About Us


T. Shawn Ausel, P.E., C.B.S.I.


Shawn Ausel is a licensed professional engineer with over 15 years of experience in civil and structural engineering. He has extensive experience with both private consulting firms and state department of transportation in bridge design, bridge inspection, construction inspection, telecommunications tower design, and residential structural engineering. He is currently a professional licensed engineer in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nevada.

Shawn graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 2000. Prior to obtaining his professional degree he spent four years as a soldier in the US Army. After graduation Shawn worked in private engineering consulting for three years. From 2003 to 2009 he was an engineer and project manager for PennDOT where he oversaw the design for over 40 bridge or bridge preservation projects. From 2009 to 2010 he was the structural engineering advisor for the Marine Corps headquarters in Afghanistan. Prior to founding Areté Engineers, Shawn was a design engineer for Vaughn and Melton where he performed construction oversight, bridge design for NCDOT, railroad bridge design for CSX, as well as a providing a range of structural engineering services for the residential sector.

He lives in Boone, NC with his wife (Janet) and sons (Jonathan & Zachary).

Mike Clinger, P.E., C.B.S.I.


Mike has over 16 years of experience in the Transportation industry related to bridge design and inspection, DOT highway and bridge maintenance, and transportation and surface use projects related to oil and gas development. Mike has experience working with state department transportation agencies, with local and municipal departments, and within the engineering consulting community. He maintains his NBIS certification for bridge inspection and is a licensed Professional Engineer in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Mike received his Bachelors of Science Degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2000 and has worked in the civil engineering field since graduation. He has worked for private consulting firms while as a transportation construction inspector and then as a structural designer completing commercial building and facilities projects. He was employed at PennDOT from 2001 to 2010 and gained experience in several departments while working as a civil engineer in bridge inspection and analysis and then in various Highway Maintenance management positions. In 2010 he was employed at Seneca Resources Corporation completing well pad and roadway design and environmental permitting and coordinating the posted and bonded road program. Since he began working for Areté Engineers in 2016, he continues supporting bridge design and rehabilitation projects for DOT sectors and is active as a team leader in NBIS bridge inspection.

Mike currently resides in Brookville, PA with his wife, Amy, and two children, Lindsey and Jacob.

Adam Felmlee, P.E., C.B.S.I.


Adam is a licensed professional engineer with over 12 years of experience in manufacturing, design, & structural engineering in the communication, residential, and transportation industries. He has extensive experience with both private companies & government agencies. Adam has successfully complete the FHWA-NHI-13005 Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course.

Adam graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH in 2004. After graduation, he worked in the manufactured housing industry and become familiar with the aspects of residential engineering. From 2006 to 2015, Adam was an engineer & engineering manager at a small & growing manufacturing company in the communications industry. He was responsible for the design of complete remote & mobile communications sites. Design & engineering challenges included: towers heights from 20ft to 100ft, ballast & footing design for a completely free standing structure to meet the requirements of TIA-EIA-222, ASCE 7-10, and IBC. During his time in the telecommunications industry he also became familiar with Military standards: MIL-STD-461F & MIL-STD-810G.   Adam began working with Areté Engineers part-time in 2014, and became a full-time member of the Areté Team in 2016.  During this time, has prepared plans & calculations for many NCDOT post-award construction projects including: demo & erection, retaining walls, bridge deck overhangs, maintenance & protection of traffic, and bridge jacking. Adam has successfully complete the FHWA-NHI-13005 Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course and works as a Bridge Inspection Team Leader.   In addition to DOT work, he has experience with some more specialized projects. These projects have included structural engineering using fiber glass reinforced polymer (FRP). In particular, Areté Engineers has designed & fabricated an 80ft FRP pedestrian bridge for the Julian Price Memorial Park on the Mountain to Seas trail.

Adam lives in Lenoir, NC with his wife (Leah) and 3 children Acacia, Titus, and Arlee.

Brian Mullin, P.E., C.B.S.I.


Brian has over 10 years of civil and structural engineering experience in the transportation, commercial, and telecommunications industries. He has extensive experience working with city and state agencies, as well as with private companies and developers. He is currently a professional engineer licensed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Virginia.

Brian graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of North Florida in 2007. Starting in 2005, he worked as an intern designing maintenance of traffic (MOT) plans and performing construction engineering inspection (CEI) for The Greater Jacksonville Plan. After graduation, he went to work for private consulting firms performing design, CEI, and construction administration for high speed open road tolling facilities, public buildings, and municipal utility sites in the state of Florida. In 2012, Brian moved into the private sector designing new buildings and modifying existing structures for the commercial industry. From there he went on to evaluating, upgrading, and designing structures for both industrial facilities and telecommunications sites. Brian then returned to the public sector in 2014, where he became the structural engineering department manager for a consulting firm which specializes in open road tolling facilities, serving Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and the FDOT. Since he began working for Atete’ Engineers in late 2016, he has been focused on inspecting existing bridges for the NCDOT and structural design of residential projects.

Brian currently lives in Lenoir, NC with his wife and family.

Chris Noel

Designer / Drafter

Chris is a graduate of Appalachian State University’s Building Science program with concentrations in Architectural Design and Technology as well as Sustainable Building Systems, with a minor in Russian.

Chris began working with Arete​’​ Engineers in 2016 and has completed projects including new construction and renovation plans, residential assessments and drawings, bridge inspections, and renderings.

Turner Trivette

Designer / Shop Manager

Turner began working with Areté Engineers in 2015. During his time here, he has prepared plans for various construction/rehabilitation projects including residential and bridge construction, worked as a bridge inspector, developed structural assessment reports, and plays a role in marketing and advertising for Areté. Turner is also the lead fabricator and shop manager for our sister company Areté Structures, where we design, manufacture, and deliver prefabricated pedestrian bridges.

Turner graduated Appalachian State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Construction Management along with a minor in Business. He developed a strong interest in the construction industry as he was attending Watauga High School, where he gained experience in residential construction, metal fabrication, and worked on various projects under Watauga’s construction program. During high school, he joined Skills USA, a national organization in which students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas. Throughout his high school career, he obtained first place medals in both regional and state competitions for Carpentry and went on to compete at the national level. He holds welding certifications for MIG, Stick, & TIG welding.

In addition to Areté, Turner is a Senior Ski Patroller at Appalachian Ski mountain where he enjoys skiing and keeping people safe.

Turner lives in Boone, NC.

Richard Holt, EI

Structural Engineer

Richard has a year of experience in structural design and structural assessments. While a student, he held an internship with a private firm completing structural assessments as well as design projects for residential and commercial structures in Raleigh, NC. Prior to that, Richard completed a three rotation Co-op program with an energy company in Apex, NC and held an internship with a private environmental engineering firm in Raleigh, NC.

Richard graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2017 with concentrations in structural engineering and water resources engineering. Richard is pursuing his graduate degree in structural engineering at NC State. Richard began working with Areté Engineers in 2018.

Richard currently live in Boone, NC.

Martin Russ

Martin graduated from Appalachian State University’s Building Science program with a concentration in Sustainable Building Systems. He also gained a couple years of experience working with a local general contractor while attending Appalachian.

Martin began working with Areté Engineers in 2017. Since being hired he has created plans for various residential remodels, home additions, and new construction projects. In addition he has completed structural assessments and is also a bridge inspector for Arete’.

When he is not working you can find Martin rock climbing at any one of the many great outdoor climbing areas in and around Boone, NC. When weather does not allow for climbing outside you can find him at the local climbing gym where he volunteers his extra time as a climbing route setter.

Martin lives in Boone, NC


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