MWM In the News
MWM DesignGroup Hires Muthanna Mughawish
Austin, Texas. May, 2018
Mr. Mughawish joined MWM as a Field Surveyor in May 2018. He recently moved to Austin and joins us with a varied and creative background including Interior design and teaching in Damascus, Syria.
Muthanna has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture & Design from the University of Damascus, Syria.
“We are excited to bring on Muthanna to expand our field surveying crews and continue to provide our clients with timely, consistent service we are known for.” Eduardo O. Mendez, RPLS, Principal + Sr. Vice President
MWM DesignGroup Hires Mary Franzosa, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Austin, Texas. March, 2018
Ms. Franzosa has joined our Architecture Group as a Project Manager. Mary brings 12 years of experience in a variety of civic, commercial and higher education projects here in Austin and regionally.
“Mary adds tremendous value to our team. She brings a diverse background in design including commercial and public construction projects.” W. Owen Harrod Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Architecture Group Lead.
Mary is a graduate from Rice University with a Bachelor of Architecture, is a licensed architect, and is LEED AP BD+C certified.
MWM DesignGroup Announces Chris Kelly as a Newly Licensed Landscape Architect
Austin, Texas. March, 2018
We congratulate Chris Kelly for passing his L.A.R.E. and becoming a newly licensed Landscape Architect!
Mr. Kelly joined our growing Landscape Architecture Group in June 2016 as a Landscape Architect Intern. He has been instrumental in MWM’s recent designs for prominent projects such as the Shoal Creek Park at the Central Library in Austin, the new Stone Hill Park in Pflugerville, and Mason Creek Trail in Leander, Texas.
“Chris is an integral part of our landscape architecture group and we’re very proud of his accomplishments.” David Cazares, ASLA, LEED AP, Landscape Architecture Group Lead.
Chris is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture.
Debbie S. Warner becomes a Principal at MWM DesignGroup!
Austin, Texas. December, 2017
We are excited to have Debbie increase her impact at MWM as a Principal | Vice President. Debbie has distinguished herself as a business leader in the professional services community. Her growth within the business development / marketing field is an inspiration to many of her colleagues.
As Vice President and Director of Business Development, Debbie will continue implementing MWM’s comprehensive marketing plan and managing the business development process.
“Debbie’s initiatives have taken the firm’s marketing efforts to a higher competitive level, pushed the boundaries of our project wins, and allowed MWM to expand into new markets – most importantly, Debbie embodies the balance of personal drive and commitment to helping others that is a cornerstone of our work philosophy” Julia Harrod, MWM President.
Debbie promotes a corporate culture of engagement which makes MWM such a great place to work. She exemplifies the firm’s core values and is passionate about the company’s clients and staff. Her ability to realize the vision and mission of the company is a true asset to MWM.
Debbie has over 18 years of experience in the A/E industry. She is currently a Board Member of the YMCA Twin Lakes of Greater Williamson County, actively serving on the Community Impact Committee, and a Board Member of the Cedar Park Library Foundation, actively serving on the Books for Babies Committee. She was a graduate of the Leadership Cedar Park Class of 2016 and the inaugural class of the Nonprofits 101: Board Service Intro Course through the United Way of Williamson County and the Georgetown Health Foundation in 2016. She has served as a Board Member for the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and has been a member for 18 years.
Debbie’s appointment to Principal reflects MWM’s commitment to growing through promoting exceptional talent, providing an engaging work environment, and delivering responsive quality service.
MWM is thrilled to have Debbie take on this key leadership role as a Vice President of the firm.
MWM DesignGroup Hires Pichai Thaengthong
Austin, Texas. October, 2017
Mr. Thaengthong joined MWM as an Architectural Intern in June 2017. Pichai brings a diverse background in design including architecture, graphic design, marketing and branding. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and worked in the creative design field in California until moving to Austin last year.
“Pichai has been a great hire for MWM and its architecture group. He has been vital in helping us on projects for our municipal and private development clients. I’m excited to see his design and aesthetic vision applied to our future architecture projects.” W. Owen Harrod Ph.D., AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Project Architect
MWM DesignGroup Hires Daniella Rainero
Austin, Texas. October, 2017
Ms. Rainero joined MWM as an Accounting Assistant in September 2017. Daniella has 9 years of accounting experience in multiple industries. Daniella is currently attending Texas State University to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Studies with a Minor in Accounting. She currently holds an Associates degree in Business Administration Accounting from South Texas College in McAllen, Texas.
“Daniella has already hit the ground running, helping us stay on top of payables and account reconciliations. She has a great disposition that brightens the office. We’re so happy to have her on board.” Julia Harrod, PE, F.NSPE, President + CEO
MWM DesignGroup Hires Stephanie Ware
Austin, Texas. September, 2017
Ms. Ware joined MWM as a Marketing Coordinator in July 2017. Stephanie comes from Kansas City, Missouri where she worked for a mid-sized construction company as their Marketing Assistant. She has 3 years of experience preparing proposals, designing marketing collateral, maintaining marketing assets, developing digital campaigns, and doing project photography. Stephanie studied Textiles, Apparel, & Merchandising at Louisiana State University.
“We are excited to have Stephanie on board MWM’s marketing team. She has a strong graphic background and technical expertise to help us promote our professional services.” Debbie S. Warner, Director of Business Development + Marketing
MWM DesignGroup Hires Mark Vaughan
Austin, Texas. September, 2017
Mr. Vaughan joined MWM as the Lead Permitting Specialist in April 2017. Mark brings over 12 years in the Austin permit scene, Mark’s experience includes building and site permitting for both commercial and residential development as well as plan review and code consultation experience with a strong emphasis on international building code interpretation. Mark served in the United States Navy as a Signalman from 1996-2000 and holds an Associates of Arts in Language from Austin Community College.
“We are pleased to have Mark leading our permitting efforts. He has been instrumental in moving some of our most challenging projects forward since April, helping our clients strategize for schedule and cost saving measures. ” Julia Harrod, PE, F.NSPE, President
MWM works with clients to create a comprehensive permitting strategy that goes above and beyond simply submitting applications. This can result in substantial time and, or, cost savings for our clients. With permitting being a critical path issue on most projects, our comprehensive permitting experience plays a vital role in overall project success.
MWM DesignGroup Hires Jason Bass, PE, LEED AP
Austin, Texas. February, 2017
Mr. Bass has joined our Civil Engineering Land Development Group as a Project Manager. Jason brings 10 years of experience in a variety of land development work including grading and earthwork, utility system design, storm water management, SWPPP/erosion control preparation, site and street paving, site assessment, and feasibility studies.
“Jason adds tremendous value to our team. He embodies the upmost professionalism, provides excellent service to our clientele, and is a pleasure to work with.” Brandon Hammann, PE, LEED AP, Land Development Group Lead
Jason is a graduate from The University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is a licensed engineer, and is LEED AP certified. He is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Floodplain Management Association, and the Urban Land Institute. In the short time he’s been with MWM, he has already been getting rave reviews from our clients!
MWM DesignGroup Hires Agnes Der
Austin, Texas. February, 2017
Ms. Der has joined MWM as the Accounting Assistant. Agnes brings over 10 years of accounting experience in a variety of industries, including an A/E firm in New Jersey. Agnes is a graduate from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration and resident of Austin since 2015.
“We are pleased to have Agnes come on board to help our accounting group accommodate our growth. Agnes is a quick learner and has already allowed us to streamline processes to be more effective. ” Julia Harrod, PE, F.NSPE, President
MWM DesignGroup Promotes Pete Warner
Austin, Texas. October, 2016
MWM DesignGroup is proud to announce the promotion of Pete Warner to Marketing Coordinator! Since joining MWM, Pete has been instrumental in preparing winning RFQs, business collateral, and client presentations. His work has attributed to a record-high hit rate, a consistent graphic aesthetic, and a streamlined process for pursuing projects and clients.
“Pete is a valuable member of MWM. When he hones in on a targeted assignment- it gets done, and done very well! ” Debbie S. Warner, Director of Business Development + Marketing
Pete will be coordinating the marketing regimen working with project managers, team leads and principals to support the pursuits of the firm- specifically on the Statement of Qualifications preparations, solicitation leads, and collateral preparation.
Pete received his Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining MWM nearly 2 years ago, he held a career in the video game industry as a Senior Game Designer with well-known companies as Zynga, Electronic Arts, BioWare, and Sony Online Entertainment. Pete has also served as an adjunct professor for St. Edward’s University teaching game design to undergraduate students.
MWM is excited to have Pete step into this important role for the firm.
MWM DesignGroup Hires Anali Martinez
Austin, Texas. August, 2016
Ms. Martinez has joined our Civil Engineering Infrastructure and Field Engineering Groups as a Graduate Intern. Anali brings over 4 years of experience in a variety of transportation work including roadways and aviation in the Central Texas area.
“I have been impressed with Anali since meeting her at ASCE. Her enthusiasm is apparent in her volunteer work and I am excited to have her on board at MWM – her enthusiasm fits right in.” Julia Harrod, PE, F.NSPE, President
Anali is a graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and resident of Austin since 2010. She is also very active in the community as a young leader in the industry. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Austin Branch. She’ll be a great addition to our firm!
MWM DesignGroup Hires Chris Kelly
Austin, Texas. August, 2016
Mr. Kelly has joined our growing Landscape Architecture Group in June 2016 as a Landscape Architect Intern. Chris brings experience in both landscape design and construction for a variety of project types.
“I really like Chris’ design style and pragmatic approach – he fits right in with our landscape group.” Julia Harrod, PE, F.NSPE, President
He is a graduate from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture and resident of Austin since 2013. We’re looking forward to what he has to bring to our firm!
MWM DesignGroup Hires Tarah Perry
Austin, Texas. June, 2016
Tarah joined MWM DesignGroup on April 11th. As Office Specialist, she maintains the front office providing support for all staff and clients. With over 6 years of customer relations and administrative experience, Tarah is able to implement creative solutions for staff and clients alike.
“Tarah brings a fun level of excitement and enthusiasm to our office every day! She makes our staff and clients feel at ease and appreciated.” Debbie Warner, Director of Business Development + Marketing
MWM DesignGroup Hires Je T’aime Swindell, J.D.
Austin, Texas. June, 2016
Je T’aime joined MWM DesignGroup on April 11th as a Permitting Assistant. She expands the capabilities of our permitting team to provide a greater depth of service to our clients. Je T’aime comes to us from Louisiana where she worked in the TV/Film industry coordinating and scheduling staff for big productions. She has an in-depth appreciation for working with a diverse clientele and the patience for ever-changing parameters.
“Je T’aime’s legal background and attention to detail makes her a great asset to our permitting services. I am impressed with her ability to figure out the parameters of an issue and work with a diverse group of stakeholders to come to a viable solution.” Julia Harrod, President + CEO
MWM DesignGroup President & CEO, Julia M. Harrod, named “Civil Engineer of the Year” by the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers
Austin, Texas. February, 2016
We're pleased to announce that Julia Harrod, President and CEO of MWM DesignGroup, Inc., has been named “Civil Engineer of the Year” by the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
This annual award honors a Professional Civil Engineer who has demonstrated significant professional contributions and community service. Ms. Harrod received the award at the Engineer’s Week luncheon in Austin honoring the contributions of engineers to the profession.
“I want to thank ASCE not only for giving me this exceptional honor, but also for giving me and other civil engineers the opportunity to gather together and use our talents to give back to the community.” said Ms. Harrod at the awards ceremony.
Julia Harrod is President of MWM DesignGroup which was founded in 1980 by two civil engineers, good friends that wanted to create a firm where everyone enjoyed working together in service to their community. The firm has grown over its 35-year history, but has maintained its core values. Julia leads the firm with a passion for fostering a work culture of continuous improvement, accountability, fun, and mutual support. Her goal is to continue to grow the firm by bringing together like-minded people with a commitment to improving the community and each other through their work.
Julia Harrod continues to be a role model to others pursuing a career in engineering. She is currently serving her second term as Treasurer of the National Society of Professional Engineers as well as chair of the External Advisory Committee for the UT Austin Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. She was the second female president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the first female to be awarded the esteemed honor of State Engineer of the Year in 2015 and the second female to be awarded the National Professional Engineers in Private Practice Merit Award in 2012.
