About Us

The SW Branch holds regular monthly meetings, usually from September through May. All members and non-members are welcome, and students are usually free to attend. Come back to our website often for details of upcoming meetings and other announcements. We also send out electronic invitations to ASCE members in our area for our monthly meetings (if you are registered through ASCE National with a current email address).

Our monthly meetings typically include project tours in the local area, or presentations of diverse topics that impact the civil engineering profession. We also occasionally organize social and networking events for our members and community service opportunities.

The SW Branch Board includes both elected and non-elected volunteer board members.  We are always looking for new members who are interested in getting more involved with ASCE, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if that describes you!  We meet three to four times per year as a board, and we are responsible for setting up all the SW Branch meetings and other events.  We also take turns hosting the ASCE Wisconsin Section Spring Technical Conference and Annual Meeting with the other Wisconsin Branches.

A list of current board members is included below:


President: Harry Tran (Email)


Harry Tran, E.I.T., is a highway engineer at EMCS Inc. in Middleton, WI. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2013 from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. At the University of Minnesota, Harry was involved with the ASCE student chapter, serving as Vice President as well as coordinating the annual ASCE career fair which brings in 30+ companies to the University. Since graduating, Harry has been involved with the Wisconsin Southwest branch serving as the Program and Arrangements Chair. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, and cheering for his beloved Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Golden Gophers.


President Elect: Ann Thielmann (Email)


Ann Thielmann, P.E., is a structural engineer at DAAR Engineering, Inc. in Portage, WI.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from UW-Madison in June 2006.  While a student at UW-Madison, she was actively involved with several student chapters.  Ann was a contributing member of the Concrete Canoe team and Steel Bridge team, and held several officer positions for ASCE including President.  After graduation Ann was active with Southeast Branch Younger Member Group, serving as the Social Chair prior to moving back to the Madison area. In her free time, Ann enjoys playing kickball, golfing, bowling, running and reading.


Past President/Branch Rep.: Laura Rozumalski


Bio coming soon!





Secretary (Outreach & Community Chair): Elisa Becker (Email)

Elisa Becker, P.E., is a transportation engineer at Strand Associates, Inc. She moved back to Madison after graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2011. Elisa was an active member of ASCE and the women’s rugby team while at Cornell. She currently plays rugby with the Wisconsin Women’s Rugby Football Club and enjoys cross-country skiing when there is enough snow.

Treasurer: Matt Buckli (Email)

Matt Buckli, P.E., is a bridge engineer at Mead & Hunt in Madison, WI. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where he was involved with the ASCE student chapter and the steel bridge team. Matt is looking forward to continuing to serve as a board member for the SW branch, and he has really enjoyed getting more involved with ASCE. Matt is originally from Chippewa Falls, WI and now lives in Stoughton, WI with his wife Naomi, son Andrew and dog Barley. In his free time he enjoys woodworking, being the family handyman and fostering rescue dogs from Texas as they look for their forever homes in Wisconsin.


Director (Programs Chair): Joe Miller (Email)


Joe Miller, E.I.T., graduated from the University of Wisconsin Platteville in December of 2013 with an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering. While attending UW-Platteville, Joe has participated heavily in organizations such as Engineers Without Borders UW-Platteville, ASCE, and Platteville Mens Rugby Club.  Including serving as president and secretary for Engineers Without Borders, EWB has given him the opportunity to experience real-world engineering while traveling to Ghana, Africa.  Currently, he is employed at Strand Associates, Inc. where he is gaining experience in the municipal department.  He likes spending time outdoors hunting and fishing, and enjoys traveling, visiting family, and skiing. Joe is currently a Director for the Southwest Branch.

Director: Kelly Gruel (Email)

Kelly Greuel, P.E., PTOE, is a traffic engineer at AECOM in Madison, WI.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from UW-Madison in December 2008.  While a student at UW-Madison, she was actively involved with several student chapters.  Kelly was a paddler for the Concrete Canoe team, held several officer positions for ASCE, and was a contributing member of the Steel Bridge Team.  Currently, she is an active member of ITE and ASCE.  In her free time, Kelly enjoys participating in sports with friends and playing piano.

Director: Ed Sippel (Email)

Edward Sippel, P.E., is a structural engineer at Angus Young Associates.  He moved to Madison to attend college where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UW-Madison.  While at UW-Madison, Ed was involved with the ASCE student chapter, particularly the Steel Bridge Team.  Since graduating he has continued to be involved with the student chapter serving as the liaison to the branch level since 2013.  In his free time, he enjoys trivia, biking, and cheering on the Badgers and Packers.

Younger Member Committee Co-Chair: Terry Armstrong Jr. (Email)

Terry Armstrong Jr.

Terry Armstrong Jr., E.I.T., is a Transmission Line Design Engineer at Electrical Consultants, Inc. (ECI) in Madison, WI. He has received Bachelor’s Degrees in Civil Engineering and in Mathematics from UW-Madison and UW-La Crosse, respectively. Terry is beginning his first position with the board as a YM Committee Co-Chair, but has previously held officer positions with the ASCE Student Chapter at UW-Madison. During his free time Terry enjoys camping, hunting, and fishing, as well as many other outdoor activities. He also likes to golf, play softball, and has fun tinkering with computers and electronics.


Scholarship Chair: Jeff Barker (Email)

Jeff Barker

Bio coming soon!




UW-Madison Faculty Advisor: Gustavo Parra-Montesinos


Bio coming soon!




UW-Platteville Liaison: Noah Hofrichter (Email)


Bio coming soon!



UW-Platteville Faculty Advisor: Phil Parker

Bio coming soon!






Social Media: Vacant

Please email the Branch President if you are interested in volunteering for this position.