Two of the five engineers named by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as 2009 “Young Professionals of the Year” work at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, a site development engineering and environmental consulting firm. This national awards competition program strives to promote the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on society. To be eligible to compete in ACEC’s highly selective application process, nominees must have a degree in engineering and be 30 years of age or younger.


Walter (Kyle) Bogardus, P.E., an assistant project manager at Langan in New Haven, Connecticut, is responsible for the oversight of the production of conceptual, permitting, and construction documents for a wide variety of site development projects. A civil engineer with a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, he specializes in stormwater management design studies and regulatory permitting.


In addition to his civilian career, Bogardus is a captain in the United States Army Reserve, where he is currently serving as company commander of the 424th Engineer Company in Rutland, Vermont. His unit has deployed to Kuwait/Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, to Germany in support of troop construction projects, and to Niger Africa in support of the global war on terrorism.


K. Brent Gatlin, P.E., LEED AP, a senior staff engineer at Langan in New York City, has extensive water resources engineering experience and has applied “green” design to city parks, greenways, bicycle lanes, public schools, institutions, and multi-use developments. His expertise has been enhanced through his broad international experience, including performing the site design and layout of the new U.S. Embassy in Panama as well as site improvements for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and David Farragut High School in Rota, Spain. Additionally, Gatlin worked with Engineers Without Borders on the Cambodia Water Project to design and construct a new dam to provide irrigation for residents dealing with severe food shortages. He also volunteers with New York Cares to help revitalize New York City.


Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, Langan ( provides integrated site engineering and environmental consulting services for private developers, property owners, and public sector clients. Its services include site/civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering as well as landscape architecture and planning, survey/mapping, BIM-compatible 3D laser scanning, traffic/transportation, CADD/GIS, natural and cultural resources/permitting, and sustainable design consulting. Langan employs more than 500 professionals and has regional offices in New York City; Philadelphia, Bethlehem, and Doylestown, PA; New Haven, CT; Trenton, NJ; Arlington, VA; Miami and Tallahassee, FL; Las Vegas, NV, and Irvine, CA.