July 2012 Virginia Engineers On The Move
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that Matt Hoang, P.E., LEED AP, recently earned his professional engineering (P.E.) license. He is a member of the Alexandria Office’s Electrical Engineering Department. Mr. Hoang is experienced in multiple areas of electrical design. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that:
Samantha L. Hopke, E.I.T. has rejoined the firm as a staff engineer on the Utilities Team in the Richmond office. Ms. Hopke previously worked in the firm’s Charlottesville office. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering;
Scott V. Cramer, P.E., a staff engineer on the Site Planning and Engineering Team, in the Blacksburg office, has earned his Professional Engineer license. Mr. Cramer joined the firm in 2011 and has over four years of engineering experience in site design, stormwater management, road plans and profiles for commercial and industrial facilities. He holds a B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech; and
Brent M. Casteele, has joined the Utilities Engineering Team as a staff engineer in the Blacksburg office. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.
Anderson & Associates, Inc. welcomes Andrew Hemmen, Middletown, Va. Survey Intern; Travis Joyce, Blacksburg, Va. Survey Intern; and Ryan Shelor, Blacksburg, Va. Survey Intern.
The firm also congratulates Keith Boyd on his reccent promotion to Vice President of Land Development.
Pennoni Associates is pleased to announce that:
Senior Engineer Helman Castro, P.E., DPE, recently passed the LEED AP Neighborhood Development exam. This makes Mr. Castro one of approximately 11 people in the state of Virginia to be recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) with the LEED AP ND certification. Mr. Castro has more than 26 years of experience and comprehensive knowledge in all areas of civil engineering. He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and
Vice Chairman Thomas Davis Rust, P.E., AICP, was awarded the Dr. Sidney Steele Founder’s Award by the Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA). Mr. Rust, who serves as a Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly, joined Pennoni Associates as part of the acquisition of Patton Harris Rust & Associates (PHR+A), where he served as Chairman. Mr. Rust was presented the award at the 26th anniversary celebration of DATA. DATA’s founder, Dr. Sid Steele and the DATA Executive Board selected Mr. Rust to receive their Founder’s Award because of his longstanding leadership on transportation issues both locally and statewide.
Steve Kalaf, CFM, based in Dewberry’s Fairfax office, has been promoted to associate vice president, water resources consulting. Mr. Kalaf has more than 30 years’ experience in a broad range of disciplines including quality management; flood hazard/risk analysis and mapping; and modernization of the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS). He is considered a national expert in the CBRS and is a leading contributor to the CBRS map modernization initiative being conducted collaboratively under Congressional authority by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Dewberry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Frostburg State University.
Koontz-Bryant, P.C. is happy to welcome two new employees:
New Survey Technician, Thomas Neblett will be responsible for office computations, field data reductions, survey plats, topographic maps, and other assigned work; and
Project Engineer, Thomas Kelley will be working on projects in the Higher Education Group. His new responsibilities will include providing needed technical calculations and preparing construction documents and reports.
Clark Nexsen announces that that the Virginia Society of Healthcare Engineers (VSHE) has awarded Michael Karcher, P.E., HFDP, Senior Mechanical Engineer in the Norfolk office the 2012 Presidents Award for Outstanding Service in supporting VSHE. Mr. Karcher has served as the program co-chair for the Hampton Roads District of VSHE since 2010. Mr. Karcher has over 34 years of experience in the field of mechanical engineering for various facilities, including healthcare. He became a Certified Healthcare Facilities design Professional in 2007.
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has recently confirmed the appointment of Stephen Edwards, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering, as the W.S. “Pete” White Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education. Some 68 separate institutions have adopted Prof. Edwards’ most prominent educational project called the Web-based Center for Automated Testing or Web-CAT. Prof. Edwards was also one of the key developers of an innovative Web 2.0 application environment for student programming projects known as CloudSpace. He received his bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Technology and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Ohio State University.
The Virginia Tech Faculty Entrepreneur Hall of Fame inducted its first class of honorees in a ceremony held during the 20th Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center annual banquet April 25th. From a pool of more than 50 nominees solicited from across the campus, six university faculty members were selected: Vinod Chachra, Richard Claus, Fred C. Lee, Arvid Myklebust, James Rancourt, and Tracy Wilkins.
The IEEE-USA presented Saifur Rahman, the Joseph R. Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute in Alexandria, Va., with its Divisional Professional Leadership Award during the organization’s annual meeting recently in Ohio. The award is in recognition of Dr. Rahman’s outstanding leadership efforts in advancing the professional aims of the IEEE in the field of power and energy in the United States. Of special importance for this divisional award is the recipient’s contribution to the IEEE’s goals of enhancing the quality of life through the constructive application of technology and promoting understanding of the influence of technology on the public welfare in the United States. Dr. Rahman is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy and currently serves as the vice president for New Initiatives and Outreach of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and as a member of its governing board. He is also a distinguished lecturer of the IEEE Power and Energy Society and a member-at-large of the IEEE-USA Energy Policy Committee. A Virginia Tech faculty member since 1979, Dr. Rahman received his master’s degree from the State University of New York and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering Foundation Board of Trustees has appointed 10 new members to serve three-year terms (2012-2015) to guide and support the foundation’s educational, scientific and charitable purposes for the engineering school.
New appointees are Mark R. Cruise, vice president, applied technology, Altria Client Services Inc.; Larry Cummings, marketing leader and strategic partnerships, TRANE (Virginia, district); Hans de Koning, president, Flexicell, Inc.; A.G. Mason Dirickson, senior vice president of human resources, Infilco Degremont, Inc.; Thomas E. (Teddy) Gottwald, president and CEO, NewMarket Corp.; Lewis Edwin “Ed” Harvie, president, KSB Inc.; Martin Prakken, CEO and president, BluePrint Automation Group; Manfred Psiorz, Ph.D., president and CEO, Boehringer Ingelheim Chemicals, Inc.; Brian C. Riopelle, chairman, patent department, McGuire Woods IP Litigation; and Jeffrey T. Stanfield, human resource director, Dupont Teijin Films, Americas region.
ASHRAE has installed new officers and directors for 2012-13 at its recent Annual Meeting. The new president is Thomas E. Watson, P.E., Fellow Life Member, chief engineer, McQuay International, Staunton, Va. His presidential theme is Broadening ASHRAE’s Horizons, which emphasizes the role of ASHRAE members as leaders in the application of sustainable design and practices in our communities worldwide. ##