Ross Barron, a professional engineer with Olsson, has been named the 2019 Young Professional of the Year by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Nebraska.
Barron, a technical leader and bridge engineer, holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is working toward completing his master’s degree in engineering management this spring. In his 10-year career, his work has included the Norfolk Avenue bridge reconstruction in Norfolk; more recently, the Tri-Faith Campus circular pedestrian bridge in Omaha; numerous highway bridge reconstruction and repairs throughout the state for the Nebraska Department of Transportation; and various concrete spillways and environmental structures for the Flood Control District of Maricopa County in Arizona.
“Although I’ve worked on several engineering projects throughout the country, I still maintain a strong desire to deliver successful engineering solutions to friends and neighbors in my community,” he said. “The recent completion of the Rosa Parks bridge repairs solved a dangerous issue for many Lincoln drivers. People I know in my community got excited about this project. Through these interactions, I can feel my purpose in the community as it supports my passions in life.”
Barron’s industry involvement includes serving as a board member and vice president for the Lincoln Engineers Club and on the NDOT subcommittee for ACEC Nebraska. He serves as a director of the board for the Lincoln Parks Foundation and volunteers with student outreach for the UNL College of Engineering.