Sunday, November 22, 2009

Patti Engineering's Biometric Access Control System Installed at NIH

Law Enforcement Intelligent Devices will install its locker system and Biometric

Access Control System (BACS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD.  The locker system

will support the NIH's entire police force that is responsible for protecting our nation's

medical research agency.  The project is expected to be completed in

February 2010.

Developed by Patti Engineering, BACS secures, tracks

(via RFID), and provides full accountability for critical assets.  The NIH

officer's equipment and/or weapons now will be marked with an RFID chip

linked to the kiosk. The user logs into the BACS application to access

equipment by placing their finger on the biometric reader for verification.

Then the user selects the authorized equipment and/or weapon listed on the

touch screen, which is then retrieved from a secure locker.

Law enforcement departments throughout the country are using the system

to allow for full accountability of their armory and a credible history

report that links officers to their assigned equipment.  

Based in Auburn Hill, Michigan, Patti Engineering ( develops

information and electrical control systems used for retail distribution,

manufacturing plants, water/theme parks, libraries, law enforcement,

military, municipalities, waste water, food industry, ice arenas, and


Hall & Hall Engineers Hires Principal and Project Manager

Hall & Hall Engineers, a land development firm with offices in Hiawatha and Coralville, in Iowa, announces that Ken DeKeyser has joined the firm as a principal and project manager. DeKeyser will deliver public services for clients throughout eastern Iowa. President, Dick Ransom says, “He brings over fifteen years of versatile water resources and civil engineering experience, and an excellent relationship with the development community, local, and state agencies.”

DeKeyser's credentials include: certified professional in erosion and sediment control, certified floodplain manager, Professional Engineer in Iowa and Kansas, and land surveyor intern. He also has a master’s degree in civil engineering.

For more information on Hall & Hall Engineers, visit


Hall & Hall Engineers Hires Principal and Project Manager

Hall & Hall Engineers is a flexible, full service land development firm that provides a broad range of services and is proud to announce that Ken DeKeyser has joined us as a Principal and Project Manager. Mr. DeKeyser will deliver enhanced public services for our clients throughout Eastern Iowa.

President, Dick Ransom said, “We are thrilled to have Ken joining our firm. He brings over fifteen years of versatile water resources and civil engineering experience, and an excellent relationship with the development community, local, and state agencies.”

Ken is a leader in engineering for Iowa and has provided creative solutions for Municipal projects. His credentials include: Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certified Floodplain Manager, Professional Engineer in Iowa and Kansas, Land Surveyor Intern and has a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering.


Draper Aden Associates Names New CEO

The board of directors of Draper Aden Associates announced that Jeffrey Lighthiser, P.E. will assume the role of chief executive officer and president on January 1, 2010.  Bill Aden, P.E., current president and CEO, will continue to serve as chairman of the board and work full time for the firm. This change is part of a long-planned transition that has been structured to move the firm into the next generation of leadership.

Lighthiser, currently executive vice president and director of marketing and strategic growth, brings 33 years of engineering and management experience to the post. He was instrumental in establishing the Richmond office and served as office manager for 22 years. Jeff also currently holds the position of Site Planning and Engineering Division director and is a member of the board of directors.

Lighthiser is a registered professional engineer in six states and has a BS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Bill Aden, co-founder of Draper Aden Associates, will remain active with the firm in business development efforts and will take on special strategic projects for firm growth opportunities. He will continue his role in project work and mentoring.

Draper Aden Associates, founded in 1972, is an engineering, environmental, and surveying firm with offices in Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Hampton Roads, and Richmond, VA.  For more information, visit

Wilkes Scholarship Established in Honor of Late PennDOT Engineer

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers has established an endowed scholarship at Wilkes University in memory of Charles "Chuck" Mattei, former district engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Society representatives presented a $50,000 check establishing the scholarship at a recent dinner at Wilkes.

Mattei, who died in 2003, was PennDOT's District 4-0 engineer from 1986 to 2003. He was responsible for many notable projects, including the Interstate 81 interchange at Montage Mountain that was dedicated in his name. Mattei also left behind significant legacies at Wilkes and in Pennsylvania's transportation system. He was an assistant professor of environmental science and head coach of the men's lacrosse team at Wilkes for many years. His wife Dwaine Mattei of Forty Fort, is a Wilkes alumna from the Class of 1974.

