Roadway Design Engineer Blake Kirby joins Neel-Schaffer Jackson Transportation Group

JACKSON, Miss. (May 30, 2024) –Neel-Schaffer, Inc., a leading consulting engineering and construction management firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Blake Kirby, PE, as a Roadway Design Engineer in its Jackson Office Transportation Group.

With nearly 12 years of experience, Blake brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Neel-Schaffer. His background includes six years with the Mississippi Department of Transportation, focusing on roadway design, pavement design, and design team leadership.

In addition to his work with MDOT, Blake has served as a consultant on projects for four other state DOTs, including as a designer on a major Design-Build project to expand and improve the Interstate 24/Interstate 75 interchange in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has completed multiple projects that enhanced safety, efficiency, and connectivity for communities across the region.

“We are thrilled to have Blake join our team,” said Keith Purvis, PE, Senior Vice President for the firm’s Jackson Transportation Group. “His experience with Design-Build fits nicely with Neel-Schaffer’s goal of expanding our involvement with large, alternative delivery roadway projects. His technical skills and leadership background align perfectly with our mission to strategically grow our services and client base while continuing to provide innovative solutions for all our clients. Blake’s addition will not only strengthen our project capabilities but also help us uphold our core values of caring for and serving our communities with excellence.”

Blake holds a BSCE from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Engineering Management from Arkansas State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.