February 2005 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Anderson and Associates recently announced several new additions to their firm’s staff. James Causarano has joined the Blacksburg office as a Design Technician, Richard Merryman has joined the Middletown office as a Survey Technician, Thomas Lancto has joined the Fredericksburg office as Survey Party Chief, and Phil King has joined the Tri-Cities office as a Project Engineer.
The firm also extended congratulations to John Appelquist, Shawn Caldwell, Matt Chumbley, and Celeste Parker for passing the Erosion & Sediment Inspector exam; to Michelle Shropshire, Fredericksburg Project Manager, on her promotion to Senior Project Manager; to Josh Turner, Fredericksburg Project Engineer, on his promotion to Project Manager; and to Jon Greene, Tri-Cities Assistant Project Manager, on his promotion to Tenessee GIS Project Manager.

Errol F. Plata Jr. has joined MMM Design Group as the Senior CAD Technician and Coordinator. Mr. Plata, an interior design graduate of Hampton University, joined the firm in November. He received his Computer-Aided Design Certificate from Tidewater Community College and is also a professional member of the International Code Council. Previously, Mr. Plata taught CAD and other design courses at ITT Technical Institute in Norfolk, VA. He brings over 16 years experience in computer-aided design, architectural design and engineering, as well as 3-D modeling and rendering to the firm.

AES Consulting Engineers is pleased to announce that Steven M. Worthington, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Project Manager. Mr. Worthington will manage land development projects from the firm’s Richmond office, with an emphasis on residential subdivisions. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, he brings over 10 years of consulting and design experience in residential, office, retail, and industrial projects. Mr. Worthington was formerly a Senior Project Manager with another Richmond-based engineering firm, where he managed the site engineering for land development and construction projects in the metro-Richmond and tri-cities areas.

Resource International Ltd., located in Ashland, VA, would like to announce these staff accomplishments at their Corporate Office.
John Brooks, III and Ted Kraska successfully passed the Virginia certification exam to become Certified Professional Wetland Delineators. Along with Robert Smiley, who previously qualified, this provides Resource with three of the four Certified Professional Wetland Delineators in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Resource also announced that Michael Willinger, P.G. has successfully passed the Virginia certification exam to become a Certified Professional Geologist. The P.G. certification requires a Bachelor’s degree in Geology, 5 years experience, and passing a two part, 8-hour exam given by the National Association of State Board of Geology (ASBOG). Resource now has two Professional Geologists on staff.
Additionally, Joseph (Jae) E. Welchel, Jr., P.E. has successfully passed the Virginia licensing exam to become a Professional Engineer. The P.E. licensure requires a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, 4 years experience, and passing an 8-hour exam given by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Welchel, a 2000 graduate of Virginia Tech, joins 13 other licensed professionals on staff at Resource.
Resource also announced that Timothy J. Massie has been hired as an Environmental Scientist responsible for wetland field investigations and regulatory permitting. Mr. Massie recently received his B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences – Plant Resources Concentration from Virginia Tech. His experience includes training in soil sciences, field botany, plant physiology, hydrogeologic processes, and environmental restoration.

Tom B. Langley, P.E., LS, President of Langley and McDonald, Inc., has announced that Nina J. Williams has joined the firm as an Engineering Technician. Ms. Williams has 15 years previous experience with local and international engineering firms. Her experience includes design projects with sanitary sewer layouts, site development plans, pump stations, storm drainage, topographic map, and building structures. Ms. Williams holds a degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter, SC.

R. Matthew Estes, P.E. has transferred from the Roanoke office of Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern, Inc. (HSMM) to its Virginia Beach office where he will serve as highway engineer for the Transportation Division. Mr. Estes has experience in roadway, drainage, traffic and site analysis, and design for public and private projects. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
HSMM also recently announced the addition of Nina M. Tingle to the professional staff in the firm’s Virginia Beach office. Ms. Tingle, a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, has joined HSMM as a mechanical engineer.

Spectrum Design, P.C. a full-service architectural and engineering design firm with offices in Roanoke and Marion, Virginia has announced the addition of Ryan S. Lewis and Douglas G. McCart, AIA to the firm’s professional staff.
Mr. Lewis, a graduate of the University of Virginia, has joined Spectrum Design as an Electrical Engineer. He brings 7 years experience in electrical engineering to his new position. His engineering responsibilities include lighting design, condition assessments, cost estimates, construction drawings, construction administration and value engineering.
Mr. McCart is a registered architect and has practiced architecture over twenty years. His experience includes commissions for clients both in the public and private sectors. Mr. McCart received his Bachelor of Architecture (Cum Laude) in 1984 from Virginia Tech.

Thompson & Litton is pleased to announce that one of the firm’s engineers, Jared Linkous, recently passed the rigorous requirements to become a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Virginia. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in 1999. Mr. Linkous works out of the firm’s Radford office as a Civil Engineer and has been a member of the staff at Thompson & Litton for over four years.

Dell H. Nunaley III has been named corporate director of human resources at Dewberry, one of the nation’s largest engineering and architectural firms. Mr. Nunaley has over eighteen years of HR management experience and was previously vice president of HR for NextiraOne, a Houston-based national provider of enterprise voice and data solutions. Mr. Nunaley will be based in Dewberry’s Fairfax, VA headquarters. He will oversee HR initiatives throughout the firm’s 31 offices, including policy development, recruiting, and employee services. Mr. Nunaley has served as a military officer in the US Army, both active and reserve, and holds a M.S. degree in International Relations from Northeastern Illinois University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

James P. Whittaker, P.E. has recently been named President of Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) due to his outstanding performance and professional commitment to the facilities industry and FEA. Mr. Whittaker earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont and his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado. He has used his technical background to develop FEA’s unique perspective on facility asset management and facility capital investment methodologies. During his 19 years in the facilities industry, Mr. Whittaker has managed numerous facility engineering projects in the UK, Central and South America and throughout the United States. Mr. Whittaker teaches courses in Facility Management Automation, Operations and Maintenance, Project Management, Facility Asset Management, and Building Systems and Technology in George Mason University’s Facility Management Certification Program. He routinely speaks at national conferences including: International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace, Association of Higher Education Facility Officers (APPA) National Leadership Forum, National Association of State Facilities Administrators (NASFA) and Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA). He also developed IFMA’s Technology Competency Course and teaches Information Systems for Facility Managers at the APPA Institute.

James (Jim) A. Avirett, Jr., recently joined Hazen and Sawyer Environmental Engineers & Scientists as a Vice President and Manager of the firm’s branch office in Baltimore, MD. Prior to joining Hazen and Sawyer, Mr. Avirett was a Partner in the regional firm of Whitman, Requardt & Associates, based in Baltimore. He served in that role for seventeen years, during which time he expanded the Baltimore practice; established and ran branch offices in Fairfax, Richmond, and Newport News, VA; and was responsible for the firm’s survey, construction management, and geotechnical groups. He originally joined Whitman, Requardt & Associates in 1971, upon graduation from Lafayette College with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, and steadily rose through the firm’s ranks, from Engineer to Associate and Partner. Mr. Avirett also earned a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1974, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, in addition to six other states.

Draper Aden has recently announced that Deborah Kirk Flippo has joined the staff as Business Development Manager for the Blacksburg office. Ms. Flippo brings over 13 years experience in marketing professional services to the firm. She has a B.S. degree in Marketing from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Kevin Shreiner, LSIT, was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Virginia Building Industry Association, headquartered in Culpeper, VA. Mr. Shreiner currently serves as the Director of Surveys for the Southern Branch office, located in Fredericksburg, VA, of The Engineering Groupe, Inc. He has twenty-two years experience in land development, surveying and engineering, as well as both project and personnel management.

Robert Wilson and Pedro Capestany have been named area managers for the Mid-Atlantic Region of Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction Services (PBCS).
Mr. Wilson will serve as the new area manager for facilities and buildings. He has over forty-five years experience in managing major construction projects. Prior to joining PBCS, he worked on numerous assignments within the Washington, D.C. area for the General Services Administration (GSA). He holds an M.S. degree in Management from the Naval War College, an M.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas, and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.
Mr. Capestany, a graduate of Virginia Tech, brings over fourteen years professional experience to the firm. In his new position, Mr. Capestany will be responsible for the management of all highway and bridge construction projects in the Mid-Atlantic Region for PBCS.

Koontz-Bryant has announced these new additions to their staff:
Judy Smith has joined the firm’s staff as an administrative assistant. She was previously with Virginia Geotechnical Services.
Jimmy Shepherd has joined the firm’s staff as a project engineer with the landscape-architect group.
Daniel Cox has joined the firm’s staff as an environmental-wetlands specialist with the environmental-services group.
Daniel Caboner has joined the firm’s staff as a project engineer with the residential-development group.
The firm also announced that Jamie Hudson has been promoted from environmental specialist to environmental-services manager.

Sarah McCarthy has recently joined the staff at Joyce Engineering, Inc., as an environmental technician.

Christopher A. McQuale has joined the staff at Schnabel Engineering as head of the Environmental Services Group.

Energy Systems Group recently announced that David Ames has joined the firm as Business Development Manager.

Virginia Geotechnical Services recently announced that Ralph Luisi has joined the firm as an engineering technician and Eric Frame has joined the staff as Engineering Technician Manager.

Äì Ali Nayfeh, of Blacksburg, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, recently achieved two prestigious professional milestones. He has been honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his lifelong contributions to the field of nonlinear dynamics. Prof. Nayfeh, who has directed more than $25 million in engineering research, will received the newly established Lyapunov Award by the ASME Technical Committee on Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics of the Design Engineering Division at the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conference in Long Beach, Calif., in September. In addition, he has been invited by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to join its High Capacity Alongside Sea Base Sustainment (HiCASS) team led by Lockheed Martin. This team will design ship-to-ship transfer in high seas. Prof. Nayfeh’s research and teaching career at Virginia Tech has spanned thirty-four years. He has previous industrial experience with Heliodyne Corporation and Aerotherm Corporation. He received his B.S. degree, M.S. degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Woolpert LLP became incorporated on January 1, 2005. Due to sustained growth over the past decade, the privately held partnership transitioned to a privately held corporation under the name Woolpert, Inc. All Woolpert, Inc. shareholders are current employees of the firm. New officers for Woolpert, Inc., include Rex Cowden, CEO; Paul Grodecki, P.E., COO; Mark Haberstroh, CFO; and Leo Flischel, Chair of the Board.

William J. Cashman, Jr., AICP, Principal Transportation Planner with URS Corporation of Virginia Beach, has been elected President of the Virginia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (VASITE) for 2005.
Serving with him in 2005 will be Cheryl Lowrance, P.E., P.T.O.E., with DMJM + HARRIS of Fairfax, as Vice-President; Christopher Gay, AICP, with BMI-SG of Vienna, as Secretary; Michael Greenwood, P.E., with URS Corporation of Virginia Beach, as Treasurer; Jeff Minnix, P.E., with URS Corporation of Virginia Beach as ITE District 5 Representative; Kirsten Black, P.E., Associate, with Woolpert Inc. of Portsmouth, as ITE District 5 Representative; Josh Hurst, P.E., with Clark•Nexsen of Norfolk, as ITE Director; and Anne Booker, P.E., with Hayes, Seay, Mattern and Mattern (HSMM) of Roanoke, as Director Affiliate.
Continuing to serve during 2005 are Timothy A. Foster, P.E., County Traffic Engineer with Henrico County, as Immediate Past-President and ITE Director; and Mark Jamison, P.E., P.T.O.E., Civil Engineer IV with the City of Virginia Beach, as Director Affiliate.

Wiley & Wilson is pleased to announce that Phillip C. Banton, LEED® AP; Senior Civil Designer; has two new certifications. He is certified by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP). In order to pass the LEED exam, candidates must demonstrate proficiency in green or sustainable building design which embodies balancing environmental responsiveness, resource efficiency, and cultural and community sensitivity. He is also certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia as an Erosion and Sediment Control Responsible Land Disturber.

Ken Leitz, L.S., Director of Surveys for Precision Measurements, Inc. has recently received the certification of being as a Registered Land Surveyor in the State of Georgia. Mr. Leitz has been employed by Precision Measurements for the past 9 years and has over 22 years of experience in the land surveying profession. Mr. Leitz is also currently licensed as a surveyor in the states of Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia as well as the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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