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April 2007 » Business Briefs
Personnel announcements, promotions, and professional awards, updated April 18, 2007.
CE News Staff

(April 18, 2007 update)
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan and the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) presented David A Lakin, P.E., president, Spalding DeDecker Associates, with the MSPE Individual Engineering Excellence Award for 2007. This award recognizes Lakin for outstanding leadership, achievements, and contributions to engineering, professionalism, the community and MSPE.

B.J. Skar, P.E., joined HDR as program manager for the company’s airport/airfield pavements and infrastructure program. He will support the company’s aviation program from the Omaha, Neb., office and serve both federal and civil clients. Prior to joining HDR, Skar was a senior airfield engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transportations Systems Center.

James Liubicich, P.E., recently joined RJN Group, Inc., as a senior project manager for RJN’s Wheaton, Ill., office. He will provide technical support on the municipal market for environmental engineering services. Liubicich has more than 20 years of experience in management, operation, design, planning, and construction of wastewater treatment facilities and public works projects. Also in RJN’s Wheaton office, Michael N. Young, P.E., recently became project manager, providing water, wastewater, and municipal engineering services.

STV Inc. recently named the following as vice presidents: Samir Eid, P.E.; Giri S. Taksali, P.E.; Edward A. Orlando, CEF; Peter S. Gentle, P.E., P.S.; and Al A. Kazickas, Jr., P.E.

Barry M. Bywalec, P.E., Tampa Bay regional manager of WilsonMiller’s Development Design Business Unit, was named 2006 Tampa Bay Engineer of the Year by six Tampa Bay-area engineering societies. The award honors a professional engineer who has demonstrated outstanding technical achievement, leadership, and service to the engineering profession and the community. Also at WilsonMiller, David A. Kemper, P.E., senior vice president and managing principal of the firm’s Tampa operations, was elected to the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Kemper was directly involved in all aspects of WilsonMiller’s relocation last year to the former Ybor City Brewing Company Building in the heart of Tampa’s National Historic Landmark District. The Sarasota County Commission recently appointed WilsonMiller Project Engineer Molly Williams, P.E., to a four-year term on the county’s Stormwater Environmental Utility Advisory Committee. The 10-member committee supports and advises the Sarasota County Stormwater Environmental Utility in development of stormwater-related goals and objectives. Sandra Jean Newell, P.E., who has 24 years of experience in a variety of public and private civil engineering disciplines, joined WilsonMiller as a project manager in the firm’s Port Charlotte, Fla., office. Newell has managed a wide range of government projects, including building sites, roads, and sidewalks, as well as private commercial projects involving condominiums and subdivisions.

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., recently hired Jim Hall, AICP, ASLA, a noted urban designer and planning expert, as its director of planning in the firm’s Orlando, Fla., office. Hall will help expand the firm’s growing planning practice throughout Florida. He has worked as an urban planner in Central Florida for 18 years and has successfully completed projects in more than 25 municipalities throughout the region.

Elisa Speranza, a vice president in CH2M HILL’s Water Business Group, received the 2007 "Outstanding Service to AWWA" award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The award is given to individuals demonstrating outstanding service to the AWWA through leadership and active participation in its programs. Speranza also was named an AWWA Honorary Member. Also, CH2M HILL named Terry Krause, P.E., vice president and senior program manager for the firm’s Water Business Group. Working out of CH2M HILL’s new downtown Chicago office, Krause will serve as a program manager and senior technologist. With more than 33 years of experience, Krause is a recognized leader in wastewater and water treatment, as well as wastewater collection, water storage, and distribution.

Schnabel Engineering, Inc., promoted Gilbert T. Seese, P.E., branch leader of the firm’s Newport News, Va., office, to principal of the firm. Seese has more than 30 years of experience in geotechnical engineering on projects including industrial, commercial, and waterfront facilities, as well as elevated and on-grade storage tanks. Schnabel Engineering also appointed Cedric Fairbanks, Ph.D., E.I.T., as project engineer. He has more than four years of experience in geotechnical engineering, including slope stability analyses, shallow foundation design, deep foundation design, earthquake engineering, site-specific seismic analyses, and geographical information systems.

