December 2013 Virginia Engineers On The Move
Clark Nexsen is pleased to announce new additions to the firm’s professional staff:
Katie Green has joined the firm’s Norfolk office as a Bridge Engineer, EIT. She is a structural engineer, EIT with three years of experience including bridge and building design, analysis, and hands-on inspection for projects in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and North Carolina. Ms. Green holds both a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering with focus on Structural Engineering and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park; and that
Wes Parker has joined Clark Nexsen’s Norfolk office as a Transportation Engineer, EIT. He has more than six years of experience as a project engineer and project task manager in preliminary engineering focused on roadway safety studies; hydraulic design; traffic signal/ITS design; urban and rural roadway design; and maintenance of traffic plans. His previous experience includes working with clients from the Virginia Department of Transportation, City of Virginia Beach, City of Suffolk, City of Newport News, City of Norfolk, and the County of Hanover. Having previously earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, Mr. Parker is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Transportation Engineering at his alma mater.
MBP is pleased to announce the promotion of Steve Pancham, CCM to Senior Project Manager. With more than 27 years in the construction industry, Mr. Pancham has been performing as the lead Project Manager working with Virginia State University (VSU) for the past two years. He joined MBP in 1995 and has worked in multiple branch offices on a wide range of building and transportation projects. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering.
Dewberry is pleased to announce recent staff promotions:
J. Ross Burhouse, P.E., to associate in the Fairfax office. Mr. Burhouse has more than 15 years of experience as a structural engineer with a focus in the design and analysis of highway bridges and structures. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and the University of Maryland, respectively; and
Dave Hieber, P.E., has also been promoted to associate in the Fairfax office. He has 12 years of experience in the analysis, design, management, and preparation of highway bridges, pedestrian bridges, box culverts, retaining walls, and other associated highway structures. Mr. Hieber holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and the University of Washington, respectively.
Dewberry is also pleased to welcome Tim Berkhimer, P.E., as the debris program manager in the firm’s Virginia Beach office. With more than 30 years of experience in civil engineering, Mr. Berkhimer will be responsible for managing a wide range of disaster debris-related programs in the emergency management, disaster and mitigation services group. He is also responsible for providing direction and compliance with federal and state programs, as well as the management, administration, logistics and operations of debris-related activities and programs during emergency deployment situations. Prior to joining Dewberry, Mr. Berkhimer spent more than 20 years in public utilities and public works for municipal governments, most recently serving as the assistant director of Public Works/Operations for the City of Suffolk, Va. Mr. Berkhimer has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute.
ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC (ECS) is pleased to announce that Robert C. Moss, III, P.E., has been promoted to the position of branch manager in the Richmond office. His duties include service line operations management, senior-level engineering consulting, technical review and oversight, business development and client relationships. A member of the ECS team for 15 years, Mr. Moss has more than 25 years of experience managing projects for geotechnical and construction materials testing programs focused in multiple market sectors. Mr. Moss earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute and holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Virginia. He also served for eight years in the Virginia Army National Guard as a Combat Engineer officer.
Beth Arnold has been named Water Area Manager in the Virginia Beach office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. In her new position, Ms. Arnold is responsible for all water project activities in the Virginia Beach area. Previously a Senior Project Manager at the firm, she has 30 years of experience in drainage and storm water management, water and sewer system design, and pump station design. She has been with Parsons Brinckerhoff for 11 years. Ms. Arnold received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Rice University, and a M.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.
Ali Hasan Nayfeh, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Mechanical Engineering. The Philadelphia- based Franklin Institute cited Nayfeh “for the development of novel methods to model complex engineering systems in structural dynamics, acoustics, fluid mechanics, and electromechanical systems.” He holds three honorary doctorates from the Politechnika Szczecinska of Poland, the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and the marine technical University of St. Petersburg, Russia. Dr. Nayfeh earned all three of his academic degrees in four and a half years at Stanford University: a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science in 1962, a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 1963 and in 1964, respectively.
Erik Westman, associate professor, Virginia Tech’s Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering, is the newly appointed interim associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Engineering. Prof. Westman’s appointment comes as Bevlee Watford leaves Virginia Tech for a two-year appointment with the National Science Foundation. The government agency has named her program manager for broadening participation in the engineering education and centers division. Her appointment was effective in early November. Dr. Watford will retain her position of director of Virginia Tech’s Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity. Dr. Watford has held the position of associate dean since 1997.
Jaime Camelio, associate professor and assistant department head of Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named Commonwealth Professor of Advanced Manufacturing by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2008, Camelio has established an international reputation in the fields of smart assembly systems, the design and analysis of value recovery operations, and and data mining and statistical learning applications for manufacturing processes and systems, process monitoring, diagnosis, and control. Camelio received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the Universidad Catolica de Chile and a master’s degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Michigan.
Theo A. Dillaha, professor of Biological Systems 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 1983, Dillaha advanced a systems-based approach to management of natural resources through his research in the areas of watershed assessment and management, soil and water conservation engineering, and nonpoint source pollution control. Dillaha received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a doctoral degree from Purdue University.
T. M. Murali, associate professor of computer science in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has received the title of ACM Distinguished Scientist, awarded to members who have achieved significant accomplishments or who have made a significant impact on the computing field. As a teacher and a researcher, one of his major research and educational efforts seeks to build a synthesis between the fields of computer science, tissue engineering, and systems biology. Murali co-directs the Virginia Tech Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science Center for Systems Biology of Engineered Tissues and is the associate director of the Computational Tissue Engineering interdisciplinary graduate education program. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Brown University.
Eric Paterson, professor and head of the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named Commonwealth Professor of Marine Propulsion by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. Paterson is an internationally known expert in computational fluid dynamics and marine hydrodynamics. He came to Virginia Tech in 2012 from Penn State. His current research focuses on ship hydrodynamics, phenomenology of marine domain awareness, and wind and marine energy. Paterson received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree from the University of Iowa.
Mahendra Singh, the Preston Wade Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech, has received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee, India. In making the award, IIT credited Singh with his international reputation in earthquake engineering, random vibrations, composite structures, performance based seismic design, and health monitoring of civil infrastructure elements such as buildings and bridge structures. Singh is a two-time graduate of the Roorkee institute, receiving his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in civil and in structural engineering in 1962 and in 1966, respectively. He earned his doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 1972.
Kostas Triantis, professor of industrial and systems engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, was recently named John L. Lawrence Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors. A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1983 and based at Virginia Tech’s Northern Virginia Center of the National Capital Region, Prof. Triantis has established a research program in the design of performance measurement systems for service and manufacturing organizations and for engineering systems. He is the co-founder and co-director of the System Performance Laboratory in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Prof. Triantis has served for the past three years as the program director of the Civil Infrastructure Systems Program within the Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Division of the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Prof. Triantis received his bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and doctoral degree from Columbia University.
Dr. Yixang Xu, food processing/engineering assistant professor in Virginia State University’s (VSU) Agricultural Research Station, has been awarded two competitive grants totaling $320,351. The first is a three-year USDA capacity-building grant in the amount of $291,165 which will fund research on the use of nanotechnology in food packaging. Dr. Xu’s second project, under auspices of a two-year $29,186 specialty crop block grant from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will enhance VSU’s ongoing efforts to develop commercial chickpea varieties suitable for production in Virginia and to familiarize Virginia farmers with chickpeas.
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