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The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2017 Via Report - No. 31


Department Head’s Message

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here have been many changes taking place at Virginia Tech recently. For those who haven’t made your way to Blacksburg, the university entrance from Rt. 460 to Southgate Drive is undergoing changes and many of our students have had the opportunity to tour or work on the progress. Speaking of traveling to Blacksburg, our Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering Faculty that were previously located in the National Capital Region will be located on our Blacksburg campus starting this semester. We also welcomed Dr. Julia Ross as dean of the College of Engineering in July. While Virginia Tech is constantly changing and improving, one thing remains the same: our exceptional students and faculty in the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Once again it is our pleasure to present the annual edition of the Via Report. I know that the Via family would be proud of the work these students are doing and their service to society in general. This year’s class is one of the largest in the program’s history. I hope you enjoy the excellent articles on several of the outstanding research efforts that are in progress within the department. Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to interact with the Via Scholars when you visit campus, through professional activities, or as future employers. Of course, the success of our incredible students who are making an impact in the classroom and beyond, wouldn’t be possible without exceptional faculty to lead them along the way. This semester, we will be adding three new faculty to our outstanding team of educators: Alba Yerro Colom joined as an assistant professor in Geotechnical Engineering, Eric Jacques as an assistant professor in Structural Engineering and Materials, and Freddy Paige as an assistant professor in Construction Engineering and 2 • 2017 Via Report

Management. You can read more about each of them on page twelve. As you will see in the pages that follow, we have wonderful accomplishments to celebrate. Part of our celebration is certianly bittersweet. We lost our dear friend and colleague, Tom Grizzard, in June following a tragic accident. I hope you find the article highlighting his lifetime of accomplishments inspirational. Through our tears and sorrow, we truly celebrate a life welllived. I’m looking forward to another exciting year and, once again, thank you for your support. I’d like to give a special thanks to all of our alumni, friends and colleagues who have generously supported the department. These gifts are helping to develop a new generation of engineers ready to invent the future and improve the world we live in. Please visit cee.vt.edu and join us on Facebook and Twitter to follow the latest news and research going on in the department.

With kind regards,

Sam Easterling Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design and Department Head


Table of Contents Note from the Department Head.................................................................................2

Commitment to Clean Water......................................................................................4 Student News..................................................................................................................6 Undergraduate Scholarships.........................................................................................................6 Graduate Scholarships..................................................................................................................7 Ph.D. degrees awarded.................................................................................................................8 Faculty............................................................................................................................9

CEE Faculty by Program Area.........................................................................................9 Faculty Honors and Achievements.................................................................................10 New Faculty...................................................................................................................12

Alumni Board....................................................................................... .......................11 Program Areas........................................................................................................13

Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management Program.....................................13 Environmental and Water Resources Program...............................................................17 Geotechnical Program...................................................................................................24 Structural Engineering and Materials Program..............................................................29 Transportation Infrastructures and Systems Engineering Program................................34

Research News........................................................................................................15

Tripp Shealy....................................................................................................................15 Peter Vikesland...............................................................................................................22 Nina Stark.......................................................................................................................27 Roberto Leon..................................................................................................................32

Via Scholars.........................................................................................................36 Via Alumni: Where are they now? .............................................................................48 Via Donors............................................................................................ ......................60

Department Head.......................................................................W. Samuel Easterling Editor and Designer....................................................................Courtney Sakry Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genertic information, or veteran status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or any other basis protected by law.

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ommitment to clean drinking water

Timeline of Events

Many of us do not think about where our drinking water comes from. As you take a sip, do you wonder how that water was transformed from rain water or wastewater to safe drinking water in your glass? Probably not. Most do not think about the many processes it goes through to get to our homes. The Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML) is focused on just that. The lab is responsible for determining the suitability of reclaimed water for indirect discharge into a public water supply. They also provide information required for the consideration of alternative treatment practices at the water reclamation plant and water data for use in finding cost-effective ways to control the nonpoint sources of pollution. The Occoquan Watershed is located in northern Virginia on the southwestern periphery of the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Early in the 1960’s, urban growth began to reach to the Occoquan Watershed and a number of wastewater treatment plants were constructed to address the increases in discharge of domestic wastes to the receiving waters of the Occoquan Reservoir. During the next several years, the reservoir became an irreplaceable resource for the citizens of northern Virginia and it became clear that additional steps would be needed to ensure the long-term viability of the reservoir as a public water supply. In 1971, the Occoquan Policy was adopted to include recognition that an indirect re-use of

1957

Construction of Occoquan High Dam

1950

Low Dam constructed by Alexandria Water Company

reclaimed water would become the operational norm in the Occoquan Watershed with extraordinary measures being taken to protect public health. The policy also established a requirement of an entity for the purpose of water quality surveillance and evaluation. Authority was given to create an independent facility to conduct the required monitoring with funds contributed by the principal water purveyor and the counties and cities in the basin. The OWML was born. The laboratory began its onsite operations in 1972. It is the primary monitor of water quality in the streams and lakes in the watershed, and provides information and technical support to local jurisdictions and the water supply and reclamation entities. Since that time, the lab has been successful in building a hydrologic and water quality data acquisition and analysis system that has formed the basis of regional watershed management decision-making for decades. The lab monitors the Occoquan and Potomac Rivers to understand pollution in the rivers, develop clean water regulations, and improve overall water quality. In fact, OWML has developed a comprehensive database of water quality in the Occoquan Basin, which has been instrumental in making determinations in a number of areas which have proven to be critical to the ongoing management of water quality. The extensive dataset is used in the Occoquan model, a complex water quality and quantity model of the watershed and its two reservoirs, which can be used to predict the change in water quality due to changes in land use. “The OWML has been an invaluable partner to the Department

1968

Work on T. Nelson Elliott Dam for Lake Manassas and moratorium on sewage connection

1967

Ownership of Occoquan reservoir transferred ot Fairfax County Water Authority

1969

1971

Occoquan Policy adopted and Lake Manassas dam completed

Study by Mercalf and Eddy to develop a management plan for the surface waters of the basin

1972

Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory begins


of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in monitoring and protecting not just the waters of the Occoquan Watershed, but all of the Commonwealth’s waters in northern Virginia,” said Thomas Faha, Regional Director for DEQ in northern Virginia. “We have worked closely with the OWML since its inception in the 1970s and the data from the lab is used extensively to support water quality assessments and regulatory decisions.” In 1974, while still a Ph.D. student, Thomas J. Grizzard joined the civil and environmental engineering department as director of the OWML and remained in that position for 40 years prior to his retirement in 2014. “The Lab, under Tom, produced some seminal research and also developed monitoring and sampling techniques which are in common use today. It was done quietly and Tom never was one to grab for glory in leading those things to happen” said Adil Godrej, the current Director of OWML. The laboratory started as a small place but grew into a facility with nationwide recognition. “At the time I worked there, the lab consisted of us and about six other employees located in a strip mall in Manassas Park,” remembers Barry Weand who served as Associate Director of the OWML under Grizzard in the 1980’s. Weand and Grizzard were also instrumental in establishing the graduate program for environmental engineering in the National Capital Region. The success of the OWML can greatly be attributed to Grizzard’s leadership. With the growing population and the increased number of stakeholders, “he met the challenge,” noted Weand. “He not only had the technical training, but he was a hands-on supervisor who would go to the field to help build monitoring stations.” The laboratory’s services continue to grow. Today, Fairfax Water’s Occoquan and the Potomac plants together supply water to a population of 1.3 million people.

1977-1982

Occoquan Basin Computer Model

1982-1994

Occoquan Basin Computer Model modified for UOSA

In memoriam:

Thomas J. Grizzard Thomas J. Grizzard, Jr., professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering and former director of the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory (OWML), passed away earlier this summer. He was an expert in the urban water cycle and a dedicated member of the Virginia Tech community. He received all three degrees from Virginia Tech before going on to work as professor and director of the OWML for 40 years. His teaching, research, and outreach have contributed to the sustainability of the urban landscapes in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. He was also responsible for introducing graduate education in civil and environmental engineering to the National Capital Region (NCR), where he was the longest-serving member of the College of Engineering faculty in the NCR. During that time, he taught more than 1,000 students in environmental engineering and science and advised more than 200 master’s degree and Ph.D. students.

2002 - 2004

1987

OWML picks up modeling efforts and expands to 54MGD

UOSA expansion to 27MGD

1993-1995

UOSA expansion to 32MGD. Infaltable dam added on Lake Manassas

1994-2012

PC model using HSPF and later CE-QUAL-W2 (various versions)


Undergraduate Scholarships Andrew ‘Tripp’ McDavid Memorial Scholarship Gregory House Balzer and Associates Scholarship Joshua Larson Biscotte Scholarship Samuel Goode Rebecca King Charles and Patricia Brown Scholarship Darko Stanisic Genevieve Davis Charles S. Hughes Scholarship Hunter Ingram John Chu Chelsey A. Godfrey Scholarship Elliot Odio CE Alumni Board Scholarship Darko Stanisic August Zemaitis Ahmad Salous Emily Garbera Mary Douglas CE Class of ‘58 Scholarship Nina Kempic Zachary McIntyre Samuel Winter Jeffrey Hardy Dennis and Sherry Kamber Scholarship Kelvin Prempeh Jeval Walters Dewberry Scholarship Angela Teko Donald and Mary Wiebke Scholarship Elizabeth Zeigler Doug and Laurie Fahl Family CEE Excellence Scholarship Laura Nicaise Samuel Goode Everett Carter Memorial Scholarship Connell Smith Frederick ‘Fritz’ Hoffman ‘13 Scholarship Jesse Neighbour Harry S. And Patsy B. Williams Scholarship Margaret Wilcher Erin Hrovatic

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George A. Stewart Scholarship Adrianna Weber Jarrett Bullano Sarah Busch Christopher Osterhout Ryan Stevens Kevin Blacka Robert Wallace Eric Bianchi Sunil Divakar Qinying Zha Hersie B. & Ethel G. McCauley Scholarship Stefany Flores Emma Walsh J. Stuart Franklin, Jr. Civil Engineering Scholarship Samantha Srinivasan Benjamin Meseroll Jacob Golub Christopher Klemmtz Daniel Ott James L. Bland Civil Engineering Scholarship Louis Hatcher John DeBell Scholarship Jesse Neighbour John E. Pruitt, Jr. Scholarship Beth Demyanovich Joseph & Jane Christenbury Memorial Scholarship Kylie Gish Kelso Baker Scholarship Kase Poling Dante Coronado Alex Rodriguez Jack Popelka Kenneth R. Ayers ‘80 Memorial Scholarship Dan Peets Marcella Kaplan Kenton & Liliana Meland Scholarship Grant Huchel Lewis John Turner and William Scot Dewhirst Scholarship William Cole Louis Hatcher Lois Cox and Edna Goodwin Scholarship