MWM DesignGroup Promotes Debbie Warner
Austin, Texas. February, 2016
MWM DesignGroup is proud to announce the promotion of Debbie S. Warner to Director of Business Development & Marketing.
Debbie will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive internal and external marketing plan while managing the entire business development process. She will be working side by side with MWM Principals and leadership to enhance the brand and grow the customer base.
Debbie will also continue to promote the corporate culture which makes MWM such a great place to work. Her ability to realize the vision and mission of the company while promoting an overall sense of teamwork, is a true asset to our firm.
“I really enjoy working with Debbie. Her talent and dedication inspires our team to reach new heights and her enthusiasm is infectious. We are thrilled to have Debbie at MWM.” Julia Harrod, PE, President.
Debbie has over 17 years of experience marketing A/E services. She is currently a member of Leadership Cedar Park, Class of 2016. In January, she was accepted into the inaugural class of the Nonprofits 101: Board Service Intro Course being held by the United Way of Williamson County and the Georgetown Health Foundation. She has served as a Board Member for the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) from 2002-2006 and has been a member since 1999.
MWM is fortunate to have Debbie step into this important role with the firm.
MWM DESIGNGROUP PRESIDENT & CEO, JULIA M. HARROD, INDUCTED TO THE CIVIL, ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING ACADEMY OF DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI, CLASS OF 2015 BY THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Austin, Texas. October, 2015
MWM DesignGroup is pleased to announce that Julia Harrod, President and CEO of MWM DesignGroup, Inc., has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni by the University of Texas at Austin Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering program on October 26, 2015. The 2015 honorees are recognized for expertise in their fields, achievements in research and education, and qualifications as leaders and role models.
Julia credits her graduate degree from UT as for the foundation of a successful career as a Professional Engineer, and her current position of CEO of MWM DesignGroup, a successful multi-disciplinary firm in Austin. At MWM, she leads a group of talented, enterprising professionals passionate about improving communities through the built environment, and having fun doing it!
Julia is devoted to her profession through educational outreach efforts supporting STEM such as Discover Engineering and FIRST Lego League (a competitive program that enourages young people in programming, design and engineering challenges). She currently promotes the engineering profession through service as National Treasurer for the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and Chair of the UT CAEE External Advisory Committee. She has previously served as the President of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) and President of the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
“My academic career taught me how to problem solve. The process of solving any problem put in front of you is what helped me rise to the challenge of being an engineer.” – Julia Harrod, PE, F.NSPE
Julia’s impact on the profession was recognized earlier this year when she was recognized as Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, a prestigious award conferred yearly upon an engineer whose sustained and unusual contributions have improved the public welfare and the advancement of the profession.
MWM DESIGNGROUP PRESIDENT & CEO, JULIA M. HARROD, NAMED “ENGINEER OF THE YEAR” BY TEXAS SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS
Austin, Texas. June, 2015
MWM DesignGroup is pleased to announce that Julia Harrod, President and CEO of MWM DesignGroup, Inc., has been named “Engineer of the Year” by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). This annual award honors a Professional Engineer who has demonstrated significant professional contributions, community service, and technical achievement. The National Society of Professional Engineers previously honored Ms. Harrod with the “Professional Engineers in Private Practice Merit Award” in 2012, and recognition as Fellow of the Society in 2013.
“I admire the great work that TSPE does to support the engineering profession and STEM outreach. I’m honored to accept this award and humbled by the recognition” – Julia Harrod, PE, F.NSPE
As President of MWM DesignGroup, a multi-disciplinary firm providing civil engineering, architecture, land surveying, landscape architecture, and permitting services throughout Texas, Ms. Harrod’s career trajectory and success attest to her energy and determination. She began work at MWM DesignGroup in 1990 as a civil engineering technician, working her way up to President of the firm by 2007.
Among the highlights of her career at MWM are her self-started initiatives to implement procedures to increase effective communication within the organization, improve the company’s quality of service, and develop an MWM community culture of continuous improvement. In addition, she has been committed to the betterment of the engineering profession as a whole, and to the promotion of careers in engineering to schoolchildren throughout Central Texas – efforts celebrated in her recognition as “Engineer of the Year”.
