July 2008 Virginia Engineers on the Move

Michael Hanna II, E.I.T., CIH has joined the Richmond branch of S&ME, Inc., expanding its services offered throughout Virginia to include Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Services. Mr. Hanna will help lead Industrial Hygiene and Indoor Air Quality activities. He will also be responsible for client development and project management. A graduate of Old Dominion University, Mr. Hanna earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently completing work toward a master’s degree in Engineering Management at Old Dominion University. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice through the American Board of Industrial Hygiene.

William A. Aden, P.E., CEO and founding member of Draper Aden Associates, has been selected to serve on Virginia Tech’s Alumni Association Board of Directors for a three-year term. The 32-member board serves in an advisory capacity to the university’s alumni relations programs and governs the Association. He also serves on the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board and is president of the Blacksburg Partnership, Inc., a non-profit, independent economic development organization formed by the town, business and university communities. Mr. Aden is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida. He is an active member of the VA section of the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Professional Service Management Association and the National Society for Professional Engineers. Mr. Aden holds a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce the addition of William Gatewood, as a GeoTechnical Lab Assistant to their GeoTech Team in the Richmond office. Mr. Gatewood will be responsible for providing assistance in the soils testing laboratory and data management.
David M. Maruskin, P.E., has joined the Richmond office of Draper Aden Associates as a Senior Project Engineer for the Site Planning and Engineering Team. He has a combined seven years of engineering experience in transportation and land development and holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., has recently announced that Beau A. Blythe has joined the Electrical Department as an Electrical Designer. Mr. Blythe was formerly with PM&E Design Group, PC.
Laurie Watts has joined the firm as a Marketing Assistant.

Kevin O’Rourke has joined the Mid-Atlantic Utility Locating, L.L.C. team as a Senior Project Manager. Mr. O’Rourke has over 17 years of experience in the fields of utility locating and utility construction management. Throughout the course of his career he has worked on project sites such as the Pentagon, the White House, the Capitol, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He will be working with the Director in order to increase and diversify Mid-Atlantic’s project portfolio, as well as streamline day-to-day operations to facilitate increased marketing and outreach efforts.

Timmons Group is pleased to announce the following recent staff additions:
Matt Stewart has been hired as a Project Engineer I in the Tri-Cities office. Mr. Stewart recently earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Ashley Moore has been hired as Marketing Coordinator in the Corporate Marketing Department. Ms. Moore comes to Timmons Group from Delta Airport Consultants where she was a Marketing Assistant. She earned her B.S. degree in Business Administration from Longwood University.
Taylor Sprenkle has been hired as an Environmental Scientist in the Environmental Group. Mr. Sprenkle comes to Timmons Group from Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. where he was an Environmental Scientist. He earned his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. degree in Biology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Kristal Lehmkuhler has been hired as an Environmental Coordinator with the firm’s Environmental group. Ms. Lehmkuhler earned her B.A. degree in Virginia Pre-Law from Virginia Intermont College.
Marty Demblowski has been hired as a Systems Implementation Consultant with the Infrastructure Solutions Group. Mr. Demblowski comes to Timmons Group from Allegheny County, Penn. where he worked in the IT Department of Public Works as a Project Manager. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Management from Robert Morris University and his Associates Degree in Accounting Management from ICM School of Business, both located in Pittsburg, Penn.

Christopher Hall, a member of the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering in Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering since 1997, has been named its new department head. Dr. Hall has served as the acting department head since 2006 succeeding Robert Walters who now serves as Virginia Tech’s Vice President for Research. Dr. Hall joined Virginia Tech as an assistant professor of aerospace and ocean engineering. Within three years, he was promoted to associate professor, and became a full professor in 2003. His research focuses on spacecraft dynamics and control, and he has advised many student spacecraft design projects leading to flights on sounding rockets, high-altitude balloons, and research aircraft platforms. He has received numerous honors including: election to Fellow of the American Astronautical Society in 2005; a Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching in 2001; a Best Paper Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1998; the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 1998; the Ralph L. Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1997; and an Air Force Meritorious Service Medal in 1994.
Barbara G. Ryder, professor of computer science at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, will become the computer science department head at Virginia Tech, starting in fall 2008. She is the first woman to serve as a department head in the history of the nationally ranked College of Engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree in computer science at Rutgers in 1982. She previously worked in the 1970s at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. Dr. Ryder’s research focuses on static and dynamic program analyses to improve the software quality of industrial-strength object-oriented systems, for use in practical software tools. Dr. Ryder became a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the premier computer science professional society, in 1998. She was selected as a Computing Research Association Committee on the Status of Women’s Distinguished Professor in 2004 and received the association’s Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) Distinguished Service Award in 2001. She also was voted Professor of the Year for Excellence in Teaching by the Rutgers Computer Science Graduate Student Society in 2003, received a Leader in Diversity Award at Rutgers in 2006, and a Graduate Teaching Award from Rutgers Graduate School in 2007.
Sandeep Shukla, Virginia Tech associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander Humboldt Foundation of Germany. Dr. 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. Dr. Shukla is deputy director of the Center for Embedded Systems for Critical Applications, which operates under the umbrella of the university’s Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. As a Bessel Award recipient, Dr. Shukla is invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. The stay may be divided up into blocks.
Virginia Tech Engineering Science and Mechanics Professor David Dillard was awarded the Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly the University of Missouri at Rolla) honorary professional degree in May at their commencement. In bestowing this distinction on selected alumni, Missouri Science and Technology noted that Mr. Dillard had “established an international reputation for his work in adhesives and sealants.” Mr. Dillard of Blacksburg, Va., holds Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering Adhesive and Sealant Science Professorship endowed by the Adhesive and Sealant Council. Mr. Dillard served for five years as director of Virginia Tech’s Center for Adhesive and Sealant Science (CASS) and served as founder and interim director of the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute (MII) at Virginia Tech. Mr. Dillard recently completed a term as president of the Adhesion Society, and is a Robert L. Patrick Fellow of that organization. Mr. Dillard has co-authored more than 120 referenced journal articles and several book chapters, has received best paper awards from the Society for Experimental Mechanics and the Society for Wood Science and Technology. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Missouri Science and Technology in Engineering Mechanics in 1976 and 1978, respectively.
Of the 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 14th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium, two are from Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering. Kirk Cameron, associate professor of computer science, and Amy Pruden, a new faculty member in the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for 2008-09, were chosen from more than 230 nominees for this prestigious honor. Among Mr. Cameron’s previous honors, he received a Department of Energy Early Career Principal Investigator Award and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, both in 2004. Less than 10 researchers in the United States have received both of these awards at that time. His research is focused on distributed systems research, including performance analysis and prediction, application and system modeling, parallel and distributed processing, computer architecture, and power-aware technologies. Ms. Pruden is a 2007 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) recipient and a 2006 CAREER Award winner, both National Science Foundation honors. Her most recent research projects are focused on: the quantification and source-tracking of antibiotic resistance genes as emerging environmental pollutants; the role of animal waste management in minimizing the impacts of agricultural antibiotics to the environment; bioremediation of acid mine drainage using passive sulfate-reducing permeable reactive zones; and advancing genome-enabled tools for guiding inoculum design in engineered treatment systems.

Tim Vaughan, P.E. has recently joined the William H. Gordon Associates, Inc. (WHGA) team as a Senior Project Manager. Mr. Vaughan has 23 years of experience in the field of engineering. He specializes in the areas of land development, transportation, water resources, and consulting services in the Northern Virginia region. Prior to joining WHGA, Mr. Vaughan owned a land development consulting firm. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1985.

Froehling & Robertson Inc. has recently made the following announcements:
Louis Dasch is a materials technician; Jessica Lewis is a staff professional; Brian Bucek has joined the firm as a geotechnical staff engineer; and Jason Gill is an industrial hygienist.

Megan Miller has recently been hired as executive director of the James River Green Building Council.

A member of the professional staff at Commonwealth Architects, Kimberly Powell, has recently earned her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Matson Roberts, P.E., a Principal in the general contracting firm RVA Construction, has recently earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Accredited Professional designation by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Balzer and Associates Inc. has announced the following staff changes:
Donald J. Balzer has been elected chairman emeritus; Thomas R. Balzer, Ronald R. Green, Andrew M. Scherzer and Mark B. Beall have been elected executive vice presidents;
Michael C. Bricker and Jeffrey L. Staub have been elected senior vice presidents; and
Aaron D. Breed, F. Todd Chalmers, David K. Hogan, Chris M. Shust, F. Cameron Palmore and David E. Stinnette have been elected vice presidents.

Baskervill has recently announced that Michelle Palascak has attained her LEED® Certification designation after passing the LEED for Commercial Interiors exam and David Merchan has received his LEED Accredited Professional designation.

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Foundation recently announced that Lauren A. Murphy of Portland State University in Portland, OR, and David G. Kidd of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, are each recipients of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship, a program at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA. Ms. Murphy’s research project will focus on the effects of social modeling on safety behavior and Mr. Kidd’s research project will look at changes in driver perceptions of distracted driving performance with practice.
Ms. Murphy has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Portland State University.
Mr. Kidd has a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, VA, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Psychology/Human Factors and Applied Cognition at George Mason University. He also currently serves as an instructor of Psychology, Graduate Statistics Lab at George Mason University.
The goals of the Liberty Mutual Research Fellowship Program include encouraging research activity in the field of safety. Fellows will spend four to six weeks during the summer of 2008 at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety in Hopkinton, MA.

Clark Nexsen, an award-winning architectural, engineering, planning, and interior design firm is pleased to announce that Peter J. Trozze, AIA joins the firm as Vice President and Director of the Washington Capital Region Offices. Mr. Trozze has been involved in firm management and as an executive manager of high-profile specialty projects both as a Principal of his own firm, and through his affiliation with prominent Washington DC area firms. His primary areas of responsibility will be Business Development and Management of the new Architecture and Interiors Office located in Downtown DC. Mr. Trozze has been honored with both National and State architectural and historic preservation awards.

Peak 10, Inc., the leading independent data center operator and managed services provider, announces the appointment of Jeremiah Dooley as its Director of Engineering, Managed Services. In his new corporate position, Mr. Dooley will focus technical leadership on Peak 10’s comprehensive managed services portfolio including: virtualization and storage services, managed security, server management and monitoring, and business continuity and disaster recovery. Mr. Dooley, who previously served as the Director of Operations and Engineering in Peak 10’s Charlotte market, was selected after an extensive search. His success in growing and delivering the full managed services suite in his previous position combined with industry knowledge and significant hands-on server management experience made him the ideal candidate for the position.

Bruce Hunn, Ph.D., who has served as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) director of technology since 1997, has been named to a newly created position, director of strategic technical programs. Claire Ramspeck, who formerly served as assistant director of technology for standards and special projects, has been named director of technology. As director of strategic technical programs, Dr. Hunn will oversee ASHRAE’s special projects, such as development of its Advanced Energy Design Guide series, the upcoming Advanced Indoor Air Quality guide and other documents that will provide design guidance to achieve net-zero-energy buildings. Prior to joining ASHRAE, Dr. Hunn served as head of the Building Energy Systems Program, Center for Energy Studies, the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Ramspeck will direct staff support of ASHRAE’s $3 million per year research program, its 90-plus technical committees and its 120-plus standards as well as technical services. She has worked at ASHRAE since 1995, previously serving as manager of technical services and manager of standards. Prior to working at ASHRAE, she was a design engineer for Bechtel. ##

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