Student Chapters

Lipscomb University
ASCE Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Professor Chris Gwaltney
615-966-5360     

Tennessee State University
ASCE Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Farouk Mishu
615-963-5427     

Tennessee Tech University
ASCE Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Benjamin Mohr
931-372-3546     

Vanderbilt University
ASCE Student Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lori Troxel
615-322-0055


Jeff Hooper | P.E.
Lipscomb University Practitioner Advisor
Phone: 615-356-9911

Jeff is employed by Barge Cauthen & Associates, Inc. where he serves as a project manager for civil site projects. He is a Nashville native who received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1994. Jeff is a long time member of ASCE where has served as TTU Student Chapter President, Nashville Branch President, Tennessee Section Younger Member Committee, and currently serves as a Nashville Branch Board member. Jeff was the recipient of the 2003 Young Engineer of the Year from the Nashville Chapter of TSPE. In his spare time he enjoys backpacking, golfing, and traveling.


Michael Cochrane | P.E.
Lipscomb University Practitioner Advisor
Phone: 615-770-8559

Mike is a Nashville native that obtained a BS in Engineering Science from David Lipscomb College (now Lipscomb University) and a BE in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University. After graduation, Mike worked with W.L. Hailey & Co. as the field engineer in the construction of the TN Hwy 156, Shelby A Reinhart bridge over the Tennessee River. Afterwards he managed start-up and turn over operations for pipe systems at nuclear plants in Alabama, Missouri and Ohio before returning to Nashville where he began life as a private consulting engineer with the firm that was MCI Consulting Engineers, The Edge Group. ERC, ERCE and Ogden. In 2000 Mike went to Gresham Smith & Partners where he managed the Land Planning and Design Division for a number of years. Currently, he is a Sr. Vice President at GS&P working in business development for the Federal and Land Planning Markets. In addition to being involved in a number of positions with ASCE over his career, Mike has been active in a number of professional societies. He is the past president of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of TSPE and is currently a director of the SAME Nashville Chapter. He serves on the Board for African Christian Schools and is an elder at Granny White Church of Christ. Mike met his wife, Rita, while at Lipscomb. Rita teaches 7th grade social studies at David Lipscomb Middle School and is a past 7th grade national teacher of the year. They have two sons and a daughter and three grandsons. When not traveling with Rita, Mike spends his extra time on the golf course.


Patrick Leap | P.E. CPESC
Tennessee Tech University Practitioner Advisor
Phone: 615-477-6935

Patrick is originally from the east coast of Florida but has lived in Tennessee for the last 19 years. He graduated from Tennessee Tech with a B.S. in Civil Engineering focusing in Transportation Engineering. All of his experience has been through multiple aspects of transportation engineering including roadway design, traffic engineering, planning and some construction engineering inspections, but in 2015 he switched to General Aviation airport design. Patrick is married to a nurse, like many engineers seem to be, and they have a son. They both enjoyed doing some typical Tennessee outdoor activities like kayaking the rivers around middle Tennessee, going to lakes or just lounging around a pool. Since their son was born in 2015, they now enjoy lounging around the kiddie pool and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.


John Brew | P.E.
Tennessee State University Practitioner Advisor
Phone: 615-770-8222

Born and raised in Nashville, John obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tennessee State University in 2005, and his M.E. in Structural Engineering from TSU in 2010. He has been with Gresham, Smith & Partners since 2004, when he obtained an internship position while still in undergraduate school. His work experience at GS&P covers Construction Engineering & Inspection, Bridge Design, and his current role as an engineer in the Structural Department of the Building Engineering Division. In his spare time, John enjoys traveling, going to the lake, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.


Ron Oniszczak | E.I.
Tennessee State University Practitioner Advisor
Phone: 615-770-8417

Originally from the Great Lakes area (Buffalo, NY & Detroit, MI), Ron has been living in Tennessee for over 10 years. He spent 7 years in the residential construction industry working as a Carpenter and Landscaper/Laborer, largely self-employed; he cut his teeth on restoration projects for several historic homes, a LEED-Silver community outreach space for a local non-profit, and assorted remodeling jobs which taught him the joy and challenges of the built environment. Following a desire to do something different for a career, a local dip in the economy inspired Ron to return to school, and he graduated from Tennessee State University’s Civil Engineering program in May 2015, where he served as the ASCE Student Chapter President for a year.  He now works as a Civil Engineer Intern for Gresham, Smith and Partners in downtown Nashville, TN, gathering experience and is looking forward to his first chance to sit for the P.E. exam. Ron’s professional focus revolves around providing Land Planning & Design services for clients, with a particular emphasis on healthcare facilities, retail space, and professional office campuses. In his free time, he is typically found enjoying leisure time with his family, gardening, hiking, reading, writing, cooking or studying “prehistory.”


Ashley Smith | P.E.
Vanderbilt University Practitioner Advisor
Phone: 615-370-8500

Ashley is a Vanderbilt University graduate originally from San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Engineering in civil engineering in 2004. She is currently an Associate and Project Manager at HFR Design, doing civil/site design. Her dad is a civil engineer and her mom is a math teacher, so it is only natural that she uses the left side of her brain more. She married Jared, another Vandy graduate, and they have a daughter. Ashley is also an ASCE Nashville Branch Past-President, current Board Member, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster, & former Younger Member Chair. She is also the current Tennessee Section President and Webmaster. Ashley was a big sis through Big Brothers Big Sisters for 8 years and is an avid Vanderbilt sports fan. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys playing and watching all sports, traveling, scuba diving, skiing, going to concerts, and relaxing on beaches.


Nathan Grosser 

Vanderbilt University Practitioner Advisor
Phone: n/a