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Kirk Branson Sr., P.E.


BS Civil Engineering, Michigan State University (1980)
MA Management, Aquinas College (1985)
Registered Engineer (1993)

Transportation Service Center Manager,
Michigan Department of Transportation

Member, CEE Professional Advisory Board

I have been a Lansing resident all of my life, and a proud graduate of the Lansing school district and Michigan State University. I married my high school sweetheart in 1970, and have 3 children: Kirk, Jr., currently working for G.M.; Brandi, who is in her last year at MSU, and Matthew, who just started MSU in 1997, is majoring in Engineering and is a freshman on the football team. I have been employed by the Michigan Department of Transportation all of my adult life. However, I have not stayed in one spot–I’ve been a draftsman, an auditor, program manager, and I am currently Engineer Manager overseeing over $70 million worth of construction work.

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Jeron Campell

A native Detroiter, Jeron Campbell has always loved to teach. As an undergraduate, he volunteered to tutor fellow students while studying electrical engineering at Michigan State University. After graduation, he volunteered as a tutor for Detroit high school students in several nonprofit programs before deciding to start his own.

In 2001, Jeron approached the engineering department at Wayne State University with an idea: Why not run a tutorial program for Detroit’s seventh - through 12th-graders to better prepare them for high school and college? Jeron now spends upwards of 20 hours a week teaching math, English, high school preparation and ACT/SAT test skills — on top of his job as an engineer at Ford Motor Co. and part-time doctorate engineering student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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Dr. Bellandra Foster

BS Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1983
PhD Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1999

President and principal engineer of BBF Engineering Services, PC.

Dr. Bellandra B. Foster is the president and principal engineer of BBF Engineering Services, PC (BBF). The company is a civil and transportation engineering consulting firm incorporated in the state of Michigan.  BBF Engineering Services specializes in road and bridge construction inspection/engineering, traffic and transportation engineering, utility coordination, project management and small business consultation.

Dr. Foster, who founded BBF in 1994 as a sole proprietorship, is a native of Flint, Michigan.  At an early age she exhibited talent in math and science.  Her late parents, Dr. George and Ella Pearl Benefield, encouraged her to concentrate on her interests, even though girls were not typically directed toward these subjects in the 1970s.

After graduation from Michigan State University, Bellandra Foster launched her career working as a structural engineer for Bechtel Power Corporation in the fall of 1983, followed by a posting as Assistant Road Design Unit Leader for the Road Commission for Oakland County (MI). 

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Dr. Stephanie Luster-Teasley

BS Chemical Engineering, North Carolina A&T State University (1996, Summa Cum Laude)
Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University (2000)
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering, Michigan State University (2003)

Department Chair, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department

Feb. 26, 2018 Luster-Teasley was honored with an Innovation Award during the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year ceremonies in February in Washington, D.C. Read the full news article:

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Gabriel Najera

BS Civil Engineering, Michigan State University (1979)
MBA The University of Chicago (1992)

Co-founder of the Chicago chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Gabriel Najera has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (1979), Michigan State University and a Masters of Business Administration (1992), The University of Chicago.

He is the co-founder of the Chicago chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and served as that chapter’s first president. The Chicago chapter, established in 1980, was one of the first two professional chapters of SHPE. Today SHPE has over 35 professional chapters and is the largest Hispanic engineering organization in the United States with a membership of over 5,000. In 1995 Gabriel Najera received SHPE’s highest national honor, the “Jaime Oaxaca” award for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the Hispanic community and minority engineering initiatives.

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 John Webb

BS Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University
MBA Pepperdine University

Head of Select Accounts for Aetna

Mr. John Webb, a native of Brooklyn, New York is, as they say, a born salesman. As a youngster he negotiated with a candy wholesaler to sell him candy at wholesale prices. He then converted an old suitcase into a display and sold candy to friends at slightly less than retail. Early on, you could say he had a “sweet” sense for making a buck. Later in his childhood he acquired a neighborhood paper route and turned it into one of the largest in town. Armed with a good head for math and science, an undaunted will, and encouragement from family that believed in his capabilities, Mr. Webb went on to attend Michigan State University and received his degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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