Tau Beta Pi Wyoming Eminent Engineer - James Kladianos
July 1, 2011 — James R. (Jim) Kladianos has been employed by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) for a period of almost 35 years, starting in 1976. Jim began his career with WYDOT as a designer in the Bridge Division, and transferred to Project Development in 1982 to take a position as the assistant design team leader in the Laramie Design Squad. He became the design team leader in 1988, a position which he continues to hold.
The Laramie Design Squad is a cooperative education unit operated by WYDOT in conjunction with the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Wyoming (UW). The members of the Design Squad are full time engineering students who also work a minimum of 20 hours per week for WYDOT, producing contract plans for highway construction projects under the supervision of three, full-time design engineers. During the course of their tenure in the Design Squad, the students are taught the fundamental principles of highway design, associated federal and state design policies and procedures, the operation of computer software for drafting and roadway design, etc. by Jim and the two Assistant Design Team Leaders.
The Design Squad was established by WYDOT in 1968 and, except for a few years in the late– 1970’s, has been in continuous operation since then. Of the 138 students who have participated in this program since 1980, 133 (96%) received their bachelor’s degrees, mainly in civil or architectural engineering. Between 2007 and 2010, the students interns in the Laramie Design Squad completed contract plans for 18 roadway construction projects that were let to contract for bid prices totaling to approximately $78 million.
Jim received a B.S. degree in civil engineering from UW in 1976, an M.S. (specializing in structures) in 1989, and a Ph.D. (specializing in transportation) in 2002. He has been a part-time instructor for the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering since 1987, and taught classes mainly in the structural area until 2002. After obtaining a Ph.D., Jim switched to teaching transportation classes, and currently teaches one course per semester—Transportation Engineering, Geometric Design of Highways or Capstone Design Experience (CDE) in Transportation.
Jim has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Wyoming since 1981, a member of the American Society of Professional Engineers since 1976, and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers since 1982. He has served as a panel member for three National Cooperative Highway Research Program research projects in the area of geometric design.