Doug Belcik Michael Baker Corporation Engineering Scholarship Stefan Moldoveanu Newport News Shipbuilding Scholarship Philip Gotthelf Ralph P. Hines ‘59 Scholarship Nicholas Alley Richard Quarterman Scholarship Sterling Lamm Stanley and Francis Cohen Scholarship Clement Aboagye Boateng Jonathan Epperson Kyle Hogan Stantec Award for Excellence in Education Scholarship Adam Dandridge Molly Thomson Vecellio Scholarship William Cole Dante Coronado Louis Hatcher Robert Wallace Margaret Wilcher Tanner Keen Brian Maloney (CEM) Jonathan Roach (CEM) Verne and Jewel Williamson Scholarship Lauren Epps Virginia Concrete Scholarship Sayed Rohani Kevin Kumordzie Walter W. Duncan ‘51, Maryruth Duncan, and Frank R. Turner ‘72 Civil Engineering Scholarship Sean Kaufman Daniela Charles Adam Caretti Warren F. Cline Scholarship Philip Gotthelf Melissa Joye Williams A. Joyner Scholarship Paul Miller Williams Industries Scholarship Cassidy Moran Julia Cadman William A. Caruthers Scholarship Kelsie McKenna Emma Helfrich


Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Abel Wolman Doctoral Fellowship (AWWA) Emily Garner American Institute of Steel Construction’s Education Foundation Scholar Jonathan Paquette Brian R. Bluhm Memorial Fellowship Thomas Westfall Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Capital Chapter Scholarship Award Yasaman Shahtaheri Davenport Leadership Scholar Deborah McGlynn Dominion Power Chase Altizer Edna Bailey Sussmann Award Taylor Bradley Julia Byrd Ellen Weiner Zhenyu Wu Wenchun Yao Dian Zhang Edward L. Beale Fellowship Arman Izadi Fulbright Fellowship Daniel Linares Muhammad Mumtaz Martin Scavone Carlos Vega-Naranjo

Hampton Roads Sanitation District Nicholas Benn Matt Blaire Peter Buehlmann Meredith Bullard Cody Campolong Jayesh Charthal Alexandria A. Gagnon Lu Guan Samantha Hogard Tim Kent Stephanie Klaus Xiaojin Li Jeff Nicholson Allison Partin Robert Pearce Prarthana Pradhan Kathryn Printz Ramola Vaidya

New Horizon Graduate Scholarship Marian Alicea Maria Amaya Sergio Ballivain Taylor Bradley Haniyyah Chapman Emma Coleman Benjamin Davis Matthew Ferby Antonio Fuentes Julie Paprocki Jeannie Purchase Sasha Redmon Freddie Salado Martinez Katherine Santizo Kristin Ulmer Kenneth Velez-Rodriguez

Ann N. and Thomas N. Hunnicutt, III Fellowship Sogand Mohammad Hasanzadeh

Pratt International Study Abroad Fellowship Mahdi Bahrampouri

Pratt Engineering Fellowship Milad Abedi John A. and Natalie J. Hawkins Fellowship Luigi Fabrizio Meroni Taylor Sisti Yang Song

Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP) Wooyung Jung (Biobuild) Craig Powers (BioTrans) Armir Rahimi-Golkhandan (BioBuild) Yan Wang (BioBuild) Marjorie Willner (SuN) Wenchuo Yao (Water INTERFace) Shiqiang Zou (Water INTERFace)

Global Perspectives Scholarship Marian Alicea Rebekah Martin Julio Roa

Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) Carlos Mantilla-Pena

G.V. Loganathan Memorial Fellowship Anmol Haque

National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellows Marian Alicea Haniyyah Chapman Nora Harris Ayella Maile-Moskowitz

Matthew Gwaltney Memorial Fellowship YingLei Huang

NSF Research Traineeship Fellow (DESE) Huthaifa Ashqar

Raymond and Madeline Curry Fellowship Raul Avellaneda Ramirez Ishi Keenum Tau Beta Pi Scholarship Michael Bennett Terracon Fellowship Amrit Bhattarai Thomas Kennedy Angela Saade Vecellio Fellowship Yasaman Shahtaheri Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowship Duc Nguyen Duc Tran Vietnam Education Foundation Duc Tran Virginia Sea Grant Graduate Scholarship Yi Liu Virginia Tech Diversity Scholarship Freddie Salado-Martinez Katherine Santizo Walts Fellowship Nicholas Benn

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Ph.D. Degrees The following doctoral degrees were awarded to CEE students between Summer II 2016 and Summer I 2017. Name: Mohamed Abdelmegeed Dissertation Title: Development of Microscopic Emission Modeling for On-Road Vehicles Advisors: Hesham Rahka Name: Marcus Aguilar Dissertation Title: Regulatory and Economic Consequences of Empirical Uncertainty for Urban Stormwater Management Advisors: Randel Dymond

Name: Jeena Jayamon Dissertation Title: Seismic Performance Assessment of Wood-Frame Shear Wall Structures Advisors: Finley Charney Name: Soheil Kamalzare Dissertation Title: Effect of Stiff Column Reinforcements on Response of Loose Sandy Profiles Advisors: Guney Olgun

Name: Mohammad Khosravi Dissertation Title: Seismic Response of Structures on Shallow Foundations over Soft Clay Reinforcd Name: Ashly Cabas Mijares by Soil-Cement Grids Dissertation Title: Improvements to the Assessment of SiteAdvisors: Guney Olgun Specific Seismic Hazards Advisors: Adrian Rodriguez-Marek Name: Ardaland Khosrowpour Dissertation Title: Establishing the Need for Name: Junle Cai Tailored Energy Feedback Programs in Buildings Dissertation Title: Interactive Buckling and Post-Buckling Advisors: John Taylor Studies of Thin-Walled Structural Members with Generalized Beam Theory Name: Abdul Mancell-Egala Advisors: Cristopher Moen Dissertation Title: Development of Transitional Settling Regimen Parameters to Characterize and Name: Celso Castro Bolinaga Optimize Solids-liquid Separation Performance Dissertation Title: Numerical Simulation of the Advisors: John Novak Propogation of Fine-Grained Sediment Pulses in Alluvial Rivers Name: Brett Maurer Advisors: Panos Diplas Dissertation Title: Moving Towards and Improved Liquefaction Hazard Framework: Lessons Name: Matthew Chan Resulting From the 2010-2011 Canterbury, New Dissertation Title: Visualization, Characterization, and Zealand, Earthquake Sequence Analysis of Gold Nanoparticles Fate and Transport in Advisors: Russell Green Aqueous Porous Media Environment with Advanced Photonics Technique Name: Jacob Metch Advisor: Peter Vikesland Dissertation Title: Effects of Microbial Community Stress Response and Emerging Contaminants on Name: Atitra Chatterjee Wastewater Treatment Plants Dissertation Title: Structural System Reliability with Advisors: Amy Pruden Application to Light Steel-Framed Buildings Advisors: Cristopher Moen Name: Neda Mohammadi Dissertation Title: Sustainable Nanotechnology: Name: Rafic El Helou Urban Spatiotemporal Energy Flux Dissertation Title: Multiscale Computational Framework Advisors: John Taylor for Analysis and Design of Ultra-High Performance Concrete Structural Components and Systems Name: Mohammadreza Moharrami Gargari Advisors: Cristopher Moen Dissertation Title: Development of Novel Computational Simulation Tools to Capture the Name: Shaoqing Ge Hysteretic Repsonse and Failure of Reinforced Dissertation Title: Development of a Numberical Model to Concrete Structures under Seismic Loads Analyze the Condition of Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Advisors: Ioannis Koutromanos Pipe (PCCP) Advisors: Sunil Sinha Name: Duc Nguyen Dissertation Title: Improving PublicName: Behshad Ghadimi Private Partnership Contracts through Risk Dissertation Title: Impact of Delivery Method on Characterization, Contract Mechanisms, and Stakeholder Issues and Involvement Practices in Mega Flexibility Projects: Evidence from Fixed Crossing Case Studies Advisors: Michael Garvin Advisors: Michael Garvin Name: Maria Nieves-Melendez Name: Yilong Han Dissertation Title: Traffic-Based Framework Dissertation Title: Urban Building Networks’ Thermalfor Measuring the Resilience of Ground Energy Dynamics: Exploring, Mitigating, and Optimizing Transportation Systems under Normal and Inter-Building Effects Extreme Conditions Advisors: John Taylor Advisors: Jesus de la Garza Name: Clayton Hodges Name: Ankit Pathak Dissertation Title: Optimization of BMP Selection for Dissertation Title: Two-Stage AnMBR for Removal Distributed Stormwater Treatment Networks of UV Quenching Organic Carbon from Landfill Advisors: Randel Dymond Leachates: Feasibility and Microbial Community Name: Yucheng Huang Analyses Dissertation Title: Evaluating Pavement Response and Advisors: Amy Pruden Performance under Different Simulative Tests Advisors: Linbing Wang

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Name: Adam Phillips Dissertation Title: Large-Scale Cyclic Testing and Development of Ring Shaped - Steel Plate Shear Walls for Improved Seismic Performance of Buildings Advisors: Matthew Eatherton Name: Qingyun Ping Dissertation Title: Advancing Microbial Desalination Cell towards Practical Applications Advisors: Zhen (Jason) He Name: Qingyun Ping Dissertation Title: Advancing Microbial Desalination Cell towards Practical Applications Advisors: Zhen (Jason) He Name: William Rhoads Dissertation Title: Growth of Opportunistic Pathogens in Domestic Plumbing Building Standards, System Operation, and Design Advisors: Marc Edwards Name: Maria Riquelme Breazeal Dissertation Title: Improved Monitoring of Emerging Environmental Biocontaminants Through (nano)biosensors and Molecular Analyses Advisors: Amy Pruden Name: Mohamad Rouhnia Dissertation Title: Vertical Transport of Sediment from Muddy Buoyant River Plumes in the Presence of Different Modes of Interfacial Instabilities Advisors: Kyle Strom Name: Karla Santacruz Reyes Dissertation Title: Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil: Numerical and Mathematical Analysis of Laboratory Triaxial Compression Tests Advisors: George Filz Name: Thomas Spencer Dissertation Title: Enhanced Air Transportation Modeling Techniques for Capacity Problems Advisors: Antonio Trani Name: Melis Sutman Dissertation Title: Thermo-Mechanical Behavior of Energy Piles: Full-Scale Field Testing and Numerical Modeling Advisors: Guney Olgun Name: Min Tang Dissertation Title: In-Situ Remediation of Small Leaks in Water Pipes: Impacts of Water Chemistry, Physical Parameters and the Presence of Particles Advisors: Marc Edwards Name: Yongqian Yang Dissertation Title: Impact of Patchy Vegetation on Wave and Runup Dynamics Advisors: Jennifer Irish


Vecellio Construction Engineering and Management

Jesus M. de la Garza, Vecellio Professor and Program Coordinator Deborah E. Dickerson, Associate Professor, MLSoC Michael J. Garvin, Associate Professor Farrokh Jazizadeh Karimi, Assistant Professor Tripp Shealy, Assistant Professor Denise Simmons, Assistant Professor, MLSoC Sunil K. Sinha, Professor

Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

Andrea M. Dietrich, Professor Randel L. Dymond, Associate Professor Marc A. Edwards, Charles Lunsford Professor Daniel L. Gallagher, Professor Adil N. Godrej, Research Associate Professor (NCR) Zhen (Jason) He, Professor Erich T. Hester, Assosciate Professor Clay Hodges, Research Assistant Professor Jennifer L. Irish, Professor Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz, Assistant Professor William R. Knocke, W. Curtis English Professor and Program Coordinator John C. Little, Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor Linsey C. Marr, Professor Amy J. Pruden, W. Thomas Rice Professor Robert Paolo Scardina, Assistant Professor of Practice Kyle Strom, Associate Professor Peter J. Vikesland, Professor Zhiwu (Drew) Wang, Assistant Professor (NCR) Claire White, Assistant Professor of Practice Mark A. Widdowson, Assistant Department Head and Professor Kevin Young, Assistant Professor of Practice

