October 2014 Virginia Engineers On The Move
Anderson & Associates, Inc. has recently announced the addition of Jon Schula as Blacksburg Survey Technician.
Bowman Consulting recently announced that Richard Bennett has joined its Richmond office as Director of Right of Way and Utility Coordination Services. Mr. Bennett brings more than 46 years of experience, 37 of which he served in various capacities at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in the transportation and utility sectors. He most recently served as VDOT’s State Right of Way and Utilities Director.
Dewberry’s Neal T. Wright, P.E., PMP, F.NSPE, F.ASCE and F.SAME, was elected as the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) Director, Membership-at-Large at the organization’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. With more than 35 years of progressive engineering and leadership experience as an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), chief engineer for a major commercial port, and as a senior business development executive, he currently serves as a vice president in Dewberry’s Virginia Beach office. Retiring as a lieutenant colonel after 22 years in the U.S. Army, Mr. Wright earned his B.S. degree in Environmental Planning from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University.
Army Capt. Kathryn “Katie” Werback has joined Dewberry for a one-year rotational training with industry (TWI) program. She will be assigned to work at Dewberry while remaining on active duty to gain a broad understanding of how the architecture, engineering, and consulting industry operates. Prior to coming to Dewberry, she served for nine years on active duty with two combat tours. Capt. Werback received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. degree in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Coleen Sisk has been named a Senior Supervising Engineer in the Virginia Beach office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In her new position, she will manage stormwater and utility projects throughout the Coastal Virginia region. Ms. Sisk has more than 16 years of project management and technical experience, with an emphasis on municipal stormwater and sanitary sewer rehabilitation projects. Prior to joining the firm, she was Systems Manager at the Hampton Roads Sanitation District. Ms. Sisk received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Clark Nexsen has recently announced that:
Adam McElhaney has joined the firm as a mechanical engineer in training. He brings three years of HVAC design, plumbing design, and construction administration experience working on K-12, higher education, science + technology, and healthcare facilities, and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia;
Gregory Haack, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, has attained certification as a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design + Construction. Mr. Haack is a civil engineer with Clark Nexsen who specializes in the design of federal and land development projects; and
Wes Parker, P.E., a transportation engineer with the firm, has earned his Professional Engineer license in Virginia. Mr. Parker holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Amy Pruden, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named associate dean and director of interdisciplinary graduate education in the Graduate School. Dr. Pruden began her work at Virginia Tech in 2008 after serving as an assistant professor for six years at Colorado State University. She also is the director of strategic planning for the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science Water Sustainability Trust. Dr. Pruden received her B.S. degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.
Y. Thomas Hou, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Bradley Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. A faculty member since 2002, Dr. Hou co-directs Virginia Tech’s Complex Networks and Security Research Laboratory. He received his B.S. degree from the City College of New York, his M.S. degree from Columbia University, and a doctoral degree from New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.
Eugene F. Brown, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1969, Dr. Brown conducted research in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. He authored more than 250 journal articles, conference papers, and reports on his work. Dr. Brown received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree and doctoral degree from the University of Illinois.
Christopher Williams, associate professor of engineering education and mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the W.S. Pete White Chair for Innovation in Engineering Education by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2007, Dr. Williams has impacted hundreds of engineering students through his innovative teaching methods that use interactive classroom instruction technologies combined with hands-on learning experiences. He is director of the Virginia Tech Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS for short) Laboratory. Dr. Williams received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Georgia Tech.
Danfeng “Daphne” Yao, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the named L-3 Communications Cyber Faculty Fellow of Computer Science by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2010, Dr. Yao has broad experience working with system, network, and program security. She has managed major federal research and development projects, has published high-impact award-winning research papers, has patented several security technologies, and has been involved in top computer security conferences and journals. Dr. Yao received her bachelor’s degree from Peking University (China), a master’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s degree from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. from Brown University.
The Virginia Tech College of Engineering has presented David Lohr of Glen Allen, with its 2014 Distinguished Service Award. A 1976 graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Lohr is owner of Navigation Point Advisors, a consulting company that focuses on technology, commercialization, entrepreneurial networks, public/private partnerships and senior management mentoring. He spent the past four years on the College of Engineering Advisory Board and has supported Virginia Tech’s efforts in Richmond.
Bahareh Behkam, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been selected to attend the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative conference in November in Irvine, California. Attendees are awarded up to $1 million in seed grants to enable the further pursuit of new ideas and connections facilitated by the conference. In 2009, Dr. Behkam founded the Micro/Nanoscale Biotic/Abiotic Systems Engineering Lab within the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and also retains a faculty appointment in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, as well as within the Macromolecules and Interfaces Institute. Her work is supported by the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science. Dr. Behkam received her bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology (Iran) and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.
CBRE Healthcare has recently announced that:
Matt Hufnagle has joined the firm as Managing Director of the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Regions. Prior to joining CBRE Healthcare, he was a Partner/Regional Vice President at Hammes Company. With over 22 years of project and program management experience in the healthcare industry, he holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
Tim Schaefer rejoins CBRE Healthcare as Principal Consultant. Previously he served as Director of Facility Construction and Planning at The Carle Foundation Hospital. With over 20 years of healthcare experience, he holds a B.A. degree from Ohio State University.