Steen is proud and excited to announce the promotion of Kurt Smith, Richard Becker, PE and DeNell Lanning. Each one of them have successfully demonstrated Steen’s values of Hungry, Humble and Smart. We’d like to express our support and confidence in their technical and leadership abilities as they take on their new role. 


Kurt Smith has been promoted from the level of Senior Associate to Principal and Partner.  Kurt’s demonstrated effective and consistent leadership of project teams, client relationship management, business planning systems, team/culture enhancement and business development efforts continue to help drive our success.  Through these efforts and results Kurt has established himself as an invaluable asset for the firm and our team. 

Richard Becker, PE has been promoted from the level of Senior Associate to Principal and Partner. Richard has also significantly demonstrated consistent leadership and accountability toward driving excellence within project teams, project design, client management and internal business systems evolution at Steen.  In addition, Richard’s technical expertise demonstrated by passing both the mechanical and electrical professional engineers exams, becoming a member of the Minnesota State Plumbing Board and his leadership in expanding Steen’s Revit modeling capabilities make him an invaluable asset for the firm.

DeNell Lanning Associate, Sr. Electrical Designer

DeNell Lanning has been promoted from the level of Associate to Senior Associate.  DeNell leads several project teams including projects in Industrial, Education and Senior markets and continues to help motivate and hold team members accountable.  DeNell successfully directs and participates in the electrical design while managing many project types and sizes.