July 2010 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Virginia A&E is pleased to announce that Debbie Leech has received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering/Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. Ms. Leeach has eleven years experience in the A/E industry and will specialize in structural engineering.
Debbie Leech

McCormick Taylor announces that Brennan S. Collier has been named as an Associate. A Senior Environmental Planner, Ms. Collier comes to the firm’s Richmond office after seven years of increasing responsibility at VDOT.

Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that Kristin Moreno has earned the designation of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Accredited Professional, Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEED AP EB O+M) awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. She received the LEED® Green Associate designation in March 2010 and shortly after pursued the LEED® AP designation.

McKim & Creed announces that Michael S. Demko, P.E., has joined the company’s Virginia Beach office as a senior project manager/regional manager. Mr. Demko has 12 years of civil and environmental engineering experience, and specializes in wastewater treatment and reuse. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. Prior to joining McKim & Creed, he worked with Stantec, Malcolm Pirnie, and Metcalf & Eddy on a variety of water and wastewater projects along the East Coast.
Michael S. Demko

H&A Architects & Engineers announces the following new staff additions: James Cooper, RCDD, has joined the Electrical Department in their Richmond office as a Sr. Electrical Engineer. Mr. Cooper was formerly with CH2M Hill;
Andrew Fleenor, E.I.T., has joined the Electrical Department in their Richmond office as an Electrical Engineer. Mr. Fleenor is a former H&A intern and recently graduated from Virginia Military Institute; and
Kevin Pierce has joined the Mechanical Department in their Hampton Roads office as a Mechanical Designer. Mr. Pierce was formerly with Bowman, Foster and Associates P.C.

Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to welcome the following to their staff: Rachel Shumate, as Beckley, WVa. Marketing Coordinator; Jason Williams, P.E., as Blacksburg Transportation Assistant Project Manager; and Tom Whitmore & Christian Rodrique, as Blacksburg Survey Technicians.
Anderson & Associates would also like to congratulate Dan Phipps, E.I.T., CFM on receiving his FloodPlain Managers Certification and David Inman, P.E. on his promotion to Environmental Project Manager.

Hugh McGee, Federal Highway Safety Senior Program Manager in Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.‘s (VHB) Tysons Corner office, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by the Penn State College of Engineering. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from Penn State in 1965, 1969 and 1972, respectively. His research has led to the advancement of design and traffic control standards, most notably the inclusion of his recommendations on decision sight distance in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ publication, Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets.
Hugh McGee

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that Matthew B. James, E.I.T. has joined the firm as a Staff Engineer on the Site Planning and Engineering Team in the Blacksburg office. He specializes in Low-Impact Development, watershed-wide effects of Best Management Practices and hydrologic modeling. Mr. James is a graduate of Virginia Tech with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. While at Virginia Tech he was a member of the Land Development Design Initiative as well as a teaching and graduate research assistant.
Matthew B. James

Bevlee Watford, associate dean of academic affairs at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, has been named interim department head of the college’s engineering education department. Dr. Watford will fill a vacancy left by O. Hayden Griffin Jr., who left at the end of this academic year to become head of the Engineering Program at East Carolina University. Dr. Watford earned a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering in 1981, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in 1983 and 1985, respectively, all from Virginia Tech. She has served as associate dean of academic affairs since 1997, and is currently director of the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. Recently she was named as a Fellow Member by the American Society for Engineering Education in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the society.
William R. Knocke, the W.C. English Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, has joined the university’s administrative team in the Office of the Vice President for Research as associate vice president for research programs. Dr. Knocke, who joined Virginia Tech in 1979, was head of the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1995 to 2009. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri, with a concentration in environmental engineering. His recent honors include being elected a fellow of the America Society of Civil Engineers, named the 2008 Engineer of the Year of the Virginia Section of the America Society of Civil Engineers, and receiving the 2009 Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Leadership Award from the society.
Brian M. Kleiner, professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Ralph H. Bogle Professor Fellow in Industrial and Systems Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A College of Engineering member since 1991, he has developed and taught innovative courses in industrial and systems engineering and has established a world-class research program in the analysis and design of work systems called macroergonomics. He has authored or co-authored more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and has participated in more than $10 million in funded research projects.
Dr. Kleiner holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Bevlee Watford William R. Knocke Brian M. Kleiner

The Richmond office of The Louis Berger Group, Inc. (BERGER) welcomes James (Fred) Aicholtz as a Senior Structural Engineer. A Virginia Tech Alum, he is a 27-year veteran of the structural and bridge engineering industry.

Joseph G. Paciulli, President and Chief Executive Officer of Paciulli, Simmons & Associates, has been selected to serve on the Loudoun CEO Cabinet. He is currently serving in his eighth year on the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission (EDC) advising the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on economic development issues and opportunities. Mr. Paciulli has more than 33 years of comprehensive civil engineering and land surveying experience throughout the northern Virginia region.
Joseph G. Paciulli

According to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, William (Bill) Sorrentino Jr., deputy district engineer of Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award in April, at the 2010 Career Program 18 (Engineers & Scientist – Construction) Annual Training workshop held in San Antonio, Texas. Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp, commanding general, USACE, presented the award to Mr. Sorrentino at the annual training workshop. As USACE functional chief of CP-18, the chief of engineers may choose each year to confer an award in a special category of service. These discretionary awards are not competed and are based on involvement in the career program goals and objectives, impact on the workforce and enduring contributions. “For 15 years, Mr. Sorrentino has worked steadfastly to improve intern programs and training, and continues to be a proactive contributor to the overall success of the career program,” said Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp. “He is without a doubt one of the most respected spokespersons for our program and serves as a model for other leaders within CP-18.”
William Sorrentino Jr.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) installed new officers and directors at its 2010 Annual Meeting held June 26th-30th. The new president is Lynn G. Bellenger, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, partner, Pathfinder Engineers & Architects, Rochester, N.Y. Ms. Bellenger is ASHRAE certified as a Building Energy Modeling Professional and a High Performance Building Design Professional. She is the first female president in the Society’s 116 year history. ASHRAE also recognized 70 members and one chapter for contributions to ASHRAE and the HVAC&R industry.

Rear Admiral Kate Gregory is the first female Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) flag officer to take command as she relieves Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione as commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific. She was promoted to Rear Admiral June 1st, 2010, becoming the first female CEC officer in the history of the Navy to attain this rank. Rear Admiral Gregory holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Southern California, and George Washington University; has completed the Senior Executive Program at the London School of Business; is a registered professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and is a qualified Military Parachutist and Seabee Combat Warfare Officer. She assumes command of approximately 4,000 military and civilian men and women who work for NAVFAC Pacific and its three Facilities Engineering Commands in Hawaii, Guam, and Japan.
Rear Admiral Giorgione will officially retire from the Navy July 16th, 2010 in a ceremony at Annapolis, Md., the place where he was commissioned as a naval officer 29 years ago.

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