Two south Louisianans are among 20 named winners of the 2019 ENR Texas and Louisiana Top Young Professionals.
To be eligible, individuals must be working full time in some aspect of the commercial construction industry in the region, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Nominees must be under age 40 at the time entries were due.
Key selection criteria include industry experience and education; career and industry leadership; and community service and involvement.
Blake Roussel, an airport and airfield design expert with Stanley Consultants in Baton Rouge, was noted for his work with the firm’s federal group, designing projects in Abu Dhabi and Qatar. The 38-year-old is now one of the firm’s foremost experts in airport and airfield design and recently was named the civil design lead on one package of a $30 million military base project in the United Arab Emirates. Roussel also serves as transportation department manager of the firm’s Baton Rouge office, overseeing a growing staff on airport, highway and coastal projects.
Jacob Loeske, a former lead engineer and regional operations manager for Buchart Horn, and now with Stanley Consultants, helped the firm win the $75 million I-12 widening project in Louisiana, along with a $30 million roundabout corridor project. In 2013 and 2015, Loeske was named Young Engineer of the Year by Louisiana Engineering Society Baton Rouge Chapter, and in 2015, he was named the Young Engineer of the Year for the Louisiana Engineering Society statewide.