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VIRGINIA ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE
May 2011 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that William Schooley, P.E., LEED AP, a Structural Engineer in their Richmond office, has been nominated for the National Society of Professional Engineer’s (NSPE) 2011 Young Engineer of the Year award by the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE). This honor recognizes Mr. Schooley for his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and community during the early years of his career. A Virginia Tech graduate with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and over 10 years of experience, Mr. Schooley has worked on hundreds of projects across the country, covering a broad range of construction materials. He is a founding member of the American Council of Engineering Companies Next Generation Committee and has helped to create a program designed to engage and develop the next generation of leaders in the architectural and engineering industry.
Clark Nexsen has announced that Adrian Lazaro has passed the architectural registration examination and is now licensed to practice architecture in Virginia. He has more than 15 years of experience working on diverse project types. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
William Schooley

Michael Baker Jr., Inc. is proud to announce that Dr. Deanna L. Nevling is now an Adjunct Instructor teaching Fundamentals of Building Construction for Tidewater Community College’s Division of Engineering and Industrial Technologies. Dr. Nevling is employed at Michael Baker Jr., Inc. in the structural engineering group. Dr. Nevling earned her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, she earned her Master’s and undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering from Penn State.
Deanna Nevling

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that:
Nicholas Hassler has joined the firm’s staff as a Field Technician on the Geotechnical Engineering Team in the Richmond office. He is currently pursuing an Associates degree at John Tyler Community College; and
Cassie Monteverde has joined the Administrative Support Team as Receptionist for Draper Aden Associates for the Blacksburg office. Ms. Monteverde has an Associate Degree in Engineering from New River Community College.
Nicholas Hassler Cassie Monteverde

Anderson & Associates, Inc. welcomes Charles Wilson, P.E., Beckley Project Engineer, to the firm’s staff and congratulates Corey Carter, LSIT, on his promotion to Middletown Assistant Survey Manager.

Tim Keilty has joined the staff at the design-build contractor GeoStructures as the new vice president of its EarthTec division. In his new position, Mr. Keilty will expand EarthTec’s presence among local highway and commercial builders, as well as target southern states and the federal market. Prior to joining GeoStructures, Mr. Keilty served as vice president of strategic markets for CONTECH Construction Products. The U.S. Air Force veteran also holds a degree from the Virginia Military Institute. He is active in the Design Build Institute of America and the Society of American Military Engineers.
Tim Keilty

Speight, Marshall & Francis, PC is proud to announce the promotion of Jonathan Walesczyk, P.E. to Partner of the Virginia Beach-based structural engineering firm. Named Director of Operations in 2009, Mr. Walesczyk has made significant contributions to the team over the last ten years with involvement in managing a number of significant projects.
Jonathan Walesczyk

Dewberry has named Randolph D. Darden, Jr., P.E., as a senior associate in the firm’s Hampton Roads, Virginia, office. In his new role, Mr. Darden will manage the water and wastewater infrastructure practice for the office. He brings an extensive consulting background in the water and wastewater industry to the firm. Mr. Darden has 10 years’ experience working for the Virginia Department of Health and received his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute. He has held several gubernatorial appointments related to wastewater regulation review and citizen appeals in Virginia.
Randolph D. Darden

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that Lisa B. DaFoe, LEED GA successfully completed the requirements to earn a LEED GA accreditation. Ms. DaFoe is Marketing Coordinator for the firm’s Richmond Office. She earned a B.S. degree in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Lisa B. DaFoe

H&A Architects & Engineers announces the following new staff additions:
Donna Booth is a senior HVAC designer in the firm’s Glen Allen office. She was formerly a mechanical designer with H C Yu & Associates;
Eric Scott is a senior plumbing designer in the firm’s Glen Allen office. He was formerly a senior plumbing designer with H C Yu & Associates;
Bill Keil is a senior structural engineer in the firm’s Hampton Roads office. He was formerly a mid-Atlantic regional engineer at AISC;
Ryan Hersey is a senior mechanical engineer in the firm’s Hampton Roads office. He was formerly a senior mechanical engineer with MMM Design Group; and
Kevin Capehart is an electrical CADD technician in the firm’s Glen Allen office. He was formerly an electrical CAD technician at H C Yu and Associates.
Stephen Smith, P.E., LEED AP, building science manager at H&A Architects & Engineers, has attained the Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) certification. Mr. Smith leads H&A’s new Building Sciences Studio, a dedicated core group providing services to help clients meet federal energy mandates in creative and low-cost ways.
Stephen Smith

