Ali Butt, assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, has been named one of 88 of the nation’s brightest young engineers. Mr. Butt has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 15th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will meet for the two-and-a-halfday event on September 10th-12th at the National Academies’ Beckman Center at the University of California, Irvine. The participants, from industry, academia, and government, were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations and chosen from approximately 240 applicants. Prof. Butt is a 2008 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award recipient for his research in high performance computing power.
Leigh McCue-Weil, an assistant professor in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). She was nominated by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which provides grant support for three years through its Young Investigator program (YIP). Prof. She has also received an National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development program grant (CAREER). Prof. McCue-Weil is developing tools to help ship designers better understand ship motions and, thus, help prevent capsizing and other dangers resulting from vessel instabilities. One of the primary objectives of her research is to develop an understanding of large-amplitude ship motions. Another objective is to validate computer simulations of nonlinear large-amplitude ship motions, which can lead to instability. Also, Prof. McCue-Weil aims to develop on-board, real-time motion prediction tools. She is also expanding her research into the use of smoothed particle hydrodynamics, a specific form of computational fluid dynamics, to simulate fluid-structure interactions and hydrodynamic phenomena involving flexible bodies or large deformations. Prof. McCue-Weil, who joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2005, was selected as an American Society for Engineering Education/Office of Naval Research summer faculty researcher for 2005 and 2006. She received a College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor in 2007. Prof. McCue-Weil completed her Ph.D. and master’s degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, as well as another master’s in Aerospace Engineering, at the University of Michigan, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University.
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that Stephen A. Bowman, P.E. was promoted to Electrical Engineering Department Manager of the firm’s Lynchburg office. He will handle management responsibilities associated with all aspects of the successful delivery of electrical design services. His experience includes electrical systems design for a broad range of project types including buildings, treatment facilities, utilities, and institutional campuses. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Wiley|Wilson also announces the following employees were recently certified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP):
Victor K. Angell, P.E., S.E., LEEDÂ® AP – Director, Senior VicePresident;
Andrew E. Boehm, P.E., LEEDÂ® AP – Mechanical Engineer;
Jason T. Burger, AIA, LEEDÂ® AP – Architect;
Ashley Fisher, E.I.T., LEEDÂ® AP – Civil Engineer-in-Training 3;
Theodore A. Hendry, AIA, LEEDÂ® AP – Senior Architect;
Christopher E. Kingsland, E.I.T., LEEDÂ® AP – Civil Engineer-in-Training 1;
Peter P. Moskios, P.E., LEEDÂ® AP – Mechanical Engineering Department Manager (Alexandria Office);
Cheyenne Sheafe, AIA, LEEDÂ® AP – Architect; and
G. Keith Thompson, Jr., P.E., LEEDÂ® AP – Project Civil Engineer.
Paciulli, Simmons & Associates is pleased to announce that Meredith L. Baker has passed the Virginia Principles and Practices of Engineering exam and achieved her Professional Engineer license. Ms. Baker has over five years experience working in the planning and design of a wide variety of public and private sector projects as a civil engineer. She specializes in the design of storm sewer, sanitary sewer, water, and transportation design with particular expertise in stormwater management, E&S, BMP, floodplain studies, and grading.
Hurd & Obenchain, Inc. is proud to announce that Sean Mallahan, LEEDÂ® AP, has just earned his Professional Engineering license. He is a graduate from Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been with the firm since 2004.
EEE Consulting, Inc. has recently announced that:
Michael Easter has joined the Richmond office as Environmental Technician;
Paul Leeger has joined the Richmond office as Environmental Scientist. He was previously with GeoEnvironmental Services, Inc.;
Brandy Salmons has joined the Richmond office as Accountant. She was previously with Greater Richmond Abstract & Title, Inc.; and
Taylor Sprenkle has joined the Richmond office as Environmental Scientist. He was previously with The Timmons Group.
Dewberry has announced several promotions within its Infrastructure Engineering Service area. The Virginia promotions are:
Robert Edwards, P.E., M.ASCE, a senior structural engineer in the Fairfax office, has been promoted to associate. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky;
Ronald J. Jakominich, P.E., a transportation engineer in the Fairfax office, has been promoted to associate. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University;
James C. Filson, P.E., a senior water resources engineer in the Fairfax office, has been promoted to associate. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida;
Ashlee R. Marsh, P.E., an environmental engineer in the Fairfax office, has been promoted to associate. She holds a B.S. degree in Urban Systems Engineering from George Mason University; and
Gary L. Pancione, a senior construction inspector in the Fairfax office, has been promoted to associate. He has over 25 yearsâ€™ experience in electrical engineering, serving for more than 10 years at Dewberry.
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that:
Gregory T. Haack, E.I.T. has joined the firm’s Civil Department. Mr. Haack is a Civil E.I.T. with over one year of experience in the design of land development projects. His design experience includes facilities such as colleges; small and large subdivisions; timeshare communities; storm sewer repair; and dam watershed analysis projects.
William R. Schooley has earned his LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council; and
Robert D. Riddle has earned his LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. He earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc. announces the following new staff additions:
Chris Barrar, E.I.T., has joined the Structural Department in their Glen Allen office. Mr. Barrar was formerly an intern with Hankins & Anderson and is a recent graduate of Virginia Tech;
Jo W. Potts, has joined the IT Department in their Glen Allen office. Ms. Potts was formerly an independent contractor for Qualxserv; and
Darlene M. Blake-Murillo has joined the Human Resources Department in their Glen Allen office. Ms. Blake-Murillo was formerly with American Pride Inc.
Hankins and Anderson Inc. has also recently announced that:
Carl A. Cunningham, William A. Goode Jr., and William C. Wheeler have been promoted to senior associate.
The following have been promoted to associate with the firm: Mark R. Leonardo, Eric J. Shelton, Stefana N. Petrova, Peter R. Chamberlain, Vernon A. Shaw, Donald G. Griffith, Patricia Beasley, Mark Durham, Katonda L. Potts, Cory M. Piland, and David L. Hosfeld.
Thompson & Litton (T&L) is proud to announce fourteen of the firm’s professional design employees have earned the title of LEEDÂ® Accredited Professional (LEED AP) from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). T&L design professionals who successfully met the requirements set forth by the GBCI professional exam include:
Managing Principal William (Bill) A. Thompson, III (Vice President â€“ Architecture);
Project Architects/Associates Mark Swecker and Carl Gutschow;
Architects William (Bill) White, Gregory Simmons, and Darrell Gilmore;
Professional Engineers James (Jim) Bonham, David Blevins, Rebekah Stroupe, and Michelle Cock;
and Intern Architects Travis Jessee, Holly LeBarre, Chris Phillips, and Elliott Lambert.
Thompson & Litton Design Engineer William Witcher has recently attained Professional Licensure as an Engineer in Tennessee. Mr. Witcher joined T&L in November 2007 and has since that time been a major contributor to the engineering design of various architectural, engineering, and transportation projects. He is currently pursuing additional licensure in Virginia as well. Mr. Witcher is a 2004 graduate of the University of Tennessee Knoxville where he earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He is a member and current President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Holston Branch where he has served since 2007.
Greg Harmon, president of Breeden and Collier Co., has earned his LEEDÂ® accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute.
The Louis Berger Group Inc. has announced that Tyler Gill is an associate civil engineer in their Richmond office. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
ECS Mid-Atlantic has recently announced that:
Robert C. Moss III is a principal engineer. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute and his master’s degree from the University of Virginia; and
Christopher W. Cornelissen is a principal engineer. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University.
Eric Lowes has recently earned his LEEDÂ® accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and is currently a mechanical engineer with Dunlap and Partners.
Warren Reed has recently earned his LEEDÂ® accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute. He is a project manager and partner with the firm.
Richard Friesner has recently earned his Certified Hazardous Materials Manager credential from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. Mr. Friesner earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and his master’s in Environmental Engineering and Science from the University of Kansas. He is the environmental-services department manager at the Richmond office of Professional Service Industries Inc.
Gilda Brockmeier, a project architect with Thomas Hamilton & Associates has earned her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute.
Alex Robinson has recently joined Froehling and Robertson Inc. as a staff engineer. Mr. Robinson earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Ethan Lamiman is a staff engineer with the firm. He earned his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University.
The firm also announced that Michael Ackerman, Christopher Houlihan, Himadri Shah and Jessyca Woodruff have recently been certified as Professional Engineers.
John A. “Jack” Heisler V, project manager with J.A. Heisler Contracting Co. Inc. and a graduate of the University of Virginia has earned his LEED accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute.
Dustin Foster with McCrone Inc. has earned his LEED accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute.
Scott Stephens with SMS Architects has earned his LEED accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute.
Clifford Eby, former Acting Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, has been named a Senior Vice President in the Washington, D.C. office of Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), a global infrastructure strategic consulting, planning, engineering and program/construction management organization. In his new position, Mr. Eby will be responsible for strategic efforts in rail and infrastructure markets, particularly high-speed rail. Mr. Eby has over 36 years of executive and engineering experience within the railroad industry. His areas of expertise include rail safety, finance and economic regulatory practices, transportation policy and rail infrastructure program design. At the Federal Railroad Administration, he served as Acting Administrator from 2008 and as Deputy Administrator from 2005 to 2008. He previously managed various business units for an international transportation consulting organization. Mr. Eby holds an M.B.A in Finance and Investment from George Washington University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. He served as representative on the board of directors of the Moynihan Station Redevelopment Corp., the Union Station Redevelopment Corp., the United States Department of Transportation Credit Council, and Amtrak.
Charles L. Williams, a senior partner with the Virginia law firm of Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, has received the designation of LEEDÂ®-AP for New Construction and Major Renovation from the Green Building Certification Institute of the United States Green Building Council. The designation reflects an advanced knowledge of the Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System for New Construction, which is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects. Mr. Williams focuses his legal practice on Real Estate and Environmental Law. He serves as the legal community representative on the Roanoke Business Environmental Leadership Coalition, which seeks to pave the way for Roanoke businesses to adapt more environmentally friendly consumption behaviors. He has been named one of The Best Lawyers in AmericaÂ® for Environmental Law, is a member of the Environmental Law Section council of the Virginia State Bar, and the Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section council of the American Bar Association. Mr. Williams also leads Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore’s “Green Team” which is successfully implementing multiple firm-wide initiatives designed to reduce the carbon footprint of procurement and the environmental impact of its more than 130 employees. Tactics have included the elimination of bottled water and wasteful materials such as plastic and Styrofoam cups and utensils, recycling programs for paper, aluminum cans, batteries, and toner cartridges, and increased use of electronic documents when possible.
Rebecca A. Gutierrez, with Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) has recently earned her P.E. License after passing the Principles and Practice Exam. Ms. Gutierrez has been with FEA since 2002 after completing her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. She is currently the Office Manager in FEA’s Boston, Ma. location. Ms. Gutierrez has been involved in condition assessments, reserve studies, on-site surveying, asset inventory, and various mechanical, electrical, and plumbing projects. She is designated as a Reserve Specialist by the Community Associations Institute (CAI), and has been a member of Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) since 2003.
Teena Shouse, CFM has recently been awarded an IFMA Chairman Citation on behalf of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Ms. Shouse was noted by IFMA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tom Mitchell, Jr., CFM, CFMJ, for her contribution in the advancement of the Balanced Scorecard Methodology and practice into IFMA’s strategic planning process. She was also acknowledge for providing the vision and collaborative environment that enabled and assisted IFMA’s Board of Directors to see, think, and act more strategically. She will be recognized at IFMA’s World Workplace Awards of Excellence Banquet on October 9th, 2009. Ms. Shouse has been with FEA since 2008, where she currently serves as an outstanding Senior Facility Management Consultant. Her expertise is in facility management including sustainability, capital planning and budgeting, operations and maintenance, quality development, sourcing and contract governance of outsourced partner, and program/process standardization. She currently serves on the Global FM Board of Directors, and as an adjunct professor at Kansas University. She has also developed several IFMA courses over the past ten years.
MSA, P.C. President/CEO Robert S. Miller, III, P.E., FNSPE was recently named to the Virginia Tech Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the Department’s Eleventh Annual Alumni Achievement Awards Banquet. Mr. Miller is a 1967 graduate of Virginia Tech’s Civil Engineering program and founded MSA, P.C. in 1973. Mr. Miller’s 40-year career has encompassed management, teaching, design, study, planning, construction, and expert witness testimony. His professional history includes public and private sector projects in forensic engineering, land planning and site development, structural systems, water supply and distribution, sanitary sewage treatment and collection, stormwater management and collection, traffic and transportation engineering, waterfront facilities, dredging projects, environmental permitting, and pavement design of highways, parking areas, and airfields. Projects have covered locations in the eastern United States as well as Cuba, Panama, Bermuda, the Azores (Portugal), Argentina (Newfoundland), Puerto Rico and Africa. Mr. Miller has been active in the engineering community, holding the offices of president and treasurer in the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), vice president in NSPE Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP), and serving on various NSPE task forces and committees. He currently serves as president of the NSPE Education Foundation and on the board of the national MATHCOUNTS organization. He is an active member of both the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) and the tidewater Chapter of VSPE. He is the recipient of the 1998 NSPE Outstanding Service Award, 2003 NSPE/PEPP Award of Merit, and is a three-time recipient of the VSPE Engineer of the Year. In addition, he is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.
Derek Mott has recently earned his LEEDÂ® accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute. He is a project architect at Gresham, Smith and Partners.
James L. Mallon, a supervisor of facilities at Dominion Virginia Power, has earned his Certified Facility Manager certification from the International Facility Management Association.
Baskervill has announced that Bruce Tyler, Michael Pellis, Ljubica Bacic and Jessica White have recently earned their LEEDÂ® accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute.
KLMK Group has recently announced that Ashley Harrison and Stephen Powell have recently earned their LEEDÂ® accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute.