December 2008 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Timmons Group is pleased to announce the following staff promotions:
John Bennett, P.E. and Roger Rodriguez, P.E. have been promoted to Group Leader; Michelle Virts, Danny Lamie and Scott Dunn have been promoted to Senior Project Manager; Tracey Ruff, P.E., Evan Bowles, P.E. and Nick Hadiaris, P.E. have been promoted to Project Manager; Michael Elander, Kirk Hawley, Stuart Toraason, Laurie Epps and David Wilmoth have been promoted to Project Engineer III; and Brian O’Kane, Craig Kotarski, Turner Bradford, Terrell Hughes, Kevin O’Meara, John Combs, Clint Smith, Tim Seldon, Mike Marshal, Mitch Bowser, David Grandfield, Ben Jackson, Cory Taylor, Daniel McBride, Luke Fetcho, Roger Robbins, Melissa Pritchard and Sam Chopade have been promoted to Project Engineer II.
The firm also extends congratulations to Laura Mwirigi who passed the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) exam and is now a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM).

Dewberry has named Patrick McCormack, P.E., senior engineer and office manager in the firm’s Norfolk, Virginia, office. Mr. McCormack has 23 years of experience leading predominantly large facilities management organizations and construction management. His specific areas of concentration include facilities engineering, acquisition and contracting, planning and program management, and strategic business planning and business development. A retired Civil Engineer Corps Naval Officer, he earned a M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Florida and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine. In addition, he is a certified Professional Engineer in Maine and a Certified Facility Manager recognized by the International Facilities Management Association.

James M. Pruett, L.S., head of surveying services for Bay Design Group’s Northern Neck office, is now an owner of the firm. A 1992 graduate of James Madison University, Mr. Pruett has been employed by Bay Design since 2003. He is also a member of the Virginia Association of Surveyors. Bay Design Group’s Northern Neck office is located in White Stone.

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce the following:
Erik H. Dupilka, E.I.T. has passed the LEED® Certification exam, earning him LEED Accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Dupilka is a Mechanical E.I.T. and 2007 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Dupilka has worked as an E.I.T. on several projects in the D.C. metropolitan area. Currently he is working on Ft. Benning permanent party dining facilities as well as Fort Norfolk Plaza; Gareth J. Ratti has joined the firm as an Architecture Intern. Mr. Ratti is a graduate of the Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom, where he earned a B.A. degree in Interior Architecture and Design. After graduating, Mr. Ratti worked for a design firm in Warwickshire for over a year and then moved to Australia to do 6 months of volunteering. He then moved to Sydney where he joined one of the largest firms in Australia and became involved with 3D design; and Thomas S. Ostasiewski, P.E. has joined Clark Nexsen as a Project Manager. He is a registered Mechanical Engineer and certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and brings over 15 years of experience in the commercial construction industry to his new position.

Don Leo, associate dean of research and graduate studies in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering, has been named special assistant to the vice president for research for energy initiatives. Dr. Leo is associated with the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. His research interests are the dynamics and control of active material systems, such as power electronics integration for active materials and the development of cellular materials that harvest energy from biological fuels. In 2007, Dr. Leo served as a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Washington, D.C. Previous honors include the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award in 2001, and being named the 2004 Outstanding Alumnus of the Aerospace Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Buffalo in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering in 1992 and in 1995, respectively. He joined the Virginia Tech faculty as an assistant professor in 1998, becoming a full professor over the course of the next six years.
Thomas A. Campbell has been named assistant director for research and operations for the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and program manager for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. Mr. Campbell will work with the institute director in all aspects of technical administration, including the management of seed projects among researchers from Virginia Tech and the Carilion Clinic, assistance with building teams and acquiring funding across interdisciplinary boundaries, and management of day-to-day operations of the institute. Mr. Campbell has also been appointed as a research associate professor and program manager for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. In this role, he will work to develop the Nanotechnology/Nano-Biotechnology Interface Program with the institute director in all aspects of technical administration, including assistance with building teams and acquiring funding across interdisciplinary boundaries. Mr. Campbell comes to Virginia Tech from ADA Technologies Inc. in Littleton, Colo. where he served as senior research scientist and nanotechnology program manager. In his three years at ADA Technologies, Campbell led research efforts supported by various federal sources. Mr. Campbell holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor of engineering in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University. He has a broad knowledge of nanotechnology and is active in nanomaterials research, including targeted drug delivery, nanotechnology environmental health and safety, and carbonaceous nanomaterials metrology and applications. He also has a number of patent applications pending, and many publications and invited presentations to his credit, spanning a broad array of research interests.
The Virginia Tech — Wake Forest University’s School of Biomedical Engineering and Science’s Center for Injury Biomechanics has received the Army Modeling and Simulation Award for 2008. The Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army and Director of the Army presented the award for research that could ultimately help save eyesight and reduce morbidity and mortality associated with facial injury. The center was selected from 57 applicants from around the nation for leading a team of researchers in the design of a new test dummy. The Virginia Tech team was lead by Stefan Duma, a professor of mechanical engineering in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, and his graduate student Eric Kennedy, who is now an assistant professor at Bucknell University. Together Prof.‘s Duma and Kennedy lead a three-year research effort that included key partners from the United States Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory of Ft. Rucker, Ala., as well as Denton Inc. of Detroit, Mich. The FOCUS headform provides Army materiel developers the ability to assess face and eye injury risk, determine the benefit of potential face and eye protection devices, and characterize any residual injury risk due to behind-armor effects or novel threats. This device will allow the development of standards for eye and face protection devices and has been favorably tested in explosive environments to characterize blast injury.
Stefan Duma photo

David Maurstad has joined PBS&J as vice president and national business manager for its risk and emergency management (REM) division, federal services. Mr. Maurstad most recently served as assistant administrator and federal insurance administrator, mitigation directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that position, he was administrator of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), responsible for the nationwide Map Modernization Program and led its recent transition to Risk MAP, and provided oversight of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), National Dam Safety Program, and National Hurricane Program. He was previously the FEMA Region VIII regional director. Mr. Maurstad will be located in the firm’s Chantilly, Virginia office.

McKim & Creed announces that Wayne Rountree, P.E., has joined the company’s Virginia Beach office. Mr. Rountree has joined the firm as a senior project manager in the water and wastewater group. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He has more than 35 years of experience in water and wastewater planning, design, construction, operation and management. Prior to joining McKim & Creed, he served as Director of General Services and Director of Public Utilities for Isle of Wight County.
Heather Benson has joined McKim & Creed’s Virginia Beach office as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining McKim & Creed, Ms. Benson worked at Hunt Club Consulting, LLC.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., announces the following additions to its professional staff:
Christine Swanson, P.E., CFPS has joined the Life Safety Department as Senior Fire Protection Engineer. Ms. Swanson was formerly on the staff at Clark Nexsen; Steven Wigley, P.E., has joined the Project Management Department as Project Manager. Mr. Wigley was formerly on the staff at the W.J. Vakos & Company; Benjamin A. Doyle has joined the Mechanical Department as Plumbing Designer. Mr. Doyle was formerly on the staff at Warwick Air Conditioning, Inc.; Dennis Finley has recently joined the IT Department as Systems Administrator. Mr. Finley was formerly on the staff at CENVEO; and Stephen D. Butler, AIA, LEED AP, has joined the Project Management Department as Project Manager. Mr. Butler was formerly on the staff at Commonwealth Architects.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc. would also like to announce the following new employees:
Scott Keblusek, EIT, has joined the Civil Department as Civil Engineer. Mr. Keblusek was formerly with Bay Design Group.
Mike J. Goodman, RCDD, CPD, has joined the Electrical Department as Senior Telecommunications Engineer. Mr. Goodman was formerly with MJG Associates LP, dba Castle Networks of Colorado.
Angela Lilly, P.E., has joined the Civil Department as Senior Civil Engineer. Ms. Lilly was formerly with City of Elmhurst.
Rolando Concepcion III has joined the IT Department as Systems Administrator. Mr. Concepcion was formerly with Bay Design Group.

William R. Jennings Jr. Consulting Engineering, P.C. is proud to announce that Doug M. Kidd P.E. has recently joined the firm in the position of Senior Engineer. Mr. Kidd brings over twenty years of experience in planning, design and implementation and maintenance of electrical systems to the firm. His expertise includes economic analyses, feasibility studies, specification writing, instrumentation and control design, bid evaluation, supervising design personnel, construction administration, and energy conservation and management.

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce:
Samantha Rowell and Campbell Bolton have joined the firm in the Charlottesville office as staff engineers. Ms. Rowell and Mr. Bolton are graduates of the University of Virginia and both hold Civil Engineering degrees. Mr. Bolton has joined the Site Planning and Engineering Team and Ms. Rowell is now a member of the Utilities Engineering Team; Jason McNew has joined the firm as a Subsurface Utility Engineering Technician on the Surveying Team in the Richmond office. Mr. McNew’s duties will include data gathering with the use of ground penetrating radar and vacuum extraction; Priscilla M. Morales, P.E. has been hired as a Project Manager on the Site Planning and Engineering Team in the Blacksburg office. She has nine years of engineering experience in both the private sector and municipal public works. Ms. Morales is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and an MBA degree from the University of Florida; and Jennifer L. Bunting, E.I.T. has joined the firm as a Staff Engineer on the Utilities Engineering Team in the Richmond office. She specializes in the field of water resources engineering and has experience in floodplain modeling and analysis, drainage studies and stormwater management. Ms. Bunting received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware.
Draper Aden Associates is also pleased to announce that Allyson Woody and Jackie Haurand have joined the firm as Project Administrators in the Richmond office. Ms. Haraund brings over 20 years experience of executive assistance to the firm’s Site Planning and Engineering Team. She has past experience in construction and housing development administration. Ms. Woody will join the GeoTech Team and has over 12 years of administration experience. Their duties will include the facilitation of project scheduling, budgeting and planning for their respective teams.
Jeffrey P. Kapinos, P.E., the Richmond Utilities Team Leader for Draper Aden Associates, was awarded the 2009 Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award at this year’s WaterJAM Conference held recently in Virginia Beach. The Kenneth J. Miller Founders’ Award, established in 2001 by the Board of Directors of Water for People (WFP), honors outstanding volunteer service to this international humanitarian effort. Mr. Kapinos was honored by the VA Section American Water Works Association and the VA Water Environment Association for his efforts in reaching out to others combined with his leadership on the WFP committee. He has served on the WFP Committee since 2000 and has been both Vice Chair and Chair of the Committee. Mr. Kapinos, a Virginia Tech graduate, has been with Draper Aden Associates for 11 years.

Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to welcome:
Sharon Stacy as Blackwell Web Programmer; Whitney Blankenship as Blacksburg Design Technician; and Mathew Chumbley as Blacksburg Survey Technician.
Anderson & Associates would like to extend congratulations to Stevie Steele on his promotion to full Vice President of Municipal Engineering.

A veteran Certified Professional Services Marketer has joined the Richmond branch of S&ME, Inc. to lead the branch’s business development efforts. Patricia L. Polen, CPSM, has 35 years of experience in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, the past 15 of those years involving client development and maintaining client relations. Her certification is from the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Paciulli, Simmons & Associates has named two new associate partners. Lonny Sturgeon, LS and Allan Morton, RPA have been promoted to associate partners the firm announced. Mr. Sturgeon is a licensed Land Surveyor with over 34 years of experience serving as Chief of Surveys. He is responsible for the management and performance of the land surveying department within the firm’s Fairfax office, which serves the Mid-Atlantic region. With over 18 years of experience in cultural resource management, Dr. Morton is a registered professional archaeologist and serves as the firm’s Director of Cultural Resources with responsibility for the department’s management and overall performance.

Wiley & Wilson, Inc. is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Thomas (Tim) M. Slaydon, P.E. joined the firm as a Project Manager. His duties include business development for water and wastewater projects, project management for water and wastewater projects, and department management for utility services. Mr. Slaydon has over 30 years of experience with water and wastewater design and management. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Daniel T. Sutton, E.I.T. joined the firm as an Engineer-in-Training 3 in the Civil Engineering Department. His duties include design for land development and utility projects. Mr. Sutton received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

ECS Mid-Atlantic (ECS) is pleased to announce the addition of Jose N. Gomez, M. Sc., as the branch manager of the Virginia Beach, Va., office. Mr. Gomez, received his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering, with a concentration in Geotechnical Engineering, at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983, and acquired extensive and varied project experience while living in Bogota, Colombia.

Dunlap and Partners Engineers has recently announced that Dawen Lu has been promoted to director of mechanical engineering.

Atlantic Constructors Inc. has recently announced that:
Steve Sadler is steel and machinery division manager; Robert Harrington is steel detailing manager; Beth Johnson is marketing communications manager; and Scott Grabham is special projects estimator.

In Memorium

Malcolm McPherson of Blacksburg, Va., who served as the interim dean of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering in 2002, died at Montgomery County Hospital on November 12th, 2008. Mr. McPherson came to Virginia Tech in 1992 as the A.T. Massey Professor and eminent scholar in the Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering. In 1996 he became the director of the Virginia Center for Coal and Energy Research. He served as the associate dean for research and graduate studies in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering from 1997 until 2001. As associate dean, he spearheaded the development of what is today called the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). Today, ICTAS is the home to two buildings, with a third in design stages. Mr. McPherson was an elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences in recognition of his more than 30 years of international work to improve mining safety. Mr. McPherson, a native of Scotland, worked as a miner and rescue brigadesman in coal mines prior to becoming a college student in England. After five years of work in the mines, he became an undergraduate in the Department of Mining Engineering, University of Nottingham, and graduated with First Class Honors in 1962. In 1981, he moved to the University of California at Berkeley where he had become involved in the design of deep geologic repositories for nuclear waste. While there, he founded Mine Ventilation Services Inc., a consulting firm now based in Fresno, California. Mr. McPherson received numerous honors in recognition of his work in mining engineering, including gold medals from the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy of the United Kingdom and the Mine Ventilation Society of South Africa, and the H.L. Hartman Award from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration in the United States.

Rear Adm. Mike Marschall, the 30th commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and Chief of Civil Engineers died at his home in Alexandria, Va., Nov. 18. RADM Marschall, a New Orleans, La., native served as NAVFAC Commander and Chief of Civil Engineers from 1973 until his retirement in 1977. Born in 1921, Marschall entered the Naval Academy in 1941 and graduated with distinction in 1944 after being commissioned as an ensign. His first assignment was aboard the destroyer USS Ross where he participated in the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines and the occupation of Japan. A 1961 graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., RADM Marschall served in Vietnam, held the Navy’s Legion of Merit with Combat “V” for meritorious service and the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the George W. Goethals Medal awarded by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1990, was a former national president of SAME and member of the SAME Half-Century Club, and was an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects. RADM Marschall retired in 1977 as a rear admiral after 36 years in the Navy and held positions with several civilian and government firms. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association, P.O. Box 16574, Silver Spring, Md. 20916. ##

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