Tom Richardson joins Autodesk Expert Elite Program
Austin, Texas. March, 2015
MWM DesignGroup is proud to announce that Tom Richardson has been selected to join the Autodesk Expert Elite Program for his expertise in use of AutoCAD Civil 3D.
Autodesk's Expert Elite Program recognizes individual community members who have made extraordinary contributions with helping the community by sharing knowledge, providing community leadership, and exemplifying an engaging style of collaboration that drives a healthy and valuable Autodesk community. These members share their knowledge and insight with their community, as well as help Autodesk by representing the voice of the customer back to the company.
"The goal of the Expert Elite program is to empower our super-users to better share their knowledge, assist their peers, and support the Autodesk community," said Katinka Sante, Expert Elite Program Manager, Autodesk. "We have selected Tom Richardson because of his regular and responsive participation in Autodesk discussion forums and social media channels, advanced knowledge of Autodesk and its products, and leadership in the user community."
For more information on the Autodesk Expert Elite program, visit
MWM DesignGroup Promotes Brian Wells, PE
Austin, Texas. October, 2014
MWM DesignGroup is proud to announce the promotion of Brian Wells to Operations Manager! For several years, Brian has excelled in his role managing teams and projects for the Civil Infrastructure Group. In his new position, Brian will continue to manage critical infrastructure projects for the firm while spearheading our project operations by implementing improvements to our project contracts, management, design, and production processes to increase efficiency and quality.
“I am thrilled that Brian has taken on this critical role. His extensive project planning experience is an invaluable asset to this position. I have enjoyed working with Brian for the past 17 years and look forward to seeing him implement project process improvements in his new role to even better serve our clients.” Julia Harrod, PE, President.
Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Texas Floodplain Managers Association, and Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
MWM is excited to have Brian step into this new and important role for the firm.
MWM DesignGroup Promotes Brandon Hammann, PE, LEED AP, CPESC
Austin, Texas. September, 2014
MWM DesignGroup is proud to announce the promotion of Brandon Hammann to Land Development Lead! Over the past 4 years at MWM, Brandon has excelled in his role as Project Manager/Engineer, receiving praise for his responsiveness and attention to detail. Brandon will be responsible for leading MWM’s land development team in Central Texas, overseeing all MWM land development projects. MWM is proud to have Brandon step into this important and fundamental role for the firm.
“Brandon was a natural choice to lead our Land Development Team. His ability to execute quality design while meeting critical budget constraints is a noted strength for our clients. I am thrilled to have Brandon take on this critical role for MWM.” Julia Harrod, P.E., President.
Brandon has extensive engineering, management, and construction experience consisting of work on numerous civic renovations and new site developments, including: LEED accreditation, hydraulic and hydrologic modeling and design, master planning, erosion and sedimentation control plans, water and wastewater infrastructure design, stormwater management design, traffic control plans, striping and signage plans, site layout, paving plans and grading plans.
Brandon received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin and is currently serving as the Director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Austin Branch Texas Section.
MWM DesignGroup's President Julia Harrod and fellow NSPE Members Visit with Members of Congress to Advocate for the Professional Engineering Community
Austin, Texas. March, 2014
On March 6, National Society of Professional Engineers members and staff Representatives Donna Edwards (D-MD), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Paul Tonko (D-NY), and NSPE's very own PE in Congress, David McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) to discuss issues of importance to professional engineers, including STEM education, investment in national infrastructure, and qualifications-based selection. There is growing interest and commitment to NSPE's issues and these visits served to bring these matters to the forefront.
Standing (left to right): Arthur E. Schwartz, CAE, Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel; Karen Moran, P.E., F.NSPE; Arielle Eiser, Manager of Government Relations; Representative David McKinley, PE (WV-1); NSPE Treasurer Julia Harrod, P.E., F.NSPE. Photo Credit: Jim Forbes, Director Of Communications for Representative David McKinley, P.E.
MWM DesignGroup President Julia Harrod, P.E. named Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers
Austin, Texas. March, 2013
The NSPE Fellow Program is a national program intended to recognize deserving professional engineers who have demonstrated long term professional service at the chapter, state and national levels of NSPE. For more information about NSPE go to www.nspe.org
Brandon Hammann, P.E., CPESC, LEED AP recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers Travis Chapter
Austin, Texas. March, 2013
In celebration of the National Engineers Week 2013, Brandon Hammann, P.E., CPESC, LEED AP, a Project Engineer with MWM DesignGroup, was recognized as an outstanding engineer volunteer by the Austin Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for his “noteworthy service to the community, direct and positive impact on people’s everyday lives, and serving as a role model for others to follow.” Mr. Hammann served as the Chair of the Public Relations and Community Service Committees for the Austin Branch over the past two years, tutored math at KIPP Austin Collegiate during the 2011-2012 school year, co-chaired the 2012 Engineer’s Day at the Austin Children Museum, participated as a speaker for Engineering 101 at KIPP Austin Collegiate’s 2012 College/Career Day, and served as a representative for MWM in partnership with the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders’ 2012 Internship Program. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the organization for this award”, he said. “MWM shares recognition of this award as the company has fully supported my role in ASCE and the community. There are several other members who are actively involved with the Austin Branch who could have easily been acknowledged for this award as well.”
MWM DesignGroup President Julia Harrod, P.E. awarded Engineer of the Year 2013!
Austin, Texas. February, 2013
MWM DesignGroup’s President Julia M. Harrod, P.E. was presented with the prestigious 2013 Engineer of the Year award by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), Travis Chapter for her significant contributions to the profession, specifically her work to promote education in math and science. “Being recognized by my peers at TSPE means a tremendous amount to me,” she said, “I credit much of my professional development to my membership in this organization.” Ms. Harrod is one of only two women to have been honored with this award since its inception in 1955, a testament to her efforts to promote Professional Engineering to a broad and inclusive younger generation.
Although Ms. Harrod is strongly dedicated to her leadership role at MWM DesignGroup, her most notable contribution to the engineering profession has been her advocacy at both the local and state level. She currently serves as Texas Society of Professional Engineer’s (TSPE) Past President, Texas Engineering Foundation Trustee, and Member of the External Advisory Committee for the University of Texas at Austin Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.
Photo by Christine Perez & David Gomez, P.E.
MWM DesignGroup President Julia Harrod, P.E. receives Merit Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers
San Diego, California. July, 2012
Julia Harrod was honored at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the National Society of Professional Engineers, held this summer in San Diego. Although the meeting marked the ending of her term as president of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, her achievements were recognized by her peers who granted her the 2012 Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP) Merit Award. This award is presented to committee chairs or members, PEPP members serving in liaison functions or on joint activities, and to society members who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession. In addition, the employer of a PEPP Merit Award recipient is recognized for the support the consulting engineering firm has given to the profession through the activities of the PEPP Merit Award recipient: so congratulations to MWM DesignGroup as well. Julia joins the small and select group of engineers, and engineering firms, commended with a Merit Award. She is one of only four women to have been honored with this prestigious award!
Following is an interview with Ms. Harrod published in the September 2012 issue of PE Magazine.
Permission to include excerpt from magazine given by the publisher
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell presented Certificate of Congratulations to the Austin Convention Center team for obtaining LEED-EB Gold Certification
Austin, Texas. April, 2012
Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell presented a Certificate of Congratulations to the Austin Convention Center team for successfully obtaining LEED-EB Gold Certification. MWM DesignGroup as a subconsultant to Facilities Engineering Associates contributed to the success of this project through water-saving strategies for the entire 930,000 square feet facility. The Convention Center has over 415,000 annual visitors; therefore, making this facility energy and resource efficient has a large impact on its annual operating cost as well as its effect on the environment.
