2014 Rising Stars in Civil + Structural Engineering

April 2014 » Exclusive
Civil + Structural Engineer recognizes exceptional, young professionals.
João Ferreira and Bob Drake

This third annual Rising Stars in Civil Engineering and Rising Stars in Structural Engineering recognizes 30 professionals, 40 years old or younger working in the United States, who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, or public service benefiting the civil and structural engineering professions, their employers, project owners, and society. Civil + Structural Engineer editors selected the engineers highlighted on the following pages (in alphabetical order) from an impressive group of nominees from both the private and public sectors. Limited space allows only a brief summary of each Rising Star’s many accomplishments, projects, and activities to date.

Rising Stars in Civil Engineering

Jelena Balorda-Barone, P.E. (age 38), associate, Maser Consulting P.A., Red Bank, N.J., has extensive experience in diverse aspects of civil engineering and site design involving affordable housing, educational facilities, residential developments, houses of worship, municipal amenities, and commercial centers and encompassing all facets of site design including due diligence studies, concept development, zoning compliance, stormwater management, sanitary sewer systems, utilities, permit acquisition, and project completion. As a proponent of environmental sustainability, she often administers engineering services for adaptive reuse projects such as a current project to convert a shirt factory built in 1881 into affordable housing for seniors. Balorda-Barone mentors younger engineers, providing skills and training, encouraging continued education, supporting participation in professional societies, and leading by example. As an advocate for advancing women in the engineering industry, Balorda-Barone worked with a group of fellow women engineers and Habitat for Humanity to construct houses in Lawrenceville, N.J. She also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes in Union Beach, N.J., following Superstorm Sandy.

Marnie Bell, P.E. (age 37), principal engineer, ARCADIS US, Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has provided technical and management leadership for multiple drinking water projects for the residents in and around New York City, and for cities throughout New York. She participates on several key “Knowledge Teams,” including treatment process selection and conceptual cost estimating, while also managing and mentoring staff in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Indianapolis. Bell was a founding member of ARCADIS’ Green Team and led the charge on improving the sustainability of the firm’s office practices and operating protocols. She was also a member of the firm’s “Future of Work” initiative focused on designing sustainable office spaces that also foster improved employee well-being. Bell served as project manager for a full U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Act rule review for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Following Superstorm Sandy, she immediately traveled to the area to help restore water and wastewater service.

Kurt Bialobreski, P.E., PTOE (age 34), traffic engineer, Hanson Professional Services Inc., Peoria, Ill., manages Hanson’s traffic engineering services across the country and serves as the lead project engineer on a variety of projects, managing technical staff and assisting with public-involvement activities. He specializes in traffic studies, traffic signal design, corridor and travel-demand modeling, and intersection design studies. He designed the first High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) signal in central Illinois, which combines pedestrian crossings with traffic signals. HAWKs currently are in the review process to be considered for inclusion in the FHWA’s Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. He also served on the team responsible for designing the first dual roundabout on an Illinois highway and has worked with Hanson’s clients to implement Context Sensitive Solution principles. In addition to his involvement in professional and civic organizations, Bialobreski supports community and humanitarian activities and serves on the ARTBA policy committee for autonomous vehicles and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. 

Jennifer Butcher, P.E., PTOE (age 34), is co-founder, co-owner, and vice president of Savant Group, Inc. (SGI), a Dallas-based professional consulting firm focused on traffic engineering, transportation planning, and intelligent transportation systems. Founded in 2007 by Butcher and majority owner Susan Langdon, SGI has grown from two engineers and an annual revenue of $175,000 to a staff of eight engineers and three administrative personnel with annual revenues exceeding $1 million, becoming one of the largest woman-owned traffic engineering firms in Texas. Butcher has served as project manager and task leader for high-profile transportation projects such as the LBJ Express, North Tarrant Express, and DFW Connector. She has designed or managed more than 100 traffic signal designs and developed and deployed signal timing plans for more than 750 intersections. In 2007, Butcher was honored by the Fort Worth Branch of ASCE as Young Engineer of the Year, and in 2011 she was honored by TexITE as Young Member of the Year.

