Michael Baker International Drives Growth in Water Practice with Appointment of Thomas Browning, P.E., as Mountain Region Water Practice Lead

Firm Positions Itself for Anticipated Population Growth in the Region to Better Serve Growing Client Base

Location: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Date: November 8, 2016

As part of its continual growth and commitment to innovation in its expanding water practice,  Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, today announced that Thomas Browning, P.E., has joined the firm as Mountain Region Water Practice Lead. 
 
Based in the firm’s Denver office, Mr. Browning will serve as the company’s technical and market resource for water, and senior advisor on relevant projects, integrating into numerous water-related endeavors including: infrastructure projects; planning efforts; environmental permitting; flood hazard mitigation; water supply; watershed protection; ecosystem restoration; and feasibility studies. He also will support federal contracts, recruiting efforts and business development opportunities to maximize the firm’s water position in the industry.
 
“Colorado is on the verge of significant population growth with figures expected to double within the next 40 years,” said Jeff Baker, P.E., Michael Baker International Senior Vice President and Mountain Region Director.” This population growth, combined with other pressures on the water supply, make for tenuous times for new and future water consumers. Tom’s experience with water resource policies, issues, programs, and projects in Colorado and throughout the Midwest and West will further support Michael Baker as ‘We Make a Difference’ solving the water challenges this population surge creates.”
 
Mr. Browning brings to Michael Baker 27 years of experience in water resources in both the public and private sectors and possesses strong skills in budgeting, contracting, technical applications, federal and state regulations, and change management.
 
Before joining Michael Baker, Mr. Browning held a variety of leadership roles including deputy director of the State of Colorado’s Water Conservation Board within the Department of Natural Resources, where he worked for more than 20 years.  Prior to that, he served as program leader and project manager at Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc. and Boyle Engineering Corporation.
 
Mr. Browning holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University in Utah and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
 
He supports numerous water-related causes through volunteerism and membership, which have included: board president of the Chatfield Reservoir Mitigation Company; board of directors position with the American Water Resources Association, Colorado; president and vice president of the Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers;  board member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers; agency delegate and member of the Colorado Water Congress; and State delegate for water project meetings  in Washington, D.C., among others.  
 
His past recognitions and awards include: keynote speaker for the American Water Resources Association and Denver Regional Council of Governments; recipient of a Certificate of Excellence in Superior Program Implementation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency; recipient of an honorary certificate from the Chi Epsilon Engineering Honor Society; dedicated Service Award recipient from the Colorado School of Mines, Student Enrichment Program; and others.
 
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International is a leading global provider of engineering and consulting services, which include planning, architectural, environmental, construction, program management, and full life-cycle support services as well as information technology and communications services and solutions. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions in support of U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients.  Michael Baker International has more than 6,000 employees in more than 90 locations across the U.S. and internationally. To learn more, visit www.mbakerintl.com.
 
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