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VIRGINIA ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE
July 2009 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that:
Donald W. Froneberger has joined the firm as a Senior Electrical Designer. Mr. Froneberger is a Senior Electrical Designer with over 30 years of experience in the design and construction administration of public and private health care, institutional and commercial projects; Mr. Froneberger has been involved in hundreds of construction projects, totaling over 9,000,000 square feet of construction. Mr. Froneberger’s design and construction administration experience includes facilities such as hospitals and medical office buildings; institutional facilities; parking structures; elementary schools; high schools; and university projects. Chad F. Poultney, P.E., LEED AP has passed the LEED® Certification exam, earning him LEED accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Poultney has a strong background in construction, design, structure inspection, structure rehabilitation, and project management. His experience includes Historic structures, High Rise Hotels, Prototypical Financial Branches, Higher Education Science Laboratories and Sports Complexes. His previous experience as a general contractor, coupled with his experience in the professional design arena enhances his ability to operate on a construction project with vast knowledge of construction processes. Mr. Poultney has overseen and performed successful design projects and construction administration/management services for numerous federal government, military, municipal, and private sector projects.  His current role is Principal-in-Charge of a Full Service Design Team providing design and development of a multitude of financial establishments around the country in order to meet the aggressive expansion requirements of his client. Mr. Poultney is a 1995 graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering.  He has been a member of VSPE since 1996 and a past President of both the Local and State VSPE Chapters; and John P. Parkinson, PP, AICP, LEED AP has passed the LEED Certification exam, earning him LEED Accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Parkinson, is a Professional Planner and Certified Floodplain Manager serving as a Senior Environmental Planner in the Hydraulics and Hydrology Group. He has 20 years of experience as an Environmental Planner. His responsibilities include the planning and preparation of hydrologic and hydraulic facilities to address stormwater management and water quality including the procurement of federal and state regulatory permits. He reviews site design layout, stormwater management and water quality analysis. He has also been involved in the preparation of Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Feasibility Studies for the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Clark Nexsen is also pleased to announce that Dennis J. Sobota, P.E., CDT LEED AP has been selected to serve as a member on the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) Board of Directors. Mr. Sobota has more than 35 years experience in engineering, construction and facilities management. He is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in 4 states and a Licensed Asbestos Inspector in Virginia. He served 7-½ years on active duty in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps and retired in 2002 with 30 years active and reserve combined service. He has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member in ODU’s Continuing Engineering Education program. Finally, he has had articles published in the Navy Civil Engineer Magazine on hazardous materials management and in the NSPE Magazine in 2006 on A/E and construction safety.

Stantec transportation engineer and infrastructure management specialist Charles Larson, P.E., has passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) exam and is now a LEED® Accredited Professional. Mr. Larson is a principal in the firm’s Richmond office and has over 23 years of experience in the transportation field. LEED accreditation is rare for transportation engineers as the program focuses heavily on building design. Mr. Larson will use the accreditation, however, to better apply sustainable design and integrate green practices into his transportation and roadway infrastructure management projects. Mr. Larson holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Project Management from George Washington University’s School of Business.

Hurd & Obenchain, Inc. (H&O) has recently announced that plumbing engineer, Tim Moser, has earned LEED® accreditation. He is a graduate of James Madison University and has been with H&O since 2001.

The Board of Directors of Thompson & Litton (T&L) is pleased to announce Scott Wilson, P.E. as a new Associate of the firm. A 1985 graduate of Virginia Tech earning a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Mr. Wilson has more than 23 years of experience in the management and design of engineering and architectural projects. As a Project Manager, he provides project coordination and is the main point of contact between the client and the project team. Since joining T&L, Mr. Wilson has played a major role in the development, planning, funding and design of various water, wastewater, site and infrastructure development projects for multiple award-winning engineering and architectural projects in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee.
Thompson & Litton is also pleased to announce that Jan Harber, Human Resources Administrator, for Thompson & Litton has recently earned certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR). Awarded by the HR Certification Institute, the credentialing body for human resource professionals affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest organization dedicated exclusively to the human resource profession, the certification signifies that Ms. Harber possesses the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.

Virginia A&E is pleased to announce that David Tinsley has joined the firm as a Designer. He is a graduate of Central Virginia Community College with a degree in General Engineering Technology. His experience includes more than 20 years in the construction industry, during which time he obtained his certification as a Master Plumber. Mr. Tinsley will assist with the design of building renovations and additions, inspections/assessments, feasibility studies, and new building design.

KTA Group announced they have recently named Ken Poulter and Travis Michalke as partners at the firm. Mr. Michalke is a Senior Vice President and Co-Director of the firm’s Washington, DC practice. He is also a registered Professional Engineer (mechanical), Certified Energy Manager, Certified Green Building Engineer and a LEED® Accredited Professional. He has twelve years of KTA experience. Mr. Poulter serves as a Senior Vice President and Director to the firm’s Commercial Studio, located in the Herndon office. He has nearly 30 years of practical engineering experience and 15 years of tenure at KTA. He is responsible for the daily management of the Commercial Studio practice which specializes in corporate interiors and commercial office buildings.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., announces the following new employees:
Ashley Moore, has joined the Marketing Department as Marketing Coordinator in their Glen Allen Office. Ms. Moore was formerly with Timmons Group; Mark Safirowski, has joined the Mechanical Department as Mechanical Designer in their Hampton Roads Office. Mr. Safirowski was formerly with Interbrand Design Forum; and Justin C. Wheeler, P.E., has recently joined the Life Safety Department as Senior Fire Protection Engineer in the firm’s Hampton Roads office. Mr. Wheeler was formerly with R.W. Sullivan, Inc.
Michael Matthews, P.E., president and CEO of Hankins and Anderson, Inc. and a past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Virginia, will again lead the organization as president in 2009-2010. Mr. Matthews is also a past president of the Richmond American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Chapter and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). His current involvement in ACEC Virginia includes the chair position on the education committee, a member of the programs committee, and a past chair of the finance committee. He also sits on the ACEC Federal Agencies Liaison committee at the national level. Mr. Matthews is a 1982 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Old Dominion University where he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus. He has guest lectured at the University of Virginia on Private Practice Engineering and at the University of Richmond, Robins School of Business on Motivation and Leadership. He also serves on the Economic Development Authority and the Board of Code Appeals in his home town of West Point, Virginia.

Paciulli, Simmons & Associates is pleased to announce that Cara Capobianco has become a Virginia certified Professional Wetland Delineator. Ms. Capobianco is an environmental scientist with over 13 years experience in environmental science. During her career, she has completed more than 100 wetlands delineations for projects ranging in size from 5-acre to 8,000-acre sites for public and private sector clients. Her experience also includes GIS and natural resource mapping, Phase I environmental site assessments, natural trail design, environmental impact reports, and preparation of environmental assessments.

Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to welcome:
Nick Prescott as Blacksburg Survey Technician; Jordan Smith as Blacksburg Survey Technician; Ben Davison as Blacksburg Survey Technician; Brad Wham as Blacksburg Survey Technician; Michael May as Blacksburg Survey Technician; and Jameson Brame as Blacksburg Survey Technician.
Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to congratulate Jim Billups, P.E. on receiving his Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) designation through the North Carolina Association of Certified Floodplain Managers.

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
J. David Roberts, P.E. joined the firm as Structural Engineering Department Manager and Senior Engineer. Mr. Roberts has 15 years of experience in structural design and management. In his new position, he will be responsible for successful delivery of all of the structural engineering services performed in the company’s corporate office in Lynchburg. Mr. Roberts received a B.S. degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas and is a Registered Professional Engineer in 23 states; and Patrick J. Williams, E.I.T. was promoted to Engineer-in-Training 1 in the Structural Engineering Department. In his new position, Mr. Williams will be responsible for performing a wide variety of structural engineering design involving steel, concrete, and timber elements. He recently received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University.

Greg Harmon of Breeden and Collier Co. has earned his Professional Engineer (P.E.) certification from the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.

Wilbur Smith Associates has recently announced that Craig Eddy has joined the firm’s Richmond office as a senior project manager.

W. Jerrold Samford has earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) professional accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Geology from William and Mary in 1977 and his Master’s in Geological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 1981. Mr. Samford is an environmental compliance specialist with Troutman Sanders.

Commonwealth Architects has recently announced that Kenneth VanRiper has been promoted to associate principal. Mr. VanRiper joined the firm in 2001 and is a LEED® accredited architect; and Steve Scott has been promoted to associate principal. Mr. Scott joined the firm in 2000.

Moseley Architects has recently announced that William Laughlin has been promoted to the board of directors. Mr. Laughlin graduated from Virginia Tech with an architecture degree and joined the firm in 1992. He is a LEED® accredited professional; and James Henderson has been promoted to operations manager in the firm’s Harrisonburg office. Mr. Henderson earned his undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1992 and his Master’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1999. He is a LEED® accredited professional.

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that Erika S. Reynolds has earned the distinction of Certified Professional Secretary (CPS®) from the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Ms. Reynolds is the Administrative Assistant to the Environmental and Solid Waste Teams. She has been with the firm for three years.

The Richmond Virginia office of The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (BERGER) welcomes Tyler Gill as an Associate Civil Engineer. His role at BERGER will focus on engineering and design for transportation projects in Virginia. Mr. Gill received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from VA Tech in 2008.

Doug Nelson, Virginia Tech professor of mechanical engineering, is the 2009 winner of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Outstanding Long-Term Faculty Advisor Award for the EcoCAR Challenge competition, complete with a $10,000 cash prize. The NSF EcoCAR Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award honors Prof. Nelson for best promoting the goals, objectives, and activities of the competition. Specifically, the emphasis is on the success of the incorporation of the EcoCAR goals, objectives, and activities into the undergraduate engineering curriculum in the areas of mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, industrial, and other related engineering disciplines. Prof. Nelson has a long history of working with students on environmentally friendly vehicles. He was the founding advisor of Virginia Tech’s Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team (HEVT), which started participating in 1994 in national alternative-fuel, student-designed vehicle competitions sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and U.S. automakers. Prof. Nelson, who joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1986, is also a past recipient of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions as one of the nation’s top engineering educators in the field of automotive technology. Prof. Nelson earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. at Arizona State University.
Doug Nelson

Hurt & Proffitt, Inc. has announced that Phillip “Scott” Beasley, P.E., Nancy R. Hayes, P.E., and William S. Horton, P.E. have passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation exams. Also, Brian L. Cossman, P.E., LEED, AP has received a Master of Engineering degree in Project Management from the University of Maryland College Park.
Scott Beasley Nancy R. Hayes William S. Horton Brian L. Cossman

James K. “Jim” Johnston, P.E., R.B.P. has been re-elected president of the Engineers’ Leadership Foundation, a not-for-profit educational organization that develops programs, services, and materials to help professional engineers become leaders of their profession and of society itself. Mr. Johnston is president of PMK Group, a Birdsall Services Group business unit that provides geoprofessional consulting, environmental engineering, and energy services. Mr. Johnston joined PMK in 1986, soon after receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rutgers University. Since then he has designed and managed numerous projects involving the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, as well as brownfields and landfill redevelopment. He is principally responsible for all technical operations of the PMK Group Business Unit, and is also responsible for Strategic Planning and Leadership development for Birdsall Services Group.


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