October 2009 Virginia Engineers on the Move

ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC (ECS), is pleased to announce the promotions of Salvatore V. Fiorentino, P.E., LEED® AP, to North Regional Manager and Henry W. Brown, ScD, P.E., LEED®AP, to Principal Engineer by the ECS Board of Directors.

Tri-State Utilities is pleased to announce that Jonathan Thomas, P.E. has joined the team as a Project Manager. Previously with the Department of Defense where he was a Utilities Project Engineer for NAVFAC in Norfolk, Mr. Thomas brings 7 years of experience to the firm. A 2002 graduate of Virginia Tech, he has extensive experience in managing large utility rehabilitation projects, as well as consent order driven projects.
Jonathan Thomas

Michael Baker Jr., Inc. is proud to announce that Peter J. LaRue, E.I.T., Michael D. Roman, E.I.T., and Philip D. Quillin, II, P.E. have joined the staff in their Virginia Beach office. A University of Maryland (UMD) graduate with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Mr. LaRue is a Civil Associate in the Transportation Department and specializes in structural engineering. He was the President of the Chi Epsilon Honor Society at UMD and a member of the ASCE UMD Chapter. Mr. Roman is a Civil Associate in the Municipal Water/ Wastewater Department and specializes in civil engineering. Mr. Roman received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. He was the Scholarship Chairman of Alpha Sigma Phi, a member of the ASCE student chapter, and a member of Engineers Without Borders at Virginia Tech. Mr. Quillin received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. He joins Baker as the Structures Department Manager, specializing in structural engineering, including design of bridges, roadways, drainage systems and miscellaneous structures.
Peter J. LaRue Michael D. Roman Philip D. Quillin, II

Hankins and Anderson, Inc. announces that: Shontae Hewlett, E.I.T., has joined the Mechanical Department in their Glen Allen office. Ms. Hewlett was formerly with Mosley Architects; and Jon Gray, has joined the Production Management Department in their Glen Allen office. Mr. Gray was formerly with McKinney and Company.
The firm also announced that James Henderson, has joined the Administrative Department in their Glen Allen Office. Mr. Henderson was formerly with All American Security Enforcement.

MSA, P.C. Engineer M. Timothy MacVittie, E.I.T., LEED AP, recently earned certifications through the Pipeline Assessment and Certification Program (PACP) and the Manhole Assessment and Certification Program (MACP) with the National Association for Sewer Service Companies. Mr. MacVittie began working with MSA in February 2007 as an intern while he completed his degree in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk. After completion of his degree in 2008, he was promoted to a Project Engineer I for MSA. He is a member of the America Water Works Association (AWWA), serving as Vice Chair for the Virginia AWWA (VAWWA)/Virginia Water Environment Association (VWEA) Water for People Committee; and a member of the Hampton Roads Green Building Council. Currently he is also pursuing a Master’s in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University.

Hurd & Obenchain, Inc. would like to announce that Richard Polo, EIT, LEED AP, has just passed his Certified Energy Manager (CEM) exam. Mr. Polo has been a mechanical engineer with the firm since 2006 following his graduation from the University of Virginia.
Richard Polo

Paciulli, Simmons & Associates has named Joseph G. Paciulli, LS as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Paciulli succeeds Howell B. Simmons, P.E., LS who is retiring after serving the last 29 years of his 38 year history with the firm as President. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Mr. Paciulli joined the firm in 1976 and in 1980 became a partner and was appointed Vice President. During his 33 years with the company, Mr. Paciulli has made many contributions and most recently served as the firm’s Executive Vice President. He is a seven-year member and past Chairman of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission, advising the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors on economic development issues and opportunities. He is a member of NAIOP and has served on the Board of Directors of the Engineers and Surveyor Institute, Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, Virginia Association of Surveyors and Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Paciulli will be the eighth President since the firms founding in 1744 and is the great, great, great, great, great grandson of the firm’s founder, Henry Gunnell.

