Professional Engineers

Our professional engineers bring decades of experience from a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to: civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical  engineering, electrical engineering and industrial engineering.

Structural Engineering

Jeffrey H. Pearl, P.E.

Jeffrey H. Pearl, P.E.

President & Principal Consultant

Bio

Jeff Pearl is President of Pearl Engineering and is a Principal Consultant, specializing in the Structural Engineering and Project Management of Industrial Projects.

Mr. Pearl has over 30 years of Structural and Civil Engineering and Project Management experience serving industry, including 15 years as the Principal of Pearl Engineering and 11 years as a Senior Project Civil Engineer in the Corporate Engineering Department at Consolidated Papers, Inc. (now Verso Paper Corporation) in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

For 6 years prior to that position, Mr. Pearl worked in the Power industry as a Structural Engineer for Sargent & Lundy, LLC and as a Project Engineer for Impell Corporation, an Engineering Consulting Firm, owned by Combustion Engineering (now Framatome Engineering and Alstom Power, respectively). Mr. Pearl’s experience in this industry focused mainly on the field examination, condition assessment, retrofit and repair projects on fossil power plants.

Mr. Pearl is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Model Law Engineer (MLE) with NCEES and is professionally licensed in Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Manitoba, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Elizabeth M. Lenz

Elizabeth M. Lenz

Senior Engineering Associate

Bio
Elizabeth Lenz is a Senior Engineering Associate in Structural Engineering at Pearl Engineering. She joined the team in 2013 as an Intermediate Design Technician. Ms. Lenz worked as a designer for Küster Design in Indianapolis, IN and Keystone Architects in Lafayette, IN prior to joining Pearl Engineering. Ms. Lenz is a graduate of Kansas State University with a Masters of Architecture.
Robin Schmit, P.E.

Robin Schmit, P.E.

Senior Project Consultant

Bio

Robin Schmit is a Senior Project Consultant with Pearl Engineering, specializing in the Structural Engineering Design and Analysis of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Projects. Prior to joining Pearl Engineering, Ms. Schmit worked as a Structural Engineering Intern at Computerized Structural Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she performed Structural Steel Connection Design, Examination and Evaluation of existing structures, and Structural Engineering Design of concrete structures. Prior to this position, Ms. Schmit was a Structural Engineering Intern for Symbiont (formerly Triad Engineering, Incorporated/TEI) where she worked on new and existing construction projects in the preparation of structural design calculations, details and drawings, specifications, bid packages and bid reviews; interacted with bidders and subcontractors, and maintained project documentation. Ms. Schmit is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Science in Physics, Milwaukee School of Engineering with a Bachelors of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin.

Samantha Sievers

Samantha Sievers

Intermediate Engineering Associate

Bio
Samantha Sievers is an Intermediate Engineering Associate in Structural Engineering at Pearl Engineering.  She joined the team in 2013 as a Design Technician.

Ms. Sievers worked as a designer for Barrientos Design and Consulting in Milwaukee, WI and as a graphic designer for the Wisconsin River Wildlife Co., LLC in Nekoosa, WI prior to joining Pearl Engineering.

Ms. Sievers is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.

Shane Burkart, P.E.

Shane Burkart, P.E.

Senior Project Consultant

Bio

Shane Burkart is a Senior Project Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in structural and civil engineering projects. Mr. Burkart’s designs include concrete, steel and masonry designs for industrial, commercial, institutional, and fall protection projects. He is experienced with engineering of new and existing structures. Additionally, Mr. Burkart has experience and expertise in the inspection, engineering and evaluation of new and existing industrial chimneys.

Prior to joining PEC, Mr. Burkart worked as a Civil Engineer, EIT at Ayres Associates in Madison, Wisconsin where he worked with the municipal engineering group on various projects including design of sanitary sewers, storm sewers, building sites, roadways, and environmental remediation. He conducted construction oversight for municipal projects including sanitary sewer, storm sewer, water main, regional storm water detention ponds, site grading, street excavation, and asphalt pavement. Prior to this position, Mr. Burkart was a Student Engineering Intern for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation where he worked with the state highway (STH) 53 construction management team coordinating the construction of five bridges and three retaining walls. He also served as the full time inspector and assisted in the surveying of abutments, pier caps, and top of girder elevations.

Mr. Burkart is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and is a registered Model Law Engineer (MLE) with NCEES, and is professionally licensed in Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

Daniel Bachinski

Daniel Bachinski

Structural Engineering Intern

Bio
Daniel Bachinski is a Structural Engineering Intern at Pearl Engineering. Mr. Bachinski previously worked as a Material Technician at Point of Beginning, Inc. in Stevens Point, WI prior to joining Pearl Engineering. Mr. Bachinski is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Structural Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering

Jeffrey Ferkey, E.I.T.

