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Virginia Geotechnical Services, P.C. (VGS) has recently announced that Catherine Gilstrap, E.I.T., has joined the Geotechnical Engineering Group as a Staff Engineer. Ms. Gilstrap is a 2003 graduate Cum Laude of Virginia Tech and a member of Chi Gilstrap Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society). In her new position, she will be responsible for field investigations and geotechnical design services for the firm.
VGS also announced that Jose Huante, and Matthew Thornton have attained ACI Level I certification in field concrete testing.
Mr. Huante is responsible for construction materials testing services for the firm. He has more than Huante 10 years experience as an electrician and is also an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) volunteer serving with the Tuckahoe Rescue Squad.
Mr. Thornton holds a Master?s degree in Geology from Radford University and has been with VGS for two Thornton years. He is a Geologist and GIS specialist for the firm.
Anderson & Associates (A&A), has announced the promotion of Thomas DiGiulian to Vice President. Mr. DiGiulian has been with Anderson & Associates for 17 years and works out of the firm?s Blacksburg office. He will be responsible for directing and coordinating with other project teams within the firm on water and sewer projects and will oversee the operations of A&A?s survey department. Mr. DiGiulian has more than 20 years experience in the surveying and civil engineering fields. He has designed and managed a variety of projects including roadway design, water and sewer system design, stormwater management, and site development. Mr. DiGiulian, a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and Land Surveyor (LS) in Virginia, holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
A&A also announced the promotion of Stephen Steele to Project Manager in the firm?s Blacksburg office. He has been with Anderson & Associates since 2001. Mr. Steele holds an associate?s degree in Architectural Engineering and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Bluefield State College, as well as a B.S. degree in Business Management from Emory and Henry College. He holds his Engineer-in-Training (EIT) license in Virginia and is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE).
A&A also recently announced the recent promotion of Brandie Moody, to GIS Project Manager from her previous Tri-Cities Survey/GIS Technician position and Jon Greene, to Assistant GIS Project Manager from his previous Tri-Cities GIS Analyst position.
The firm would also like to welcome: Melissa Scott, Blacksburg Assistant GIS Project Manager; Dean Upton, P.E., rejoining A&A as Blacksburg Project Manager; Ron Buzzard, Blacksburg GIS Project Manager; Jason Lewis, Greensboro GIS Technician; Rodger Hoke, Greensboro Assistant Project Manager; and Kenneth Smith, Tri-Cities GIS Technician.
John R. Moore, P.E., LSIT, has joined the Richmond staff of Draper Aden Associates as a project engineer for the site planning and engineering team of the firm?s Richmond office. A civil engineering graduate of Virginia Tech, he Moore was formerly with Stantec Consulting, and has extensive experience in project management for site designs for commercial, institutional, industrial, and transportation projects.
James S. Thorp,
a member of the National Academy of Engineering, will become the new head of Virginia Tech?s Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective July 1st.
Hassan Aref, dean of Virginia Tech?s College of Thorp Engineering, announced Dr. Thorp?s appointment following a nationwide search. Since 1994 he has held Cornell?s Charles N. Mellowes Professorship in Engineering. At Virginia Tech, he will hold the Hugh and Ethel Kelly Professorship. Dr. Thorp is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and received the 2001 Power Engineering Society Career Service Award. He received four teaching awards from Cornell, where he started as an assistant professor, upon receiving his doctorate. He earned his bachelor?s, master?s and doctoral degrees from Cornell in 1959, 1961, and 1962, respectively.
Virginia Tech?s College of Engineering has inducted nine new members into its Academy of Engineering Excellence. The college selected these alumni because of their outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. The nine new members are: Kyle T. Alfriend, Kelso Baker, Mary Berry, Douglas Dwoyer, Eustace Frederick, James K. George, Jr., John Kroehling, Haller Prillaman, and Dr. Sidney Smith, Jr.
Mr. Alfriend, a native of Danville, VA, is a 1962 engineering mechanics graduate, receiving his Ph.D. in EM in 1967, and holds a Texas A&M Distinguished Research Chair. He continues to work in the area of space surveillance.
Mr. Baker, another native Virginian, is a 1951 civil engineering graduate. In 1999, he funded the Kelso S. Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory. This premier facility of the mid-Atlantic region for hydraulics research enables researchers to study phenomena related to the movement of water, sediment, and pollutants through wetlands and waterways.
Ms. Berry of Gainesville, VA, is a 1962 mechanical engineering graduate. Her career spans more than four decades with Atlantic Research Corporation (ARC) where she started as a structural engineer.
Mr. Dwoyer of Glouster, VA, earned all three of his degrees from Virginia Tech: a bachelor?s degree in 1964, a master?s degree in 1968, and his doctorate in 1975. He has spent 26 years with NASA at their Langley, VA location.
Mr. Frederick graduated in 1952. He spent the next 40 years with the same company, Consolidation Coal Company (now CONSOL). When he retired in 1992, he was the Senior Vice President of Mining for the Southern Appalachia Region.
Mr. George of Austin, TX, is a 1964 electrical engineering graduate. He built a 38 year career in the semiconductor industry. He served as the corporate vice president of Motorola for the last 15 years of his career until his retirement in 2002.
Mr. Kroehling started at Virginia Tech in 1942, served in World War II

from 1943 until 1946, when he returned to campus with a Purple Heart and a Soldier?s Medal. He graduated with a degree in ceramic engineering with the June 1948 class.
Mr. Prillaman of Martinsville, VA, graduated in 1955 with an industrial engineering degree, returning home to join his family?s business, Prillaman Chemicals.
Sidney Smith Jr., is world-renowned in the health field. He graduated in 1963 with a chemical engineering degree, which he used as a stepping-stone to attend Yale Medical School.
Bowers & Associates, a division of Vollmer Associates, has named Joseph M. Mancini, P.E., and Kevin Van Hise Project managers in the firm?s Leesburg, VA, branch office.
Mr. Mancini has more than 10 years experience in land development and infrastructure civil engineering design and survey computation. He is a Designated Plans Examiner for both Loudon and Fairfax counties. Mr. Mancini holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The Catholic Univeristy of America.
Mr. Van Hise has 13 years experience with the firm in land development for both residential and commercial projects. He holds a B.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from Pennsylvania State University.
Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc. (HSMM) has announced the following promotions at the firm: J. Scott Hodge, P.E., has been named Regional Manager for the Transportation Division, Roanoke Office; Paul Anderson, P.E., PTOE to Project Manager; and Kamran Khalilian, P.E., to Department Head, Roanoke Highway Department.
Mr. Hodge will be responsible for the overall operations of the Roanoke Office Transportation Division as well as continuing in his role as Project Manager. He has over 23 years experience, 15 of them with HSMM, in design and management for bridge and highway projects; location studies and environmental impact statements; and industrial park layout and infrastructure design. Mr. Hodge received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institute of Traffic Engineers, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, and the Virginia Road and Transportation Builders Association.
Paul Anderson will continue his role with his current projects and assume additional duties related to business development and marketing of the Transportation Division. With HSMM since 1988, he has over 18 years experience in road design, site work, and traffic engineering. He has also managed several road improvement design projects, and has led numerous traffic impact studies and transportation planning projects. Mr. Anderson holds B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1986) degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer and is a registered professional engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. Mr. Anderson is a past president of the Roanoke branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers and is also a member of the Virginia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (VASITE).
Kamran Khalilian,
joined HSMM in 1992 and will have the responsibility of coordinating the day-to-day production activities in the Highway Department. He will continue to serve as Project Manager on given projects and will continue to be actively involved in business development with key clients in the transportation market. He has more than 19 years of transportation engineering and planning experience. Mr. Khalilian received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1984 and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
HSMM, also announced the new assignments of
William G. Porter, P.E., as Principal Client Manager for the Justice and Public Safety market segment; Gary F. Arnold, AIA as Regional Manager for the Virginia Beach office; and Wilbur W. Hogge, P.E., as Operations Manger for the Virginia Beach office within its Buildings Division.
Mr. Porter is responsible for mapping strategies to successfully design and service clients for the firm?s judicial, public safety, and corrections projects.
Mr. Arnold is tasked with planning and managing all activities of the Hampton Roads branch office, including all aspects of project acquisition, execution, and completion.
Mr. Hogge is assigned to ensure that local personnel meet all required production assignments, and appropriate quality and standards measures.

McKim & Creed, an engineering and surveying firm with offices throughout the Southeast, has recently announced that the following professionals have joined the firm?s Virginia Beach office: Jamie Blaser comes to the firm as an Administrative Assistant.
Farah Foster has joined the firm as a Business Developer. She is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she earned a degree in International Business. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, the Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and the American Public Works Association (APWA).
Casey Funk comes to McKim & Creed as a Civil Designer, specializing in civil/site design. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Precision Measurements, Inc. recently announced the promotion of
Paul R. Simek as the Newport News Area Manager. Mr. Simek has over 20 years experience in the Land Surveying profession and is a registered Land Surveyor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has served for the past three years as a Senior Project Manager out of the firm?s Virginia Beach office.
Clyde W. Bragg, previously with Baskervill & Son, has recently joined Dunlap & Partners as chief electrical engineer.
Dunlap & Partners also announced that Dawen Lu has successfully completed the necessary requirments to earn LEED 2.0 Accredited Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Resource International Ltd., a Consulting and Engineering firm located in Ashland, VA, recently announced these additions and promotions at their Corporate Office: Edward J. Hollos, P.E., DEE, has been named the new Solid Waste Section Group Manager in the Municipal Engineering Department.
Mr. Hollos has over 30 years experience in civil and environmental projects related to the sound, economical management of municipal and industrial solid wastes.
Jeff Collins, CLA has joined the Land Planning Studio as a Project Planner. He owned his own land planning consulting firm for years and is a certified landscape architect.
Jeffrey Urquhart has also joined
the Land Planning Studio as a CADD technician. In his new position, he brings 20 years experience in various types of engineering drafting and design work.
Austin Brockenbrough & Associates, L.L.P., consulting engineers, has made the following announcements: David B. Tillar, P.E., has joined the firm as a Civil Engineer.
Mr. Tillar is a graduate of VMI and had most recently been with the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. He will work in the firm?s Civil Engineering/Site Development Group.
Kevin B. Ellis has joined the firm as a CAD Technician. Mr. Ellis had most recently been with Louis Berger & Associates.
He will support the Transportation and Civil Engineering/ Site Development Groups.
Jed Wilson, P.E., of Chewning and Wilmer, Inc., has recently announced the promotion of both Jay Atkinson and Carson Rogers from positions as Directors to Vice Presidents with the company.

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