Our Team

Engineer Jeff Pillus

Jeff Pillus, PE


Jeff is an accomplished professional engineer with twenty-five years of experience in civil and environmental engineering.  He has planned, permitted, and supervised many inspiring projects in the Intermountain West.  Jeff acts as liaison to agencies and promotes fresh ideas while helping clients navigate approval processes.

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James Green, PE


James is a Professional Civil Engineer in California and Colorado with 20 years of experience in Project Management, Construction Management, and Land Surveying. James has depth of experience with land development and land surveying for private development, public works and capital improvement projects, as well as Department of Defense projects for the Air Force and Marines. James is a reliable and dedicated professional who possesses leadership, industry knowledge, solution-oriented creativity, analytical processing and a can-do attitude with the ability to adapt to challenges and any environment by creating positive lines of communication and problem-solving initiatives.

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Chris Hawkins, PE


Chris is a graduate of Tennessee Tech with experience in residential and commercial development, power distribution, and large-scale earthwork and solar generation projects. He is an accomplished nature photographer, outdoor enthusiast and a hockey player. As a Project Engineer, Chris leads plan production, company CAD standards and training, and assists in hydrologic studies and site designs.


Engineer Charlie Shew

Charlie Shew


Charlie Shew is a creative entrepreneur and graduate of Fort Lewis College with a BS in Engineering.  He’s the #1 Civil Designer at SET Engineering and earned his superstar status through his dedication to design excellence.  Charlie sees projects through the owner’s eyes and this translates to efficient constructability.  He claims that his recreational activities are “walking on rocks and dirt” as well as family time and camping in the desert.

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Owen Parker

Civil Designer

Owen comes from a diverse engineering background in survey, civil, mechanical, and environmental engineering. Owen is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a BS in Engineering. His experience as a land surveyor and civil designer gives him an in-depth understanding of the necessary data collection for a successful project.  As a certified remote pilot for unmanned aircraft systems, Owen also runs the aerial drone services for SET. When he is not engineering or flying drones, Owen will be found in the mountains climbing and skiing.

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Steffen Horwath

Civil Designer

Steffen is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Wilkes University majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Geology.  His academic studies and research focused on water resources management and surface and subsurface water hydraulics. His enthusiasm for life and outdoor adventures led him to Durango, Colorado where he enjoys activities of all seasons, according to Steffen, “rain or shine!” At SET Engineering, Steffen’s duties include water distribution design, technical grading and drainage, and traffic studies. Although he strives to make all projects simple and straightforward, he is always up to a challenge.

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Megan Ellis


Megan has more than 16 years of hands-on experience leading a broad range of accounting and administrative teams.  She has spent her career in professional services with 10 years as a Controller.  Megan develops and maintains internal processes for SET Engineering, which includes finding the right technologies to integrate into the management systems while leading accounting and process change management. Motivated by new challenges and like-minded small to medium business entrepreneurs, Megan is an integral member of the SET Engineering team.

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