James Collins, P.E. (age 32), certified project manager, ARCADIS US, Inc., Irvine, Calif., is an expert in UV disinfection and the advanced oxidation process (AOP). He contributes to the larger body of knowledge at ARCADIS by serving as a member of the knowledge team and UV Community of Practice, which provides guidance to others working on UV projects or those with UV/AOP-related questions. Collins has led ground-breaking testing in oxidation of 1,4-dioxane and peroxide quenching, and is responsible for performance testing of the Patoka Lake UV AOP facility, which is ARCADIS’ first municipal UV AOP application. Recently, he was selected to help the UV disinfection industry develop guidelines to improve the accuracy of validating disinfection with medium-pressure UV lamps. Collins served as a UV expert on planning, design, construction, and start-up of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s UV facilities — the second and third largest UV disinfection facilities in world.

Paul W. Hughes, P.E. (age 33), associate, Remington, Vernick & Beach (RV&B) Engineers, Conshohocken, Pa., serves as a municipal account representative and Borough Engineer for both Conshohocken and Phoenixville, Pa. He also performs project management for the majority of capital projects in the Borough of Lansdale, Pa., as well as many other public and private clients throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Hughes has coordinated efforts to review and update the firm’s standard documents, design procedures, and administrative processes, and is always available to provide in-house consultation on a wide range of topics for both immediate staff as well as those operating in its Newark, Del., and Pittsburgh affiliates. He has led a four-member Quality Team at RV&B, addressing issues ranging from project constructability and after-action reviews to assessing all aspects of the firm's project delivery process. Hughes was named the RV&B 2012 Employee of the Year and recently selected as a new associate with the firm.

Travis F. Konda, Ph.D., P.E. (age 39), project engineer, HNTB, Kansas City, Mo., has design and construction experience with cable-stayed and tied arch bridges and design-build projects. In addition to practicing bridge design, he has remained active academically by teaching two courses in structural analysis at the University of Kansas Edwards campus and co-authoring several articles. Konda held a research assistantship sponsored by the Iowa Department of Transportation for three years at Iowa State University developing a simplified bridge design for spans of less than 80 feet that can be built by county forces with minimal equipment. Recently, he has served as project manager for a detailed 3D finite element analysis and subsequent load rating of the T.H. 5 Bridge spanning the Mississippi River near historic Fort Snelling in Minnesota. For the St. Croix Bridge Final Design Peer Review, Konda conducted a detailed review of the post-tensioned cross beam supporting the segmental units of the extradose superstructure.

Peter Kube, P.E. (age 34), principal engineer, ARCADIS US, Inc., Cincinnati, was an essential team member on a study for the Metropolitan Sewer District of Cincinnati Little Miami wastewater treatment plant that included planning more than $100 million of improvements. He led planning efforts related to the solids stream treatment processes, including dewatering and truck loading, which had an order of magnitude value of $15 million. Kube also led planning and design efforts for a City of Hamilton, Ohio, Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) project. The project team re-negotiated the proposed solution with Ohio EPA, reused existing assets, and reduced the city’s cost of compliance from $25 million to approximately $7 million. Kube worked to establish the Cincinnati Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, was a charter member, and has held leadership roles in the organization since its founding. His involvement led to a project in Rwanda to provide a sustainable water storage system for an orphanage. 

Ben Kuhnel, P.E. (age 33), principal civil engineer, ARCADIS US, Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., is one of ARCADIS’ top design experts for ozonation of drinking water, and also its top design expert for UV disinfection of drinking water. He currently works on nearly all of ARCADIS’ UV-related projects and teaches part-time at a local community college. He was design manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s LA Aqueduct Filtration Plant - UV Disinfection Plant and LA Reservoir UV Disinfection Facility. Kuhnel is an active member of the International Ozone Association, is involved with compiling ARCADIS’ knowledge on pumping systems, and serves on the American Water Works Association Horizontal and Vertical Lineshaft Pumps Standards Committee. He has become a leader within his church’s Young Professionals group. Recent activities include establishing a teen program focused on educating and equipping teens to live better lives through servant leadership for an organization focused on getting homeless families off the streets.

