Resource International, LTD., (Resource) is very pleased to announce that John Combs, P.E., Executive Vice President, has been appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA). Mr. Combs has over 30 years of professional engineering and consulting experience. Since 1979, when Mr. Combs co-founded Resource, he has served as the managing principal on a wide range of the firm’s projects. Mr. Combs’ areas of expertise include land planning and development design; public infrastructure planning and design; environmental engineering; construction administration and management; construction claims analysis; expert witness testimony; and dispute resolution.
Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. is pleased to announce the hiring of W. Chris Nixon as the Director of Environmental Services. Mr. Nixon is returning to Hurt & Proffitt after a fifteen year period working throughout the Northern U.S. specifically for medium and large A/E firms. He has over nineteen years of experience within the environmental and industrial hygiene industry. He holds several certifications and/or licenses: Asbestos Inspector, Management Planner, Abatement Designer, Project Monitor and Lead Risk Assessor, etc. Mr. Nixon has extensive experience as an industrial hygienist providing indoor air quality assessments for microbiological agents, methamphetamines and unknown chemicals. Environmentally, Mr. Nixon will bring his expertise to Hurt & Proffitt, developing Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments, air permitting and other DEQ related permitting activities.
Hurt & Proffitt also would like to welcome Angela Rivas, P.E. to their Norfolk office. She has a varied background in site planning, water, wastewater, stormwater, and pump station design. Previously, she was involved in municipal work for the City of Virginia Beach. She has worked with Bowman Consulting, Massey Design, the City of Virginia Beach Public Utilities and Autometric, Inc, now a part of Boeing Corporation. Her work with Autometric included GIS, mapping and photogrammetric work for the Department of Defense. Ms. Rivas is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering. She will serve as a Project Manager for the firm and is the professional in responsible charge for all engineering design activities in the Norfolk office.
H&A Architects & Engineers announces the following new staff additions:
Marie McCann is a CADD support technician in the firm’s Hampton Roads office. Prior to joining H&A, she was a CADD specialist with LJT and Associates in Virginia Beach;
Ryan Edwards is a structural designer in the firm’s Glen Allen office. He was formerly a structural engineer with Moseley Architects in Richmond;
Huy Le is an electrical engineer in the firm’s Glen Allen office. He was formerly an electrical engineer with Syska Hennessy Group;
Cindy Parvez is a Revit BIM coordinator in the firm’s Glen Allen office. She was formerly the president of the BIM Hut in Richmond; and
Cathy Gettys is now the director of marketing/communications at the Glen Allen office of H&A Architects & Engineers. She was formerly the corporate director of marketing and business development at BRPH Companies, Inc.
JP Harvey Engineering Solutions has recently announces that E. Michael Taylor, P.E., LEED AP, CPMP has successfully completed American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) requirements to become a Commissioning Process Management Professional.
Fred Lee, an internationally recognized leader in the field of power electronics and a Virginia Tech University Distinguished Professor, is one of 68 new members elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2011. For some three decades, Dr. Lee’s work has led to a paradigm shift in the manufacturing of power electronics products, including both computers and telecommunications, motor drives for heat pumps, air conditioners, and other industrial and commercial applications. Dr. Lee has pioneered lecture and laboratory courses to support power electronics. He has supervised 80 master’s level and 69 Ph.D. students. Since 1977, total funding secured by Dr. Lee exceeds $87 million. He is the inventor of a new generation of high frequency power conversion devices known as quasi-resonant converters and multi-resonant converters and various soft-switching pulse-width modulation techniques. These devices have led to the development of the latest generation of power conversion equipment, offering notable reduction in size and weight, as well as significant improvement in power conversion efficiency and reliability. He holds 69 patents. Dr. Lee earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1972 and in 1974, respectively. He earned his undergraduate degree from the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 1968.
