Erich Schmitz, PE, has joined Wilson & Company in the Kansas City office, and brings significant hydrologic, hydraulic, and bridge scour analysis and design expertise.
“We are excited to have Erich on our team,” said Andrew Leifheit, Associate Vice President. “His expertise in hydrology and hydraulics will be of significant benefit to our clients, both in the midwest and elsewhere.”
Erich has more than 12 years’ experience in the planning, design, construction, and program management of transportation-related water resources projects. He specializes in hydrologic and hydraulic design, and has served the rail industry as a technical advisor for flood mitigation, emergency response, and service recovery. During the past eight years he has taught the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) course on stream bed hazard recognition for Class I railroads. He has served as program manager, project manager, and engineer on a wide variety of water resources projects and has completed hydrologic, hydraulic, and bridge scour analyses at hundreds of locations across the country.
He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and Connecticut. He is a member of AREMA and the American Public Works Association (APWA).
He has served as an adjunct professor of fluid mechanics and stream stability and scour for the University of Missouri – Kansas City and is the Incoming Chair of the School of Computing and Engineering’s Corporate Advisory Board. He is a published author in the area of engineering education as well as computational hydraulics and scour estimation techniques.