Two Virginia Tech professors were recognized by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine for excellence in teaching, research, knowledge integration, and public service during a ceremony held recently at the Library of Virginia in Richmond.
Marc A. Edwards, the Charles P. Lunsford Professor in the College of Engineering’s Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Doris T. Zallen, a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ Department of Science and Technology in Society, were among 12 college and university faculty selected from a statewide pool of 95 nominees to receive the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty. Prof. Edwards came to Virginia Tech in 1997 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Since joining the Via department faculty at Virginia Tech, he has achieved international renown for applying the principles of aquatic chemistry to solving problems related to corrosion and drinking water infrastructure degradation. He received his B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. from the University of Washington.
Prof. Zallen has been a member of the faculty at Virginia Tech for 23 years. Nationally, she served with distinction on the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RAC) where she helped provide oversight of ground-breaking medical experiments involving human gene therapy. In her role as chair of the RAC working group on informed consent, Prof. Zallen wrote the federal guidelines, currently in force, which protect human subjects in gene-therapy experiments. She is the recipient of a Virginia Tech Certificate of Teaching Excellence, a Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award for Outstanding Faculty Research, and a University Award for Excellence in Outreach. Prof. Zallen received her B.S. degree from Brooklyn College and earned her M.S. degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Wiley & Wilson, Inc. is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Richmond S. Trotter, P.E. has joined the firmâ€™s Structural Engineering Team as a Project Engineer. His duties include being lead structural engineer on federal and institutional projects. Mr. Trotter holds a B.S. degree from the University of Richmond, a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary.
Carolyn A. Riddle, P.E. was recently promoted to Engineer with the firmâ€™s Structural Engineering Team. Her duties include lead structural design of industrial and institutional projects. Ms. Riddle attended Virginia Tech where she received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Structural Engineering at the University of Virginia.
Diana Z. Gazek has joined the firmâ€™s Structural Engineering Team as an Assistant Engineer. Her duties include structural design and construction management of wastewater treatment and nuclear power facilities. Ms. Gazek attended the National University of Cordoba, Argentina where she received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Scott A. Eckhardt has joined the firmâ€™s Structural Engineering Team as a Designer/Drafter. His duties include CAD drafting of structures for industrial and institutional projects. Mr. Eckhardt received an A.A.S. degree in Computer Drafting and Design from ITT Technical Institute, Thornton, Colorado.
Christopher D. Harwood has joined the firmâ€™s Electrical Engineering Team as a Project Designer. His duties include design of power and control systems. Mr. Harwood attended American River College in California and completed a four-year course at the ABC apprenticeship program in Virginia. He is a certified Master Electrician.
Nancy L. Carrier has joined the firm as a Designer. She focuses on preparing CAD drawings of civil site work, and mechanical and electrical plans. Ms. Carrier received an A.A.S. degree in Mechanical/Electronic Design from Delhi Tech, Delhi, New York as well as an A.A.S. degree in Individual Studies.
David Capretta has joined the firm as IT Department Manager. His duties include company wide responsibility for all IT functions including hardware, software and communications equipment. Mr. Capretta received a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio and an A.S. degree in Computer Technology from Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.
Austin Brockenbrough & Associates, L.L.P. has recently announced their new staff additions to include:
Vann L. Davis has joined as a Civil Engineer. Mr. Davis is a graduate of Southern University and was previously with Cape Environmental in Alexandria;
Kenneth M. Sykes has joined as an Electrical Engineer. A VMI graduate, Mr. Sykes was previously with Northrop Grumman in Newport News;
J. Matthew Stephens has joined the firm as a Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Stephens is a recent graduate from Pensacola Christian College; and
Robert (Bob) Ducey has joined the firm as a CAD Designer. Mr. Ducey will support the Transportation and Civil Engineering/Site Development Groups.
Austin Brockenbrough & Associates, L.L.P. has also announced that Bryan M. Strayer, P.E. has passed his professional engineers exam. Mr. Strayer has been a Mechanical Engineer with the firm since 2000.
Dewberry has announced several promotions of senior staff located in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area:
G. Shawn Ball, P.E., a project manager and transportation engineer with the Fairfax, Va., office has been named senior associate. Mr. Ball has almost 20 years of engineering experience and has a broad range of specific experience in highway design and construction.
R. Joseph Cronin, IV, L.S. has been named senior associate. A licensed surveyor in Virginia and West Virginia, Mr. Cronin has more than 20 years of experience.
James D. Davidson, Jr., P.E., the director of structural engineering in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been named senior associate. Mr. Davidson has more than 21 years of experience as a structural engineer.
David Maune, Ph.D., CP, CFM, a remote sensing technical leader in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been promoted to senior associate. With more than 45 years of experience, Dr. Maune most recently served as project manager for Dewberryâ€™s contracts with USGS, NOAA and various states and counties.