WDP & Associates has announced the addition of William R. Nash as Senior Project Manager in their Manassas office. Mr. Nash brings over 35 years of professional experience in the construction industry to the firm. His management expertise in facilities and building envelope projects includes a variety of technical disciplines ranging from preconstruction building envelope coordination to construction inspections and forensic investigations. Previously associated with MC Industrial, the industrial division of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., where he was a Quality Assurance Director, Mr. Nash received his B.S. degree in Mining Engineering as well as his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri/Rolla and UMC/ Columbia. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Building Envelope and Thermal Energy Council (BETEC), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI), Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), and The Masonry Society (TMS).
William R. Nash
WDP & Associates has also announced the addition of Bradley J. Newsome as Project Manager in their Manassas office. Previously with Facility Engineering Associates (FEA) where he was the Project Manager in the Facilities Repair and Restoration group, Mr. Newsome brings over 15 years of professional experience to the firm which includes facilities consulting services, technical aspects of facilities and building envelope projects, cost and contract management, and numerous development and consulting projects. In addition to his B.A. degree in Communications from Valdosta State University in Georgia, Mr. Newsome has received extensive training from Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) in Advanced Roof Consulting and has also completed training courses in a variety of roofing specialties.
Bradley J. Newsome

Danesh K. Tafti, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the William S. Cross Jr. Professor of Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Prof. Tafti began his academic career at Virginia Tech as an associate professor of mechanical engineering in 2002. He was awarded tenure in 2006, and promoted to the rank of professor in 2008. Since August 2008, he has served as chairman of the mechanical engineering department’s promotion and tenure committee. He previously was a senior research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Prof. Tafti has received more than $7.8 million in research funding while at Virginia Tech from several sources, including the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Army Research Office, Air Force Research Laboratory, and private industry. He has written 62 peer-reviewed journal publications and 79 peer-reviewed conference papers. He is active in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Physical Society. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Bombay University, India; a Master’s degree from Texas Tech University; and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.
James S. Thorp, the Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor Emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since his arrival at Virginia Tech in 2004 until summer 2009, Prof. Thorp is a preeminent scholar in the field of electrical power. In 2008, Prof. Thorp received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering from the Franklin Institute, which now includes him on its list of the greatest men and women of science, engineering, and technology. He has written more than 200 publications and holds two U.S. patents, and has been involved in research in excess of several million dollars while at Virginia Tech. He has served in a number of international professional technical societies, including being elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers for contributions to the development of digital techniques for power system protection. He received his Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Ph.D. from Cornell University.
Yue Joseph Wang, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Grant A. Dove Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Prof. Wang joined the Virginia Tech Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2003 as an associate professor, and was promoted to professor in 2006. He is a core faculty member in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, and is director of the Virginia Tech Computational Bioinformatics and Bio-Imaging Laboratory. His major academic contribution is to machine learning and statistical signal processing in exploring high-dimensional data space for cancer research. He has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 18 research projects, with personal responsibility for approximately $7.6 million in research funding. He has authored or coauthored approximately 150 peer-reviewed journal articles or conference publications and has written six books and/or book chapters. Prof. Wang has served as a member of several technical and program committees for international conference as well as panel reviewer for several National Institutes of Health programs, the Department of Defense Congressional Direct medical Research Program, and the National Science Foundation Development of Novel Technologies for In-Vivo Imaging Program. He received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a Ph.D. from The University of Maryland.
Yue Joseph Wang Danesh K. Tafti James S. Thorp

Kenneth B. Kahn, Ph.D. has been named director of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) da Vinci Center for Innovation in Product Design and Development. The VCU da Vinci Center is a collaboration of VCU’s schools of the Arts, Business and Engineering and serves as a hub for interdisciplinary innovation to prepare students for a career in product creation. The da Vinci Center also serves as a resource for company-sponsored projects and helps aspiring student teams bring their ideas to market. In his new position as director, Dr. Kahn will coordinate the current da Vinci project course and develop as well as implement new curricula to expand the center’s programs, which will include undergraduate and graduate offerings as well as company training and community workshops. Prior to joining VCU, he was a professor and director of Purdue University’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Kahn, whose background includes engineering and marketing, will hold a faculty appointment in the VCU School of Business.
Kenneth B. Kahn

Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that: Christopher M. Stone, P.E., F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP, President of Clark Nexsen Architecture and Engineering, has been named 2009-2010 Vice President of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Mr. Stone will serve as President of NSPE from 2011-2012. As Vice President of this organization, Mr. Stone will work as a team with the President, President-elect and Immediate Past-President. A Structural Engineer with 30 years of experience in the design and management of public, private, educational, and commercial projects. Mr. Stone has been involved in over 500 construction projects, totaling over 10,000,000 square feet of construction. Mr. Stone earned his B.S. degree in Engineering from Virginia Military Institute in 1978 and his M.S. degree in Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1980; Robert L. Burkholder, P.E. has passed the LEED Certification exam, earning him LEED Accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Mr. Burkholder, Principal and Director of Civil Engineering at Clark Nexsen, has over 17 years of professional experience in design and project management in civil engineering. Mr. Burkholder is a member of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Military Engineers, and is the Education Committee Chairman for ACEC Virginia; Sarah Maman, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Fire Protection Engineer. Ms. Maman is a registered Fire Protection Engineer with over 30 years experience in a wide range of fire protection activities including loss control engineering, building and fire code consulting and fire alarm and suppression design services. On a number of projects, Ms. Maman has developed cost effective performance based alternative designs to prescriptive code requirements; and Jonathan C. Walker, E.I.T. has joined the firm as an Electrical EIT. Mr. Walker is an Electrical Engineer-in-Training who graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree, with an emphasis on Lighting and Electrical Systems from Penn State University in 2009.
Christopher M. Stone Robert L. Burkholder Sarah Maman Jonathan C. Walker

Michael A. Aimone has joined Battelle as Vice President, Strategy Development, after completing a distinguished career of federal service with the United States Air Force, retiring as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Aimone will have principal responsibility for leading Battelle’s business strategies for critical infrastructure and energy needs for national security clients. Mr. Aimone most recently served as the Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, and received numerous awards during his distinguished career – including the 2007 Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management.

The Richmond Chapter of the International Facility Management Association has announced their new slate of officers for 2009. Mike Cline with Eyeway has been elected as the Chapter President. Serving with him will be Ned Netherwood with Wyeth as vice president; Glenn Custis with Draper-Aden and Associates as secretary; and Tom Wood with ServiceMaster Services as treasurer.

The Virginia Society of Professional Engineers (VSPE) has announced the election of new officers. Richard Nettleton with the City of Virginia Beach – Department of Public Utilities has been elected as Society President. Serving with him will be Craig Moore with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) as vice president, and Joe Clarke with S&ME Inc. as treasurer.

Froehling and Robertson Inc. has recently announced that Chad Bowman is now the environmental group manager in the firm’s Richmond office. Formerly project manager and industrial hygienist in their Roanoke office, Mr. Bowman has been with the firm for 10 years.

Caleb Shera, a plumbing and fire-protection engineer with Dunlap and Partners, has recently received his LEED accreditation from the Green Building Certification Institute. Mr. Shera was previously with Colonial Webb Contractors Company.

The Honorable Jo-Ellen Darcy was sworn in recently as the U.S. Army’s 11th Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, or ASA CW, in a Pentagon ceremony, according to information available from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District.
As the ASA CW, Ms. Darcy will establish policy direction and provide supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspects of the Corps’ Civil Works program. This includes all reimbursable work performed on behalf of other federal and non-federal entities, as well as the formulation and oversight of the program and budget of the Army National Cemeteries. Her responsibilities include programs for the conservation and development of the nation’s water and wetland resources, flood risk reduction, navigation, and shore protection.
Ms. Darcy was appointed ASA CW by President Barack Obama on August 11th, following her confirmation by the Senate on August 7th. She had previously been the senior environmental advisor to the Senate Finance Committee, responsible for environment, conservation and energy issues.
Ms. Darcy hails from Fitchburg, Mass., and has a B.A. in Philosophy and Sociology from Boston College and a M.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University.
Photo by Juan R. Tricoche.
Jo-Ellen Darcy

Air Quality Sciences, Inc. (AQS), based in Atlanta, Georgia, announces the appointment of Hall Brodie, P.E., as President of the AQS Building Consulting subsidiary (AQS-BC). In his role, Mr. Brodie will assume all general management and strategy responsibilities for the subsidiary.
Most recently Mr. Brodie served as Senior Vice President with Atlanta-based Jordan Jones and Goulding, Inc.. Brodie holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Virginia Tech.

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