May 2007 Virginia Engineers On The Move

Don Leo, a program manager in the Defense Sciences Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Washington, D.C., has accepted the position of associate dean for research and graduate studies of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Leo joined DARPA in August 2005 on an interagency loan agreement with Virginia Tech. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the university’s mechanical engineering faculty and the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. He joined the Virginia Tech faculty as an assistant professor in 1998, becoming a full professor within six years. He will assume his new duties upon the July 2007 retirement of Edmund Henneke, the current associate dean and a professor of engineering science and mechanics. Dr. Leo earned his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and subsequently earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Buffalo in mechanical and aerospace engineering.

Roe-Hoan Yoon, the Nicholas T. Camicia Professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received one of the highest honors awarded by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME). The Robert H. Richards Award in Minerals Processing was presented to Prof. Yoon recently during the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Annual Meeting. The award recognizes Prof. Yoon for his metallurgical research in advancing the surface chemistry of mineral systems, cleaning and dewatering coal, developing flotation kinetic models, and designing new minerals processing technologies, as well as for his dedication to high-quality engineering education. Since joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1979, he has developed an internationally recognized research program in minerals processing and clean coal technology. He served for 13 years as director of the university’s Center for Coal and Minerals Processing and in 2001 became director of the Center for Advanced Separation Technologies (CAST), a consortium of seven U.S. engineering schools. Prof. Yoon received his bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University in Korea and completed his master’s and Ph.D. degrees at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Collins Engineers, Inc. has announced that James W. Long III, P.E. has been promoted from Senior Bridge Design Engineer to the role of Regional Manager. In his new role, he will oversee projects operated out of Collins’ Newport News, Va., office. James Cavalet, who has been acting as Interim Regional Manager, will resume his role as Project Manager. Mr. Long joined the firm as Senior Bridge Design Engineer in February 2006 and has over 14 years of structural engineering experience. Mr. Long’s educational background includes a BSCE from the University of Hartford, an MSCE from the University of Connecticut, and an MBA degree from the College of William and Mary.

Bury+Partners-Virginia is pleased to announce the promotions of Eileen Sherin, Desmond Reynolds, P.E. and M. Sean Fisher, P.E. to Associate.

Linda Erbs has been promoted to Director of William H. Gordon Associates, Inc.’s (WHGA) Leesburg regional office. Ms. Erbs brings over 30 years of engineering, land development, and land use experience to her new role at WHGA. Her prior experience and professional responsibilities include her recent role in the Leesburg Office as the Director of Engineering and Land Use Services for WHGA. She was also previously employed by Loudoun County where she held several leadership positions, including her last position as Chief of Engineering and Environmental Management.
WHGA is setting new standards with the addition of Timothy S. Taylor, LA, as Director of Landscape Architecture. Mr. Taylor will be responsible for the diversification and growth of the landscape architecture and urban planning services. He brings 25 years of design and real estate development experience.

Timmons Group, has announced the following staff additions:
Brian Breissinger has joined the firm as an Environmental Technician with the Environmental Services group. Mr. Breissinger holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech.
Marina Detienko has joined the firm as a CAD Designer in their Northern Virginia office.
Luke Fetcho has joined the firm as a Project Engineer I in their Northern Virginia office.
Michael Elander has joined the firm as a Project Engineer II with the Residential sector. Mr. Elander earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech.

Katie Perkins, E.I.T. has recently joined Bay Design Group, P.C. as an engineer in the Middle Peninsula office. Ms. Perkins is a Biological Systems Engineering graduate of Virginia Tech with expertise in land development and utility system projects.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., is pleased to announce the following:
Steven Pearson, AIA, Senior Associate and a Project Manager with the firm, is now a certified Project Management Professional, a certification administered by the Project Management Institute. To achieve the PMP designation, Mr. Pearson holds a baccalaureate degree and has a minimum of 4,500 hours of project management experience.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc. has also announced that Kerry Spinks, P.E., CEM, LEED AP and Michael Mullins, P.E., CEM, LEED AP, Senior Associates of the firm, completed the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG) certification exam and have been awarded the designation of ACG Certified Commissioning Authority (CxA). The Commissioning Authority is the leader of the commissioning team and is responsible for planning, organizing, and facilitating the completion of the commissioning process on behalf of the owner.

Chris Swanson has earned his Certified Hazardous Materials Manager designation from the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. He is a Certified Asbestos Inspector in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is with EEE Consulting Inc.

SFCS Inc. has recently announced the promotion of the following staff in its Roanoke office:
Timm Jamieson, FAIA, has been named a Senior Vice President; and C.M. Holland, Jr. and Richard Thomas, AIA have been promoted to Senior Associate.
The firm also announced those promoted to Associate are:
Craig Favor, P.E., Mark Hatcher, Sarah Lee, AIA, and Cathy Wilkinson, ASID.

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that Kendal “Ken” Walus has been promoted and is now state structure and bridge engineer and administrator of the structure and bridge division.

Renaissance Resources has announced that Tom Askew is president and partner. Sara Gaba is vice president and partner.

