Multiple Promotions and New Hires

Schnabel Engineering announces multiple Associate and Senior Associate promotions and new hires to support their continued growth in geotechnical engineering, transportation, and dam engineering.


Joan Bentel, PE promoted to Senior Associate Engineer. With over 15 years’ experience, Bentel has served as Schnabel’s project manager for prominent DC Institutions including Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the United States Institute of Peace, and other notable local projects including Howard County Circuit Courthouse, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus Academic Bldg. No. 1, several of The Yards parcels and the Pepco Waterfront Substation. She has extensive experience with government, educational and mixed-use development projects, and has been involved with national and international projects. Bentel will continue leading initiatives from Schnabel Engineering DC, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the firm.


Jeremy Brown, PE promoted to Associate Engineer. Brown joined Schnabel in 2014 and is located in the firm’s Chadds Ford, PA office. Since then he has successfully led Schnabel teams in the pursuit and execution of transportation, power/energy, water/wastewater, federal, and healthcare projects and clients. Brown is critical in maintaining and forming relationships with important clients, making Schnabel the go to firm when clients need sophisticated geotechnical investigations, complex designs, and construction documents/services for challenging geotechnical projects. He will continue to lead the firm’s geotechnical team within the Chadds Ford GeoDesign Group.


Kortney Brown, PE promoted to Associate Engineer. Since his start at Schnabel in 2007, Brown has helped solve challenges and successfully secure work from several major dams clients in Pennsylvania. As a Senior Engineer, he helped brand Schnabel in the industry by serving as a student mentor and teaching liaison with Villanova University. He is passionate about advancing innovation, and increasing efficiency and accuracy to reduce risk by implementing new tools for the entire company. Brown exhibited this passion by co-producing the firm’s BIM initiative and CADD workgroup to collaborate across offices, by creating a library of shared training videos, and resources for employees to view at any time. He will continue his initiatives from the Chadds Ford, PA office.


Jesse Wullenwaber, PE promoted to Associate Engineer. Wullenwaber began his career at Schnabel 12 years ago and has developed a unique skillset through his construction and design engineering experience on several projects in specialty dam construction techniques. He has become a well-respected grouting expert in the dam engineering community and has shared his knowledge by presenting case studies all across the country. Wullenwaber is also involved with implementing risk services for projects by participating in Schnabel’s Risk Apprentice Program. He will continue to maintain and grow relationships with several clients from the Chadds Ford, PA office,


Kami Deputy Gardella, PE hired as Senior Associate Engineer. Gardella has more than 15 years of experience with expertise in rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering explorations, analysis and design, and project management. She also has experience in engineering design for rock slope stability, developing and executing geotechnical site explorations for a variety of project sizes; QA and QC review; construction observation; and development and execution of a variety of instrumentation plans. Located in Schnabel’s new Longmont, CO office, Gardella will support Schnabel’s dams and levee business unit on projects nationwide.


Scott Newhouse, PE hired as Senior Associate Engineer. Newhouse brings over 30 years of geotechnical and civil engineering experience to the firm, most recently in the power and energy industry with Bechtel Corporation. He will showcase his industry experience from Schnabel’s Columbia, SC office where he will focus on power and energy, working with major national and international clients.

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