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About Us

 

“We are partners, friends, and coworkers. We continue to build our company by selecting people who are compassionate about providing safe infrastructure for the communities we serve.”

CORE VALUES

EST is guided by our core values of honesty, integrity and professionalism to the highest degree. We approach every project with enthusiasm, commitment and pride of workmanship. Our staff is dedicated to providing a specialized solution for our clients, one that is catered to their specific needs and wants and one that will be innovative and cost-effective.

OUR LEADERSHIP

EST’s strong leadership upholds our core values and ensures that we continue to provide clients with quality professional service that they can rely on.

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OUR SERVICES

Our clients know they can depend on us to provide quality engineering services that incorporate cutting-edge innovation and that enhance safety, mobility, quality of life and economic vitality.

Our Approach

We are committed to providing our clients innovative and specialized solutions that are tailored to their specific needs and challenges. Our staff of seasoned experts serve as a one-stop shop by providing the full spectrum of civil engineering services from a project’s inception with environmental studies to the construction management and materials testing at the project’s completion. We eliminate the need for a middle man and provide our clients with a more simplified, cost-effective process through the completion of a project.

Meet the Team

Michael Vahabzadegan, PE

President

Michael Vahabzadegan, PE

As Founder and President of EST in 2000, Mike is committed to providing multi-faceted, comprehensive engineering services to a wide range of companies, municipalities, government entities, and other organizations.

Throughout his career of 30+ years in engineering, he has provided services to multiple state departments of transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, Native American tribes, and many private sector clients.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering, both from the University of New Mexico. He’s a licensed professional engineer in five states: Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, and Arkansas.

Paul Poynter, PE

Vice President – Structural Engineering

Paul Poynter, PE

As Vice President for Structural Engineering, Paul oversees all structural engineering projects to ensure they conform to necessary specifications and meet EST’s high quality standards.

A member of the EST team since 2002, Paul previously worked in the structural engineering department at Oklahoma State University conducting research to determine the fatigue capacity of steel bridge girders and assisting with other research. He also worked in the bridge division at Oklahoma Department of Transportation and was promoted to the top structural engineering position. While at EST, Paul was selected by ODOT to write the County Bridge Standards used by all engineers across the state.

Paul holds both a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering from Oklahoma State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Oklahoma.

Shane Long

Vice President - Site Design and Construction Management

Shane Long

As Vice President and Operations Manager for the Site Design and Materials Testing Divisions, Shane works closely with the EST team and clients to coordinate survey, geotechnical investigations, environmental studies, utility relocation, civil site design, and project closeout.

He joined EST in 2001 and has 25+ years of experience in site design and construction management. His responsibilities include conducting project cost analysis, scheduling jobs, project management, and serving as the client contact. He currently serves as the site design contact for Tribal Development and manages operations in southern Oklahoma.

Shane has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Oklahoma State University and holds multiple certifications.

Gary Evans, PE

Director of Operations

Gary Evans, PE

As Director of Operations, Gary provides guidance in many areas of transportation services with a strong focus on construction management to ensure each job meets EST’s high quality standards.

With 30+ years of experience, Gary is considered one of Oklahoma’s leading experts in construction management of public transportation infrastructure. His extensive experience at Oklahoma Department of Transportation included roles as a traffic engineer, field division engineer, Director of Operations, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer where he led a staff of 1,700 transportation professionals.

After retiring from ODOT in 2013, Gary joined the EST team. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma.

Gary Ridley, PE

Program Advisor &
Senior Consulting Engineer

Gary Ridley, PE

As Project Advisor and Senior Consulting Engineer, Gary brings his nearly 50 years of experience in transportation and his visionary leadership to the EST team and our clients.

Throughout his career, he has worked with cities, counties, state entities, and private contractors to effectively manage comprehensive projects and handle crisis situations. He has set policy at the national level and guided the expansion of transportation at the state level.

Prior to joining the EST team in 2017, Gary served for 12 years as the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, four years as the Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and eight years as the Secretary of Transportation for the State of Oklahoma.

Gary has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Oklahoma.

Regional Offices Team

Gary Johnson

Colorado Regional Director

Kelly Selman

Texas Regional Director

TJ Dill

Oklahoma City Regional Director

Jessica Prince

Tulsa Regional Director

Brad Martin

Paris Manager

Mykol Woodruff

Dallas Manager

Jerod Wilkins

Norman-Lawton Manager

Tamara Dipner 

Colorado Springs Manager

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Corporate Headquarters

615 N Hudson Avenue, Suite 300 Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 815-3600

(405) 815-4080