Van holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. He has a long-standing career as a geotechnical engineer, most recently at the helm of Wagner Komurka Geotechnical Group. Van is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute’s Deep Foundations Committee, of the Deep Foundations Institute’s Codes and Standards, Driven Pile, and Testing & Evaluation Committees, and of the Technical Committee of the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA). Van has authored multiple publications and is an instructor for the course “Driven Pile Foundations – Design and Construction” offered by the Federal Highway Administration National Highway Institute (FHWA/NHI). He received the University of Wisconsin–Platteville College of Engineering Mathematics and Science Alumni Chapter Outstanding Entrepreneur/Businessperson Award, two PDCA Awards: the Professional Engineer’s Service Award and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service, and the ASCE Geo-Institute’s Martin S. Kapp Foundation Engineering Award. Van is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He is an ASCE Fellow, and has been granted the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification from ASCE’s Academy of Geo-Professionals.