Asha Sharma, Transportation Engineer for Draper Aden Associates, has been named one of the New Faces of Engineering for 2007 by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Ms. Sharma is one of 15 young men and women honored annually in the engineering field for showing outstanding abilities and leadership at the beginning of their careers. She joined the firm in 2006 after earning an M.S. degree in Transportation Engineering from Auburn University.

Wiley & Wilson, Inc. is pleased to make the following staff announcements:
Joshua C. Padgett has joined the firm’s Architectural Team as a Designer/Drafter. His primary duties will include preparing construction documents for a variety of Architectural projects. Mr. Padgett studied architecture and art at N.C. State.
Aaron E. Tice, E.I.T. has joined the firm’s Civil Engineering Team as an Assistant Engineer. His duties include the design and study of water and wastewater treatment systems and environmental engineering projects. Mr. Tice received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Kelly D. Cole, P.E. was promoted to Project Engineer in the Land Development, Utilities, and Survey Section of the Civil Engineering Department. A Virginia Tech graduate, her duties include the design and study of utilities and land development for local, state, and private projects.
Wayne R. Massie, P.E. was promoted to Senior Engineer in the Land Development, Utilities, and Survey Section of the Civil Engineering Department. His duties include planning, design, and construction administration services for local, state, and federal government clients. Mr. Massie holds an A.A.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Central Virginia Community College and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Bluefield State College.
Edward J. Shea, P.E., LEED® AP was promoted to Project Engineer in the firm’s Civil Engineering Department. He is a lead civil designer for site, utility and transportation projects. Mr. Shea holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.
R. Corey Clayborne, AIA, LEED® AP was appointed to the position of Associate Director on the Virginia Society AIA Board of Directors. This is in addition to serving on the local Blue Ridge Chapter Board. An Assistant Architect at Wiley and Wilson, he will focus on planning and design services for local, state, and federal clients. Mr. Clayborne received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech.

Robert T. Gallagher is now vice president, office manager and state area coordinator for Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson. Mr. Gallagher brings more than 20 years of transportation experience and was previously employed with Earth Tech. He holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering and an Associate degree in Construction Technology.

James K. “Jim” Johnston, P.E., R.B.P. is the new president of ASFE/The Best People on Earth, a not-for-profit association of “earth- engineering” firms. Inaugurated at ceremonies during ASFE’s annual meeting in Hawaii, Mr. Johnston is the 37th individual to serve as ASFE’s president and board of directors chair. Mr. Johnston chairs the board of directors of PMK Group, a consulting and environmental engineering firm headquartered in Cranford, NJ.

Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to welcome Brent Huss, as the Greensboro Project Manager.

Facility Engineering Associates, PC (FEA) would like to announce the addition of four new staff members.
Daniel J. Geldermann, P.E. joined FEA from Plexus Scientific Corporation as a Project Manager in FEA’s Washington, DC office. Mr. Geldermann comes to FEA with over 25 years of facilities engineering management experience.
Abigail D. Fiske, P.E. joined FEA from Lockheed Martin as a Project Manager in FEA’s Washington, DC office. Ms. Fiske has over 16 years experience with facilities engineering. Her previous responsibilities have included serving as a Facility Operations Manager and a Construction Project Manager.
John J. McDonough joined FEA as a Business Development Manager in FEA’s Denver, Colo., office. Mr. McDonough has over 20 years experience in commercial roofing, fire and life safety, and education and training.
Matthew J. LaCome, P.E., joined FEA as a Project Manager in FEA’s Denver, Colo., office. Mr. LaCome holds a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Denver and comes to FEA from Innovative Engineering Designs, Inc. in Denver.

The following women received the Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Professional Achievement Award from Virginia Commonwealth University: Dr. Aradhana Bela Sood, chairwoman of child and adolescent psychiatry and medical director of the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, VCU; Sarah Spiegel, professor and chairwoman of the VCU department of biochemistry; and Dr. Carole Pratt.

Douglas D. Westmoreland was elected Virginia Educational Planner of the Year at the Virginia Educational Facility Planners Conference. He is with Moseley Architects.

Vince Derr has been named the Associated General Contractors of Virginia’s Man of the Year. He is with Faulconer Construction Co. in Charlottesville.

Perry Smith, P.E. has joined Collins Engineers, Inc. as the Assistant Vice President of Structures. Working from Collins’ Chicago headquarters, Mr. Smith will focus his efforts on fostering existing and potential client relationships in the realm of waterfront engineering throughout the United States and internationally. He comes to the firm with more than 15 years of experience as a program and project manager on complex and technical projects in engineering design, offshore structures and inland field operations. Prior to joining Collins, Mr. Smith served as Director of Diving, Waterfront & Offshore Structures for Oceaneering, Inc. in their Chesapeake, Virginia office.

Engineering Consulting firm Greenhorne & O’Mara announces that Frederick J. Wagner, P.E., Senior Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Transportation, has been selected as a new voting member of the G&O Board of Directors. Mr. Wagner is responsible for all G&O transportation operations in the Mid-Atlantic. Mr. Wagner is a graduate of Clarkson University, with a Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering. ##

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