Kent Dvorak, P.E., of Terracon’s Lenexa, Kan., office, recently received the Eastern Chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) Engineer of the Year Award. Dvorak is now eligible at the state level to receive Kansas Engineer of the Year. Terracon also announced the promotion of three employees to assistant department managers in its Lenexa, Kan. office. James Landrum, P.E., was promoted to assistant geotechnical department manager. A principal, Landrum manages the day-to-day operations of the retail, commercial, and industrial geotechnical business lines. Eric Gorman, P.G., C.H.M.M., was promoted to the assistant environmental department manager. Gorman is currently responsible for management and technical supervision of due diligence services. Glenn Schouten, P.E., was promoted to assistant construction materials engineering and testing department manager. In addition to project management duties, Schouten’s responsibilities include management and training of professional and field staff.

Lori K. Hamburg joined SCS Engineers, based in the firm’s Raleigh, N.C., office. Hamburg will join the Environmental Services practice group with a focus on Phase I and II environmental site assessments. In addition, she will be involved with groundwater and gas monitoring projects as well as brownfield site redevelopment projects.

Architectural, engineering, planning and public relations firm C3TS, P.A. announced four promotions as part of its on-going expansion plans throughout Florida. Robert T. Carballo, P.E., who was vice president of Transportation, was promoted to president and CEO. Walfrido J. Pevida, P.E., a principal-associate and head of highway with the firm, was promoted to vice president in charge of Transportation. Jeffrey S. Crews, P.E., a principal-associate with the firm, was promoted to vice president and principal-in-charge of the Broward branch office, continuing with the development of that office particularly in the areas of design-build and municipal consulting. And, Terrance N. Glunt, P.E., vice president of the firm became the principal-in-charge of the Boca Raton branch office, expanding C3TS’ civil and municipal engineering and other services.

(March 30, 2007 update)
Gannett Fleming recently named eight new stockholders: Trent L. Dreese, P.E., is a geotechnical project manager in the firm’s corporate headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa.; Steven I. Hawtof, P.E., is a project manager based in the firm’s Baltimore, Md., office; Judy L. Hricak, CPSM, is the national practice manager for the firm’s Marketing and Business Development Practice Leadership Team in Harrisburg; Mark Metil, P.E., manages the firm’s Transportation Systems Operations Group in Harrisburg; Michael A. Morgan, P.E., P.P., P.T.O.E., serves as the Transportation Engineering and Planning Department manager in the firm’s South Plainfield, N.J., office; William M. Plumpton serves as a project manager in Harrisburg and oversees the planning and environmental documentation for transportation, facilities, utilities, and land development projects; Joseph Rikk, Jr., P.E., serves as the regional office manager for the firm’s Columbus, Ohio, location; and Paul G. Schweiger, P.E., brings more than 23 years of experience to his position with the firm’s Dams and Hydraulic Structures Section in Harrisburg.

Tim Martin, P.E., former secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, joined CTE as senior vice president. According to the Chicago-based firm, he will focus on developing solutions to challenges that government agencies must overcome.

Daft-McCune-Walker, a land development consulting firm based in Towson, Md., named Dane Bauer managing director and senior vice president. Bauer will be responsible for day-to-day management of the company, including staffing, client service, production, and technical direction.

Psomas announced the appointment of five new principals of the firm: Matthew Clark is the public works team leader in its Tucson, Ariz., office; Andrew Gust is construction management team leader with project background in roadways, highways, bridges, and structures; Thomas Herbel, P.E., is a transportation/public works team leader in Southern California; Thomas Lodge, a founder of MMLA, now Psomas, oversees the private land development team in the firm’s Tucson office; and Robert Olson is a team leader in Psomas’ Santa Clarita, Calif. office responsible for overseeing the office’s surveying and mapping services for large public and private projects

Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) named Lawrence Reuter, former president of MTA-New York City Transit, a senior vice president. He will serve as PB’s project manager for the People’s Transportation Plan, a multi-billion-dollar rail, highway, bus, and neighborhood improvement program for Miami-Dade County, Fla. PB also named Bernard P. McNeilly a regional business manager. Based in the firm’s Princeton, N.J., and Philadelphia offices, he is responsible for PB’s business activities across all infrastructure markets and services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Sarah Clark, P.E., a senior project manager based in HDR’s Denver office, was named the 2007 Outstanding Colorado Woman in Engineering by the Colorado chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. Clark, widely known for her expertise in the drinking water industry, is editor of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) wall chart and the SDWA newsletter published by HDR. The wall chart has been distributed to nearly 1 million people during the last 10 years and is found on the wall of nearly every water treatment plant in the United States, HDR says.