Structural Engineering and Materials

Finley A. Charney, Professor W. Samuel Easterling, Department Head and Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design Matthew R. Eatherton, Assosciate Professor Madeleine M. Flint, Assistant Professor Matthew H. Hebdon, Assistant Professor Eric Jacques, Assistant Professor Ioannis Koutromanos, Assistant Professor Robert T. Leon, David H. Burrows Professor Victoria A. Mouras, Associate Professor of Practice Carin L. Roberts-Wollmann, Professor and Program Coordinator Maryam Shakiba, Assisant Professor

Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering

Montasir Abbas, Associate Professor Gerardo W. Flintsch, Professor Kathleen L. Hancock, Associate Professor Kevin P. Heaslip, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator Susan Hotle, Assistant Professor Bryan J. Katz, Assistant Professor of Practice Hesham A. Rakha, Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor of Engineering Antonio A. Trani, Professor Linbing Wang, Professor

Emeritus Faculty

Gregory D. Boardman, EWR Thomas E. Cousins, SEM William E. Cox, EWR Donald R. Drew, TISE J. Michael Duncan, GEOT Antoine G. Hobeika, TISE Robert C. Hoehn, EWR Siegfried M. Holzer, SEM Geotechnical Engineering J. Martin Hughes, EWR Thomas L. Brandon, Professor David F. Kibler, EWR Joseph E. Dove, Associate Professor of Practice and Program Thangavelu Kuppusamy, GEOT Coordinator James K. Mitchell, GEOT George M. Filz, Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor Thomas M. Murray, SEM Russell A. Green, Professor John T. Novak, EWR Matthew Mauldon, Associate Professor Raymond H. Plaut, SEM Adrian Rodriguez-Marek, Professor and Program Clifford W. Randall, EWR Coordinator Kamal B. Rojiani, SEM Nina Stark, Assistant Professor Dusan Teodorovic, TISE Alba Yerro Colom, Assistant Professor Michael C. Vorster, CEM Richard E. Weyers, SEM

F A C U L T Y

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Faculty Honors and Achievements Jesus M. de la Garza

Inducted into the Project Management College of Scheduling’s College of Fellows

Randel Dymond

Named American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow Received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence

Sam Easterling

Erich Hester

Selected as a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Taiwan

Jen Irish

Named American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow

Bryan Katz

Received the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award

Reappointed Montague-Betts Professor of Structural Steel Design

Roberto Leon Marc Edwards

Engineering News-Record Award of Excellence Winner Named one of Virginia’s Outstanding Scientists for 2017 Borchardt-Glysson Water Treatment Innovation Prize MIT Media Lab’s Disobedience Award

Awarded the AISC Lifetime Achievement Award

Linsey Marr

Selected as a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Taiwan

George Filz

Named Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Named a Cross-USA Lecturer for ASCE Geo-Institute

Amy Pruden

Received the 2017 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Virginia Tech Graduate School

Dan Gallagher

Promoted to the rank of Professor

Robert Scardina

Received the 2017 College of Engineering Certificate of Teaching Excellence

Jason He

Promoted to the rank of Professor

Tripp Shealy

Selected for the 2017 Loganathan Award

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Alumni Board Jessie Berg, P.E. Director DC Land Development, Gordon

Jeffrey N. Lighthiser, P.E. CEO/President Draper Aden Associates

Thomas A. Broderick, P.E. Bureau Chief Department of Environmental Services, Arlington County, Virginia

Herbert Morgan, P.E. Vice President, Operations (Retired) Fluor Enterprises, Inc.

Young Ho Chang President ATCS, P.L.C. David Clarke Resident Engineer Virginia Department of Transportation Bernie Deneke, P.E. Director NAVFAC Engineering Criteria and Programs Brian K. Diefenderfer, Ph.D, P.E. Senior Research Scientist Virginia Department of Transportation

Aaron Muck, P.E. Principal and Geotechnical Department Manager Terracon Consultants, Inc. Robert S. Notte, P.E., Alumni Board Chair Vice President - Business Unit Manager Dewberry Maysill Pascal, P.E. Business Development Manager Menard-USA James W. Patteson, P.E. Director, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services Fairfax County, Virginia

Betsy Ennis Dulin, Esq, P.E., Alumni Board Co-Chair Ann E. Piazza, P.E. Attorney Principal 38th, ED, LLC L.A. Fuess Partners, Inc. Martha Gross, Ph.D., P.E. Senior Infrastructure Manager Arup

Katherine Plasket, P.E. Project Engineering Manager Bechtel Nuclear, Security and Environmental

Govindan Kannan Senior Vice President Volvo Group North America

Beth Turner Retired DuPont

Charles Kilpatrick, P.E. Commissioner Virginia Department of Transportation

Edward C. Westerman, P.E. Senior Structural Engineering - Principal Clark Nexsen, Inc.

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Meet the New Faculty Alba Yerro Colom

Geotechnical Engineering Alba Yerro Colom earned her degree from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain. She received her doctorate in geotechnical engineering and geoscience in 2015 and was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) within the framework of a Marie-Curie European project. Yerro has actively contributed on the development of the Material Point Method (MPM), which is a powerful particle-based numerical technique specially designed to model large deformation problems in continuum mechanics. The primary objective of her work is to understand the mechanics of landslides, slope instabilities and dam failures from its initiation to the final runout. She focuses on the study of slopes in soils characterized by progressive failure mechanisms and rapid kinematic responses. Her current interest also focuses on the study of erosion processes that occur in unstable soils. Her expertise in modeling natural geotechnical hazards brought her to work in the modeling of the Oso Landslide, one of the most catastrophic landslides in the US, supporting the expert panel (SR-530 landslide case, State of Washington).

Eric Jacques

Environmental and Water Resources Dr. Eric Jacques specializes in resilient infrastructure, specifically blast resistant structures, reliability based structural analysis, and climate change adaptation. He earned all three degrees in civil engineering from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. His doctoral research investigated the characteristics of reinforced concrete bond at high strain rates. Currently, his main research is focused on improving the physical security of buildings and critical infrastructure to protect the public against the threat of terrorist bomb attacks and accidental explosions. He was an inaugural member of the University of Ottawa’s Shock Tube Testing Facility, which involved the initial equipment set-up and commissioning, followed by large-scale laboratory experimental testing of building elements and materials such as retrofitted reinforced concrete slabs, columns, and beams, windows and window anchoring systems, doors, blast curtains, and wooden stud hangers. Jacques developed an award-winning software tool used by academia and industry to perform inelastic analysis of blast-loaded structures. As co-founder of an engineering consulting company known as SJ Infrastructure Protection Ltd., he specializes in improving the physical security and resilience of infrastructure.

Freddy Paige

Construction Engineering and Management Dr. Frederick Paige is joining the department after he earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Clemson University. Paige’s main scholarship goal is to create the knowledge needed to develop an informed public that lives in a sustainable built environment. Previous work with a variety of utility companies, sustainability nonprofits, and educational institutions has provided him with a versatile toolkit of knowledge and skills needed to address a diverse range of civil engineering issues. His recently completed dissertation explored the potential for high efficiency homes to impact the energy literacy of occupants and visitors. During his time at Clemson, he also conducted interdisciplinary research on improving the opportunity for students to learn in an online environment. He hopes to use this combination of expertise in sustainable infrastructure design and educational research design to develop new methods of teaching sustainable infrastructure. Outside of the classroom, Paige has worked with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Resiliency Charrette and spent time in Genoa, Italy conducting an independent study investigating the connection between the use of operational shutters and the user’s understanding of energy. 12 • 2017 Via Report


Construction Engineering and Management Leo Vecellio, Jr. (BSCE’68) was inducted into the National Academy of Construction in 2017. The nomination highlighted his “Extemporary and transformative leadership based on service and commitment to transportation construction. Outstanding contributions at a national level through leadership in ARTBA and the Transportation Development Foundation. Unflagging support for education at all levels with a significant impact on future generations.” Leo Vecellio’s leadership has brought enduring change to our industry through service and commitment that makes a difference and through meaningful support for construction education. His service to the profession is characterized by the following progression: 1. Membership of a

Management Program by the Vecellio Family Foundation and individual family members: the late Mrs. Leo (Evelyn) Vecellio, Sr.; Leo and Kathryn Vecellio, Jr. and their sons, Christopher and Michael; and Patricia Vecellio Cunningham.

Certification for Transportation Project Professionals (SCTPP) and pointed out that when it comes to setting targets for accidents, the only acceptable one is a “Proactive Zero, as opposed to a Lucky Zero.” SCTPP is clearly a proactive step towards achieving this philosophy. de la Garza participated in ASCE’s Standard The prominence of the Vecellio for Schedule Delay Analysis Committee, Construction Engineering and which produced Standard number: ANSI/ Management Program (VCEMP) ASCE/CI 67-17. He is the Academic continues to grow. This year VCEMP Advisor to the Construction Industry welcomed Dr. Frederik Paige as a Institute’s Manufacturing and Life new Assistant Professor and the 2017 Sciences Sector. de la Garza is now on his Vecellio Distinguished Lecture was presented by ASCE National President seventh year as Editor-in-Chief for ASCE’s Journal of Construction Engineering and Ms. Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F. ASCE. Eight undergraduate Vecellio Management. He continues to serve in the Scholarships and one Graduate Vecellio Membership Committee of the National Academy of Construction, and is member Fellowship were awarded to students of the National Research Council’s who have demonstrated leadership Committee on Defense Materials, potential and an interest in pursuing Manufacturing, and Infrastructure. a career in the construction industry. These students who were formally Michael J. Garvin had an active year recognized during the proceedings of as an advisor, supervising four PhD the Vecellio Distinguished Lecture are: candidates and eight MS students to William Cole, Dante Coronado, Louis successful completion of their degrees. Hatcher, Tanner Keen, Brian Maloney, Mike had three journal articles accepted Jonathan Roach, Robert Wallace, for publication, four journal articles Margaret Wilcher, and Yasaman under review, and three conference Shahtaheri. Additional VCEMP papers published. He continued his work highlights during this year included: on public-private partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure development. Mike • The recognition of Dr. James W. completed a project for Virginia’s Office Bryant, Jr., Senior Program Officer at Leo Vecellio, Jr. TRB, as Outstanding VCEMP Alumnus. of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3) developing five case studies of PPPs • The recognition of Josh Zilke, board or association; 2. Contribution experiencing bankruptcy or financial Preconstruction Executive at CBG to the effectiveness of that board or distress, and he began finalizing his Building Company, as Outstanding association; 3. Leadership of that National Science Foundation collaborative VCEMP Young Alumnus. board or association; 4. Recognition research project with Stanford University • The recognition of Walker Olsen as from peers based on contributions studying governance in PPPs. He also and leadership; and 5. Change and the Outstanding VCEMP MS student and provided advisory services to the federal ability to build a better future based on Yasaman Shahtaheri as Outstanding Build America Initiative for the US leadership and earned recognition. Leo VCEMP Ph.D. student. Federal Highway Administration, and Vecellio, Jr. is head of the family-owned • The awarding of a Construction he presented at ARTBA’s 27th Annual Management Association of America Vecellio Group and its subsidiaries. Conference on PPPs. He continues to Scholarship to Yasaman Shahtaheri He has been inducted into CEE’S from CMAA’s National Capital Chapter. serve as a College of Engineering Liaison Academy of Distinguished Alumni and the CIB Student Chapter’s co-advisor. and the College of Engineering’s Jesus M. de la Garza, the Vecellio Academy of Engineering Excellence. Professor in Construction Engineering Frederick Paige is a newcomer to the Vecellio Construction Engineering In 2001 an endowment was provided and Management, participated in and Management Program. In his first for the Construction Engineering and the development of ARTBA’s Safety

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Construction Engineering and Management year, he has teamed up with the Virginia Center for Housing Research and the Urban Institute on a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funded project to promote innovation in homebuilding. Paige works with Housing Virginia to investigate energy efficient construction methods for Virginia’s affordable housing stock. His research has been published and presented at the Engineering Project Organization Conference and the Engineering Sustainability Conference. Paige reviewed articles for The Journal of Construction Engineering and Management and Sustainable Cities and Society. He is also working with VT’s 2018 Solar Decathlon Dubai team. As an advocate for K-12 engineering programs, Paige worked with the Science Museum of Western Virginia and ICAT on “Tinkerfest”, conducting earthquake testing on student built gingerbread houses.

