October 2008 Virginia Engineers on the Move

Hankins and Anderson, Inc. announces the following new employees:
Kenny L. Allison has joined the Facility Security Department as a Facility Security Officer. Mr. Allison was formerly with Chugach. Avery Skees, E.I.T. has joined the Mechanical Department as a Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Skees is a recent graduate from Old Dominion University.

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that Jonida Shtrepi Hendricks has joined the Civil Department. Ms. Hendricks is a civil designer with experience in the design of public, private and commercial projects. Ms. Hendricks is involved with the Tidewater Chapter of Virginia Society of Professional Engineers where she serves as Vice President.
Clark Nexsen is also pleased to announce that Steven V. Grossenbacher, an Architectural Intern at the firm, has earned E.I.T. status. Mr. Grossenbacher is an Architectural Intern & Engineer in Training at the firm. He is a graduate from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Campus attaining a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. After his tenure at Cal Poly, Mr. Grossenbacher continued his education at The Pennsylvania State University – University Park Campus, where he graduated with a Masters of Science in Architectural Engineering, with the structural option.

Elizabeth R. Giese recently joined ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC, as Director of Marketing for Transportation and Infrastructure. She has 20 years experience in marketing in the construction related industry. Ms. Giese will be based out of the ECS Chantilly office.
Adam M. Meurer has also joined ECS Mid-Atlantic as a senior environmental scientist.

Robert P. Kerr, President of Kerr Environmental Services Corp., announces Michael S. Bumbaco, P.E., CDT has joined the firm as a Senior Water Resources Engineer responsible for hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for stream and wetland restoration and stormwater facility engineering. He has 29 years experience designing these facilities in conjunction with site development and road projects for local, state and federal government clients.

Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce their recent staff changes:
Brad S. Pace has joined the firm’s Charlottesville office as a Senior Project Surveyor. He has over 19 years of surveying experience in the Charlottesville area as an instrument operator, crew chief and supervisor.
Michael Willet and Amy Rodriquez have joined the Surveying Team in the Hampton Roads office. Ms. Rodriquez, an experienced GIS technician, will provide technical drafting support for various projects. She is a graduate of Thomas Nelson Community College with an A.S. in Liberal Arts. Mr. Willet has been hired as a survey crew member and his duties will include basic boundary surveying, data collection and equipment maintenance.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that Sam Lionberger, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Lionberger Construction Company of Roanoke and Charles F. Catlett III of Chief Financial Officer of Central Virginia Bankshares and President of Franklin Financial Associates, LLC have joined their Board of Directors. Mr. Lionberger holds a B.S. degree in Building Construction from Virginia Tech. Mr. Catlett earned his Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware and holds numerous financial certifications.
Theresa J. Turner, CDA, PHR, and Lee White, LS, of Draper Aden Associates lead a focus session at the 2008 Annual Best Firm to Work For Summit. Ms Turner and Mr. White lead the working group discussion of Team Work: One Firm Working Together to Achieve a Common Goal. The national two-day annual summit for engineering firms, sponsored by ZwiegWhite, presented sessions exploring hiring and retention strategies, employee/management relations and the cultural environment of best firms to work for. Ms. Turner, a Vice President of the firm, is also the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Director of Draper Aden Associates. She has an extensive background in business and financial consulting and ownership transition. She has a B.S. in Human Resource Management from Bluefield College and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix. Mr. White is a Vice President, Principal, and Survey Division Leader for the firm. He has almost 30 years of experience in surveying and engineering and is a licensed surveyor in three states. Mr. White and Mrs. Turner are current members of Draper Aden Associates’ Board of Directors.

SFCS Inc. has announced the following staff promotions in its Roanoke office.
Dave McGill, AIA, Vice President, has become a Stockholder in the firm. Craig Favor, P.E.; Jack Weatherby, AIA; and Cathy Wilkinson, ASID have been promotedto Senior Associate.
Promoted to Associate are:
Melissa Pritchard; Leonard Rowe, CCS; Mark Shelton, AIA; and Joe Zokaites, P.E.
Winston Matthews has received his registration as a Professional Engineer.
SFCS Inc. has added the following staff to its Roanoke office:
Kristin Sheets, E.I.T., has joined the firm as a Structural Engineer in Training; Randall Shaver is a Job Captain; Rachel Smith is an Architectural Intern; Aditya Bapat is an Architectural Intern; and Ann Latham is an Executive Assistant.

Anderson & Associates, Inc. would like to congratulate the following staff:
Kim Link on her promotion to HR Assistant; Ken Anderson on his 40-year anniversary with the firm; and Neil Martin on his 20-year anniversary with the firm.
Anderson & Associates would also like to welcome Greg Logwood as Blacksburg Help Desk Technician.

Timmons Group is pleased to announce the following staff additions:
John Hash, P.E. has joined the firm as Senior Project Manager with the Charlottesville office. Mr. Hash comes to the firm from Patton Harris and Rust where he was Branch Office Manager for their Harrisonburg and Charlottesville offices. He earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute.
Frank Pohl, P.E. has joined the firm as Senior Project Manager with the Charlottesville office. Mr. Pohl comes to the firm from Weatherhill Development where he was Project Manager. He earned a MEng. degree in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. degree in Building Construction from the University of Florida.
Harry Moore, P.E. has joined the firm as Geotechnical Group Leader. He comes to Timmons Group from ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC where he was a Principal Engineer. Mr. Moore earned a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute.
Forrest Robertson, P.E. has joined the firm as Engineering Manager with the Hampton Roads office. Previously with Michael Baker Jr., Inc. where he was Senior Project Manager – Supervisor, Mr. Robertson earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Dan Villhauer has joined the firm as Project Engineer II with the Water/Wastewater group. Formerly with Patton Harris Rust and Associates where he was Project Engineer, Mr. Villhauer earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Jonathan Delano has joined the firm as Designer with the Water/Wastewater group. Mr. Delano comes to the firm from Daniels & Associates/Greeley & Hansen where he was a Wastewater CAD Designer.
Bill Magyar has joined the firm as Survey Project Manager with the Northern Virginia office. Previously with William H. Gordon Associates where he was Assistant Field Coordinator, Mr. Magyar earned his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from CCAC, Boyce Campus.
Chris Petree has joined the firm as Project Engineer I with the Water/Wastewater group. He comes to the firm from May Engineering Group where he was a Project Engineer. Mr. Petree earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from Virginia Military Institute.
Vish Uma has joined the firm as Geospatial Applications Developer with the Technology Based Services group. Formerly with Data Transfer Solutions where he was Agile GIS Software Engineer, Mr. Uma earned his Masters in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University and a B.E. degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Anna University, Chennai.

Maury Nussbaum, professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named the Hal G. Prillaman Professor Fellow of Engineering and Operations Research by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting. Dr. Nussbaum will hold this professor fellowship for two years; the fellowship recognizes faculty who are producing exceptional results in all aspects of their work. He began his career at Virginia Tech as an assistant professor in 1996. Dr. Nussbaum received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Barbara G. Ryder, professor and head of the Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named the J. Byron Maupin Professor by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting. Dr. Ryder is the first woman to serve as a department head in the history of the nationally ranked College of Engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree in computer science at Rutgers in 1982. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree from Stanford University.
Kostas Triantis, professor in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, National Capital Region, was recently named the Ralph H. Bogle Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors during the board’s quarterly meeting. Dr. Triantis will hold this professor fellowship, which recognizes faculty who are producing exceptional results in all aspects of their work, for two years. He began his career at Virginia Tech in 1983 as an assistant professor. Dr. Triantis received his bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones, has been appointed to the new position of associate dean in residence and director for the office of diversity programs in The Virginia Tech Graduate School. Mr. Pérez-Quiñones, an associate professor of computer science at the university, is the first to hold this new part-time position. Concurrently, he will continue to teach and research in a reduced capacity in the Department of Computer Science. Throughout his career, Mr. Pérez-Quiñones has been involved in service activities focused on diversity such as being a member of the national organization Coalition to Diversify Computing, and co-directing the Collaborative Research Experiences for Undergraduates (CREU). At Virginia Tech, he is a member of the MultiCultural Fellows, a group sponsored by the Office for Inclusion and Equity that serves as a sounding board for university practices regarding diversity initiatives. This academic year he also serves as chair of the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus. Mr. Pérez-Quiñones earned a doctor in science degree from The George Washington University in 1996. He received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award during his tenure as an assistant professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Mr. Pérez-Quiñones was appointed to the teaching faculty at Virginia Tech in 2000.
Lamine Mili, professor of electrical and computer engineering in Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region, has been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research the Development of Complex Systems Theories and Methods for Resilient and Sustainable Electric Power and Communications Infrastructures. This project aims to advance research frontiers by building bridges between the emerging sciences of complex systems and a variety of engineering fields dealing with the design and control of large-scale nonlinear networked systems. Specifically, the proposed research will extend the scope and applicability of the highly-optimized tolerance approach to modeling cascading events across interdependent electric power and communications infrastructures while optimally placing resources for managing the risk of blackouts due to equipment failures or extreme natural hazards. Reports from the study will be submitted to state and local planning agencies responsible for setting and licensing critical facilities and services that depend on these infrastructures and to those agencies directing investments in Homeland Security. Annual workshops will be organized where academics, industrial leaders, and practicing engineers will be invited to brainstorm the impact of new engineering skills on complex systems. Virginia Tech plans to incorporate results of the research into various seminars designed for industry and into graduate and undergraduate courses in electric power systems, communications engineering, social and economic sciences. All published papers and developed educational materials will be made available through web-based resource services.
Marie C. Paretti, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, recently earned a $405,308 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for her research regarding the experience of engineering capstone design courses both for students and faculty. Engineering is an application-oriented discipline, and capstone design courses, which are also called senior design, are the essence of this approach. The goal of her research, titled “An Exploration of Faculty Expertise and Student Learning in Capstone Experiences,” is to better understand how this kind of teaching happens and what kinds of things faculty do to effectively balance their roles as teachers, evaluators, and mentors to best support student learning. Her findings will be used to help train the next generation of design faculty and increasingly enhance undergraduate engineering education. Ms. Paretti holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering and an master of arts in English from Virginia Tech, as well as a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She joined the engineering education department at Virginia Tech in 2004. She has also worked as a technical writer for several different software companies, and served as the assistant director of professional writing in the Virginia Tech English department, the assistant department chair in English, and the director of the Materials Science and Engineering/Engineering Science and Mechanics Engineering Communications Program.

Froehling and Robertson Inc. recently announced that Paul Bryan has been promoted to manager in business development; Alan Tuck has been promoted to regional director in business development; and Christopher McNeil is project inspector. Kate Hall has joined the staff at Groundwater & Environmental Services Inc. as a junior environmental scientist.

The Washington, DC affiliate of the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program has named Ranine Talbert as its new Executive Director. The ACE Mentor Program was created to address the growing need for skilled professionals in the architecture, construction and engineering industries – a shortage that could become a crisis if current trends continue. The mentors are professionals from leading design and construction firms who volunteer their time and energy to engage, inform, and challenge youth. Mrs. Talbert brings a unique combination of construction industry association and high school teaching experience to the position. Most recently, she served as Director of the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). She also has been a teacher for the Prince Georges County (MD) school system for many years.

Brad D. Inman received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) at the association’s Annual Conference. The award is given to outstanding individuals for the body of their accomplishments furthering the concrete construction industry and the ASCC. The bulk of Mr. Inman’s career was spent at Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. where he began as a project manager. In 1974 he became manager of the firm’s San Francisco office and was promoted to vice president in 1981. After leaving Pankow, Mr. Inman worked in Hawaii for Taisei Pacific Corp. Before retiring, he served as project construction manager for the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Mr. Inman has served on the ASCC board of directors since 1982 and was president of the organization from 1995 – 1996. He received the Roger Corbetta Award from the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and is also a Fellow of ACI. He was a presenter at the World of Concrete From the late ‘70s through the early ‘90s.

Brian Bradner, P.E., Manager of Land Development Services in the Danville, VA office of Dewberry, has been recently certified as a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Controlâ„¢. Mr. Bradner earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1994. He has managed numerous commercial development design projects.
Dewberry recently announced that Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has appointed Dewberry Executive Vice President Douglas R. Fahl to the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. The term of office is four years. The members of the board have the overall responsibility and authority for the continuing operation and development of the institution as a state land-grant university. Mr. Fahl graduated from Virginia Tech in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and has served his alma mater in various volunteer positions. At Dewberry, Mr. Fahl is responsible for leading and directing the operations of the firm’s land development design offices throughout the greater Northern Virginia area.

In Memoriam

Dewberry remembers Richard N. Davis, former partner, colleague and friend. Richard N. “Dick” Davis, 82, passed away recently at his home in Herndon, VA. Mr. Davis was a partner with Dewberry until his retirement in 1986. Mr. Davis joined the firm in 1958 as chief engineer and became principal partner in 1966. Mr. Davis was a professional engineer and land surveyor. He graduated from George Washington University in 1948. In the Washington, DC, metropolitan area he was involved in multiple critical projects such as the initial extension of the Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Greenway. He also managed the reconstruction of the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park after it burned in 1982. ##

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