When Jon was in high school, he participated in a bridge contest sponsored by the Missouri Society of Engineers (MSPE), and he credits this event with guiding his career towards engineering. His involvement in MSPE continues to this day. “I’m now the president of the Ozark Chapter of the MSPE, and our bridge contest is still one of our biggest events to get kids interested in engineering.”
As a GeoEngineers Associate, Jon works on geotechnical and trenchless engineering projects for energy-market clients around the country, and transportation and development projects regionally. One of Jon’s most recent projects at GeoEngineers was leading the development of a new design method for Direct Pipe™ installation. In early 2013, Jon was privileged to travel to Europe and meet with Direct Pipe equipment manufacturer Herrenknecht, A.G. and observe their manufacturing operation. Later in the year, Jon and his fellow GeoEngineers colleagues provided design and construction support for two successful Direct Pipe projects. One of those projects, an innovative directional microtunnel project for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, won the Grand Conceptor Award for the best overall project in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Missouri’s 2014 Engineering Excellence Competition.
At home, Jon’s five kids keep him hopping, as does the family’s small hobby farm, which features a vegetable garden, one horse, three cows, three sheep, one pig and eight chickens. Jon enjoys serving with his wife at his church and is an avid acoustic and country music fan. In his rare free time, Jon loves to fish, he has been recognized with a Missouri Master Angler award, and also pursues other outdoor activities including canoeing, mountain biking, running, camping, and hunting.
ACEC-Missouri Engineering Excellence Awards, Grand Conceptor, 2014 ACEC-Missouri Engineering Excellence Awards, Grand Award, Water Resources Category, 2010
President, Missouri Society of Professional Engineers - Ozark Chapter, 2013
“I-44/Gasconade River Bridge Foundation Investigation and Stabilization,” presented at the Midwest Geotechnical Conference, St. Louis, MO, 2011
“Innovative Waterfront Retaining Wall System Saves a Condominium,” J. Robison, A. Sparks, presented at ASCE Geo-Institute’s Earth Retention Conference 3, Bellevue, WA, 2010
“Fall Creek Resort Hybrid Retention System,” presented as a MS&T Graduate Seminar, Rolla, MO, 2009
“Assessment of Karst Activity at Springfield Route 60 Study Site,” by M.T. Myat, I. Muchaidze, A Wamweya, N.L. Anderson, J. Robison. Conference proceedings, ASCE Karst Conference, Tallahassee, FL, 2008
“Delaware Avenue Sinkhole Collapse,” presented at the TEAM Conference, St. Louis, MO, 2007