August 2012 Virginia Engineers On The Move
McKim & Creed announces that Greg Anderson, P.E. has joined the company’s Virginia Beach office as manager of renewal and replacement (R&R) services. Prior to joining the firm, he was the owner and president of Anderson Consulting Services/ACS. Mr. Anderson graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in Civil Engineering technology.
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that Eric Mowry, P.E., Lakhwinder Sabharwal, P.E. and John Taylor, P.E., CEM, LEED AP have earned their Professional Engineer license’s.
Mr. Mowry has over 7 years of civil engineering experience;
Mr. Sabharwal has over 8 years of structural engineering experience. He earned a Masters degree in Structural Engineering from Old Dominion University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering; and
Mr. Taylor has over 6 years of experience in HVAC design and commercial HVAC construction. He is a graduate of Old Dominion University where he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Dan M. Pleasant, P.E., chief operating officer of Dewberry, has been named chairman of the Highway and Transit Subcommittee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Pleasant has been a member of Dewberry’s staff for 33 years. Prior to being named COO in 2010, he served as president of Dewberry’s five-office southeast division, practicing in Virginia and North Carolina. A graduate of North Carolina State University, he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering.
H&A Architects & Engineers (H&A), has announced that three senior-level employees have recently earned their master’s in Business Administration (MBA) graduate degrees.
Lisa Bilski, CPA, vice president and director of finance; Jared Jamison, P.E., senior associate and construction administration/quality assurance department head; and Dennis Standbridge, PMP, senior vice president and director of operations, all received their degrees through Virginia Commonwealth University’s Executive MBA program.
Christine Tsai, PMP, project manager at H&A, has been named the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Hampton Roads Post president for the 2012-2013 term.
Virginia A&E is pleased to announce that Karen Jordan has joined the firm as Human Resources Administrator. Ms. Jordan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University and an Associate’s degree in Secretarial Science from Central Virginia Community College. She has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources.
Professional Service Industries, Inc. (PSI) has recently announced that:
Christian Woods, P.E., LEEDAP BD+C, has accepted the position of Geotechnical Services Department Manager in PSI’s Fairfax, VA operations office. Mr. Woods earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and his M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Virginia Tech;
Jeffrey Smith, E.I.T. has joined PSI’s Manager-in-Training (MIT) program. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Virginia Tech with both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering; and
Vice President Richard Finnen, P.E., has transferred from the Fairfax, VA operations office to the Charlotte, NC operations office where he will have oversight of their geotechnical and environmental operations and specific special projects. Mr. Finnen earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has been with PSI since October 1997.
Edwin Isabella has accepted the position of Staff Engineer with PSI’s Parkersburg, WV operations office. Mr. Isabella is a graduate from Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Tiffany Jebson, to the Environmental Team as a staff geologist in the Blacksburg office. Ms. Jebson was a member of the internship program with the firm last summer. She holds a B.S. degree in Geosciences from Virginia Tech.
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that Michael W. Vass, P.E., CxA, LEED AP O+M, recently earned his Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) certification through the AABC Commissioning Group. A member of the firm’s Lynchburg Mechanical Engineering department, Mr. Vass received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University.
Oscar Martin, Ph.D., a research and development manager at DuPont Teijin Films, has been named the new president of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering Alumni Board. His one-year tenure as president of the VCU School of Engineering Alumni Board began on July 1st. As alumni board president, Dr. Martin will also serve on the VCU Engineering Foundation Board. He earned a Doctor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering and Life Science from VCU. He also received a MBA degree from Tennessee State University, a M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama.
The VCU School of Engineering Foundation Board of Trustees has elected Clifford A. Cutchins IV as president of the VCU School of Engineering Foundation Board of Trustees effective July 1st, succeeding Arthur D. Hurtado. Mr. Cutchins is a founding member of the VCU Engineering Board of Trustees that was inaugurated in 1998. With the exception of the period from 1990 to 2000 when he served as senior vice president and general counsel at James River Corporation, Mr. Cutchins has been a partner with the McGuireWoods LLP law firm since 1982. He is a graduate of Princeton University and earned his J.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Virginia.
Robert G. Parker, a past recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), has accepted the position as head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Currently a distinguished university professor, Dr. Parker is also the executive dean at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute where he has worked since 2008. Previously, he directed the Dynamics and Vibration Laboratory at Ohio State University. Dr. Parker earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Parker plans to start his Virginia Tech appointment in December. Stefan Duma will serve as the interim department head for mechanical engineering for the fall semester.
Ashwin Amanna, Dennis Grove, and Matt Hull have joined the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science at Virginia Tech as research program managers. Each person will manage two of the eight research thrusts the institute supports: Cognition and Communication, and National Security (Amanna); Sustainable Energy and Renewable Materials (Grove); and Nano-Bio Interface, and Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Hull). As research program managers, the three will work with research thrust leaders and their team members to develop, organize, and implement program objectives and goals aimed at increasing external research funding. Amanna holds three degrees in Electrical Engineering, including a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis. Grove earned an M.B.A and a master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Physics from Radford University. Hull earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and his master’s degree in Biology from Virginia Tech, and a bachelor’s degree from Ferrum College.
Kathleen Meehan, associate professor, Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Tech is one of four professors named by Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) as a strategic advocate to the ADI University Program. Strategic advocates serve as distinguished advisors who provide insight and guidance to Analog Devices’ ongoing mission to promote and support hands-on, active learning at engineering universities throughout the world. Prof. Meehan is one of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering faculty members who developed a hands-on electronic learning and exploration tool called Lab-in-a-Box. Analogous to a portable lab bench, students can use this analog design kit with a personal computer at home.
Michael Karmis, the Stonie Barker Chair of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the first Gunter Fettweis Award from the international Society of Mining Professors (SOMP). This award recognizes active SOMP members for accomplishments in education, research, and professional service. Dr. Karmis, world-renowned for his achievements in the interests of mine safety and health, joined the Virginia Tech Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering in 1978. He is a past head of the program. Earlier this year, Alpha Natural Resources, a leading U.S. coal producer, named him as one of three directors to administer its new foundation to improve mine health and safety. Currently, Dr. Karmis serves as the director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research, and is managing some $33 million in research projects. Dr. Karmis is also the founder of a consortium of major research universities, called the Appalachian Research Initiative for Environmental Science (ARIES), to address the environmental impacts of the discovery, development, production and use of energy resources in Appalachia.
GET Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that:
David Gordinier, P.E., has joined the firm’s Williamsburg office as a Senior Engineer. Mr. Gordinier has provided Geotechnical Engineering services for over 12 years;
Joseph R. Robinson has completed the requirements and passed the Professional Engineer (P.E.) exam. Mr. Robinson has 5 years of experience with subsurface investigations and geotechnical engineering analysis; and
Royce Ambrose has joined the firm as Marketing Manager. Ms. Ambrose brings over 25 years of experience in marketing Architectural and Engineering (A/E) firms.
CH2M HILL is pleased to announce that Terry A. Ruhl, P.E., F. ASCE, has been appointed president of the firm’s No. 4 ranked (Engineering News-Record) Transportation business. A 19-year veteran of CH2M HILL, Mr. Ruhl previously served as the senior vice president and director of consulting and international operations for the company’s Transportation Business Group, leading the Aviation, Highway and Bridge, Ports and Maritime, and Transit and Rail consulting practices. He has been responsible for the growth and profitability of these market segments, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Ruhl obtained his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, and holds a master’s degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is based out of CH2M HILL’s Denver, Colorado, global headquarters.