Jeffrey Poplin, a department manager and consultant on geographic information systems in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been promoted to senior associate. Mr. Poplin has more than 20 years of management experience.
Mark G. Unterkofler, P.E., senior structural engineer in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been named a senior associate. With over 15 years of experience, he currently serves as a deputy project manager.
Siavosh E. Agahy, P.E., a senior construction engineer in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been named an associate. Mr. Agahy has more than 21 years of experience in the areas of engineering construction and program management.
Jeremy J. Beck has been named an associate. A transportation engineer in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, he has provided highway design on multiple improvement projects.
Scott C. Clarke, P.E., a water resources engineer in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been named an associate. With more than 10 years of experience, he specializes in stormwater management, drainage design and watershed master planning.
Michael W. Hoover, a land surveyor in the firmâ€™s Fredericksburg, Va., office, has been promoted to associate. Mr. Hoover has more than 28 years of experience in surveying operations.
Jean H. Huang, P.E., CFM, a lead project manager in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been named an associate. Ms. Huang has more than eight years of experience in water resources engineering and GIS mapping. She has managed a variety of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood studies, hazard mapping, and post-disaster analyses projects across the nation.
Mitchell Johnson, P.E., director of technical services in the firmâ€™s Culpeper, Va., office, has been promoted to associate. Mr. Johnson has more than 19 years of experience in transportation and land development engineering and project management.
Chih-Ping Lin, P.E., a senior structural engineer in the firmâ€™s Fairfax office, has been named an associate. Mr. Lin has more than 30 years of experience in the design of steel and concrete bridges and associated highway structures.
Richard L. Shelton, P.E., director of Department of Defense programs, has been named an associate. With more than 20 years of experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mr. Shelton oversees Dewberryâ€™s project and engineering management services for all Department of Defense and intelligence community agencies.
Lucas McClellan, P.E., a land development engineer with Dewberryâ€™s Lanham, MD, office, has been promoted to associate. Mr. McClellan has nearly 10 years of experience in land, highway and airport design, and surveying.
Precision Measurements, Inc. (PMI) is proud to announce the following staff promotions:
Kenneth Leitz has been promoted to Director of Special Projects. A member of the firmâ€™s staff for 11 years, his duties now include the oversight of all special projects within all four of PMIâ€™s offices.
Stephen Pearce has been promoted to Director of Surveys. A member of the firmâ€™s staff for 9 years, his duties now include day-to-day project management, client consultation, project estimation, project setup, and QA/QC for all four of PMIâ€™s offices.
Angelica Ceron Harris has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development. She has a B.S.B.A. in General Management and has been with the firm for 10 years.
Cindy Waddell has been promoted to Vice President of Corporate Administration. A member of the firmâ€™s staff for 9 years, her duties now encompass overseeing all aspects of corporate administration.
Tano Lentini has been promoted to Virginia Beach Area Manager. A member of the firmâ€™s staff for 3 years, his responsibilities now include day-to-day project management, client consultation, project estimation, project setup for all surveying projects in the Virginia Beach office. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
Rick Thomas has been promoted to Newport News Area Manager. A member of the firmâ€™s staff for 7 years, his responsibilities now include day-to-day project management, client consultation, project estimation, and project setup for all surveying projects in the Newport News office.
Mike Perreault has been promoted to Head of Geographic Information Systems where he is now responsible for the oversight of all GIS projects within the firm. He has been with PMI for 3 years.
Fred Nyamadi has been promoted to CADD Manager. A member of the firmâ€™s staff for 2 years, his duties now include developing, implementing, and enforcing all CADD standards, as well as overseeing all CADD technicians for the Virginia Beach office. Mr. Nyamadi received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
Kelli Stamm has been promoted to Marketing Manager. A staff member for 1 year, Ms. Stamm manages strategic advertising programs with engineering firms as well as city, state and government agencies. She holds a B.S.B.A. in Marketing from Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
Jaymes Holowiak has been promoted to Junior Crew Chief. A staff member for 2 years, his duties now include managing teams performing ALTA surveys, topographic surveys, route surveys, as-built surveys, and boundary surveys.
Pia Solis has been promoted to Accounting Assistant. She has been with PMI for 2 years.
EEE Consulting, Inc. has recently announced that:
Billy Newcomb, P.G. has joined the Blacksburg office as Senior Hydrogeologist/Program Manager. He was previously with Golder Associates Inc.;
Pam Rickman is now the Office Manager in the firmâ€™s Montpelier office. She was previously with Golder Associates Inc.;
Chris Swanson, C.H.M.M., also in the Montpelier office, has passed his Certified Hazardous Materials Manager test and has become a Certified Asbestos Inspector in Virginia;
Robert Wright, P.W.S., P.W.D. has joined the Blacksburg office as Senior Environmental Scientist. He was previously with Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.; and
Ross Ward, P.E. has joined the Montpelier office as Senior Engineer. He was previously with URS.
