February 2007 Virginia Engineers On The Move

The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) installed Robert S. Miller III, P.E., F.NSPE, as president for the 2006-2007 year, at the Society’s Annual Convention in Boston, Mass. Mr. Miller most recently served as NSPE treasurer from 2002 to 2005. He founded a successful engineering consulting business, MSA, P.C., in 1973 and currently serves as president and chief executive officer. He has long been active in the engineering community, holding the offices of NSPE treasurer, NSPE Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP) vice president, and serving on the NSPE Strategic Planning Task Force. He is an active member of both the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) and the Tidewater Chapter of VSPE. He is the recipient of the 1998 NSPE Outstanding Service Award, 2003 NSPE/PEPP Award of Merit, and is a three-time recipient of the VSPE Engineer of the Year. Mr. Miller is a 1967 graduate of Virginia Tech, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Bowman Consulting has announced the addition of geothermal design and water resources engineering to its environmental services portfolio. The Environmental Services Group will be under the direction of Benjamin A. Eib. Mr. Eib has nine years of experience in environmental services including environmental feasibility studies, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area studies, wetland delineations, wetland permitting, wetland mitigation and stream restoration design. He has a M.S. degree from John Hopkins University and a B.S. degree from Taylor University.

William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. (WHGA) is pleased to announce the addition of Blaise Burry, LS, in their Prince William, Va., office as the new Director of Survey. Mr. Burry brings more than 30 years of surveying experience related to transportation, land development, and public utility infrastructure to the firm. He attended Pennsylvania State University and will play an essential role in the start-up and development of WHGA’s new Prince William Survey Department.

Sandra A. Gitlin has joined STV Incorporated as vice president and manager of business development for federal programs with the firm’s national Buildings and Facilities Division. In her new position, Ms. Gitlin will be responsible for the division’s business development for all federal clients, with emphasis on Department of Defense agencies, and is based in the Fairfax, VA, office. Prior to joining the firm, she was senior director of business development for Department of Defense programs with a top-ranking national engineering consulting firm. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Ms. Gitlin has special expertise in building partnering relationships, forming strategic teaming arrangements, and leading team development, with focus on strategic analysis and tactical positioning to federal, commercial and industrial markets.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $525,000 grant to Maura Borrego, an assistant professor in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Department of Engineering Education (EngE), for development of methods that will better prepare faculty and graduate students for interdisciplinary research. Prof. Borrego’s five-year grant is a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award, the NSF’s most prestigious award for creative junior faculty who are considered likely to become academic leaders of the future. Since joining the Virginia Tech faculty spring semester 2005, she has been named to the Engineering Dean’s List for teaching excellence. In addition to teaching undergraduate EngE courses, she is developing graduate courses in engineering education assessment and research methods. Prof. Borrego received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from Stanford University and a bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She was a Semiconductor Research Corporation Graduate Fellow from 1998 to 2004 and received the Materials Research Society’s Graduate Student Gold Award in 2001.

Kincaid-Bryant has expanded its Lynchburg-based consulting services to the Richmond area, and celebrates the one year anniversary of that office this February 2007. The new branch office is located in the Winchester Building on Midlothian Turnpike. Partners David A. Kincaid, P.E., and Lindy R. Bryant, P.E., remain as Principals-In-Charge, and Robert V. Grubbs, P.E., LEEP AP, CIPE, has joined the firm to serve as lead mechanical engineer for the Richmond office, and will also manage day-to-day operations of the office. Mr. Grubbs was previously with Moseley Architects. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1996.
The firm also announced that Brent Tanner, a Virginia Tech graduate, joined the staff in June 2006 as a mechanical engineer.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., a Richmond-based consulting engineering firm, announces the following new employees:
Lisa Bilski has rejoined the firm’s Accounting Department. Ms. Bilski was formerly with Logistics 2020 of Chesterfield, VA;
Charles Richardson, Jr., P.E. has joined the firm’s Electrical Department. Mr. Richardson was previously with Brock Associates, Inc. of Richmond;
Joshua Landis has joined the firm’s Mechanical Department as a CADD Technician. Mr. Landis was formerly with Mobile Repairs, Inc. of Rockville, VA;
Nathaniel Kelsey has joined the firm’s Structural Department as a CADD Technician. Mr. Kelsey was formerly with Grace Street Home Additions of Richmond; and Janice Mitchell has joined the firm’s Virginia Beach office as an Administrative Assistant. Ms. Mitchell was formerly with Rodriguez Ripley Maddux Motley of Norfolk.

Anderson and Associates, Inc. welcomes new staff members Valerie Neil as Blacksburg Administrative Assistant; and Jimmy White as Blacksburg Associate VP of Transportation.
Anderson and Associates also congratulates Greensboro Project Engineer Scarlett Kitts for being selected to receive the National 2006 ASCE Citizen Engineer Award.

Martin A. Kazmierczak, P.E., has joined Gannett Fleming, an international planning, design, and construction management firm. Based in the firm’s Fairfax, Va., office, Mr. Kazmierczak serves as a senior project manager. He brings more than 20 years of municipal and industrial planning, design, and construction expertise to the firm. He is responsible for the management and technical direction of water, wastewater, and infrastructure projects. Mr. Kazmierczak holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Carson, Ashley & Associates of Warrenton is please to announce the following three new additions in their Civil Engineering and Land Planning Divisions:
Sonu Shukla has joined the Civil Engineering department as an Engineering Technician. Ms. Shukla received her degree in India and has over 15 years of civil engineering experience. She is a welcome addition who will help with a broad variety of engineering services;
Kyra Arnold has also joined the Civil Engineering department as a Design Engineer. Ms. Arnold graduated from the University of California at Irvine and has over 19 years of residential and commercial design experience as well as extensive experience in water resource management; and
Amanda Scheps has joined the Land Planning Division. Ms. Scheps is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center of Virginia Tech. She will be working closely with clients pursuing conditional approvals including conceptual development plans, special exceptions, zoning variances and re-zonings.

Joe Faudale, P.E. was recently named a principal of Bay Design Group, P.C. Mr. Faudale is a Civil Engineering graduate of Virginia Tech with an MBA degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is responsible for land development projects in the Richmond office.
Patrick LeClair has recently joined Bay Design Group, P.C. as an engineer in the Richmond office. Mr. LeClair is a Civil Engineering graduate of Virginia Tech with expertise in the design of land development projects.

Steven P. Bentz, P.E. has recently earned his Registered Roof Consultant (RRC) registration from the Roof Consultant Institute (RCI). Mr. Bentz has been with Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) since 1999 after completing his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State. Currently a Project Manager in the firm’s Fairfax, Va., office, he has been involved in field investigations, testing, evaluations, preparation of construction documents, bidding, and construction administration of many repair and restoration projects. He is assisting FEA in furthering the firm’s involvement in historic restoration and preservation projects as well.
Gordon Dowrey has recently earned his Certified Facility Manager (CFM) certification from the International Facility Management Association (IFMA). Mr. Dowrey serves as a Senior Project Manager in FEA’s Indianapolis, IN office.

James Ruddell, a senior engineering manager at Parsons Brinckerhoff, has been named Person of the Year by the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). A graduate of Stanford University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Mr. Ruddell has 30 years of program management, construction management and construction contracting experience for large-scale infrastructure and industrial projects.

Timmons Group has recently announced that Michael Patey is senior project manager; Vickie Liberto is an administrative assistant; and Sara Snavely has been promoted to marketing assistant.

Chewning & Wilmer, Inc., announces that Reggie Martin is service division manager and Lisa King is assistant service manager.

The Construction Sciences Research Foundation, Inc. (CSRF) recently named Garry Zettersten, P.E. as Executive Director. Mr. Zettersten’s extensive design and management background includes 23 years of federal service. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and an M.S. degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering.

NACE International – Leaders in Corrosion Control Technology – has announced the slate of officers to serve the Association for the 2007-2008 term. The selected candidates will begin their terms March 16, 2007, the day following the close of the NACE’s Annual Conference, CORROSION/2007, in Nashville, Tennessee. These positions include: President – Louis D. “Lou” Vincent; Vice President – Robert W. Herbert; Treasurer – Phil Fouche; and Past President – David Webster ##

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