Henneman Engineering, Inc. was founded with a personal commitment to provide high-quality, cost-effective professional design services to private and public clients.  Henneman principals share common values about client service, quality work, and responsive project delivery, and are committed to maintaining the same high degree of prCopy Onlyofessionalism that remains central to our way of doing business.


Laura J. Henneman, J.D.
Chairman | CEO

Laura J. Henneman was named Chairman of the Board of Henneman Engineering in 2016. She is the third generation of the Henneman family to serve as Chairman of the Board. Laura’s grandfather, Ralph Henneman founded the company and Laura’s father, Michael Henneman, served as President/CEO from 1992 to 2013. Ms. Henneman is proud to follow in her family’s footsteps to propagate the success of Henneman Engineering and to help its national and international clients achieve their goals.


In addition to her Board of Director role, Laura is CEO and directs all corporate officers. She provides leadership, management, and strategic direction for Henneman Engineering. Also, Ms. Henneman is a practicing attorney at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, a Chicago law firm where she concentrates on litigation.


Ms. Henneman received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010 where she studied advertising and political science and was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Achievement Scholarship. Ms. Henneman went on to earn her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she was an active member of the nationally ranked Trial Advocacy Team, winning first place at the regional championship of the American Association of Justice Competition. In addition, she was on the Dean’s Honor List, served as treasurer of Chicago-Kent’s Women in Law Society, served as a teaching assistant for an Intensive Trial Advocacy course, and worked as an Assistant to The Honorable David A. Erickson. 


In her free time, Ms. Henneman spends time with family and friends in both Champaign and Chicago, Illinois. She enjoys traveling, being active, and reading a good book. 


Joseph B. Summers, P.E.
President | COO

Joseph B. Summers joined the engineering firm Carroll – Henneman & Associates, predecessor to Henneman Engineering, Inc., in 1970.

Joe received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and then did graduate studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois. He is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Nebraska, and Montana.

Joe left Henneman in 1977 and founded the firm, S&R Engineering, where he was a managing partner until 1996 when that firm merged with Henneman.

In 1997, Joe started the industrial division of Henneman Engineering, called the Industrial Technology Group (ITG), which now has 30 employees with offices in Champaign and Chicago.

HWS Energy Partners
Joe was a founding partner of HWS in 1999. HWS develops, builds, owns, operates, and maintains merchant power plants and renewable energy facilities throughout the USA. HWS is currently operating and maintaining a major ethanol facility.

HWS is also developing a Photo Voltaic (PV) solar cell electric generation group that provides turnkey installations throughout the Southwest and Midwest.

Community Involvement
Joe has participated in several community and professional organizations.  He is the past president of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers - Champaign County Chapter as well as the Illuminating Engineering Society – Illini Chapter. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Faith United Methodist Church, and was on the City of Champaign Building Code Committee for 10 years. He was a part-time instructor in the Construction Technology program at Parkland College.

Joe has received National Awards of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering facility and from Energy User News (EUN).

Joe has lived in Champaign/Urbana since 1970 and currently lives with his wife in Urbana. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.


Diane Bell, CPA

Diane Bell, CPA is the Controller of Henneman Engineering, Inc. and is responsible for the oversight and management of the company accounting policies and procedures. Diane is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed in the State of Illinois. Prior to joining Henneman Engineering, Inc., Diane has been with various CPA firms over the past nineteen years where she was implemental in accounting, audit and litigation services.

As the Controller of Henneman Engineering, Inc. (HEI) Diane will be involved with the corporate officers and Board of Directors. She is responsible for all financial reporting both internal and external for HEI. She also coordinates with HEI external accountants Martin Hood & Associates, LLC and external audit accountants, West & Company, LLC.

Diane received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Illinois State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants. Diane resides near Wapella, IL with her husband. They enjoy spending time with their six grown sons and grandchildren. She also enjoys boating, traveling and being outdoors. 


Paul G. Boland, P.E.
Senior Vice President

Paul Boland has more than 30 years of engineering experience and has been with Henneman Engineering since 1992.  His specialties include utilities, power plants, boiler design, process layouts and piping design.  

Paul currently provides leadership for Henneman’s Champaign and Lafayette offices, Paul manages mechanical and electrical engineering projects with an eye for quality, scheduling and customer satisfaction.  Paul is a mechanical engineer by training and his experience includes many successful higher education building systems projects for both new construction and renovation.  He has led air quality and mold remediation projects in both healthcare and higher education.   

Paul and his engineering team completed one of the firm’s more challenging and rewarding projects for the Illinois State Capital which included renovation of existing HVAC systems.  For their work on this project, Henneman received the “Pride in Partnership Award” from the Illinois Capital Development Board. This award was given to the project that best exemplifies teamwork and collaboration between the owners, the Henneman Engineering design team, and the contractors.  

