October 2010 Virginia Engineers On The Move
Wiley|Wilson is pleased to announce that Brian A. Brookman, LEED® GA successfully completed the requirements to earn a LEED GA (Green Associate) accreditation. He is a Mechanical Designer and his duties include HVAC design as well as 3D CAD production. Mr. Brookman holds an A.A.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Central Virginia Community College and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering Technology through Old Dominion University.
Janis Terpenny, professor of engineering education and mechanical engineering in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, has been appointed as a program director for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Prof. Terpenny will serve as program director for the Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the NSF. She also recently was named a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. Prof. Terpenny’s research is focused on revolutionizing the design of engineered products and systems. Her primary focus is on design process and methods for early stages of problem/requirements definition and the generation and evaluation of design concepts; the representation, capture and reuse of knowledge and information in design; the definition of product families and platforms; and methods to predict and plan for obsolescence in products and systems. She received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Thurmon Lockhart, an associate professor with the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech’s Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been invited to serve a five-year term on the Center for Scientific Review’s Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences Study Section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The term began July 1st and expires June 30th, 2016. Director of the Virginia Tech’s Locomotion Research Lab, Prof. Lockhart earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Industrial Engineering from Texas Tech University. His research focus includes gait biomechanics, postural control, and slips and falls in both the young and elderly populations. Prof. Lockhart is known nationally for his work in slip prevention training. Along with several current and former Virginia Tech College of Engineering faculty, he created a slip simulator, a large, parallel framework that a person walks under, while a computer-controlled, linoleum-covered floor shifts, causing the walker to lose his or her footing. Rather than fall, though, the person is harnessed to the frame’s top section and stays upright. Hence they “learn” to fall, and catch themselves. The device is now used be several corporations, including delivery giant UPS, which trains its employees on the device to reduce workplace injuries.
Barbara Ryder, head of Virginia Tech’s Department of Computer Science, is the new vice president of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Ryder, who holds the J. Byron Maupin Chaired Professorship of Engineering, is the first woman to serve as a department head in the nationally ranked College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. Dr. Ryder was previously a professor of computer science at Rutgers University. She earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 1969. She was awarded a M.S. degree in Computer Science by Stanford University in 1971. She received her Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Rutgers in 1982. Her research interests focus on static and dynamic program analyses to improve the software quality of industrial-strength object-oriented systems, for use in practical software tools.
Onur Bilgen of Ankara, Turkey, a recent Ph.D. recipient in the mechanical engineering department at Virginia Tech, has won third place in the Boeing competition for Engineering Student of the Year 2010. Dr. Bilgen, nominated by his adviser Dan Inman, who holds the George Goodson Professorship of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech, is being recognized for his work to enhance the use of small, unmanned air vehicles and micro air vehicles.
Diana Farkas, Virginia Tech professor of materials science engineering, has spent the past year as a Jefferson Science Fellow, working with the U.S. Department of State. The Jefferson Science Fellows are tenured faculty in areas of science and engineering who are selected after a rigorous process by the National Academies of Science. Prof. Farkas worked in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (OES/STC) and the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Public Diplomacy, to promote scientific collaboration and student exchange programs with various countries, particularly Latin America. This initiative is considered as key to the improvement of the international aspects of science and engineering in the U.S., and to the creation of more international experiences for students and scientists. The fellowship is also considered a tool of public diplomacy. In a ceremony held this past summer at the U.S. Department of State, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton honored the ten 2009-10 Jefferson Science Fellows and thanked them for their service in the various bureaus of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Prof. Farkas is returning to the Virginia Tech faculty fall of 2010, but she remains available to the U.S. Department of State for short-term projects for the following five years.
O. Hayden Griffin, professor of engineering education in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1985, Dr. Griffin has provided effective leadership as head of the Department of Engineering Education, as director of the Division of Engineering Fundamentals, and as the college’s associate dean for academic affairs. He led the transformation of the Division of Engineering Fundamentals to become a nationally recognized Department of Engineering Education by expanding and diversifying the faculty, by creating a positive departmental environment, and by establishing one of the nation’s first doctoral programs in engineering education. He also led the conception, design, realization, and operation of the Joseph F. Ware, Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory. He is currently a professor and chair of the engineering department at East Carolina University (ECU). Dr. Griffin received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Michael Hyer, the N. Waldo Harrison Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the “N. Waldo Harrison Professor Emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community for 30 years, his work focuses on the mechanics of composite materials and structures and solid mechanics. He wrote more than 300 publications, including journal papers, conference proceedings, and government and university reports and gave 100 presentations in Asia, Europe, North America, and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Hyer was named a Fellow of the American Society for Composites, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, and the American Academy of Mechanics. He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a master’s degree from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
G. Don Taylor, head of Virginia Tech’s Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has been selected as a Fellow of the World Academy of Productivity Science. As a Fellow, he will be encouraged to document and share his knowledge and accomplishments of his work with others. He will attend the 16th annual World Productivity Congress held in November in Antalya, Turkey, where he will be inducted into the organization and also present a technical research paper. Taylor, who also holds the Charles O. Gordon Professorship, joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 2004. Earlier this year, Dr. Taylor was elected president-elect of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has been a Fellow of that organization since 2006. Prior to his arrival at Virginia Tech, he held the Mary Lee and George F. Duthie Endowed Chair in Engineering Logistics and was the director of the Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution at Kentucky’s University of Louisville. Dr. Taylor earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1983 and 1985, respectively, and his doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts in 1990.
