BRD Visits the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders

June 3, 2015 by Will Schnier P.E.

On Friday May 29th, 2015 Big Red Dog visited the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

Ann Richards School (2)


The 10th grade engineering students designed and constructed a greenhouse, and prepared a final presentation.  Engineers from Big Red Dog participated on a panel to evaluate and provide feedback to the students.

Ann Richards School Greenhouse project


We were very impressed at their achievements, to say the least!  The girls presented on the design and discussed related topics including Materials, Thermodynamics, Free Body Diagrams, Beam Deflection, Electrical Engineering, Photovoltaics, and Safety to name a few.


We are very proud of the students and staff at the Ann Richards School, and commend them on their accomplishments.

Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.