June 2009 Virginia Engineers On The Move
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce the following:
Peter P. Moskios, P.E. has joined the firm as Mechanical Engineering Department Manager in the Alexandria Office. He has 15 years of experience in MEP design services and management. He will be responsible for mechanical design and technical oversight for government, institutional, municipal, and private sector projects. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland;
Nicholas B. Mahon, E.I.T., LEEDÂ® AP is now certified by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP). He is a Civil Engineer-in-Training 2 and focuses on site design. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Central Florida; and
Michael W. Vass, P.E., LEEDÂ® AP is now certified by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP). He is a Mechanical Engineer and focuses on HVAC design for commercial, institutional and municipal facilities. He received an A.A.S. degree in Mechanical Design from Blue Ridge Community College and a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University.
Thomas Starbuck, AIA, NCARB has joined the staff of the South Hill, Virginia office of B & B Consultants, Inc. A Virginia Tech graduate, he has over 35 years of experience and has worked in many locations around the world designing facilities in 27 countries for the Army Corps of Engineers. His broad experience includes architectural designs of schools, churches, housing, military command centers, U. S. Embassies, hotels, hospitals, clinics, dining halls, shopping centers, snow making facilities and airplane hangars. In 2004, the Army Corps of Engineers named Tom “Architect of the Year”.
Master Engineers And Designers, Inc. has announced that Greg T. Williams, E.I.T., passed the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute LEEDÂ® professional accreditation exam. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been with the firm for four years. He has extensive experience with AutoCAD 2-D and 3-D drafting and design of mechanical systems related to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning of office, commercial, residential, educational, and industrial facilities.
Bury+Partners is pleased to welcome R. Gore Bolton, P.E. to their team as Managing Principal of their Chantilly office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bolton was the CEO of a successful engineering company. He brings more than 16 years of experience to their Washington D.C. Metropolitan and Northern Virginia presence. His expertise includes all phases of real estate development, finance and capital fund raising, consulting services, software development, training and staff development and construction management and facilities operations. As an active entrepreneur and inventor, Mr. Bolton has vast familiarity working with private sector and government clients. Mr. Bolton received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc., announces the following new staff additions:
Daniel Calder has joined the Production Support Department as CADD Technician in their Glen Allen Office. Mr. Calder was formerly with J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College; and
Chris Underwood, P.E., has joined the IT Department as Systems Administrator in their Glen Allen Office. Mr. Underwood was formerly with Baskervill; and
Lauren Richards has joined the Facility Security Department as receptionist in their Glen Allen Office. Ms. Richards was formerly with Lawrence & Associates.
Lisa Beckstrom, CE, is now a LEEDÂ® Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has been a senior natural resources professional with S&ME, Inc. for six years. Ms. Beckstrom said she is now in a better position to help clients upfront when they are planning a new project, providing key information for sustainable building needs ranging from site selection and pervious pavement through stormwater considerations to brownfields projects. The latter assist communities and developers to assess conditions, design cleanup, and plan new uses for shuttered contaminated sites.
Greg Adel, a 27-year veteran of the department of mining and minerals engineering at Virginia Tech, has become department head, after serving as the interim head for the past academic year. Dr. Adel will head a department of eight faculty, including one member of the National Academy of Engineering. Approximately 160 undergraduates and 25 graduate students are enrolled. The research expenditures of the department are in excess of $3 million a year, and much of the technology developed has been transferred to industry. Dr. Adel has served as chair of the Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) and as a member of the SME Board of Directors. He also has chaired and organized numerous technical sessions and symposia, and has more than 75 publications and five patents in the areas of image analysis, optical sensors, mineral and coal characterization, and modeling and simulation of mineral and coal processing operations. Dr. Adel earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Metallurgical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1978 and in 1979, respectively. He received a doctorate in mineral processing from the University of California at Berkeley.
Stefan Duma, the John Jones III Fellow and professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, will serve as the new head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, beginning in August 2009. Prof. Duma, the founding director of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics, joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2000. Prof. Duma, as a member of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences program, has already conducted a benchmarking study of top biomedical research departments, and has developed action plans to reach his goals. These plans include building on the dynamic partnership with Wake Forest University, as well as other medical programs in the region. He also hopes to expand recruiting efforts and augment mentoring programs to allow the school to become a leader in diversity efforts. Prof. Duma will assume the position from J. Wally Grant, professor of engineering science and mechanics, who has served as the head of the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences program for the past four years, and was one of the original founders.
W. Samuel Easterling, the Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design in Virginia Tech’s Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will assume the department’s head position effective August 2009. Prof. Easterling is acknowledged to be one of the leading researchers in composite floor systems, and his work has positively impacted numerous national design codes. He has published approximately 150 papers and reports since joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1987, and he directed or co-directed nearly $3.6 million of external research funding across more than 60 research grants and contracts. Prof. Easterling has served as an assistant department head at Virginia Tech since 1998. In his new position, he will succeed William Knocke, the W. Curtis English Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and department head since 1995. Prof. Easterling earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University in 1981 and in 1983, respectively, and received his doctorate in structural engineering from Iowa State University in 1987.
Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering inducted 10 new members into its Academy of Engineering Excellence, an elite group that now consists of only 90 people out of its more than 50,000 living alumni. Virginia’s 2009 inductees are: Jerry Ballengee of Roanoke; The Hon. Joe May of Leesburg; Don Sage of Midlothian; and Joseph Vipperman Jr., of Roanoke. The Academy of Engineering Excellence was founded in 1999 by F. William Stephenson, past dean of the college of engineering, and the College’s Alumni Advisory Board.
Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering has selected Art McKinney as its Distinguished Alumnus for 2009. A 1966 graduate ofVirginia Tech’s then architectural engineering program, now civil and environmental engineering, Mr. McKinney entered the program as a member of the leadership-oriented Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. Currently serving as the Chairman and CEO of Ashland-based McKinney and Company, he has also recently earned his LEEDÂ® accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute.
Donald G. Baird, professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, is the recipient of the 2009 Society of Plastics Engineers’ (SPE) International Award, the highest honor SPE bestows upon a member. Prof. Baird will receive the award at the SPE annual conference in Chicago on June 22nd. At Virginia Tech, Prof. Baird holds the Harry C. Wyatt Professorship of Chemical Engineering. He is a member of the Virginia Tech Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute. Prof. Baird has garnered awards throughout his career. He received Virginia Tech’s Alumni Research Award in 1991 and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998. He received Virginia Tech’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2002. SPE presented Baird with its International Award for Education in 2002 and its Research Award in 2003. Prof. Baird was a member of the MSU team when it took the national championship in 1966. He was elected first vice president of the materials engineering and science division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2008 and became a division chair in 2009. Prof. Baird received his bachelor of science degree in chemical and materials engineering from Michigan State University in 1969 and his master of science degree in materials and mechanics in 1971. In 1974, Prof. Baird received his Ph.D. in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
McKinney and Company has recently announced that Carl James and Brian Crumley have earned their LEEDÂ® accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute. Mr. James hold a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Christian Brothers College as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. Mr. Crumley is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and is a registered architect with the firm.
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that:
Peter A. Allen, P.E., LEED AP has passed the LEEDÂ® Certification exam, earning him LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Allen has experience engineering structural systems utilizing steel, concrete, masonry and timber. In addition, he is experienced in construction administration and the field inspection of all stages of building construction. Projects include college facilities, industrial structures, military training facilities, municipal buildings and many others. He has additional experience in site surveys and assessment of existing structures. Projects have included building additions, renovations and emergency repairs for damaged structures. Mr. Allen is experienced with computer structural analysis techniques, including structural framing and finite element analysis programs; and
Coleen H. Wells, P.E. has joined the firm as a Civil Engineer. She is a Civil Engineer with 11 years of experience in the design and management of public, private and commercial projects. Ms. Wells is a professional engineer licensed in the states of Virginia and North Carolina, and has design experience with land development, state, federal government, and utility projects throughout Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland. In this capacity, she has worked on projects such as residential subdivisions; high schools; dormitory housing facilities; office buildings; shopping centers; restaurants; municipal utility and stormwater renovations; and bacteria source tracking. Specific design experiences include roadway; utility connection; water systems; sanitary sewer systems; stormwater conveyance systems and best management practice (BMP) facilities; erosion and sediment control plans; and stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP). Ms. Wells is well versed in preliminary planning reports, coordinating the implementation of analysis recommendations and permitting. Additionally, she is familiar with LEED project requirements and documentation and has been involved on various LEED projects.
Winks Snowa-Architects has recently announced that project manager Mitchell Ayers has earned his LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Certification Institute.
H.W. Lochner has recently announced that:
Karin E. Ertl has joined the firm as a senior associate to lead the environmental planning group;
Bill Stagg has joined the firm as project manager; and
Tom Daniel has joined the firm to lead the construction management and construction engineering inspection group for the mid-Atlantic region.
According to information available from the US Army Corps of EngineersÂ® Norfolk District, William A. Sorrentino and Peter G. Reilly have successfully completed the requirements for the nationally recognized Designated Design-Build Professionalâ„¢ designation March 13th. The Design-Build Institute of America or DBIA awarded Mr. Sorrentino and Mr. Reilly, after both professional engineers passed DBIA’s formal examination. DBIA’s designation program seeks to recognize industry professionals who demonstrate a practical level of knowledge and hands-on experience in design-build project delivery. Mr. Sorrentino, chief of the District’s engineering, construction and operations division and Mr. Reilly, chief of the construction branch, cited their involvement in three Fort Lee, Va., design-build construction projects, all key 2005 Base Realignment and Closure authorizations, as catalysts that prepared them for the DBIA examination. The examination creates a nationally accepted and recognized educational standard for experienced, professional and knowledgeable practitioners who possess a qualified and measureable level of expertise in design-build.
