Dr. Tim Horner


NDDOT’s TRIP idea solicitation & selection process / geo-reinforced county bridge with a prefab steel superstructure


10am - 12pm / Reimers Room - NDSU Alumni Center

Since November 2010, Tim Horner has been the director of the Transportation Learning Network at Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at NDSU, a distance learning partnership of Montana DOT, NDDOT, SDDOT and WYDOT. He also coordinates the Engineering Technical Training Program and The NDDOT TRansportation Innovation Program (TRIP). Tim also coordinates many of the infrastructure studies conducted by UGPTI.

Tim spent 32 years with North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) prior to coming to UGPTI. At NDDOT, he held the positions of Assistant Planning Engineer, Bridge Division Director, and Director of the Office of Transportation. In Mr. Horner's last 3 years with NDDOT he served on the executive team as Deputy Director for NDDOT.

Tim is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of North Dakota and during his career served on several committees of the (AASHTO). He has an MPA in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota – 1998 and a B.S., Civil Engineering from, North Dakota State University, 1978.

April Walker & Gregg Thielman


Fargo-Moorhead Red River Diversion


10am - 12pm / Atrium - NDSU Alumni Center

April E. Walker, PE, CFM. is the City Engineer for the City of Fargo. She is a North Dakota native and is a proud graduate of North Dakota State University (Go Bison!) with a BS in Civil Engineering. She began her career as a highway designer for the state of California but moved to Fargo in 2002 where she went to work for the City of Fargo as a Traffic Engineer. In 2006 she took over as the City’s Storm Sewer Utility Engineer which put her at the forefront of a tumultuous time for the City with regard to floodplain management, emergency flood fighting, flood risk reduction, and mitigation issues. The City of Fargo experienced major flooding in all but one of her 6 years in this position, including the flood of record, which peaked at 22.8 feet above flood stage. April helped to develop and began the implementation of a flood protection plan that has resulted in the construction of 20 miles of permanent Levees and Floodwalls within the City. She also served as an integral member of the project feasibility team for the FM Diversion and continues to be an active member of the projects Advisory Team. In 2012 she became the City Engineer and her scope of responsibility has grown. However, Flood Risk Reduction remains a primary focus and passion for her.

Gregg Thielman is a Senior Project Manager at Houston Engineering, Inc. in Fargo, ND. He graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and has over 26 years of experience. Since joining Houston Engineering in 1997, he has managed a variety of water resources projects, including floodplain mapping and flood insurance studies. He currently manages hydraulic modeling and design efforts on the FM Diversion. He is a member of several professional engineering organizations and is registered as a Professional Engineer in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. Mr. Thielman is also registered as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) from the Association of State Floodplain Managers. He and his wife Laurie reside in Fargo, along with their 3 children.

Kurt Sandman and Nick Moore


Technology through design to construction – Scheels Store Lincoln, NE


1 - 3pm / Reimers Room - NDSU Alumni Center

Kurt Sandman has been the owner and a Principal of Sandman Structural Engineers for nearly 12 years. Sandman SE is experienced in the design of all type of structures of varying building materials. Sandman SE employees are registered in 34 states and four Canadian Providences and engineer building and non-building structures in the commercial, private, and industrial sectors. Sandman SE also works with many steel fabricators to provide steel connection design as a fabricator / engineer team as well as design-build team environment. Graduated from NDSU with Bachelor of Science of Civil Engineering in 1997. Steel Bridge Captain in 1996 & 1997, and National Champion in 1995. When not at work, Kurt loves spending time with his wife and kids, camping, hiking, hunting, fly fishing...and more fishing.

Nick Moore has worked as a Project Engineer at Sandman Structural Engineers for nearly 5 years. At Sandman he designs and analyzes new and existing structures, prepares contract drawings utilizing AutoCAD, and evaluated existing structures for remodel. Nick focuses on structural steel design and reinforced concrete design, with substantial experience with structural steel connection design and transmission/substation structure design. Graduated from NDSU with Bachelor of Science of Civil Engineering in 2012. Nick was also a Steel Bridge Captain in 2011 and 2012 and Concrete Canoe captain in 2010 and 2011.

Colin Moran


Hwy 85 Lewis & Clark Bridge / Expectations of transitioning from Engineering Student into Engineering Professional


1-3pm / Atrium - NDSU Alumni Center

Colin Moran is the Bridge Group Manager for KLJ, a position he has held for the past 3 years. Colin has been with KLJ for 17 years, concentrating on the design, construction and rehabilitation of bridge structures. Colin has extensive experience in steel bridge design and historic steel truss rehabilitation. Colin works with railroads, DOT’s, counties and cities to develop comprehensive transportation plans, which includes the rehabilitation or replacement of bridges. Colin received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the North Dakota State University with a structural emphasis and is a licensed professional engineer. Colin and his family make their home in Fargo, North Dakota.