Sain Associates Welcomes Brandon Kennedy as Graduate Design Engineer

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Sain Associates News | No Comments

Headshot_B.Kennedy-2Sain Associates is proud to welcome Brandon Kennedy as graduate design engineer. In his new position within our Traffic Department, Brandon will be responsible for handling traffic signal design, signal timing projects and traffic studies, among other assignments.

Currently, Brandon is working on a SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique) Adaptive Traffic Control System in Daphne, Ala. He tells us, “We’ve tried three pilot project sites with a different but similar system here in Alabama, but this will be one of the first SCOOT systems implemented in the state. These systems are used to adjust the traffic signal timings in real-time based on the traffic demands, conditions and system capacity.”

A Birmingham native, Brandon left the Magic City to attend South Carolina State University on an athletic scholarship, playing football under legendary College Football Hall of Fame inductee Coach Willie Jefferies. He lettered there for four years while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering technology before earning his master’s degree in transportation. While completing his master’s degree, Brandon held an internship with the Southern Rural Transportation Center and the Federal Highway Administration.

Upon graduating, he relocated to Washington, D.C., to do contract work for the Federal Highway Administration, where he analyzed countrywide fatal crash data and made safety design recommendations. Once his contract ended, Brandon moved back south to Atlanta and worked for an engineering firm for eight years, gaining a broad level of experience in the transportation field from traffic signal design to bridge inspection. After some changes at the company, Brandon made his way back to Birmingham to join our team.

He told us why he desired to be a part of Sain, stating, “I had heard good things about the company from peers in the industry, but walking through the doors and seeing whom I call our ‘First Impressions Dignitary,’ the receptionist, Ann Adams made me instantly feel at home. Her pleasant attitude reflected a culture that values their employees. Upon meeting Jim Meads, Becky White and Jeff Stephenson for my initial interview, I was sold. I like the involvement of people at all levels and their visibility, the variety of projects, hardworking staff and the family-like culture.”

Even with his impressive background in civil engineering, his efforts to give back to his community are more than admirable. While living in Georgia, Brandon was a regular volunteer at Atlanta Feed the Hungry & Homeless, where he handed out clothes and other personal care items. He also volunteered his time at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, nurturing and reading to children. Not to mention, he was also counselor/partner at Positive Direction Counseling, where he counseled at-risk youth.

Due to a family history of diabetes, Brandon also has a strong interest in maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle. He has a 3-year-old son and will be marrying his fiancée, Takisha Enwright, a chemist here in the Birmingham area, in October 2016.

Please join us in welcoming Brandon to the team!

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