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The Charles W. Durham School of Architectural Engineering & Construction

AE Industry Advisory Committee, Emeriti Member

John Whisler

KS International


JohnWhislerJohn Whisler currently leads the Construction and the Engineering Divisions of KS International, a global provider of mission critical services and solutions primarily to the Department of State, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. Their Construction Division self-performs the strategy and execution for the construction of special- use space for the federal government with a focus on secure spaces at overseas locations. KS International's engineering professionals are experts in the areas of value engineering, scheduling, claims consulting, and detailed cost analysis. They have specialized experience with the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the TSA, and numerous other federal agencies. John's team has a proven track record of:

  • Executing commitments to both clients and internal staff
  • Solving the most difficult organizational problems that are obstacles to success
  • Hiring, coaching, and mentoring world class talent that ultimately increases sales and client loyalty

A registered professional engineer since 1984, John holds an MS in Civil Engineering (Structures) and a BS in Civil Engineering, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.  He also holds a BS from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., where he later served as assistant professor in the Department of Mechanics.

After serving as the Battalion Operations Officer for the 44th Engineer Battalion in South Korea, John joined the U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers serving as the deputy district engineer in the Corps' Omaha District and subsequently for the Far East District (Korea).  He went on to become deputy division engineer for the Missouri River Division.  Most recently, he was commander and district engineer for the Nashville District, U.S.  Army Corps of Engineers, responsible for completing civil projects for local, state and federal clients in seven states with a construction value of $140 million annually.

He has earned numerous military awards and decorations, including The Airborne Badge, The Air Assault Badge, The Legion of Merit, The Meritorious Service Medal and The Army Commendation Medal.

He is married to the former Marylou Blomberg, and they have three children: Rebecca, Larkin, and Bryan.