History

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he legacy of CCE began in 1946 when Leland B. Cook entered a private practice on Spring Street in Tupelo, Mississippi.  In 1960, Cook Coggin Kelly & Cook was formed and later became the corporation today known as Cook Coggin Engineers, Inc.  Over the years, Cook Coggin Engineers, Inc. (CCE) has grown to be one of the most well respected Civil Engineering Firms in Mississippi and Southwest Tennessee.

Cook Coggin has offices in seven locations—six in Mississippi including its corporate office in Tupelo and regional offices in Corinth, Booneville, Fulton, New Albany & Ripley along with its Tennessee regional office in Selmer.  With over seven decades of service, CCE is a firm with the capacity to multitask and utilize the resources readily available to pursue any civil engineering need a client might encounter.

The firm’s regional structure enables CCE to maintain a strong commitment to local communities while simultaneously providing access to exceptional engineering expertise. Cook Coggin integrates accomplished professionals with modern, innovative thinkers and supports this expertise with an adept technical staff equipped with the latest in computer design technology. This distinction has contributed significantly to Cook Coggin’s history of success.

Leadership

The leadership of any firm is indicative of the professionalism and work ethic of the entire organization. At Cook Coggin, we pride ourselves in our exceptional leadership team. This leadership is made up of five principal engineers who have dedicated their professional career to both the success of Cook Coggin and the individual success of its employees. These men bring their own unique set of skills and proficiency to CCE and will be available in whatever manner necessary to help promote the success of the Client.

KENNETH P. GENO, JR., PE  President
Kent joined the Cook Coggin team in 1986 and has 34 years of service to the firm.  Kent’s 36 years of experience includes two years working as a design engineer for NRCS Mississippi State Design Unit prior to joining the Cook Coggin team.  His expertise includes the project management and design of all types of public works projects.  Additionally, Kent serves as County Engineer for Alcorn, Benton, Prentiss, Tippah and Tishomingo County. Serving in this capacity has rendered him participation in the development of virtually every public facility or economic development project in these areas.  As the firm’s president, Kent is primarily located in the Corporate Tupelo Office but he also operates out of the Regional Booneville and Corinth Offices on a weekly basis in order to maintain a hands-on approach to leadership. Kent is a registered professional engineer in the State of Mississippi and Tennessee.

JACK D. FARMER, PE  Vice-President
Jack joined the Cook Coggin team in 1978 and has dedicated 42 years of service to the firm.  In addition to holding a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Jack is proficient in various diversified public utilities endeavors but his prime experience and expertise surrounds municipal water and sewer infrastructures, including the design, construction, and operation/maintenance of numerous water and wastewater treatment facilities.  Jack is accomplished in concept development, project management, design, development, and construction management of potable water systems, wastewater systems in municipal and industrial application and park/recreation facilities as well.  Located in Cook Coggin’s Corporate Office, Jack serves as mentor and assists the Cook Coggin team in any capacity necessary.  Jack is a registered professional engineer in the State of Mississippi.

JOHN MARK WEEDEN, PE  Principal
Mark has been employed with Cook Coggin since 2007 and has been involved with numerous projects over the past 13 years.  Mark’s 26 years of experience includes working as an engineer for MS State Department of Health and Natchez Trace Parkway.  He also has a background in Construction Engineering which includes owning and operating his own construction company.   Mark works intimately with North Mississippi Communities and Water Associations throughout daily and is very proficient in this area of expertise. Additionally, Mark serves as County Engineer for Itawamba and Lee County.  This aligns Mark to be at the heartbeat of the economic development and public facility improvements within these counties.  Mark’s experience includes conceptual planning, field layout, project management, design and construction oversight for water systems, sanitary sewer systems and utility relocations.  Mark is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi and Alabama.

JAMES MATTHEW ESTES, PE  Principal
Matthew has been employed with CCE since 2004 and has been involved with numerous projects over the past sixteen years.  Located in CCE’s Regional Corinth Office, Matthew has worked closely with North Mississippi Communities throughout his tenure with CCE.  Matthew’s work experience includes project management, planning design and construction oversight for municipal water, wastewater, gas, roadway and drainage projects.  He has been involved with an array of planning teams over the years to assist in the development of local infrastructure and growth.  Matthew is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi and Tennessee, a Certified Floodplain Manager in the State of Mississippi, and has certification in the National Highway Institute Program for the Safety Inspection of In-service Bridges.

WILLIAM JESS WIYGUL, PE  Principal
Jess has been employed with CCE since 2009 and has been involved with numerous projects over the past 11 years. Located in CCE’s Tupelo office, Jess has worked closely with North Mississippi communities throughout his tenure including project management, planning, design and construction oversight for municipal water and wastewater systems, industrial site design and building improvements, as well as a wide range of airport infrastructure projects. He has been involved with an array of planning teams over the years to assist in the development of local infrastructure and growth. Jess holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Mississippi and Tennessee

Staff

Cook Coggin has a staff of approximately 68 professional and technical employees comprised with an engineering team adept in civil, environmental, structural, hydraulic, geotechnical, transportation and bridge design and geologists who are recognized experts in their field. The firm also employs highly trained designers, cost estimators, surveyors, and other professionals so that professional services can be provided for the complete scope of the project which includes funding procurement, planning, surveying, design, testing, construction and contract administration. 

PROFESSIONAL TEAM

5 Principals with a combined 116 years of service to the firm

8 Registered Professional Engineers

4 Engineer Interns

3 Civil Engineer Personnel

1 Registered Professional Geologist (RPG)

1 Geographic Information Specialist (GIS)

3 Registered Professional Surveyors (PLS/PS)

10 Designers/ Computer-Aided Design & Drafting (CADD)

14 Construction Administration/ Engineering Representatives

5 Laboratory/Environmental & Surveying 

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15 Support Staff Providing IT, Accounting, Administrative, Business Development & Marketing

 

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