March 2011 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Brian A. Brookman, LEED AP BD+C successfully completed the requirements to earn a LEED AP BD+C accreditation. He is a Mechanical Designer and his duties include HVAC design as well as 3D CAD production. Mr. Brookman holds an A.A.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Central Virginia Community College and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering Technology through Old Dominion University;
Anne E. Burkhardt, P.E., LEED AP was recently promoted to Civil Engineer. Ms. Burkhardt focuses on site and civil design. She received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University;
Ryan E. Brown, P.E. was recently promoted to Structural Engineer. His duties include the design of complex structural systems. Mr. Brown holds a B.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Washington;
Aaron D. Thomson, AIA was recently promoted to Architect. He is involved in all aspects of architectural design. Mr. Thomson holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech; and
Phillip C. Harris, P.E., CRM successfully completed the requirements to earn a Carbon Reduction Manager certification. This certification is sanctioned by the Association of Energy Engineers. Mr. Harris is a Senior Vice President and Director of Project Management. He holds a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech.
Brian A. Brookman Anne E.Burkhardt Ryan E. Brown Aaron D. Thomson Phillip C. Harris

Anderson & Associates, Inc. congratulates Corey Carter, LSIT on recently passing his Land Surveyor-In-Training exam.

Michael Baker Jr., Inc. is pleased to announce that Jeremy M. Dow, P.E. has received his professional licensure to practice engineering in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Dow is a Project Engineer in the Municipal Water/Wastewater Department of Baker’s Virginia Beach office.Mr. Dow received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University in 2005 with an emphasis in hydrology, hydraulics and water resources engineering. He has been employed with Baker for nearly six years, specializing in the design and analysis of water and wastewater systems. His recent responsibilities include involvement in the relocation and design of water and sewer mains ranging from 6 to 42 inches, evaluation and rehabilitation of sanitary and storm sewer systems, and preparation of construction plans and specifications.
Jeremy M. Dow

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that Brian Barna, P.E., LEED AP and Sofia Shelton, P.E. in their Structural Department have earned their Professional Engineer (P.E) Licenses.
Mr. Barna, in his position as a Structural Engineer, has been a key contributor to several projects across a variety of sectors during his time at the firm. He is experienced in the design of multi-use facilities, dining halls, office buildings, aircraft hangars, sports facilities, and renovations of existing buildings. He graduated with Honors from Penn State University, where he earned Master of Architectural Engineering and Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degrees concurrently. He currently serves as the Secretary of the Norfolk Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Ms. Shelton is a Structural Engineer and a 2005 graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. As a structural engineer at Clark Nexsen, Ms. Shelton has been responsible for the design of various new buildings. Her project experience includes the design of banking facilities, vehicle maintenance facilities, multistory dormitories, and government operations and training facilities. In addition to her experience with new building design, she has also prepared project drawings and investigative reports for the renovation of existing buildings.
Brian Barna Sofia Shelton

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that:
Scott Kroll, P.E., has assumed the position of Site Planning and Engineering Division Leader for the firm. As Division Leader, he is responsible for the continued growth and development of services that include institutional, commercial, industrial, municipal and residential land development projects. Mr. Kroll has been with the firm for 17 years and has a total of over 31 years of engineering experience. He earned his B.S. degree from Old Dominion University; and
Stephanie A. Klaus, P.E., a staff engineer on the Utilities Engineering Team, in the Blacksburg office, has earned her Professional Engineer license. She has been with the firm for four years and is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Scott Kroll Stephanie A. Klaus

Striffler Engineering Associates, P.C., an established Virginia Beach firm for nearly 15 years, is merging with H&A Architects & Engineers, further expanding H&A’s existing presence in the Hampton Roads region. In 2007, the firm opened a Hampton Roads office to expand operations in the region and better serve its clients.
H&A has announced the following new staff additions resulting from the merger:
Pete Striffler, P.E., is the firm’s deputy chief mechanical engineer in the firm’s Hampton Roads office. Mr. Striffler is the former president of Striffler Engineering;
Brett Striffler is a mechanical designer at the firm’s Glen Allen office. Mr. Striffler was formerly a CAD technician with Striffler Engineering; and
Shawn Bregant is mechanical designer at the firm’s Hampton Roads office. Mr. Bregant was formerly a designer with Striffler Engineering.
Elizabeth Goetz, human resources advisor at H&A Architects & Engineers, has attained the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