H&A Architects & Engineers, is proud to announce the following corporate promotions for 2010-2011:
Director of Military Programs, Steven Pearson, AIA, has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Mr. Pearson holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech;
Director of Government Programs, Larry Willis, P.E., has been promoted to Senior Vice President. Mr. Willis holds a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University and a M.S. degree from the University of Houston;
Director of Private Sector Programs, Burrell Saunders, AIA, IIDA, NCARB, has been promoted to Vice President. Mr. Saunders received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech;
Director of Architecture, John Crouse, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, has been promoted to Vice President. Mr. Crouse holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech;
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Stefana Petrova, P.E., has been promoted to Senior Associate. Ms. Petrova holds a B.S. degree from the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria;
Human Resources Manager, Patti Beasley, PHR, has been promoted to Senior Associate. Ms. Beasley holds a B.A. degree from Saint Leo University;
Principal Architect, Jeffrey Bleh, AIA, has been promoted to Senior Associate. Mr. Bleh holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech;
Structural Department Head, Steven Applegate, P.E., has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Applegate holds a B.S. degree and a Master of Engineering degree, both from Virginia Tech;
Senior Civil Engineer, Tim Burnett, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Burnett received his B.S. degree from Old Dominion University;
Project Manager, Stephen Butler, AIA, LEED AP, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Butler received his B.S. degree from the New York Institute of Technology;
Senior Mechanical Designer, Daniel Lyga, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Lyga holds an Associate in Applied Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technology and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Building Environmental Systems Technology, both from Penn State;
Chief Electrical Engineer, Charlie Richardson, P.E., has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Richardson received his B.S. degree from the Virginia Military Institute;
Senior Mechanical Engineer, Jason Takacs, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Takacs holds a B.S. degree from Virginia Tech;
Project Manager, Christine Tsai, PMP, has been promoted to Associate. Ms. Tsai received her B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology;
Senior Architect, Donald Bowers, AIA, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Bowers received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Hampton University;
Senior Architect, David Ermini, AIA, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Ermini holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Colgate University and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Virginia;
Senior Architect, Kevin Kattwinkel, AIA, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Kattwinkel received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a MBA degree from Golden Gate University;
Director of Interior Design, Susan Pniewski, IIDA, has been promoted to Associate. Ms. Pniewski holds a B.A. degree from East Carolina University and a MBA degree from Old Dominion University; and
Principal Architect, Michel C. Ashe, FAIA, has been promoted to Associate. Mr. Ashe received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech.
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce that:
Matthew Koonts, AIA, LEED AP has earned his Professional Engineer License. Mr. Koonts is a LEED Accredited Architect with a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from NC State University. His project experience includes design, document development and construction administration for church, office, retail, renovation, utility and housing projects for federal, state, private and institutional clientele; and
Thomas T. Winborne, AIA, CID, LEED AP has been named Chief Executive Officer of the firm’s six offices and 520 employees. Since joining the firm in 1975, he has served in such capacities as lead design architect, project manager and principal-in-charge on numerous commercial, industrial and governmental projects throughout North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. From 1980 to 1984, he was project manager and design architect in the firm’s Madrid, Spain office where he worked on various award winning projects throughout the Mediterranean. After returning from Spain, Mr. Winborne rose through the ranks of Clark Nexsen first as a principal in charge, then as a member of the Board of Directors and more recently as the Chief Operating Officer. He replaces Kenneth G. Stepka, P.E., F.NSPE who was elected to the Board in 1983 and has served as CEO since 2003. Mr. Stepka will now serve as the Chairman of the Board. Gregory J. Hall, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP has been named Chief Financial Officer. He joined the firm in 1999 and has served in such capacities as electrical engineer, project manager and principal-in-charge on numerous commercial, industrial and governmental projects throughout North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. From 1999 to 2003, he was a project manager and the electrical department director in Clark Nexsen’s Charlotte, North Carolina office where he worked on various projects throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. In 2003, he was given the opportunity to expand the the firm’s footprint by opening the Raleigh, North Carolina office. William R. Keen, P.E., LEED AP has been named Chief Operating Officer. Since joining the firm in 1994, he has demonstrated substantial project design experience as a structural engineer, project manager, and principal-in-charge for industrial, commercial, educational and institutional facilities. He has been instrumental in the establishment and implementation of in-house training for self-directed, departmental, and interdepartmental teams, with a focus on continuous improvement and quality control. Christopher M. Stone, F.NSPE, F.ASCE, LEED AP will remain in his current position as President.
