Meet some of AST Engineers’ Staff
Kirk J. Simoneaux, P.E., President
Kirk Simoneaux has extensive experience in mechanical building systems design and construction support for HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LSU in 1977 and became a licensed engineer in Louisiana in 1981. Mr. Simoneaux is also currently a licensed mechanical engineer in the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.
He has been with AST since 1980 and became a partner in the firm in 1990. His experience includes detailed design for energy management systems and retrofits for total energy savings. In addition, Mr. Simoneaux has developed and produced specifications for various types of mechanical systems. His project management experience ranges from initial contact with the client through project completion and occupancy.
Mr. Simoneaux has also managed many mechanical systems retrofit projects which were implemented to replace outdated equipment with newer, more efficient technology. He has also successfully designed multiple central chilled water cooling plants and distribution systems. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, Association of Energy Engineers, Consulting Engineers Council, and the Louisiana Engineering Society.
Christopher G. Tauzin, P.E., Secretary
Christopher Tauzin is highly experienced in design, specification and administration of complete mechanical systems in commercial buildings, industrial buildings, educational institutions, medical institutions and research facilities. He graduated from Nicholls State University with a B.S. in Engineering Technology and earned his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981 from LSU. Mr. Tauzin became a licensed engineer in 1986 and has been with AST for over 32 years, rising to partner in 1990. Mr. Tauzin also has experience with installation of residential and light commercial heating and air conditioning systems. He is currently a member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, American Society of Plumbing Engineers, City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge Plumbing Board, and Southern Building Code Congress International.
Michael D. Doyle, P.E., Treasurer
Michael Doyle has experience in design, specification and administration of electrical systems in commercial buildings, industrial buildings, medical institutions and research facilities. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1992 from Louisiana Tech University and has been an essential part of the AST Team for over 20 years. Mr. Doyle also has extensive design experience of medium voltage distribution systems and is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Mr. Doyle is also currently a licensed electrical engineer in the states of Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.
Jordan H. Fish, P.E., Partner
Jordan Fish has experience in designing chilled water and refrigerant HVAC systems in both new commercial buildings and renovations to existing buildings. His design experience also includes plumbing and fire protection systems. He has worked on multi-story office buildings, multi-story hospital facilities, large educational institutions, and food service facilities. He also has experience analyzing building energy efficiency and recommending methods for improving building performance.
Mr. Fish graduated from LSU in 2007 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, became licensed in 2013 and has been a strong part of the AST team since 2007.
Mr. Fish is very proficient in computational and drafting programs. He is capable in all Microsoft Office programs, Elite HVAC, Elite Ductsize, AutoCAD, and Revit – 3D and Building Information Modeling (BIM).
David Assaf, III, P.E., Advisory Consultant
Formerly a partner with the firm, Mr. Assaf has performed project design engineering and management for a multitude of projects in both the mechanical and electrical design fields. Although Mr. Assaf retired from the firm, he remains available for consultation due to his vast previous MEP experience. Mr. Assaf holds a dual license, both mechanical and electrical disciplines, a rarity in the field.
A. Kent Gasperecz, E.I., Senior Electrical Systems Designer
Mr. Gasperecz has experience in design and specification of electrical systems, specializing in power distribution, lighting, emergency systems, communications and special systems, including fire alarm, nurse call and intercom systems for large commercial, educational, medical and industrial facilities, as well as for residential and light commercial buildings. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from LSU in 1990. He has been a part of the AST team for over 25 years.
Daniel J. Nienaber, P.E., Mechanical Engineer
Mr. Nienaber’s experience includes design and specification of complete HVAC systems in commercial buildings and educational institutions. Mr. Nienaber also has experience in survey of existing mechanical systems for upgrade to current Codes and Standards. He secured his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from LSU in 2008 and became a Professional Engineer in 2015.
Trent E. Miles, E.I., Electrical Engineer Intern
Mr. Miles is a member of AST’s electrical design team. His previous experience was in the field of power systems design. Along with this expertise, he is also very competent in electrical lighting and systems design. Trent Miles has been a member of AST’s team since 2012.
Allen R. Evans, E.I., Mechanical Engineer Intern
Allen Evans is a 2013 graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Evans experience includes design and specification of complete HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems in commercial buildings and food service facilities. Mr. Evans earned his E.I. license in 2013 and has been with AST since 2013.
Paulette L. Monistere, Senior Draftsperson and Production Manager
Mrs. Monistere has experience in computer assisted drafting for mechanical and electrical systems. She is the firm’s Production Manager and is in charge of all Revit and AutoCAD production. She has been a member of team AST since she graduated from LSU in 1981.
Nancy M. Lanoux, Senior Draftsperson
Mrs. Lanoux has experience in computer assisted drafting for architectural, mechanical and electrical design. She has worked at AST for over 20 years and has vast knowledge of Revit, AutoCAD, piping specialties, and drafting technology.
Joseph M. Starring, E.I.
Andrew J. Tauzin, E.I.
Payton A. Huskins
Katherine P. Caldwell
Dianne C. Dunlap
Juliana M. Mitchell
Kathleen T. Maloz
Vance M. Thomas
Blake M. Faucheux
Justin L. Royce