Dominic Yannuzzi, an engineer with the Alfred Benesch and Company office in Hazleton, has organized a golf tournament in Mattei's honor for a decade to raise funds for the scholarship. "In my involvement with the ASHE group for the last 15 years, their dream was always to help engineering students in northeastern Pennsylvania," Yannuzzi says. "Every June, other volunteers and I put our hearts into this annual event," he continues. "We know and respected Chuck. It is a wonderful tribute to Chuck's legacy and the dedication he had to northeastern Pennsylvania. It was perfectly clear that the scholarship in the name of Chuck Mattei represented the group's dream."

First established in 2005, The Charles Mattei Scholarship has provided two $1,250 scholarships annually to Wilkes students pursuing engineering degrees. Wilkes President Tim Gilmour said the endowed scholarship will benefit generations of students. "We are extremely grateful to the American Society of Highway Engineers for their commitment to Mr. Mattei's memory and to our students," Gilmour says.

Recipients of The Charles Mattei Scholarship must demonstrate strong academic performance with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and show evidence of service to the community and others. Students from northeastern Pennsylvania are given special consideration in awarding the scholarship.

Engineering Resource Associates Acquires Champaign-Based Structural Engineering Firm

Engineering Resource Associates (ERA), a 20-year-old, civil engineering, surveying, and environmental science consulting firm, has acquired Frauenhoffer and Associates, PC, a structural engineering consultant based in Champaign, Illinois. Frauenhoffer and Associates has served clients throughout northern and central Illinois for nearly 30 years. The acquisition will further strengthen ERA’s structural design capabilities and will accommodate growth throughout the Midwest. Rodney Beadle, PE, ERA’s founder and president says, “The acquisition of Frauenhoffer and Associates will position our firm to continue to grow as the economy recovers.”


ERA and Frauenhoffer Associates have collaborated extensively on numeroul projects. The similar culture of the two firms and the staff’s familiarity will accommodate successful integration and ensure consistency of service. John Frauenhoffer, PE, SE will serve as ERA’s director of structural engineering services in the Champaign office.


The acquisition enhances ERA’s capabilities in providing structural design, structural inspections, and forensic investigations in conjunction with established offerings in the areas of stormwater management, transportation engineering, environmental design, and land surveying. The new team will include professional engineers, structural engineers, certified floodplain managers, professional wetland scientists, LEED accredited professionals, and land surveyors.


Engineering Resource Associates has offices in Warrenville, Geneva, Chicago and Champaign, IL. For more information, call (630) 393-3060 or visit

ACEC Names Two Langan Engineers 2009 Young Professionals of the Year

Two of the five engineers named by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) as 2009 “Young Professionals of the Year” work at Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, a site development engineering and environmental consulting firm. This national awards competition program strives to promote the accomplishments of young engineers by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on society. To be eligible to compete in ACEC’s highly selective application process, nominees must have a degree in engineering and be 30 years of age or younger.


Walter (Kyle) Bogardus, P.E., an assistant project manager at Langan in New Haven, Connecticut, is responsible for the oversight of the production of conceptual, permitting, and construction documents for a wide variety of site development projects. A civil engineer with a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel, he specializes in stormwater management design studies and regulatory permitting.


In addition to his civilian career, Bogardus is a captain in the United States Army Reserve, where he is currently serving as company commander of the 424th Engineer Company in Rutland, Vermont. His unit has deployed to Kuwait/Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, to Germany in support of troop construction projects, and to Niger Africa in support of the global war on terrorism.


K. Brent Gatlin, P.E., LEED AP, a senior staff engineer at Langan in New York City, has extensive water resources engineering experience and has applied “green” design to city parks, greenways, bicycle lanes, public schools, institutions, and multi-use developments. His expertise has been enhanced through his broad international experience, including performing the site design and layout of the new U.S. Embassy in Panama as well as site improvements for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and David Farragut High School in Rota, Spain. Additionally, Gatlin worked with Engineers Without Borders on the Cambodia Water Project to design and construct a new dam to provide irrigation for residents dealing with severe food shortages. He also volunteers with New York Cares to help revitalize New York City.


Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, Langan ( provides integrated site engineering and environmental consulting services for private developers, property owners, and public sector clients. Its services include site/civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering as well as landscape architecture and planning, survey/mapping, BIM-compatible 3D laser scanning, traffic/transportation, CADD/GIS, natural and cultural resources/permitting, and sustainable design consulting. Langan employs more than 500 professionals and has regional offices in New York City; Philadelphia, Bethlehem, and Doylestown, PA; New Haven, CT; Trenton, NJ; Arlington, VA; Miami and Tallahassee, FL; Las Vegas, NV, and Irvine, CA.


KS Associates Appoints Michael Malloy, P.E., to Director, Transportation Services

KS Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Elyria, Ohio, announces the appointment of Michael Malloy, P.E., to director of transportation services. Malloy will lead KS Associates' Transportation Group, a team of Professional Engineers who specialize in developing solutions for surface transportation and infrastructure projects. The Group serves state and local government agencies as well as private developers.