Paul is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Illinois.

Paul’s professional affiliations include the American Institute of Plant Engineers (AIPE); Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE); and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).


Jason Allen, P.E., LEED® AP
Senior Vice President

Jason has led our Milwaukee Office for the past three years. Prior to heading that role, he acted as a Senior Project Manager in our Madison office for seven years. Jason brings a valuable combination of analytical engineering design and hands-on, practical knowledge of construction. Jason's leadership and team-building in our Milwaukee Office has allowed Henneman Engineering to continue to develop our work in the Milwaukee area with a strong focus on quality.  His strong engineering skills and attention to detail have been key to developing Henneman Engineering’s reputation for high quality design work.

Jason received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in three states and a LEED Accredited Professional.  He is also a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Jason has over 15 years of professional design engineering experience.  Prior to moving back home to Wisconsin, he was a mechanical engineer in California, designing buildings for numerous high-tech businesses in Silicon Valley, extraordinary multi-million dollar residences, high-rise mixed use developments, performing arts venues and pharmaceutical and research facilities. Jason has since designed very complex hospital and healthcare environments, historic renovations and government facilities. Whatever market sector Jason is involved with, he quickly becomes a specialist. His ability to work with just about anyone is very evident throughout every project and any challenge he may come across.

"The problem solving and project process is endlessly variable and interesting. My goal is to earn trust and develop career-long relationships by delivering projects that satisfy the client’s specific technical and financial needs."

Jason resides in the suburbs of Milwaukee, is married and has two children.  He spends his free time playing tennis, golf, enjoying Wisconsin’s out-of-doors, breaking down and re-building something in the garage or taking on carpentry or renovation projects.


Tracy A. Wilson, P.E., LEED AP

Director, Industrial Technology Group

Tracy Wilson has over twenty nine years of electrical engineering design experience.  She has worked on a variety of electrical design projects including high voltage substations, medium voltage distribution, electrical generation, protective relays, commercial and industrial distribution and renewable energy technologies.


Tracy has extensive experience with ETAP and SKM electric system modeling software, performing load flow, short circuit, coordination and arc flash studies.  She has performed numerous energy studies and cogeneration feasibility analysis.  Prior to ITG, Tracy worked for a public electric and gas utility specializing in distribution design and power quality analysis.  


Tracy is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina and Oregon. Her professional affiliations include Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the Association of Energy Engineers.  Tracy is also a LEED Accredited Professional and CEM (Certified Energy Manager).


Scott R. Saunders, P.E., LEED AP

Madison Office Manager

Henneman Engineering is excited to welcome Scott R. Saunders to our Madison, Wisconsin, office. An award-winning mechanical engineer, Scott has unmatched experience in the design/build industry. Scott brings extensive knowledge to our team, assisting in business development, quality control, project delivery, and workload management. As Lead Senior Engineer, he works directly with our project managers and department heads to maintain existing processes and evolve our project delivery to improve quality and efficiency. Scott believes the best solutions are simple, straightforward, and sustainable, with minimal environmental impact.


Prior to joining Henneman Engineering Scott worked at the Erdman Company, a nationwide leader in design and construction of healthcare facilities, where he provided engineering supervision and design oversight of over 1000 healthcare projects. In addition, he has been an instructor and guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin. As past Senior Vice President of Architecture and Engineering at Erdman Company, Scott was a national leader in design-build project delivery. The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awarded Scott the National Design-Build Distinguished Leadership award, and he has served on national DBIA committees including Sustainability and Innovation. Scott holds engineering licenses in over 20 states, an Evidence Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) from the Center for Health Design, an ASHE Healthcare Construction Certificate, and a LEED-BD&C accreditation. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.


Ralph J. Henneman, P.E.
Chairman Emeritus

When Mr. Henneman founded our firm in 1961, he envisioned a company that would provide engineering solutions responsive to clients’ needs in an innovative, cost effective, and professional manner.  Fifty years later, the Henneman team of professionals still shares his vision.

Today, Mr. Henneman serves as Chairman Emeritus of Henneman Engineering, Inc. and is a 1949 graduate of the University of Illinois’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).  He has 60 years of experience as an electrical engineer, mentor, and leader.

Prior to establishing our firm, Mr. Henneman held engineering positions with Holabird and Root Architects and Engineers in Chicago and with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  He served as an electrical engineer for the University of Illinois Physical Plant Department (1950-1957) and University Campus Architects Office (1957-1960).  He was responsible for many of the University’s in-house construction renovations and various maintenance programs during that period of time.

