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VIRGINIA ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE
December 2010 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Walter P. Mendenhall, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Engineer in the Electrical Engineering Department. Mr. Mendenhall will focus on power systems and arc flash hazard analysis projects, as well as have an emphasis on renewable energy and energy conservation. He received a B.S. degree in Physics and a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia; and
James C. Arrington III, LEED® GA successfully completed the requirements to earn a LEED GA (Green Associate) accreditation. Mr. Arrington is a Senior Electrical Designer and his duties include electrical, communications, and fire alarm systems design for new and renovated buildings. He is also participating on photovoltaic systems design teams. He attended Old Dominion University where he studied Electrical Engineering Technology.
Walter P. Mendenhall James C. Arrington III

Coles Jennings, a mechanical engineer at H&A Architects & Engineers, has recently attained his LEED® AP accreditation through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Tony Hawkinson is construction administrator in the Glen Allen office of H&A Architects & Engineers. He was formerly with Gresham, Smith and Partners.

Irene (Renee) Bartnik has been named a Senior Supervising Planner in the Norfolk office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). In her new position, Ms. Bartnik will serve as PB’s lead environmental planner on projects such as a new Downtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia, and improvements to Dominion Boulevard in Chesapeake, Virginia. She comes to PB with over 15 years of project management and senior design experience nationally and internationally on projects for federal, private, and public clients. Her specializations include: project management; land use environmental and airport planning; energy initiatives and studies; soil erosion control; permitting and zoning issues; public involvement; and trail and park design. Prior to joining PB, she was Senior Environmental Aviation Planner at another professional services firm. Ms. Bartnik holds an master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the California State University at Pomona and a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Canada. She also has LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Irene Bartnik

Timmons Group is pleased to announce the following staff promotions:
Neal Beasley, VCH has been promoted to Project Manager with the firm’s Landscape Architecture group. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he received a B.S. degree in Landscape Horticulture;
Todd Kilduff has been promoted to Project Manager with the firm’s Water and Wastewater group. Mr. Kilduff is a graduate of Frostburg State University where he received a B.S. degree in Environmental Analysis and Planning;
Tim Seldon, E.I.T. has been promoted to Project Engineer III with the firm’s Healthcare group. Mr. Seldon is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering;
Kyle Springs, WPIT has been promoted to Senior Environmental Project Manager with the firm’s Environmental Services group. Mr. Springs is a graduate of Clemson University where he received a B.S. degree in Biological Science;
Keith Stanley, E.I.T. has been promoted to Project Manager with the firm’s Commercial group. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering;
Stuart Toraason, P.E. has been promoted to Project Manager with the firm’s Urban group. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati where he received a B.A. degree in Geography and a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering;
Ben Virts, PWS, PWD has been promoted to Senior Environmental Project Manager with the firm’s Environmental Services group. Mr. Virts is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science;
Amelia Wehunt, E.I.T. has been promoted to Project Engineer III with the firm’s Stormwater group. Ms. Wehunt is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering; and
Scott Wiley has been promoted to Landscape Architect II with the firm’s Landscape Architecture group. Mr. Wiley is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
Timmons Group has also announced that:
Rich Satmaria has been promoted to project engineer II;
Bobbie Atristain is senior consultant of emergency services in the technology group. She was formerly with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management;
Eliza Furedy is a landscape architect in the landscape architecture group. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech; and
Eric Hetzer is a GIS technician in the technology group. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington.

Edward G. Tiedemann Jr., a senior vice president of engineering at Qualcomm Inc., and a Qualcomm Fellow, is the 2010 recipient of Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Tiedemann’s career at Qualcomm started in 1988. Today, he leads the wireless telecommunications firm’s worldwide standardization activities. He was one of the key system designers in the team that pioneered the use of code division multiple access technology for cellular communications. He then led Qualcomm’s effort in developing the IS-95 standard for cellular communications. At Virginia Tech, he was a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Board from 2002 until 2006, serving as vice chair and chair during his last two years. He also served on the Virginia Tech Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory board from 1997 until 2000. Dr. Tiedemann holds over 150 U.S. patents. Prior to becoming involved with land-based wireless communications, Tiedemann worked on numerous commercial and military satellite programs. From 1977 to 1988, Tiedemann was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Dr. Tiedemann earned his Ph.D. degree in 1987 from MIT where he worked in the areas of queuing theory and communications networks. Purdue University awarded him a master’s degree in 1977. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1975.
Thirty-one years after joining the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s mining and minerals engineering department, Roe-Hoan Yoon has been named a University Distinguished Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The Nicholas T. Camicia Professorship of Mining and Minerals Engineering, Yoon is being honored “for the significant contributions he has made to the science and technology of mineral processing,” according to the university. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Seoul National University, and master’s and doctors degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University in Quebec, Canada. Prof. Yoon serves as director of the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies, a consortium that includes Virginia Tech, West Virginia University, University of Kentucky, Montana Tech, and the University of Utah. Its goal is to develop advanced separation technologies that can be used to produce clean solid, liquid, and gaseous fuels from domestic energy resources in an efficient and environmentally acceptable manner.
Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr. Roe-Hoan Yoon

Charles Ayers is senior project manager at Dunlap & Partners Engineers. He was formerly with Baskervill. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Military Institute.

Power & Heat Systems LLC is pleased to announce recent additions to the firm’s staff. According to company President, Brad Carson, the outside sales team will now include two new members: Kevin Menting and Gary Nichols. Mr. Menting and Mr. Nichols will bring years of professional experience in industrial power and heat applications to the firm, Mr. Carson noted.

The Virginia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (VASITE) is pleased to announce the new local section officers for 2011. Serving as the 2011 section President is Robin Grier. Ms. Grier has been associated with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for twenty-three years and currently serves as Assistant State Planner in the Transportation and Mobility Planning Division. Serving with Ms. Grier during 2011 will be Stephen Brich, an Assistant District Urban Programs Manager with VDOT, as Vice President; Michelle Smith, P.E., PTOE, an Associate at Vanasse Hangen and Brustlin/VHB, as Secretary; and William L. Wuensch, P.E., PTOE, a transportation engineer/planner with Engineering & Planning Resources, P.C., as Treasurer. Carol Hamlin, P.E., a traffic engineer with the City of Virginia Beach, will serve during 2011 as VASITE’s ITE Director. Charles T. Smith, P.E., PTOE, a transportation engineer with Engineering & Planning Resources, P.C. will serve during 2011 as VASITE’s Director Affiliate. John Hendrickson, P.E., traffic group supervisor and head of planning with Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Hampton Roads office, will be serving during 2011 as VASITE’s District 5 Representative.
VASITE has also announced that the following awards were presented by the section’s 2010 President, John Yorks, at their Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach during June, on behalf of the VASITE Board and Membership.
Tim Foster was named the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for 2010. Mr. Foster has served in all offices of VASITE, as well as on numerous committees over many years of membership. He has also been very active in the ITE Southern District and was a Conference Tri-chair for SDITE 2010 annual meeting held in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Jeff Minnix was chosen for the Outstanding Individual Activity Award. Mr. Minnix was recognized for his outstanding leadership for this year’s Annual Southern District Technical Program. He has served as a Board Member and on numerous committees for VASITE.
Carol Hamlin was chosen for the Outstanding Young Member. Ms. Hamlin was recognized for her work with the 2010 SDITE Annual Meeting.
All committee chairs and co-chairs for the 2010 Annual Southern District Meeting were recognized individually with certificates of service. They included Kirsten Tynch, Tim Foster, John Yorks, Andy Keel, Steve Hetrick, Jackie Kassel, Bill Wuensch, Irene Shuman, Kathryn Brown, Scott Dunn, Barry Cross, Lynn Allsbrook, Tim White, Danny Lamie, Steve Whitlock, John Hendrickson, Michelle Smith, Ric Lowman, Robin Grier, John Cejka, Craig Eddy (twice), Bill Cashman, Jack Tynch, Laura Smith, Jeff Minnix, Robert Lewis, Charles Smith, Chris Daily, Ed Bohlman, David Benn, George Rogerson, and Kelli Stamm.

Rebecca Aarons-Sydnor has earned the Construction Document Technologist designation from the Construction Specifications Institute. She is a senior project manager at Sustainable Design Consulting. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Paul S. Brooks has earned the Certified Energy Manager designation from the Association of Energy Engineers. He is a senior consultant with Sustainable Design Consulting. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., has been named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Dentistry effective Dec. 1st. He has been interim dean since earlier this year. Dr. Sarrett will focus on building the research enterprise of the school with an emphasis on oral and head and neck cancer and bioengineering in collaboration with the VCU Massey Cancer Center and other VCU schools. He also will work to enhance the education, research and patient care outcomes through growth of the faculty in strategic areas and through faculty and staff development. He received his D.M.D. degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and served on the faculty of the University of Florida College of Dentistry from 1978 until 1993. He completed a master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering with an emphasis on polymers and composites at University of Florida in 1988. Dr. Sarrett will continue to serve as the associate vice president for Health Sciences until a search is completed for his replacement.

Lori Snyder Garrett has been given the Women in Architecture and Design ATHENA Leadership Award for exemplary leadership and mentorship in the design professions from ATHENA International and the American Institute of Architects. She is senior principal and vice president at Glavé & Holmes Architecture. ##


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