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GEOTECH/STRUCT/MAT/CONSTR Seminar: Bridges to Prosperity – El Macho, Panamá


John Hastings, PE -- TDOT

John is a Civil Engineer Manager 2 for the Structures Division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  He has worked for the department for 23 years and serves as a committee member on two AASHTO subcommittee T-2 (Bearings and Expansion Devices) and T-14 (Structural Steel Design).  He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee.  He and his wife have three boys and are involved in Boy Scouts.

Scott Wilson, PE -- Palmer Engineering

Scott is a Structural Project Manager and joined Palmer in May 1998.  He received Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.  He has had the privilege of working on over 200 bridge projects in Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Florida.  He and his wife have four children and spend a lot of time at ball fields and gyms.

Carter Bearden, PE -- HDR, Inc.

Carter has been with HDR since 2003 and currenlty serves as HDR’s Tennessee Structures Section Manager and is responsible for providing  oversight on all structural projects.  Carter received a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2003 and 2007 respectively.

Marne Helbing, EIT -- TDOT

Marne is a District Specialist for the Operations Division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and overlooks construction projects. She received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2017.


In March 2001, Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) founder Ken Frantz saw a photo in National Geographic Magazine that spurred the idea for the organization. More than 200 bridges later, B2P continues to provide access to healthcare and education, for example, by teaching people how to build footbridges over impassable rivers in partnership with organizations and professionals. This spring TDOT/Palmer/HDR were part of a team to build a pedestrian bridge in El Macho, Panamá.  The bridge is a 30m pedestrian suspension bridge.

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 3:40pm to 5:00pm

John D. Tickle Engineering Building, 405
851 Neyland Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public


CEE Seminar, CEE Fall 2018


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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