Hello and welcome. My name is Jennifer Whiteside and I have both a Master of Science and a Bachelor’s in Civil
Engineering from Florida State University with an emphasis in structures. I also have a minor in English.
I am a licensed professional engineer in both Florida and Colorado with over ten years of progressive experience in bridge design in multiple states. I’ve worked on structural designs in the states of Washington, Nevada, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado, and Indiana, in addition to Florida. I have completed designs of all kinds of bridges, including prestressed concrete girders, cast-in-place concrete, timber pedestrian, and steel plate girder bridges, in addition to many other transportation-related structures. I have also been involved in the design of several different kinds of retaining walls, including cast-in-place cantilever walls, gravity walls, soil nail walls, soldier pile walls, and steel & concrete sheet pile walls. I was also the primary author of the structural portion of the Florida Department of Transportation’s pilot study into the reclassification of unknown foundation bridges.
I started my career in September 2001 with a small engineering firm called Ralph Whitehead Associates in their Jacksonville, FL office. Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, RWA got its start in the design of freight railroad bridges in the 1960’s. The company then branched out into highway bridges, roadway design, construction engineering, and geotechnical engineering. It was purchased in the mid-2000’s by STV, inc. STV is 100 percent employee-owned, and provides a full spectrum of in-house services, from planning to architectural and engineering design to construction management. Their primary market areas are buildings and facilities, transportation and infrastructure, as well as specialty practice areas such as security.
I left STV at the end of 2007 and started with Jacobs Engineering Group in Tampa, FL in January 2008. Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of professional technical services. Jacobs offers a full-spectrum support to industrial, commercial, and government clients across multiple markets. Services include scientific and specialty consulting as well as all aspects of engineering and construction, and operations and maintenance. Because of their national status, I was able to do work for multiple state departments of transportation and even got to live in Las Vegas for a few months while working on the I-15 South Design-Build project.
In July 2012, I moved to Denver, CO to begin a new chapter in my career as a structural engineer for the Regional Transportation District. RTD provides transit services to eight counties in and around the city of Denver. The services they provide include light rail and bus service, in addition to bus rapid transit, and soon will also provide commuter rail services. I was hired as a part of the FasTracks project, multi-billion dollar comprehensive transit expansion plan to build 122 miles of new commuter rail and light rail, 18 miles of bus rapid transit, 21,000 new parking spaces at light rail and bus stations, and enhance bus service for easy, convenient bus/rail connections across the eight-county district. My first project with RTD is to complete a rail structure interaction finite element model for the southeast rail extension, a 2.3-mile extension of the existing southeast rail line. I am incredibly excited to be able to lend my talents and knowledge to a transit agency. I have long been a proponent of public transit so to be able to marry my belief in transit as a viable alternative to the individual vehicle with my skills as a bridge engineer will be a stimulating new chapter for me.