COMTO Mission Statement

​​The mission of COMTO is to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development.

Sharmyn Elliott

COMTO Michigan Vice President and Board Member

COMTO National Board Member: Second Vice Chair

Vice President - Somat Engineering, Inc.

Sharmyn Elliott is Vice President of Somat Engineering Inc. (Somat), a full-service infrastructure solution provider.  Bringing more than 40 years experience to the industry, Mr.  Elliott’s current responsibilities include operations manager for geotechnical, environmental and construction engineering practice disciplines, client relations, and developing and implementing strategic operations planning.  He currently serves as the Senior Project Consultant on several Transportation, Aviation, Healthcare, and Water-Wastewater projects including the Prime Material Testing consultant for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the I-96 Reconstruction Project; M-1 Rail Streetcar Project; Wayne County Airport Authority Runway and Taxiway projects; and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department New Bio-Solids Facility to name a few.   Mr. Elliott also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Somat Engineering of Ohio, Inc.  and is responsible for the firms overall engineering practice disciplines and construction services operations in Cleveland and Brooklyn Heights, Ohio. 

Somat Engineering, Inc. (Somat) is a privately owned consulting engineering firm established in 1986 and specializing in infrastructure engineering solutions vital to urban and rural communities and their quality of life. Somat delivers innovative, timely and cost-effective solutions and is headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, with offices throughout Michigan, Ohio and Washington, DC. Somat provides a diverse portfolio of comprehensive Geotechnical and Construction Engineering consulting services as well as Civil, Structural, and Environmental services that support our core disciplines. We specialize in providing engineering studies and design/construction recommendations for pavements, bridges, utilities, including underground engineering/design for tunnels, shafts, and other structures, as well as groundwater evaluations, and laboratory/in-situ testing for construction materials, soil and rock. Our services also include design of earth retention systems, and comprehensive geotechnical instrumentation programs for vertical and horizontal ground movements.
Our experience in the iconic metropolitan cities of Detroit, Michigan and Cleveland, Ohio, both of which have “built environment” infrastructure systems, has allowed us the unique opportunity of working within the regional civil engineering communities to repair and rehabilitate century old infrastructure systems for water and sewerage; update the surface transportation systems; and renovate/restore iconic historical structures.
Somat recognizes that complex projects demand experienced and qualified personnel. Our professionals possess expertise in the planning, design, and construction administration of small to large-scale infrastructure systems, transportation systems, built facilities, water resources management systems for federal, state and local governments and private sector clients. This expertise allows Somat to provide our clients with quality, reliable recommendations relative to transportation and infrastructure projects. For more information, please visit us at: