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VIRGINIA ENGINEERS ON THE MOVE
September 2008 Virginia Engineers on the Move

Scott M. Parr, P.E. has joined Wiley & Wilson as a Project Engineer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. His duties include the design of HVAC and control systems for new buildings and renovations for federal, state, institutional and private sector clients. Mr. Parr received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

John (Skip) Groupe, IV, P.E., President of The Engineering Groupe, Inc. of Woodbridge, is pleased to make the following announcements:
Brent Bowman recently received certification as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since joining the firm Mr. Bowman has been responsible for site planning and infrastructure design for residential and commercial land development projects working out of the firm’s central headquarters office in Woodbridge, VA.
Dimitrios Konstantinou recently passed the Licensed Surveyor in Training Exam in the State of Virginia. As Director of Field Surveys, Mr. Dimitrios is responsible for providing direction to field survey personnel and managing the survey office and field functions.
Jennifer Vance and Mike Dineen have both passed the Virginia Engineer in Training Exam. Ms. Vance and Mr. Dineen are both Project Engineers with the firm.
Cindy Hall-Beale has been named Business Development Manager for GET Solutions, Inc. Ms. Beale brings over 20 years of A/E/C industry experience to the firm. In her new position, she will be responsible for business development for the Virginia Beach, Williamsburg and Elizabeth City offices of the firm. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

Paciulli, Simmons & Associates welcomes David Walls as Director of Environmental and Wetland Services. Mr. Walls joins the firm with extensive experience in environmental and natural resources management. He has worked for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Bureau of Land Management, Air Force Space Command, FEMA, U.S. Public Health Service, and U.S. Department of Justice. He holds a M.S. degree in Environmental Management and is pursuing a Masters of Natural Resources.

ECS Mid-Atlantic (ECS) is pleased to announce the promotion of W. Lloyd Ward, P.E., as the Branch Manager of the Richmond, Va., office. Mr. Ward, a graduate of Virginia Tech, gained extensive and varied project experience throughout the Mid-Atlantic region since joining ECS.

Leyla Nazhandali, an assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, is the recipient of a 2008 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Dr. Nazhandali received the award for her proposed work entitled, “Overcoming Power Challenges in Embedded System Design with Subthreshold-Voltage Technology”. She received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, in 2000 as an honor student. Then, she joined Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory (ACAL) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. While there she pursued her graduate studies in computer engineering, receiving her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in 2002 and in 2006, respectively. Dr. Nazhandali was notified recently of her award, after five other Virginia Tech engineering professors had learned earlier this year they had received similar awards.
The others are: Masoud Agah and Jung-Min Park, also of electrical and civil engineering; Ali Butt of computer science; Leigh McCue of aerospace and ocean engineering; and Mark Paul of mechanical engineering.
Bevlee Watford, associate dean for academic affairs, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech, is the recipient of the 2008 Founders Award from the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Dr. Watford, also the director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity at Virginia Tech, exemplifies the Women in Engineering ProActive Network mission. The center provides encouragement and support to engineering students, focusing on the under-represented population. The award was presented to Dr. Watford recently at the Women in Engineering ProActive Network national conference in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Watford has directed the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity since its inception in 1992. She is currently a member of the National Academy of Engineering’s Engineer-Girl Website Committee. She also served as the 2006-08 program chair for the American Society for Engineering Education’s Women in Engineering Division and is currently serving as division chair for 2008-10.

Timmons Group is pleased to announce the following staff additions:
Chris Parker has been hired as Engineering Manager for the Hampton Roads office. Mr. Parker comes to the firm from Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. where he was Site Civil Project Manager. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida and his B.S. degree in Marine Transportation Management from the Maine Maritime Academy. Laura Mwirigi has joined the firm as a Project Engineer III with the Stormwater group. Ms. Mwirigi was previously with Aquaterra Engineering, LLC located in Woodstock, GA where she was a Project Engineer. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and her Masters in Information Design and Technology from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Sekhar Kafle has joined the firm as GIS Applications Developer with the Geospatial Technology group. Prior to joining Timmons, Mr. Kafle was associated with Defense Solutions where he was Software Engineer. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Regional Engineering College and his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida.
Shailesh Gavathe has joined the firm as GIS Applications Developer for their Geospatial Technology group. Mr. Gavathe comes to Timmons Group from Sprint Nextel where he was Geospatial Engineer/Analyst. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Bombay in Construction Engineering and his M.S. degree in GIS and Remote Sensing from Eastern Michigan University.
Timmons Group is also pleased to announce that Nick Hadiaris and Tracy Ruff have recently passed the Commonwealth of Virginia’s rigorous Professional Engineering examination and are now registered civil engineers. Mr. Hadiaris, a Project Engineer with the Public Safety group, joined the firm five years ago after receiving his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine. Ms. Ruff, a LEED® Accredited Project Engineer with the Urban group, has been a member of the firm’s professional staff since 2005 and holds a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. (MBP) is pleased to announce the addition of Robin Kelley as Controller to the firm’s accounting department. Ms. Kelley has more than 15 years experience in the accounting and government contracting industry, previously working for a federal contractor prior to joining MBP. She received her B.S. degree in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.

William A. (Bill) Aden, P.E., CEO and founding member of Draper Aden Associates has recently been honored by Virginia’s General Assembly with House Joint Resolution 378 for his outstanding service and numerous contributions to his community and the Commonwealth. He also currently holds the position of president of the Blacksburg Partnership, Inc., a non-profit, independent economic development organization formed by the town, local business and Virginia Tech. Mr. Aden holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Karen Weber, P.G. has been promoted to Project Geologist on the Environmental Team in the firm’s Blacksburg office. Ms. Weber holds a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences from Virginia Tech and has been with the firm for five years.
Scott A. Smith, P.E., LS, has been selected to assume the position of Survey Team Leader in the firm’s Hampton Roads office. Mr. Smith has over 21 years of engineering experience and earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Carrie N. Blankenship has recently acquired her license as a Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a Project Geologist on the Environmental Team in the Blacksburg office and has been with the firm for three years. Ms. Blankenship holds a M.S. degree in Environmental and Engineering Geology from Radford University and a B.S. degree in Geology from Virginia Tech.
DeWayne A. Craddock, P.E. has recently acquired his Professional Engineering license in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a project engineer on the Site Planning and Engineering Team in the Hampton Roads office. Mr. Craddock is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.

Clark Nexsen is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Daniel W. Roberts, P.E. has joined the firm’s Electrical Department. He is a licensed Electrical Engineer with six years of experience in the design of commercial, industrial, government, and military projects. Mr. Roberts, a Lighting Certified (LC) professional, has taught lighting education classes, and is currently serving as the Vice President of the Tidewater Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). He is a Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP), promoting energy efficient and sustainable design, and is currently pursuing his LEED® accreditation.
Walter A. Fairlie has joined the firm’s Structural Department. A graduate of the University at Buffalo where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Mr. Fairlie has experience in the design of both public and private projects and has been involved in over 500 acres of project design.
Caroline C. Catan, E.I.T. has joined the firm’s Civil Department. Ms. Catan has been involved in various types of projects throughout Hampton Roads and neighboring Tidewater areas.
Janet L. Webster, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Structural Engineer. Ms. Webster brings over 14 years of experience in the design and management of public, private and commercial projects to the firm.
Owen Parkinson has joined the Fire Protection Team. Mr. Parkinson is a Fire Protection Designer and recent graduate of Eastern Kentucky University’s Fire and Safety program. His primary areas of study included fire protection systems, fire dynamics, and occupational health and safety.
Jesse R. Penn III has recently joined Clark Nexsen as a structural designer.
Gail S. Gompers CID has joined the Interiors department and Brian A. Turner, P.E., LEED AP has joined the staff in the firm’s Mechanical Department. Ms. Gompers is a degreed interior designer and brings over 30 years of commercial design and project management experience to the firm. She holds an NCIDQ designation. Mr. Turner is a Mechanical Engineer with over 6 years of experience in mechanical and green building design. Mr. Turner is a founding director and Vice-Chair of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council and has served as an adjunct professor at the Hampton University School of Architecture.
Stephen A. Seyller, E.I.T. has joined the Structural / Bridge Inspection team and Sara A. Heppe has recently joined the Architecture team. Mr. Seyller is a Civil E.I.T. who graduated in 2005 from Clemson University having earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. Ms. Heppe is an Architectural Intern who graduated in May 2008 from the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Architecture and a minor in both Architectural History and Landscape Architecture.
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that the firm has named three new Associates:
Al G. Patel, P.E., Melodi E. Terhune, CID, ASID, LEED AP, and Anthony S. Wilkins, AIA. Mr. Patel is a Senior Bridge Engineer. He is a graduate from the University of Virginia where he received a Master of Engineering degree in Structural Engineering. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Ms. Terhune is a Senior Interior Designer with experience in the architectural and interior design of numerous higher education, healthcare, and corporate office projects. Mr. Wilkins has over 12 years of experience in architecture including design and consulting. He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where he received a B.S. degree in Architecture Engineering.

WDP & Associates is pleased to announce the following recent additions to the Virginia staff:
R. Brent Hawkins has joined as a Staff Engineer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from Virginia Tech.
Joshua Boggs, E.I.T., has joined as a Staff Engineer after completing his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina).
Daniel Axson, E.I.T., has also joined the firm as a Staff Engineer. Mr. Axson received his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and has earned his Master’s degree in Structural and Materials Engineering also at Virginia Tech.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) announced the strategic hiring of Michael T. Lambert, AICP as Director of Mid-Atlantic Transit & Rail. Mr. Lambert has 30 years of exceptionally diverse experience as a transportation planning professional that includes bus and rail transit feasibility studies, alternatives analysis, and community participation and planning.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc. recently announced that Carey Kendrick has joined the Administration Department as a Documentation Specialist. Ms. Kendrick was formerly with Cadmus Government Publication Services.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc. is also pleased to announce that Jason Takacs, P.E. in the Mechanical Department is now a certified LEED® Accredited Professional, a certification awarded by The U.S. Green Building Council.

Froehling & Robertson Inc. recently announced that Shawn Harris is now a construction materials testing project manager at the firm.

Professional Service Industries Inc. has recently announced that Doug Reedy is manager of the Dominion Hybrid Special Project; Vikki Gomez is project engineer; and Stuart Shaley has been promoted to staff scientist.

Thomas C. Skalak, professor and chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine at the University of Virginia, has recently been appointed vice president for research at U.Va.

The Construction Sciences Research Foundation, Inc. (CSRF) announced at its Summer Board of Directors meeting that Raymond K. Best, P.E., Principal and Asset Management Practice Lead of TEC Inc., will continue as President.

Mitchell L. Holmes has joined PBS&J as a division manager in the company’s east region aviation practice where he will manage all aspects of project delivery, client maintenance, and performance metrics. He brings more than 23 years of experience to PBS&J in managing capital renewal programs, strategic business planning and development, and airport process improvements. His past experience includes 20 years in a leadership role at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with 12 of those years as assistant vice president of airport development and engineering. He is a demonstrated leader in the areas of work culture improvement, productivity, and team orientation and strengthening. Mr. Holmes will be located in the firm’s Fort Worth, Texas, office. ##


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