Malloy has more than 20 years of experience in designing new and rehabilitated roadways, interstates, bridges, intersections, and a variety of transportation-related projects. He has designed more than $60 million worth of projects and has overseen more than $200 million of work. Major project experience includes the I-90 CEI Corridor Project, the I-271 Major Bridge Widening Project over Tinkers Creek, the Central Viaduct I-90 Bridge Approach Deck, and the Main Avenue Bridge Emergency Repair.

Malloy is adept in critical facets of transportation projects, including feasibility and planning studies, stormwater design, NEPA environmental studies, traffic impact studies, maintenance of traffic (MOT), funding assistance, value engineering, and construction services. One of his specialties is bridge design and rehabilitation. While employed at ODOT District 12, Malloy was responsible for the safe and timely repair of 900 state-owned bridges. He also served as the local agency liaison, providing technical expertise and guidance to municipalities.

Malloy has a B.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ohio. Malloy is a member of the Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).

Civil Engineers Travel to Samoa to Study Effects of Earthquake and Tsunami

A technical assessment team from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recently traveled to the Samoan islands to study the impact of the September 29, 2009 earthquake and tsunami on the region’s infrastructure. The team examined the performance of systems such as drinking water and sewage, roads and power supplies; looked at the effectiveness of shore protection and coastal management efforts; and gathered information on forces and loading that could aid resilient development efforts.

The group includes representatives from the ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI):

Lesley Ewing, P.E., Team Leader, Coastal Engineer, California Coastal Commission

Jennifer L. Irish, Ph.D., P.E.; Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University

Christopher P. Jones, P.E.; Senior Engineer, Christopher P. Jones & Associates

As part of its disaster response procedure, ASCE forms technical teams to study infrastructure damage caused by natural or man-made disasters. Such studies are conducted so engineers may learn from the disaster and, perhaps more importantly, so those lessons learned may be documented to inform future actions.

ASCE has participated in more than a dozen assessments in the last decade, including studies of the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001; earthquake assessments in Italy, China, Peru, Japan, Sumatra-Andaman, Algeria, Alaska, and California; and assessments following hurricanes Katrina and Ike.

PBS&J + RS&H Team Selected as Lead Design Engineers for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport New South Runway

Broward County recently awarded the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Expansion of Runway 9R/27L project to the team led by PBS&J + RS&H. The project, an ambitious, $810 million capital improvement effort, is significant because it involves the complete reconstruction of the south runway at FLL, expanding it from 5,000 feet to over 8,000 feet in length. The complex project will span an active federal highway and railroad, require large amounts of fill, and the runway tunnel and taxiway bridges will be bid out as separate design-build projects.

“Building a new runway to meet the FAA's projections for growth is challenging,” says John Zumwalt, chief executive officer (CEO) of The PBSJ Corporation. “Broward County has chosen a team with relevant, recent experience from a project that is stunningly similar to FLL’s. Dale Stubbs, PBS&J’s engineer-of-record for the new 5th Runway at Atlanta, is the project manager for FLL. He understands the complexities of permitting, stakeholder coordination, and developing design resolutions that simplify maintenance for staff and operations for the public during construction..”

Chris Spann, PE, PBS&J national aviation business sector manager explains, “This was a project that we have been tracking for a couple of years and have been pursuing in earnest since the beginning of the year. We can draw on our experience in Atlanta to take months off of the schedule. In addition, our accomplishments in Atlanta completing a similar runway tunnel and taxiway bridge $100 million under budget will enable our team to bring cost saving measures to FLL.”

The project team is rounded out by ten other Broward County-based and small business team members. For more information about the project contact Chris Spann, PE, PBS&J national aviation business sector manager at

PBS&J ( is an employee-owned company that provides infrastructure planning, engineering, construction management, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients. RS&H ( is a facilities and infrastructure consulting firm whose market sector programs include aerospace and defense, aviation, corporate and commercial, education, health and science, public infrastructure, and transportation.

Boeing’s Marc Sheffler Receives Virginia Tech College of Engineering Service Award

In 2007, Marc Sheffler arranged for his company, Boeing, to present a $50,000 check to the Design Team Endowment Fund, founded by the Student Engineers’ Council at Virginia Tech. A few months later, he supplemented that check with another $15,000 check from Boeing for the same cause. In 2009, he presented the Student Engineers’ Council with yet another $20,000 for the Design Team Endowment.

It’s no surprise that Sheffler of Bear, DE, a 1973 aerospace engineering graduate of Virginia Tech, should receive the College of Engineering’s Distinguished Service Award. The honor was bestowed at a meeting of the College’s Committee of 100, a prestigious group of engineering graduates of Virginia Tech.

The Student Engineers’ Council began its Design Team Endowment to support the growing need for funding engineering design teams. “With Boeing’s help over the years, the council should successfully meet its phenomenal three-year goal -- reaching $500,000 by 2010; an amount that will allow the Student Engineers’ Council to grant over $20,000 each year to engineering design teams. These competitive grants ensure the success of several design teams by allowing the students to focus on and improve the quality of their projects, which reflects very well on our College of Engineering at Virginia Tech,” said Richard Benson, dean of the college as he presented the award.

“In addition to providing for the award-winning student design teams, Marc has directed $5000 to our area public school system to support Virginia Tech’s FIRST Robotics Partnership where our students work with secondary schools on a robotics competition,” Benson, the Paul and Dorothea Torgersen Chair of Engineering, added. Sheffler has also coordinated Boeing’s support for the aerospace and ocean engineering department and a number of engineering scholarships at Virginia Tech over the years.

Sheffler joined Boeing in 1973, the same year he earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech. He has worked in a variety of positions including the Comanche Air Vehicle Design project. At the time it was built, the Comanche incorporated more low-observable stealth features than any aircraft in Army history. Afterwards, Sheffler was named as an Honorary Fellow of the American Helicopter Society. He is currently Boeing’s senior manager of the Engineering Phantom Works and is located at its Philadelphia, PA office.

As Boeing’s primary point of contact with Virginia Tech, Sheffler regularly spends several days each year on campus, meeting with researchers and students. “If you ever saw one of his emails reporting on the trip, it goes to literally dozens of Boeing employees, informing them of all of the excellent research going on in our College of Engineering.  He matches our research efforts with key decision makers at Boeing,” Benson said. “And whenever, Marc comes to town, he makes time to be with our students. They have held picnics in his honor, hosted him at a local restaurant, and enjoyed several lunches with him,” the dean said.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Kipcon President Mitchell Frumkin and Energy Squared Managing Partner Allan Samuels Teach Class on "The Economics of Green Building."

President of Kipcon Inc. Mitchell Frumkin, PE, RS, CGP and Managing Partner of Energy Squared Allan Samuels, LEED AP spoke at a Half Moon educational seminar called "Economics of Green Building" recently at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Somerset, NJ.  This one day course for architects, engineers, and contractors covered the basics of green building economics, including water and energy conservation techniques.    
Frumkin first explained the basic economics of green building by showing how to use the first-cost and life-cycle-cost methods of calculating expenses to determine which green options will have the greatest return on investment.  "By plotting out a 30-year cost projection that includes initial replacement costs along with ongoing maintenance and energy costs," Frumkin explained, "one can see and compare the possible savings of various energy efficient upgrades."  
Samuels went into great detail about the initial costs and ongoing savings of energy efficient heating and cooling systems, discussing multi-stage options and the importance of correctly sizing the equipment for the job.  Similarly, he talked about the cost savings associated with energy efficient lighting designs and controls, with particular emphasis on the benefits of daylight harvesting, occupancy sensors, and dimming capabilities.  "Despite all the technological leaps that allow us to save energy on lighting," Samuels said, "simply turning the lights off remains the best way to reduce lighting costs." 
To conclude the economics of green building presentation, Samuels described modeling and simulations, a software process that allows building owners and managers to accurately calculate future energy costs and savings.  To further discuss how to maximize return on investment, Frumkin talked about green incentives, tax credits, and certifications.  Overall, the presentation offered by Frumkin and Samuels at the Half Moon Economics of Green Building seminar showed attendees how to get the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to going green.

Kipcon Inc. is a full service engineering consulting firm that provides civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical design capabilities, bidding services, contract administration, inspections, and other types of engineering reports such as reserve studies, cost segregation studies, and cost estimates.  
Energy Squared, LLC is an energy and engineering consulting firm that provides solutions and services focused on energy efficiency and sustainability.  These include energy audits, building control system design and optimization, advice and analysis of HVAC and Electrical systems, sub-metering, and analysis of possible rebates/incentives.  
For more information about Kipcon Inc. or Energy Squared, LLC, please call 800-828-4118 or visit and

PsomasFMG to Build Turnkey Solar Energy Systems

Psomas Renewables and First Management Group have joined forces to form PsomasFMG, LLC. The company provides turnkey solar solutions to public agencies and commercial entities at no cost to the client. “The solar systems that we provide substantially reduce client electricity costs, promote energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in compliance with AB32,” said Jacob Lipa, PsomasFMG Chairman, in announcing the new company.

