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Meet MSA's Engineers – Kevin Ruhland, PE

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Meet MSA's Engineers – Kevin Ruhland, PE
Here at MSA, we know it is the people that make us one of the “Best Firms to Work For.” In our new series, we will look inside the walls of MSA to see how our professionals are working towards MSA’s purpose of enabling people to positively impact the lives of others.

MSA Professional Services is a multidisciplinary consulting firm focused on improving communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. Our firm, which employs more than 300 professionals, includes engineers, architects, planners, funding experts, surveyors, GIS specialists and environmental scientists.
 
Here at MSA, we know it is the people that make us one of the “Best Firms to Work For.” In our new series, we will look inside the walls of MSA to see how our professionals are working towards MSA’s purpose of enabling people to positively impact the lives of others.
 
Kevin Ruhland leads MSA’s Traffic discipline. He has more than 15 years of experience and his specialties include intersection control evaluation, traffic impact analysis preparation and review, and intersection design, including traffic signals and roundabouts.
 
Learn more about Kevin through our brief Q&A:
 
What is your background?
My family has a long history of engineers, construction and construction management. With my father being a longtime employee of MSA, I was exposed in the industry at a young age. I attended UW Madison and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. Although UW Madison didn’t have a specific transportation program, I took every elective I could that dealt with transportation, traffic engineering or transportation planning. After college, I started my career at MSA and have been here ever since.
 
What are your responsibilities and main areas of expertise?
My main areas of expertise are traffic and transportation engineering including intersection design, operational analysis, access management and traffic calming. I’m also a transportation team leader and the Traffic Engineering Community of Practice Chair for MSA.
 
What sets MSA apart from others in the civil engineering industry? Why should someone work here?
I believe MSA has many positive qualities both on the employee and client side. MSA does a good job of providing flexibility not only in work-life balance but also in how we serve our clients. MSA gives us the ability to find the best engineering solutions for our clients that meet their needs and budgets. MSA also does a good job in helping our clients pay for projects by finding them funding opportunities. Overall, it’s a great work environment.
 
What is your biggest piece of advice for communities wanting help with traffic?
I have two pieces of advice for communities wanting help with traffic. The first is what appears to be the obvious solution may not be the best solution. We want to make sure the solutions are practical in the environment you’re working in. Second, there’s no substitute for good data. The fewer assumptions we have to make in the traffic volumes we use to analyze conditions, the better the results will be.
 
How has the industry changed since starting at MSA?
As far as transportation, traffic engineering is one of the fastest changing industries. Improvements in traffic operations have become more and more technologically based, and great products and applications are being introduced all the time. When I started 15 years ago, I remember having to sit at an intersection for 12 hours and count cars. Now we can setup a camera and obtain more accurate counts back without all that manpower.
 
What do you enjoy the most when ensuring clients a seamless transition from concept to design?
I enjoy bringing different solutions to the table.  I can educate the client on the process and provide a solution they may not have thought of. It gets them excited and to see it implemented makes it all worth it.  It’s also great to know that the solutions we provide are making things safer for drivers and reducing crashes. 
 
What has been your biggest success since being with MSA?
I’ve really enjoyed seeing the traffic discipline progress since first starting at MSA. When I started, it was myself and another part-time employee and now I have a team of people working on traffic projects across the Midwest. It’s been great to help others find that passion, which in turns helps the local communities.
 
MSA’s team of professionals strives to positively impact the lives of others. Check out MSA’s Careers page or contact Craig Fields for more information on joining the professionals at MSA.

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