Tripp Shealy began a new collaborative

research project with Purdue University sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate engineering students’ beliefs about climate change, understanding of climate science and empowerment to address its implications for sustainability in their careers. This research is the first of its kind, using a nationally representative survey of 4,000 engineering students just prior to them entering the workforce. Dr. Shealy continued his work on another NSF sponsored project with colleagues

at Princeton University, Columbia University, and UVA studying decision interventions to alleviate biases during infrastructure project delivery. He also began an interdisciplinary research project, sponsored by the State of Virginia, creatively applying methods from cognitive neuroscience to engineering for sustainability. Dr. Shealy won best paper award at the Engineering Project Organization Conference for his work to mediate risk propensity in engineering decision making. He is developing a new graduate course titled Human Behavior and Infrastructure Systems that aligns with the University’s Destination Areas.

of students with the goal of doing the same for construction professionals. The project was motivated by the linkage between the mal-effects of stress and eating related diseases in construction workers and performance on the job. The broader goal is to achieve productive project organizations with engaged, competent people in the industry.

Sunil Sinha taught the graduate course

“Infrastructure Asset Management” in the Spring Semester 2017. Sinha continued work on his Water Infrastructure Database (WATERiD) and Pipeline Infrastructure Database (PIPEiD) that supported research in the areas of water infrastructure management Denise R. Simmons, PE was a 2016 for resiliency and sustainability. The development of this research program recipient of Virginia Tech’s National stems from EPA’s Sustainable Water Distinction Award for Research – a Infrastructure Initiative and U.S. Bureau university award recognizing top performers who excel in their fields. She of Reclamation Pipeline Performance continued to significantly contribute to Project. He is also directing research projects related to advanced asset the advancement of the construction management of Wastewater and industry by untangling the complex Stromwater infrastructure systems relationship between activities people funded by Water Environment & Reuse become involved in – operationalized Foundation (WE&RF). Sinha serves as engagement – and the technical as vice-chair of NIST Community and professional outcomes gained Resilience Standing Committee for Water – operationalized as competence. and Wastewater and he is chair of ASCE Informed by her on-going leadership Asset Management Division. Sinha competence and college engagement research group currently consists of three research, last year’s research projects included the study of occupational well- Ph.D. students, and five M.S. students. Sinha continues to serve as the Director being, engagement and satisfaction. of SWIM Center and advisor for NASTT. One project examined the well being

Vecellio Distinguished Lecture was presented by ASCE National President Ms. Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV SP, F. ASCE Leading a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects, Kristina has been with the City of Las Vegas since 2012. She is responsible for negotiating design and construction contracts, reviewing progress of the work, coordination with public and private sector stakeholders, and responding to external comments or questions. Kristina has served as Senator Tom Udall’s lead on transportation policy. She worked on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill and the development and passage of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization bill. Kristina has been active in ASCE since 1995, serving on various Society-level committees such as the Committees on Education and Diversity. She served as the Society’s appointed Governor on the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute until her election as ASCE’s 2018 President.

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Dr. Tripp Shealy and graduate student Emma Coleman use an fNIRS machine to study cognitive reactions

Removing cognitive barriers to influence sustainability

What does psychology have to do with engineering? Tripp Shealy, Assistant Professor in the department’s Construction Management and Engineering program, will tell you, behavioral sciences, like psychology, are just as necessary as physics and chemistry for the twenty first century civil engineer. As Shealy puts it, “civil engineers apply science like physics to account for gravity and chemistry to understand material properties just as they should apply psychology to predict how people will use the technical solutions they design and construct.” Exposure to psychology adds a new set of tools to a civil engineers’ repertoire, providing them

a new perspective and potentially new solutions to solve engineering problems. Tripp Shealy’s purpose to bridge the behavioral sciences to civil engineering, in both teaching and research, is not just to better understand people but to solve grand challenges for sustainability like climate change. As Shealy can attest, “getting engineers, or people in general, to think about climate change and its implications for sustainability can be a challenge because the negative consequences are over generations and not something we can see.” So, he says, “applying psychology here seems to make sense.”

To assess why people, including engineers, make the decisions they do and help them think more about sustainability, Shealy has teamed up with professionals in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics. “While other interdisciplinary research groups continue to focus on downstream decisions like how to encourage occupants in buildings to turn off lights, turn up the thermostat, and carpool to work, there is a bigger opportunity to solve sustainability challenges if we shift our focus from users of these built systems to the engineers that design and construct them,” Shealy says. In other words, engineering decisions have 2017 Via Report • 15


a big impact on downstream user behavior. Nudging engineers to use more sustainable engineering solutions can have a cascading effect on downstream users. For example, Shealy’s research team found that professional civil engineers are loss averse. Loss aversion is a well-documented behavioral bias, in which losses hurt more than gains of equivalent value satisfy. The Envision rating system for sustainability, a tool used by more than 4,000 professional engineers across the country, starts at zero points and points are gained when certain criteria are met. By reframing the rating system to instead start with a perfect score and points are lost, professional engineers in the study believed 15% more points could be achieved. The only difference was the framing of the tool but the impacts from this research are substantial. If applied to all U.S. infrastructure, the 15% increase in achievement is equivalent to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of over 2 billion tons. Shealy explains, “these types of tweaks to engineering decision tools cost nothing but can make a very big impact.” Shealy’s team is going further to understand how engineers think about sustainability and illustrate the impact of these small tweaks on our psyche. One way his team is doing this is through the use of a Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) machine. The machine measures change of cognitive activation in the brain. Recently, Shealy’s team was able to show brain activation when thinking about sustainable solutions like passive design and bio-mimicry. Shealy notes, “solutions that include 16 • 2017 Via Report

biomimicry start from a very different place than traditional solutions and we can observe that change in the brain.” In fact, “we found significant difference in students’ cognitive ability to integrate sustainability principles based on their level of education. Students that learned about sustainability during college were found to use very different parts of their brain to develop engineering solutions.” Shealy is working with a colleague at Purdue University to further investigate student’s experiences during undergraduate programs that predict their beliefs and empowerment to address sustainability issues in their careers. Their findings can be applied in other areas as well as they find how students’ experiences change their beliefs and how they make future decisions. “If we want to change how people are making decisions, a big part of that includes education,” Shealy said. The next step with the brain imaging project is to try to observe more mental processes that resemble engineering decision making. For example, Shealy recalled, when working for a general contractor, he would often ask “why are we doing it this way?” The common response was that was the way it has been done in the past. This is known as Status Quo Bias and is a mental shortcut to make the decision making process easier to cognitively manage. “Status Quo Bias isn’t a bad thing, it helps us save time and conserve mental energy,” Shealy explains. Although, “if we want to create a future that looks different than what we have done in the past, then we need to be able to predict when

Status Quo Bias occurs and be ready to help the decision maker overcome it,” Shealy says. The brain imaging tool is not only helping measure decision making for sustainability but also making an impact in construction safety. There are not many civil engineers trained to use neuroimaging methods so when a researcher from Colorado approached Shealy about applying it to measure construction hazards he was ecstatic. Shealy describes, “people don’t actively know the cognitive energy or part of the brain that they use to detect jobsite hazards so these aren’t measurements that can be easily self-reported.” By measuring the length of time it takes to assess the risk and the cognitive energy for them to recognize risks, he can see where the differences occur between groups and build tools and training to help construction workers identify jobsite hazards more quickly. As engineers, Shealy says, “we have the technology and knowledge to create less carbon intensive and more user-centered infrastructure but as a society we are not moving at the pace or scale needed to realize transformational change. Many of the barriers are behavioral so bridging behavioral science to civil engineering just makes sense.” The potential to make an impact is what drew Shealy to higher education. “While I was working in industry, I was making an impact on the project I was working on,” he said. “With teaching and research, my impact is much bigger. I can help improve upon decision making tools like rating systems that engineers use across the country and influence students in the classroom who then go out into industry with a new perspective and are equipped with new tools that differentiate themselves from their peers.”


Environmental and Water Resources The Environmental and Water Resources (EWR) Program continues to be one of the most respected graduate programs in environmental engineering in the U.S., according to the rankings published annually by U.S. News and World Report. In 2017, the EWR Program was once again ranked #7 among U.S. programs. Remaining among the top ten graduate environmental engineering programs reflects the dedicated work of the EWR faculty, staff and students.

over 125 graduate students across the two campus locations – well, that’s a lot of people to support! Beth Lucas serves as the primary administrative support person to the EWR program in addition to her continued involvement with students pursuing MS degrees with an environmental and water resources engineering focus through the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program. Beth provides excellent support to the program, and in many ways serves as the “glue” that holds Our EWR Program was greatly saddened the program together. Debbie Cooper by the tragic death of our dear friend provides administrative support to and long-time faculty colleague, Dr. several EWR faculty members who Thomas Grizzard in June. Dr. Grizzard are located in Patton Hall. The EWR was the 40-year leader of our Occoquan program in Blacksburg continues to Watershed Monitoring Laboratory as receive extremely high-quality service well as the primary force in establishing and support from Julie Petruska and our graduate environmental engineering Jody Smiley who each see that our program in Northern Virginia. He truly research laboratories and analytical embodied the VT Motto of Ut Prosim – equipment remain among the best That I May Serve. You may read more available in the U.S. about Dr. Grizzard and his career on page four and five of this report. The Occoquan Watershed Monitoring Laboratory, located in Manassas, The EWR program continues to receive Virginia, is home to eighteen EWR staff exemplary service and support from our and faculty. The lab is dedicated entirely staff members who are located in both to sponsored research in the area of Blacksburg and Northern Virginia. Our water quality, and the staff operate a research facilities are spread throughout complex hydrologic and water quality the Virginia Tech campus as well as at observational network in the Occoquan the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring watershed and other areas of northern Laboratory in Manassas, VA. With Virginia. In operation since 1972, the approximately 25 faculty members and watershed monitoring program helps

ensure that the water supply needs of a large portion of Northern Virginia can be met on a daily basis. Currently, the commercially accredited environmental laboratory is led by Dongmei Alvi, with staffers Joan Wirt, Curt Eskridge, Alex Clare, Alex Scott, Evelyn Post and Kyle Grizzard. The field operations are led by Harry Post, with assistance from George “Woody” Underwood, Mark Lucas and Doug Holladay. Ning Zhou is assigned to the U.S. EPA office in Annapolis, Maryland, where his work feeds into the Chesapeake Bay Model. Barbara Angelotti, Alicia Tingen, and Marilyn Stull keep the office operations of the Lab (HR, ordering, filing, etc.) humming along, while Jeanie Taylor keeps the lab spick and span. Faculty members Zhiwu “Drew” Wang and Adil Godrej also work at the Lab (see separate reports). Our EWR graduate students are highly accomplished in their education and research activities, and it would be impossible to cite all of their awards and recognitions received over the past year. We will briefly mention just a couple such awards. Siddhartha Roy, an EWR Ph.D. student, was named the 2017 Virginia Tech Graduate Student of the Year. Congratulations to Siddhartha on this recognition! He serves as the student leader and communications director of the VT Flintwater Study research team. In addition, congratulations go

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Environmental and Water Resources out to Katherine Phetxumphou and Taylor Bradley as they received first and second place awards for their poster presentations at the 2017 CEE Departmental Research Day back in late March.

