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VIRGINIA ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE
May 2013 Virginia Engineers On The Move

David Alvarez has been named a Principal Consultant in the strategic consulting group of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In his new position, Mr. Alvarez will support existing and future projects as a key technical and commercial advisor, taking a lead in the execution of major public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other advisory assignments. Prior to joining the firm, he was Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (PRPPA), the first centralized PPP government agency in the U.S. Mr. Alvarez received his M.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University and his B.A. degree in Economics and International Affairs from West Virginia University.
David Alvarez

Dewberry has recently announced that:
Neal T. Wright, P.E., PMP, Dewberry vice president and director of business development- DOD, has been named a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). A long-time member of NSPE, Mr. Wright is currently a Virginia Delegate to the organization’s national House of Delegates. Based in Dewberry’s Virginia Beach office, he oversees the firn’s national initiatives for delivering consulting services to the U.S. Department of Defense. With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Wright holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and
Kevin C. Wood, P.E., has joined the staff as associate vice president in the firm’s Fairfax office. In his new role, Mr. Wood will manage the firm’s mid-Atlantic water, wastewater, and water reuse projects, as well as lead strategic business development initiatives. Before joining Dewberry, he served as director of engineering at Loudoun Water. With approximately 30 years of experience in water and wastewater engineering, Mr. Wood holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from West Virginia University.
Neal Wright Kevin C. Wood

Lisa M. McGurty, P.E., MS has joined Speight, Marshall & Francis, P.C., as Senior Structural Engineer. Ms. McGurty will handle the firm’s federal and local government as well as commercial sector endeavors. Her A/E experience includes employment at Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering and Stroud, Pence & Associates. Ltd. In her most recent position, she served as Senior Engineering Project Manager with Simpson Strong-Tie in the R&D Department where she developed structural connection products, one of which is patented while another is patent pending.
Lisa M. McGurty

Virginia-based architecture/engineering (A/E) firm, H&A Architects & Engineers, is pleased to announce the following new employees:
Raymond Balog III has joined the Glen Allen office as an engineer-in-training in the mechanical department. Mr. Balog specializes in systems engineering. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering;
James Rooke has joined the Glen Allen office as a designer in the electrical department. Mr. Rooke brings a background in submarine nuclear power and mechanical systems for the U.S. Navy to his new position. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.S. degree in Chemistry;
Gary Horton has joined the Virginia Beach office as a senior designer in the electrical department. Mr. Horton brings over 10 years of experience in designing electrical systems for the U.S. Navy, Army and Air Force to his new position; and
Cathy Basham has joined the Virginia Beach office as a systems administrator in the IT department. Ms. Basham brings over 20 years of experience in information technology to her new position. She received her bachalor’s and master’s degrees from Louisiana State University.

Christina B. Williams of Alexandria, Va. has been named the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech for the 2012-13 academic year. Williams, who is pursuing a major in chemical engineering and minors in chemistry and Spanish, is expected to receive a bachelor’s degree in May.
As an undergraduate, Williams conducted research in the Department of Sociology and has served as a mentor with the Center for Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. Committed to teaching at the high school level in inner-city Los Angeles upon graduation, she is the campus campaign coordinator for the Teach for America Program. She is the daughter of Steve and Lori Williams.
John E. Taylor, associate professor in the Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program in the College of Engineering, has received the university’s 2013 XCaliber Award for excellence as an individual involved in teaching with technology. The XCaliber Award is presented annually by the Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Learning to recognize individual faculty members or teams of faculty and staff who integrate technology in teaching and learning. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2011, Taylor is also director of the Civil Engineering Network Dynamics Lab. He received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Tulane University, a second master’s degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University.
Philip Spellerberg of Manassas, Va., retired laboratory specialist in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the university’s 2013 Staff Career Achievement Award. Spellerberg retired from the university in 2012 after 30 years of service. The Staff Career Achievement Award is presented annually to individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary performance and service during their university career. Spellerberg spent the duration of his career at the Occoquan Watershed Laboratory, the university’s first continuously operated research lab in the National Capital Region. He contributed to projects addressing the fundamental understanding of watershed processes, the management of water quality, and efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Russell Green, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the university’s 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research. The Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research is presented annually to a faculty or staff member who has had a significant impact on international research at Virginia Tech. Since joining the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2008, Green has been heavily involved in international research in the areas of engineering seismology and earthquake engineering. Green received a bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Subhash Sarin, the Paul T. Norton Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the university’s 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising. The award is presented annually by the Office of the Provost to Virginia Tech faculty members who have been particularly dedicated and effective while advising graduate students He has advised 55 master’s degree and 23 doctoral degree students to completion of their degree. In addition, he has served on more than 60 master’s degree and more than 80 Ph.D. committees. . A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1983, Sarin was named an endowed professor in 2002. Sarin is director of the Electronics Manufacturing Research Laboratory and associate director of the Center for High Performance Manufacturing. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delhi (India), a master’s degree from Kansas State, and a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.
Douglas P. Holmes, assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, is the 2013 recipient of the Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston Jr., Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award. Holmes came to Virginia Tech from Princeton University where he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the complex fluids group. At Princeton, his research spanned the disciplines of elasticity, fluid mechanics, and biomechanics. Holmes’s research probes the mechanics of cell membranes and the deformations of soft mechanical structures. Holmes received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in polymer science and engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire.
Mary Miller, founder and president of Interactive Design and Development, of Blacksburg, Va., is the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Distinguished Alumna for 2013. She earned her master’s degree in 1985 in computer science, part of the College of Engineering.
Christina B. Williams John E. Taylor Russell Green Subhash Sarin Douglas P. Holmes Mary Miller

Kurt R. Fraese, L.G. is the new president of ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association. An environmental-science specialist with expertise in brownfield redevelopment, Mr. Fraese is CEO of GeoEngineers, Inc., a 300-person earth-science and technology firm based in Seattle, Washington. A 1982 graduate of Humboldt State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology, Mr. Fraese has provided consulting services in the energy, development, transportation, federal-government, and water-and-natural-resources markets since beginning his career in 1983 with Woodward-Clyde Consultants. He joined GeoEngineers in 1988 and became CEO in March 2007.
Gordon M. Matheson, Ph.D., P.E., P.G. is the new secretary/treasurer of ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association. Matheson is CEO of Schnabel Engineering in Glen Allen, Virginia.
Kurt R. Fraese Gordon M. Matheson

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) announced the filling of four key leadership positions within the agency, as follows:
Helen L. Cuervo, P.E. will lead the transportation program of state maintained roads in the Northern Virginia District, which includes Fairfax, Arlington, Loudoun and Prince William counties. The district also supports highways in nine cities and towns in the region. Cuervo joined VDOT in 1987 as contract administrator and later served as land use director assistant district engineer.
James S. Utterback, PMP will oversee the construction and maintenance program of VDOT managed roadways in the Hampton Roads District, which encompasses nine counties and 11 cities, from Greensville in the west to James City in the north to Accomack in the northeast and Virginia Beach in the southeast. Utterback has 28 years of transportation engineering and leadership experience in VDOT, the private sector and the military. Utterback joined VDOT in 1999 as an engineer.
Christopher L. Winstead, P.E. will be responsible for leading the transportation program in the Lynchburg District, a ten-county region in south central Virginia. Winstead has 17 years of transportation, engineering and extensive leadership experience both with VDOT and Henrico County. Winstead previously worked for VDOT for 13 years where he was a resident engineer and the district construction engineer for the Richmond District.
Barton A. Thrasher, P.E. was named as the State Location and Design Engineer, responsible for statewide project management and preconstruction activities of VDOT’s construction program. Thrasher has 18 years of experience in the transportation engineering field. He joined VDOT in 1997 and most recently served as the assistant state location and design engineer.


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