W. Jerrold “Jerry” Samford, P.G., an environmental compliance specialist with Troutman Sanders LLP, has been elected chair of the Council of Fellows of ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association. Before joining Troutman Sanders in April 2006, Mr. Samford served as vice president and principal-in-charge of geoenvironmental services for Virginia Geotechnical Services, P.C. and, in that capacity, served as ASFE’s president during the organization’s 2001-02 fiscal year. Mr. Samford earned a B.A. degree in Geology from the College of William and Mary and a M.S. degree in Geology from Virginia Tech. With seven published papers to his credit, Mr. Samford was one of three persons representing ASFE during the EPA-negotiated rulemaking for developing guidelines for the “All Appropriate Inquiry” process for environmental site assessments. He is a past president of the Institute of Brownfield Professionals, a former member of the editorial board of “Geo-Strata” magazine, and serves on the editorial board for the Environmental and Engineering Geoscience Bulletin of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists.
ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association’s Nominating Committee has announced its slate of officers and directors for ASFE’s 2011-12 fiscal year, beginning May 1st, 2011. David R. Gaboury, P.E. (Terracon) will automatically assume the ASFE Presidency.
R. Scott Rash is announced as the new Vice President of Business Development at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering Foundation after a national search. Mr. Rash will oversee all aspects of the Foundation, including day-to-day operations and fund development. He joins VCU after serving as Vice President and Consultant for Institutional Advancement at Greensboro College in North Carolina, where he recently secured a 2.5 million dollar commitment—one of the top three commitments in Greensboro’s 172 year history. Under his leadership, Greensboro College had a 41% increase in 2009-10 in annual giving from the previous year, as well as a 20% increase in alumni participation. In addition to serving at Greensboro College, he has also worked in development at Randolph-Macon College and Longwood University. Mr. Rash is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and has a Fundraising and Development Certificate from the University of Richmond Institute on Philanthropy. He brings with him a wealth of experience in stewardship coordination, annual giving, prospect moves management, and event planning. He holds a B.A. degree in Business and Economics from Randolph-Macon College.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce they have named Theresa Turner, CDA, PHR, Srikanth Nathella, P.E., Charles Kreye, II, P.E. and Jeffrey Tyler, P.E. as their newest senior associates, the primary group from which future leaders of the firm are chosen.
Mr. Nathella is an Environmental Program Manager in the firm’s Blacksburg office and has been with Draper Aden for 16 years. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Anna University and an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Arizona State.
Mr. Kreye is the Site Planning and Engineering Team Leader and Project Engineer in the firm’s Richmond office with 11 years of engineering experience with Draper Aden. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Mr. Tyler is the Assistant Utilities Team Leader and Senior Program Manager in Richmond and holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University. He has been with the firm for 11 years.
Ms. Turner, Vice-President, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources, has been with the firm for 14 years. She holds a B.S. degree in Human Resources Development from Bluefield College as well as an MBA degree and Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Turner was recently selected for inclusion in the 2010-2011 Construction, Design, & Engineering edition of the Montclair Who’s Who in North America. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Draper Aden Associates, the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Institute of Certified Design Accountants.
Draper Aden Associates is also pleased to announce Lee O. White, LS, Vice President and Survey Division Manager, has been selected to serve on the Executive Board for the Richmond District of the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA). Mr. White has been an active member of AGCVA for 11 years and is currently on the Central Division Membership and Legislation committees. He has been with Draper Aden Associates for 20 years and is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.
William H. (Bill) Pearce, P.E., has joined Gannett Fleming. A licensed P.E. in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Certified Construction Manager, Mr. Pearce is vice president of federal programs and is based in the firm’s Fairfax, Va., office. In his new position, he will lead the firm’s growth in the federal market. A retired colonel and former commander and district engineer of the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mr. Pearce brings a blend of 37 years of experience in the military and private sector to the firm and possesses a thorough knowledge of federal contracting procedures. He holds a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a MBA degree from Long Island University. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Army Engineer Association, and the Association of the United States Army, and also is a member of the board of directors of the Washington, D.C., post of the Society of American Military Engineers.
Hurd & Obenchain, Inc. has recently announced that associate, Richard Polo, LEED® AP, CEM, has recently passed his Professional Engineering exam. He is now a licensed Professional Engineer (PE).
Stephen M. Wiltshire, M.S., has joined ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC as their new Safety Manager. Mr. Wiltshire has a M.S. degree in Safety Management from West Virginia University as well as a B.S. degree in Human Resources from Wilmington College. With more than 30 years of experience in the construction safety field, he was formerly a Virginia Department of Labor Compliance Officer. Mr. Wiltshire previously served as Vice-Chair of the Associated Builders and Contractor’s National Safety Committee, and he is currently working with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) on the National Occupational Research Agenda for the Construction Sector. Based in the Fredericksburg, Virginia branch office, he will oversee ECS Mid-Atlantic’s “Stop-Think-Act-Refine” (STAR) behavior-based safety enhancement program. The STAR program is designed to identify and encourage safe behaviors that ultimately reduce at-risk incidents and improves employee safety.
Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) has announced that Teena G. Shouse, CFM, IFMA Fellow, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Global Facilities Management Association (Global FM), an international not-for-profit organization representing a worldwide community of organizations that provide leadership in facility management. Ms. Shouse is a Senior FM Consultant at FEA with over 26 years of experience in service related fields, predominately in facility management. Her primary expertise includes project management, BPI, sustainability in FM, staff development, and outsourced contract governance. From 2005-2007, she served as the Chairman of the IFMA Board of Directors. She has also created and teaches several Facility Management and Sustainability courses for IFMA and FEA. In addition, she has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and universities.
H&A Architects & Engineers is pleased to announce that Jason Rice has joined the firm. He is a TQA project manager in the firm’s Glen Allen office. He was formerly responsible for construction administration and commissioning with HC Yu & Associates in Glen Allen.
H&A Architects & Engineers also announces their new employee Dusty Ucker. He is a project manager at the San Diego office. He was formerly the director of design and construction with C.W. Clark, Inc. in La Jolla, CA.
Clark Nexsen, Architecture and Engineering is pleased to announce that:
Dixit J. Patel, P.E. has passed the LEED® Green Associate Exam. A licensed electrical engineer in six states, he has extensive experience in the design of electrical systems and management of various commercial, institutional, educational, residential, data center, healthcare and light industrial projects. He has designed several projects requiring LEED® certifications;
Duncan McClellan, P.E., LEED® AP in the firm’s Mechanical Department has passed both the Professional Engineer (PE) and Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) exams. One of only seven other BEMP’s in Virginia, Mr. McClellan is the first in Hampton Roads. He is a Mechanical Engineer and LEED® Accredited Professional with over five years experience in commercial HVAC design and construction. His experience includes design and construction of multiple new and renovated commercial buildings. He has been directly involved with a broad range of project types some which include courthouses, DOD training facilities, DOD aircraft hangars, hospital renovations and central Virginia plants; and
Linda J. Woods, AICP, LEED® AP has passed the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) exam. Ms. Woods has over 12 years experience and has served as both Project Manager and Lead Designer on a variety of projects, including international work. She has worked closely with developer clients, market and economic consultants to determine the mix of land uses and housing product types to achieve a viable development plan. Ms. Woods has worked extensively with local municipalities, creating form based code guidelines and unified development codes for their endorsement, and most enjoys communicating the project vision and seeking consensus.
Clark Nexsen is also pleased to announce that:
Brian A. Turner, P.E., CEM, LEED® AP, a Mechanical Engineer, and Peter Skaredoff, P.E., CEM, LEED® AP, an Associate in the firm, have passed the Certified Energy Manager (CEM) exam, recognizing them as individuals who have demonstrated high levels of experience, competence, proficiency, and ethical fitness in the energy management profession.
A Mechanical Engineer with over 11 years of experience in mechanical and green building design for a wide range of building types and clients, He has experience in all phases of building design and construction supervision, including project management. Mr. Turner’s project experience includes facilities such as office buildings, university classroom buildings, dining facilities, biology and chemistry laboratories, public housing apartments, marine research facilities, dormitories, and correctional facilities. Mr. Turner is a founding director and Vice-Chair of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council. He also has served as an adjunct instructor for the Hampton University School of Architecture.
Mr. Skaredoff is a Professional Mechanical Engineer with over 11 years of experience in the design and management of public and private residential, commercial, and industrial projects. He has been involved with several projects across the country with a total area of over 4,000,000 square feet. Mr. Skaredoff’s design experience includes facilities such as retail, churches, laboratories, universities, museums, libraries, office buildings, medical buildings, automotive manufacturing, warehouses, restaurants, maintenance buildings, condominiums, private residences, natatoriums, historic buildings, theatres, and dormitories.
Brian M. Kleiner has been named director of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, assuming his new position effective January 10, 2011.
Dr. Kleiner is the founding director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health Research, an interdisciplinary endeavor under the auspices of the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and also a joint venture of the Colleges of Architecture and Urban Studies and Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a focus on ergonomics from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Kleiner’s research has been focused on the socio-technical systems issues associated with safety, health, and performance, including a focus on determining the right balance of human and technology-based functions in automation and the collaborative and organizational aspects of design, construction, operations, maintenance, and service. He has taught project management and capstone design for 10 years and is currently a member of the National Occupational Research Agenda Construction Sector Council, a federal partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved construction workplace practices. He also has several million dollars in sponsored research to his credit.
Doug Bowman and Wu Feng, both Virginia Tech associate professors of computer science, are two of 47 professionals worldwide to be recognized as a 2010 Distinguished Member by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
Dr. Bowman is a member of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction. A 2003 National Science Foundation CAREER award recipient for his work in 3D interaction, he directs the 3D interaction group at Virginia Tech. This research group focuses on the topics of three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of working in virtual environments. He was the lead author of “3D User Interfaces: Theory and Practice.” This book, published in 2004, was the first to provide a comprehensive review of 3-D interaction research and applications. Today, 3-D user interfaces can be found in video games, mobile applications, and Hollywood film studios, and the basic design guidelines resulting from Dr. Bowman’s research are used to ensure that these interfaces are usable. Dr. Bowman received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Georgia Tech in 1997 and in 1999, respectively. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science in 1994 from Emory University. He started his career at Virginia Tech in 1999.
Dr. Feng is a member of the national Center Foundation Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing and the Center for High-End Computing Systems (CHECS) at Virginia Tech. He also directs the Synergy Laboratory, which conducts basic and applied research in high-performance computing at the synergistic intersection of systems software, middleware, tools, and applications software. In addition, he holds an adjunct professorship appointment with the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. He is also the founder and co-developer of The Green500 List, which ranks the fastest supercomputers in the world based on energy efficiency and serves as a complement to the TOP500 List. Previous professional stints include The Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Orion Multisystems, Vosaic, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NASA Ames Research Center, and most recently, Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research interests encompass the delivery of accessible high-end computing to end users from the perspective of systems software, middleware, and applications. Dr. Feng received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Music with honors in 1988 and a master’s degree in Computer Engineering from Penn State University in 1990. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. Dr. Feng is also a senior member of the IEEE. He has also been named to “HPCWire” magazine’s “People to Watch List” for 2011. It is the second such honor for Dr. Feng, who was named to the same list in 2004. In the upcoming article, “HPCWire” calls Dr. Feng “an idea factory.” He is honored for his work in the field of efficient supercomputing and bioinformatics, and spurring younger computer scientists to use energy efficiency in computer design.
Gary Downey, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Science and Technology in Society at Virginia Tech, will be honored with the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty. Recognized internationally as founding leader of a unique interdisciplinary field called Engineering Studies, Dr. Downey will be honored for excellence in teaching, research, and public service by Governor Robert F. McDonnell in front of the General Assembly on Thursday, Feb. 17th. Dr. Downey, also an affiliated professor in engineering education, women’s and gender studies, and sociology, emerged as the highest-rated nominee out of 106 faculty members nominated from a dozen higher education institutions across the state. Dr. Downey, a member of the Virginia Tech faculty for 27 years, has been a key curricular architect of Virginia Tech’s program in Science and Technology Studies. He has designed 15 new courses, and led two complete revisions of the Ph.D. program. He completed his master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago and earned a pair of bachelor degrees from Lehigh University. His 55 publications include four books, three special journal issues, 22 articles in refereed journals, and 12 book chapters. He has received 17 external grants totaling $1.3 million. He has served on 79 Ph.D. and master’s committees, including 40 as chair.
Romesh C. Batra, Virginia Tech professor of engineering science and mechanics, is a 2011 recipient of the Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award. He was honored at an awards reception recently with the Virginia General Assembly and sponsored by the Science Museum of Virginia. Working with his students, Prof. Batra has assisted in the development of numerous new designs and products. For example, he has led teams in the improved design of different types of armors such as bullet proof vests, tank walls, and shields to protect vehicles against an improvised explosive device generated blast. He has also characterized carbon nanotubes for designing lighter and more efficient fuel planes that he believes will surpass the recent unveiling of Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. He has also studied micro-electro-mechanical systems that open up air bags in a car crash upon impact and smart materials that monitor their own vibrations and make car rides quieter and smoother. Batra, who holds Virginia Tech’s Clifton C. Garvin Professorship, is world renowned for his work on the strength of materials. For the past 36 years, including his most recent 16 years at Virginia Tech, Prof. Batra has challenged students in his classroom to analyze real world problems. Based on students’ evaluation of instructors’ teaching, he is always on Virginia Tech’s dean’s list of excellent teachers.
McCormick Taylor proudly supports Pennsylvania’s Governor-elect Tom Corbett’s nomination of Barry J. Schoch, P.E. to be the Secretary of Transportation in his new administration. Since 1995, Mr. Schoch has served as vice president and lead transportation engineer in McCormick Taylor’s Harrisburg, PA office and has led many complex and controversial transportation projects in his 15 years with the firm. He is a strong advocate for transportation funding in his current role as president of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association (PHIA) and transportation chairman of the American Consulting Engineers Council of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA). McCormick Taylor will greatly miss his leadership but is extremely proud to have one of its finest chosen to lead PennDOT at this challenging time.
Michael W. Creed, P.E., chairman and CEO of McKim & Creed has earned the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation, titled Planning, Problem Solving, and Kirton’s A-I Theory Within an Organizational Framework, was published in December 2010 and features original research in small-group problem solving. His work included extensive study in cognitive psychology based on Michael Kirton’s adaption-innovation theory and its significance in individual perception, interpretation and response to external stimuli. Dr. Creed’s course of study included a stint at the Occupational Research Centre at Bourne End, Hertfordshire, U.K., where he was admitted to the Register of Certificated Users of KAI instruments. His interests include facilitating small-group decision processes to improve decision outcomes in businesses, governments, and other types of organizational settings. In partnership with Herbert P. McKim, Jr., P.E., PLS, Dr. Creed established the engineering, surveying and planning firm of McKim & Creed in 1978.
Howard P. Lewis, representing the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), has been re-elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau. The Bureau is an independent, not-for-profit, lighting-education organization sponsored by professional societies, trade associations, manufacturers, utilities, and agencies of the U.S. government.
The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) has recently announced it has elected officers and directors for 2011-2012.
Boston-based Vanderweil Engineers has announced that John A. Sporidis, P.E., an engineering principal with more than 35 years in professional practice, has joined the Alexandria, Va., office. He will serve as managing principal, overseeing a diverse range of public- and private-sector projects for the firm. Mr. Sporidis most recently served as a principal with the Washington, D.C., office of Arup, and previously was a senior vice president and managing director of the Syska Hennessy Group in the metropolitan Washington area. He has managed projects throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. Mr. Sporidis holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University.