Ehsan Minaie, Ph.D., P.E. (age 33), project manager, Intelligent Infrastructure Systems, Philadelphia, specializes in condition evaluation, modeling, and assessment of buildings and bridges. He has been a research consultant for Drexel University’s Intelligent Infrastructure Alliance since 2009 and is leading the Bridge Section of the 2014 ASCE Infrastructure Report Card for Pennsylvania. Minaie is managing research, development, and implementation of an integrated asset management system for the owner and operator of seven major bridges. He is also leading a team providing peer review of the RABIT Bridge Deck Assessment Tool being developed by Rutgers University for FHWA. Minaie has mentored high school students from underprivileged communities, introducing them to the different aspects of an engineer’s career. He has helped Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia Section on several construction projects and was part of a volunteer post-earthquake emergency response team for the Red Cross/Red Crescent deployed to the City of Bam in Iran after the 2003 earthquake.

Orla H. Pease, P.E., PTOE (age 39), vice president and practice leader, Pennsylvania Traffic Consulting Division, Urban Engineers, Philadelphia, is responsible for managing a wide array of projects for both public- and private-sector clients, as well as integrating with Urban’s various engineering disciplines. Her efforts with the Pennsylvania Traffic Consulting Division have helped quadruple the number of employees and increase revenue three-fold since 2011. Her leadership and proactive business approach have led to lucrative contracts with the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Delaware Department of Transportation, and New Jersey Department of Transportation, as well as various municipalities in Connecticut. Pease is actively involved in a number of professional and non-profit organizations including Women’s Transportation Seminar, Institute of Transportation Engineers, and Engineers’ Week Future Cities Competition. As co-founder and treasurer of Ben’s Heroes, a non-profit that raises money to offset medical costs for families of children with cancer, she has assisted in raising more than $10,000.

Cody Pennetti, P.E. (age 28), site/civil engineer, Dewberry, Fairfax, Va., has been instrumental in advancing the firm’s work on several complex initiatives such as leveraging technology to improve project outcomes and value for clients. He champions the firm’s Ideas Lab, a program through which employees communicate and vet ideas to develop process improvements. Under Pennetti’s direction, the Ideas Lab has spawned more than 85 ideas since its inception in 2012, ranging from development of a mobile-friendly timesheet app and branded document templates to a streamlined library of design tools and spreadsheets. He participates in software feedback workshops, performing beta tests on upcoming platforms and consulting with developers. Pennetti directed the application of 3D civil engineering technology to model existing conditions and create initial alignment studies for a $15.2 million design-build project involving design and construction of a 4.6-mile wastewater effluent pipeline. He also works with Fairfax County Public Schools through the Expanding Visions program.

Brett A. Schock, P.E., AICP, ENV SP, M.ASCE (age 31), civil engineer II, Michael Baker Jr. Inc., Fort Worth, Texas, has demonstrated project design capabilities on multiple highway projects, including tollways, urban highways, suburban highways, and corridor planning incorporating multiple sustainable elements, interdisciplinary coordination, and various design options for future and short-term, low-cost, high-impact congestion mitigation. He is versed in numerous disciplines of highway design, including roadway geometry, ITS, traffic control, utility relocation, and environmental impacts assessment and mitigation. Schock has been involved with ASCE’s Transportation & Development Institute (T&DI) on a local, state, and national level since 2010, founding the Fort Worth, Texas, chapter of T&DI and serving as an inaugural board member and president. He is also a member of the Awards Committee for the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and an Envision Sustainability Professional. Schock has volunteered with MathCounts, an E-Week Activity held by TxSPE for middle school students.

Greg Schuch, P.E. (age 38), senior project manager, ICA Engineering, Columbia, S.C., has fulfilled leadership roles on six projects that have won Engineering Excellence Awards from the ACEC/South Carolina and one project that won a national award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Two of these award-winning projects involved innovative construction materials that allowed the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to obtain additional funding from the FHWA. One project was the first SCDOT project to use High Performance Steel in bridge girders and included coordination with researchers at the University of South Carolina. Schuch is an active member of the DBIA and has represented South Carolina as a consultant representative on the AGC-ACEC-SCDOT Joint Design-Build Subcommittee. Accomplishments of this group during Schuch’s tenure were the incorporation of a process for Alternative Technical Concepts and confidential meetings during the procurement process as well as initiation of stipend payments to unsuccessful proposers.