Mr. Henneman is a former president of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Board of Directors (1987-1988).  In 1992 he was awarded the University of Illinois Loyalty Award by the University of Illinois Alumni Association.  In 1994, he was awarded the Marcia Peterman Award in recognition of dedicated service to ECE.  In 1996, he received the University of Illinois’ Distinguished Alumnus Award from the ECE Department.   Mr. Henneman was an adjunct professor of general engineering at the University of Illinois (1969-1977) where he advised senior design engineering students with special emphasis on design problem solutions.  In 2005, Mr. Henneman was appointed as a member of the University of Illinois Foundation.


Michael J. Henneman, P.E.
Senior Vice President/Chairman Emeritus

For 43 years, Michael Henneman has been an integral part of Henneman Engineering and its tremendous growth since the firm was founded by his father, Ralph J. Henneman, in 1961. Throughout his career at Henneman, Michael has held multiple positions including draftsman, electrical designer, engineer, vice-president and corporate secretary. In 1991, he became President of the engineering firm and served as President/CEO until 2014. He also served as Chairman of the Board from 1996-2016. Under Mr. Henneman’s leadership, the firm has grown to eight offices in 3 states.

Michael is a University of Illinois graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (BSEE) in 1975, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 1983. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Illinois, Arizona, Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Indiana. He is also a member of the American Consulting Engineering Council, National Society of Professional Engineers, and an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. In 1986, Michael designed and engineered a computer-based energy management system for the University of Illinois chilled water air conditioning system. The design was cutting edge innovation and Mr. Henneman received a Design Award of Excellence from the United States Secretary of Energy, John S. Harrington.

Mr. Henneman co-founded Royal Properties in 1979 with Beta fraternity brother Rick Schmidt. Michael currently serves as Royal’s Chairman of the Board. Royal is a real estate development company, which develops, constructs, owns, operates and manages multi-family student housing on university campuses throughout the United States. Royal Properties has developed student housing projects consisting of over 10,000 beds on major university/college campuses. Mr. Henneman served as a Board Member for 3 years for American Campus Community (ACC-NYSE). ACC is the largest student housing REIT in the United States.  For more information visit

Mr. Henneman’s community involvement has focused on the founding of a new Catholic High School in Champaign, Illinois. Also, in addition Mr. Henneman donated to the High School of Saint Thomas Moore a charitable gift, earmarked for the construction of a new football and track field. In 2007 Mr. Henneman and family donated a gift in support of the construction of the new Champaign Public Library.

Michael serves as a Board member of CEO ( currently and served in the past as  Chairman of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Illini Chapter of Young Presidents Organization(YPO), Board Director of Bank Champaign, Director of the Urbana-Champaign Economic Development Corporation, past Co-Chairman of St. Mathew School Education Commission, member of University of Illinois President’s council, the fighting Illini Athletic Scholarship Fund, and Chairman of the Sigma Rho chapter (University of Illinois) Beta Theta Pi Fraternal Building Corporation. He has also served on the City of Champaign Zoning and Building Code committees. State of Illinois Professional Engineering Energy Committee, and the University of Illinois Professional Practice Group of the Department of Architecture.

Mr. Henneman is a native of Champaign, Illinois, and currently resides in Naples, Florida. Michael enjoys family (5 children), boating, golf, art and travel.


 Board of Directors - Current and Past



Henneman Engineering 2020 Board of Directors


From left to right:

Laura Henneman, J.D. - Chairman

Rachel Henneman Beaupre  - Secretary

Joe B. Summers, P.E.  -  Treasurer

Dianne Bell, CPA Controller



Henneman Engineering 2019 Board of Directors


Left to Right; Michael Henneman Sr., Board Advisory Committee member; Rachel H. Beaupre, Secretary Board of Directors; Laura J Henneman JD, Chairman of the Board; Joseph B. Summers, Board of Directors; (Not Pictured) Paul Boland, Board Advisory Committee member.



Henneman Engineering 2018 Board of Directors


From left to right:

Laura Henneman, J.D. Chairman

Joe B. Summers, P.E.  Vice Chairman/Treasurer

Rachel Henneman Beaupre , Secretary



Henneman Engineering 2017 Board of Directors


From left to right:

Herman Lehr, Mike Henneman, Jr., Rachel Henneman Beaupre, Michael J. Henneman, Laura Henneman, Joe Summers, Kip Doyle, Jean Gibbons



 Henneman Engineering 2015-2016 Board of Directors


Sitting (Left to Right): Ralph Henneman, Michael J. Henneman, Liz Douglas, Jeff Treiber, Paul Boland.

Standing (Left to Right): Mike Henneman, Jr., Rachel Henneman Beaupre, Laura Henneman, Jacob Unzicker, Kip Doyle