Staff Spotlight: Amir Namakforoosh

October 19, 2015 by Will Schnier P.E.

At BIG RED DOG, we like to reflect on our team members that make our organization strong, creative, and supremely capable. Our team members put forth extraordinary efforts on behalf of our clients and they deserve to be recognized. This edition of our staff spotlight series introduces us to Amir Namakforoosh, a Project Engineer in our Austin office. Learn more about Amir and his passion for BMX and baked goods below!


Where are you originally from?

San Antonio, Texas

Everyone at BIG RED DOG has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours?

Honestly; something just felt right about this place. It fits more of my personality and would give me the opportunities I was looking for to develop my career. Not to mention all the great projects and folks here.

What drew you to the engineering field? 

BMX is what drew me to Engineering. My uncle was a carpenter and taught me how to build my first ramp. I was fascinated with understanding live loads and the structural components of building.

What was your first job? 

First job ever, was Pilgrim Cleaners. It was the worst; it actually pushed me to want to go to school.

First engineering job was with the City of San Antonio- Traffic Engineering.

Who or what inspires you? 

I am honestly easily inspired; I often find inspiration from the many different kinds of people I meet throughout my life. Traveling would have to be when I am most inspired.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Austin ?  

Tied for Via 313 and Ramen Tatsu-Ya; now I’m hungry!

What do you like to do in your free time? 

I love to spend time with my friends or riding my bike around town.

What’s your favorite news source?

Flipboard is where it’s at for me.

Do you have any pets?   

Yes, her name is Bella and she is way too cute. She will be coming to the office soon.

Describe your ideal vacation. 

Chilling on an island with nothing on my mind and a cold beer in my hand.

What would be impossible for you to give up?

Baked Goods; mainly cookies (a bit of a cookie monster).

Who is your favorite sports team?

San Antonio Spurs

Best vacation ever?

Chicago 2014; good times with friends!

Last book I read?

Twilight Saga (yeah right; j/k) currently reading my Civil Engineering Reference Manual by Lindeburg; it’s sad I know.


BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting is always looking for exceptional candidates to join our team. You’ll join the BIG RED DOG team for two primary reasons – our Culture and our Entrepreneurial approach to running our company. Learn more on our Careers page.

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.