Mattern & Craig Engineers • Surveyors is pleased to welcome J. Forest McKenzie, II, PE, PLS, to the firm as Federal Sector Practice Leader. In this role, Forest will be responsible for business development, strategic planning, and marketing for various federal civil engineering projects with an initial focus on the Southeast.

As a Professional Engineer and Surveyor, Forest brings years of expertise in project and client management, contract negotiations, drawing specifications, and survey and civil engineering department management to the company. Forest is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, New York, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Missouri and a licensed land surveyor in South Carolina He graduated from Clemson University with his BS in Agricultural Mechanization and Business in 1986, and earned his BS in Civil Engineering from The Citadel in 2002.

Forest began his career in Civil Engineering working as a field engineer for the Navy, and he has traveled across the US for a variety of military projects and branches within the Department of Defense. Forest has more than 35 years of experience with 25 of those being in civil engineering and land surveying, working in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in the design of water and sanitary sewer distribution systems, land surveying, stormwater management systems and erosion control, grading and pavement design, and subdivision and site design for municipal, military, industrial, institutional, commercial, and residential developments.

Forest is currently involved in several professional organizations including the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Civil Engineers Club of Charleston, and the South Carolina Society of Professional Land Surveyors (SCSPLS).