Skip Groupe, President of The Engineering Groupe, Inc., welcomes Michael Myers, P.E., to the company as the new Director of Engineering for the Piedmont region. Mr. Myers will work out of the firmâ€™s Charlottesville office overseeing projects in Charlottesville, Culpeper and the surrounding areas. He brings nearly 13 years of civil engineering experience in residential and commercial land development engineering to the firm. Mr. Myers holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a Designated Plans Examiner in Fairfax and Prince William counties.
Peter J. Rigby, Jr., P.E., Partner at Paciulli, Simmons & Associates, has been named Associate of the Year for 2006 by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA). The award was presented recently at the associationâ€™s annual Presidentâ€™s Ball. Mr. Rigby has over 26 years of multi-discipline experience in engineering and project management for private and public sector clients. In addition to his responsibilities as a client and project manager, Mr. Rigby currently manages the firmâ€™s Fairfax office. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and holds a M.S. degree in Engineering Management.
Paciulli, Simmons & Associates (PSA) and its staff was once again recognized and presented with several awards for Quality Plan Production at the annual meeting of the Engineers and Surveyors Institute (ESI). ESIâ€™s annual meeting, which some consider to be the â€œAcademy Awardsâ€ of the land development industry, judges quality and technical performance in plan preparation and review.
This year, PSAâ€™s Leesburg office was recognized for quality plan production for the Town of Leesburg and Loudoun County. In addition, two members of PSAâ€™s professional staff were recognized. Ann Germain, P.E. was recognized for quality designated plans examination in Fairfax County and Matthew McComas, P.E., LSIT was recognized for quality designated plan examination in Loudoun County.
This marks the firmâ€™s sixth consecutive year being recognized by ESI for quality plan production in Fairfax County, Loudoun County, or the Town of Leesburg.
Anderson & Associates, Inc. welcomes Angela Guy to the firmâ€™s staff as a Design Tech in the Johnson City, TN office.
The firm also announced that Brian McNinney, a Project Engineer in the firmâ€™s Blacksburg office, has recently become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Virginia.
McKinney & Company has recently announced that Jeffrey S. Bragdon is now the firm’s Director of Civil Engineering.
SanAir Technologies Laboratory Inc. has recently announced that De-Wei Li, a mycologist, will serve as a technical adviser to the firm. Dr. Li will continue his work as a research scientist at the Valley Laboratory of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in Windsor, Conn.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc., has announced the following new additions to the firmâ€™s staff:
Evan Riley, P.E. has recently joined the firmâ€™s Mechanical Department. Mr. Riley was formerly with Reliatech, LLC;
Nasri Sleem, P.E. has also joined the firmâ€™s Mechanical Department. Mr. Sleem was formerly with Engineers Plus; and
John Swecker, P.E. has joined the firmâ€™s Structural Department. Mr. Swecker was most recently with Moseley Architects, P.C.
Stantec has launched a new scholarship program at Virginia Tech, which the firm awarded to its first recipient recently. Engineering student Tyler Haak was the first to receive the Stantec Award for Academic Excellence, administered by Stantecâ€™s Richmond, VA, office. Mr. Haak, a junior, is pursuing his B.S. degree in civil engineering with a focus on structures, geotechnics, and construction. He was nominated for the award by the universityâ€™s Charles E. Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The scholarship awards $2,000 a year to a full-time rising junior or senior in the civil and environmental engineering department. Candidates must also have a minimum 3.0 quality credit average (QCA). The scholarship transfers to the recipientâ€™s senior year provided he or she maintains the 3.0 QCA.
Charles D. Larson is now the corporate practice area leader for infrastructure management and pavement engineering at Stantec Consulting Services.
Donald M. Marks, president, Form Works, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been elected president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, Mo., for 2007-2008 at its board meeting in Las Vegas, Nev., January 22, 2007. Paul A. Albanelli, Livonia, Mich.; Clay Fischer, Jupiter, Fla.; Rocky Geans, Mishawaka, Ind.; and Mike Poppoff, Moxie, Wash. were elected vice presidents. Glen Shamblen, Tampa, Fla. was re-elected secretary/treasurer. Ian Blair, Wilmington, N.C.; Anthony DeCarlo, Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio; Ray Merlo, Northville, Mich.; and David Turner, Grand Rapids, Mich., were elected as new members of the board of directors. Scott Anderson, Houston, Tex. was appointed a director to fill an open position.
The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the ASCC, elected Jay Fangman, Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, Colo., as council director. Glen Shamblen was elected secretary/treasurer. Dennis Ahal, St. Louis, Mo.; Ray Brooks, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Jeff Girard, Raleigh, N.C.; Byron Klemaske II, San Diego, Calif.; Greg Randa, Yorkville, Ill.; and Paul Schneider, Cincinnati, Ohio, were elected as new members of the DCC advisory board. ##