Jody Root

  • Tooele UT
Jody Root


Accomplished project manager, with over 20 years of experience overseeing high-level defense contracts and construction projects. Proven track record of streamlining operations and building strong, motivated teams. Highly adept at coordinating communications and deftly navigating projects from design to close-out. Particularly skilled at multi-project management in high-demand environments.

Work History

Work History
Jun 2008 - Present

Sr. Project Manager

Jacobs Advanced Systems Group - Dugway Proving Ground, Utah
A key division of Jacobs Engineering Group, an international Fortune 500 engineering, architecture, and construction firm with 60, 000+ employees worldwide.

Facilities: Develops and coordinates all stages of construction, renovation, and modifications for minor construction facilities projects at US Army West Desert Test Center. Oversees complex projects, totaling more than $4M, from design to close-out.  Plans and implements project timetables. Coordinates communications between high-level scientific professionals and staff. Supervises, trains, and mentors surveying staff, ensuring accuracy of all GIS/surveying support. Develops SOWs for and manages construction of numerous complex test structures. Oversees budgetary compliance and funds management. Negotiates contracts and supervises work of specialized subcontractors.

 Special Programs Division Support Group Manager:  Contract program manager over $3M in task orders to support Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures development events for US Civil Support Teams.  Supervises 20 personnel dedicated to providing administrative, logistic, and SME support for numerous emergency response training programs.  Manages a cadre of highly skilled Incident Command and HAZMAT/First Responder professionals, providing realistic training scenarios to test the skills of military units.  Manages funding, scheduling, logistics, and resources of this vital collection of support task orders.

Aug 2006 - Jun 2008

Construction Inspector

Defense Threat Reduction Agency - Albuquerque, New Mexico.  

US Department of Defense official combat support agency designated to combat WMDs, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive threats. Construction Inspector: Supervised all construction of weapons test facilities on White Sands Missile

Supervised all construction of weapons test facilities on White Sands Missile Testing Range. Served as COTR (Contracting Officer Technical Rep.), ensuring quality control and compliance to safety regulations on-site. Directed construction and control surveys, guaranteeing accuracy and regulatory compliance. Oversaw maintenance and repair of all support vehicles and equipment.

Aug 2005 - Aug 2006

Construction Representative

9AF Construction Management Office - Doha, Qatar

Military division charged with coordinating, maintaining, and overseeing construction projects in Southwest Asia.

Oversaw concurrent high-level construction projects on multiple bases. Directly reported on per-project progress to senior military commanders on a monthly basis. Served as primary liaison between and local subcontractors. Directed contractor performance reviews. Managed quality control inspections. Coordinated labor force escorts and streamlined permit approvals. Traveled extensively, working in the field to guarantee project success. Managed status reporting and inspection of construction projects worth over $1. 2 billion in 14 countries. Spearheaded development of web platform that enabled senior command to check in with project status on a real-time basis. Selected by peers as President of Top III, an organization that mentors junior military personnel; in this role, coordinated special events, organized awards ceremonies, and garnered scholarships for mentees.

May 2002 - Aug 2005

Chief, Radar Site Evaluation

84th Radar Evaluation Sq. - Hill AFB, UT

180-member squadron charged with evaluating, optimizing, and integrating fixed/mobile radars for DoD, military, and federal aviation communities.

Directed office of ten highly-specialized engineering technicians in performing line-of-sight/GPS surveys and terrain modeling studies. Trained diverse federal agencies on radar coverage capabilities. Served as technical project manager for high-level projects that combined radar evaluation methodology and digital technologies. Mentored and trained staff, creating positive, motivated teams. Trained multiple federal agencies in radar site evaluation theory, including NORAD, The Air Force Flight Standards Agency, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Served as project manager on $3 million web integration project. Significantly reduced reporting/analysis time for radar capabilities— from a few weeks to several hours. Served as integral member of Quick Response Team charged with analyzing aircraft incident data; real- time analysis of 1996 Oregon AF Reserve mishap saved the life of 1 airman within hours of the event. Headed Airmen Against Drinking and Driving chapter on base, providing sober rides 24/7. Managed over 1800 rides during tenure, reducing drunk-driving incidents to zero.

Jun 1999 - Aug 2002

Airfield Pavements Evaluation Technician

Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency - Tyndall AFB, FL

Air Force's premiere airfield pavements evaluation team charged with performing structural and condition evaluations of airfields worldwide

Conducted evaluations at 30 US and foreign airfields. Designed and managed procurement of contingency airfield pavement testing vehicles and equipment critical to the US response to events of 9/11. Engaged this equipment in 11 countries in Southwest Asia in late 2001/early 2002.  Performed destructive and non-destructive field testing and ASTM lab testing of soil and pavement samples to determine engineering properties and strength as structural members of crucial Air Force pavement assets. Determined hydroplaning potential of Air Force runways using Findlay-Irvine Griptester under guidance of Federal Aviation Administration Advisory circulars.  Managed over $1.1M in custom built airfield pavement testing vehicle and equipment assets.


Feb 2013 - Aug 2013

Masters Certificate in Applied Project Management

Sep 2010 - Dec 2012

M.B.A Project Management

Columbia Southern University
Sep 2007 - Feb 2010

BS Business Administration/Project Management

Columbia Southern University
Aug 2001 - Aug 2006

A.S. Construction Technology

Community College of the Air Force