Ben Cheplak
Senior Principal, Office Design Manager  /  Structures, Atlanta
ROOTS: Miami, Florida
ALMA MATER(S): University of Florida and University of Texas at Austin
FORTE: Ben specializes in steel detailing, parametric modeling, and interoperability. As a Design Manager, he guides the design approaches to our most important projects, ensuring that our clients benefit from our best practices in developing solutions, optimizing efficiency through digital workflow, and creating practical, well-detailed structures. He enjoys collaborating with talented architects, helping them realize their design vision.
INSPIRATION: “As a child I enjoyed looking at unique buildings where exposed structure was integrated into the architecture.”
EXTRACURRICULAR: Spending time in the North Georgia mountains, playing, coaching, refereeing soccer, and learning how to fix things around the house.
Ben Cheplak, PE, SE   /   404.898.9640   /
Joseph Dowd
Senior Principal, Office Design Manager  /  Structures, Dallas

ROOTS: New York, New York
ALMA MATER(S): Texas A&M University and University of Texas at Austin
FORTE: Joseph has experience in diversified aspects of structural engineering analysis, design, and management. His expertise includes long-span sports facilities, arenas, stadiums, and tensile fabric structures. Joseph has collaborated on facilities that are considered some of the most innovative and iconic sports venues ever built which boast structural solutions that have repeatedly established new industry standards for sports facility design.
AHA MOMENT: "Among many things, my father was a builder of custom homes. I spent countless hours with him on job sites seeing residential structures come together. There was always talk of an engineer and slowly I realized, through my education, that was the role I wanted to fulfill. I don’t think I ever imagined the grand scale of the structures and I am lucky enough to be 'an engineer.'"
ROLE MODEL: My father.
Joseph Dowd, PE   /   214.740.6225   /
Cliff Greenlief
Senior Principal, Managing Director  /  Structures, Kansas City

ROOTS: Overland Park, Kansas
ALMA MATER: Kansas State University
FORTE: Cliff has been in the industry since 1986, bringing a high level of structural design experience to the table by delivering a wide variety of commercial architecture projects. Cliff listens intensely to his clients and assists in transforming their abstract needs into a constructed solution, all while working within limited budgets, tight schedules, and construction realities. He thrives in a team setting, recognizing that the collective power of a group overshadows the abilities of a single individual.
HOBBIES: Spending time with his family, puttering in the yard, sketching, and enjoying time with friends.
Cliff Greenlief, PE   /   816.701.2100   /
Balram Gupta
Senior Principal, West Coast Healthcare Market Leader  /  Structures, Los Angeles

ROOTS: Los Angeles, California
ALMA MATER(S): Punjab Engineering College, Indian Institute of Technology, and University of Central Florida
Forte: With three decades of experience in structural engineering, seismic design of new buildings, seismic evaluation of existing buildings, and seismic upgrades, Balram is an expert at addressing technical challenges, strategic thinking, writing proposals, managing a team of engineers, overseeing project schedules and budgets, project delivery, and interfacing with clients. Additionally, Balram brings structural engineering expertise across a wide range of market sectors including healthcare, commercial, education, and residential. He is particularly adept at developing team business plans, business development, strategizing project pursuits, managing team financials, and providing team and technical leadership.
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Saving a 120-year-old hospital building with zero seismic retrofit.
WORK SATISFACTION: Winning a client’s trust.
Balram Gupta, PhD, SE   /   818.723.7085   /
Brian Lozano
Senior Principal, Director of Parking  /  Structures, Houston

Roots: Atascocita, Texas
Alma Mater(S): University of Houston and Le Tourneau University
Forte: Brian leads multi-discipline architecture and engineering teams to provide creative and comprehensive parking and mobility solutions. Focusing primarily on healthcare, higher education and aviation markets, he guides the design team to create efficient, highly functional, and cost-effective solutions tailored to each project's needs. Brian is a licensed engineer in multiple states and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), active in several industry related organizations including the International Parking and Mobility Institute and is a member of the prestigious National Parking Association’s Parking Consultants Council.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Engineering helps people turn their ideas into real and livable structures.
BEST ADVICE YOU’VE RECEIVED: “A collaborative approach to problem solving always results in the best outcome for our clients.”
Brian Lozano, PE, PMP   /   713.630.7401   /
Jaime Vasquez
Senior Principal, Senior Project Manager  /  Structures, Orlando

ROOTS: Orlando, Florida
ALMA MATER: City University of New York
Forte: Jaime has been in the AEC industry since 1985. His experience in various aspects of project management and engineering design includes the analysis and design of steel and concrete structures for educational, commercial, and residential buildings. He has also been involved in evaluation studies of existing structures for the preparation of assessment and due diligence reports. Jaime has been a key member of Walter P Moore's Orlando operations since its inception in 1994.
WORK SATISFACTION: He is proud to have collaborated with local and out-of-town architects on some of Walter P Moore's largest Orlando projects and other key landmarks that are currently part of Central Florida’s skyline.
HOBBIES: Spending time with his wife and children listening to music, grilling, and watching old classic movies.
Jaime Vazquez, PE   /   407.418.2246   /
Erik Verboon
Senior Principal, Director of Enclosure Engineering  /  Structures, New York

ROOTS: Jersey City, New Jersey
ALMA MATER(S): University of Cincinnati and Stevens Institute of Technology
Forte: Erik is the co-founder of Walter P Moore's New York office Enclosure Engineering practice. Trained in both architecture and engineering, he brings deep global experience with a focus on the design of complex and high-performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types. Erik's experience in digital design, geometric rationalization, and environmental analysis allows him to bring value to his clients while also helping designers deliver projects to the highest level of design sophistication while maximizing performance and minimizing cost.
GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: The completion of Columbia University Medical School.
HIDDEN TALENT: At holiday parties he usually ends up dancing to Michael Jackson.
Erik Verboon, AIA   /   917.460.0860   /