Current federal and state solar subsidies provide a window of opportunity for turnkey solutions. According to Louis Kwiker, PsomasFMG President: “Time is of the essence to get these solar systems built without cost to the client because federal and state subsides are shrinking or will end in 2010.” Private investor funds are used to build these solar systems.  The return on this investment is derived from the federal and state subsidies and the net cash received from the sale of electricity to the public agency.

Solar energy systems can serve to lower electricity costs on a wide range of projects, from municipal facilities like water treatment plants, civic centers and bus and rail stations to schools, hospitals, major distribution centers, and shopping centers. PsomasFMG will focus on building one-megawatt and larger solar systems. Turnkey services include project conception, financing, design, installation, and operation.

Psomas Renewables, LLC and its parent company Psomas serve clients in the transportation, water/wastewater, and public, private and institutional site development markets.  The Psomas companies’ renewable energy project slate includes municipal facilities such as water plants, reservoirs, and pump stations as well as assisting several communities with their overall power needs. Psomas will provide engineering consulting services and program/construction management to PsomasFMG, based in Los Angeles. For more information visit  or call 213-223-1470.

FMG will provide financial and management expertise to PsomasFMG. For more information, visit

Bowyer-Singleton Announces LEED AP Staff

Bowyer-Singleton & Associates (BSA) announces that Scott Stearns, P.E., assistant director of civil engineering, Nicole Stalder, P.E., project manager, and Kevin Hebert, P.E., regional office manager (Jacksonville), have achieved Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) accreditation in the specialty of Building Design + Construction.  LEED accreditation is managed by the Green Building Certification Institute and demonstrates an individual’s knowledge and expertise of the LEED Green Building rating system.  BSA has designed a number of projects with LEED-certified buildings in the municipal, office, educational, and mixed use markets.


Established in Orlando in 1972, BSA provides services in civil engineering, transportation engineering, environmental sciences, and surveying and mapping to land developers, transportation agencies, government agencies, engineering firms, and building and property owners throughout Florida.  The firm is headquartered in Orlando with regional offices in DeLand, OcalaPanama City Beach, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. Visit

Sewall and Reed & Reed Deliver Wind Projects on Difficult Terrain in Maine

James W. Sewall Company and Reed & Reed are helping develop wind energy projects on some of the toughest terrain in the eastern United States—the mountains of Maine. Under contract to wind developer First Wind, Sewall and Reed & Reed have teamed to deliver the largest operating commercial-scale wind farm in New England, the $100 million, 57-megawatt wind farm on Stetson Mountain. Sewall and Reed & Reed previously worked together on the $55 million, 42-megawatt wind farm on Mars Hill, the first commercial-scale wind farm in Maine. A third project, TransCanada’s $320 million, 132-megawatt project on Kibby Mountain, is under way and slated for completion in October 2010.

Built on mountain ridgelines up to 3,650 feet in elevation, with variances in elevation of over 1,000 feet, all three projects have presented unique design and construction challenges, including building access roads for transporting 120,000-pound turbines and 440-ton cranes with 300 feet of boom. Steep terrain, rocky soil, wetlands, and extremes of weather have added complexity to the development effort. The resulting product is nevertheless elegant in its simplicity—230 megawatts of clean, renewable energy that will power up to 100,000 homes annually. Currently, the Mars Hill and Stetson Mountain wind farms produce enough clean energy to power approximately 43,500 homes.

Sewall, headquartered in Old Town, Maine, has provided civil site design and permitting services for all three projects, and aerial mapping and surveying for two of them. The company is also engaged in seven additional wind projects in Maine, Vermont, and West Virginia, providing civil site design, permitting, aerial mapping and surveying, and siting analysis support using GIS and web-based technologies.

Reed & Reed, located in Woolwich, Maine, is the EPC contractor on the Mars Hill, Stetson, and Kibby projects, providing excavation and construction of the foundations and installation of towers and electrical collector systems. Reed & Reed also built the 4.5-megawatt Beaver Ridge wind farm in Maine, now in operation. Currently the two firms are working together in the pre-construction phase of other planned wind projects in New England.

