ANKENY, IOWA – Jenifer Bates, PE, recently joined JEO Consulting Group, Inc. as a project manager in the transportation department. Bringing 21 years of experience to JEO, Bates offers an abundance of knowledge about many aspects of transportation and civil engineering. She has substantial experience with roadway design, storm sewer and drainage design, pedestrian trail design, water distribution systems, and utility coordination.
As a project manager at JEO, Bates’ main responsibilities will include client communications, public involvement, preliminary and final plan documents, specifications, cost opinions, and construction administration.
In 2013, Bates was named outstanding civil engineer by the Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). She has been an active member of the ASCE Iowa Chapter and served on its board of directors for a number of years. Bates has attended ASCE Legislative Fly-Ins in Washington D.C., where she lobbied on Capitol Hill with colleagues to bring attention to ASCE issues. Additionally, Bates takes an active role in the MathCounts Competition by helping organize the annual regional competition and coaching the Indianola middle school team.
“Jenifer clearly demonstrates the leadership and organizational skills needed to be a successful project manager,” said JEO’s Iowa transportation manager, Justin Vogel. “Jenifer’s involvement with the ASCE, MathCounts, and other organizations demonstrates her commitment to mentoring individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Her ability to mentor others blends well with our company’s learn-and-teach culture.”
Before coming to JEO, Bates worked for Snyder and Associates, Inc., Stanley Consultants, and the Iowa Department of Transportation. Her previous experience includes serving as the project manager and lead engineer for significant roadway improvements to 19th Avenue North in Clinton, Iowa. This three-phased, $5.7-million project included an environmental assessment and section 4(f) process, construction of a two-lane boulevard, and design of a three-lane facility that is set for construction in 2016. Another significant project is the Easter Lake Trail (also known as the Mark Ackelson Trail) in Polk County, Iowa. Bates was the project manager and lead engineer for the preliminary design of the five-mile trail that loops Easter Lake. She was also responsible for the final design of the first two phases of this $3.8-million trail alignment. It is anticipated that the third phase will be designed and constructed in 2016.
Bates holds a bachelor’s degree with distinction in civil engineering from Iowa State University, and is a registered professional engineer in Iowa.