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Our Team

Our integrated and diverse team of professional engineers, urban planners, sustainability professionals and design experts takes a collaborative approach to problem-solving that helps bring innovative ideas to life. We strive to find an ideal balance between function and aesthetics to create results that transcend the challenges they solve and become long-term successes for the communities we serve.

Education

BS, Civil Engineering

The University of Texas at El Paso

Robert Gonzales, PE, CNU-A

President

Robert has over 35 years of reviewing, managing and designing projects in the El Paso area and has developed extensive experience in all aspects of land development, master planning, major municipal drainage/roadway infrastructure assignments, land use mapping, street & thoroughfare design, drainage infrastructure design, park improvement projects, traffic control and circulation, and stormwater infrastructure planning, analyses and design. These projects include the full spectrum of design tasks including studies and reports, schematics, preparation of plans, technical specifications and cost estimates (PS&E), right-of-way mapping, and engineering support services during construction.

 

He served as a member of the City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and the City of El Paso’s Subdivision Ordinance Rewrite Committee where he completed the preparation of the new Design Standards for Construction for the City of El Paso. He has previously served as Vice Chair of the TxDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee, Chairman of the City of El Paso’s Bicycle Advisory Committee, and local coordinator for the Texas Bicycle Coalition.

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Education

MPA, Master of Public Administration

The University of Texas at El Paso

BA, Bachelor of Arts

The University of Texas at Austin

Fred Lopez, FAICP CTP, CNU-A

Vice President

Fred has over 22 years of urban and regional planning experience, including transportation planning, comprehensive planning. land use, zoning, and code/ordinance updates. Fred oversees Quantum Consultants' urban planning team and previously served as Comprehensive Plan Manager, Transportation Planning Administrator, and Deputy Director for Capital Improvement Department Planning at the City of El Paso. In 2012, he developed and managed the City of El Paso’s first Transportation Planning Division, which led to new street design policies and procedures focused on improving public health by promoting walking, bicycling, and mass transit. Fred has Advanced Specialty Certification in Transportation Planning from the American Planning Association.

 

Fred is active in the American Planning Association Texas Chapter and is a member of APA Texas Board of Directors. Fred was designated as an Emerging Leader by the American Public Works Association in 2014 and was awarded Transportation Manager of the Year by the Texas Public Works Association in 2017. He is also a member of the UTEP Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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Education

BS, Civil Engineering

The University of Texas at El Paso

Wendy Arredondo, EIT, CNU-A

Engineering Manager

Wendy has over 15 years of experience in residential, commercial, multi-family developments, drainage and flood control studies and design, and street/highway design.  She has managed several high-profile projects for entities such as The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP); El Paso, Socorro, and Clint Independent School Districts, and the Texas Department of Transportation.  Wendy has led the engineering design of several City of El Paso Quality of Life projects, including San Jacinto Plaza Reconstruction, Pedestrian Pathways Project Phases I and II, and Fire Station projects.  Wendy also managed Transportation Alternatives Program projects for UTEP such as Hawthorne Street and University Avenue Pedestrian and Bike Improvements.   

Wendy is a Past President for the El Paso Branch Chapter of ASCE and acted as the student chapter liaison for the UTEP Student Chapter of ASCE for several years.  Wendy is passionate about encouraging young people to pursue a higher education especially in math and science.  Wendy has mentored student design groups at UTEP, has participated as a volunteer/presenter at events such as Math Night at Crockett Elementary, presenter at Guillen Middle School and Zach White Elementary School.

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Education

Master of City and Regional Planning, UNC Chapel Hill

BS, Urban and Regional Studies, Cornell University

Nate Baker, AICP, CNU-A

Planning Manager

Nate Baker has over a decade of urban and regional planning experience, including project management, comprehensive and land use planning, growth management, small area planning, zoning and subdivision regulations, inclusive community engagement, scenario planning, data analytics, and housing policy. He began his career as a planner with the City of El Paso where he managed subdivision applications and negotiated more walkable neighborhood designs. Since then, he worked as a senior planning consultant, assisting cities and counties with their comprehensive plans, small area plans, and zoning ordinance rewrite projects, and as a neighborhood and community development planner with the City of Alexandria, Virginia. As a Fulbright Research Fellow, Nate also previously worked internationally on planning initiatives, particularly in Latin America.

 

He is active with the American Planning Association and serves on the Durham Planning Commission in Durham, North Carolina. Through his work, Nate seeks to help communities achieve vibrant, equitable, and sustainable growth.

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Education

BS, Civil Engineering

The University of Texas at El Paso

Brianna Lucero, EIT

Junior Engineer

Brianna has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has participated in a full-time Co-Op in Austin, TX working in the water utilities, treatment, and transmission sector. She served as an officer for the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAoT), working hard to keep students engaged and participating during the pandemic. As an undergraduate, Brianna was successful in competing for internal funding allowing her to pursue her passion of sustainability by conducting research on ideal Green Infrastructure implementation on roadways in El Paso. Her Civil Engineering experience includes water distribution of various diameter size, sewage collection systems, lift station and pump design, pipe rehabilitation, and feasibility studies. Her construction experience includes reviewing submittals and responding to RFI’s.

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Education

BS, Civil Engineering

The University of Texas at El Paso

David Valenzuela

Junior Engineer

David is a young civil engineer with six years of experience in the energy industry. He graduated from UTEP with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. After completing his degree, David began his career in the energy sector as a design engineer for a multibillion-dollar company. He quickly advanced to a project management role, where he was responsible for managing special governmental projects from start to finish. With his extensive technical expertise and strong leadership skills, David was quickly promoted to a supervisory position at a young age. In this role, he managed a team of specialists providing administrative guidance and support to the company as they completed complex projects. David's experience in the energy sector includes the design and construction of distribution lines, system modeling, and data analysis. He is particularly adept at using advanced software tools to analyze complex data and design complex systems. Throughout his career, David has been recognized for his ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams and stakeholders, delivering projects on time and within budget. He is also known for his ability to mentor and develop junior engineers, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement. Looking to the future, David is excited to continue growing his career taking on new challenges and driving innovation in the field of civil engineering.

 

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Education

Master of Public Affairs,

The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

BA, Political Science & Chicano Studies

The University of Texas at El Paso

Johnathan Cereceres

Senior Planner & Government/Community Relations

Johnathan is a practitioner of policy analysis with demonstrated experience working in multiple public offices, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, advocacy groups, and research initiatives. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso, double majoring Political Science and Chicano Studies. As a multifaceted Chief of Staff serving under Georgina Perez, Texas State Board of Education District 1 Representative, he oversaw operations while focusing efforts on underserved and marginalized student groups. Johnathan later conducted statewide research for the Texas Education Agency's division of College, Career and Military Preparation (CCMP) to support the College and Career Readiness School Models Network (CCRSM). In tandem, he also conducted independent research for the City of Dallas and City of San Antonio city manager offices highlighting various educational outcomes, migration patterns, and personal narratives of immigrant communities. Once graduating from the University of Texas at Austin Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, a top ten public ranked policy/graduate school, he served as the District Representative for the Texas State Senate District 29 office. Through this role, he developed a unique familiarity on a wide range of policy issues in commonly underrepresented communities while understanding the intersectional impacts that have on these underserved populations. Johnathan has additional experience in event development, public engagement, photography, videography, and graphic design. Furthermore, Johnathan is a licensed drone pilot (UAS Part 107). 

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