Founded in 1880, Sewall is an integrated team of geospatial, engineering and natural resource consultants who partner with clients to create practical, sustainable solutions. In the last 10 years, Sewall’s offerings have expanded to include traffic, environmental and structural engineering and web-based GIS and portal technologies. For more information, contact Patrick Graham, PE, director of project development, 207-827-4456,, or visit

Founded in 1928, Reed & Reed performs construction services for public and private clients, from complex cable-stayed bridges to industrial facilities, marine terminals to wind farms, commercial and institutional buildings to pile driving, parking garages to environmental remediation. For more information, contact Patrick DeFilipp, PE, senior project manager, 207-443-9747, or visit

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Engineers Among Eight New Vice Presidents Named by MACTEC

MACTEC Engineering and Consulting (MACTEC) has promoted Allen J. Ikalainen, Jeff R. Keaton, Michael D. Sufnarski, and Nelson Walter to vice president.

Snapshot bios:

Allen J. Ikalainen, P.E.

Ikalainen is based in the firm's Wakefield, MA office and spearheads operations for three of MACTEC's New England offices. He has more than 30 years experience in both the private sector and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His background includes program/project management and engineering assignments related to remediation of contaminated sediments, waste site cleanup, and dredge/fill issues. Ikalainen has a M.S. in environmental engineering from Northeastern University and a B.S. in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Jeff R. Keaton, Ph.D.

Keaton is based in MACTEC's Los Angeles office and joined the firm in 2005. For almost 40 years, he has provided consulting engineering geology services for a variety of clients and projects on five continents. Keaton specializes in quantifying hazardous natural processes for siting and design. Keaton is licensed as a geologist and engineer in several western states, including Alaska. He earned his Ph.D. in geology from Texas A&M University, his M.S. in engineering (soil mechanics) from UCLA, and his B.S. in geological engineering from the University of Arizona.

Michael D. Sufnarski, P.E.

Sufnarski joined MACTEC in 2003 and has served as operations manager and business unit leader of the engineered construction group. He was promoted to Charlotte office manager in April 2008. Sufnarski has more than 17 years experience in both the public and private sectors. He served for over a decade as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, leading disaster-recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Recently, Sufnarski managed three nuclear safety-related projects involving geotechnical, geophysical, environmental, and laboratory testing services. Sufnarski is a registered Professional Engineer in both North Carolina and Texas, and is LEED™ accredited. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a M.S.E. in environmental and water resources engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Nelson Walter, P.E., LEP, LSP

Based in Portland, ME and with MACTEC since 1986, Walter previously served as senior principal project manager. He is an environmental and site specialist who has been able to bring regulatory closure to several of the nation's most complex remediation projects. Walter's technical background includes expertise in chemical and radiological contamination. He has managed multimillion-dollar projects from site investigation through engineering study to joint MEC-MDC design/build and cleanup. Walter holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a frequent contributor at events related to chemical and radiological programs and trends.

MACTEC (, based in Alpharetta, GA, is a consulting, engineering, and construction firm focused on five strategic business lines: Industrial/Commercial, Federal, Municipal, Energy, and Transportation. With annual revenues of more than $490 million, MACTEC's 3,000-plus employees work from more than 80 offices nationwide.

2rw Conducts Energy Audit of NASA Goddard/Greenbelt

2rw energy engineers conducted an energy survey of NASA Goddard/Greenbelt facilities in support of an Energy Performance Contract.  The 2rw survey team was responsible for the mechanical systems, including air handlers and air distribution systems, controls, utility metering, ground source heat pumps, and energy innovation. 2rw engineers conducted site surveys at twelve buildings, including the facility that houses the Hubbell Space telescope service bay. The scope of work also included commissioning three facilities. 


Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, 2rw is a mechanical, plumbing, and electrical engineering firm that specializes in sustainable design and development of energy reduction strategies.

ARCADIS Attracts Top Construction Claims Talent in California

ARCADIS, the international consulting and engineering company, today announced the hire of William Broz, PE, LEED AP as operations manager in the Construction Claims Services department of the firm. Broz will operate out of the Los Angeles area.


With more than 30 years of design, construction and claims experience, Broz has a robust background in estimating and controlling design costs for major capital projects, including design-build projects in the $50 million+ range.

A registered professional engineer in California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Massachusetts, Broz earned his B.S. in engineering at the University at Washington and his M.B.A. in economics at Seattle University. Broz has considerable experience designing systems for energy efficiency, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects at Gold award levels.  Broz is a LEED 2.0 Accredited Professional and is also experienced in facility life-cycle costing.


Before joining ARCADIS, Broz was a vice president and general manager at CTG Forensics, a provider of forensic engineering and construction claims services. His primary responsibilities at ARCADIS will include oversight of the company’s California operations of the Construction Claims Services practice. Broz will report directly to Joe Seibold, executive vice president in the Los Angeles office.


