To serve our private and public clients with designs that benefit the overall community.
Effective communication with clients, project teams and stakeholders to ensure project deadlines are met and cost efficiency is maintained.
Fostering and maintaining long-lasting relationships built upon trust and respect.
CRAIG BARNES, P.E.
Craig Barnes is the President, C.E.O. and co-founder of Shield Engineering Group. He also serves as client manager for Shield’s public and private clients. Mr. Barnes has over 25 years of experience in a wide array of public and private civil engineering projects. As a registered Professional Engineer, his project experience includes public roadway infrastructure, water and sanitary sewer systems, storm sewer systems, industrial, commercial, office, retail, residential, rail, airport hangar and pipeline infrastructure.
Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University, as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree from Texas Christian University. His education not only enables him to successfully complete civil engineering projects, but also helps him effectively manage Shield project teams on various public and private projects. His leadership has been instrumental in the success of many challenging projects throughout North Texas. One of his biggest strengths is his extensive technical expertise through challenges not only with engineering but also with managing his clients, contacts, personnel and developing long lasting relationships. Mr. Barnes’ expertise is attributed to his vast experience with multiple types of projects and his ability to think like the client to meet their needs. He exhibits strong leadership skills and confidence in his ability to help solve the clients’ problems.
Mr. Barnes is on the board for the Tradition MUD (Municipal Utility District) 2A and an active member of the American Council of Engineering Companies, The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, Greater Fort Worth Builders Association and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
JEAN-MARIE ALEXANDER, P.E.
Jean-Marie Alexander is the C.O.O. and co-founder of Shield Engineering Group. She also serves as senior manager for Shield’s public clients. Ms. Alexander has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington and over 23 years of experience on various civil engineering projects. She has designed and managed civil engineering projects related to public infrastructure, industrial, commercial and residential development. These projects have included water and sanitary sewer systems, public roadway infrastructure, municipal parks, storm drain systems and roadway infrastructure.
Ms. Alexander has a keen eye for design detail which consistently produces superior engineering design plans. Ms. Alexander also excels at leading project teams smoothly and efficiently to maximize performance and results. She is relentless on quality control management, minimizing the need for change orders during the construction phases of her projects, often saving her clients time and money. She ensures each project is completed in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible, while still adhering to high standards of quality design and professionalism.
Ms. Alexander currently serves on the board for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tarrant County and is representing the City of Fort Worth as a Stormwater Project Manager associated with the Trinity River Vision Authority’s master plan for the Trinity River in Fort Worth.
RYAN HILL, P.E., C.F.M.
Ryan Hill is the Executive Vice President for Shield Engineering Group. Mr. Hill has over 15 years of experience in Civil Engineering and Land Development in the DFW area. As a Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Floodplain Manager, Mr. Hill has designed and managed projects that include drainage rehabilitation, floodplain analysis & reclamation, single-family development, civil site projects, municipal parks and capital improvement projects.
Mr. Hill has exceptional technical engineering aptitude in infrastructure design and a thorough understanding of essential design principles of engineering. Through his years of working in North Texas, Mr. Hill has a developed a sound knowledge of local industry standards and development review processes. This experience allows Mr. Hill to understand the client’s vision at the beginning of a project and enables him to manage his projects in an efficient and effective manner.
Mr. Hill holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington which has enabled him to effectively communicate amongst key Stakeholders and provide a Value Engineering perspective to his clients. Mr. Hill consults his clients from entitlement to close-out by collaborating with all involved municipalities, counties, utility commissions, TxDOT and other governing agencies to create synergistic opportunities for all stakeholders.
Mr. Hill is an active member of the Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association, Texas Floodplain Management Association, Urban Land Institute, the American Council of Engineering Companies, as well as the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.
Shield Engineering Group promotes a culture of integrity, diversity, mentorship employee growth and flexibility. We pride ourselves in having a tremendous group of talented and motivated employees who deliver the highest quality product to our clients. We also encourage an open work environment that fosters collaboration and innovation. Our goal is to provide a positive work environment where individuals can thrive in a team setting. Shield Engineering Group is committed to hiring professionals who are motivated by excellence and have the desire to build lasting relationships.
For the third year in a row, Zweig Group awarded Shield one of the Best Firms To Work For Award. This award is the largest employee survey in the AEC Industry, which honors workplaces based off culture, workplace practices, employee retention, professional development and more.
In 2022, Shield received the honor of being named one of the Best Companies to Work For in Fort Worth. Each year, Fort Worth Inc. prepares a contest which is run and judged by Workforce Research Group, who analyzes companies to find which has the best work environment according to the employees.