created a digital training manual for new employees becoming Project Designers/Generators.

Off the Clock:
Enjoy racing muscle cars, auto repair and restoration, metal fabrication, the shooting range, kayaking, camping RV style and tents and bonfires.  I do all the maintenance on the tour bus for the Chicago based metal band SOiL.

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Mary Seibert-Morin | Engineering Support

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Accomplishments:
Married to a great guy who still makes me laugh.  Graduated from Illinois State University in Normal, IL, and go “back to Normal” for reunions.

Extracurricular:
Founding member of the “Dip for Dozer” polar plunge fundraiser event in Cambridge on Lake Ripley and we’ve raised over $150K for scholarships.  Coordinate Turkey Bowling as part of this event.  No, I do not jump in the lake but take a lot of photos of the crazy folks who do.

Off the Clock:
Motorcycle rides with my husband and friends, avid Packer and Badger fan, love gardening and audio books (funny mysteries especially), winery tours and trying new restaurants.

Secret Life:
Spent a week in the Boundary Waters paddling a solo canoe with an all-woman’s group from Minneapolis.  Saw a mama moose and baby along with bald eagles and Northern Lights.