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Monday, September 7, 2009

Gary Neuwerth Marks 40 Years with Dewberry

Gary Neuwerth, Ph.D., PE, an engineer who has directed many civil infrastructure and building projects and leads one of the nation’s largest teams of engineers and environmental specialists, recently marked his 40th anniversary with Dewberry. Neuwerth is president of the northeast operations of Dewberry, with nine locations and nearly 500 employees.


Neuwerth began as a computer programmer in the firm’sNew Jersey office in 1969. He rose steadily through the Dewberry organization, assuming the management of the company’s New York City office in 1989 and serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the entire northeast operations beginning in 1999. By the year 2000, he had been named president of the northeast operations, where he continues today to oversee the work of diverse professional teams in New JerseyNew YorkConnecticutMassachusetts, andPennsylvania.


Neuwerth holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. Through the years he has managed many landmark projects for the firm, including:


§         Rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway

§         Inspection of 450 Bridges for the New York State Department of Transportation

§         Rehabilitation of Long Island’s Northern State Parkway

§         Rehabilitation of Seven Bridges over the Cross BronxExpressway

“I’ve never considered any other career,” says Neuwerth. “I’ve been able to see a correlation between my efforts and the firm’s success, which is rewarding, and I’ve had the chance to help other engineers grow in their careers as well.”


Dewberry is a 2,000-person professional services firm, specializing in infrastructure engineering, architecture and building engineering, and management and consulting services. Established in 1956, the firm has more than 40 locations nationwide, with headquarters in FairfaxVirginia. The firm’s major clients include several state departments of transportation, turnpike authorities, transit and railroad agencies, port authorities, and major government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Dewberry also serves many clients in higher education, development, healthcare, and private industry. For more information, visit

Bonestroo Continues Support of APWA Student Mentorship program

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Chicago Metropolitan Chapter’s student mentorship program continues to thrive, two years after its creation by Bonestroo’s Bill Dinchak, PE, BCEE.  Dinchak, a business development manager in Bonestroo’s Libertyville, IL office and longtime member of APWA, developed the mentorship program to help students interested in public works professions gain exposure to the field.

The APWA student mentorship program is directed to college and university students enrolled in public works-related degree programs, including engineering, construction management, computer-aided drafting and design (CADD), landscape architecture, and urban planning. The mentorship program provides students with the opportunities and tools needed to achieve career goals, including development of a professional contacts network, observance of engineering and public works professionals on the job, and internship and scholarship opportunities.

To date, 50 APWA members have volunteered to present panel-formatted mentorship programs to local colleges and universities. The presentation format allows for question and answer sessions and interaction between mentors and students. Mentorship programs have been presented at Northern Illinois University, the College of Lake County, and Elgin Community College.  As a result of a successful first round, both the College of Lake County and Elgin Community College have scheduled repeat engagements.

Additional presentations have been scheduled for McHenry County College, Oakton Community College, the Illinois Institute of Technology and Triton College. Dinchak’s goal is to present the mentorship program at all of the representative Chicago-area colleges and universities, and assist as many students as possible. 

Along with regional support, the APWA student mentorship program has attracted national attention.  APWA headquarters in Kansas City invited Dinchak to present the program via webinar broadcast to APWA chapters throughout the country; this webinar took place in February.  Dinchak will also be presenting the program at the 2009 APWA International Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on September 14. As this program is the first of its type in APWA’s history, chapter representatives throughout the country have been contacting Dinchak for information and guidance on starting programs in their own jurisdictions.

Bonestroo is a full-service engineering, planning, and environmental science firms, providing solutions to the government, private, energy, and industrial markets. Service areas include municipal infrastructure, water, wastewater, transportation, water and natural resources, land development, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, building engineering, and sports and recreation. Bonestroo’s recent merger with Northern Environmental enables the firm to provide additional services in compliance and industrial hygiene, property assessment and brownfield redevelopment, and contaminant investigation and remediation.

Headquartered in St. Paul, MN, Bonestroo has offices in Libertyville and Northbrook, IL; Milwaukee, Elkhorn, Crivitz, Green Bay, Park Falls, and Waupun, WI; Rochester and St. Cloud, MN; Cedar Rapids, IA; and Houghton, MI.  (

Chandler/May Acquires Controlling Share of AeroMech Engineering

Chandler/May, an integrator of unmanned systems and command

and control computing systems, announced they have acquired a

controlling share of AeroMech Engineering, an engineering services

and manufacturing firm supporting the unmanned aircraft systems

(UAS) market.

