May 2009 Virginia Engineers on the Move
Timmons Group is pleased to announce that Ryan Teeter P.E., Frank Pohl, P.E. and Craig Kotarski, E.I.T. have passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDÂ®) Professional Accreditation exam and are now LEED Accredited Professionals. Mr. Teeter is a Senior Construction Manager in the firm’s Northern Virginia offce. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. Mr. Pohl is a senior project manager with Timmons Group’s Charlottesville office. He is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction. Mr. Kotarski is a project engineer in the firm’s Charlottesville offce. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
MSA, P.C. is pleased to announce the achievements of two valued employees:
Gregory B. Hayes, P.E., Senior Project Manager, has passed the LEEDÂ® Certifcation exam, earning his LEEDÂ® Accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. Mr. Hayes is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He has been with MSA’s Civil Engineering Division for 14 years where he creates sustainable designs for the firm’s public sector projects; and
M. Tim MacVittie, E.I.T., LEEDÂ® AP, Project Engineer I, was recently appointed by the Virginia American Water Works Association Executive Board to fill the position of Vice Chairman for the VA AWWA Water for People Committee. Mr. MacVittie is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
McDonough Bolyard Peck, (MBP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kristine Martin as Lead Consultant. Ms. Martin will assist the Williamsburg Branch with the municipality work it performs throughout the Tidewater region. Prior to joining MBP, she performed construction administration, constructibility reviews, cost estimates, and contract administration for a Tidewater-based architectural firm. Ms. Her experience includes work in a wide variety of projects in the sectors of municipality, higher education, federal, commercial, and judicial. Additionally, she spent two years as a plan reviewer and building inspector for the City of Greenville, North Carolina. Martin graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. degree in Construction Management.
Carson, Ashley & Associates of Warrenton is pleased to announce that Paul Bernard, P.E. has joined their firm as Director of Engineering. Mr. Bernard brings over 30 years of civil engineering design and management experience and is licensed in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and West Virginia. His design experience includes storm water management facilities, best management practices (BMP’s), and storm water modeling studies; water supply, storage and distribution systems, wastewater collection and conveyance systems; solid waste handling and disposal facilities, roadway and roadway improvements, bridge rehabilitation and improvements, and general civil engineering for community development projects. Mr. Bernard has been active in the Fauquier County community for many years and they are excited that he has joined their team.
2rw Consultants, Inc. is proud to welcome another new member to the firm as part of their growing Energy & Design Group. Jay Thompson-Westra graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University. He had been working in the green design field and comes to 2rw with a passion for sustainable projects. Here he will be working to provide comprehensive energy services as well as designing effcient electrical systems.
Norman Dowling, professor of engineering science and mechanics and materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been awarded the Frank Maher Professorship in Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1983, Prof. Dowling currently conducts research on fatigue, fracture, and deformation; damping in concrete; statistical and deterministic characterization of loading; life prediction for complex loadings; and biomechanics and biomaterials. His book, “Mechanical Behavior of Materials: Engineering methods for Deformation, Fracture, and Fatigue,” has been widely adopted and often cited. His text is used in more than 50 engineering programs in the United States and universities abroad. He has co-authored a laboratory manual, a chapter in another book, Volume 19 in the “Handbook of the American Society of Materials International,” more than 60 articles in journals and proceedings, and numerous reports. His research has been supported by the United States Navy, Air Force and Army; NASA, and many companies; the total support on all projects is approximately $2.5 million. Prof. Dowling is a Fellow of the American Society of Testing Materials and has received the Award of Merit and an Outstanding Achievement Award from that organization. He is serving, or has served on the Editorial board of the “Journal of ASTM International”, “Journal of Fatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures”, “International Journal of Fatigue”, and the “American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology”. Prof. Dowling received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Scott F. Midkiff, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech, will become the new electrical and computer engineering department head, effective August 10th. Prof. Midkiff joined the Virginia Tech faculty as an assistant professor in 1986 and was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and full professor in 2000. He spent 1998 to 1999 and 2004 to 2006 with Virginia Tech in Northern Virginia. In 2006, Prof. Midkiff began an assignment at the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Program Director in the Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems Division, a position where he currently remains. Among his awards, Prof. Midkiff has a NSF Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration and a Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovation. He was the principal investigator for Virginia Tech’s first Integrative Graduate Education and Research training (IGERT) grant from the NSF. This grant led to the creation of the Integrated Research and Education in Advanced Networking (IREAN) program. Prof. Midkiff’s research focuses on wireless networking and network support for mobile and pervasive computing. Prof. Midkiff was a key contributor to the electrical and computer engineering department’s development of the master’s and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering, and coordinated a major revision of the bachelor’s in computer engineering degree program at Virginia Tech. He is also credited with assisting in the development of the multi-college Master of Information Technology degree and certificate program. He succeeds James Thorp, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, who has led the department since 2004.
