Mrs. Jennifer Sheppard began her career in the engineering field at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 2006. At the university, she chose a primary focus within her degree program in structural engineering and a secondary focus in construction management. At the time, the Undergraduate Civil Engineering program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was awarded the top ranking (#1) by America's Best Colleges edition of U.S. News and World Report.
Mrs. Sheppard has over 4 years of experience as a Structural Design Engineer in Phoenix, Arizona where she designed a wide array of structures in the Arizona and California regions, including structures with high seismic engineering requirements. Designs included: concrete, steel, masonry, and wood-framed buildings; a variety of elevated and on-grade floor slab designs; intensive retaining wall and cantilevered structures; design and attachment of miscellaneous components and cladding elements; among others. Her project designs included all structural elements related to a variety of building types from residential homes and neighborhoods; warehouses and other commercial buildings; to large retail and medical centers. Toward the end of her tenure, she identified potential structural safety hazards and tenant-improvement opportunities on existing structures, and communicated design repairs and other solution options with her clients.
Mrs. Sheppard joined the BSC Forensics team in 2014, during which time she became qualified by the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) in the Civil PE discipline. Mrs. Sheppard also received certification as a Level 1 “Authorized Person” by the Association for Certified Rope Access Building Assessment Technicians (ACRABAT). In addition to her engineering work, Mrs. Sheppard also has a range of experience as a Data Analyst, Technical Writer, Training Program Designer, Quality Control Manager, and as the Executive Director for a local nonprofit group.