Who We Are

When Jim Ward began Ward Engineering in 1981, he hired Sattar Tabriz as his first employee. Satter managed civil engineering, land development and statewide municipalities projects that brought Ward Engineering to the forefront of the Salt Lake City engineering community.

Sattar left Ward Engineering Group in 1987 to work for URS in Southern California where he gained vast experience with large-scale projects including water resources and transportation. Jim Ward recruited Sattar back to Ward Engineering in 1994 and by 1995 Sattar had taken over ownership of the firm.

In 1995, Brendan Thorpe joined Ward Engineering to manage municipal projects in UT and WY. In 2006 he became a principal of the firm. Brendan oversees land development and municipal projects.

Both Sattar and Brendan have only worked for one company in Utah – Ward Engineering. Sattar brings over 30 years of in-depth expertise, knowledge, and leadership to the firm, while also mentoring the employees and directing the firm to continued growth. Brendan has over 13 years of experience and oversees land development and municipal projects.

Ward Engineering includes an experienced team of engineers, drafters, and technical employees.


SattarSattar Tabriz – Owner and Principal 

University of Newcastle
Upon Tyne, U.K.
B.S. Civil Engineering

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Graduate Studies


  • Sattar Tabriz is the principal owner and president of Ward Engineering Group and has worked in Utah for nineteen years, together with four years in Nevada for URS Corporation and four years in California for Tetra Tech, both worldwide engineering organizations.
  • As President, Sattar maintains a “hands on” position with the company, providing Technical Oversight, Quality Control Services for key tasks and projects, and ensures that all contractual obligations are satisfied with proper allocation of resources are committed to project.
  • Sattar offers twenty-seven years of combined professional experience in municipal engineering, transportation engineering, water resources, land and site development engineering, land surveying and construction management.
  • Projects completed under his supervision include: commercial, industrial and residential developments, municipal water and wastewater systems and treatment. GIS and infrastructure master planning, transportation and roadway engineering, and hydrologic and flood control engineering.
  • Over past two decades managed private and public design and construction of more than 100 miles of roadway and utilities  8 pump stations, 6 water storage reservoirs, a water treatment plant upgrade, two wastewater plants, numerous development master plans and engineering evaluations and reports.

BrendanBrendan Thorpe – Principal

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
B.S. Civil & Environmental Engineering




  • Brendan Thorpe has over thirteen years of experience in design and project management for a wide range of civil related engineering projects including projects in both the private and public sectors, designing and managing public work projects focused on transportation and roadway engineering, and general municipal engineering.
  • Brendan specializes in the management of the multi-discipline design teams and has coordinated projects throughout the western United States, directing the design process and successfully managing schedule and budget.
  • Brendan has acted has the directing municipal engineer for a handful of communities and service agencies in Tooele County over the past five years, including Stansbury Park Improvement District, the Lake Point Improvement District, and the Town of Stockton.
  • Responsible for the design and construction management of all capital improvement projects, plan and code compliance of private residential and commercial development, and general engineering consulting.
  • Successfully managed the design and construction for a number of transportation and roadway projects, ranging from small resurfacing and maintenance projects for local governments and UDOT.
  • Managed large reconstruction projects involving multiple disciplines and specialty subconsultants, including the Right-of-Way work for the 1-5 C.O.R.E. project through Utah County – one of the largest transportation projects in Utah’s history.