Douglas H. Differt, P.E., formerly the deputy transportation commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, was named a vice president and director of engineering development in the Minneapolis office of URS Corporation. Differt will lead business development activities for URS’s transportation engineering practice in Minnesota. URS also named Keith Jones, P.E., regional transit director for the firm’s West Central Region. Based in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, office, Jones will be responsible for transit projects and business development in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska, Mississippi, Alabama, Missouri, and Kansas, focusing on bus and rail projects in the region, as well as streetcar projects nationally.

WilsonMiller, Inc., appointed David S. Rivera, P.E., as the head of Transportation Services, one of the firm’s 10 Corporate Business Units. Rivera will oversee traffic planning and engineering services for private- and public-sector infrastructure projects throughout Florida and other markets. WilsonMiller also announced that Barry M. Bywalec, P.E., Tampa Bay regional manager of its Development Design Business Unit, received the 2006 Tampa Bay Engineer of the Year. The award, presented by six Tampa Bay-area engineering societies, honors a professional engineer who has demonstrated outstanding technical achievement, leadership, and service to the engineering profession and the community. Tampa-area engineering organizations participating this year included the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Tampa and Pinellas County Chapters of the Florida Engineering Society.

Dan Meckes was elected by the Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. (CMT) board of directors as the firm’s new president. Meckes succeeds Brian Whiston, who will continue to serve as CEO and chairman of the board. Meckes began his engineering career with a brief stint with the Naval Sea System Command before joining CMT in 1983.

Greenhorne & O’Mara (G&O) announced a major step in its new leadership transition plan, with the appointment of Frank R. Finch, P.E., as president. Finch, who joined the firm five years ago as senior vice president of Water & Environment, will assume direct oversight of the company’s four operations groups. He will also have a key leadership role in implementing the firm’s corporate strategic plan and growth initiatives. G&O also named Bruce H. Laswell, P.E., as vice president, Southeast Federal Programs. Laswell, formerly project director of Southeast Federal Marketing, will lead expansion of the company’s professional services to federal and Department of Defense military programs and agencies in the region.

Former New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Thomas
J. Madison, Jr.
, joined Spectra Environmental Group, Inc., as president of Spectra’s newly formed affiliate, Spectra Subsurface Imaging, LLC (SSI). He will also serve as Spectra’s vice president of Infrastructure Services. Madison will lead SSI initiatives throughout New York and the Northeast. SSI uses ground penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction, and other non-intrusive techniques to map subsurface assets such as, conduit, pipes, and sewer lines.

Perini Corporation appointed John A. Loftus, P.E., president of Perini Civil Division, headquartered in Peekskill, N.Y. He replaces Zohrab B. Marashlian, who retired March 31 after 35 years of service and leadership of Perini’s civil construction operations. Loftus was president and CEO of Cherry Hill Construction, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Perini. He has been a senior vice president with Perini since 1997 and has managed major construction projects for Perini and Perini-sponsored joint ventures since 1994.

Brandon McDougald, P.E., was named vice president, manager of the Salt Lake City, Utah, office of CLC Associates, Inc. McDougald replaces Robin Salvagio, who has been the acting manager of the Salt Lake City office while fulfilling her position as senior vice president, Southwest/Intermountain West Regional manager this past year. McDougald will oversee day-to-day functions of the Utah operations and continue to work with key clients.

Pro2Serve Professional Project Services, Inc. (Pro2Serve), promoted Raymond K. Alexander, P.E., to vice president and manager of its Engineering Division. Alexander joined Pro2Serve in 2006 as director of design. Still active in the Navy Reserve, he recently returned from service in Iraq where he commanded the First Marine Expeditionary Force Engineer Group comprised of 2,000 Army, Navy, and Marine Engineers, and served as the reconstruction manager for the city of Fallujah, as well as the Al Anbar province.

McCoy Associates, Inc., appointed Frank J. Bronzo and Steven D. Hamit, P.E., as vice presidents. Bronzo joined the Akron, Ohio-based firm in 1996 and has served in both design and management capacities. He work previously in the New York City Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Bridges. Hamit joined McCoy Associates in February 2006 after serving as city engineer in Massillon, Ohio.

Ted W. Lachus, P.E., joined SEC Group, Inc., as transportation operations manager. Working out of the firm’s McHenry, Ill., office, he will lead the operations management of the transportation department throughout the firm’s four Illinois offices.

