April 2010 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., a Richmond-based consulting engineering firm, has recently announced the following new staff additions at the firm:
Jared B. Jamison, P.E., has joined the Structural Department in the firm’s Glen Allen office as Structural Engineer. Mr. Jamison was formerly associated with Carousel Signs & Designs, Inc.;
Mark A. Andrews, P.E., has joined the Electrical Department in the firm’s Glen Allen office as Electrical Engineer. Mr. Andrews was formerly associated with Electricomp; and
Timothy D. Taylor, has joined the Life Safety/Fire Protection Department in the firm’s Glen Allen office as Life Safety/Fire Protection Designer. Mr. Taylor was formerly associated with VSC Fire & Security.
George Hirsch has joined the Production Department in the Glen Allen Office as a Business Analyst. Mr. Hirsch was formerly with PRJSYS LLC.
Neal O’Neill has joined the Production Department in the firm’s Hampton Roads Office as a Revit BIM Coordinator. Mr. O’Neill was formerly with Avatech Solutions, Inc.
Jarrod Edwards has joined the Mechanical Department in the San Diego Office as a Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Edwards was formerly with M-E Engineers Inc.
Robert Shieh, has joined the Life Safety Department in Hankins and Anderson’s San Diego Office as a Fire Protection Engineer. Mr. Shieh was formerly with Rolf Jensen & Associates.
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Hampton Roads Post recently named Steve Pearson, AIA, as their Architect of the Year. Mr. Pearson, Vice President of Military Programs at Hankins and Anderson, Inc., was selected for his diverse background and overall accomplishments in the architectural and engineering industry. A Virginia Tech graduate and a Registered Architect, he has been actively involved in the military and design construction industry for over 20 years, serving both in the Navy civil service and private industry. During his tenure with the government, he was awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his dedication and accomplishments while located at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA. He successfully led teams for the Army, Navy and Air Force on projects in Fort Lee, Virginia that were critical to the success of Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) relocations.

Sean M. Kluckman recently received his Professional Engineer’s (PE) license. A project engineer in Burgess & Niple’s (B&N) Chantilly office, Mr. Kluckman has nearly 5 years of experience in providing civil engineering design services for public and private agencies in Virginia. His expertise includes site design for commercial and residential developments and parks facilities, stormwater management design, and the use of Low-Impact Design practices. His project experience includes Vint Hill mixed-use development, Valleybrook Montessori School, Ekklesia Church, Greenbriar Park, and the new Associated Builders and Contractors Headquarters building in Loudoun County, Virginia. Mr. Kluckman joined B&N in 2005. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 2004, and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 2006 from Virginia Tech.

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that Carrie Blankenship, P.G., Deborah Flippo, and Scott Schiller, P.E., have all recently been named as the firm’s newest associates.
Ms. Blankenship is a Project Geologist in the firm’s Blacksburg office and has been with Draper Aden Associates for four years. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Geology and subsequently earned her M.S. degree in Environmental and Engineering Geology from Radford University.
Ms. Flippo is a Business Development Manager in the Blacksburg office and has over 19 years of business development and marketing experience. She received her B.S. degree in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mr. Schiller is the Utilities Team Leader and a Senior Project Engineer in the firm’s Hampton Roads office with 11 years of engineering experience, four of which have been with Draper Aden Associates. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University.
Draper Aden Associates is also pleased to announce that Kristi S. Prillaman, PHR, has earned her certification as a Professional in Human Resources as designated by the Society for Human Resource Management. Ms. Prillaman joined the firm as a Senior HR Specialist in 2006 and was promoted to Human Resources Manager in 2007. She received her B.B.A. degree from Radford University with a major in Business Management and a concentration in Human Resources Management.

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announcement that Connie C. Burnette was recently promoted to Human Resources Manager. Ms. Burnette is responsible for all human resources functions at the firm including benefits, 401K, ESOP, continuing education, compliance reporting, and OSHA compliance. She joined the firm two years ago bringing a wealth of knowledge from her previous human resources experiences with an ESOP company.
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that J. David Roberts, P.E., LEED GA successfully completed the requirements to earn a LEED GA (Green Associate) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Roberts, as Structural Department Manger, is responsible for successful delivery of all of the structural engineering services performed in the company’s corporate office located in Lynchburg. He received his B.S. degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Dewberry Chairman Sidney O. Dewberry, P.E., LS, has announced that Donald E. Stone, Jr., P.E., an engineer with nearly 30 years’ experience, will serve as the firm’s next chief executive officer (CEO). Mr. Stone, Dewberry’s current chief operating officer (COO), will assume his new responsibilities on April 2nd, 2010. The chairman also announced that Dan M. Pleasant, P.E., president of Dewberry’s southeast division, has been chosen as the new chief operating officer.
In his new position, Mr. Stone will succeed Ronald L. Ewing, P.E., RLS, who has been with Dewberry since 2002, when he was brought on board as chief operating officer. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ewing was a regional general manager for a large international firm. For much of his 40-plus years in the industry, Mr. Ewing has also planned, engineered, and managed transportation, aviation, water resources, and major public works projects throughout the United States. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers; he is past chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Professional Development Committee, served on the executive committee, and is presently a fellow, the ACEC Management Practice Committee Chair, and ACEC Liaison to the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Mr. Ewing is also past chairman of the Civil Engineering Institute of George Mason University.
Mr. Stone joined Dewberry in December 2008 and has been serving as the firm’s COO and infrastructure engineering services practice area leader. He came to the firm from O’Brien & Gere and graduated from The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He is a water/wastewater engineer with technical expertise in design-build programs and industrial, municipal, and federal project development and execution. He is certified by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying, and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers.
Mr. Pleasant is currently the president of Dewberry’s southeast division. He directs a multi-disciplined staff of 175 in five office locations in Virginia and North Carolina. He has spent 30 years of his 35-year career with the firm. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering. He is certified by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering. He is a member of multiple professional associations to include the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and American Council of Engineering Companies, and is active in regional community and civic organizations. He recently was appointed for a six-year term to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

Grant Newton is vice president/commercial services at Genesis Consulting. He will be responsible for identifying, developing and serving private-sector clients. He has more than 21 years of experience in business development, management and business-development strategy. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in industrial and operations management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Ernie Combs is a project engineer at ColonialWebb Contractors. He has more than eight years of engineering experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Raymond DeStephen has been appointed president of Schnabel Engineering Consultants Inc. He has 35 years of experience and has been with the firm since 1975. He earned his master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Ohio State University.
Preston Frey has been appointed president of Schnabel Dam Engineering Inc. He has been with the firm since 1981.

Roger L. Blue is a senior electrical engineer at Dunlap and Partners Engineers. He was formerly with M.C. Dean. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Thao Do, a senior within the Virginia Tech College of Engineering has been selected as a National Institutes of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholar. Ms. Do will graduate in May with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Honors Scholar diploma. She says she plans to spend 2010-12 on the National Institutes of Health main campus in Bethesda, Md., and 2012-14 in the United Kingdom, at either Oxford or Cambridge universities. The National Institutes of Health-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars program is an accelerated, individualized doctoral training program for outstanding science students committed to biomedical research, according to organizers. The program enables students to undertake a collaborative project in any area of biomedical investigation involving mentors in Bethesda and at either Oxford or Cambridge. The projects culminate in the award of a Ph.D. in science from either Oxford or Cambridge. Her ultimate career goal is to find non-invasive methods to detect and treat breast cancer and work with biomedical engineering researchers around the globe.
Preliminary research on cancer treatments using nanotechnology and laser therapy has led to a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for Marissa Nichole Rylander, Virginia Tech assistant professor jointly appointed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences. The CAREER grant will allow Prof. Rylander to develop and utilize a novel sensing system she co-invented called the “holey scaffold”. Her design will characterize the three-dimensional and time dependent motion of a nanoparticle used in a treatment process. It will also illustrate the dynamic, light-activated thermal and chemical response of the tumor to the nanoparticle-mediated laser therapy for varying nanoparticle properties and laser parameters within both in vitro and in vivo tumor systems. Prof. Rylander, who joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2006, earned her doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2005 where she remained as a post doctoral fellow jointly appointed in the biomedical engineering department and Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. Her CAREER award will also allow her to create a course on nanotherapeutics for undergraduates and graduate students. This CAREER project will also establish a multi-tier education and outreach plan that will integrate research elements and discoveries into multidisciplinary educational and research experiences for high school students and teachers from underprivileged schools in West Virginia and undergraduates and graduate students at Virginia Tech.
Virginia Tech has named Matthew A. Hiser as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering for the 2009-10 academic year. Mr. Hiser is expected to receive his B.S. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the College of Engineering in May 2010 with a minor in Mathematics. He says he plans to continue his education to obtain his master’s in May 2011. He is a University Honors student and has served as an undergraduate research assistant in the materials science and engineering department for three years. Mr. Hiser has received several scholarships during his time at Virginia Tech including the ACC Undergraduate Research Scholarship, the Nuclear Energy University Programs Scholarship, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Dean’s Scholar, the Simpson Scholarship, and the Westport Scholarship. He is the vice president of the Materials Engineering Professional Societies and a materials science and engineering member of the Student Technology Council.
Virginia Tech has announced that Mehdi Nikkhah was recognized as the Graduate Man of the Year at the Graduate School’s Annual Awards Banquet held recently in the Graduate Life Center. Mr. Nikkhah, originally from Tehran, Iran, is a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering. He earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology/Tehran Polytechnic in Tehran. Also, Mr. Nikkhah earned a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. He has published more than 20 journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers, and holds two U.S. patents. Mr. Nikkhah is co-founder of Nano-TV, an interdisciplinary student organization focusing on the advancement of nanotechnology. He is a past president of Alpha Epsilon Lambda as well as the Iranian Student Association.
Virginia Tech has named Justin Andrew Waugh as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Science for the 2009-10 academic year. Mr. Waugh, a double major in electrical engineering and physics will receive a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the College of Engineering, and a B.S. degree in Physics from the College of Science in May 2010. In 2008, he received the Robert Coleman Research Scholarship, and the Daniel C. and Delia F. Grant Endowed Scholarship in 2009. Additionally, Mr. Waugh was inducted in to Sigma Pi Sigma, the Physics Honor Society; and to Eta Kappa Nu, the International Honor Society for Electrical Engineers. He has also been involved with undergraduate research at Virginia Tech where he has been studying the numerical simulation of reaction-diffusion systems to study aging phenomena in these systems through the investigation of response and correlation functions with physics professor Michel Pleimling. In addition, he has served as a teaching assistant in 2009 in the undergraduate physics lab and has contributed his time to the university through the Virginia Tech Physics Outreach Program. ##
Matthew A. Hiser Mehdi Nikkhah Justin Andrew Waugh

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