SHW Group, one of the nation’s largest educational architecture and engineering firms, has announced that Reston, Va. office employee, Doug Gehley, AIA, LEED AP, has been elected co-chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) National Capital Region’s Green Schools Committee. Mr. Gehley, a vice president at SHW Group, is responsible for day-to-day studio operations and management of some of the office’s largest school projects, including the recently-completed, award-winning, Tuscarora High School in Loudoun County, Va. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) congratulates James Wynn III who was recognized by The National Engineers Week Foundation as one of the New Faces in Engineering and was honored during Engineers Week recently in Washington, DC. A design engineer at GE Aviation, Mr. Wynn was a NACME Scholar and a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech. He works in the commercial production area—any design changes that he works to implement are shipped out with engines that will fly on commercial regional jets. Recently, he worked on a project involving the material that provides a sealing surface when closing the doors of the engine cowling. He also helped introduce an alternate material for fan blade containment design.

Gary Craft has been named as the acting director of the Hanover County Department of Public Utilities according to information released by Hanover County officials. Serving as the department’s deputy director for the past 18 years, Mr. Craft will replace Frank W. Harksen Jr. who has been named the new deputy county administrator. Mr. Craft, a civil engineering graduate of Virginia Tech with 14 years of experience in the private sector prior to joining the county’s staff, will assume his new position effective March 1st, 2011.

According to a press release from the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, Robert Dube, the current Louisa County fire chief, has been named the new County Administrator. Mr. Dube became the County’s first fire chief in 2006 and consolidated emergency and fire response coverage countywide the press release noted. He will assume his new position effective March 1st, 2011.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced its 2011 New Faces of Civil Engineering. Each year, as an integral part of the society’s National Engineers Week initiatives, a diverse group of young engineers, age 30 and under, are selected as the New Faces of Civil Engineering. The group represents not only those who have made an impact in their fields, but also in their own communities and in communities around the world through their volunteerism and community service. Each year, ASCE names ten New Faces of Civil Engineering, some of whom are also submitted to the New Faces of Engineering program run by the Engineers Week Foundation. This inclusive national program includes representatives from the civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical, industrial and manufacturing engineering professions. Selected New Faces profiles are featured in a USA Today ad during Engineers Week and are profiled on the National Engineers Week, as well as at

Dan Carson is the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus for Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and will be honored at the May 14th college graduation ceremony. In 1996, his accomplishments led him to the position of American Electric Power President for Virginia and Tennessee, and he later returned to a similar position with Appalachian Power, based back in Roanoke, when a regional operating structure was reinstituted across the AEP system. In 2010, at the age of 62, he retired from his Roanoke office, but he still dabbles in some speaking opportunities with the power industry. Mr. Carson served in leadership capacities for the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the Virginia College Fund, the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education (Virginia FREE), in addition to a number of Roanoke-area organizations. He is a member of the Virginia Tech College of Engineering’s Committee of 100, a former member of the College Advisory Board, and in 2007 was inducted as a member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni of the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech.
The nuclear engineering program at Virginia Tech, reestablished in 2007 due to the nation’s critical demand for energy, has attracted Alireza Haghighat, an internationally known educator, to join its faculty. Haghighat is a past chair of both the Nuclear Engineering Department Heads Organization and the International Advisory Council for the Nuclear and Quantum Engineering Department at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He moved to the Virginia Tech campus in January of 2011, leaving his post as the Florida Power and Light Endowed Term Professor at the University of Florida. At the Florida campus, he started as the chair of the nuclear and radiological engineering department in 2001, and spent eight years in this position. Haghighat, a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society, currently serves as the chair of the board of the Southeast Universities Nuclear Reactors Institute for Science and Education. He is recognized internationally for his research in particle transport methods and their applications in the simulation of nuclear systems, parallel computing for nuclear applications, Monte Carlo methods, reactor physics, perturbation techniques, design of nondestructive interrogation systems for homeland security applications, simulation of nuclear reactors, radiation systems, and medical devices. Also, he has been involved in design and licensing of digital control and protection systems for nuclear reactors.
Dan Carson Alireza Haghighat

Commonwealth Architects has recently announced that Jake Wiseman has been promoted to associate. He has served as a project manager and project architect since 2007 and Greg Stephenson has been promoted to associate. He has been the marketing coordinator since 2006.

Progressive Design, Inc. has recently announced that John Bain is a senior process engineer in the processing department. He was formerly with Philip Morris. ##

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