FINLEY Bridge Design Engineer, Jindrich Potucek, Earns Professional Engineer License in Florida

March 20, 2015

Jindrich Potucek-photoJindrich Potucek recently earned his Professional Engineer’s license in the State of Florida. He has 5 years’ experience in complex bridge design and construction engineering for bridge types including cable-stayed and segmental. Jindrich has a strong academic and research background. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Czech Technical University of Prague and his Master’s degree from Europe’s top Civi Engineering University, the Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in Paris.

It was at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech where Jindrich studied bridge design under internationally recognized complex bridge designer, Jacques Combault, who is also Technical Director at Finley Engineering Group, Inc. (FINLEY). Jindrich’s Master’s thesis discussed the design of high-speed railway bridges emphasizing the specifics of the design based on the AASHTO guidelines.

“As part of my education, I was required to do an internship. I was selected for FINLEY’s internship program and was offered a position as Bridge Designer when I graduated. I consider working for FINLEY as the best career move I made. I have my family, Craig Finley, P.E. President at FINLEY and Jerry Pfuntner, P.E. Regional Bridge Engineer at FINLEY to thank for supporting me. I share this accomplishment with them. I am looking forward to the day when I can sign and seal plans then see the bridge constructed and in use. To me, the essence of bridge engineering is to create the design, see it, be proud of it and have it serve the public.” said Jindrich.

Jindrich has worked on some of the most complex bridges currently under design. His first design project was the Ironton-Russell Cable-Stayed Bridge. Jindrich was the Bridge Designer responsible for the design of temporary erection supports and the backspan falsework. Another major design project was the Road 1 Motza Bridge Design-Build in Israel. This project consists of two 800 meter precast segmental bridges with three lanes in each direction. Jindrich is the Bridge Engineer responsible for providing design calculations and on-site support during construction.

“Jindrich is one of the most talented young engineers I’ve seen in my 35 years of engineering. He embodies all that is good in engineering – brains, dedication and heart. He is a complex person and an excellent young engineer; he’s very intelligent and inquisitive. He is very driven to work on technically difficult bridge engineering projects and puts in the effort to completely understand the challenge and investigate the solutions that he will propose to solve them.” said Craig Finley.

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