Anastasia Welch, P.E. (age 35), project leader and vice president, SCS Aquaterra, Overland Park, Kan., has served as Solid Waste Practice lead and provides technical and business leadership to multiple offices. She has also previously served on Aquaterra’s board of directors and played a role in guiding the strategic growth of the company. For multiple facilities, Welch has served as the project manager and/or technical lead to develop alternative designs for solid waste disposal facility final cover systems. The projects included working closely with regulatory agencies and facility owners to develop a technically and economically sound approach to deviate from prescribed designs. She managed all aspects of the expansion of a municipal solid waste landfill that resulted in an environmentally friendly option while reclaiming an exhausted quarry. She serves at a national level as the Technical Division vice chair for the Solid Waste Association of North America and on the University of Kansas Professional Science Master’s Program Advisory Board.

Rising Stars in Structural Engineering

J. Benjamin Alper, P.E., S.E. (age 31), associate, Severud Associates, New York, has worked at Severud Associates for the past nine years, quickly rising from the position of entry level engineer to associate. He works as project manager overseeing many of the firm’s high-profile projects. Alper’s areas of expertise include design of arenas, airports, and high-rise construction. His ability to solve complicated problems by breaking them down to their core components, thereby simplifying the design process and maximizing efficiency, has earned recognition inside the company. In addition to his work as a project manager, Alper also serves as his firm’s quality control officer for Special Inspection Services, helping craft the Special Inspection Manual. Alper has written several magazine articles detailing some of the unique solutions that he and his firm have employed in their structural designs. Outside work, Alper volunteers for Engineers Without Borders (N.Y. professional chapter) as the responsible engineer in charge of the Uganda Amen B Vocational School.

Cale Ash, S.E. (age 34), associate, Degenkolb Engineers, Seattle, shares a passion for seismic and tsunami safety, in particular in schools and public spaces. He has provided leadership and advocacy as part of the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee-led project that developed a pilot methodology for addressing the seismic risk posed by public school buildings and is fast becoming a recognized expert and advocate of disaster mitigation. Ash also has been selected to participate in the inaugural class of the EERI Housner Fellows Program. The program, honoring EERI Founder George Housner, recognizes promising young- to mid-career professionals and helps them develop the skills and sense of responsibility needed to become lifelong leaders and advocates of earthquake risk reduction. As part of the Housner program, Ash traveled to Ghana last August. At Degenkolb Engineers, Ash has been instrumental in continued development of project work and in the two years since being promoted to associate principal, he has tackled many new leadership roles within the structural engineering community. 

Adam Cryer, P.E. (age 34), vice president, Pinnacle Structural Engineers, Houston, is a co-founder and vice president of Pinnacle Structural Engineers, formed in March 2005. Cryer has been quick to take on whatever tasks were necessary for Pinnacle to be successful. He currently is in charge of all recruiting and has made presentations to multiple student organizations at universities. He is the firm’s technical leader, having the most influence on design approach on projects, purchasing of design and analysis software, and training of entry-level engineers. Cryer is heavily involved in day-to-day management of the firm including marketing — both in helping to develop marketing materials and meeting with prospective clients. He also has embraced the use of social media. Cryer has published a couple magazine articles, including for Structural Engineer. Cryer is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Steel Construction, American Concrete Institute, and Tilt-up Concrete Association. 

Ryan Curtis, P.E., EDAC, LEED AP, BD+C (age 31), associate and structural project engineer, LEO A DALY, Omaha, Neb., is a proven leader in the AEC industry with diverse project experiences and immense community involvement and mentoring at both the high school and collegiate level. Within his first five years at LEO A DALY, Curtis was appointed to associate. As a catalyst for various process improvements and design solutions to LEO A DALY, Curtis has demonstrated leadership and accountability in both his design and service/stewardship. He has co-authored an engineering article for Modern Steel Construction magazine and has participated in several speaking engagements. Curtis is responsible for designing and coordinating various forms of building types, each with their own respective building code requirements. These vary from large-scale health care facilities to smaller-scale projects. Curtis is involved in several organizations including the Greater Omaha Young Professionals board of directors.

Hadi Djohan, P.E. (age 37), partner/associate, Brooker Engineering, Suffern, N.Y., has the innate ability to coordinate with other professionals while working on each project, making him stand out among his peers. He has more than 16 years of experience in the structural engineering industry. He has performed numerous structural engineering designs for residential and commercial structures throughout New York and New Jersey for single-story to high-rise structures with construction costs ranging up to $150 million. In 2011, he was recognized by the New York State Society of Professional Engineers as a “Young Engineer of the Year” based on his engineering skills and active involvement with the local chapter. Djohan is vice chair of Professional Engineers in the Construction Division of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, organizing monthly professional development seminars on various industry-related topics, as well as Engineering Week events.

