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About Us...

Welcome!  The Central Iowa ASCE Younger Member Group is an organization of young professionals in the Civil Engineering field in central Iowa. Meetings and outings include technical presentations, site tours, and social gatherings.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook to find out the latest information and current events!

President: Edward Sowder, P.E.

Edward is a Project Engineer for Calhoun-Burns & Associates in West Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering and a Master of Business degree in Business Administration. Edward is a licensed professional engineer in Iowa. Edward’s experience is in bridge design and inspection throughout Iowa. In his free time, Edward enjoys playing soccer and bowling. He also enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife and spending time with his son.


Vice President: Preston Moon, E.I.

Preston is a civil engineer for Snyder & Associates, Inc. in Ankeny, IA.  He graduated from Iowa State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.  His has professional experience has focused on roadway design and construction administration.  His project experience includes interstate, highways, urban arterial, and local roadway design.  In his free time, Preston enjoys travelling, playing softball, and biking.

Secretary: Zach Bonzer, E.I.

Zach is a Geotechnical Engineer with Terracon Consultants, Inc. He graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in civil engineering in 2011. Zach’s professional experience includes analysis of slope stability, settlement, bearing capacity, remedial design, and deep foundation design for a variety of projects. He has performed work in the energy, communication, industrial, and commercial sectors along with several large transportation projects. In his free time, Zach enjoys mountain biking, camping, and playing guitar.

Social Chair: Ted Bechtum, E.I.

Ted is a Geotechnical Engineer with Terracon Consultants, Inc. He graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Ted’s professional experience includes design and construction observation for various deep foundation systems, shallow foundation design and evaluation, and embankment evaluation for projects in various sectors. Ted enjoys spending time with his wife and son, fishing, and attending local sporting events.

Social Media Chair: Steph Then, E.I.

Steph is a Water Resources Engineer with HDR, Inc. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BSE in Civil Engineering and a MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Steph’s professional experiences include hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for bridge design, flood mitigation, and stormwater conveyance. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, fishing, and kayaking.

Past President: Garret Reeder, P.E.

Garret is a civil engineer in the transportation work group at Snyder & Associates, Inc. in Ankeny, IA.  He graduated from Iowa State University in 2009 with a BS in civil engineering.  His professional experience has primarily focused on highway design and construction administration for transportation projects in varying complexity.  In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and attending ISU sporting events.