Meet the Team


Steven Duong, AICP | Project Lead

Steven is an urban designer with AECOM for the firm’s Design + Planning practice in Dallas. He has led a wide variety of projects, most recently serving as the lead consultant for the City of Dallas 100 Resilient Cities strategy and the Texas Hyperloop proposal. He holds undergraduate degrees in urban planning and landscape architecture and a masters degree in City and Regional Planning. 

His focus is on urban resilience, smart cities, transportation, and master planning. Steven also serves as the Director of the North Central Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, as a professor with UTA's College of Planning and Landscape Architecture, and was identified as a Top 20 Under 40 Top Young Professional for Engineering News Record in 2017.


Jerry Smiley, AICP | Regulatory Policy Specialist

Jerry is a certified planner with 24 years of significant management, technical, and policy experience. He has served a wide variety of roles, including Program Manager and Principal-in-Charge for multi-million dollar, multi-disciplinary IDIQ contracts and, specifically, transit projects that require navigating difficult regulatory environments for success, such as the Texas Central High Speed Rail and Northeast Corridor Mag-Lev efforts. Jerry’s technical specialization includes planning, design, and environmental review for critical public sector-focused projects. 

Jerry currently serves as the Deputy Area Manager for the AECOM Gulf + Southwest region.


John Song, PhD, PE, PTOE | Transportation Engineer

Based in Austin, John Song serves as the Traffic Engineering and Intelligent Transportation Systems department manager for AECOM across Texas. John started his career in civil engineering after he graduated from Tong-Ji University in Shanghai 20 years ago. Having a passion for traffic, he went back to school after working 2 years as a Roadway Design Engineer and studied for his PhD at the University of California, Irvine. Since then, he has worked in nearly every aspect of traffic engineering including: regional and corridor transportation planning, travel forecasting, travel demand modeling, traffic simulation modeling, and various traffic engineering design.



Jason Aprill, AICP | Transit Planner

Jason is a transit planner with AECOM’s Transportation Transit team in Dallas. He holds a masters degree in City and Regional Planning.  Jason started his career planning in the public sector, with a focus on land use planning.  He never saw a train he didn’t want to ride, however, so he became a transit planner and has since worked on transit projects throughout Texas and the Great Plains.  He has provided his expertise on transit needs assessments, bus and rail service operations planning, public outreach, land use planning, and environmental justice.

Jason is passionate about all forms of transit and believes strong transit networks create strong communities.



Tatum Lau | Urban Designer

Tatum is an Urban Designer with AECOM’s Design + Planning practice in Dallas. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and a Master of Architecture from London Metropolitan University in the U.K. She brings 10 years of professional experience from Johannesburg, London and Austin, which includes research, publishing, teaching, architectural design, community engagement and urban planning.

Central to her work has been the role of design towards social and environmental justice. Tatum is completing two additional degrees in Community and Regional Planning and Urban Design at the University of Texas at Austin.


Laura Weis, PE | Transportation Engineer

Laura is a Civil Engineer and Project Manager in the Transportation practice in Dallas. She currently manages the City of Dallas West Dallas Gateway project as well as the DFW Airport’s Landside Roads and Bridges Renewal project, where she is working to oversee the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the aging landside assets along the main corridor through the airport. Previously she served as the Site Civil Engineering Project Manager for the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry project south of San Diego, California, one of the busiest land ports of entry in the world. She received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked on Transportation projects ranging from corridor studies, to schematic design, to final plans on roadways in Texas.

She serves on the Board of the Greater DFW Chapter of WTS and as the current Chair of the WTS Southwest Region Council. A Leadership Dallas Class of 2017 graduate, she currently serves as a class advisor to the Leadership Dallas Class of 2018’s Regionalism Committee.

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Cecilia Salvans | Urban Planner

Cecilia is an urban planner with AECOM's Design + Planning practice in Dallas. She brings 8 years of professional experience in regional and federal master planning across the U.S and has operated in a diverse set of roles spanning from project management, public involvement, to technical analysis. Cecilia's passion is in helping cities create vibrate and sustainable multi-modal communities that properly accommodate existing and future growth demands.

She holds dual bachelor degrees in Urban Planning and Communications from the University of California, San Diego. 


Steven Janeway, AIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C | Architect

An architect hailing from Tennessee, Steven has over thirty years of design with a philosophy rooted on human centered design and phenomenology, and the fundamental tenets of modernism. His recent work includes the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, the Samsung Global Engineering Center in Seoul, Korea, and the Arabako Hospital in Victoria, Spain.  For this work, Steven has received numerous awards including Best New Government Building 2016 by Engineering News Record, the Design Merit Award in 2012 by AIA Dallas, and the Excellence in Sustainability Design Award 2009 by the AIA. 

Steven currently serves as the Regional Design Director for AECOM's architecture practice in the Gulf + Southwest U.S.


Juan Carlos Arias, AIA | Architect

Juan Carlos Arias was born in Bogota, Colombia. He has over 25 years of experience in the architectural design of corporate, retail, residential, institutional, hospitality, health care and educational buildings. Juan Carlos is a BIM expert, with over 15 years of experience creating digital models in Revit to communicate design ideas to colleagues, consultants, and clients. 

During his career his work has received four awards, most recently, the Excellence in Sustainable Design Award for the Samsung Research and Development Center, 2009, AIA, Dallas Chapter. He is a registered architect in Colombia and an International Associate member of the AIA.


Josh Shane | Transit Planner

Josh Shane is an Urban Planner with over seven years of experience in urban planning and transportation planning. Having worked on several planning projects for the public and private sector, Josh's experience is focused on transportation planning, including station area analysis, transit development plans (TDP), and comprehensive operational analysis (COA), with an emphasis on route design and impact analysis. His specialties include regional transit oriented development (TOD) strategy, context-sensitive solution implementation, first- and last-mile analysis, visual and aesthetic impact analysis, and Environmental Justice. Mr. Shane has served as Deputy Project Manager or Task Lead for projects requiring transit development plans, station area design guidelines, and station area master plans.


Lawrence Agu | Urban Designer

Born from Nigerian immigrants, Lawrence is an Urban Designer within AECOM's Design + Planning practice in Dallas. He holds an undergraduate architectural degree, in addition to a Masters in City & Regional Planning and a Masters of Architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington. With architectural and planning expertise within the public and private sectors, Lawrence has demonstrated versatility in federal master planning, architectural design, construction administration, urban planning, visualization, and public engagement.

His planning and design interests focus on international development and social justice.