Aquaculture. As invited speaker on “Occurrence and Detection of Taste and Odour Compounds and Algal Toxins” she visited Sydney, Australia where she enjoyed seeing koalas and drinking the water down under. She addressed the US drinking water industry issues of The following paragraphs provide consumer satisfaction and trust with information on the ongoing activities drinking water. Her research group of and recent accomplishments of the many graduate and undergraduate students faculty members who are part of the made fourteen presentations and EWR Program. published seven journal articles. Marcus Aguilar joined the department Randy Dymond has been very active as a Research Scientist in December after in both teaching and research efforts completing his Ph.D. with Dr. Randy in the areas of urban stormwater, Dymond. He is continuing his Ph.D. land development, and geospatial work in urban stormwater management, information technology. He has active and has been working closely with the stormwater research projects with City of Roanoke on a Watershed Master Blacksburg, Roanoke, NSF, and two Plan to alleviate flooding and to improve with Fairfax County. During the past various water quality issues in their year, Randy has had three conference downtown area. His recent research has and five journal papers published, with focused on the use of green stormwater three more accepted for publication infrastructure towards these goals, and and another five papers under review. he has had the opportunity to present his Besides teaching Hydrology and research on this topic to the Chesapeake Sustainable Land Development, Randy Bay’s Scientific and Technical Advisory was on Research Leave during the Committee, and at several regional spring 2017 semester working on and national conferences. Aguilar papers and proposals. During this has continued his active participation past summer, he has also been working in EWRI’s Emerging and Innovative to help coordinate the NSF Research Technologies committee, and taught Experiences for Teachers (RET) NSF CEE 5734 – Urban Hydrology in the program on campus. Dr. Dymond spring. also remains active on the Steering Andrea M. Deitrich had an active Committee of the new BS Program year as a CEE faculty member and Coin Real Estate. In addition, the Land Director of the VT Water INTERface Development Design Initiative (LDDI) Interdisciplinary Graduate Education continues to grow with 43 sponsoring Program. In teaching, she led a distance companies, and Randy was honored to learning class and engaged students in win the VT Alumni Award for Outreach active teaching/learning using diverse Excellence for his work with LDDI this facilities available at VT, including year; more information is available at the ICTAS nano characterization and www.lddi.cee.vt.edu. fabrication laboratory. With her research Marc Edwards continued to work group, she led outreach activities on problems arising from water training middle school students in “infrastructure inequality” which environmental engineering and water have been much in the news in the treatment personnel in water quality aftermath of Flint. In addition to assessment. This past year was busy with work on lead, discolored water and her leadership role in the International other problems caused by antiquated Water Association’s Specialist Group infrastructure, Edwards continued to for Tastes, Odours, and Algal Toxins co-advise students with Amy Pruden on in Drinking Water Resources and 18 • 2017 Via Report

opportunistic pathogens (e.g., Legionella) and anti-biotic resistance in water distribution systems. The Flintwaterstudy team and Edwards received several dozen awards in 2016 including an Honorary PhD from his alma mater (SUNY Buffalo), the inaugural “Disobedience Award” from MIT, an Engineering News Record (ENR) Award of Excellence, Virginia’s Outstanding Scientist Award, a Presidents Medal from ASCE, and a Smithsonian Ingenuity Award. He was also named amongst the most inspirational people emerging in 2016 by the Washington Post, the most influential people in the world by Politico and Foreign Policy Magazines, and was shortlisted with other Flint whistleblowers for Time Person of the Year. Special thanks to the Hokie Nation who supported the teams work through donations.

Dan Gallagher actively pursued

interdisciplinary risk-related research for water quality, food safety, and psychological assessment of risk and response. He and his students coauthored a book chapter, nine journal articles, and eleven presentations and posters. Together with officials from the USDA, he co-wrote a book chapter describing how risk assessment modeling helps develop food safety policies and improves public health. He serves on the Executive Management Team directing the USDA/NIFA research on Shiga toxinproducing E. coli in beef and is the leader of the USDA/NIFA risk assessment group. He chaired the industrial advisory board session of the 2017 Annual STEC conference and presented at the 2017 IWA conference in Sydney Australia with colleagues Andrea Dietrich of EWR and Susan Duncan of Food Science and their students. Other presentations were made at the International Association for Food Protection and the American Water Works Association. He is working with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to develop guidelines for reproducible modeling and reporting. A year of big changes was in store


for Adil Godrij. In October, after the resignation of the Occoquan Lab director, Godrej took over as interim director, and then was appointed director in March. While getting to grips with his new position, he suffered an injury in late April which kept him out of the office since then and from which his recovery continues. This meant that a couple of other people stepped in to help lead the lab: first, Tom Grizzard, until his untimely death in June, and then Bill Knocke. Godrej hopes to be back in full swing by early fall 2017 and hopes that this annus horribilis is not repeated! Meanwhile, the research programs at the Lab continued, and research was generally on track, overseen by the able staff. A search is also underway to fill a position as associate director.

Zhen (Jason) He’s group has published

Environmental and Water Resources health and water quality. A core research theme is the effect of stream restoration and river management practices on water quality. He is leading a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in collaboration with Dr. Widdowson to study natural attenuation of contaminants in riverbeds and how this can be enhanced by engineering practices. Dr. Hester is also directing another NSF sponsored project to evaluate the effect of preferential flow in riverbanks on pollutant migration from uplands to rivers. This year he began a new project sponsored by the Office of Surface Mines to study preferential flow of rainwater through Appalachian surface coalmine spoils to determine where and when it picks up contaminants that adversely affect downstream aquatic ecosystems. He continues to serve as associate editor for the journal Water Resources Research, and on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI), an organization of most major U.S. research institutions that organizes community-level efforts to expand research infrastructure for the water resources community.

29 journal papers and graduated one PhD student. He has been promoted to a Full Professor. He received Dean’s Award for Faculty Fellow from VT College of Engineering and was recognized as an Outstanding Reviewer by Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. He has given invited lectures to Chinese Academy of Science, CEE department of Duke University, 2017 Borchardt Conference, and KAUST Research Clay Hodges is completing his Conference on Changing Paradigms of first year as a Research Assistant Wastewater Treatment. A new project Professor with CEE, working with was started to examine anammox decay supported by HRSD, and a new collaboration with Dr. Samuel Morton of JMU was initiated and funded by a 4-VA grant. He has established a Center for Applied Water Research and Innovation (http://www.cawri. cee.vt.edu/) as an Industrial Affiliates Program. A new graduate course CEE 5164 Environmental Biotechnology was developed. He is the 2017 President for Chinese-American Professors in Environmental Engineering and Science (CAPEES).

Erich Hester’s research focuses on

how human actions in watersheds interact with stream, river, and wetland hydraulics to affect aquatic ecological

Randy Dymond and several graduate research assistants. His research this year has focused primarily on helping municipalities meet their stormwaterrelated environmental objectives. The group is continuing a long-standing relationship between CEE and the Town of Blacksburg. Specific areas of research include investigating ways to predict locations of aging and failing infrastructure, methods for determining surface hotspots during runoff events, and design/implementation of streamlined stormwater infrastructure inspection apps for field personnel. He is also working with several graduate researchers on projects with Fairfax County to improve knowledge in two key areas. The first is to determine the effects of residential infill development on receiving streams. The second is to develop recommendations to improve stormwater best management practice (BMP) construction quality, and to standardize protocols for BMP inspection and monitoring.

Jennifer L. Irish and her group

continued coastal hazards research, focusing on the physics of and risk posed by coastal floods and on the use of nature-based infrastructure to manage these risks. With her group and colleagues, Irish authored six journal papers and two book chapters on topics including hurricane-induced barrier island breaching and impacts of coastal vegetation on wave dynamics. In 2017, Irish was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Engineers and appointed a member of the National Academies committee on long-term coastal change. Irish continues to be active with ASCE, as Chair of the Committee on Technical Advancement, which among others oversees ASCE’s Wind Engineering, Infrastructure Resilience, and Forensics Divisions, and as a member of the Coastal Engineering Research Council. She continues to serve on the editorial boards of Coastal Engineering and the Journal 2017 Via Report • 19


Environmental and Water Resources of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering-ASCE.

in the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on Lake and Reservoir Management. He served as Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz joined the founding Chair of the Specialist Group, starting in 2007 and continuing the faculty in January and his group through 2015, after which he became is in the process of building custom Vice Chair. The Specialist Group instrumentation to study organic gases and particles and understand their roles focuses on the integrated management of lakes and reservoirs, taking an in the formation of air pollution. His interdisciplinary approach that includes ongoing work to develop new analysis tools for environmental chemistry data fluid dynamics, biogeochemistry, (supported by NOAA) is having a broad microbiology, and aquatic biology. An IWA Symposium on Lake and Reservoir impact on atmospheric research and leading to new and exciting partnerships. Management has been held in Tainan, In collaboration with Dr. Widdowson, he Taiwan in 2009; Granada, Spain in has turned to soils to study vapors from 2011; Blacksburg, Virginia in 2015; and underground home heating oil spills for Shanghai, China in 2017. John served as Chair of the Symposium in 2015, the VA Department of Environmental which was held at Mountain Lake. Quality – a new direction for him and The series of symposia have been very a testament to the interdisciplinary successful, with about 130 attendees and wide-ranging expertise of the department. This has been a productive participating in a 4-day, single session format in Shanghai in 2017. The fifth year, with nearly a dozen authored and IWA Symposium on Lake and Reservoir co-authored articles already published or in review. His course in Atmospheric Management will be held in Brisbane, Australia, in 2019. Chemistry will be the first of several new courses over the next few years that Linsey Marr leads the Applied will expand the exposure of students to Interdisciplinary Research in Air atmospheric and air quality sciences. (AIR2) group, which focuses on Bill Knocke continues to serve as the dynamics of non-traditional the EWR Program Coordinator and “pollutants” in the atmosphere, such serves as advisor to all CEE distanceas pathogenic bacteria and viruses and learning students who are enrolled engineered nanomaterials. Last fall, in the Commonwealth Graduate she gave an invited talk at a meeting of Engineering Program around Virginia. the National Academies of Sciences, An internationally recognized expert on Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) manganese control in drinking water, committee on the Microbiomes of the Dr. Knocke presented his research Built Environment. Over the summer, findings this year in various venues, she gave an invited talk at the Gordon including a US EPA workshop in Research Conference on Environmental Cincinnati in August. He also spent Nanotechnology in Stowe, Vermont. six weeks in late summer onsite with As a member of the NASEM’s the Occoquan Watershed Monitoring committee on Grand Challenges and Laboratory (OWML) in Manassas, VA, Opportunities in Environmental due to the tragic passing of Dr. Thomas Engineering and Science for the 21st Grizzard and the medical leave of Dr. Century, she is helping to chart the Adil Godrej. While there he appreciated future of environmental engineering. the opportunity to see firsthand the She received a Fulbright fellowship to dedicated work of all associated with conduct research at National Taiwan the OWML in the effort to enhance University in the 2017-18 academic water quality throughout the Northern year. There, she will be modeling the Virginia region. atmospheric transport of the flu virus from mainland China to Taiwan. John Little remains actively involved 20 • 2017 Via Report

Amy Pruden is busy with Peter

Vikesland continuing to send students abroad and foster international collaboration towards tackling the spread of antimicrobial resistance through their National Science Foundation Partnership in International Research and Education (PIRE) project. She also continued her work tracking antibiotic resistance from farm to fork with her USDA team and has been awarded a new USDA grant to create a publicly available computational field to help stakeholders identify critical control points for blocking the spread of antibiotic resistance from farms. Her Alfred P. Sloan Foundation collaboration with Marc Edwards also continues, working towards identifying plumbing designs and strategies that employ knowledge of the microbiome to prevent the colonization of pathogens that cause Legionnaires’ disease. New work with the ICTAS Science and Engineering of the Exposome (SEE) center will be advancing research in partnership with the public towards upholding science as a public good.

Paolo Scardina had another

productive year of instructing civil engineering undergraduates. Paolo was nominated for a couple university awards, and he was the recipient of the College of Engineering 2017 Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Paolo manages the civil engineering hydraulics teaching laboratory, which is used extensively with approximately 200 students each semester cycling through this instructional laboratory. Paolo also continues to advise the VT Chapter of ASCE and co-advises the competition teams Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe. He traveled with the VT Steel Bridge team when they participated in the 2017 national competition.

Kyle Strom leads the Fluid and

Sediment Dynamics research group, which focuses on improving fundamental understanding and modeling of the movement of sediment and water in rivers, estuaries, and the ocean. Much of their work is carried out


Environmental and Water Resources in the Baker Environmental Hydraulics Laboratory. One new research theme the lab focused on this past year was the trapping of waterborne muddy sediment within riverbeds, which is important because trapped mud can impact benthic ecosystems and plant seed recruitment. Other topics the lab was engaged in include: the development of new laboratory and field equipment, the transfer of momentum between fluid vortices and sediment, the interaction of submarine flows and deposits, and the movement of mud in the Chesapeake Bay. Over the past year, Kyle and his colleagues have published journal papers and given talks on these topics. Kyle taught graduate courses in sediment transport, fluid mechanics, and open channel flow this past year and served as an associate editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.

Peter Vikesland and his group

continue to conduct work at the interface between nanoscience and environmental science and engineering. In collaboration with Marr, Pruden, and Edwards his group’s work continues to expand to further address indoor and outdoor chemical and microbial exposures. In fall 2017, Vikesland is serving as a Visiting Professor at the

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. While in Zurich, in addition to eating chocolate and hiking in the Alps, he is learning from colleagues who specialize in environmental photochemistry and redox processes. In 2017, Vikesland concluded four years of service on the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science (AEESP) Board of Directors. During his last year on the Board, he served as the organization’s President. Over the past year, his group has published ten peer-reviewed journal papers and gave in excess of 18 presentations at national and international conferences. Vikesland was recently named the Editor in Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Environmental Science: Nano and will begin officially serving in that role in January 2018.

time between CEE and Virginia Tech’s Program in Real Estate. During the past academic year, Claire taught one section of CEE 2824 – Civil Engineering Drawings and CAD, two sections of CEE 3274 – Intro. to Land Development, and one section of REAL 3024 – Applied Real Estate Development. She also served as a CEE undergraduate advisor and faculty advisor to the Real Estate Club.

New and continuing research projects under Mark Widdowson’s leadership include vapor intrusion risks and impacts to domestic well water quality due to petroleum spills, water supply planning and management, contaminant transport and remediation of chlorinated solvents in fractured rock aquifers, fate and transport of chemicals of emerging concern in the subsurface, and phytoremediation of contaminants Zhiwu (Drew) Wang is finishing in soil and groundwater. He served on his second year at VT in Occoquan the National Water Research Institute Laboratory, Manassas. He recruited advisory panel for the Hampton Roads nine graduate students this past year Sanitation District’s Sustainable Water to carry out a diverse set of research Initiative for Tomorrow (SWIFT) projects in service for local industry project. Widdowson serves on two including cultivation of biogranules for working groups of the Interstate energy efficient wastewater treatment, Technology and Regulatory Council: evaluation of energy and odor potential one on the emerging contaminant group of biosolids, use of ozone/biofiltration of compounds known as PFAS and for indirect potable reuse, etc. Dr. one on risk evaluation at petroleumWang together with his team contaminated sites. Widdowson published four journal papers, a continues his administrative role book chapter, and three conference as Assistant Department Head and papers. He also started to serve Graduate Chair. as an associate editor for Water Kevin Young continues to maintain Environment Research Journal a busy teaching schedule, while also besides his service in the editorial serving as Assistant Coordinator of the board of another two international Land Development Design Initiative journals. Although stationed in (lddi.cee.vt.edu) and advising the a remote campus, Wang was able Sustainable Land Development Club. to deliver three hybrid courses, During the past academic year, Kevin one of which, namely CEE 5984 taught two sections of CEE 2814 – Biofilms Science and Technology, Civil & Environmental Engineering was newly developed. Wang is Measurements, two sections of CEE 3274 currently developing an online – Intro. To Land Development Design, version of CEE 3104 Introduction and two sections of CEE 4274 – Land to Environmental Engineering for Development Design. remote delivery next year.

Claire White continues to have a

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He Studies Small to Make a Big Difference What are nanomaterials? Are they something that is going to cause us harm? Are they going to be the next asbestos? These are questions, among others, that Peter Vikesland, Professor of Environmental Engineering, faces every day. He identifies himself both as an environmental engineer and an applied environmental chemist. His focus is to better understand environmental processes, particularly in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology and what the implications of nanomaterials are to the environment. “We are trying to use nanomaterials to better understand 22 • 2017 Via Report

the environment,” he said. “Right now people use different tools for different measurements. We are trying to come up with a single platform that can be used to detect all of those different things, not necessarily simultaneously, but with the exact same instrumentation.” This can help to detect organisms, water quality, and chemicals in ways that are unlike established tools. Following a post-doctoral position in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, right as Vikesland was starting at Virginia Tech, there was a rapid rise in nanotechnology and the understanding of things at

the nanoscale, which is typically defined as being less than 100 nanometers in one or more dimensions. As he explored this subject more, it was clear to him that there was a lot of interesting things that he could work with. “We started recognizing that nanomaterials were present in many places that people hadn’t been able to see them before. I wanted to understand what these nanomaterials are doing to us and to the environment,” he said. Currently, he is working with Linsey Marr’s research group to develop a pH probe to measure the acidity of water in confined spaces. This can include measuring the pH in water droplets


or contained within a plant or some other space that you can’t get to with existing approaches. These nanoscale pH probes allow them to see what is happening inside of droplets that are barely visible to the eye. Through this work, they have found that the pH is highly variable across these droplets and in ways that they wouldn’t have predicted based on what is known about their chemistry and physics. They are now taking that fundamental knowledge to try to figure out what it means for atmospheric cycling of pollutants and how inorganic gases in the atmosphere interact with suspended water droplets. Furthermore, they are asking does this change in polluted cities where there are lots of interactions between people, infrastructure, and droplets? While there is a great deal of work to be done, the initial results are promising in terms of

unlocking droplet chemistry. In Vikesland’s Fundamentals of Public Health Engineering, he uses current events in public health to discuss the importance of these concepts. “I think this class really gets to the core of what environmental engineering is, which is trying to protect public health,” he said. His classes have discussed Zika virus and the Cholera outbreak following the earthquake in Haiti. “By using current events, it helps students engage in learning about microbiology and epidemiology and how they relate to the everyday things that civil engineers encounter,” he added. The focus of that class is to understand the fundamental reasons why sanitation, clean potable water, and the protection of air are crucial to the well-being of society. “I want to get students excited so they can go and try to figure out the solution

to Ebola or Zika Virus when they go on to their careers after graduation,” he said. Currently, Vikesland is on sabbatical in Zurich, Switzerland where he is continuing to develop a fundamental understanding at a really small scale. He hopes to get cloud samples from high up in the Alps to compare the measurements of the pH of aerosols relative to droplets collected every day outside of the lab in Switzerland or what they would collect in a stream. This in turn, can also help to get a better handle on what the results measured either in Switzerland or at his lab in Blacksburg mean to atmospheric processing and beyond. “With so many processes simultaneously occurring, my main desire through my research is to learn about the world and make it a better place,” Vikesland said.

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Geotechnical Engineering The Geotechnical Engineering Program has enjoyed another sucecssful year in its research, teaching, and service missions. This year, we welcomed Dr. Alba Yerro Colom who joined the program as an Assistant Professor. Additional program area highlights include:

the teaching, research, and practice contributions that Mike has made to the geotechnical engineering profession during his 50+ year career.

Every year, our graduate students enhance their professional development by attending national ASCE Geo-Institute conferences. The • Alba Yerro Colom was honored Duncan Endowment for Graduate with the Telford Gold Medal, awarded Student Travel provides financial by the Institution of Civil Engineers support to help make this travel (ICE) for her work developing possible. More information about the numerical models that can accurately endowment and ways to contribute represent large displacements of can be found at cee.vt.edu/duncanunsaturated soil. endowment.

also been involved in the development of the new Corps of Engineers levee design manual EM-1110-2-1913. Tom’s consulting for the year includes dams in Texas and MSE walls and slopes in various locations in the US.

Joe Dove continued his interdisciplinary research collaborations with faculty and students and was heavily involved in the undergraduate curriculum. He served as co-advisor for a PhD Via Fellow developing a methodology for evaluating energy use and CO2 release during ground improvement operations. Joe was the advisor for several students working • Nina Stark led a group of Tom Brandon and geotechnical on an National Science Foundation two PhD students and eight female alum Rick Valentine were the chairs of supported project to develop a novel undergraduate students to Yakutat, the technical program for the ASCE method to improve the engineering Alaska where they conducted field Geo-Institute conference Geofrontiers properties of soils. He served as a team work. She also presented a keynote 2017 in Orlando, FL in March. This member to create the undergraduate lecture at the 5th International conference was the result of about curriculum for a new multi-disciplinary Conference on Geotechnical and 1.5 years of planning meetings and Strategic Growth Area within Virginia Geophysical Site Characterisation in paper reviews. The conference Tech on Resilient and Sustainable Australia. included a special session to honor the Materials. Other areas of research • George Filz served as the ASCE geotechnical contributions of emeritus include the application of advanced sensing techniques for site investigation, Geo-Institute Cross-USA Lecturer, and faculty member Mike Duncan. Tom, along with VT faculty members infrastructure assessment and hazard he was inducted as a Distinguished Matthew Mauldon and Bernardo detection, engineering for sustainability, Member of ASCE. Castellanos, are involved in developing and bio-inspired materials. He serves an updated edition of the the department as one of the academic • The J. Michael Duncan well-used NAVFAC manual Soil advisors for undergraduate majors and Symposium at the 2017 ASCE Geoas Chair of the Curriculum Committee. Institute national conference recognized Mechanics7.01 for the Navy. He has

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Geotechnical Engineering Emeritus Distinguished Professor Mike Duncan worked with George Filz as co-director of VT’s Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research (CGPR), and he supervised graduate students on research projects supported by the CGPR and CEE Department. During the past year, he served on the design review board of a new off-channel reservoir on the Lower Colorado River in Texas, and he provided design guidance for power line support structures in California for Pacific Gas & Electric Company. He continues to support Geotechnical Engineering graduate students in attending Geo-Institute conferences, with the generous assistance of friends and colleagues.

George Filz served as the Cross-USA Lecturer for the ASCE Geo-Institute. In this role, he made 20 presentations in 10 states. The presentation topics included column-supported embankments, the deep mixing method of ground improvement, and geotechnical engineering at Kennedy Space Center. He continues his research on a variety of topics, including those represented by the Cross-USA lectures, as well as braced excavation support and construction working platforms. George completed

seven years of service as Assistant CEE Department Head this year, and he continues serving as codirector with Mike Duncan of the CGPR, faculty advisor of VT’s Geotechnical Student Organization, member of Virginia Department of Transportation’s Geotechnical Research Advisory Committee, member of the ASCE Geo-Institute Soil Improvement Committee, and consultant on geotechnical design and construction projects, particularly on improvements to dams, levees, and other infrastructure systems. In October, George was inducted as a Distinguished Member of ASCE.

Russell Green is continuing his work

studying the 2010-2011 Canterbury, New Zealand earthquake sequence, which has been extended to include the study of the 2016 M7.8 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake. Russell is also continuing his work on two National Science Foundation sponsored projects to develop an energy-based liquefaction evaluation procedure and to develop an improved liquefaction severity index. Both of these projects are in collaboration with Adrian Rodriguez-Marek. Russell is also involved in an international collaboration with the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre at the

University of Iceland assessing the seismic hazard of northeast Iceland. Russell has started a new project funded by the US Geological Survey that is studying how the epistemic uncertainty of site effects is accounted for in probabilistic seismic hazard analyses (PSHA); this project is also in collaboration with Adrian RodriquezMarek. Russell’s consulting activities have mainly focused on seismic safety analyses of the US nuclear weapons facilities and issues related to induced seismicity. Russell is an Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member for two major journals and is a Guest Associate Editor for a third journal. Russell is also serving on the American Nuclear Society (ANS) committee that is rewriting ANS 2.29 standard on PSHA for nuclear facilities.

Matthew Mauldon continues to

focus on the behavior, characterization and geotechnical engineering of geologic materials – i.e., rock masses and transitional rock-soil hybrids. Areas of application include rock slope reinforcement and rock foundations. Matthew served on the Organizing Committee for the 51st U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, held June 26-28 in San Francisco, and was session developer and organizer for two technical sessions on Slope

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Stability, Foundations and Dams at the 2017 ARMA conference. On the home front, Matthew serves as one of the department’s undergraduate advisors.

Adrian Rodriguez-Marek has

continued to work on seismic hazard assessment on projects funded by the USGS and the French national power company. His work focuses on the study of site effects and risk assessment. He has also continued to collaborate with Russell Green on NSF funded research focused on the development of an energy-based methodology for liquefaction assessment, and with various faculty in the CEE department on a multi-disciplinary project on Resilient and Sustainable Building Systems funded by NSF. He has also been active with several CGPR funded projects. Adrian’s consulting work has been on seismic hazard assessment projects for nuclear power plants and on hazard related issues in induced seismicity. Adrian serves as the chairman of the Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics committee chair of the Geo Institute of ASCE and is an editorial board member for the journals Earthquake Spectra, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, and the Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering. Emeritus Distinguished Professor Jim Mitchell served as a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Committee that authored the recently released report on the State of the Art and Practice for Assessment of Earthquake Induced Soil Liquefaction. He was appointed to the NASEM Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering, and he 26 • 2017 Via Report

serves on the Science Advisory Board for the NSF-sponsored Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, comprised of four universities (Arizona State, University of California, Davis, New Mexico State and Georgia Tech). Jim’s consulting activities included service on an international panel investigating causes of a major port stability failure on the Amazon River.

Nina Stark has completed five field

surveys in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Technical University of Darmstadt, the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing, and others. The results allowed to propose a novel approach to assess friction angles of beach sands remotely. Support by the Office of Naval Research for associated efforts regarding geotechnical investigations of the coastal zone using remote sensing was extended through a new award. In the framework of her NSFfunded project on the development of an active sediment layer sampler as an add-on unit for a lightweight penetrometer, Nina completed first successful field tests of two prototype samplers. In May 2017, Nina led a group of two PhD and eight female undergraduate students to Yakutat, Alaska, for coastal geotechnical

field work. The undergraduate students received unique insights into geotechnical and coastal engineering, as well as research and graduate studies in general. Nina presented one of the key note lectures at the 5th International Conference on Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Characterisation at the Gold Coast, Australia. Alba Yerro Colom joined the CEE faculty in August 2017. Before that, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Cambridge (UK) as a member of a Marie-Curie European project. Alba has actively contributed to the development of the Material Point Method (MPM), a particle-based numerical technique. In October 2016, she was honored with the Telford Gold Medal, awarded by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for a published paper, and for her research contribution on the development of the MPM to model unsaturated soil behavior. The primary objective of her research is to understand the mechanics of landslides, slope instabilities and dam failures from initiation to final runout. Based on her expertise in modeling natural geotechnical hazards she recently supported the expert panel investigating the Oso Landslide (SR-530 landslide case, State of Washington). Her current interests focus on the study of erosion processes that occur in unstable soils. Alba is a promoter and developer of Anura3D, which is a software package specially designed to model large deformations and soil–water–structure interaction problems using MPM.


Collaborating to bring coastal change “I was in the ice chamber all day and had frostbites all over,” said Nina Stark, Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering. “I loved the work that I did, but didn’t like that cold, so I switched from ice to fluid water.” From a cold start on her journey to geotechnical engineering, Stark now focuses on coastal geotechnical engineering. Her research group is interested in soil mechanics of coastal sediments. Their goal is for current applications of coastal engineering to improve the prediction of coastal erosion and stability. This can have implications on coastal communities and infrastructure, sea level rise, beach trafficability, and can help with coastal and nearshore site assessments and monitoring for structures such as ocean renewable energy converters. “The prediction of coastal erosion is still challenging,” Stark

noted. “It is really good in some spots, but really bad in others, particularly in those with more complicated processes.” One of those complicated sites is one they worked on in the Artic, where there are also changes in permafrost due to climate change, leading to shoreline retreats on the order of fifteen meters per year. When working on these sites, her research group is on the fundamental side of this research, but has a clearly application in mind. In fact, her research is about 75% field work based. While they do work in the lab, the goal of that work is clearly in support of field work. Much of the lab work is conducted at the Prices Fork Geotechnical Laboratory. In many cases, they collect data in the field, but it can be difficult to understand what is going on because there are

so many interacting processes. The lab work helps groundtruthing and understanding those processes they witnessed in the field. Stark’s work is also very interdisciplinary, looking at fluid dynamics, coastal dynamics, long term processes on geological scales, as well as short term processes on the scale of single waves. This interdisciplinary focus is what drives the desire for collaboration. “The collaborations that we have nationwide to internationally with a lot of different groups is what makes it possible for these really great field work opportunities,” Stark said. Collaborations include working with the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences in Gloucester Point, the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing at the University of Miami, the United States Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility in Duck, 2017 Via Report • 27


North Carolina, the City of Yakutat, Alaska, the Alfred-WegenerInstitute for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany, and the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. “This is truly interdisciplinary research and I think that’s a great opportunity for the students,” she added. In May, Stark took eight female undergraduate students and two Ph.D. students to conduct field research at a proposed wave energy harvesting site in Yakutat, the first field tests of a new sediment sampler as an add-on unit for portable free fall penetrometer, and the assessment of beach trafficability from remote sensing. On a prior trip to Yakutat, Stark tested over 200 locations around the Yakutat Bay and close to Hubbard Glacier. Stark is working closely with the City of Yakutat to advance site investigation for the wave energy harvesting development, while also studying fundamental coastal processes. In this project, as well as the others, it comes down to the fact that they are interested in understanding

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better how geotechnical parameters fit into the picture. “If we don’t understand what is going on, then we can’t get a grasp on questions such as if the erosion speed is picking up,” Stark said. Erosion of coastal environments can be tough to measure, but is also important to understand it in detail because it can affect coastal communities and infrastructure. Beach trafficability is directly associated with geotechnical properties, but also with coastal processes. The group is currently doing a sand beach trafficability project in collaboration with the United States Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility in Duck, North Carolina, on assessing sediment strength of foreshore sediments remotely. The focus is on determining friction angles from slope angles from different topographic features which were recorded with a variety of remote sensing methods. While many of Stark’s research projects are

internationally-based, she does work on local projects in the York River and takes students to measure flow velocity, sediment strength and collect sediment samples with regard to shoreline erosion at Claytor Lake just 30 minutes from campus. Her Introduction to Coastal and Marine Geotechnics class also visited Strouble’s Creek, on campus, and the New River to test sediment and flow conditions. With opportunities to work in labs or strictly on research, Stark chose higher education because of the collaboration with students. “I like that students bring their own ideas. These ideas complement and widen the project, sometimes leading the project to go in directions I did not anticipate,” she said. “It is a good feeling to see a student get really good at what they are doing and be excited about what they are doing.” Her goal is for the students to be proud of their work and realize that they can make a change in the world.


Structural Engineering and Materials The SEM graduate program has over 70 graduate students, with more than 30 of these students participating in research. The Thomas M. Murray Structural Engineering Laboratory is busy with a large number of projects, including the largest-ever beam-column connection test, which occupies one half of the total strong floor space. Lab operations run smoothly thanks to the efforts of Brett Farmer, Dennis Huffman, and David Mokarem. They have been working with Vickie Mouras, Dr. Matt Eatherton and Dr. Roberto Leon to upgrade the lab with two new 10 ton cranes, which will provide twice the capacity of our current cranes. The group welcomed two new assistant professors, Dr. Maryam Shakiba who joined the group in January of 2017, and Dr. Eric Jacques who joined the group in August of 2017. One of the highlights of the year was the class CEE 3594 – Bridges, Builders and Society. This class was team taught by the majority of the SEM faculty. Each faculty taught a three class unit on some aspect of bridge design and construction. The historical development of different bridge types, and the influential engineers who pioneered new bridge forms were emphasized. The class culminated with a 12 day trip through Switzerland and Germany to visit many of the bridges that had been introduced in class. They plan to offer this class every spring semester, but will modify the trip each time to visit other bridges and other countries. Here is more detail about the faculty members’ activities over the past year:

Finley Charney has been active in a

variety of areas including collaborative international research, teaching, building code development, and continuing education. His research focus is on the behavior and numerical modeling of wood structures subjected to seismic and wind loads. Emphasized within this work is the development of methods to model inherent energy dissipation. 2017 Via Report • 29


