November 2008 Virginia Engineers on the Move

Robert S. Miller, III, P.E., F.NSPE has recently been appointed as a MATHCOUNTS Foundation Board of Directors member for the period 2008-2010. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting math excellence among U.S. middle school students. Professional Engineers in Private Practice (PEPP), an arm of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), recently selected Mr. Miller to receive the 2008 PEPP Award. A 1967 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, he is CEO of MSA, P.C. in Virginia Beach.

Golder Associates Inc. (GAI) recently named Mark Swallow president of the 40-year-old consultancy. With Golder for 22 years, Mr. Swallow has expertise in both geotechnical and environmental engineering. He managed Golder’s Jacksonville, Fla. office prior to becoming president of Golder Construction Services, Inc. (GCS), a contracting subsidiary to GAI. Former president Steve Thompson will be leading GAI’s acquisition efforts and providing support to the risk committee of Golder’s corporate board of directors. Mr. Swallow named his vice president at GCS, Gary Young, to succeed him as president of the subsidiary. Mr. Young joined GCS in January 2006 as the Florida operations manager and was appointed as a vice president of GCS in 2007.

MMM Design Group congratulates Philip J. Bowman, P.E., Joseph L. Craig, P.E., LEEDâ„¢ AP, and W. Brad Ellis, P.E., on passing the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Professional Engineers examination. Additionally, Karen M. Hermansky, CID, has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification examination. This honor has earned Mr. Bowman, Mr. Craig and Mr. Ellis the Professional Engineer accreditation and Ms. Hermansky the Certified Interior Designer designation from the Virginia Board of Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers, and Landscape Architects. Mr. Bowman, an Old Dominion University engineering technology graduate, joined MMM in 2001. He has more than seven years of experience in the design of mechanical building systems. Mr. Craig is an Old Dominion University electrical engineering graduate who joined the staff at MMM in 2006. He is skilled in electrical and power systems designs for government, hospitals, commercial/retail, public schools, and places of worship. Mr. Ellis, a graduate of Virginia Tech, joined MMM in 2000. He has more than five years of experience in the areas of utility layout and drainage design. Ms. Hermansky, an interior design graduate of Virginia Tech, has more than eight years of interior design experience in government, corporate, university and showroom design.

William R. Knocke, W.C. English Professor and head of the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, was awarded the 2008 Virginia Outstanding Civil Engineer Award at the Virginia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) banquet, held recently in Williamsburg, Va. According to the ASCE announcement, Prof. Knocke was presented with the award for his 29 years of research focusing on the physical and chemical treatment of water and wastewater, chemistry of aquatic systems, sludge treatment and disposal, and hazardous waste assessment and treatment. ASCE also cited his contributions to an improved environment and quality of life for all Virginia residents.
Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering presented its 2008 Distinguished Service Award to mechanical engineering alumnus John Sparks, director of engineering and technology programs at Aerojet, a GenCorp Inc. company. In 2007 he joined the college’s advisory board, a select group of 22 individuals who meet formally twice a year to advise the college. Almost immediately, he assumed the chairmanship of a committee that is interacting with Virginia’s legislators on behalf of engineering education. Dr. Sparks received all three of his degrees, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate from the mechanical engineering department, in 1974, 1976, and 1981, respectively.

MSA, P.C. is happy to announce the achievements of the following employees:
Michael D. Hess, E.I.T., was promoted to Project Engineer III. Mr. Hess has also been appointed to serve as the Secretary of the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers for 2008-2009. He is a graduate of Youngstown State University.
Michelle P. Peterson was promoted to the position of IT Manager. Ms. Peterson is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Information Systems and Information Technology.
Nathan A. Highfill achieved the status of Professional Engineer (P.E.) after successfully completing the requirements for certification as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a result, Mr. Highfill was also promoted to Project Engineer III. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and has been employed with MSA’s Civil Engineering Division for four years.
Chad R. Morris, ASLA, Assistant Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture, achieved the status of Certified Landscape Architect (C.L.A.) after successfully completing the requirements for licensing in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Morris is a graduate of West Virginia University and has been employed with MSA for 7 years.
Gregory M. Zoby has successfully met the education and experience requirements necessary for certification as a Licensed Surveyor in Training (L.S.I.T.) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Zoby is a graduate of Tidewater Community College with an Associates of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology. He has been employed with MSA’s Land Surveying Division for four years.

Hurd & Obenchain, Inc. has recently announced that Richard Polo, has achieved LEED Accredited Professional status. He has been with the firm since 2006 and graduated from the University of Virginia with a Mechanical Engineering degree in May of 2006.

Hankins and Anderson, Inc. is pleased to announce the following:
Trevor Gooding, a member of the firm’s Electrical Department, is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer. Lee Everett has joined the Production Support Department as a CADD Technician. Mr. Everett was formerly with Lowe’s. Kelly Grace has joined the Construction Administration Department. Ms. Grace was formerly with the US NAVY. Stephanie Surgent, E.I.T. has joined the Structural Department as a Structural Engineer. Ms. Surgent is a recent graduate from Virginia Tech. Will Wheeler, P.E., LEED AP, a Project Manager with the firm, is a certified Project Management Professional, a certification administered by the Project Management Institute. Beau Blythe, in the Electrical Department of Hankins and Anderson, has completed his NICET Level 1 certification.

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Avery, as a Field Technician and Project Representative on their GeoTechnical Team in the Richmond office.
Carolyn A. Howard, PE, CFM, LEED AP, of Draper Aden Associates was a faculty member for the seminar Current Issues in Stormwater Regulation in Virginia. Ms. Howard presented a section on Storm Water Utility Fees and participated in a panel discussion. The one-day seminar presented facts about current legal issues, stormwater utility fees, monitoring and inspection, and design and selection of BMP’s for Virginia stormwater professionals. Ms. Howard is the Team Leader and Project Director for the Site Planning and Engineering Team in the Blacksburg Office. She has extensive experience in sustainable site development, hydrologic and hydraulic analysis and stormwater management. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Valparaiso University.

Nathaniel B. Johnson III with Clark Nexsen has earned his Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Cara E. Campbell has joined Clark Nexsen as an architectural design technician.

Ann Coble has joined Timmons Group as a researcher with the survey group.

A Florida mechanical engineer has been named as a Washington Congressional Fellow hosted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Michael Erbesfeld, TLC Engineering for Architecture – Deerfield Beach Division, will serve a one-year fellowship in Washington, D.C., which allows him to work on Capitol Hill in a technical advisory role. He has been assigned to the office of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). Mr. Erbesfeld recently completed the annual fellows orientation sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The fellowship runs from September 2008 through August 2009. ##

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