November 2009 Virginia Engineers on the Move

Richard M. “Rick” DiSalvo, P.E., Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Draper Aden Associates, has assumed the position of Chairman of the Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association for 2009-2010. Mr. DiSalvo has been a member of the organization since 1978 and has held various leadership roles throughout his tenure. He has been with Draper Aden Associates for 18 years in their Blacksburg office and is currently a member of their Board of Directors. He is a Professional Engineer in four states, is an active member of the Water Environment Federation and currently serves as Chairman of the Montgomery County, VA Board of Zoning Appeals. He holds an engineering B.S. degree and and M.S. degree from Virginia Tech.
Richard M. “Rick” DiSalvo

Virginia A&E is pleased to announce Fred Walker, P.E., LEED AP has joined the firm as Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Walker has over 25 years experience providing mechanical and plumbing design and commissioning services on a variety of renovation, new construction, and design-build projects. He is a Virginia Registered Professional Engineer as well as Accredited in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) through the United States Green Building Council.
Fred Walker

Girard Engineering, PC, has named Brendan Cullen, P.E., LEED AP, and Susan M. Kolbay, P.E., LEED AP, as associates with the firm.
Mr. Cullen is a registered mechanical engineer who has designed many significant office and multifamily residential projects for the firm, including several LEED®-certified facilities. He holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State University.
Ms. Kolbay is also a registered mechanical engineer and a LEED coordinator for Girard. She has designed mechanical systems for numerous office/commercial projects in the Washington metropolitan region. She holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.S. degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University.
Girard Engineering, PC, has also announced that David Schaeffer, P.E., a senior electrical engineer, has earned his certification as a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) from the Building Industry Consulting Services International (BICSI). BICSI is the national association supporting the information transport industry. A graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Mr. Schaeffer has more than 20 years of experience.

Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to welcome Keith Boyd to their staff as Land Development Project Manager and Dan Phipps as Land Development Project Engineer.

Stroud, Pence & Associates, Ltd., is pleased to announce that William (BJ) Kaufmann, P.E., has joined their Virginia Beach office as a Project Engineer. Mr. Kaufmann received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He has over 13 years of experience in the design of commercial, multi-family residential, and industrial building structures. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota.
William (BJ) Kaufmann

Wiley|Wilson is pleased to make the following announcements:
Matthew C. Pillow, E.I.T. successfully completed the requirements to earn an Engineer-in-Training license. Mr. Pillow is an Instrument Operator in the Civil Engineering/Survey Department. His duties include field surveying in support of projects for the Civil Engineering Department. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech; and
Rebecca S. Evans, LEED GA successfully completed the requirements to earn a LEED GA (Green Associate) certification. Ms. Evans is a Project Designer in the Electrical Engineering Department. She focuses on the design of electrical systems for commercial and government buildings. She holds an A.A.S. degree in Engineering Technology from Central Virginia Community College.
Matthew C. Pillow Rebecca S. Evans

Hankins and Anderson, Inc., announces that Timothy J. Wedin has joined the Production Department in their Glen Allen Office as Program manager. Mr. Wedin was formerly with White Oak Group.

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that Chad Poultney, P.E., LEED AP, Principal in Charge, has been selected to take on the role of Principal in Charge of the firm’s Richmond office. Mr. Poultney brings his 14 years of experience with Clark Nexsen to the Richmond office to further support the implementation of the firm’s corporate principles. His current role is Principal-in-Charge of a Full Service Design Team. His experience includes Historic structures, High Rise Hotels, Prototypical Financial Branches, Higher Education Science Laboratories and Sports Complexes. His previous experience as a general contractor, coupled with his experience in the professional design arena enhances his ability to operate on a construction project with vast knowledge of construction processes. He has overseen and performed successful design projects and construction administration/management services for numerous federal government, military, municipal, and private sector projects. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Delaware with a B.S degree in Civil Engineering.
Chad Poultney

Jeffrey Bragdon, P.E., is the new Civil Engineering Section Director at Burgess & Niple in the Richmond District office. He will oversee engineering teams responsible for design of land development and utility infrastructure projects. Mr. Bragdon has nearly ten years of experience in managing civil engineering design contracts for public and private clients. His technical expertise includes drainage; stormwater management/best management practices; and utility, roadway, and streetscape design. He is skilled in identifying properties for acquisition, preparing conceptual site designs, managing and conducting the due diligence/site feasibility analysis, and preparing project budget forecasting. He earned a B.S. degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island in 1998. Previously, he was the Director of Civil Engineering for McKinney & Company.
Jeffrey Bragdon

Dennis Hong, an associate professor in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named to Popular Science’s 8th annual Brilliant 10. The annual listing honors top scientists younger than 40 years of age from across the United States. Honorees are chosen from among hundreds of nominees each year. Prof. Hong’s fellow 2009 Brilliant 10 nominees hail from such research institutions as Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and Yale University. During the past several months, he was promoted to associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, awarded the SAE International’s Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award, and named as a 2009 Forward Under 40 honoree by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Alumni Association. Director of the award-winning Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, Prof. Hong’s research focuses on robot locomotion and manipulation, autonomous vehicles and humanoid robots. Prof. Hong received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.
Dennis Hong

The Society of Mining Engineers (SME) has named Jerry Luttrell, the A.T. Massey Coal Company Professor at Virginia Tech, a Henry Krumb Lecturer for 2009-10. Those selected for this honor each year receive SME funding to provide presentations on specific topics at various SME chapter and section meetings around the country. A professor of Mining and Minerals Engineering at Virginia Tech, Prof. Luttrell’s presentation is entitled “Implications of Constant Incremental Quality on Fine-Coal Dewatering Circuitry.” With his name on 15 patents, he has been awarded more than $14 million in research projects. His research has contributed to the development of innovative technologies for coal preparation and mineral processing. Earning his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, Prof. Luttrell joined the faculty in 1986 and was promoted to full professor in 1997. He was named the Massey Professor in 2004.
Jerry Luttrell

Virginia Tech has recently named Jon Greene as a program manager for the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS).
Mr. Greene will develop a framework of cooperation to facilitate and expand innovative research projects and activities devoted to our national defense. He will be a key player in managing existing technology relationships as part of the Virginia Tech ICTAS Center for Naval Systems (CNavS) and will have the additional responsibility of developing and managing interdisciplinary research programs with other partners as part of the CNavS.
Mr. Greene comes to Virginia Tech after concluding a 28-year career with the military, most recently as the commanding officer of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dam Neck, Virginia Beach, Va., where he led a 350-person research and development organization focused on systems of systems integration, interoperability, and integrated training capabilities. This experience, combined with years of previous leadership roles in the military provide a well-versed background in the operations of all 12 of the Naval Sea System Command Warfare Centers, the Space and Naval Warfare System Centers, the Naval Air Warfare Centers, the Office of Naval Research, and the Joint Force Command.
Mr. Greene earned a M.A. degree in National Security Affairs from the Navy Postgraduate School and a B.S. in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy. He has served as a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the U.S. Naval Institute, the National Defense Industry Association, and the Hampton Roads Technology Council.
Jon Greene

Kevin Janes, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia, is one of 55 engineers and scientists from around the country to receive a 2009 National Institutes of Health “New Innovator Award.” His research at U.Va. focuses on understanding how signaling networks function within cells, which has important implications for diseases such as cancer, where the molecular “signal processing” has malfunctioned and cellular responses are inappropriate. For the NIH New Innovator Award, he will focus on understanding why certain breast-cancer treatments that target a particular protein receptor work in only a fraction of the cancers in which the protein receptor is present. The award is $1.5 million over five years. The awards were announced recently at the Fifth Annual NIH Director’s Pioneer Award Symposium. Prof. Janes received a doctorate in bioengineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. He completed his postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School and joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2008. He was one of 17 young faculty recently selected as a 2009 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Photo courtesy of Dan Addison.
Kevin Janes

Architects Dayton, Thompson & Associates has recently announced that:
Susan Lacy has been promoted to principal. She graduated from the University of Virginia and has been with the firm since 1993;
Marcus Hanlon has been promoted to associate. He received his degree from The Boston Architectural Center and has been with the firm since 2004; and
James Droski has joined the firm as an intern architect. He was formerly with Jeffery Scott Architects and earned his Master’s of Architecture with a concentration in sustainable design from Lawrence Technological University.

Members of the International Code Council (ICC) announced they have elected Officers and Directors. The elections were held during the Council’s Annual Conference held recently in Baltimore. For more information visit

Robert T. Simmons, P.E., a systems engineering support manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has been named president-elect of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers). The Society made the announcement during the proceedings of the 2009 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A fellow of ASME, Mr. Simmons will become the Society’s 129th president when he begins his one-year term in June 2010. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1966 with a B.S. degree in Nuclear Science and Mechanical Engineering and in 1975, earned his MBA degree from Ohio State University.

Emory Rodgers, Deputy Director of the Building and Fire Regulation Division of the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, was presented the prestigious Bobby J. Fowler Award during the International Code Council (ICC) 2009 Annual Conference and Code Development Hearings recently in Baltimore. The Fowler Award, which honors the memory of the first chairman of the Code Council Board of Directors, is given to an individual whose contributions to the building and safety industry advance the Council’s goals in achieving a safer and sustainable built environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the recipient’s focus beyond local or regional concerns to issues and activities that span the globe.

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