Mark Pierson, a former U.S. Navy officer who now spearheads the nuclear engineering program in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has earned the highest college-wide accolade given to a professor by the engineering students, the Sporn Award for Teaching Excellence in Engineering. In 1989, Pierson joined the staff of the director of naval reactors, a joint Department of Defense/Department of Energy organization founded by Admiral Hyman Rickover. In 1992 he was named executive officer, second-in-command, to a fast attack submarine. From 1994 until 1997 Pierson served as the submarine maintenance program officer for the director of submarine warfare on the chief of naval operations staff at the Pentagon. In 1998, he was named deputy department head of the engineering, materials, and physical sciences department, and program officer for nuclear ballistic missile submarine security, for the Office of Naval Research. Prof. Pierson earned his master’s in 2000 and his Ph.D. in 2005, both in Mathematics. Retiring from the U.S. Navy in 2001, he subsequently joined the faculty at Virginia Tech, and moved to the mechanical engineering faculty in 2007. Prof. Pierson is the current adviser of the Virginia Tech student section of the American Nuclear Society.
Carol Burger, associate professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and coordinator of the Gender and Science Equity Program at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “associate professor emerita” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1984, Prof. Burger dedicated her research and teaching to gender equity issues in science. She is the founder and editor of the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, and she served as the senior program director of the National Science Foundation’s Program for Women and Girls in 1996. At Virginia Tech, she taught Introduction to Women’s Studies, Biology of Women, and Women and Science classes. She received her bachelor’s degree from Dominican University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus James Mitchell and Vice President for Student Affairs Edward Spencer will receive Significant Sig Awards from Sigma Chi Fraternity for their outstanding professional achievements and lifelong dedication to civic endeavors. The Significant Sig Awards will be presented at the Sigma Chi Grand Chapter meeting June 25 in Dallas, Texas. Prof. Mitchell has taught in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech since 1994, and previously served on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley from 1958-1993. He served as a leading engineering consultant for the NASA moon landings as well as reviewed the work of the Army Corps of Engineers following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans in 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and his master’s degree and Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Spencer served as advisor to the Sigma Chi Fraternity chapter at Virginia Tech for 20 years and has also served as a national officer and committee and board member for the fraternity. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1983, Dr. Spencer provides executive leadership for the 15 departments in the university’s Division of Student Affairs and teaches in the Higher Education Administration graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, a master’s degree from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.
Saifur Rahman, Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute, National Capital Region, has been awarded the 2010 IEEE-USA Professional Achievement Award for leading the collaboration between the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and other engineering societies to form the Technologies for Carbon Management Initiative. Prof. Rahman accepted the honor during the recent IEEE-USA awards and recognition ceremony in Austin, Texas. Prof. Rahman, who has been a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1979, serves as a vice president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society, editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, and series editor for an IEEE online tutorial package on the smart grid. In addition, he chairs the National Science Foundation Advisory committee for the Office of International Science and Engineering. He also serves on the Arlington County, Va., task force on sustainable energy.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce Edward Hofmann, Jr., LSIT, a Project Designer in the Site Planning and Engineering Division, has earned his License as a Surveyor in Training. Mr. Hofmann has 22 years of experience as a designer, CAD operator and operations manager. He has a Certificate of Survey Science from Old Dominion University and an Associate Science Degree from J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that J. Todd Owen, P.E., CxA, LEED AP O+M successfully completed the requirements to earn a LEED AP O+M accreditation. Mr. Owen is Manager of Construction Phase Services for the firm and is responsible for implementing company-wide construction phase services, processes, and procedures focused on adding value to clients’ projects through the post-design stages of construction, start up, commissioning, and life cycle operations. A registered Building Systems Commissioning expert, he received an Electrical Engineering degree from Virginia Tech and is a Licensed Master Electrician.