Hanif Sherali, University Distinguished Professor and W. Thomas Rice Chaired Professor of Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2009 Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising. During his three decades of service to Virginia Tech, Prof. Sherali has advised 38 Ph.D. candidates and 43 Master of Science students to the completion of their degrees. Many of Prof. Sherali’s advisees have won national awards for their research, including four recipients of the coveted Institute of Industrial Engineers Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation Award, the most prestigious student research award in the field. Four others have won the equivalent honor at the Master’s degree level. Other former graduate advisees noted Prof. Sherali’s ability to go beyond simple answers and inspire his students, his extraordinary talent as a teacher, and his willingness to continue professional relationships with students after they complete their degree requirements. Prof. Sherali has served as principal investigator on 57 research projects sponsored by a variety of funding agencies, published more than 250 refereed articles in leading engineering publications, written six books, and consulted with numerous companies and other agencies about his research. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Bombay University, and his Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Prof. Sherali is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
Jan Helge BÃ¸hn, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2009 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education. Through his unique vision and commitment, Prof. BÃ¸hn has prepared students for the global marketplace through a number of Virginia Tech partnerships with institutions around the world. The centerpiece of Prof. BÃ¸hn’s international education work is a Virginia Tech partnership with Technische UniversitÃ¤t Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) in Germany that includes a senior-year study abroad experience, a dual degree option, and paid research programs. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1993, Prof. BÃ¸hn provides language training to prepare students for their time overseas. He has taught German with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech and organized a five-week immersion summer program in Germany with host families. Prof. BÃ¸hn has made these programs accessible by seeking and obtaining funding through scholarships and grants, partly from private donors. In addition, Prof. BÃ¸hn has created two new engineering design courses that collaborate on engineering design projects with Howard University, TU Darmstadt, the Instituto TechnolÃ³gico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. Prof. BÃ¸hn earned a B.S. degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Virginia Tech has named Alek Duerksen, of Waynesboro, Virginia, as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in the College of Engineering for the 2009-10 academic year. Mr. Duerksen is expected to receive his B.S. degree in mining and minerals engineering from the College of Engineering in July of this year. He will be receiving an honors Baccalaureate diploma with a research based thesis, as well as minors in geosciences and creative writing. During his time at Virginia Tech, Mr. Duerksen has participated in a variety of extracurricular activities and held a wide range of leadership positions. Recently named a National Science Foundation fellow, Mr. Duerksen has conducted his research in the fields of underground hard rock mining methods and the effects of mine safety legislation on mining technology in the United States. In addition to his academic excellence in science, Mr. Duerksen has also excelled in English. As a junior, he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa national honor society, a rare honor for an engineering major. During the summer of 2008, Mr. Duerksen travelled to Chile with P&H MinePro Services, a major mining equipment manufacturer. While there he conducted a comprehensive analysis of the contract sites’ maintenance and repair practices and performances. He conducted his research and presented his findings to a national-level management team entirely in Spanish.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded graduate study fellowships to a senior and two recent alumni of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Each fellowship provides three years of funding, including a tuition supplement and a stipend of $30,000 per year. The winning student is Alek Duerksen, a senior, from Waynesboro, Virginia, who is majoring in mining and minerals engineering. In addition to the fellowship, Mr. Duerksen also recently was named the 2009 Outstanding Standing Senior for the College of Engineering and was part of a national award-winning team at a student mining competition from Virginia Tech. Mr. Duerksen has two minors, creative writing, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and geosciences, in the College of Science. He says he plans to stay at Virginia Tech to pursue a Master’s degree in mining and minerals engineeering. The winning alumni are Elizabeth Traut of Vienna, Virginia, a May 2008 graduate from the mechanical engineering department. She is now at Carnegie-Mellon University in the direct doctoral mechanical engineering program; and
Sherri Cook, a graduate of the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering also was named as the 2007-08 College of Engineering’s Outstanding Senior. She is now a Master’s student at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
