August 2007 Virginia Engineers On The Move
Anderson & Associates, Inc. welcomes new staff members Matt Yeager as Tri-Cities Design Technician; Daniel Rim as Blacksburg Survey Technician; Michelle Hannon as Beckley Design Technician; Katie Evans as Blacksburg Project Engineer; Jason Wilkins as Blacksburg Assistant PM; and Jaret Gaither as Tri-Cities Project Manager.
Anderson & Associates also congratulates Jason Patrick on his promotion to Assistant Project Manager; and Lindsay Lally on her promotion to Assistant Project Manager.
McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. (MBP) announces the promotion of Kevin Bocock, P.E. to Branch Manager of the firmâ€™s Roanoke, Virginia office. Mr. Bocock has extensive construction management experience on a wide variety of building and transportation projects. He possesses specialized transportation experience on large complex bridge projects, urban roadway projects, rock blasting, and IVHS technology. Mr. Bocock joined MBP in 1996 following his graduation from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Timmons Group has announced the following staff additions:
Sam Saunders, III, P.E. has been promoted to Principal of the firmâ€™s Charlottesville, Virginia office and will oversee all aspects of office operations. Mr. Saunders has 28 years of extensive civil engineering design.
Andrew Gould, P.E. has been promoted to Urban Services Manager. Mr. Gould has 18 years of extensive civil engineering design and also serves as the Stormwater Group Leader.
Alan Pew has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Environmental Compliance group. Mr. Pew received his B.S. degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Terrell Hughes has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Transportation group. Mr. Hughes received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Transportation Systems and Infrastructure from Virginia Tech.
Walter Fairlie has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Northern Virginia office. Mr. Fairlie received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Buffalo.
Aislinn Creel has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Stormwater group. Ms. Creel comes from West Virginia University where she worked for 5 years as Engineering Scientist. Ms. Creel received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from West Virginia University.
Joe Felton has joined the firm as Environmental Scientist with the Environmental Compliance group. Mr. Felton was previously with Resource International where he was an Environmental Scientist for 6 years. Mr. Felton received his B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from Virginia Tech.
Todd Kilduff has joined the firm as Project Engineer II with the Water & Wastewater group. Mr. Kilduff was previously with Vika in Germantown, MD, where he was a Junior Engineer. He received his B.S. degree in Environment Analysis and Planning from Frostburg State University.
Selam Hailegiorgis has joined the firm as a Project Manager in the firmâ€™s the Northern Virginia office. Ms. Hailegiorgis was previously with Edwards and Kelcy (formerly Wiles Mensch Corporation) where she served as Project Manager for 7 years. She received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Addis Ababa University and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from George Mason University.
Roy Buni has joined Timmons as Project Engineer II with the Hampton Roads office. Mr. Buni was previously with Site Improvement Associates, Inc. where he was a Project Engineer for 5 years.
Bury+Partners is pleased to welcome Karlyn Domnitch to the firmâ€™s professional staff. As the newest member of the Water Resources Department, Ms. Domnitchâ€™s experience includes environmental engineering and roadway design. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Bury+Partners also welcomes back Stephanie Hudik, P.E. to the team as an Engineer Associate. Ms. Hudik previously worked for Bury+Partners as an Intern and Project Engineer in the Water Resources Department. She received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia. Her responsibilities include all aspects of civil engineering design.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc. announces that Trevor Gooding has joined the firmâ€™s Electrical Department. Mr. Gooding was formerly with Hurd & Obenchain Consulting Engineers of Richmond.
Hankins and Anderson is also pleased to announce that Christine Petty, a Project Manager with the firm, has recently become a certified Project Management Professional, a certification administered by the Project Management Institute.
Aaron B. Blow has recently been promoted to Director of Mid-Atlantic Utility Locating, LLC. Mr. Blow has been with Mid-Atlantic since its inception and is experienced in all aspects of Subsurface Utility Engineering.
Roop Mahajan, the James S. Tucker Professor of Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech and director of the university’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), is the recipient of the 2007 Ralph Coats Roe Medal for his contributions to a better understanding and appreciation of the engineer’s value to contemporary society. The award, consisting of a $10,000 honorarium and a gold medal, will be formally presented at the 2007 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) International Mechanical Engineering Congress to be held November 10-16 in Seattle. An internationally known prolific researcher with expertise in a number of fields including heat transfer, artificial neural networks, bio micro-electro-mechanical systems (Bio-MEMS) and nanotechnology, Prof. Mahajan came to Virginia Tech from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Packaging for Microwave, Optical and Digital Electronics (CAMPmode).
The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech held its eleventh annual engineering faculty reception where faculty members were honored for a number of achievements.
Three awards were presented for teaching excellence:
Tom Diller, of mechanical engineering (ME); George Filz, of civil and environmental engineering (CEE); and Y.A. Liu, of chemical engineering (ChE).
Five awards were presented for excellence in research: Scott Case, of engineering science and mechanics (ESM); William Davenport, of aerospace and ocean engineering (AOE); Stefan Duma, of mechanical engineering (ME); Hesham Rahka, of civil and environmental engineering (CEE); and Layne Watson, of computer science (CS).
Three awards were presented in the service category:
Romesh Batra, of engineering science and mechanics; and Tom Brandon and Mike Duncan, of civil and environmental engineering.
Five outstanding new assistant professors were named:
Maura Borrego, of engineering education (EngE); Dennis Hong, of mechanical engineering; Leigh McCue, of aerospace and ocean engineering; Alexey Onufriev, of computer science; and Patrick Schaumont, of electrical and computer engineering (ECE).
The College also announced seven Faculty Fellows. This award carries a $5,000 account to be used for supporting the recipient’s research. They are:
Kirk Cameron, of computer science; Michael Garvin, of civil and environmental engineering; Linsey Marr, of civil and environmental engineering; Chris North, of computer science; Gary Pickrell, of materials science and engineering; Sanjay Raman, of electrical and computer engineering; and Pavlos Vlachos, of mechanical engineering.
Four Certificates of Teaching Excellence were also presented:
Maura Borrego, of engineering education; Charles Reinholtz, also of engineering education; Carin Roberts-Wollmann, of civil and environmental engineering; and Erik Westman, of mining and minerals engineering (MinE).
Also presented at the Dean’s Awards reception was the W.S.“Pete” White Award for Innovation in Teaching, which went to Jan Helge Bohn of mechanical engineering. The College Award for Outreach Excellence was presented to Greg Boardman of civil and environmental engineering.
Robert Walters, interim associate vice president of research at Virginia Tech, has been named vice president for research for a three-year period. His appointment is to be effective immediately, announced Mark McNamee, university provost and vice president for academic affairs. Walters, professor of aerospace and ocean engineering in the College of Engineering, was department head from 2002 until September, when he joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as interim associate vice president. He earned his Ph.D. degree in aerospace engineering in 1984, his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1978, and his B.S. degree in nuclear engineering in 1977, all from North Carolina State University. Upon completion of his Ph.D., Prof. Walters worked at the NASA Langley Research Center as a Research Associate of the National Research Council.
Lori M. Kroll, a Project Administrator, has assumed the position of Funding Specialist in the Blacksburg office of Draper Aden Associates. Her duties will include assisting clients with loan/grant applications, keeping up-to-date on funding availability and assisting in project administration. Ms. Kroll has been with the firm for six years and has a B.S. degree in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Christine S. Manhart, a Professional Geologist and Certified Environmental Manager, has recently joined Draper Aden Associates as a Senior Project Geologist. Ms. Manhart brings 14 years of experience to her new position with the Environmental team in the Blacksburg office. She has a B.S. degree in Oceanography and a B.A. degree in Geology from Humboldt State University.
Courtney J. Wilson has joined the staff in the Hampton Roads office of Draper Aden Associates as a Project Administrator. Ms. Wilson will help facilitate project scheduling, budgeting and planning. Her responsibilities will also include business development and marketing duties.
Tom Hartman and Mike Mull have joined the professional staff in the Virginia Beach office of McKim & Creed.
Mr. Hartman, a civil designer, brings more than seven yearsâ€™ experience in the fields of residential/ commercial site development and Department of Transportation planning and engineering. He is currently scheduled to graduate from Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in December 2007.
Mr. Mull is a civil designer who interned with McKim & Creed for a year prior to graduating from the Old Dominion University School of Engineering in 2007. He focuses on water and wastewater project design for municipal clients.
Laura Tweed has joined McKim & Creed as an administrative assistant. She is a graduate of Christopher Newport University with a degree in psychology.
Wiley & Wilson, Inc. is pleased to announce the following staff promotions.
Dennis W. Knight, Jr., P.E. has been promoted to the position of Project Manager. Mr. Knight will focus on serving water and wastewater utility clients with his expertise in all facets of system design and development. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and has completed coursework for his Masterâ€™s degree.
Jimmie L. Moorefield, Jr. has recently been promoted to Degreed Structural Designer in the structural engineering department. In his new position, Mr. Moorefield will be responsible for structural design for industrial, military, and institutional projects. He received an A.A.S. degree in civil engineering technology from Central Virginia Community College and a B.S. degree in civil engineering technology from Old Dominion University.
Mark Marrow has joined Hurd & Obenchain Inc. as a CAD associate.
Jeffrey J. “Jeff” Caldwell has recently been named chief of communications for the Virginia Department of Transportation.
Daniel L. Plaugher is executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail.
Virginia Ferrarra is construction manager for O’Brien & Gere’s mid-Atlantic region.
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International recently announced the 2007 Information Technologist of the Year Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) award to be presented to Linwood W. “Bill” Hobgood, Jr., systems development leader of the Public Safety Team of the City of Richmond, VA Department of Information Technology, at the Opening General Session of the APCO International 73rd Annual Conference and Exposition in Baltimore, Md. on August 5. Mr. Hobgood has dedicated his entire career to public safety and is particularly devoted to 9-1-1. He started his career more than 35 years ago as a dispatcher for Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department and has worked for the City of Richmond for nearly 33 years.
KCI Technologies Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering firm with offices in the Northeast, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, has hired Jeffrey C. Lookup, P.E., to manage its Northeast Region. Mr. Lookup, formerly COO for Rochester, New York-based Erdman Anthony & Associates, will oversee the expansion of KCI’s service offerings and geographic reach in the Northeast. He will operate out of the firm’s regional headquarters in Harrisburg, PA. He received a bachelorâ€™s degree in civil and environmental engineering in 1983 from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. Mr. Lookup replaces Senior Vice President R. Scott Sternberger, who remains with KCI as the firmâ€™s corporate practice leader for NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) services. ##