MooreLeaders: Meet our Recent Rising Stars

MooreLeaders: Meet our Recent Rising Stars

January 30, 2017
Rising Stars

Congratulations to three of our engineers who have recently made headlines! 


From left to right:

Mark Hoffman, P.E., ENV SP, a civil engineer in our Houston office, was recently awarded Young Engineer of the Year by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Houston chapter, for which he serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. One of his most notable projects was the Houston Zoo's Gorillas of the African Forest exhibit — the largest gorilla exhibit in North America and home to seven western lowland gorillas. The project won a Houston Business Journal Landmark Award in the Special Project category and was a recent finalist in the Urban Land Institute's Development of Distinction Awards in the Not-for-Profit category. Fun Fact about Mark: He plays the drums and was in a band in college.

Nicole Hayes, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, ENV SP, a civil engineer in our Dallas office, was awarded Outstanding New Member by Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Dallas. One of her notable projects was Dallas Baptist University's Jim and Sally Nation Hall, a landmark project on the University's most prominent piece of campus. Fun Fact about Nicole: She swam for Palau in the 2000 summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Laura Whitehurst, S.E., P.E., LEED AP BD+C, a structural engineer in our San Francisco office, was named a 'Top 40 Under 40' by Airport Business. One of her most notable projects was San Francisco International Airport's new Air Traffic Control Tower, which won ACEC's 2016 Grand Conceptor Award (the industry's highest award for Engineering Excellence). Fun Fact about Laura: She is a violinist in a local orchestra and was inspired to become an engineer by her grandmother, who "was a structural engineer in the 1950s when it was unusual for women to be in that career," she says.