A team of three faculty members and two graduate students from three different colleges at Virginia Tech, received the university’s 2009 XCaliber Award for excellence as a team on a large-scale project. The team includes: Taranjit Kaur, assistant professor of biomedical sciences and pathology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Jatinder Singh, research assistant professor of electrical engineering in the College of Engineering; Matthew Lutz of Newport, Virginia, assistant professor of interior design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; Nathan King of Christiansburg, Virginia, a graduate student in industrial design in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies; and David Bradley Clark II of Fredericksburg, Virginia, a graduate student in architecture in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. The team was recognized for their innovative approaches to teaching using technologies as they designed, developed and deployed the P.L.U.G. (Portable Laboratory on Uncommon Grounds), a prototype laboratory that facilitates bioinformatics research in isolated settings around the world. The selection committee noted that authentic learning contexts are a hallmark of student-centered teaching, and this project provided an excellent example of this enacted. During the design phase, students within the School of Architecture and Design collaboratively devised and fabricated the P.L.U.G. prototype through the use of computer-aided manufacturing based upon real-life specifications provided by faculty and students in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. This design incorporates highly technical data collection and transmission equipment that is now being deployed in the field by faculty and students performing chimpanzee research in remote areas of Tanzania. Prof. Kaur received her bachelor’s degree Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a master of public health degree from The Johns Hopkins University. Prof. Singh received his bachelor’s degree from Agricultural University, India, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Agricultural Sciences, India. Prof. Lutz received a bachelor’s degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.
Tom Walker of Newport, Virginia, associate professor of engineering education in the College Engineering at Virginia Tech, recently received the university’s 2009 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award. Prof. Walker began his career in engineering education in 1984 by direct order, not by choice. Ordered to report as an instructor of mechanical engineering at the Naval Academy, he says he rapidly realized he had found his niche and soon developed a reputation for integrating technology into the engineering learning space. He co-chaired the academy committee that initiated a personal computer requirement for all midshipmen approximately at the same time the Virginia Tech College of Engineering initiated their personal computer requirement. Upon leaving the U.S. Navy in 1988, he accepted his current position in the Department of Engineering Education (then known as Engineering Fundamentals) where for 21 years he has championed the use of appropriate educational technologies and pedagogies to empower student learning and respond to a changing world. Most recently he has been recognized for his innovative use and support for Tablet-convertible PCs and associated applications such as DyKnow. The working title for his Diggs presentation will be “When Everyday is a Rip Van Winkle Day.” Walker received his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and his master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School.
The Alumni Association will honor Marni Byrum, Patricia Caldwell, and John Higginbotham with Alumni Distinguished Service Awards for 2009. The annual awards recognize outstanding service to the university and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association.
Marni Byrum earned her bachelor’s in political science from Virginia Tech in 1976. She is an attorney in private practice with emphasis on labor, employment, and personnel law, whose law degree is from the Pepperdine University. Ms. Byrum often lectures on labor and employment issues and was an adjunct faculty member at Washington College of Law at American University. She is a member of the Boyd Graves Conference and a master of the George Mason Inns of Court. Ms. Byrum has remained involved at her alma mater by serving on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the President’s Advisory Committee, and the Economic Development Advisory Board. She chaired the Dean’s Roundtable for the former College of Arts and Sciences and serves on the College of Science Roundtable. Ms. Byrum is a member of the Northern Virginia Regional Campaign Committee and the Pylon Society. She also has held leadership roles with the Virginia State Bar Association, the Arlington County Bar Association, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and that association’s foundation.
Patricia Caldwell earned her bachelor’s in mathematics in 1971 and has more than 30 years experience as a financial analyst and investment banker. Ms. Caldwell has maintained a strong commitment to Virginia Tech, serving as a long-time member of the former College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Roundtable and as past chair of the College of Science Roundtable. She has served on the Virginia Tech Foundation Board, the Department of Mathematics Advisory Board, and the Quiet Phase Campaign Steering Committee, and is now a member of the College of Science Campaign Steering Committee and the Women and Leadership in Philanthropy Council. In recognition of her exceptional service, Ms. Caldwell received the first ever Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Science. Ms. Caldwell, who holds an MBA from the State University of New York at Albany, cofounded Gordian Group LLC in 1988. Her financial advisory services firm specializes in complex and distressed situations and assists clients nationwide, in numerous industries. Ms. Caldwell previously worked 13 years for Citibank, where she founded its corporate finance and analysis department. She spent two years as a financial analyst with AT&T Bell Labs before joining Citibank.
John Higginbotham attended Virginia Tech as a recipient of the Alumni Presidential Scholarship and graduated in 1977 with honors in civil and environmental engineering. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and is chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors at Integral Systems Inc., a provider of satellite ground systems located in Lanham, Md. Mr. Higginbotham has served Virginia Tech as president of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Engineering Committee of 100. He is a member of the Ut Prosim Society and has served on the Alumni Center National Leadership Campaign Committee. Mr. Higginbotham has been a strong advocate for both university and higher education in general through the Hokies for Higher Education network. He currently serves on the board of directors of ProtoStar Ltd., and is the former chairman and a director emeritus of the Space Foundation. Mr. Higginbotham also is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics Astronautics. He received the 2007 National Space Society Space Finance Award. As a student, Mr. Higginbotham helped found Student Alumni Associates, the student arm of the Alumni Association, and served as its first president during his senior year.
Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to welcome Mike Johnson as Blacksburg Traffic Engineer and congratulates Sharon Stacy Blackwell on her promotion to GIS Project Manager.
John (Skip) Groupe, IV, P.E., President of The Engineering Groupe, Inc. of Woodbridge, is pleased to announce that Denar Antelo, P.E. and Stanley Orndorff, recently received certifcations as a LEEDÂ® AP. Mr. Antelo currently serves as Director of Engineering and Mr. Orndorff is a Senior Project Manager for The Engineering Groupe, Inc. Mr. Antelo is a graduate from the George Mason University, Engineering Program in Fairfax, Virginia. He has over 11 years experience on civil engineering projects throughout Northern Virginia. Since joining The Engineering Groupe Inc. in 1998, his diverse project experience includes site and roadway layout, utility design, drainage systems design, waterline analysis, stormwater management, and erosion and sediment control plans for residential, commercial, and public projects. Mr. Antelo is proficient in AutoCAD 2007, SurvCAD McGraw Hill. Mr. Orndorff has been progressively involved in the engineering and surveying professions since 1975, when he earned his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech. Working in all the Northern Virginia jurisdictions, Mr. Orndorff became familiar with local ordinances, regulations, and staff. Since joining The Engineering Groupe, Inc. in 1993, Mr. Orndorff has provided engineering design, planning, and quality control services for municipal, public, and private clients. He is a Designated Plans Examiner in Fairfax County, which allows for the expedited review of plans prepared under his supervision. Mr. Orndorff is a member of the Engineers and Surveyors Institute.
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to make the following announcements:
R. Dennis Dunham, P.E. joined the firm as a Senior Engineer in the Civil Engineering Department. His duties include preparing studies, designs, and construction administration for water distribution, wastewater collection, and transport projects. Mr. Dunham has 30 years of water and wastewater design experience. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Virginia Tech;
Stevens M. Terry, P.E., LEEDÂ® AP is now certifed by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP). Mr. Terry is a Project Manager with 38 years of professional experience. He received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. degree in Business Administration from George Washington University;
Anthony R. Buscemi, P.E., LEEDÂ® AP was promoted to Operations Manager for the firm’s Alexandria offce responsible for daily operations and production activities. Mr. Buscemi has 27 years of professional experience. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. degree from Portland State University; and
Michael T. Dreher, P.E., CFM was promoted to Engineer in the firmis Civil Engineering Department. His duties include site design and leadership of their GIS services group. Mr. Dreher holds a B.S. degree in Cartography and GIS from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He is a Certifed GIS Professional.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc., announces the following new employees:
Steven M. Applegate, P.E., has joined the Structural Department as Structural Department Head in their Glen Allen offce. Mr. Applegate was formerly with SMA Consulting Engineers;
Brian T. Stanley, P.E. has joined the Structural Department as Senior Structural Engineer in their Glen Allen offce. Mr. Stanley was formerly with SMA Consulting Engineers;
Scott Hasforth has joined the Structural Department as Structural CADD Technician in their Glen Allen offce. Mr. Hasforth was formerly with SMA Consulting Engineers; and
Coles Jennings, E.I.T., has joined the Mechanical Department as Mechanical Engineer in their Glen Allen offce. Mr. Jennings was formerly with Qimonda.
Hammad Malik, P.E., has joined the Life Safety Department as Senior Fire Protection Engineer in their San Diego Office. Mr. Malik was formerly with HSMM.
Venus Ariano has joined the Mechanical Department as Mechanical Engineer in their San Diego Office. Ms. Ariano was formerly with Syska Hennessy Group.
Anne Hart, Marketing Manager for Hankins and Anderson, earned the designation of Certified Professional Services Marketer in March, 2009.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that:
Douglas P. Cruse III, L.S. has joined the firm’s Hampton Roads office as a Survey Project Manager. He has over 20 years of surveying experience from instrument operator to surveying manager. Mr. Cruse will be responsible for overall management direction of existing or new surveying projects. He has an A.A.S. degree in Construction Management and an A.A.S. degree in Surveying and Mapping;
Charles Kreye, P.E., has been selected to assume the position of Site Planning & Engineering Team Leader for the Richmond offce. He has over a decade of engineering experience and will help lead the firm’s efforts in site engineering for commercial, institutional and municipal projects. My Kreye’s design experience includes site engineering, infrastructure design, project master planning and stormwater management. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech;
Brandon Searcey, P.W.D., a Senior Environmental Scientist on the Ecological Team in the Richmond offce has become a certifed Professional Wetlands Delineator as designated by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Mr. Searcey is a graduate of East Carolina University and has been with Draper Aden for fve years; and
Michael D. Lawless, PG, Environmental Program Manager for Draper Aden Associates has been elected National President Elect of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) for 2009. Mr. Lawless will serve as National President in 2010. He has been a member of the organization since 1994. Mr. Lawless is a Professional Geologist in three states and a registered Brownfelds Professional. He has been with the firm for 13 years in their Blacksburg offce.
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that:
Charles B. Beshore, Associate AIA, LEEDÂ® AP has passed the LEEDÂ® Certifcation exam, earning him LEED Accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Beshore is an Intern Architect who has been with the firm since April 2008. He has been working on DoD Design-Build projects, programming and schematic design for the DoD, and office renovations. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech. Following graduation he was commissioned as a Military Intelligence Offcer in the US Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from January 2007 to January 2008;
Anne C. Urbi, AIA, LEEDÂ® AP has passed the LEED Certifcation exam, earning her LEED Accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Ms. Urbi has more than 20 years of architectural experience. She is experienced in all phases of architecture, including programming, design, and construction documents. She is proficient in landscape architecture and site analysis. Ms. UrbiÂ is experienced with renovation of structures including ones with historic designation as well as new construction at any scale. She has developed programming studies, prepared cost estimates, plans, and specifications for a wide range of building types. She has coordinated extensive field work and asbestos abatement; and
Mark A. Elder, P.E., Thomas Dalton, ASLA, CLA and Edward C. Westerman, P.E., SE have passed the LEEDÂ® Certifcation exam, earning them LEED Accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Elder has B.S. and Master’s degrees in engineering, and more than 30 years of experience in mechanical design and analysis. His background includes experience as a Federal employee, project manager for a large architectural/engineering firm, and owner and operator of his own consulting engineering firm. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University where he taught classes in HVAC design and applied psychrometrics. Mr. Dalton is the Director of Landscape Architecture and is responsible for overseeing the development of commercial, municipal, federal and higher education projects. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has over 14 years of diverse experience in master planning, design development and construction document preparation with an emphasis on aesthetic and practical sustainable design. Mr. Westerman is Clark Nexsen’s Director of Structural Engineering. Mr. Westerman has 15 years of structural engineering experience with a variety of project experience including analysis and design of commercial and institutional buildings and renovation/rehabilitation of existing facilities. From schematic design to construction administration, he has provided structural engineering services for a broad range of federal, state, municipal and commercial clients. Mr. Westerman’s experience includes planning, concept design preparation, final design preparation, charettes, proposal preparation, and development of project specifications. He is currently president of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE).
Clark Nexsen is also pleased to announce that Katie E. Shannon, P.E. has joined the firm as a Civil Engineer. Ms. Shannon has over 6 years experience in the design and management of all aspects of residential and commercial land development. Ms. Shannon has been involved in over 30 residential and commercial projects, totaling over 500 acres of development in southeast Arizona and southern California. Ms. Shannon’s design and construction supervision experience includes multiple phase residential subdivisions â€“ both private and public; commercial site plans including retail shops, office buildings, restaurants and large department stores; master planned communities consisting of low, medium and high density residential neighborhoods surrounded by walking trails, condominiums, commercials developments, parks and public facilities; multi-use trails; warehouse and storage facilities; regional detention basins; recreational parks; and large regional drainageways/natural washes containing between 500 to 8,000 cubic feet per second of water. In the past, Ms. Shannon has organized and led in-house technical training for departmental teams and mentored several young engineers. Ms. Shannon is certified in Water Systems Analysis, Stormwater Systems Modeling, and Hydrologic Modeling and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Virginia, Arizona and California.
The Virginia Beach structural engineering firm of Speight, Marshall & Francis, PC is pleased to announce the following title changes:
Jonathan Walesczyk, P.E. to Director of Operations and Dennis Altman, Jr., P.E., SE to Director of Engineering.
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB), announces John M. Stronach, P.E., as a principal. He is a senior project manager and civil engineer, located in the firm’s Virginia Beach office and has worked at VHB for eight years. Mr. Stronach’s experience is in the planning and design of transportation infrastructure systems, and institutional campuses in the mid-Atlantic region and includes signifcant site/civil and stormwater design pursuits on medical and educational campuses. Current or ongoing projects of note that he is working on include: Old Dominion University Civil Engineering Term Contract and Diehn II Performing Arts Expansion; James Madison University’s Bridgeforth Stadium and Port Republic Road Athletic Complex; Sentara Princess Anne Hospital; and Princess Anne Road Phase VII and Traffic Engineering Contract for the City of Virginia Beach. Mr. Stronach is a registered professional engineer in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Tennessee. Professional and industry associations he is active in include the Society of College and University Planning; Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Society of Highway Engineers; Chi Epsilon-National Civil Engineering Honor Society; ODU Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Council; and Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate. He has a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.
David E. Lourie, P.E., R.B.P. is the new president of ASFE, a not-for-profit association of “earth-engineering” firms that employ 125,000 individuals worldwide. Welcomed into office at ceremonies during ASFE’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Mr. Lourie is the 39th individual to serve as ASFE’s president and chair of the group’s board of directors.
At its annual meeting held on April 22nd, the board of directors of the engineering, surveying and planning firm of McKim & Creed, which has an office in Virginia Beach, elected Diane C. Creel, Fred Day and Timothy Cawood, PLS, to its board. Ms. Creel, retired chairman, CEO and president of Ecovation and Earth Tech, and Mr. Day, retired president and CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas, were elected as outside directors. Mr. Cawood, McKim & Creed’s national director of geomatics advanced technology, was chosen as an employee member of the board. Ms. Creel is the recently retired chairman, CEO and president of Ecovation, Inc., a Rochester, N.Y.-based wastewater technology company. Prior to that, she was the chairman, CEO and president of Earth Tech, Inc., becoming the first woman to hold the CEO position of a publicly held engineering firm in the United States. Ms. Creel currently serves on the board of directors of Allegheny Technologies, Inc. and Goodrich Corporation, and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School at Harvard University. Mr. Day is the retired president and CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Progress Energy, Inc. that serves 1.4 million customers. During his 39-year career with Progress Energy, he held several management positions. He was named senior vice president-Energy Delivery in 1997, executive vice president in 2000 and president/CEO in 2003. He served on the Progress Energy, Inc., Senior Management Committee for 10 years, and serves on the boards of the N.C. State Engineering Foundation, Microcell, Mars Hill College and the N.C. Military Foundation. Mr. Cawood is McKim & Creed’s national director of geomatics advanced technology. He joined the company in 1985 as a land surveyor and has helped build the company’s geomatics division to the largest in the Southeast. He currently oversees the company’s hydrographic surveying services and 3D imaging services for industry, architecture and manufacturing. Mr. Cawood serves as vice chair of the national steering committee of the Council of Professional Surveyors, and is a member of the marine technology curriculum advisory committee for Cape Fear Community College and the U.S. branch of the Hydrographic Society.
Lisa Lucas has recently earned her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation from the US Green Building Council. She is managing director at NELSON.
Balzer and Associates Inc. has recently announced that Brian Wagner; Steve Harvey; Randy Tritt; and Justin Fournier have been appointed corporate vice presidents.
Peter J. Barden has recently passed the Architectural Registration Examination and is now a licensed architect at Commonwealth Architects.
John F. Dunlap, president of Dunlap and Partners Engineers has recently earned his American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) certification from Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professionals.
Daniel W. Dubansky, partner and managing director of Alten has earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Myers Mast, a self-employed landscape architect has recently earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Gresham, Smith and Partners has announced that Jamie Norwood has earned his Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design professional accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. The firm also announced that Tony Hawkinson has been named associate.