Jeffrey Ferkey, E.I.T.

Project Engineer

Bio

Jeff Ferkey is a Mechanical Project Engineer at Pearl Engineering specializing in the design of Thermal-Fluid Systems, including Piping and Stress Analysis, as well as the design of industrial facilities’ mechanical modifications and additions.

Mr. Ferkey is an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in German.  His final semester was spent in Darmstadt, Germany, with a primary focus of study in Fracture Mechanics and Failure Analysis.  Prior to joining Pearl Engineering, Mr. Ferkey was the STEM Instructor at Assumption High School and an Adjunct Instructor at Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids.

Trevor Winterhack

Trevor Winterhack

Engineering Intern

Bio

Trevor Winterhack is an engineering intern with Pearl Engineering for the Fall Semester of 2017.

Electrical Engineering

Susan Rice

Susan Rice

Senior Project Consultant

Bio
Susan Rice is a Senior Project Consultant, specializing in Electrical Engineering, Discipline Leadership, Group Leadership, and Project Management in an industrial environment, with experience in Converting Systems, Food Process Systems, Pharmaceutical Processes, Aerospace Testing, and Automotive Quality Control.

Ms. Rice has over 25 years of experience in industry, including eight years of experience in aerospace engineering, 17 years of experience in electrical engineering and three doing electrical design and AutoCAD. She was responsible for the successful completion of vibration, acoustic and pyroshock testing on satellite systems. She worked as a Dynamic Systems Project Leader, responsible for the budget and schedule for five communication satellite systems. She has also been involved in projects that have required SLC 500, PLC5, ControlLogix, PanelView, 1394 Servo Drives, and Kinetic Drives programming. Ms. Rice has worked on-site performing in an installation leadership role, static and dynamic checkout role and had start-up responsibilities. She created and revised electrical and mechanical drawings using AutoCAD. Ms. Rice has five years of discipline leadership experience and has worked in the project manager/site lead position for two years. She has been group leader for eight years, responsible for writing performance appraisals, recording group commendations, approving timesheets, developing goal achievement plans for her team, tracking safety training to insure team compliance and staffing projects to keep team billable.

Ms. Rice is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Steven K. Phillips

Steven K. Phillips

Senior Engineering Associate

Bio
Steve Phillips is a Senior Electrical Engineering Associate, with industrial experience in Electrical Engineering Design, Technical Team Leadership, and Facility Maintenance Leadership, with emphasis in low voltage power systems and machine control design. Mr. Phillips has over 29 years of combined experience in an industrial environment specializing in the design of electrical machine controls, electrical enclosure, low voltage power distribution systems, wire tray layouts, and safety systems. He has provided team leadership for maintenance support and commissioning of process machines and conveyor systems. He has managed project procurement, as well as performed as site facility engineer. His major work experience includes 8 years with Jacobs Engineering, and 19 years with Kimberley–Clark Corp. Mr. Phillips is a graduate of Fox Valley Technical College, with a degree in Electronics technology in Appleton, Wisconsin. Other training obtained in; PLC3, PLC5, ControlLogix, Automax Drive control systems and NEC Grounding.

Industrial Engineering

James Kuester

James Kuester

Vice President and LEED® Green Associate

Bio
James Kuester is Vice President for Pearl Engineering, Senior Project Consultant and LEED® Green Associate specializing in Industrial Engineering, Interior Design, and Project Management on LEED® projects, Process Design, Continuous Improvement, and Business Profitability Projects.

 

 

Mr. Kuester has over 26 years of professional experience serving a variety of industries, including:  industrial and consumer goods manufacturing, paper and pulp, feed processing, hospitality, warehousing, non-profit, and insurance.  Mr. Kuester honed his process improvement and efficiency skills while spending 2 years removing $20+ million annually from the cost of operations for Emerson Electric Co.’s Specialty Motor Division and 12 years as owner and President of Allied Metal Products & Engineering Corp headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. AMPECO provided a wide variety of fabrication and engineering projects to industry throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil.  He sold Allied to launch SEGCO and develop the SEG™, a patented vertical racking protection device and to explore his passion for designing modern furniture having exhibited his designs nationally.

 

Mr. Kuester is a graduate of the Krannert School of Management with a Master of Science in Industrial Administration and Purdue University with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering and is a Registered Interior Designer in Indiana.