AeroMech Engineering, located in San Luis Obispo, CA,

provides engineering services in the areas of aeronautical,

mechanical, and manufacturing as well as metallic and

composite fabrication services. As a manufacturing support

contractor to major primes, AeroMech has delivered over 1000

fully autonomous UAS's of varying types ranging from a 4-pound

battery powered aircraft to a 150-pound jet-powered aircraft,

as well as many components of UAS and military command and

control applications, including payloads, targets, and

software systems.

Based in Huntsville, AL, Chandler/May (

designs, integrates, and manufactures tactical computing and

electronic systems for military and rugged applications,

including the integration of high-end processing systems

into tactical shelters and other rugged enclosures.

"AeroMech Engineering's significant engineering and

production capability completes our offering and makes

Chandler/May a full-service provider in nearly every aspect

of the UAS market, including ground stations, payloads, and

airframes," said Jay Chandler, co-founder and Sr. Vice

President of Chandler/May, Inc. "They also bring a

substantial software production capability to our company and

significant intellectual property."

Holly Montague Becomes Certified Traffic Control Design Specialist

Holly Montague, PE, recently became an American Traffic Safety Service Association (ATSSA)-certified Traffic Control Design Specialist.  This certification meets the new Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Advance Work Zone Traffic Control Training requirements for designers of Temporary Traffic Control Plans.  A transportation engineer in Burgess & Niple’s (B&N) Dulles, Virginia office, Montague has more than 16 years of experience in roadway design, including numerous projects for VDOT and other state and local transportation agencies. 


Montague joined B&N in 1998.  Her expertise includes preliminary and final design of rural and urban roadways, intersection and parking design, maintenance of traffic plans, public hearing coordination, and final construction plans. Montague graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2003.


B&N is a full-service engineering and surveying firm with 21 offices across the nation.  The firm’s mid-Atlantic offices are located in Chantilly, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Woodbridge, Virginia; and Rockville, Maryland.

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Cardno TBE Moves into Larger Offices, Billy Moore Joins Firm as Senior Project Engineer/Manager

Cardno TBE, a full-service civil/environmental engineering and consulting firm, has relocated its office on into expanded facilities at 12030 Lakeland Blvd, Suite 105 in Baton Rouge, LA. Cardno TBE is also pleased to announce that, John W. "Billy" Moore, PE, has joined the firm as senior project engineer and manager. 

According to Jim Allen, PE, director for Cardno TBE and branch manager, “The larger office will allow us to continue to serve the expanding subsurface utilities engineering and utility coordination needs of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD), parish governments, cities, engineering consultants, and projects owners throughout the area. The original office opened in 2004.

Moore will be responsible for the planning, implementation and management of all subsurface utility engineering and utility coordination projects throughout Louisiana and Arkansas. Prior to joining Cardno TBE, Mr. Moore was the manager of utility relocation for the joint venture firm responsible for the $100 million of utility relocations as part of the $4 billion LA DOTD Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) program. “Moore also previously served as design engineer or project manager for over $8 million of utility relocation projects for the utility companies in four different DOTD districts through Louisiana,” says Allen. Moore is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana and holds bachelor and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Louisiana Technical University in Ruston.

Cardno TBE, a member of the Cardno family of companies, offers a full range of consulting, design, engineering and construction services, including civil, environmental, transportation planning and design, right-of-way acquisition/relocation, subsurface utility engineering, surveying and mapping, 3-D underground imaging, and utility coordination. Cardno TBE is headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and has more than 40 offices serving clients in the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom. Visit us at

Thomas Pellarin Joins Peter R. Brown Construction

Thomas Pellarin, PE, has joined Peter R. Brown Construction (Peter Brown) as vice president of business development. Pellarin is transitioning from a 20-year career with sister company PBS&J, where he most recently served as part of the company’s Transportation Service’s Executive Committee.

Peter Brown President Judy Mitchell states, “Tom will help us both build a stronger presence and identify construction opportunities within central Florida, particularly in the higher-education marketplace. He will help us identify potential construction opportunities through PBS&J, which has a very strong presence in the southeastern U.S. And we will count on him to help Identify resources and talents within PBS&J for teaming opportunities.” He will also assist Peter Brown with the company’s continued efforts in the federal marketplace, helping them build on the reputation PBS&J enjoys in that market.

Pellarin’s career at PBS&J has been varied, including division manager, national service director for civil, deputy service manager for facilities, Florida state director, and central Florida district director. He was a senior vice president with PBS&J and a member of that company’s board of directors from 1998 to 2006.

Pellarin is located in the Orlando office and can be reached at 407.806.4277 or

Peter R. Brown Construction ( provides comprehensive construction management and design-build services to public and private clients throughout the southeastern United States, with more than 150 employees in 11 offices throughout Florida and Georgia.