Wilbur Smith Associates (WSA) promoted Kenneth M. Keitt to be the Mid Atlantic Regional manager for the firm. Keitt will have full responsibility for leading WSA’s efforts in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Delaware, including implementation of business development strategies, financial management, and daily operations. WSA also promoted C. Eric Burke, P.E., to vice president. Located in the firm’s Richmond, Va., office, Burke currently serves as director of geotechnical engineering and is responsible for all geotechnical activities throughout the firm, including business development, technical supervision, and project management.

(March 22, 2007 update)
Terracon’s Omaha office hired Bill Quackenbush, P.E., as project manager. He will be responsible for evaluating potential projects, developing proposals and contracts, reviewing and evaluating technical project data for clients, and providing project administration.

Jane O. Rowan, P.W.S., senior associate of Schnabel Engineering, Inc., and branch leader of the West Chester, Pa., office was elected 2008 president of the American Water Resources Association. Her responsibilities begin in 2007 as president elect. Schnabel Engineering announced promotions of Kenneth Derrenbacher, branch leader of the Baltimore office, to principal of the firm; Gregory Kuntz, P.G., to senior associate; and Steven Pond, C.P.G., to associate. Additionally, Mark Landis, P.G., P.E., joined the firm as senior associate. Landis has more than 24 years of experience as a civil engineer/engineering geologist for projects involving dam design and rehabilitation, geotechnical engineering, geological and hydrological evaluations, landfill site evaluations and design, and construction QA/QC services.

Chris Squires joined Vierbicher Associates’ Madison, Wisc., office as a planner and community development consultant. He most recently worked as a land planner for Barraco and Associates, Inc., in Fort Myers, Fla.

Laurie L. Terry, P.E., joined RJN Group as senior project manager in the Baltimore office. She has more than 11 years experience in the water and wastewater field and will be responsible for management of flow monitoring and engineering studies. RJN also announced the appointment of Lisa S. Douglas, P.E., manager of the St. Louis office, as a seventh firm principal. Douglas joined RJN in October 2001.

MSCW, Inc., promoted Megan Wimer to community planner. She will assist with a variety of planning projects by preparing comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning applications, and more. Additionally, Natalie Shaber joined MSCW as a staff engineer. Shaber will assist senior staff with project designs, design calculations, permitting plans, and more.

Earth Tech, Inc., named Meghan Harte vice president of the its Chicago facilities operations with responsibility for cultivating growth in the firm’s Chicago-area facilities market. Earth Tech also promoted Brian Burgher, P.E.; Susan Shultz, P.E.; and Phillip Watts, C.P.G., from vice president to senior vice president. Burgher manages the firm’s Capital District; Shultz leads Earth Tech’s Key Industrial Client Program; and Watts manages the firm’s Rock Mountain District.

RBF Consulting recently appointed two senior vice presidents: Mark W. Johnson, Las Vegas office manager; and Bruce P. Larson, P.E. Larson also was appointed regional manager of the firm’s Arizona offices in Phoenix and Tucson. Both Johnson and Larson have more than 20 years experience. Another RBF senior vice president, F.M. Ameri, was re-appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to a third term on the California Regional Water Quality Control Board.

E. Steven Helms, P.E., joined Austin AECOM as executive vice president and COO. He will work with operations and market sector managers to offer clients complete and integrated engineering and construction services.

James R. Van Epps was named a senior technical manager in the San Francisco office of PB. In his new position, Van Epps assumes specific project management assignments while also serving in a company-wide role in support of design-build initiatives. He previously worked for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, CALTRANS, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Babur R. Mian, senior vice president and director of operations at Geocomp Corporation was appointed as the company’s COO and executive vice president, reporting directly to the CEO. All division and branch managers report to Mian, who is now responsible for providing an administrative structure that supports the organization in meeting its business and strategic objectives.

Richard M. Maser, P.E., P.P., C.M.E., president and CEO of Maser Consulting P.A., was chosen as a Fellow of Leadership New Jersey for 2007. Leadership New Jersey honors men and women who combine a successful career with leadership in serving their communities. Maser, who founded Maser Consulting in 1984, serves on the boards of Brookdale Community College, the Community YMCA, and the American Red Cross—Jersey Coast Chapter.

Arthur G. Hoffman, Jr., P.E., vice president, was appointed corporate quality officer for Gannett Fleming. Based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office, Hoffman is responsible for oversight and implementation of the firm’s in-house leadership, management, and quality training programs based on ISO guidelines.

Greenhorne & O’Mara, Inc. (G&O) appointed H. Edward Prescott, P.E., vice president of Florida Operations for the Florida Transportation Group. He will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of Florida Transportation operations statewide, with particular emphasis on Northwest Florida, including federal, state, and municipal government projects, as well as private sector projects. Prescott will be located in G&O’s Bonifay, Fla., office.