David Krisnitski, formerly with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, is a project manager at Froehling and Robertson Inc. He will help clients design and formulate repair strategies for earthen and concrete dams.
Froehling & Robertson’s has announced that Kelly B. Clawson and Oscar R. Merida Jr. have completed Froehling & Robertson’s Senior Professional Program and have received certification as a senior engineer by a review board of their peers.
Arthur W. McKinney, with McKinney & Co., has recently been appointed to the board of directors of the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society.
Kevin McCarthy has been named Vice President and Corporate Technical Officer at EDG2, a global engineering design firm specializing in the design and engineering of complex mission-critical facilities. He has 24 years of experience in the design and development of mission-critical facilities. He has managed the design of hundreds of major national and international data centers, and has been a technical advisor for data center support equipment manufacturers. Prior to joining EDG2, he was Director for Data Center Development at Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT), responsible for managing design and construction teams during the development of data center projects. He previously served as a Senior Systems Engineer at American Power Conversion, responsible for new product development and designing applications for a broad array of products. Mr. McCarthy holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and a minor in Computer Science. He is a member of IEEE and AFCOM.
KLMK Group, LLC, a leading provider of client advisory services to healthcare owners, is pleased to announce the addition of a new team member. Neil Wright, MS joins the firm as an Associate Consultant. He had previously served as an Intern with KLMK while pursuing a Master of Science in Construction Management from Virginia Tech. He earned his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Elon University. Mr. Wright is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Construction Managers Association of America (CMAA) as well as an affiliate member of NACHRI and Center for Health Design. He will be based in the Richmond, Virginia office.
Kim Hazelwood, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top innovators under the age of 35. The magazine, based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, cited her work in developing a run-time adaptation tool that allows computers to rewrite software programs while they’re running. In collaboration with Intel Corp. and a team of researchers, Prof. Hazelwood helped to develop “Pin,” the name of her software tool. The project has an active online community, and the tool has been downloaded more than 45,000 times by researchers, teachers and students. The research paper behind Pin has been cited more than 600 times in related academic research.
Alfred Grasso, President and CEO of The MITRE Corporation, has been named President of the Board of Directors of the National GEM Consortium, an Alexandria, VA-based non-profit that provides Fellowships and support to under-represented minority students seeking graduate degrees in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Mr. Grasso will serve as Board President for a 2-year term, beginning on October 1st, 2010.
Diane Linderman of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. has been elected president-elect of the American Public Works Association.
Rob Grubbs, with Dunlap and Partners Engineers, has earned his High-Performance Building Design Professional certification from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Bowman Consulting Group has announced that:
Robert G. Macomber is the principal-in-charge of the energy team. He specializes in providing executive leadership for environmental and energy/utility programs. He has experience in cell towers, pipelines, wind farms, fiber-optic distribution and other energy-related projects;
Kris Knudsen is director of energy services for the energy team. He specializes in planning, forming and leading teams to deliver successful projects. He has more than 14 years of professional experience focused in the energy sector; and
James Hall is in business development for the energy team. He has experience leading geographic and market expansions on the domestic and international levels.
Environmental Resources Management Inc. has announced that Margaret Rockwell is a staff scientist in the Richmond office. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington.
Joanne Truong, Senior Environmental Engineer, was recently named as Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic’s 2011 Engineer of the Year. Ms. Truong was selected over a number of other highly qualified engineers who were nominated for this honor. A member of the American Water Works Association, she works in the Clean Air and Water section of the Environmental Compliance Branch at NAVFAC Atlantic where she chairs the Navy Water Quality Oversight Program.
Rear Admiral Scott A. Weikert, CEC, USN, reported October 1st as the NAVFAC’s Deputy Commander and Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers. He received his second star at a promotion ceremony October 2nd at the Seabee Memorial, in Arlington, Va. Most recently, he served as the deputy commander of the 1st Naval Construction Division in Norfolk, Va. from October 2008 through September 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Pennsylvania State University.