2019 Promotions

Date Posted: Feb 13, 2019
Location: Dallas, TX

JQ has promoted four professionals in its Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston offices, according to JQ partner John J. Hoenig, PE, LEED AP.

Says Hoenig, “We have experienced strong, steady growth in the past few years and much of this growth has been due to having loyal clients, as well as top professionals who serve them. We are very pleased to recognize each of these team members and their accomplishments at JQ.”

Akshai Ramakrishnan, PE – Principal, Houston

Akshai Ramakrishnan, PE has been promoted from associate/senior project manager to principal in JQ’s Houston office. He has more than 18 years of experience on a wide range of private and public projects, including healthcare, higher education and manufacturing. Akshai is known for his expertise in design, construction administration, forensic investigations and client management. Among his current projects are:

  • Katy Academic Building, University of Houston, Katy, Texas
  • STEM Building, University of Houston - Victoria, Victoria, Texas
  • Student Services Building, Lone Star College-Montgomery, Conroe, Texas

Amanda Smayda, PE, ENV SP – Associate, Fort Worth

Amanda Smayda, PE, ENV SP has been promoted to associate in JQ’s Fort Worth office where she leads the Infrastructure team. With nearly 20 years of structural engineering experience, Amanda brings expertise in structural analysis and design, construction management and client interaction for water and wastewater facilities across the state. She holds the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation, which applies the principles of sustainability to infrastructure projects. Among her current projects are:

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Phase 1 Improvements, City of Waxahachie, Waxahachie, Texas
  • Waste Water Treatment Plant No. 3, City of Farmersville, Farmersville, Texas
  • Grit Removal Facility, Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas

Darin Jennings – Associate, Dallas

Darin Jennings has been promoted to associate in JQ’s Dallas office. Darin’s 25 years of experience in project management and civil engineering design have been assets in serving the firm’s public and private clients. His responsibilities include site investigations, project coordination with owners and A/E design teams, quality control and client development. Among his current projects are:

  • Housing Storage and Workshop Facility, The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas
  • Public Library Expansion and Renovation, Town of Flower Mound, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Rusk State Hospital Administration Building, Texas Health and Human Services, Rusk, Texas

Laci Rosas – Associate, Dallas

Laci Rosas has been named an associate in JQ’s Dallas office. As the firm’s controller, she oversees JQ’s financial and administrative teams that serve JQ’s offices throughout Texas. Her more than 17 years of experience, including financial controls expertise and analysis, have been invaluable in supporting the firm’s revenue growth and projections.