Our task was to reduce the potable water consumption in the facility by at least 20%. We achieved this goal by retrofitting all the plumbing fixtures such as flush valves and faucet aerators to achieve a water savings of over 200,000 gallons of water per year. Our firm also did the analysis of the existing water quality pond to determine if the rain water runoff from the convention center directed to this pond was properly managed. Both of these efforts were important contributions to the project. According to the United States Green Building Council, the Austin Convention Center is the first in Texas to achieve LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings and for scoring the highest point total of ALL convention centers in the EB category. Congratulations to the entire team including MWM's Project Manager Veronica Castro de Barrera, AIA, LEED AP and Brian Wells, P.E. for a well-deserved recognition.
Photo by Veronica Castro de Barrera, AIA, LEED AP
Austin Under 40 celebrates another successful year
Austin, Texas. March, 2012.
The 14th Annual Austin Under 40 Awards was held at the Austin Music Hall on March 2nd. with a sold out crowd of 730 people! The Austin Under 40 awards attracts the region's movers and shakers under the age of 40 that have excelled in their professional careers and demonstrated a solid commitment to community service. A few of the night's winners were: Dan Graham, CEO And Founder of Buildasign.com, Andy Roddick, Professional Athlete, and Josh Baer, Founder of OtherInbox.
For the past two years, MWM DesignGroup's engineer Lance Parisher, P.E. has been a key contributor to the success of Austin Under 40 in his role as co-chair of this prestigious organization.
[from left to right] Lance Parisher P.E., Crystal Pharr, Katie Stolp and Matt Curtis
Photo by Melanie Tipps
Congratulations to Tommie Richardson
Austin, Texas. March, 2012.
MWM DesignGroup team member Tommie Richardson has successfully completed the Autodesk Civil3d 2012 Associate and Professional certifications.
He is 1 of 14 in in the entire state of Texas and the third in Austin with the Civil 3D 2012 Associate certification. More impressive is that he is 1 of only 3 in Texas and the only one in Austin with the Civil 3D 2012 Professional certification. Tommie's commitment to emerging technologies in the field of engineering drafting are commendable and everyone at MWM DesignGroup congratulates him on these important achievements.
Go Red for Women showcases our President Julia Harrod and Vice-president Amelia Lopez
Austin, Texas. February, 2012.
MWM DesignGroup President Julia Harrod, P.E. and Vice-President Amelia Lopez were among the amazing women participating in the Go Red for Women Photo Campaign. The photos were published in the Austin Women magazine's February 2012 issue. Go Red for Women is an advocacy effort of the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease which is the #1 killer of women. For more information about this organization go to www.goredforwomen.org
Photos by Korey Howell
Thanks to all who came to the retirement of one of our founders: Roberto O. Martinez
MWM DesignGroup is proud to announce two newly licensed Professional Engineers in its midst
Austin, Texas. January 5, 2011.
Brandon Hammann, P.E., CPESC, LEED AP BD&C and Steve Zobal, P.E. have recently successfully passed their PE licensure exams. Congratulations!
Brandon Hammann, P.E., CPESC, LEED AP BD&C has been with MWM DesignGroup for almost a year and has over four years of engineering, management, and construction experience on numerous private and public sector projects throughout Central Texas, with an emphasis on site infrastructure design for land development projects. Mr. Hammann has been an active member of the ASCE Austin Branch since 2007 and currently serves as the Chair of the Public Relations and Community Service Committees.
Steve Zobal, P.E. has been with MWM DesignGroup for two and a half years with experience in water, wastewater, storm sewer and culvert modeling and design of public and private projects. Mr. Zobal is currently involved in preparing hydrostatic and hydrodynamic loading diagrams to assist a structural engineer in the analysis and possible upgrade of both dams at BartonSprings Pool. Mr. Zobal is also active in the local chapter of ASCE and is currently serving as Chapter Treasurer.
MWM DesignGroup receives SMBR Consultant of the Year 2010 Award
Austin, Texas. November 16, 2010.
MWM DesignGroup was awarded "Consultant of the Year 2010" by the City of Austin Small & Minority Business Resources Department (SMBR) as part of their 5th Annual Contractors' Appreciation Event. This event celebrates diversity in contracting and honors contractors and consultants specifically in the Austin area.
SMBR assists small minority-owned and women-owned businesses as they pursue contracting opportunities with the City of Austin; encourages MBE/WBEs to participate in City contracts; and oversees the City's MBE/WBE and DBE contracting goals in the areas of construction, professional services, commodities and non-professional services.
