SmithGroupJJR, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering and planning firms, has elevated Bryan Jehling, Russ Sanders and Robert Thompson to principal at the firm’s Phoenix office. 

Bryan Jehling, PE, LEED AP

Bryan Jehling is an electrical engineering lead at the Phoenix office. With more than 25 years of experience, primarily in the healthcare, data center and laboratory sectors, Jehling is a frequently sought-after technical resource. He is currently serving as project electrical engineer for the 160,000-square-foot San Diego County Crime Lab, the largest public works project in the history of San Diego County, slated for completion August 2018; and the 111,950-square-foot Texas A&M University-Commerce Nursing & Health Sciences building, set to open in 2019. Jehling earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University. A native of Galesburg, Illinois, Jehling now resides in Tempe, Arizona.

Russ Sanders, AIA

Russ Sanders is a skilled registered architect whose 26 years of experience includes extensive knowledge in the development, implementation and deployment of new technologies. Sanders is currently serving as project manager on the phased modernization of Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; and the newly announced 150,000-square-foot regional headquarters for Caterpillar’s Surface, Mining & Technology Division, Tucson, Arizona. He is a member the American Institute of Architects, Arizona Forward and the Support Sky Harbor Coalition. Sanders graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Design, followed by a Master of Architecture, from Arizona State University. A native of Montauk, New York, he now resides in Gilbert, Arizona. 

Robert Thompson, PE

Robert Thompson is the chief mechanical engineer for the Science & Technology Studio at the firm’s Phoenix office. Leveraging over 20 years of experience, Thompson develops engineering tools that deliver creative solutions and improve project performance. Most notably, Thompson was lead mechanical engineer on the award-winning National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Energy Systems Integration Facility, Golden, Colorado (2014). He is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers; American Society of Plumbing Engineers; and the program chair for the International Institute of Sustainable Laboratories, Arizona chapter. Thompson graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona.