Marc Edwards, the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named a MacArthur Fellow for 2007 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He will receive a five-year grant of $500,000 from the foundation to use in any way he chooses. Dr. Edwards is cited by the MacArthur Fellows program for “playing a vital role in ensuring the safety of drinking water and in exposing deteriorating water-delivery infrastructure in America’s largest cities. An expert in the chemistry and toxicity of urban water supplies in the U.S., he has made significant advancements in a number of areas, including arsenic removal, coagulation of natural organic material, and the causes and control of copper and lead corrosion in new and aging distribution systems.” Earlier this year he received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty, from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Dr. Edwards came to Virginia Tech in 1997 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where, in 1996, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected him as one of only 20 young engineering faculty in the nation to receive a Presidential Faculty Fellowship. He completed his master’s degree and Ph.D. in environmental engineering at the University of Washington and earned his bachelor’s degree in bio-physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering has successfully recruited Marius Orlowski, a renowned international scholar who holds 59 patents with 28 pending. He will come to Blacksburg from his current position with the Crolles Alliance based in France. He joined Crolles in 2006.
Kevin McNiff, P.E., LEED AP, a senior project manager with TOLK, a consulting firm in Fairfax, VA, was recently named to the Design Leadership Council â€œDream Teamâ€ for design excellence. The council, made up of a group of principals from top interior design and interior architecture firms, identified several individuals who define design excellence in their respective field through their ongoing efforts and professionalism. He was honored for excellence in mechanical and electrical engineering. Mr. McNiff is a 15-year veteran of the firm and holds a bachelorâ€™s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
SFCS Inc. has added the following staff to its Roanoke office:
Ron Bowles has recently joined the firm as a Construction Administrator. He was self-employed as a general contractor before joining SFCS. He graduated from Virginia Western Community College with an Associate Degree in Architecture in 1988.
Shawn Emmons, Associate AIA, is working as a Project Architect. He joined the firm from KM+A. He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 2000.
Lee Hammarback, E.I.T. is a Mechanical Engineer. He graduated from North Carolina State with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006.
Rob Hellams, Associate AIA, is working as an Architectural Intern. He came to the firm from KM+A. He received his B.S. degree in Design from Clemson University in 2003.
Mark McConnel, AIA, has joined the firm as a Vice President. He will serve as a Project Principal and Project Manager. He joined the firm from KM+A. Mr. McConnel graduated from M.I.T. with a Master of Architecture degree in 1989.
Joel Weber, AIA, is working as a Project Architect. He also joined SFCS from KM+A. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1999 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Laura Blaydes has joined the firm as an Administrative Assistant. Ms. Blaydes was previously with Jim Beam Brands. She has a B.A. degree in Humanities from Shimer College.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that Ali Armstrong, has been promoted to Project Administrator on the Solid Waste Team in the Blacksburg office. Her new duties include facilitation of project scheduling, budgeting and planning. Her past experience was with Turner Construction Company in Seattle, Wash., as a construction project coordinator. Ms. Armstrong has been with Draper Aden Associates for 2 years.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce they have added Mike Ingram, Glenn Frey and Danny Andrews to the Surveying Team in the Richmond office. Mr. Ingram is a Project Surveyor and responsible for supervision of field operations, deed and map research and project management. Mr. Frey and Mr. Andrews duties will include basic boundary surveying, data collection and equipment maintenance.
Timothy K. Dean, P.E., LSIT, has rejoined Draper Aden Associates to assume the position of Hampton Roads Office Manager and Site Planning and Engineering Team Leader. He brings over 11 years of engineering experience, 7 of which were previously with Draper Aden Associates. Mr. Dean has a B.A. degree in Math/Economics from St. Olaf College, a M.S. degree in Technology Management from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University.
Draper Aden is pleased to announce Frederick S. Proper, PG, has joined the staff as a Project Manager on the Geotechnical Team in the Richmond office. Mr. Proper brings over 11 years of experience in construction materials testing, geotechnical engineering and drilling to the firm. He has a B.S. degree in Geology from Virginia Tech, in addition to an MBA degree from Averett University.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc. announces the election of Steven M. Pearson, AIA, PMP to the Board of Directors for a one-year term. Mr. Pearson is a Senior Associate and Project Manager and works at the firmâ€™s Hampton Roads office.
McDonough Bolyard Peck, Inc. announces that Don Young, P.E., CCM, Regional Operations Manager, has earned the designation of Certified Construction Manager (CCM) conferred by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). CMAA is dedicated to the education and interests of professional program and construction management.
McDonough Boylard and Peck Inc. has recently announced that Kevin Lugo, PE and Steven Anske have been appointed to the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) North Carolina Chapter Board of Directors. Mr. Lugo, Senior Associate and Branch Operations Manager for the North Carolina office, has been elected as Treasurer of the chapter for 2007-2008. Mr. Anske, Project Manager, has been elected to the office of Vice President.
John T. DeBell, P.E., LS, is a 2007 inductee into Virginia Techâ€™s Academy of Engineering Excellence. This exclusive membership is reserved for ten individuals per year who hold an engineering degree from Virginia Tech and have made commendable contributions to their profession during their careers. Since graduating from Virginia Tech in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Mr. DeBell has greatly contributed to the University and the engineering industry. He is the 2007 Chairman for the Virginia Tech Foundation. He joined Burgess & Niple (B&N) in 1974. As Executive Vice President and Director of B&Nâ€™s Mid-Atlantic Region, he oversees operations for five offices in Virginia and Maryland. He is an owner and member of the Board of Directors at B&N.
Wiley & Wilson, Inc. is pleased to make the following staff announcements: Andrew E. Boehm, E.I.T. recently joined the Mechanical Engineering Department as an Engineer-in-Training 2. Mr. Boehm focuses on large central mechanical systems. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Tamara L. Farrall, CID, NEWH recently joined the Architectural Department as an Interior Designer. Ms. Farrall focuses on federal and commercial projects. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.
NET Telcos is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Director of Operations, Brian K. Westerlund, and Senior Sales Engineer, Mark Williams. Mr. Westerlund brings to his new position over 25 years of Information Technology experience. In his previous position with Circuit City Stores, Inc., he was responsible for operations, data center facilities and production control. Prior to Circuit City, he enjoyed a 19 year career with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. As Director of Operations at NET Telcos, Mr. Westerlund will be responsible for the Network Operations Center, systems engineering team and the data center facilities groups. Similarly, Mr. Williams brings multiple years of experience to his position as Senior Sales Engineer. He comes to NET Telcos from TelCove which became Level 3 Communications in July 2006. In his new position, he will be supporting a sales account team based in Richmond and Norfolk, Va., as well as developing strategic product initiatives such as Virtualization and Metro Switched Ethernet services.
Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI) is pleased to announce Keith Schmid as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Schmid replaces Rich Combs who will serve as PDI Executive Chairman. Mr. Schmid comes to PDI from Exide Technologies where he was General Manager of Exide Industrial Energy – Americas. At Exide, he successfully built and managed the company’s most profitable P&L, representing a best-in-class business in the industry.
Lewis Saylor recently joined Aliant Development Services, LLC as their new Director of Site Facilitation. He will oversee the Site Facilitation Division managing a wide range of clients on bond release, street acceptance, and other post-construction needs. Mr. Saylor has more than 25 years experience with management and public relationship development, as well with planning and operations within organizations. He has been a project manager/facilitator on a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project from its earliest concept through bond release and closeout. During his tenure in healthcare, he was associated with multiple construction activities.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Region VI, (NC, SC, MD, VA and D.C.) recently appointed ASSE member William R. Geddings Jr. of Seneca, SC, as the ASSE Region VI Assistant Regional Vice President (ARVP) of Communications. Mr. Geddings is a senior safety engineer for Lockheed Martin Greenville Site Operations (GSO) located in Greenville, SC. He attended Greenville Technical College and has worked in the occupational safety and health field for almost 10 years. Prior to Lockheed Martin GSO, he worked in public safety serving as a firefighter/paramedic for the Clemson University Fire Department/EMS and as a police officer for the City of Clemson in SC. An ASSE member for seven years, he is active with the ASSE Piedmont Chapter where he has served as chapter treasurer and chapter secretary and is also a member of the national ASSE Management and Risk Management/Insurance (RM/I) practice specialty.
Donald W. “Don” Richardson, C.P.G., R.B.P. ( Kleinfelder, Inc. ) has been elected president of the Institute of Brownfield Professionals. Mr. Richardson is an expert in supporting contaminated property transfers across a range of technical services, from pre-acquisition due diligence support to remedial action implementation and long- term monitoring. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a Master of Science degree in hydrogeology, and is a certified professional geologist.
Ward R. Malisch has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) as technical director. He was senior managing director of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), a position from which he recently retired. Mr. Malisch received his B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. In addition to his other duties at ACI, Mr. Malisch answered concrete contractorsâ€™ questions via the ASCC technical hotline, and wrote the organizationâ€™s Troubleshooting Newsletter. He has been a member of the ASCC board of directors since 2001 and is a former chair of the ASCC Education & Training Committee. He assisted in producing ASCCâ€™s 26 Position Statements that offer practical answers to situations commonly faced by concrete contractors. As technical director Mr. Malisch will continue to answer the hotline and produce the Troubleshooting Newsletter. His duties will also include reviewing construction related ACI documents, writing technical articles and papers, coordinating research projects, providing contractor input on technical matters to other organizations, and developing programs for the technical education of contractors.
Donald M. Marks, president, Form Works, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., has been re-elected president of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, St. Louis, Mo., for 2008. Paul A. Albanelli, Albanelli Cement Contractors, Inc., Livonia, Mich., was elected first vice president. Clay Fischer, Jupiter, Fla.; Rocky Geans, Mishawaka, Ind.; and Mike Poppoff, Moxie, Wash., were re-elected vice presidents and Glen Shamblen, Tampa, Fla. was re-elected secretary/treasurer. Scott Anderson, Houston, Tex.; James J. Dolente, Sr., Malvern, Penn.; and Frank Lewis, La Habra, Calif. were re-elected to the board of directors. Keith Wayne, Kannapolis, N.C., was elected a new member of the board.
The Decorative Concrete Council, a specialty council of the ASCC, re-elected Jay Fangman, Colorado Hardscapes, Denver, Colo., as council director. Glen Shamblen was elected secretary/treasurer. Priscilla Dunn, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Frank Lewis were elected to the DCC Advisory Board.
The Safety & Risk Management Council, also a specialty council, elected Chris Plue, Webcor Concrete, San Mateo, Calif., as council director. Steve Pereira, Denham Springs, La., was elected secretary/treasurer and Scott Winkler, Hamilton, Ohio was elected a new director on the SRMC Advisory Board.
Parlec, Inc., a worldwide leader in tooling, workholding, and presetting solutions, announced recently that Carlo Tomassetti, has been named Southeast Regional Sales and Applications Engineer. His territory will span from Virginia to Florida. Mr. Tomassetti has been a member of Parlecâ€™s sales team since 2005 where he was responsible for managing and growing sales through a vast industrial distribution network covering the eastern seaboard and parts of China. As the Applications Engineer, he will assist sales efforts by providing in-depth technical information to Parlecâ€™s internal and external sales team, as well provide customer service and value-added support to end users. He will also assist in the development of technical specifications and product testing. Mr. Tomassetti received an associateâ€™s degree in apprentice training and precision machining from Monroe Community College. He has also completed a number of certificate programs through the Rochester Tooling and Machining Institute, the State of New York and Monroe Community College. Mr. Tomassetti is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA).