February 2010 Virginia Engineers on the Move

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce Michael D. Lawless, P.G. has been promoted to Environmental Division Manager and Tim K. Dean, P.E., L.S.I.T., has been named Site Planning and Engineering Division Manager for the firm.
Mr. Lawless will retain his role as Blacksburg Environmental Team Leader while assuming the added duties of oversight of the firm’s growth and development of environmental and ecological services that include permitting, groundwater monitoring, water supply planning, brownfields and regulatory compliance assistance among others. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the firm as well as the President of the American Institute of National Geologists (AIPG). He is a Professional Geologist in three states, and a Licensed Remediation Specialist. He has been with Draper Aden Associates for 13 years. He holds a M.S. degree in Geology from Old Dominion University and a B.S. degree in Geology from Bates College.
Mr. Dean will remain the Hampton Roads Office Manager and become responsible for the management of the firm’s site planning and engineering activities which include oversight for the continued growth and development of services that include managing institutional, commercial, industrial, municipal and residential land development projects. He 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.
Michael D. Lawless, P.G. Tim K. Dean, P.E., L.S.I.T.

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that:
Diego Silva, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Silva is a Mechanical Engineer with 15 years of experience in the design and management of public, private and commercial projects. During the course of his career, he has been involved in over 200 construction projects, totaling over 6,000,000 square feet (557,000 square meters) of construction. Mr. Silva’s design experience includes facilities such as elementary schools; high schools; community colleges; universities; retail; hospitals and clinics; civic centers; correctional facilities; maintenance facilities; office buildings; dormitory housing facilities; satellite communications facilities; data centers; vehicle maintenance facilities; airport facilities; parking structures; and fire stations;
Richard B. Alpert, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Fire Protection Engineer. Mr. Alpert is a licensed Fire Protection Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the design, construction management, and commissioning of public, private and commercial projects. Mr. Alpert’s design and construction supervision experience includes facilities such as college and university dormitory, academic, and sports facilities; US embassy projects; hospitals and clinics; distribution and storage facilities; professional sports facilities; maintenance facilities; office buildings; hangar facilities; cold storage facilities; parking structures; medical research and production projects; power generating facilities; entertainment and sports projects; museum projects; DOD and DOE facilities; library projects; and high rise residential and office buildings. Mr. Alpert has been instrumental in the establishment and implementation of in-house staff training with a focus on continuous improvement and quality control. Mr. Alpert has lectured to both public and private agencies and professional conventions on these subjects and has authored national articles; and
Danny T. Anderson is a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Clark Nexsen. He has over 30 years of experience in the design and construction of public, private, institutional and commercial projects.
Diego Silva, P.E. Richard B. Alpert, P.E.

Sandeep Shukla, Virginia Tech Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is one of 60 outstanding engineers from the United States and Germany to be invited to attend the 2010 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Prof. Shukla, who came to Virginia Tech in 2002, is a leading researcher in designing, analyzing, and predicting performance of electronic systems, particularly systems embedded in automated systems. Among Prof. Shukla’s current research focuses is the development of embedded software code generation for space and aviation mission applications. Prof. Shukla has published six books, and more than 150 research articles in peer reviewed journals and conferences. He was named a Virginia Tech College of Engineering Faculty Fellow in 2005 for his research excellence.
Two Virginia Tech faculty members have been awarded an Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning Faculty Research Fellowship this academic year. Simin Hall, research assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Ico Bukvic, assistant professor in the Department of Music, received the honor. Both are making advances in their respective fields and furthering Virginia Tech’s research profile. The Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning Faculty Research Fellowships are a collaborative endeavor that support Virginia Tech faculty as their research agenda integrates with furthering online education and its applications.
Prof. Sandeep Shukla

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
E. Thomas Hammock, Jr., P.E. joined the firm’s Civil Engineering Department as a Senior Engineer. Mr. Hammock will be the lead engineer on land development and utility system design projects. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University;
William L. Luck., P.E., LEED® AP joined the firm’s Mechanical Engineering Department as Senior Engineer. Mr. Luck will lead the Mechanical Engineering Group for the Alexandria office. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and is accredited in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program;
Ashley B. Fisher, P.E., LEED® AP was promoted to Civil Engineer in the firm’s Civil Engineering Department. Ms. Fisher focuses on land development and utility design, including site layout, grading, roadways, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, water distribution systems, and sanitary sewer systems. She received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia, and is accredited in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program; and
Michael S. Hughes, E.I.T. has been named Civil Engineer-in-Training 1 in the firm’s Civil Engineering Department. Mr. Hughes’ practice involves site work design. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
E. Thomas Hammock, Jr., P.E. William L. Luck., P.E., LEED® AP Ashley B. Fisher, P.E., LEED® AP Michael S. Hughes, E.I.T.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., announces the following new staff additions:
Matthew Donald, P.E., has joined the Project Management Department in their Glen Allen office as Project Manager. Mr. Donald was formerly with Stantec Consulting;
Michael Saweikis has joined the Mechanical Department in their Glen Allen office as Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Saweikis was formerly associated with Johnson Controls;
Nicole North has joined the Production Department as Administrative Assistant in their Hampton Roads Office. Ms. North was formerly with McKenzie Construction Company;
Kim Wall, E.I.T., has joined the Electrical Department as Electrical Engineer in their San Diego Office. Ms. Wall recently graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; and
Louis Guidi has joined the Mechanical Department as Mechanical Designer in their San Diego Office. Mr. Guidi was formerly with KMA Architecture and Engineering.

Kamin Whitehouse, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science (UVa), has been recognized by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Network Infrastructure & Research Program. Prof. Whitehouse’s award of $410,000 supports his research in the field of cyber-physical systems. These systems have the potential to completely change the way computer systems observe and manage the modern physical world. The problem these systems pose is their extreme complexity. Prof. Whitehouse is seeking to develop a simpler cyber-physical system that can be used by a broad group of engineers and scientists. This research handles the endeavor of macroprogramming, which attempts to program an entire network of devices as a single programmable substrate. He hopes to use this approach to create a framework for cyber-physical systems he has named “Macrolab.” He believes the new tools generated through Macrolab will significantly simplify the cyber-physical systems and allow science, engineering and society to reap the benefits.
Prof. Kamin Whitehouse

James Anderton, with Dunlap & Partners Engineers, has earned his Commissioning Process Management Professional certification from the American Society of Heating and Refrigerating Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Erik Freeburg, a staff engineer at Froehling & Robertson, has earned his professional engineer certification.

Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) is proud to announce that Conrad Kelso has earned the designation of LEED Accredited Professional, Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (LEEP AP EB O+M) awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. FEA is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has additional office locations in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; and San Francisco, CA.
Laurie A. Gilmer has earned the Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA) designation. The CxA designation provides a meaningful commissioning credential so that owners can be confident when selecting a qualified provider. Candidates for certification must be a registered architect, licensed professional engineer, or a certified Test and Balance Engineer. Ms. Gilmer is a Registered Professional Engineer in five states, a Certified Facility Manager, and a LEED Accredited Professional. She is currently the office manager in FEA’s San Francisco office, a Senior Professional, and Associate at FEA.

Howard P. Lewis, representing the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), has been elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau. The Bureau is an independent, not-for-profit, lighting-education organization sponsored by professional societies, trade associations, manufacturers, utilities, and agencies of the U.S. government.
Also elected to Bureau offices were Vice Chair Cary S. Mendelsohn (Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company), representing the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO), and Secretary/Treasurer James M. Yorgey, P.E., L.C., Technical Applications Manager for Bureau Sponsor Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.

Forty-eight people were recognized by The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for their contributions to the Society and the building industry at the Society’s 2010 Winter Conference held recently.

Rocky R. Geans has joined the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St. Louis, as director of member services. Mr. Geans is the owner of L.L. Geans Construction Co., Mishawaka, Ind., a concrete subcontracting firm.
As a contractor, Mr. Geans was a vice president of the ASCC and chaired several committees. He also conducted a business school for concrete contractors.
In this newly created position, Mr. Geans will be in charge of providing ASCC members maximum value for their membership and for promoting the organization to prospective members.
Rocky R. Geans

Douglas R. Reed has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is with Dominion Resources Services Inc.

Cornel Sultan, assistant professor of aerospace and ocean engineering at Virginia Tech, is the latest faculty member at the university to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. Prof. Sultan joins a list of more than 70 Virginia Tech CAREER award winners, of which 60 have been members of the College of Engineering, since the award was created in 1994. He will receive $400,000 from the NSF for his research and teaching endeavors. Prof. Sultan earned his M.A. in mathematics and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Purdue University. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech.
Cornel Sultan

SPIE will promote 62 new Fellows of the Society this year in recognition of the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. SPIE Fellows are honored for their technical achievements, and for their service to the optics and photonics community and to SPIE in particular. More than 800 SPIE members have become Fellows since the Society’s inception in 1955.

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