About Us

Civil Engineering Professionals

Our Beliefs

We are an extension of your services.

Whether you are a representative of a public agency or private developer, we are dedicated to principals focused on public safety, sound design with consideration of long-term maintenance costs, communication through listening, budget awareness, and disciplined to achieve schedules. CEP’s staff are our most valued resources and we invest in their long-term growth and development so our clients can reap the benefits of their knowledge and experience.

Company Certifications

CEP holds certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and/or Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE) with:
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Dane County, WI
  • City of Madison, WI
  • City of Milwaukee, WI
  • Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Illinois Department of Transportation
  • The City of Chicago
  • The Chicago Transit Authority
  • Metra
  • Pace

Company Experience

CEP staff have worked for a variety of federal, state, county, municipal, and private clients, providing multi-disciplined services. Some of those clients include:

  • USDA – Forest Service, Region 9
  • Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Wisconsin County Highway Departments
  • Municipal Department of Public Works
  • Villages and Towns
  • Private Developers

Our Team

Najim Heidari, PE

– Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1983

 Former owner and CEO of CORRE, Inc. for 11 years

– 2015 Secretary of Transportation Golden Shovel Award Winner for exemplary performance as a DBE consultant

 2017 Marketplace Awards by Governor presented to Najim Heidari for a Rising Star Minority-owned Business Development.

– 20 years of experience as a project engineer and project manager working on WisDOT design and construction projects including several high profile projects and local agencies’ rural and urban projects of various size and complexity

Bob Lex, PE
Project Manager

– Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, 
University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1992

– 27 years project management experience with Wisconsin Department of Transportation

– Construction project manager providing construction oversite for numerous constructions projects of all types including interstate, freeway, expressways, rural STHs, bridge replacements/ rehabs, and urban reconstructs and rehabilitations, with both in-house and consultant staffs

– Negotiation and management of consultant contracts, budget, schedule, and staff

– Resolving contractor disputes, coordination with property and business owners, local municipalities, counties and other outside agencies

– Determination of contract change orders, evaluate and coordinate with FHWA on CRI’s and larger change orders

– Design project manager for numerous design projects of all types from complex freeway expansion and interstate reconstruction projects to single span bridge replacements and HSIP safety improvementsc

Benjamin Clark, EIT
Project Engineer/ Inspector

– Experience Level: Low – Medium

– Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2019

– GPA: 3.8/4.0 and Dean’s List: 8/9 semesters • Work Experience:

– Civil Engineering Intern, Summer of 2019 – CEP Engineering, LLC

– Role: Construction inspector and nuclear density tester utilizing Mobile Inspector and pantry spreadsheets

Art Johnston, PE
Senior Structural Engineer

– Bachelor of Science – Civil Engineering
Michigan Technological University, 1989, summa cum laude

– Over 27 years of structural design experience on roadway and federal lands structures including Timber bridges

– USDA Forest Service employee, Region 9 (eastern US) for 22 years

– Experienced in highway bridges, buildings, and dam design as well as inspection and evaluation

Matt Murphy
Senior Structural Manager

– Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering
Chicago Technical College, 1977

– Wisconsin Department of Transportation, SW Region Structural Engineer for 20 years; responsible for 855 bridges and $2 million annual bridge rehabilitation program

– USDA Forest Service, Region 9 Transportation Program Manager and Bridge/Structures Program Manager for 5 years

– More than 25 structure design and inspection related certifications and training courses

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