Mark Erdman, P.E. (age 36), associate principal, Structura, Inc., Baltimore, began his career at Structura as a project engineer and has quickly ascended to the role of associate principal, now helping run the firm’s Baltimore office. Erdman was promoted to associate in 2007 and began to expand his role within the firm, taking on an active role in recruiting, staff management, and business development responsibilities while managing a team of engineers. In 2008, Erdman served as a guest lecturer at Marymount University and presented on the topic of Structural Considerations for Tenant Improvements. In January 2011, Structura opened a new satellite office in Baltimore. Erdman operates full-time from the office and is directly responsible for establishing a client base, project work, and staffing of that office while maintaining ongoing project, client, and staff responsibilities from the Rockville, Md., office. Also in 2011, Structura joined the Council of American Structural Engineers, with Erdman taking an active role in the CASE Toolkit Committee. 

Steven Gencorelli, P.E., LEED Green Associate (age 36), lead structural engineer, DANBRO Distributors, Philadelphia, demonstrated his worth after Superstorm Sandy hit in October 2012, when many homes suddenly needed to be raised to meet the newly established FEMA flood elevation standards. Gencorelli began working on practical house-raising designs using helical piles, both below and above grade. He has been instrumental in taking the helical pile above grade for permanent support of many Sandy-damaged homes and structures. After spending months researching and developing his innovative Sandy designs, he conducted seminars, presented papers, and assisted design professionals and contractors in actualizing the designs from start to finish. Gencorelli has assisted in the design of more than 1,000 projects since his start at DANBRO three years ago — an astonishing display of his work ethic and dedication to his craft. He not only assists other engineers with their designs, but also educates engineers through seminars and presentations. Internally, Gencorelli has taken on a leadership role to help move the company forward and become more tech-savvy. 

Deepansh Kathuria, S.E., LEED AP (age 34), associate, Miyamoto International, Los Angeles, is known in the firm’s Los Angeles office as bringing leadership and out-the-box thinking to the projects he manages. A successful team leader and problem solver, he has more than 10 years of structural engineering experience with proven ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems in ways that increase customer satisfaction while controlling costs. Kathuria directs complex structural engineering projects, which use conventional code-based and performance-based design approaches; provides in-house people management, financial management, subconsultant management, fee negotiations, and client management for projects; and manages multidiscipline construction and risk management projects, including evaluation of earthquake risk to organizations. Among other things, Kathuria served as Steering Committee chair on the Structural Engineering Association of Southern California for the 2013 Buildings at Risk Summit in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Matthew McCarty, P.E., S.E. (age 28), project engineer, Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Baltimore, has displayed exceptional dedication and technical skill, allowing him to meet compressed schedules while maintaining a reputation for the quality of his work while at Whitman, Requardt & Associates. McCarty shows a real curiosity and passion for structural engineering. His dedication to and accomplishments in the field include leadership, teaching, project design, and research work. McCarty is the current president of the Maryland chapter of SEI, and as such, has organized multiple group events and site visits. His project design experience includes extensive work on the I-95 Newark Toll Plaza project. He performed the design, analysis, and extensive construction phase duties for this project. McCarty currently is working on publishing the details for this project in Modern Steel Construction magazine. His interests in research and the advancement of the field of structural engineering include his work as a member of the ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute Dry Dock Standards Committee.

Jennifer Mustar, P.E. (age 35), senior project engineer, ICA Engineering, Greenville, S.C., is involved in project management, bridge design, and plan development for various transportation projects. Specifically, her bridge design experience includes design of single- and multiple-span bridges with prestressed concrete and structural steel spans, curved steel girders, integral end bents, pile and spread footings, and drilled shafts. She has also performed cost analyses and alternate studies, along with design and plan development for several roadway projects. Additionally, she has experience with both design-build and design-bid-build delivery methods and has worked for a variety of clients, including state departments of transportation, local municipalities, and private developers. Mustar is involved in various professional and community organizations and has been an active member of the ASCE since college. Mustar is active in the Upstate Chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) organization, serving on the board and as the chair of the Communications Committee.

