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VIRGINIA ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE
November 2007 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Michael A. Jones recently joined William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. (WHGA) as a Senior Security Consultant in their Chantilly, Va., headquarters. Mr. Jones will be responsible for the expansion of WHGA’s Site Security Consulting Group specializing in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and Integrated Site Security and Designâ„¢ (ISSD) practices. He recently retired as an Assistant Chief of Police in the Virginia Capitol Police after 27-years of decorated service. Mr. Jones currently serves on the Steering Committee of the University of Virginia’s Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG). CIAG works to understand the impact particular incidents have on the people and their communities. Mr. Jones serves as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at a variety of Virginia higher education institutes.

Phillip A. (Tony) Zuk, E.I.T. has joined Bay Design Group. He will be involved with site design and engineering of land development projects, working out of the company’s Middle Peninsula office in Gloucester, Va. A 1982 graduate of Old Dominion University, Mr. Zuk has 24 years experience in engineering-related positions.

Faysal Bekdash, Ph.D. has joined the staff at AH Environmental Consultants, Inc. in their Northern Virginia office. Dr. Bekdash has over 25 years of experience in international and domestic environmental protection, water resources, drinking water, storm water, wastewater and conveyance systems.
R. Harold Jones has joined AH Environmental Consultants, Inc. as the NEPA Project Manager in the firm’s Virginia Beach office. Mr. Jones brings 28 years of environmental experience in aquatic resources and wetland protection to the firm. He has extensive knowledge working with federal, state and local agencies, as well as all phases of NEPA documentation development.

Richard C. Benson, professor and dean of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently appointed the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Dean of Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting. Paul Torgersen was dean of the College of Engineering from 1970 to 1990 and president of the university from 1993 to 2000. The dean’s chair, which is the first of its kind at Virginia Tech, will provide discretionary funds for engineering deans to use in developing outstanding academic programs. Prof. Benson is the first to hold the chair, which will be passed along to each of his successors. He came to Virginia Tech in 2005 from Pennsylvania State University, where he headed the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering for 10 years. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and his master’s degree from the University of Virginia, both in mechanical engineering. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Princeton University.
George M. Filz, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently appointed the Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting. Dr. Filz has published more than 100 papers and reports since receiving his doctorate in 1992, and he has helped secure $9.7 million in external research funding as a principal or co-principal investigator. He also serves as director of the Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research. Dr. Filz received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Oregon, a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University, and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.

McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. congratulate Scott (Gator) Galbraith, P.E., and John MacKay, P.E., CCM for earning their Certified Forensic Claims Consultant (CFCC) certification from the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI).

Timmons Group has announced the following staff additions:
Michael S. Bumbaco, P.E. has joined Timmons Group’s Hampton Roads office as Senior Project Manager. Mr. Bumbaco brings nearly 30 years of experience in site and infrastructure engineering to the firm with an emphasis on transportation and stormwater facilities. Previously he was with Clark Nexsen where he was Senior Project Manager.
Patrick Jones has joined the firm as Landscape Architect II with the Environmental Compliance group. Mr. Jones received his B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia and M.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech.
Amelia Gunn has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Residential group. Ms. Gunn received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Amber Ellis has joined the firm as Landscape Architect I with the Landscape Architecture group. Ms. Ellis received her B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech.
Greg Nelson has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Education group. Mr. Nelson received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Buffalo.
Matt Harvie has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Commercial group. Mr. Harvie received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Bryan Kelley has joined the firm as Geospatial Project Manager with the Advanced Technologies group. Mr. Kelley is a graduate of Ohio University where he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geography and Cartography. Previously he was with the Transportation Planning group at VDOT where he was a GIS Manager.
Greg Isaacs has joined the firm as Project Manager with the Water and Wastewater group. Mr. Isaacs received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Previously he was with Palmer Engineering in Winchester, Kentucky where he was a Project Manager.
Chris Miller has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Healthcare group. Mr. Miller received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Kevin O’Meara has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Transportation group. Mr. O’Meara received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Justin Myers has joined Timmons Group as Project Engineer II with the Education group. Mr. Myers received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Timmons, he was with Avery Engineering & Land Surveying Associates in Rochester, New York where he was a Project Engineer.
Mike Claud, P.E. has been promoted to Senior Project Manager with the Stormwater group. Mr. Claud has more than 18 years of engineering experience, specializing in the design of drainage and stormwater management facilities.
Evan Bowles has recently passed the Commonwealth of Virginia’s rigorous Professional Engineering examination and is now a registered civil engineer. Mr. Bowles, a Project Engineer with the Utilities sector, joined Timmons Group four years ago after receiving his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has experience in the design of water/wastewater booster pump stations, municipal water and wastewater collection systems, and municipal utility system assessment.