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that Christopher Ankeny, E.I.T., LEED AP has met all requirements for the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP) Lighting Certification, demonstrating that he has acquired the necessary knowledge, understanding, and ability to apply lighting principles and techniques successfully. Mr. Ankeny is an Electrical E.I.T. with several years of experience that includes complex electrical systems and value engineering projects. He is familiar with federal, state, and local design criteria and has experience with above ground and underground power distribution, communication systems, and UPS systems. He has made inspections, developed requirements and prepared reports, cost estimates and plans and specifications for a variety of projects.
Infilco Degremont, Inc. (IDI) welcomes Tong Li, P.E. as a Senior Engineer in the Structural Group. She has held several positions as a Structural Engineer, most recently with Chester Engineers in Gaithersburg, MD. Ms. Li holds master’s degrees in Civil/Structural Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai and Johns Hopkins University.
The University of Virginia (U.Va.) Patent Foundation has selected internationally renowned diabetes technology scientist Boris P. Kovatchev, a professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences with a joint appointment in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering, for its top honor: the Edlich-Henderson Inventor of the Year award. Awarded annually, the honor recognizes a U.Va. inventor or team of inventors whose research discoveries have proven to be of notable value to society. Kovatchev, director of the U.Va. Center for Diabetes Technology, will be honored at the Patent Foundation’s annual awards reception, April 19th at the Rotunda.
Progressive Design Inc. has recently announced that David Burkman, formerly with Burns & McDonnell, is a senior mechanical designer and Ryan McPeters, formerly with Kohl’s Inc., is an electrical designer.
OBrien & Gere has announced that Kevin P. Rega is a staff scientist. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and his master’s degree from West Virginia University.
Kelly McClary, with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, has been given the Engineer of the Year Award for leadership and management of the biggest state park expansion from the Richmond Joint Engineers Council.
David R. Gaboury, P.E. is the new president of ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association, a not-for-profit association of geoprofessional firms that employ some 150,000 individuals worldwide. Accepting office during ceremonies at ASFE’s annual meeting in St. Louis, MO, Mr. Gaboury is the 41st individual to serve as ASFE’s president and chair the group’s board of directors. Mr. Gaboury is president and CEO of Terracon, one of the nation’s largest engineering firms. He is a licensed engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in environmental, geoenvironmental, and water-resources engineering. He holds a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. Before joining Terracon, Mr. Gaboury served as chief operating officer and president of Woodward-Clyde Consultants.
Rajendra B. Shrestha a civil engineer at Malcolm Pirnie, the water division of ARCADIS, has earned his Virginia Professional Engineer license. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tribhuvan University in Nepal and his master’s degree from South Dakota State University.
Dunlap & Partners Engineers has announced that:
John Dunlap has earned his Building Energy Assessment Professional certification from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE);
Dawen Lu has earned his Building Energy Assessment Professional certification from ASHRAE; and
Paul Cimaglia has earned his Building Energy Assessment Professional certification from ASHRAE.
SHW Group has expanded its leadership diversity with the appointment of Marjorie K. Simmons, CPA, LEED AP, as chief executive officer. Ms. Simmons’ appointment to CEO makes SHW Group the only member of the American Institute of Architects’ Large Firm Roundtable to have a female CEO. Ms. Simmons founded DSA Architects in 1998, which later merged with SHW Group in 2003. She is a seven-year board member, respected entrepreneur and managing principal of SHW Group’s Michigan office. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, and has studied marketing, labor relations, communications and management at Purdue University. She has also taught at the Detroit College of Business. The firm has offices in Austin, Baltimore, Charlottesville, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, San Antonio and Washington, D.C.
Patrick J. Natale, P.E., F.ASCE, executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers has recently been named to ASAE’s 2011 class of Fellows. In November 2002, he began his tenure as the executive director of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Mr. Natale is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Society. He provides executive leadership to a staff of more than 260 and an active volunteer workforce of over 7,500, facilitating ASCE’s tradition of supplying high-quality and high-value products and services to its members and other customers worldwide.
Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan has recently announced that Jeffrey S. Davis is a partner and structural engineer and Casey W. Horn is a structural engineer. He earned his master’s degree from Virginia Tech.