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1978 Festus Graduate Visits 7th Grade Science Classes

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Jesse Kadekawa Miguel from HNTB Corporation, and a 1978 Festus High School graduate, met with FMS 7th grade science classes on Friday to discuss STEM, and his involvement in architecture and engineering in designing bridges.

Miguel is a Senior Bridge Architech for HNTB Corporation, creating signature bridge designs and aesthetics on major bridges throughout the country.  Jesse worked on the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge (I-70) in St. Louis, the Greenville Bridge in Greenville, Mississippi, the Leonard Zakim Bridge in Boston, MA, the Tilikium Crossing bridge in Portland, Oregon, the Huey P. Long Bridge in New Orleans, LA, the George Volnovich I-90 Innerbelt bridge in Cleveland, OH, and currently working on the Walk Bridge in Norwalk, CT.

Jesse has a Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s degree in Architecture from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is a co-author of books on 3D Studio MAX for New Riders Publishing on computer animation, as well as a writer for several publications. He has been a judge and mentor for Science Pioneers for their annual Science Fair at Union Station, and has been a speaker on Transportation Visualization at the Transportation Research Board’s International Symposiums.   

Jesse is married and has two children, a son who graduated from the University of Kansas in Lingustics and East Asian Studies, and a daughter who graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in zoology, both working in Overland Park, Kansas.


We are grateful that he was able to share his time here while in the St. Louis area for an Architectural Review Board meeting in Wildwood.