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 professionalism that remains central to our way of doing business.


Laura J. Henneman


Laura J. Henneman was named Chairman of the Board of Henneman Engineering in March of 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 in 1961 and Laura's father, Michael Henneman, served as President/CEO from 1992 to 2013. Laura, through the ownership of Henneman Family, LLC, is the majority owner of Henneman Engineering since 2014. Henneman Family, LLC is an owned, managed and controlled woman business enterprise with a multiple platform of investments. 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, Ms. Henneman is a practicing attorney at Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, a Chicago law firm where she concentrates on the defense of toxic tort claims. Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Ms. Henneman worked as a law clerk at Corboy & Demetrio P.C. a Chicago, Illinois personal injury law firm. Additionally, while in law school she worked as a 711 law clerk for the Narcotics Bureau of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.


Ms. Henneman received her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010 where she focused her studies on 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 served as an Administrative Assistant to The Honorable David A. Erickson.


In her free time, Ms. Henneman loves spending time with family and friends in both Champaign and Chicago, Illinois. She appreciates traveling and welcomes any occasion to meet new people and explore new places. Ms. Henneman enjoys being active outdoors, competitive running, golf, and is looking forward to a sprint triathlon this summer.


Michael J. Henneman, P.E.
Chairman Emeritus

For 40 years, Michael Henneman has been an integral part of Henneman Engineering and its tremendous growth since joining the firm founded by his father, Ralph J. Henneman, in 1961.

Throughout his career at Henneman, Michael has held multiple positions including draftsman, electrical designer and engineer, vice-president and corporate secretary. In 1991, he became President of the engineering firm and served as CEO until 2014. He also served as Chairman of the Board from 1996-2016. Under Michael's leadership, the firm has grown to eight offices in 6 states.

Michael is a University of Illinois alumnus and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University in 1975, and a Master of Business Administration 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.

Michael is a native of Champaign, Illinois, and currently lives there with his wife and children.

Royal Properties
Chairman of the Board

Michael co-founded Royal Properties in 1979, a real estate development company, which develops, constructs, owns, 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.

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Michael continues to be involved in a variety of professional and civic projects that have positively impacted the community.


  • In 2006, donated to the High School of Saint Thomas Moore in Champaign, Illinois, a charitable gift, earmarked for the construction of a new football and track field.

  • Served as Board Member of NYSE American Campus Community (ACC) in 2006-2008.

  • In 2007, donated a gift in support of the construction of the new Champaign Public Library.

  • In 1986, Michael designed and engineered a computer-based energy management system to save energy while running the University of Illinois chilled water air conditioning system in 1986. The design was so unique that the firm received a Design Award of excellence from the United States Secretary of Energy, John S. Harrington.

  • Michael served as Chairman of the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Illini Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, Director of Bank Champaign (YPO), Director of the Urbana-Champaign Economic Development Corporation, past Co-Chairman of St. Mathew School Education Commission, member of Illinois President's council, the fighting Illini Scholarship Fund, and Chairman of the Sigma Rho Beta Theta Pi Fraternal Building Corporation (BETA).

  • 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.


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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.


Joseph B. Summers, P.E.
President | Vice Chairman of the Board

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.


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, Bettendorf and Indianapolis 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).


Kip B.F. Doyle, P.E., LEED® AP
Senior Vice President

Kip Doyle is the leader of Henneman’s Industrial Technology Group (ITG).  He joined Henneman-ITG in 1997 and serves as Senior Vice President of ITG.  Kip’s mechanical engineering career spans 22 years, with a number of years in the petrochemical and construction industries.  

The ITG group has approximately 30 engineers located in Champaign, Illinois.  Under Kip’s leadership, the ITG Group specializes in industrial projects including power generation plants, food products, manufacturing, and renewable energy.  

Kip has directed key ITG projects including the Medina Valley Generation Plant for Caterpillar in Illinois and the Basin Power Plant in Montana.  Other top projects include those in the food industry for Kraft Foods, Quaker Oaks and ViscoFan.  

In the renewable energy area, Kip and his ITG team have managed projects for Green Hunter (biodiesel) and for Central Illinois Energy (ethanol).  In manufacturing, key projects include those for Caterpillar Tractor, Dyno Nobel and Covidien.

Kip grew up in Urbana and received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1987.  He spent a number of years in the petrochemical and construction industries with positions as design team manager, construction manager and project manager prior to Henneman.  

Kip is a registered professional engineer in Illinois, Florida and Nova Scotia. His professional affiliations include Illinois Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.  Kip is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

Kip is married with four children and active in the St. Matthews Catholic Church in Champaign.


