Instructors/Contacts

Civil engineering instructors

Renee White: CET Group Leader/Instructor

Teaches:  Materials I, Materials II, Soils and Foundations
Education:  Bachelors, Construction Engineering, ISU;  Masters, Education Leadership, ISU
Experience:  13 years in industry as a site manager, project manager and field engineer
Most frustrating thing about the CET program for me:  Design  - where are my triangles?  Who needs AutoCAD when you can draft by hand. 
What I love about the CET program:  Our graduates have GREAT jobs!  Love to hear where this career has taken them!
Phone:  515-433-5056
Email: crwhite@dmacc.edu

Greg Chlebicki: Instructor

Teaches: Survey I, II, III, Construction II, Highway Design II, CAD Practice Lab
Education: Western Illinois University, Bachelor of Business, St. Ambrose University, Masters of Business Administration, University of Iowa, Ph.D., Higher Education
Experience: Thirty five years of experience in the civil engineering and land surveying profession. During these years, I owned my own firm and also managed both established and startup offices for other engineering organizations. In addition, as a project manager during this period, I prepared designs, surveys, inspections, and contract administration for the construction of many municipal infrastructure improvements.
Professional Registrations:  Professional Land Surveyor-State of Iowa, Professional Engineer-State of Iowa
Most frustrating thing about the CET program for me: The time goes so quickly that it seems like the students have just entered the program, and then before you know it, they have graduated and are moving on to new jobs. 
What I love about the CET program: It is just so much fun teaching course materials that I enjoy and have used during my professional career. Can't wait to get to school each day.
Email: gjchlebicki@dmacc.edu

Kerry Newbanks:  Instructor

Teaches:  Everything!!  My list would be too long.  Just say a smattering of everything related to design and careers.
Education:  Associate of Applied Science, Civil Engineering Technology, DMACC; Associate of Arts, Liberal Arts, DMACC; Graduate degree, School of Hard Knocks, currently working on Bachelors' degree, American Military University
Experience:  9 years in engineering services, primarily worked in roadway design, also have experience in site development, Land Surveying, and survey plats.
Most frustrating thing about the CET program for me: Dealing with the hand drafter (Renee) out there,  CAD is so much more efficient….yay
What I love about the CET program:  The variety of jobs that can be performed with this degree.  Many of the skills we teach cross-over of that anyone can find their perfect job.
Email:ksnewbanks@dmacc.edu

Duane Smith:  Adjunct Instructor

Teaches:   Construction I
Education: BS and MS in Civil Engineering
Experience:  18 years Iowa DOT, 6 years City Traffic Engineer, 8 years Civil engineering consultant - Denver, CO., 20 years teaching at ISU and DMACC
Most frustrating thing about the CET program for me: That the opportunity this program provides is not better known and that we don't have more students taking advantage of it.
What I love about the CET program:  The students are great and they almost always are focused and wanting to learn so they can go out into the workforce and perform well. The staff is very supportive and easy to work with.
Email: desmith@dmacc.edu

 

STAFF

Shelby Hildreth:  CET Academic Advisor

Experience:  Academic Advisor since 1999;
Education:  AA, Des Moines Area Community College; BA, Upper Iowa University
Most frustrating thing about the CET program for me: Attempting to explain to students the amazing opportunities that the CET program can provide and having students not see the value.
What I love about the CET program:  Great faculty and staff of course!  Hands on training with great job opportunities!
Phone:  515-433-5024
Email: sdhildreth@dmacc.edu

Kelli Bennett:  Admin / Registration

Experience:  12 years in the CET department, 14 years at DMACC
Education:  AA, Des Moines Area Community College
Most frustrating thing about the CET program for me: Those darn coffee drinkers that don't shut off the empty pot (but then, not all coffee drinkers are in the CET Program).
What I love about the CET program:  The variety of people we deal with.  We get the MOST interesting students!!
Phone:  515-433-5232 
Email: kabennett@dmacc.edu

Dave Pestoknik:  CET Custodial/Maintenance

Experience:  15 years cleaning up CET messes!  Retired from John Deere.
Most frustrating thing about the CET program for me:  those materials people - concrete and soils - I give them a C for cleaning up after themselves.  Job security for me.
What I love about the CET program:  The staff - they're wonderful to work with.