Virginia Tech has named Andrea Anjali Shome of Vienna, Va., as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering for the 2010-2011 academic year. In May 2011, Ms. Shome is expected to graduate with a current overall grade point average of 3.8 (on a 4.0 scale). She is pursuing a double major in industrial and systems engineering from the College of Engineering and in French from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. She has completed multiple professional internships, and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for industrial and systems engineering’s 4000 level class, Theory of Organization.
The Virginia Tech College of Engineering has named Charles Clancy the director of the Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology, and associate professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.Since July 2010, Prof. Clancy has served as research fellow for Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region and associate director of the Hume Center. Before joining Virginia Tech, he worked in a number of research, scientific, and engineering positions within the United States Department of Defense.
Christopher R. Fuller, the Roanoke Electric Steel Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, is the newly appointed Samuel P. Langley Professor of Engineering at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), Hampton, Va. Dr. Fuller received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from Adelaide University in Australia.
Ishwar Puri, professor and head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the College Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the N. Waldo Harrison Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Since 2004, Dr. Puri has served as professor and head of the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics. He is editor of the Journal of Experimental Heat Transfer and associate editor of the International Journal of Combustion. Dr. Puri received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi in India and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego.
John J. “Jack” Lesko, professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, will assume the position of the college’s associate dean for research and graduate studies effective May 25th. Dr. Lesko is replacing Don Leo of mechanical engineering who served in this position for the past four years. Dr. Lesko is also the co-founder of PowerHub Systems, formerly VPT Energy Systems, located at Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987 from the University of Maryland at College Park, and his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Mechanics in 1991 and in 1994, respectively, from Virginia Tech.
Joseph Baker, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Steven O. Lane Junior Faculty Fellow of Electrical and Computer Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Dr. Baker joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008 as a tenure-track assistant professor after spending 2001 to 2008 at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Dr. Baker received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2001. He received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of New England (Australia) in 1992.
Stephanie Adams, currently an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University, will join Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering on August 10th as the new head of its engineering education department. Dr. Adams has spent the past three years at Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2008 until 2010 she served as the associate dean for undergraduate studies. She is an honor graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1989. In 1991 she was awarded her master’s degree is Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and she received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Engineering from Texas A&M in 1998.
Three Virginia Tech College of Engineering faculty members will assume director positions with the new Commonwealth Centers for Advanced Manufacturing and for Advanced Propulsion Systems. The three appointments are:
Jaime Camelio, director of manufacturing systems at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing;
Gary Pickrell, director of surface engineering at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing; and
Srinath Ekkad, director of advanced propulsion systems for the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Propulsion Systems.
The three professors will be working with their counterparts at partner institutions and member companies in the development of collaborative facilities and collaborative research opportunities.
William Mason, professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1989, Dr. Mason advised many undergraduate and graduate students in the aerospace engineering degree program, and served as the graduate advisor for 23 master’s thesis students and nine doctoral students. He was the advisor to the Virginia Tech student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Design Build Fly Team. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Yue (Joseph) Wang, the Grant A. Dove Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech has accepted an invitation from the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health to serve as a member of the Biodata Management and Analysis (BDMA) Study Section. His initial term begins July 1, 2011 and ends June 30, 2013. Dr. Wang, who is posted at the Advanced Research Institute in Arlington, joined Virginia Tech in 2003 as an associate professor after serving on the faculty at The Catholic University of America. He was promoted to full professor in 2006 and named the Grant Dove Professor in 2009. He is director of Virginia Tech’s Computational Bioinformatics and Bio-Imaging Laboratory. Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1995 and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He earned his master’s in Electrical Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1987 and 1984, respectively.
Sedki M. Riad, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering and director of the Virginia Tech-Middle East and North Africa Graduate Program, received the university’s 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education. Dr. Riad was recognized for his work as director of Virginia Tech-Middle East and North Africa Graduate Program, the university’s cooperative program for students in the Middle East and North Africa through which they can earn advanced degrees from Virginia Tech in electrical and computer engineering and computer science. Dr. Riad is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Cairo University in Egypt and a Ph.D. from the University of Toledo.
Joyce Vest, academic/career advisor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2011 Provost Award for Excellence in Advising. Ms. Vest has served as the industrial and systems engineering academic advisor since 2005. Ms. Vest has implemented many systemic processes and activities that have improved the effectiveness in helping undergraduate students, noted Eileen Van Aken, associate professor and associate head, Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, including improved advising tools, new information sessions, seminars, and an increased accessibility to advisors. Ms. Vest received her associate’s degree from New River Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield College, and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.
Naren Ramakrishnan, professor and associate head for graduate studies in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2011 Alumni Award for Excellence in Research. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1998, Dr. Ramakrishnan’s current research focuses on the topic of data mining — the science of processing massive quantities of data to discover patterns and to produce new insights. He serves on the editorial boards of IEEE Computer, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, Journal of Intelligent Information Systems, and Knowledge and Information Systems. He has been both program chair and general chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ Conference on Data Mining, the premier research conference in data mining, which is held annually in different parts of the world. Dr. Ramakrishnan is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers’ Computer Society, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. He received his master’s degree from Anna University in India and a Ph.D. from Purdue University, which named him a “40 under 40” alumnus in 2010.
Thomas L. Martin, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2011 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2001, Dr. Martin has a reputation in his department and across campus as an excellent educator who brings tremendous enthusiasm to the classroom and provides students with unique and meaningful design experiences in class projects and through independent study and undergraduate research, said Scott Midkiff, professor and head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Martin received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Andrea Anjali Shome Charles Clancy Christopher R. Fuller Ishwar Puri Jack Lesko Joseph Baker Stephanie G. Adams Jaime Camelio Gary Pickrell Srinath Ekkad Yue Joseph Wang Sedki Riad Joyce Vest Naren Ramakrishnan Tom Martin

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has selected Dr. Jose P. Gomez, P.E., a 19-year VDOT veteran, as director of the agency’s research program at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR), based in Charlottesville. Dr. Gomez has been with VCTIR, formerly the Virginia Transportation Research Council, since 1992. He also is an adjunct professor in the University of Virginia’s (U.Va.) civil and environmental engineering department. Before joining VDOT, he was an assistant and associate professor of civil engineering at Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Dr. Gomez received his bachelor’s degree from VMI and master’s degree and doctorate from U.Va., all in Civil Engineering.

Virginia A&E is pleased to announce that Lori Hart has joined the firm as Administrative Assistant. Ms. Hart is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Averett University. Her responsibilities will include preparation of project specifications and bid documents, shop drawing coordination, and general administrative support. She possesses more than 26 years experience in the administrative field, including 16 years in the architectural and engineering industry.

Jeffrey S. Davis, with Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan engineering firm, has earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accreditation from the United States Green Building Council.

Each year The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) recognizes outstanding achievements through its awards program. The Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2011 SPIE Award recipients. View all award winners at www.spie.org/x47444.xml.

Mark King, formerly with Greenhorne & O’Mara, is the southern regional manager at Bowman Consulting. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Dunlap and Partners Engineers has announced that Brent Tanner is mechanical engineer. He earned his bachelors degree from Virginia Tech.

Progressive Design has announced that:
Grayson Atkinson is a mechanical designer in the Documentation Control Group;
Johann Andrews is a civil/structural engineer in the Civil/Structural Department;
Alan Cheung is a senior process engineer in the Process Group; and
Jeremy Soles is a manufacturing catalog administrator in the Documentation Control Group. ##


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