For more information on the Department of Small & Minority Business Resources Department, visit www.ci.austin.tx.us/smbr
[From left to right] Veronica Lara, SMBR Director; Amelia Lopez; Larry Halford, AIA; Julia Harrod, P.E.; Eduardo Mendez, R.P.L.S.; Roberto Martinez, P.E.; Debra Dibble, SMBR Assistant Director.
Photo by Kris Kottke
MWM New Hires
November 15, 2010
Lance Parisher, P.E. has recently joined MWM DesignGroup as Project Engineer. Mr. Parisher has over 5 years of experience in land development, public infrastructure, and water resources engineering in the City of Austin and surrounding areas as well as the City of Houston. Mr. Parisher serves on the Board of Directors for the Young Men’s Business League, The Austin Sunshine Camps and as the Chair of the Austin Under 40 Awards.
Frank Del Castillo has recently joined MWM DesignGroup as Land Entitlement Project Manager. Mr. Del Castillo has over 20 years of entitlement, management, engineering, and construction experience. He has worked on numerous private and public sector projects throughout the Central Texas region.
Amelia Lopez receives Central Texas DiversityFIRST Award from the Texas Diversity Council
Austin, Texas. October 27, 2010.
Amelia Lopez, MWM DesignGroup's Principal, was recognized for her commitment to promote diversity in public as well as private organizations.
The Texas Diversity Council (TXDC) is committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity.
The TXDC is currently made up of four Councils throughout the state of Texas. The Councils serve the greater Metropolitan Areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
For more information on TXDC visit www.texasdiversitycouncil.org.
Amelia Lopez & Dennis Kennedy
Amelia Lopez receives National Association of Hispanic Firefighters Medal of Honor at the Annual National Convention in Houston, Texas.
Houston, Texas. September 20, 2010.
Amelia Lopez, MWM DesignGroup's Principal, was awarded the NAHF Medal of Honor for her continued dedication and services to the organization.
NAHF is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization. Since 1995 the NAHF has worked to increase fire prevention and safety education in our communities. Their organization works locally, nationally, and internationally to develop programs that enhance the way municipalities provide emergency services when challenged with language, social, and cultural barriers. The NAHF also strives towards a diverse workforce within fire departments to reflect the communities they serve. The NAHF is an inclusive organization with members of all race, color, creed, gender, social and economic background who finds strength in diversity.
For more information on the National Association of Hispanic Firefighters, visit www.nahf.org.
Julia Harrod, P.E. was named the President-Elect by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers
Austin, Texas. July 28, 2010
Julia M. Harrod, P.E., was named the President-Elect by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). Ms. Harrod is the president of MWM DesignGroup, Inc. in Austin, Texas, an inter-disciplinary design firm.
TSPE, one of the largest state societies in the United States, was founded in 1936 to serve the interests of the individual engineer in Texas across all branches of engineering. Composed of 25 local chapters and eight student chapters, TSPE is the only active, established organization devoting its entire effort to the professional, ethical, economic, social and political aspects of engineering in Texas.
For more information on the Texas Association of Professional Engineers, visit www.TSPE.org
Julia Harrod, P.E. President
MWM DesignGroup honored with the Celebrando Austin - Small Business of the Year Award 2010 - by the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Austin, Texas. March 6, 2010
MWM DesignGroup was recognized for its continued contribution to the built environment, for their volunteerism and environmental stewardship. This recognition from the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce emphasizes the firm’s commitment to enrich Austin's economic, environmental and cultural sustainability.
Established in 1973, the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC) primary goal is to continue the advancement and progression of a strong and stable economic culture for Hispanic Businesses. The Chamber strives to reach these goals by developing business and management skills and bridging access to financial capital and maintaining cultural values and integrity.
For more information about the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce visit www.GAHCC.org
[From left to right] Larry Halford, AIA; Julia Harrod, P.E.; Roberto Martinez, P.E.;
Amelia Lopez & Eduardo Mendez, R.P.L.S.
Photo by: Veronica Castro de Barrera, AIA, LEED AP