Our Team

Mary Anne Brain


Anne has been extremely active in community efforts. She served on the Marion Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for six years. She’s also a member of the El Kahir Shrine Women’s Auxiliary.

As the president and co-founder of Brain Engineering, Mary Anne provides research for surveying projects, and deals directly with all administrative and managerial issues of the business, such as accounting, human resources and marketing. Her diversified experience gives Brain Engineering a versatile, knowledgeable and proficient president. Along with the others at Brain Engineering, her talents and ambition are why our company’s reputation and standing in the Cedar Rapids community is so well-known.

S. Michael Brain, P.E., LS

Vice President, Principal Engineer & Surveyor

Mike serves as Vice President as well as Principal Engineer and Surveyor for Brain Engineering. With almost 35 years of surveying and engineering knowledge in Iowa, Mike’s expertise includes street, sewer and water design, subdivision layout, and boundary surveys. He has developed a solid working relationship with area developers, contractor, and municipal officials. Mike also has experience in right-of-way acquisition for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

In addition, Mike has taken specialized classes in Total Quality Management and the Dale Carnegie Sales and Management Course. Mike has a B.S. in Engineering Operations from Iowa State University, is a registered professional engineer in Iowa, and a professional land surveyor in Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

Highly active in our company’s Iowa community, Mike is a charter member of the Sunrise Rotary and a Past Potentate of El Kahir Shrine. He can be seen during the summer in local parades driving a mini-Indy racecar with the Shriners Revvin’ Fezzes. Mike is also a member of the Iowa Engineering Society and past president of the Cedar Rapids Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society, as well as a member of the Society of Land Surveyors of Iowa. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the Camp Fire Boys and Girls and on the Linn County Development Ordinance Review Committee.

Daniel L. Schmidt, P.E.

VP, Project Manager/Design Engineer

Dan has extensive experience in road design; water main and sanitary sewer design; storm water management; erosion control; site grading; and design. In addition to his technical skills, we have many satisfied repeat clients because of Dan’s outstanding abilities and his personable attitude.

Dan also has specialized training in Total Quality Management. A graduate from Iowa State’s Civil Engineering program, Dan is a registered professional engineer in Iowa.

Dan is a member of the Iowa Engineering Society and the Cedar Rapids Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society. He has served on the IES Scholarship Committee for several years.

Kevin Bradshaw, LS

Crew Chief

Kevin is certified as a professional Land Surveyor in Iowa. He serves as Survey Party Chief and is also responsible for research and estimating for construction projects. Using his vast knowledge and experience, Kevin lends his expertise to boundary surveys, ALTA/ACSM, topographic, and construction surveys. Kevin is a graduate of Iowa State University and is a member of the Society of Land Surveyors of Iowa.

Douglas F. Brain, P.E.

Doug is a 2005 graduate of Iowa State University. Working in our engineering department, he offers a fresh take to modern engineering that blends well with our experienced team. He also drafts plats and designs site plans.

An avid volunteer, Doug is a member of the Cedar Rapids Chapter of the Iowa Engineering Society, and is also a member of El Kahir Shrine and the Revvin’ Fezzes.

Contact Us

Brain Engineering, Inc.

1540 Midland Ct. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Ph: 319-294-9424   Fax: 319-294-1056