The J. A. Tiberti Family Lecture was begun in 2011 through a generous contribution from members of the Tiberti family to the KU Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering. Topics focus on ethics, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and issues for the education, personal growth and professional development benefit of students.

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Robin Kemper

Robin Kemper
Past President of the American Society of Civil Engineers
A Risk Engineer with Zurich North America in New Jersey

2019 | Video


Mike Orth

Mike Orth
Executive Vice President and the Executive Managing Director of the
Americas Region for Black & Veatch's Water Business

2019 | Video

Mike Orth is an Executive Vice President and the Executive Managing Director of the Americas Region for Black & Veatch’s water business. Based in Kansas City, Mo., his responsibilities include oversight of the region’s business unit leadership, growth, sales, client relationships and project execution of the full complement of services for the region, which includes approximately 50 offices. Orth oversees the Americas business’s growth efforts in traditional water and wastewater treatment design services along with supply, storage, conveyance, asset management and energy solutions for water utilities through both traditional and alternative solutions, such as design-build and public-private partnerships.

Mike received a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1988 and an M.S. in Civil Engineering, in 1989 from the University of Kansas. He holds professional memberships in the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Water Environment Federation.

With more than 30 years of experience at Black & Veatch and in the water industry, Orth has held a number of key leadership positions with the company and is seen as a subject matter expert on developments and trends in the water industry with a deep understanding of the Americas market.



Principal, Vice President and Director of KCMO Operations
Henderson Engineers

2018 | Video

Julie Pierce is the face of Henderson Engineers for Kansas City, acting on Henderson’s behalf to serve in numerous capacities including design and construction, community outreach, and education. Her core responsibilities as the Director of Kansas City Operations include management (P&L) of the office including an engineering design team and architectural lighting design group. As a practice leader in sports & recreation, higher education, and corporate practices, she helps lead national efforts in tracking, teaching, and selling these services. With over 20 years of experience, Julie is a highly motivated leader with a passion in helping others grow and succeed. She exhausts all avenues to help her local community, thrives to empower women leaders and has served numerous organizations in a variety of capacities over the years. In 2014, she helped found Empow[HER], Henderson’s women’s network and currently serves on the Board of Directors, overseeing the Community Outreach Pillar. She is an avid supporter of downtown Kansas City, currently serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Business Retention & Attraction Committee for Downtown Council of Kansas City (DTC), AIA-KC Board of Directors and Education Committee, and Executive Women’s Leadership Council (EWLC). A 1994 graduate of University of Kansas with a BS in Architectural Engineering and having served on the Advisory Board for Architectural Engineering at the KU since inception 23 years ago, Julie was recently inducted into the schools’ Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Academy. Professionally, Julie is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), United States Green Building Council (USGBC), National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), and Women Leaders in Collegiate Sports. Julie was recently selected for the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” class of 2018.


Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region Manager, Parsons Transportation Group

2017 | Video

    Ronaldo "Nick" Nicholson is a Sr. Program Manager and Vice President for Parsons Transportation Group in Washington DC, providing advisory and program management services for VDOT's Elizabeth River Tunnels P3 and the Transform I-66 P3 Megaprojects in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia, respectively. He was appointed Chief Engineer/Deputy Director of District of Columbia DOT (DDOT) in April 2010. He served in that position for 4-years overseeing major DDOT programs/projects including the 11th Street Bridge Design-Build project, H Street/Benning Design-Build Streetcar project, as well as major bridge rehabilitation projects, and urban streetscape improvements on the great streets and boulevards of Washington DC.

    Prior to that, Nicholson served as Regional Transportation Program Director in charge of VA Megaprojects Program, overseeing P3 projects such as I-495 Hot Lanes, the Dulles Rail Corridor Improvement Project and Project Manager for the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Improvement Project for VDOT. These projects were recognized as some of the largest and most complex transportation infrastructure projects in the nation at the turn of the century.

    Nicholson's body of work includes more than 34 years of public and private sector transportation improvements. Under Nicholson's leadership, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Project and VDOT received the 2008 ASCE Opal Award, the 2008 AASHTO American Transportation Award and the 2009 International Bridge Conference Gustav Lindenthal Medal. Nicholson was also recognized in 2010 by AASHTO as a Trailblazer in Civil Rights for his innovations to achieve DBE compliance on Mega Projects in Virginia.

    Nicholson holds a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and the District of Columbia.


Chairman of the Board, Stanley Consultants

2016 | Video

    Gregs G. Thompulos, P.E, is Chairman of the Board of Stanley Consultants, a global engineering firm that provides planning, design, consulting, construction and management services to clients around the world. Founded in 1913, Stanley Consultants has a staff of 1,100 members in 31 offices and has worked in all 50 states, U.S. territories and in 110 countries around the world. The firm is ranked among the largest engineering companies in the United States.

    Thomopulos is a long-time champion of integrity and ethics in global infrastructure and is a regular speaker on the subject. He has played a significant role in directing the focus of the consulting engineering industry through his involvement with American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), serving as chairman and president respectively of these organizations.

    Mr. Thomopulos holds a B.S. degree (with highest distinction) in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas and an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley. He was awarded doctor of humane letters, honoris casua, by Teikyo Marycrest University in Davenport, Iowa, and an honorary doctor's of science from the University of Iowa. He is a licensed professional engineer in 14 states and Puerto Rico.

    Mr. Thomopulos is a fellow of both the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has served on the senior Executive Group of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and is currently a member of the Iowa Engineering society and the National Society of Professional Engineers.


American Society of Civil Engineers, PRES. (2014)

2015 | Video Not Available

    Randall (Randy) S. Over served as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in 2014, and is currently chair of ASCE's just-created Global Strategy Council. He is also a member of the Board of Governers of ASCE's Transportation and Development Institute and on the board of the American Association of Engineering Societies. During his term as ASCE president, Over traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Canada, and Bolivia to collaborate with the Pan-American Union of Engineering Organization.

    A Civil Engineering graduate from Ohio State University, Over has made key contributions to the practice and profession of Engineering. Over was district construction engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation from 1994 to 2012. He led a team of 70, overseeing a multi-billion dollar district construction program.


2014 | Video

    Vice Adm. Michael Loose, ret., P.E., is a 1975 civil engineering graduate of the University of Kansas. After graduating from KU, he joined the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of vice admiral and ultimately served as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. His contributions to process improvement and project execution revolutionized the U.S. Navy's approach to civil engineering. He now serves as Senior Vice President and Infrastructure and Environment Division Manager at Parsons Corp. Loose leads its global infrastructure and environmental services, encompassing the full life cycle of the natural and built environments for federal government clients.

    Hailed as a true visionary in the design and construction industry, Loose was honored by ASCE in 2013 with its Outstanding Projects And Leaders Lifetime Achievement award in Management, and in 2009 as with the Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research for his demonstrated leadership and bold advocacy of research. Loose received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award from the KU School of Engineering in 2006.


Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region Manager, Parsons Transportation Group

2013 | Video


Retired President, Tiberti Construction

2012 | Video Part 1

2012 | Video Part 2

2012 | Video Part 3

2012 | Video Part 4

2012 | Video Part 5



Chairman Emeritus of MWH

2011 | Video Not Available

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