Paul Spears, PE, SE
Paul has over 14 years of structural engineering experience, working on a variety of structures from stadiums and arenas to churches, retail, and residential. His expertise includes renovation of existing structures, fast tracked projects, nonlinear and dynamic analysis, and design for ATFP.
Paul started STAND in 2010 and has grown the business steadily each year by providing good design and great service.
Paul grew up in construction working for his Father in Wichita, KS. He attended K-State and received both a History degree and a Civil Engineering degree. He worked for about a year before going to Virginia Tech for graduate school. Paul received the Via Fellowship to attend Virginia Tech and received a Master’s degree.
Brent Bonham, PE, SE, LEED AP
Brent has over 20 years of experience with both large- and small-firms, as well as with public and private entities. He has led the structural engineering design on a wide range of projects, with varying clients and delivery types. His projects have ranged from basement wall inspections and residential additions, to some of our nation’s largest and most complex projects in the sports, aviation, transportation and convention center sectors. Prior to pursuing a career in engineering, he also worked as a contractor, architect, and owner’s rep – all of which offers him a unique and varied perspective on the industry.
Brent received his BS degree from M.I.T.’s Architecture Department in 1990, where he was dually enrolled in both architecture and civil engineering. After working a bit, he later returned to school where he received a BSCiE and his MSCiE in structural engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1994 where he was named a William Gregory Fellow.
First son of parents who were both teachers, he has continued that family tradition and has served as an adjunct Professor for the advanced structural steel design classes at UMKC, and also occasionally assists his friends with the various Architectural and Engineering Studio classes at the universities in our region. He served as President and Board Member of the Structural Engineers Association of Kansas & Missouri (SEAKM), and is also a member of AISC, ASCE, ICC, and NCSEA.
He takes pride on developing creative and cost effective solutions that balance the goals and needs of owner, architect and contractor, and he looks forward to collaborating with you on your next project.
Matt Enstrom, PE, LEED AP BD+C
Matt comes to Stand with over 15 years’ experience in building design and construction. Early in his career, Matt collaborated with Stand’s principals Paul and Brent at a national AE firm on some of the most visible and complex sports, federal, and transportation infrastructure projects in the country.
In addition to his engineering experience, Matt has worked for contractors, developers, and building owners as an estimator, project manager, and owner’s representative. This diverse background and a history of delivering large-scale fast-track and design-build projects make Matt a valuable asset on projects with unique schedule challenges and delivery methods.
A LEED Accredited Professional since 2007, Matt has participated in many sustainable building projects and is an active member of the local USGBC chapter.
Matt is a Nebraska native and attended the University of Nebraska, earning undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Architectural Engineering from the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction. In his free time, Matt enjoys chasing down fly balls on the softball diamond and challenging friends and family to a board game from his extensive collection.
John Funk, PE
John has over 20 years of structural engineering experience working on a variety of project types and sizes. His project experience includes schools, apartments, arenas, churches and commercial, with design capabilities in multiple structural materials. Collaboration is the key to success and what John enjoys the most about building design projects. Whether working on large or small projects, building strong relationship while interacting with architects, contractors or other engineers is essential to his accomplishments.
John received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa in Mechanical Engineering. He continued his career experience by obtaining a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas.
In his free time, John enjoys time with his family and friends, church activities, biking and catching up on the latest sports scores.
Cody Gibbens, PE
Cody joined Stand in 2016 as their first intern, and came on full time soon after. He grew up in Beloit, KS and attended the University of Kansas, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering and his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering.
While in graduate school, he served as a graduate instructor for the civil engineering graphics and computer aided drafting courses, teaching AutoCAD and Revit to undergraduate students.
When not working he serves as a personal trainer with an extensive background in Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting.
Cody is pretty much our jack of all trades. Some of which include: engineer, website designer, Revit guru and graphic designer.
Tyler Hultgren, IE
Tyler joined Stand in 2018. Before coming to Stand, Tyler worked for a steel fabricator designing and analyzing miscellaneous metals and steel connections. He graduated from The University of Kansas in December of 2016 with his BS degree in Civil Engineering and he is currently working on his Master of Civil Engineering degree at The University of Kansas in the evenings.
Shortly after graduating high school from Osage City, KS where he grew up, Tyler enlisted into the United States Air Force where he served in the Kansas Air National Guard for 8 years. During his time in the Guard, he was an aircraft mechanic on the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker.
When not at work Tyler enjoys spending time with his family, helping with church activities, playing “old man” softball, aviation, and woodworking.
Eric Swanson, PE
Eric joined the STAND team after working as a structural engineer for 9 years in the government, water and telecom sectors. He has experience in the design of facilities, civil works and utility projects around the world. He has developed a skill-set using dynamic analysis methods to determine seismic effects on mission critical building components and is generally fascinated by all things related to earthquakes. Eric received a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 2008 and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2014. Outside of work, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, participating in church activities, running and playing piano.
Clara Blauwiekel, PE
Clara joined Stand in 2020. Clara comes to Stand after 5 years in the metal building industry where she gained valuable experience in a variety of topics including high seismic analysis, connection reinforcements. Clara has completed projects across the United States and Canada.
Clara attended the University of Kansas, earning a BS degree in Architectural Engineering in 2010 and a MS in Civil Engineering in 2012.
In her free time, Clara enjoys playing violin and piano and spending time with family and friends.
Nate Searle, PE, SE
Nate joined the STAND team in 2020 after working as a structural engineer in Denver designing commercial buildings. His experience includes hotel, multi-family/mixed-use, retail, health care, and education building design. Prior to working in commercial building design, he worked in Omaha, New Orleans, and Denver designing temporary structures and construction devices for a contractor.
Nate graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering in 2012 and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering in 2014, both from the University of Kansas. Outside of work, Nate enjoys camping, hiking, woodworking, golf, playing guitar, and cooking.
As a BIM Technician, Nicole assists our engineers with drawing production. She has been working with Stand Structural Engineering since July of 2016, providing production of structural models, drawings and schedules using Autodesk Revit and Bluebeam. As a native of Kansas City, she studied Architecture and Interior Design at Johnson County Community College and worked in the creative arts field before joining the Stand team. She enjoys collaboration and team problem solving and strives to deliver quality production for our clients. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and exercising.
Travis joined the Stand team in 2020. He has 20 years of experience in BIM/CAD between AutoCAD and Revit. His experience includes projects in commercial, metal building, K-12 and higher education.
Lisa joined the STAND team in 2020. She holds a B.S. in accounting and has been a CPA for 20 years.
She is originally from Iowa. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and their 3 sons. She is active in their church and enjoys working out and watching almost any kind of sports.