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Civil Engineering Engineer

Pasadena, TX
March 22, 2020

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Luis Pena, M.Sc., E.I.T.

405-***-**** Houston, TX US Resident



Forward-Thinking Project Manager skilled at implementing transformational

systems enabling business results, client satisfaction and customer engagement.

Innovative Change Agent and Game-Changing Strategist highly regarded for being an effective project/program manager for cutting-edge enterprise and offering next-generation skill set for the aerospace and/or technology industries. Implement elegant technology solutions with a passion for driving service-focused cultures. Roll out cutting-edge information systems that unlock opportunities to drive market competitiveness, revenue growth and customer loyalty. Thrive on intellectual challenge and leverage advanced business acumen with a proactive leadership style to optimize technology opportunities and support cross-functional teams.

Invest in individual team members to cultivate high-performing teams. Direct mission-critical initiatives with high-level, strategic vision to ensure return on investment while optimizing operational efficiency, fortifying security and improving manageability. Drive change management and business process re-engineering initiatives resulting in enhanced profitability, organizational effectiveness, risk mitigation and delivery excellence.

Accomplished project manager with a combination of experience in leading innovation, process development, and simplified strategies with a unique ability to lead, mentor and unify diversified team members in highly competitive environments.


Project Leadership: Process Development; Cross-Functional Success; Resource Development; Risk Control; Lean Methods

Business Transformation: Workforce Optimization; Change Management; Process/Quality Improvement; Turnarounds

Development Experience: Microsoft Excel Expert: VBA, Power Queries, Database Management, Pivot Tables, Advanced Charts, Conditional Formatting; iPhone/iPad Apps; Web Apps with skilled use of Python; React; SQL and NoSQL Databases; Advanced Excel


•Provide coaching and training, delivery of best practices, creating the platform roadmap, building teams, conducting research, prototyping and performing design and technology selections.

•Spearhead proactive tactics for systems service delivery, technology platforms and services while also reconstructing infrastructure, ensuring seamless operations and catapulting platform to achieve organizational growth.

•Act as a key liaison between technical and non-technical departments with interpersonal effectiveness and the keen ability to translate arcane technological terminology into a tangible language for non-IT personnel.

•Offer competitive edge with a holistic perspective of full-phase experience including customer support, quality assurance, product conceptualization to end-user management..

•Develop One Click Solutions using Microsoft Excel creating powerful tools that improve business operations with a simple and integrated approach providing reliable, time-efficient benefits.

•Create complete software solutions using Visual Studio Code, Microsoft Excel (VBA, Power Query, Azure SQL and ODBC) to streamline engineering design processed and business workflow. The software can generate word documents, pdf files and exports to an HTML based webpage via FTP.


TorcSill Foundations, LLC, Houston, TX 2017 - Present

TorcSill Foundations, LLC engineers, manufactures, and installs helical piling foundation systems for diversified markets, including industrial, energy, and oil and gas.

Structural/Geotechnical Engineer E.I.T.

•Design helical piles encompassing the calculation of foundation reaction loads, geotechnical reports reduction, soil-structure interaction analysis and design of connections and structural members for the foundation solution. Codes and Standards used: IBC 2019, ICC-ES AC358, AISC 360-16, ASCE07-16, AASHTO, ACI 318-19

•Provide business-critical support to the installation crews throughout full-phase project execution. Assess operations and identify opportunities for process and quality improvements.

•Employ innovation in the creation of new software to streamline the helical pile design process while also automating the document control process.

Key Contributions:

•Took leadership initiative to accommodate the company’s rapid growth by innovating and implement a cutting-edge, project management web tool to automate processes across 1,500+ projects company-wide and resulting in a 42% increase in engineering productivity within one year.

•Enabled enterprise to skyrocket annual engineering revenue 187%, slash waste, fortify reliability, strengthen code compliance and elevate efficiencies through the automation of processes.

•Developed an iPhone app for the business developers to access real-time updates of the sales pipeline and awarded projects (CRM). Enabled the integration of ERP with the new app for engineering and business developers to assess design state, reported wins and project opportunities.

•Surpassed expectations by developing an iPad app for the operations department to retrieve project SOWs carried over from engineering. Enabled the app to track pile installation time, depth, material and labor while also generating PDF installation reports and invoice.

•Produced an interactive tool with augmented reality (AR) models of helical piles and steel frames for business developers and for engineers to utilize for training and sales purposes.

The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 2015 - 2018

The University of Oklahoma is a public research university offering 152 baccalaureate programs, 160 master’s programs and 75 doctoral programs.

Graduate Research Assistant & Graduate Teaching Assistant

•Performed graduate-level research on geotechnical engineering involving Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil-Integrated-Bridge Systems (GRS-IBS) for a thesis entitled, “Performance Monitoring of GRS-IBS Bridges in Oklahoma.”

•Conducted surveying on six bridges in rural areas to monitor the GRS-IBS abutment behavior. Developed and implemented a parametric GRS-IBS model with Fast Lagrangian Analysis of Continua (FLAC).

•Produced a national GRS-IBS inventory website with PHP and MySQL based on extensive research and a literature review of GRS-IBS bridges across the country.

•Contributed to counseling, mentoring and guiding undergraduate students interested in engineering degrees while serving in an on-campus position.

ICO Group Construction, Bogota, Colombia 2013 - 2014

ICO Group Construction was a privately-owned construction company serving both the residential and commercial markets.

Project Engineer/Field Engineer

•Synergized project management and engineering expertise within highly respected enterprise while overseeing, coaching and mentoring up to 50 crew members engaged in large-scale, residential projects.

•Exercised a cross-functional leadership in the construction of a residential building apartment complex including customer support, quality assurance, project conceptualization to customer management.

•Accelerated the completion of project milestones and contributed to managerial oversight of field activities.

•Ensured first-rate performance and design integrity while assessing and identifying opportunities for cost savings to heighten profitability and return on investment (ROI).

•Supervised design productivity, efficiency and performance, conducted troubleshooting and resolved deficiencies to enable full compliance to project schedules and requirements.

•Executed inspections to identify adjustments needed to conform with designs, specifications, codes and standards as well as company policies and procedures.


MS, Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering Concentration

The University of Oklahoma, 2017

BS, Civil Engineering

University of Los Andes, 2013


MS Excel (VBA) SQL NoSQL GraphQL for ERPs REST API Python Django HTML CSS Javascript

Bootstrap iOS Swift MS Project PrimaveraP6 AutoCAD REVIT MicroStation SAP2000 RAM Elements

RAM Elements L-Pile g-Int FLAC GSTABL MS Excel (VBA) MS Project PrimaveraP6 Python Django HTML CSS Javascript

Bootstrap iOS Swift SQL NoSQL REST API GraphQL for ERPs Mixed Reality XR, VR and AR ioT AI

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