Former Lebanon resident Ken Barry, PE, was recently presented with the S&ME Technical Principal Award.
S&ME Inc. is an engineering firm based in Raleigh, N.C. It has offices throughout the Southeast.
The companys Technical Principal Program is designed to recognize technical leaders within S&ME who have advanced in using their professional experience and skills to provide the highest quality services to clients and who also have become regional or national leaders in their technical fields. In addition, Technical Principals are available to consult with S&ME staff tackling difficult technical challenges.
Barry is a project manager and environmental engineer in S&MEs Knoxville branch office. He joined the company nine years ago with a couple of decades of previous experience. He is married to Celeste Franta Barry who is also an engineer. They have four children, twin 15-year-old girls Aileen and Elan, and two boys, Matthew, 13, and Ian, 11. The family resides in Norris. Barry is also the son of Jean and Ward 5 Lebanon City Councilor Haywood Barry.
A 1976 graduate of Lebanon High School, Barry earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Tech University in 1982 and soon followed that with a masters in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University in South Carolina.
He said he has been interested in science and engineering since elementary school and added he was fortunate that his grandfather had an excavation company which allowed him to be around heavy equipment from an early age. Barry also used his love of architecture and history to co-author the application to make the Tennessee State Capitol an ASCE Civil Engineering Landmark.
At Tennessee Tech, he was a two-year officer the ASCE Student Chapter. He also worked at a Georgia Power nuclear plant and was a research and teaching assistant for a Civil Engineering professor. At Clemson, he was introduced to erosion control BMPs and stream geomorphology.
Fresh out of grad school, he joined the EPA and participated in investigations at hazardous waste sites. He later joined Versar, running its EPA technical assistance contract.
He then spent 10 years with Bechtel in Oak Ridge, gaining experience in human health assessment, waste disposal, project management and engineering. For five years he was Project Engineer and Deputy Project Manager for a major contract for Loring Air Force Base. His work there included closure of two large landfills and the largest at least to that time cleanup and restoration of a stream system with 40 acres of wetlands
Barry is also a diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. He plans, executes and manages civil and environmental engineering projects, and participates in landfill design and permitting, hydrology and hydraulics, erosion control design, stream restoration, proposal preparation and looks for opportunities to apply his experience to unique situations. Several of the projects he has participated in have won Engineering Excellence Awards from ACEC of Tennessee.
Ken Barry, PE, left, was presented with the Technical Principal plaque from S&ME President Randy Neuhaus, PE, right, at the annual S&ME Technical Conference held Feb. 3-4, in Charlotte, N.C. With more than 1,000 employees, Barry joins very select company as the sixth person to be appointed as a Technical Principal within the firm. Barry is a former resident of Lebanon. Submitted