Monday, August 25, 2014

Lauren Isaac rejoins Parsons Brinckerhoff as manager of sustainable transportation

Lauren Isaac has been named manager of sustainable transportation in the San Francisco, California office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, a global infrastructure strategic consulting, engineering, and program/construction management organization.
In her new position, Isaac works with transportation organizations to help advance strategies, practices, and technologies to meet current and future transportation needs through approaches such as transportation demand management, improved asset management practices, and alternate transportation modes. As part of this role, she is serving as Parsons Brinckerhoff’s project manager for the Bay Area’s 511 Rideshare program.
Isaac previously served as director of business relations at Alta Bicycle Share in San Francisco, responsible for leading business development, marketing, and sponsorship activities. From 2006 to 2013, she was manager of transit effectiveness and management at Parsons Brinckerhoff, serving as project manager or task leader on transportation industry consulting engagements throughout North America. She also co-founded and served as chief executive officer of Next Insight Transportation Software, a transportation software company developing solutions for transit agencies.
Isaac received master of engineering and bachelor of science degrees in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University. She is a member of the American Public Transportation Association, Women’s Transportation Seminar, San Francisco’s Market Street Railway, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
Parsons Brinckerhoff develops and operates infrastructure around the world, with approximately 14,000 employees working with clients and communities in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia-Pacific regions. The firm offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for transportation, power, mining, water/wastewater, and community development projects (

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ASME elects Draper’s Julio Guerrero as next president

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has elected Julio Guerrero to serve as its president from 2015-2016. Guerrero, an R&D and business development lead in Draper Laboratory’s Energy Systems business area, began his term as ASME president-elect in June.

Founded in 1880, ASME enables skill development, collaboration, and knowledge sharing across engineering disciplines while promoting engineering’s role in society. The organization has 130,000 members in 158 countries. “We’re thrilled to see Julio elected to a leadership role where he can help bring together the engineering community to solve real world challenges as well as groom the next generation of the technical workforce,” says Jim Shields, Draper president.

Guerrero, who has been an ASME member for more than 20 years, served as a member of its Board of Governors from 2011-2013 and as vice-chair of its Industry Advisory Board from 2008-2010. As president, he hopes to promote partnerships for technology development around the world, make the organization’s operations more efficient, and increase involvement among young engineers.

At Draper, Guerrero identifies ways to apply the lab’s expertise in sensors, controls, automation, data analytics, secure communications, and advanced communications to improve the performance, safety, and security of energy infrastructure. Prior to joining Draper in 2011, Guerrero served as a principal scientist for seven years at Schlumberger Research, where he established research collaborations on subsea and land oil operations between Schlumberger and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as well as the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. A native of Peru, Guerrero has also lectured at MIT engineering courses for 11 years and served as a member of doctoral committees at MIT and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his master's and doctoral degrees in 1995 and 1998, respectively.

Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Draper Laboratory is a not-for-profit, engineering research and development organization dedicated to solving critical national challenges in national security, space systems, biomedical systems, and energy. Core capabilities include guidance, navigation, and control; miniature low power systems; highly reliable complex systems; information and decision systems; autonomous systems; biomedical and chemical systems; and secure networks and communications. For more information, visit

Sunday, August 10, 2014

GeoDesign announces two promotions, professional engineer licensure, and expanded office location

Alan Baribault (top) and Jason Gaudette

GeoDesign has announced promotions for two employees in its Windsor, VT office and its new and expanded office location in South Burlington. Jason Gaudette, PG, LEED AP has been named senior associate. He joined the firm in 1999, was named a partner and associate in 2009, and serves as operations manager for the Windsor, VT office. Gaudette oversees a number of Vermont Agency of Transportation projects and is currently involved with expansions at Fletcher Allen Health Care and various phases at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor’s degree in geological engineering. 

Alan Baribault, who joined GeoDesign in 2011 as a staff engineer, has been promoted to project engineer and earned his Vermont Professional Engineer (PE) license. Baribault holds Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in civil engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Most recently, he has worked on the Main Street and Merchant Row bridge replacements over the Vermont Railway in Middlebury, VT. This is the first project in the State of Vermont designed and built under a construction management/general contractor delivery system. Baribault has relocated to the South Burlington office.

With the number and size of projects and staff increasing in the Burlington area, GeoDesign has announced the opening of its new and expanded office location in South Burlington.

Established in 1995, GeoDesign ( is an engineering consulting firm that handles geotechnical projects, construction engineering services, and environmental investigation and remediation projects throughout the Northeast for private clients, industry, developers, contractors, and municipalities. It has offices in Vermont, Connecticut, and New York,

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Three Dewberry projects recognized nationally

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, received three National Recognition Awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) recently. All three projects were award winners at the regional level and were then selected to represent their regions at the national level. The three projects were the U.S. Route 206 Peter J. Biondi Bypass and Superstorm Sandy Waterways Debris Removal projects, both in New Jersey, and Virginia’s I-95/I-495 Telegraph Road Interchange and Mainline Reconstruction project.
Dewberry was involved with the $236 million I-95/I-495 Telegraph Road Interchange and Mainline Reconstruction project for the past 13 years. The project, the largest single design-bid-build construction contract ever awarded by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), represents the final chapter of the $2.5 billion Woodrow Wilson Bridge Improvement project.
The U.S. Route 206 Bypass, also known as the Peter J. Biondi Bypass, in Hillsborough, New Jersey, alleviated traffic in an area with high accident rates, poor traffic flow, limited roadway width, numerous traffic signals, and frequent access points. The bypass diverts traffic around a central business district, thereby aiding the area’s transition to a town center.
The Superstorm Sandy Waterways Debris Removal project was the largest waterway debris removal in U.S. history. Dewberry planned and managed a state-level, regionally organized program to remove waterway debris from sensitive environments. In total, the firm helped remove 194 vessels and vehicles; four homes; 6,019 submerged targets; more than 100,000 cubic yards of debris; and more than 360,000 cubic yards of sediment from the state’s waterways.
Dewberry is a professional services firm providing architecture, engineering, and management and consulting services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 40 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit