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March 2016 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Austin Brockenbrough & Associates, LLP has recently announced that:
Schuyler Doughtie is a new Civil Engineering EIT and will be working on civil/site development projects. Mr. Doughtie is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering; and
Daniel J. Woolford, PE, CEM, BEP has joined their mechanical engineering team specializing in HVAC and Plumbing Design. Mr. Woolford is a Virginia Tech graduate with over 20 years experience in high-end HVAC design. He has extensive expertise in Green and Sustainable Design.

Koontz-Bryant PC has recently announced that Tommy (Tombo) Williams will be retiring after 23 years of dedicated service. Mr. Williams plans to retire from supervision of field crews but will maintain a presence by continuing to help bid on construction projects as time allows. Eric Troupe, a 16 year veteran at the firm, will be slowly working to fill that void.

Anderson & Associates, Inc. congratulates Carmen Dunford, A&A Design Technician, on 20 years of service.

G. Don Taylor, Charles O. Gordon Professor and head of the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named interim dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Taylor will become a member of the leadership transition team in the college and will serve as interim dean when Dean Richard Benson departs. A Virginia Tech faculty member since 2004, Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on the simulation and optimization of complex systems and the logistics of material flow and freight transportation. Prior to his arrival at Virginia Tech, Dr. Taylor held the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Endowed Chair in Engineering Logistics and was the director of the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution at Kentucky’s University of Louisville. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts.
Virginia Tech’s Walter O’Brien, the J. Bernard Jones Professor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The AIAA, which selected only 24 members worldwide as Fellows this year, chooses about 1 in 1,000 members for selection as Fellows. Dr. O’Brien is listed on six patents and currently conducts research investigating turbine engine inlet flows with flow distortions, two phase flows in turbomachines, ion methods for active flow control, and advanced instrumentation for turbomachinery clearance, pressure and temperature measurements. Dr. O’Brien earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and from Virginia Tech, respectively.
Devi Parikh has developed a method that could potentially revolutionize the quality of life for low vision or blind individuals, earning a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her Visual Question Answering (VQA) research. Parikh, an assistant professor in Virginia Tech’s Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will use images to teach a computer to respond to any question that might be asked. Dr. Parikh’s CAREER grant, which is the NSF’s most prestigious award and is given to junior faculty members who are expected to become academic leaders in their fields, will bring her one step closer to fulfilling her long-term goal to enable machines to understand content in images and communicate as effectively as humans. Parikh, who earned her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University, joined Virginia Tech in January 2013.
G. Don Taylor Walter O'Brien Devi Parikh

GORDON is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Jessie Berg, P.E., to Director of DC Land Development. She will now be responsible for growing GORDON’s private sector presence within Washington, D.C. in addition to her current role as Project Manager. Ms. Berg, 29, is the youngest GORDON employee to be promoted to Director and has been a key part of the firm’s success. Originally hired as an intern in 2006, Ms. Berg quickly rose to supervisory and management positions. She obtained her Professional Engineer license in June of 2014 in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia in 2016. Ms. Berg received a Civil Engineering degree from Virginia Tech in 2008 where she was also involved in Alzheimer’s research fundraising and on-campus community service support and outreach.
Jessie Berg

Dewberry has hired Bill Grant, P.E., as a senior project manager in the firm’s Charlotte, North Carolina, office. He brings 30 years of experience to Dewberry, 28 of which have been spent working in the Carolinas. He specializes in wastewater collection, transmission, treatment, and residuals management; water treatment and distribution; stormwater management; and private development. Before joining Dewberry, Mr. Grant managed a variety of public and private sector projects from conceptual design through facility commissioning. Mr. Grant earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University.
Bill Grant

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