Meet Our Team

Our skill set is broad, and our experience is comprehensive.

With almost 150 years of combined professional experience, our team is familiar with projects of every scope and scale.

Gradient, PLLC
Gordon Rose

Gordon Rose, PE, LEED AP

President/CEO

Gordon Rose is a seasoned engineer and entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience and provides executive leadership to the organization. He is more than the typical engineer or project manager. Gordon is a passionate problem solver, dedicated to transforming client visions into reality through creative design solutions that meet project requirements and budgets. Collaborating closely with engineers and design professionals, Gordon communicates effectively to find cooperative solutions. He is a licensed Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional, reflecting his commitment to industry standards and sustainable design practices.

Heath Wadsworth

Heath Wadsworth, PE

Vice President/COO

With 25 years of experience and a solid foundation in civil engineering, Heath Wadsworth has successfully managed projects in stormwater management, flood studies, watershed studies, and stream restoration projects. As our Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Heath carries projects from planning to installation with great skill. He is licensed as a Civil Engineer and has a reputation for creating sustainable and innovative water management solutions.

Sujit Ekka

Sujit Ekka, PE, PH

Vice President, Director of Innovation

Sujit Ekka has almost 20 years of experience in water resources and environmental engineering. He manages and leads stormwater and water resources engineering projects, ensuring cross-disciplinary teams develop and implement efficient and innovative solutions to complex problems. Sujit maintains relationships with global industry peers and researchers, continuously learning and staying up-to-date in the ever-evolving field of stormwater management. He is licensed as a Professional Hydrologist and Engineer and certified by the Institute of Asset Management.

Jim Reed

Jim Reed, PE

Director of Land Development and Technical Services

Jim Reed has worked on and managed various projects in his 25-year career, including site layout design and parking lots, roadway and intersection improvements, airfields (civilian and military), storm drain conveyance, and wet utility design. Jim brings attention to detail to every project he works on. He is thorough in his research of requirements and development of construction documents. Jim consistently turns out a product that is accurate, detailed, and meets requirements…both regulatory and his requirements. This attention to detail helps him identify issues before they arise and adapt his designs to address them early. Jim is a licensed Civil Engineer.

Alex Nice

Alex Nice, PE, PhD

Director of Water Resources

Alex Nice has over 30 years of diverse and extensive experience in civil infrastructure planning, analysis, permitting, design, construction, inspection, and maintenance, with a proven track record of delivering high-quality engineering services to municipal, transportation, and industrial organizations. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional, and his experience rolls out extensive knowledge in H&H analysis, modeling, and watershed management. Alex is a valuable resource in designing new infrastructure projects and existing systems for regulatory compliance or potential improvements.

Heath Wadsworth

Hayden Strickling

Water Resources Specialist

Hayden Strickling provides water resources modeling and planning support to our municipal, transportation, and federal clients. With over six years of experience in H&H analysis, watershed modeling and management, TMDL action plans, and data analysis, Hayden is an excellent resource in our Water practice.

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Karen Ross

Stormwater Engineer

Karen Ross has experience in both hydraulics and stormwater design experience gained through her work with NCDOT and local municipal governments. She is focused on hydraulic design, stormwater management, and plan production.