Dewberry named Peter Marshall, P.E., client service corporate coordinator for Navy programs. Located in the Norfolk, Va., project office, Marshall is responsible for all aspects of Dewberry interaction and product delivery to the U.S. Navy. Marshall has more than 38 years of experience in design, construction, and facilities management, including 32 years’ experience with the U.S. Navy, where he held multiple positions of increasing responsibility with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Nicholas Vandable joined AVCON as an airport planner and will support the Aviation Department in AVCON’s Orlando, Fla., office with his knowledge of Part 150 noise studies and master plans.

Laverne E. Danforth Jr., P.E., joined WilsonMiller’s Tallahassee office as a senior transportation engineer. Danforth has more than two decades of civil engineering experience, including senior positions with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Danforth was instrumental in development of the FDOT’s Enterprise Document Management System for construction, right-of-way, structures, contracts, and environmental offices.

(March 14, 2007, update)
Bob Campbell, former executive director of Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District, joined Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott and May Engineers, Inc. (FMSM), as the manager of the St. Louis office. FMSM’s Steve McCaskie handed over the reins of the St. Louis office to follow his passion of investigating, designing, constructing, and maintaining levees. McCaskie will have a key role in FMSM’s expanding dam and levee safety strategic initiatives.

Carter & Burgess, Inc., chose Paul D. Moyer, P.E., as its Boston area leader. Moyer has 27 years of experience in design and management. Prior to joining Carter & Burgess, he was vice president and branch manager for the Boston office of Dewberry-Goodkind.

RBF Consulting recently announced the following promotions and appointments in its California offices:

  • Rick Rubin, P.E., AICP, was appointed senior vice president and regional manager of the firm’s San Diego and Carlsbad offices. He is primarily responsible for supervising and directing development of engineering, planning, and surveying projects throughout San Diego County.
  • Ronald B. Craig, Ontario office manager, was promoted to senior vice president. In addition to his leadership as an office manager, Craig has extensive experience in the field of water and wastewater engineering and has been directly involved in master planning, engineering management, project administration, and finance.
  • Darin P. Johnson, P.E., Ventura County office manager, was appointed senior vice president. He has extensive experience in civil and structural design with public works projects.
  • In its Northern California region, RBF promoted Pat Tami, P.L.S., from the Sacramento office, to vice president. He has served as a leader in the surveying and mapping departments since 1995. William Conyers, P.E., from the Walnut Creek office, also was promoted to vice president. He currently serves as a manager in RBF’s public works and transportation engineering department. Paul Klein, P.E., Sacramento office manager; Garrett Gritz, P.E., Walnut Creek office manager; and Laura Worthington-Forbes, San Jose office manager, were all promoted to positions as senior vice presidents in the Northern California region.

Matt Harvey, P.E., senior vice president and national director of federal programs for HDR Engineering, Inc., received the Academy of Fellows Mentoring Award, which is presented annually by the Society of American Military Engineers. Harvey was cited for "exceptionally meritorious achievement and outstanding performance as a mentor throughout more than three decades as an engineer, member, and fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers. … He never wavered from his commitment to promoting the value of engineering and engineering careers to those coming up behind him."

R. Adam Carnegie, AICP, and Richard Whittington recently joined WilsonMiller’s Tampa, Fla., office. Carnegie, senior project manager, is a member of the firm’s Development Planning & Approvals Business Unit, which works with clients to obtain land use entitlements and development approvals. Whittington, a senior engineering designer, will be working in the firm’s Development Design Business Unit, which provides land development engineering services. Also in WilsonMiller’s Tampa office, John DeWinkler, P.E., corporate business unit leader for transportation, retired effective Jan. 26. DeWinkler spent more than 40 years in the industry, having occupied leadership positions in the Florida Department of Transportation prior to joining WilsonMiller in 1995. He participated in the planning, design, and project management of more than 1,000 miles of new and improved highways throughout Florida, with construction values totaling more than $1 billion.

Spalding DeDecker Associates’ Dana Suggitt was named the Member of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Michigan Chapter. WTS is an international organization with 39 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. Suggitt, an engineer specializing in transportation and land development, has been an active member of WTS, serving as co-chair for the organization’s newsletter and as its hospitality chairperson. Suggitt has been on the WTS-Michigan Board as a director-at-large since January, 2006.


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