August 2010 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that T. A. (Tim) Groover, P.E. President and COO of Wiley|Wilson, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the non-profit Employee Assistance of Central Virginia, Inc. (EACV).

Cathleen (Coco) McBride, E.I.T., a staff engineer on the Utilities Engineering Team and Ken Sullenger, E.I.T., a staff engineer with Site Planning and Engineering for Draper Aden Associates, have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam to become Engineers-in-Training. Ms. McBride and Mr. Sullenger are graduates of Virginia Tech, each with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. Both were hired after participating in Draper Aden Associates’ Internship Program.
Draper Aden Associates also announced that Michael A. Cavell, P.E., a project engineer on the Waste Resource Engineering Team in the Blacksburg office, has earned his Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in Tennessee in addition to holding a P.E. license in Virginia. Mr. Cavell has been with the firm for 17 years. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina and has a Master of Engineering degree from Virginia Tech.

Environmental Alliance, Inc. is pleased to announce that Seldon Walker has joined the Ashland office as a Field Geologist. Mr. Walker earned his B.S. degree in Geology from James Madison University.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering announces the election of Arthur D. Hurtado as president of the School of Engineering Foundation Board of Trustees. Mr. Hurtado is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Invertix Corporation, located in McLean, Va. He also serves on the VCU Board of Visitors, the Board of Advisors for the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University and for the Department of Chemistry at Missouri State University. Mr. Hurtado also has served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he served in combat and managed a variety of communications systems programs. Among his medals, he holds the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Purple Heart.

Sterling Engineering Solutions announces that Automation Technician, Dennis Ritch, has successfully completed MOXA Technical Support Certification (MTSC). To obtain certification, engineers and technicians are required to attend regular training sessions led by Moxa’s own technical support experts, and must pass a rigorous battery of tests. Mr. Ritch achieved certification in all three areas of concentration: Industrial Networking, Industrial Wireless, and Device Connectivity.

Progressive Design Inc. has announced that:
Bill Clements has joined the Construction Management Department as a construction manager. He was formerly with Chewning & Wilmer;
Jeff Helmling has joined the Construction Management Department as a construction manager. He was formerly with Quality Plus;
Steve Kelemen has joined the Electrical Department as a senior electrical designer. He was formerly with BE&K Inc.;
Jim Toussaint has joined the Electrical Department as a senior electrical engineer. He was formerly with Hourigan Construction;
Don Haulsee has joined the Mechanical Department as a senior mechanical engineer. He was formerly with Eagle Bluff Design;
Rick Bowman is a senior process engineer. He was formerly with Philip Morris USA;
Tony Giovannetti is a senior process engineer/project manager. He was formerly with AEC Engineering; and
Gary Romig is a senior process engineer at Progressive Design Inc. He was formerly with Philip Morris USA.

Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan has announced staff addtions including:
Mark K. Jones is a structural engineering technician. He was formerly with Grace Street Home Additions; and
Marcin J. Kotas is a registered professional engineer with the firm.

Maury Nussbaum, professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been reappointed as the Hal G. Prillaman Professor Fellow in Industrial and Systems Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Recipients of the fellowship hold the position for a period of two years. Prof. Nussbaum began his career at Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 1996. He has developed and taught industrial and systems engineering courses to over 800 students, and has established a research program in occupational injury prevention. He has been the major advisor to more than 30 graduate students, authored or co-authored nearly 200 peer reviewed-papers, and has participated in more than $14 million in sponsored research projects. He received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a Ph.D. from The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Joseph G. Tront, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the W.S. “Pete” White Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. He came to College of Engineering as an assistant professor in 1978, received tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor in 1984, and became a full professor in 1996. He was a contributor to the creation of the B.S. degree program in computer engineering which, according to the most recent data from the American Society of Engineering Education, is the nation’s largest undergraduate computer engineering program in degrees awarded. He received the W.S. “Pete” White Award for Innovation in Teaching from the College of Engineering, the university-level XCaliber Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology, and a college certificate of teaching excellence from the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence. Nationally, he received a Laureate Award in the Computerworld Honors Program for his contributions to the “Tablet PC-based Learning Environment” and a National Science Foundation award as a Successful Innovator in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education. Prof. Tront received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Dayton and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Matthew Kutzler has recently earned his P.E. License after passing the Principles and Practice Exam. Mr. Kutzler has been with Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) since 2004 after completing his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a Project Engineer at FEA’s headquarters in Fairfax. Mr. Kutzler’s experience includes evaluation and repair of masonry and stucco building enclosures, roofing systems, parking garages, and asphalt and concrete pavements. He has worked with property managers and owners to develop short and long term strategies to develop and implement repair and maintenance plans that make sense for the life cycle of the facility. He has also earned the designation of Construction Document Technologist from the Construction Specifications Institute.

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that Stacia Keller, P.E. has earned her Professional Engineer License. Ms. Keller, is a Structural engineer and a 2003 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. She has spent several years working for both the government and private sector. As a structural engineer at Clark Nexsen, she has been responsible for the design of various new buildings. Her most recent experience includes the design of a fire station, flight control tower, banking facilities, and several dining facilities for the Army Corps of Engineers.

President of Dunlap & Partners Engineers, John F. Dunlap, has recently been selected to serve as a provisional assessor for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) pilot for the operational rating of a new building energy labeling program, the Building Energy Quotient.

Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc. has recently announced that:
Benjamin Snyder is a junior remediation scientist/engineer. He will provide technical support for remedial design and environmental compliance projects for industrial and commercial clients. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering from Virginia Tech; and
Ben Trank has joined the firm for an engineering internship in the Richmond office. He will assist with the installation and operation of environmental remediation systems for industrial clients. He attends the University of Virginia.

H.W. Lochner Inc. announces that Christine H. Fix has been promoted to associate. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Art History from Hollins College and her master’s of planning degree from the University of Virginia.

Chris Sheehan has joined the staff at PeakLogix as an industrial engineer. Previously with Hill Phoenix and Carmax, Mr. Sheehan earned his bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech.

Stephen Johnson has been named Corporate Senior Vice President, Critical Environments at Primary Integration (PI), a leading mission critical global technology, engineering and energy services organization. In his new position, Mr. Johnson is responsible for the strategic development and management of PI’s mission critical clients worldwide. Mr. Johnson has been an industry leader in the critical facilities and data center fields for over 30 years. Prior to joining PI, Mr. Johnson was Vice President and Director of Critical Facilities at CB Richard Ellis. Mr. Johnson is one of the founders of the Critical Facility Round Table, which is dedicated to the discussion and resolution of industry issues regarding the engineering, design, and maintenance of mission critical facilities. He holds a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University.

SPIE 2010 President Ralph James announced recent election results at the Annual General Meeting of the Society in San Diego, CA, USA. Terms begin January 1st, 2011.

According to information made available from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Capt. Doug Morton officially took over as NAVFAC Headquarter’s Chief of Staff from Capt. Bob Gibbs on August 5th. Capt. Morton was previously the NAVFAC Southeast Commanding Officer, and prior to that served as the 1st Naval Construction Division Chief of Staff and the NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Executive Officer. He graduated from North Carolina State University and was commissioned as an Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps. He earned a masters degree in Civil Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Georgia. Capt. Gibbs is replacing Capt. Rick Roth as Vice Commander for NAVFAC Atlantic in Norfolk. Capt. Roth retires August 20th. ##

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