Colonel Andrew Backus has assumed command of the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He replaces Col. Dionysios “Dan” Anninos, who assumed command of the district in 2006 and will take command of the Corps’ Gulf Region Central District, located in Baghdad, Iraq, in July. Col. Backus, a native of the Cambridge, Mass. and Wilton, Maine, areas comes to the Norfolk District from Harvard University, where he recently completed the Army’s Leadership and Management National Security fellowship. Other key assignments for Col. Backus include three tours of duty with the 249th Engineer Battalion (Prime Power) at Fort Belvoir, Va., during which he responded to national events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The colonel has also completed tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the Norfolk District Commander, Col. Backus will manage the organization’s dual military and civil works mission of engineering, construction and water resource management.
Michael Sesnowitz, Ph.D., will retire as dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Business on July 1st, 2009 and join the Department of Economics as a professor. David Urban, Ph.D., who has served on the VCU faculty for 20 years, will replace him as interim dean. Dr. Sesnowitz arrived at VCU in 2000 after serving as dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont. During his tenure, the VCU School of Business grew in size and prestige and developed a strong collaborative relationship with the VCU School of Engineering, cultivating a reputation for technological savvy. He also contributed vision and fundraising efforts for the Monroe Park Campus Addition, a residential campus that opened in January 2008 featuring a new School of Business co-located with an addition to the School of Engineering. Dr. Sesnowitz helped to create the School of Business Foundation in 2005 and led the school through a successful re-accreditation visit with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 2006.
Dr. Urban, who serves as the chair of the Department of Marketing, has taught at VCU since 1989. He has won eight national and international awards for teaching excellence and received the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2001 from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the highest honor for faculty at Virginia’s colleges and universities. Dr. Urban formerly held a joint appointment as director of the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) has named Allan Freedman as its fourth Executive Director. Prior to joining SFPE, Mr. Freedman was the Managing Director for two divisions of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). At ARTBA, he worked extensively with the engineers who plan and design the nationâ€™s transportation infrastructure. His prior experience includes working with Associated Builders & Contractors and the National Association of Home Builders. Earlier in his career Mr. Freedman worked in the field as a construction project manager. He brings 16 years experience as an association professional to the position. He has worked on many member services including education and training programs, workforce development, publications and conference programs. He holds a Bachelors degree in Management from the University of Maryland and a Masters in Finance from Johns Hopkins University.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation has selected six new members to serve a two-year term on its Board of Directors effective January 1st, 2010. They are:
Barbara W. Kaufmann, manager, Education Giving/3M and director, 3M Foundation; Minneapolis, Minn. Ms. Kaufmann directs strategy and implementation of 3Mâ€™s support to education which targets Math, Science and Economics/Business education from elementary through Graduate school. She also collaborates with corporate and foundation leaders throughout the U.S. on philanthropic issues and support of Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing (STEM) curriculums in K-12 and higher education institutions. She holds a B.A. in Business Management and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minneapolis, Minn.
Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, executive vice president and chief operating officer, National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), White Plains, N.Y. Dr. McPhail has served for more than 30 years with experience as a teacher, scholar, advocate and senior executive in higher education and public school administration. He holds a Bachelorâ€™s degree in development sociology from Cornell University, a Masterâ€™s degree in reading from the Harvard School of Education and a doctorate in Reading/Language Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mike Sayen, vice president of Strategy for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, Plano, Texas. Currently, Mr. Sayen leads Siemens PLM Software’s strategic planning activities and initiatives and is focused on developing and communicating Siemens PLM Softwareâ€™s corporate strategy for manufacturing customers. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree â€“ with a double major in Systems Science and Computer Science from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, Lansing, Mich.
Edward M. Swallow, vice president, Strategic Capture and Proposals for Northrop Grumman Corporation Information Technology (IT) sector, McLean, Va. He directs all positioning, capture and proposal activities and analyzing new IT market opportunities across the IT sector and supports corporate initiatives to identify and promulgate best practices in pursuing new business. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from State University of New York, Oneonta, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, and a Master’s degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. He is a graduate of the Air Force’s Squadron Officer’s School and Air Command and Staff College. He is chairman of the board of the National Defense Industrial Associationâ€™s (NDIAâ€™s) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Division.
Bill Tacon, PhD, senior director, Workforce and Education, BioOhio, Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Tacon leads BioOhioâ€™s statewide strategy to build a world-class bioscience workforce infrastructure aligned with industry needs. Central to this has been the establishment of industry-academic partnerships, which aim to develop educational curriculum and content that better prepare Ohioâ€™s future workforce. For more than 30 years he has served as a technical leader, innovator, visionary and research manager at BioOhio with experience in the development and commercialization of biopharmaceutical and agricultural biotechnology arenas, helping to shape BioOhio and Ohioâ€™s biosciences future. Dr. Tacon holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of London, England, and an M.S. degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Sussex, England.
William Taylor, senior director, Network Development & Expansion, National Academy Foundation (NAF), New York, N.Y. Mr. Taylor guides network growth including management of NAFâ€™s â€œYear of Planningâ€ program, launching new academies and building their capacity to integrate career themes with curriculum and work-based learning. He manages all new theme development including the recently launched Academy of Engineering (AOE). Mr. Taylor holds an A.A. Liberal Studies degree from Monroe Community College, Rochester, N.Y., and holds a B.A. in Sociology from State University of New York College, Geneseo, N.Y.