S&ME, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent addition of several new professional and technical staff:
Ethi Denekew has worked under contract with the firm since 2006 but has recently joined as a full-time permanent employee in the geotechnical engineering group as a staff engineer. Ms. Denekew is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental engineering. She will be responsible for field investigations and geotechnical design services for the firm.
Peter Duvigneaud comes to S&ME as a recent graduate of Virginia Military Institute with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He will be responsible for field investigations and geotechnical design services for the firm.
Morgan Barry returns to the firm after graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. Ms. Barry had previously worked with S&ME as an intern. She will be performing with field investigations, laboratory testing and design services for the firm.
T. Joseph Wallen, P.E. has joined S&ME, Inc. with five years of project management experience and 2 years as a project engineer at a local geotechnical engineering firm. Mr. Wallen holds a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He will be responsible for project coordination within the wastewater and environmental market.

Wiley & Wilson, Inc. is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Christopher N. Beverly, P.E. was recently promoted to Project Engineer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Mr. Beverly focuses on HVAC studies and design for institutional facilities, central cooling plants, and ice storage systems for campus facilities. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Brian S. Harvey, S.I.T. was recently promoted to Surveyor-in-Training 1 in the Land Development, Utilities, and Surveying Department. Mr. Harvey focuses on survey planning, calculations, mapping, and land development design. He received a B.S. degree in Forestry from Virginia Tech.
Bradley J. Butler recently joined the Construction Administration Department as a Resident Project Representative. Mr. Butler focuses on on-site inspection of major utility infrastructure projects. He received a B.A. degree from the Liberty University and holds a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Control certification.
Michael T. Dreher, E.I.T., CFM joined the firm’s Civil Engineering Team as an Engineer-in-Training 2. His duties include site design and leadership of their GIS services group. A Certified GIS Professional, Mr. Dreher holds a B.S. degree in Cartography and GIS from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Nicholas B. Mahon joined Wiley & Wilson’s Civil Engineering Team as an Engineer-in-Training 1. His duties include site design. Mr. Mahon holds an B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Arnold Rosenberg has been named national aviation practice leader at Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB). He will be responsible for aligning PB’s national aviation resources with individual client needs, maintaining uniformly high quality of performance on aviation-related projects, and promoting PB’s presence and image in the aviation marketplace. A PB senior vice president, Mr. Rosenberg has more than 35 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of large-scale transportation and infrastructure programs.

Resource International has recently announced that Todd Philipp is senior project manager; Christopher “Chris” Maravelas is resident project representative; Andrew Johnson is a CADD technician; and Demetrius Brockington is a survey technician.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ASFE/The
Best People on Earth (ASFE) have awarded the inaugural Professional Practice Ethics and Leadership Award to retired Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, P.E., former chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and project director of Bechtel Oil, Gas and Chemicals’ Sabine Pass LNG Project in Cameron Parish, La. The award recognizes an engineer practitioner’s incident-specific or
career-long application of ethics in a leadership role. The award honors retired Lt. Gen. Strock for his dedication to learning the truth about why the hurricane protection system in New Orleans failed during Hurricane Katrina, and his commitment to sharing all lessons learned with the profession, industry and public. Before serving as USACE chief and commanding officer, he was the director of civil works at USACE headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is a registered professional engineer, earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and his master’s degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State University.

The International Code Council (ICC) elected its 2007-2008 Board of Directors and officers at the organization’s recent Annual Conference. Members elected Steve Shapiro President of the ICC Board. Mr. Shapiro is the Director of Codes Compliance for Hampton, Va. First elected to the Board of Directors in 2000, he most recently served as Vice President. He is a certified building official and has been involved in code enforcement for 29 years. Board member William Dupler was reelected to serve a three-year terms as Director of Building Inspections for Chesterfield County, Va. ##


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