Local engineer honored


Travis Rhoades, P.E., has earned the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Young Engineer of the Year Award.

The Young Engineer of the Year Award is presented in recognition of Rhoades’ dedicated efforts to support activities of OSPE and the Toledo Chapter, his enthusiasm for the engineering profession and her outstanding leadership in community, civic and professional affairs.

“Since his beginning as a co-op he has provided a continual and significant benefit to our transportation engineering and geo-environmental groups,” said C. Michael Smith, an OSPE member and chairman of The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc., in Maumee, where Rhoades is employed. “We believe he exemplifies the meaning of an ‘engineer’ and is a true benefit to the local profession and supporting organizations.”

Rhoades is a 2004 civil engineering graduate from the University of Toledo and structural team leader for the transportation group at The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. He resides in Swanton. He serves as a trustee for the Toledo Chapter of OSPE.

OSPE, a state affiliate of the National Society of Professional Engineers, was established in 1878 to promote the ethical conduct of practicing professional engineers, high standards for engineering education and to advance public safety and welfare. OSPE represents all disciplines and interest groups of the engineering profession: industry, private practice, government, construction and education.