Jean O'Brien Gibbons, P.E., LEED AP

Senior Vice President


In January 2016, Jean O’Brien Gibbons, PE, LEED AP was named Director of Henneman Engineering’s Chicago office.  Ms. Gibbons has over 30 years of consulting engineering experience and over 20 years of engineering management experience.  As Director and Senior Vice President, Jean directs all aspects of the office including project performance and oversite, technical quality, customer service, staff development, business development, and administration.  Jean also oversees Henneman’s mechanical master documents including specifications, details, and design process.


Jean has designed mechanical systems for almost every type of building.  Her areas of specialization include hospitals, laboratories, and mechanical infrastructure including steam plants, chilled and heating hot water plants, and air handling systems.  Jean has extensive experience in facility surveys and master planning, with particular focus on 24/7 operations.  This experience has developed her ability to find unique approaches to system modifications and replacements that minimize system downtime while providing improved performance.  Jean is a LEED accredited professional and an expert on energy codes including the State of Illinois Energy Conservation Code (International Energy Conservation Code).  She utilizes this knowledge on a regular basis to design energy efficient buildings and systems.  Over her career, Jean has been responsible for over a dozen projects that were honored with local and regional ASHRAE Excellence in Engineering Awards and a similar number of LEED projects.   Jean enhances her design experience with extensive commissioning experience. This combined expertise, along with her natural desire to understand how things work, have allowed Jean to be successful at solving difficult and challenging system problems.


Jean is a frequent technical speaker.  Some more recent talks include a Webinar entitled Ventilation for Healthcare Facilities for the Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association, Effects of the Illinois Energy Conservation Code on Facility Operations for the Illinois Chief Engineers & Facility Managers Training Conference, and Hospital Isolation Room HVAC System Design for the Illinois Chapter American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers Young Engineers Association.


Jean received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She continues her relationship with her department as a member of the University of Illinois Mechanical Science and Engineering Alumni Board.  In addition, Jean is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE), the American Society of Heating and Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Healthcare Engineers Society of Northern Illinois (HESNI), and the International Institute of Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL).


Tyson Glimme, P.E., QCxP

Senior Vice President


Tyson was named the Madison Office Director in September of 2016. Tyson has been the Director of Commissioning at Henneman Engineering for the past 8 years and has specialized in Commissioning for new construction and Retro-commissioning for existing facilities.


Since joining Henneman Engineering Tyson has specialized in the construction, installation, and operation of the high performance systems Henneman Engineering has become known for. This specialization in system installation and operation has provided Tyson with the unique opportunity to functional test and verify the Henneman Engineering designs perform as intended by the design team. He has also played an integral role in the development of the Focus on Energy Retro-Commissioning Program by being the first engineering firm to introduce numerous healthcare clients to the Focus on Energy Pilot Program in 2008. His team of commissioning engineers have since saved each healthcare client over 13% of their annual energy costs.


He is a registered Professional engineer, a Qualified Commissioning Provider, and is a member of WHEA (Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association), and ASHE (American Society of Healthcare Engineers). Tyson received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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.


Herman W. Lehr
Senior Vice President | Business Development

Herman Lehr has more than 30 years of experience in the business development, financial, and corporate administration areas. He joined Henneman in 1998 as CFO and now serves as Senior Vice President, Business Development. In his role, Herman focuses on developing new business, meeting client needs, and promoting client-centered service.

Prior to joining Henneman, he was a senior manager in program finance at Northrop Grumman Corporation, a multi-disciplined global security firm, where he was responsible for financial program control on a wide variety of aerospace electronic technology contracts. 

A Chicago native, Herman earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master's Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on International Finance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.

His local community involvement includes fundraising and events for the Champaign West Rotary Club.  Herman is a member of the University of Illinois Quarterback Club and also participates as a coordinator for local Heart Association and American Cancer Society programs and events.  He is also a private pilot.

Herman is married to Theresa Henneman Lehr, a mechanical engineer and officer with Henneman.  They have two college age children.


 Henneman Engineering 2013 Board of Directors



Front Row from Left to Right:

Ralph Henneman, Michael Henneman Sr., Liz Douglas, Jeff Treiber and Paul Boland

Back Row from Left to Right:

Michael Henneman Jr., Rachel Henneman Beaupre, Laura Henneman J.D., Jacob Unzicker, and Kip Doyle


Henneman Engineering 2016 Board of Directors



From Left to Right:

Herman Lehr - Business Development, Michael Henneman Jr. - Director, Rachel Henneman Beaupre - Secretary, Michael Henneman Sr. - Director, Laura Henneman J.D. - Chairman, Joe Summers - Vice Chairman, Kip Doyle - Director and Jean Gibbons - Director

Not Pictured:

Ralph Henneman - Chairman Emeritus and Bill Devine - Director