Cory M. Byrd, PE, SE is the structural engineering group manager at Maurer-Stutz, Inc., a full-service, multi-discipline, civil engineering firm offering expertise in 10 technical disciplines. He manages a group focused primarily on the structural engineering design of commercial and industrial buildings and bridges, in addition to concentrating on structural investigations, business development and marketing.
Throughout his career, he has worked on many prominent Peoria-area projects—as resident on-site structural engineer for the Peoria Riverfront Museum parking garage, lead foundation and canopy structural engineer for Harvest Bible Chapel in East Peoria, and lead project structural engineer for the ICC CougarPlex. He has also worked as team member for the structural design of many of Bradley University’s new facilities, such as the Renaissance Coliseum, the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center and Westlake Hall. While working on these projects, he has managed and mentored many younger engineers and interns.
An avid volunteer, Byrd has shared his engineering savvy with the community on a number of occasions through the group Impact Peoria, leading the construction of a wheelchair ramp for a Peoria couple and creating handicap-accessible trails at Camp Big Sky, allowing individuals with disabilities to fish, camp and enjoy the outdoors.
Byrd is a wish granter and regional council secretary for Make-A-Wish Illinois, a member of the Rotary Club of Peoria – North, and a founding member of the Emerging Philanthropists in Central Illinois (EPIC) Fund, a new initiative that encourages emerging community leaders to join together as philanthropists. He is also working with Bradley students and the local chapter of Engineers Without Borders on the design of a water storage tank in Guatemala. In the past, he has led canned food drives for the American Society of Civil Engineers and collected teddy bears for the annual 97.3 River Country Teddy Bear drive for Children’s Hospital.
Byrd is an active member of the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois, American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Concrete Institute. While in college, he held numerous positions, including president, of the Delta Sigma Phi National Fraternity. A newlywed, he resides in Peoria with his wife, Stacy, who sweetly describes her husband as “no ordinary engineer.” iBi