Our Team

education
  • A.A.S. Civil Engineering Technology, Lake Land College
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois
  • M.B.A., University of Illinois, Springfield
registration
  • Professional Engineer, Illinois, 2007
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Florida
With AECI Since
  • 2003
Devin L. Birch, PE, MBA
Devin L. Birch, PE, MBA

Mr. Birch has over 19 years experience in the Civil Engineering field with a wide variety of past experiences that have given him a well-rounded background in this challenging field. Those experiences have included construction inspection, draftsman, survey party chief, materials testing, construction estimator, construction site superintendent, design engineer, and project manager.

Presently, Mr. Birch’s responsibilities as a Principal with Austin Engineering include design engineer, project manager, client manager, plan quality control/assurance, marketing, and business development. Mr. Birch has direct project experience in the design of residential subdivisions, apartment complexes, retail and commercial site plans, sanitary sewers, lift stations, water mains, road rehabilitation, and erosion control plans. These projects require Mr. Birch to coordinate with Local and State Officials, Utility Companies, and General Contractors to ensure their successful completion.

education
  • B.S. Construction Management, Bradley University
  • M.B.A., Bradley University
With AECI Since
  • 1987
Richard K. Creasy, MBA
Richard K. Creasy, MBA

Mr. Creasy has more than 41 years experience in the design and Construction Supervision/Management of residential, commercial, and municipal projects. His extensive experience in the supervision and coordination of construction schedules, materials, methods of construction, adherence to specifications and contract management gives him the ability to guide AECI projects to their successful completion. Not only does he have an impressive construction management portfolio, Mr. Creasy has orchestrated numerous design projects for AECI clients in both private and public sectors.

Mr. Creasy serves as the manager for the construction of all AECI projects and is responsible for the scheduling and oversight of field inspectors. He is also the client manager for the Village of Tremont and the City of Washington. His other responsibilities include designer, business accounts manager, quality control/assurance, marketing, and business development. Mr. Creasy’s impressive construction background adds a “real world” common sense resume to the AECI team.

education
  • M.B.A., University of Illinois, Springfield
  • B.S., Industrial Technology, Southern Illinois Universit – Carbondale
  • Construction Technology, Illinois Central College
registration
  • Professional Land Surveyor, Illinois, 2013
  • Indiana
  • Florida
With AECI Since
  • 2007
Michael P. Cochran, PLS, MBA
Michael P. Cochran, PLS, MBA

Mr. Cochran has over 15 years experience in the Land Surveying industry. In that time, he has completed numerous property and ALTA surveys as well as right-of-way and topographic surveys, construction layouts and related FEMA reports. In his tenure at AECI he has also gained valuable experience as a designer preparing civil design plans on a variety of land development plans. Mr. Cochran’s experiences in the field as well as in the office offer him the ability to be uniquely efficient and well versed in the completion of both land survey documents and civil site plans. This results in economically & efficiently completed surveys and plan drawings in which AECI is able to pass along the value and savings to their valued clients.

Presently, Mr. Cochran is working as both a Professional Land Surveyor and Civil Engineering Design Project Manager with Austin Engineering. His responsibilities include the coordination of field crew scheduling, plat preparation & review, field safety manager, client management for both survey and civil design, and direct oversight of technical staff. He is also responsible for coordinating survey document research for both land surveying and civil engineering projects. Mr. Cochran also manages and prepares civil design construction plans from start to finish under the direct supervision of one of AECI’s Professional Engineers. Mr. Cochran prepares project proposals for AECI clients and assists with other administrative tasks as well. He is active in the local IPLSA chapter and serves on the WWW, Marketing, and Public Information Committee.

education
  • B.S. Geography with Land Surveying and GIS Specializations, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • A.S., Illinois Central College
registration
  • Licensed in Illinois since 2012
With AECI Since
  • 2012
Justin B. Malec, PLS
Justin B. Malec, PLS

Mr. Malec has over 16 years of professional experience in the Land Surveying field. His areas of expertise include the following: Property Boundary Surveys, G.P.S. Surveys, Lot Surveys, Tract Surveys, ALTA Surveys, Duplex Splits, Condominium Surveys, Subdivision Surveys, Easement & Right of Way Surveys, Construction Staking, Topographic Surveys, Aerial Control Surveys, Elevation Certificates and LOMA & Related FEMA Reports. His current responsibilities include managing a survey crew to ensure efficient and timely completion of survey projects to assist Engineers with their design projects, effectively managing clients in the field to deliver a product that is tailored to each individual’s need and coordinating the drafting of all survey plats related to his specific projects.

Mr. Malec’s experience in a wide variety of surveying specialties brings the depth of knowledge to our surveying staff which is required to offer our clients the accurate and cost-effective solutions they deserve. In his short time with AECI, Mr. Malec has proven to be a valuable resource who has successfully completed a variety of surveying projects and has used the knowledge he has gained through past experiences to improve the efficiency and quality of AECI’s surveying department.