Stephen Price, P.E. (age 38), executive vice president, Datum Engineers, Dallas, has not only distinguished himself as an accomplished structural engineer but also as a researcher. He has done extensive self-guided research to understand the behavior of structures for vibration performance, and has authored internal white papers, design guides, and a magazine article on the subject. As such, he has become a leader and resource for projects teams for the design of laboratories and other vibration-sensitive facilities. At Datum, Price has used a common-sense approach to solve complex problems. His sense of the behavior of structures helps him understand what is needed and how to design a solution that is both elegant and practical. As technical director at Datum, Price provides leadership and guidance to various project design teams, serves as a resource to project teams for the investigation and design of extremely complex technical projects, and researches and vets technical issues, policies, and standards.

Sonia Schink, P.E. (age 35), project engineer, Miyamoto International, West Sacramento, Calif., is an exceptional young engineer, especially in her commitment to bringing other young women into the profession. For eight years, she taught math and other engineering core classes at the American Association of University Women Tech Trek camp, a weeklong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics immersion experience for eighth-grade girls nominated to the program by their teachers. Everything about Schink — her expertise, experience, and enthusiasm for engineering — personifies the message that, “Yes, girls, you can do this!” Once an art student who had never considered engineering, Schink’s goal is to immerse girls in a world that empowers and encourages them to view themselves as future problem solvers. Schink’s projects during her more than five years of structural design include health care, commercial, retail, residential, and historic structures. She also worked in post-earthquake Haiti for several weeks, assisting Haitian engineers with the rebuilding effort. 

Yilei Shi, Ph.D., P.E. (age 35), senior structural engineer, A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc., Rockville, Md., has attained several notable accomplishments in his young career. First was his work with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, for which he developed standardized methods, materials, and specifications for structural concrete repair for the public transit system. He has done significant seismic research on innovative materials for bridge engineering. When he was a Presidential Fellow at Florida International University, Shi took part in an NSF-NEES-funded, multi-university earthquake engineering study, part of which was the seismic performance of concrete bridge substructures with fiber-reinforced polymer stay-in-place forms. This was the first study of its kind. At the end of the study, Shi published two technical papers for ASCE journals. In his tenure as a structural engineer in Beijing, China, he designed numerous high-rise and multi-story commercial and residential buildings and educational and sports facilities in the city. He contributed to the design of 2008 Beijing Olympic Game facilities such as the Olympic Village and Aquatic Park, among other structures.

Travis Soppe, P.E., S.E. (age 34), vice president, W.E. Gundy & Associates, Inc. (WEGAI), Boise, Idaho, quickly worked his way up to becoming part owner and vice president of WEGAI. As a graduate student at University of California, San Diego, he focused on earthquake/structural design and completed an extensive testing program on air flow through damaged concrete shear walls. The results of his experiments were published. Soppe has been the primary project manager at WEGAI and has overseen completion of numerous electrical distribution qualification projects. He has been integral in teaching new engineers at WEGAI in the detailed seismic and structural analysis techniques specifically developed for large-scale electrical equipment qualifications. In addition to his engineering work, he has aided in business development and marketing strategies that have helped WEGAI grow. Resulting from his specialized experience in shake table testing and finite element modeling, Soppe has given presentations and taught seminars on seismic specifications, structural design, testing, and equipment qualifications. 

Aaron White, P.E. (age 39), principal/structural engineering, design manager, Walter P Moore, Tampa, Fla., is drawn to complicated projects where he can rationalize complex geometries into efficient, cost-effective and buildable structures. With more than 16 years of experience in the design of new buildings and renovations, he specializes in large, fast-track projects and long-span structures. As Tampa design manager, he oversees the technical design portion of all projects. He also serves as a senior project manager, delivering some of the Structural Engineering Services Group’s larger projects. White served in the firm’s strategic planning committee in 2012 and chairs the Structural Engineering Services Group’s Structural Documentation Oversight Committee. White also serves on the firm’s technology advisory and steering committee. Externally, White has been visible in the technology and education arenas, serving as an engineering consultant on the Applied Technology Council’s ATC-75 and ATC-81 project teams. He is a member of the Development Task Team of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Facility Information Council. White also has presented at ASCE and NASCC conferences.


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