Structural Engineering In international activities, Dr. Charney continued his association with Pontificia Universidad de Catolica (PUC) in Santiago Chile. In February of 2017 this association led to the completion of a “dual Ph.D.” for a student that had already earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech, and is currently a professor at the University of Cuenca in Cuenca, Ecuador. In January, 2017, Dr. Charney participated in the World Congress of Earthquake Engineering in Santiago. In May 2017 he taught a masters class in structural dynamics, and was a plenary speaker at an earthquake engineering seminar at Universidad Nacional de San Agustin in Arequipa, Peru. In November of 2017 he participated in an Advanced Earthquake Engineering workshop in Quito Ecuador. In the area of building code activities Dr. Charney is participating in two ASCE committees that are developing guidelines for performance based wind engineering. Dr. Charney, together with Dr. Justin Marshall of Auburn University, developed a new ASCE self-guided course “Seismic Loads”, which is the second in a planned series of five courses. Also, working with coauthor Thomas Heausler, he completed the third edition of the ASCE Press book “Guide to the ASCE 7-16 Seismic Load Provisions”.

on analysis, inspection, and preservation of bridges. He is engaged in research related to steel bridge design, Dr. Eatherton’s research group is fatigue and fracture related issues, and also active in outreach activities and their application to highway and railroad professional service. The research bridges. His work on the evaluation group supported diversity and outreach initiatives by hosting learning of fracture critical bridges with builtup steel members has demonstrated activities at several outreach events their resilience to fracture and gives including C-Tech^2, Blast summer guidance on the remaining fatigue camp, Engineering Open House, and others. He also hosted an international life of partially failed structures. He has worked on finding a reliable nonvisiting scholar from a prestigious university in China. Dr. Eatherton is a destructive method for determining member of five professional committees rivet strength for historical bridges for the assessment of current capacity. He and contributed to the structural has worked with Dr. Roberts-Wollmann, engineering profession this past years in other ways such as authoring design and VDOT to perform a live load test of a deteriorating interstate bridge in a examples to be used by practicing corrosive environment. Currently he is structural engineers. helping to develop improved and more Madeleine Flint’s collaboration to reliable methods for implementation of develop a decision support system unmanned aerial vehicles in the gathering for multi-hazard building design of critical inspection data for difficult to released publications covering the: access bridges. He has also been heavily overall framework; development of involved in the corrosion evaluation stakeholder preference functions; of a cost-effective stainless steel to be and selection of seismic intensity used in the bridge industry. Dr. Hebdon measures used in predicting building is evaluating several failures related to response to earthquakes. Dr. Flint is the anchor rods on ancillary highway preparing a workshop to share results structures and is helping to improve of her collaboration with the VTRC the specifications to ensure that further on implementing durability design for failures do not occur. He is also assessing bridge decks. She collaborates with current fasteners used on steel bridges in Matthew Eatherton and his research colleagues at Oak Ridge National Lab the railroad industry. Dr. Hebdon is active group have continued their focus on to characterize stream flows that have in steel bridge committees for AREMA, developing new structural systems with led to bridge collapses. This effort will TRB, and AASHTO, and is currently enhanced earthquake performance and support identification of data-driven a collaborator on the effort to revise improving resilience and sustainability of climate adaptation strategies for bridges code requirements for the inspection of structural systems. The group is working exposed to flooding. Dr. Flint has also fracture-critical bridges to maintain safety on several ongoing multi-year research been active in professional service. while preserving critical transportation projects including a multi-university She is a lead author on an ASCE structures. collaborative project on seismic behavior Infrastructure Resilience Division of steel deck diaphragms, an NSF Ioannis Koutromanos worked on Risk and Resilience Measurement CAREER project related to high ductility Committee report undergoing its final the development of computational steel shear panels, a collaborative project simulation methods for capturing the technical review. She participated in on optimizing resilience and sustainability several NSF workshops and panels behavior and failure of structural systems of building systems, a collaborative project and will moderate and present in two subjected to extreme loading events such working on computational simulation resilience-related sessions of the ASCE as earthquakes. His work was focused of steel fracture in structures, a project on finite element analysis of reinforced Congress on Technical Advancement, developing new bolted end plate moment and a session of the International concrete components such as beam-toconnections for metal buildings, and a column joints. The simulation methods Association of Bridge and Structural collaborative project to conduct some have been validated with experimental Engineers focused on climate change of the largest steel moment connection tests on actual concrete structures. This is adaptation. tests ever attempted. The group is also part of a dissertation of a doctoral student Dr. Matt Hebdon’s research focuses 30 • 2017 Via Report

conducting a number of smaller industrial testing projects.


Structural Engineering who is co-advised by Dr. Koutromanos and Dr. Leon. Dr. Koutromanos has also been working, in collaboration with Dr. Eatherton, to develop and calibrate analytical simulation tools for capturing inelastic deformation and fracture of structural steel members due to low-cycle fatigue. The project is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is collaborating with Dr. Roberts-Wollmann and Dr. Hebdon for computationally and analytically evaluating the impact of corrosion damage to bridge girders, as part of a project supported by the VTRC.

Roberto Leon has continued his

research on bond deterioration in reinforced concrete beamcolumn joints, resilient composite steel-concrete structures and seismic masonry retrofits. His work on composite structures included organizing and hosting the Eighth International Conference on Composite Steel-Concrete Structures in Jackson Hole (WY) in July; the conference brought together 90 experts from 20 countries to discuss recent advances and future research. Amongst his teaching activities this past year was a complete revamp of the undergraduate materials construction laboratory (Norris 129) scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2107. He continues to serve in numerous technical committees of ACI, ASCE/SEI and AISC, will finish this year six years of service to the board of the Applied Technology Council (ATC) in December 2017, and has joined the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities.

Vickie Mouras has been busy this

year continuing her focus on the undergraduate program. Within the SEM program area, she participated in the group’s team-taught study abroad course entitled “Bridges, Builders, and

Society.” She was one of the three leaders of the 12-day field trip to see many interesting bridges in Switzerland and Germany. During the summer, she further developed her on-line teaching skills with the second-ever on-line offering of Theory of Structures. In addition, Mouras collaborated with Mandy Wright, Bryan Katz, and Paolo Scardina to propose establishment of the new CEE Communication Program Coordinator position and to write a successful proposal that will integrate communications instruction across three required CEE classes. This integrated communications content will count towards the University’s new undergraduate core curriculum

also has a new project underway with Dr. Hebdon and Dr. Koutromanos to investigate residual strength of corrosion damaged bridge beams. Dr. RobertsWollmann continues to serve the American Concrete Institute (ACI) as the chair of Committee 423 – Prestressed Concrete and as a voting member of Committee 318 – Building Code.

Maryam Shakiba focuses her research

on composite material modeling. The goal is to understand and predict the response of material under mechanical and environmental loadings as well as the effects of materials on the environment. She has been working on multi-physics modeling of thermo-hydro-mechanical damage mechanisms of asphalt concrete material at different scales. She also developed a mechanistic approach to calculate environmental effects of pavements structure and incorporated it into Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analysis. Dr. Shakiba uses theoretical and computational mechanics to unravel the link between the composition, microstructure, and performance of composites under different environmental and mechanical loading. This integration of computational techniques and material sciences requirements known as Pathways. provides the structural mechanics a Carin Roberts-Wollmann focuses tool to design new resilient, sustainable, her research on implementing high and multifunctional materials and performance materials and innovative structures. This will lead to address construction techniques to improve societal challenges such as meeting energy concrete bridge behavior, durability and demands and manufacturing innovative constructability. This year she worked design. She presented the outcomes of with VDOT to develop standards her research at TRB, MACH, and ASCEfor based on her previous research EMI conferences during the last semester. in three different areas: connection Dr. Shakiba is active in mechanistic details of adjacent box beams and materials modeling committees for voided slabs, Very High Performance TRB and ASCE-EMI. She is going to Concrete (VHPC) for connections start a recently funded project through of precast elements, and the Inverted CenTiRe in collaboration with mechanical T-beam system for short to medium engineering researchers. The project’s span bridges. She has ongoing research aim is to understand the fundamental underway to continue to develop and mechanisms leading to tire abrasion due refine the Inverted T-beam system to tire-pavement interactions using multiand to finalize the state standard. She physics computational modeling. 2017 Via Report • 31


Shaking up designs in earthquake engineering “I don’t try to make things difficult, but I certainly don’t shy away from challenges,” said Dr. Roberto Leon, Professor of Structural Engineering. This attitude is the driving force behind the latest seismic resistance test done by Dr. Leon and Dr. Matt Eatherton in the Murray Structural Engineering Lab. The test wasn’t just bigger than the last one, the beam tested weighed 925 pounds per foot which is at least twice as large than previously tested The company that sponsored the test normally produces large shapes for tall buildings, but they are looking to go into new markets. The beams they are testing would be used for application in large areas such as sports arenas, airport concourses, 32 • 2017 Via Report

convention centers, and shopping centers. In the 1994 Northridge, California earthquake, there were several failures in the welded steel connections. “So much of what engineers do today is look at failures,” said Leon. “In fact, addressing failure modes is what governs much of our work.” By learning from the connection failures in Northridge and other large earthquakes, they can work to improve those to sustain through future earthquakes. Leon has visited countries such as Chile and New Zealand following earthquakes to assess the damage and investigate structural behavior, both good and bad. “These events occur, but there is a lot of things

you can do to prepare for it and learn from previous natural disasters,” he said. During an earthquake, the columns and beams within a structure move back and forth relative to each other. As the column and beam move up and down, a large load is put on the column. The test simulated this process at a slower rate to allow time for analysis along the way. “Projects like this are a combination of an industrial need and a need to push knowledge forward,” he said. The team is actually doing four separate tests that increase progressively. In the final one, they will hit over 1.2 million pounds of force during the beam movements.


An additional challenge is that the theories that are used to test to make the design work with section weighting 200-300 pounds per foot, may not apply for the larger tests. The sections are so thick that the principles that worked previously, devived for thinner sections, may not work. The weld on the large section took several dozen passes and over two weeks to complete. After many quality control and ultrasonic inspections, they deemed it ready to test. “But until you test it, you don’t know,” admitted Leon. These tests can be so expensive that duplicate tests are often not an option. Therefore, the team has spent a large amount of time actually designing the test and doing many levels of quality control inspections since one this large has not previously been done. “This work is being done at Virginia Tech because we have a number of experts in seismic design, we have an excellent laboratory, and we are crazy enough to try and demonstrate this,” Leon laughed.

Crazy or not, this test could make a huge impact on how large structures are designed to sustain earthquakes, which can be a tough task to predict since earthquakes can vary in magnitude so much. “I am an experimentalist that likes to look at unusual loadings and unusual events,” he said. Earthquake engineering is where this need lies right now. For the most part, engineers understand how to design structural systems to sustain hurricanes. However, earthquakes and tornados are more challenging. They are even beginning to explore other unusual events, such as large blasts and tornadoes. Leon has always been interested in the area of earthquakes. Growing up, he lived in Peru and Italy and lived through several large earthquakes. He also got his doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he tested large reinforced concrete beamcolumn conenctions that, at the time, were quite unique. This is

where he identified himself as an experimentalist that likes to challenge what has been done before in an effort to improve. University of Texas at Austin is also where he met his Ph.D. advisor and mentor, Dr. Jim Jirsa. “He showed me how much fun this job is,” noted Leon. “This is the best job in the world. Every day is different. I get to make a difference in the lives of people.” One way he does this is through his service to the profession. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Institute of Steel Construction, (AISC), and the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). In fact, he recently was honored with the SEI President’s Award, given to recognize his exemplary contributions to the success of SEI. He has served at Virginia Tech since 2012, gaining national and international recognition for his research, teaching, and service.

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Transportation Infrastructure and Systems The Transportation Infrastructure and Systems Engineering Program (TISE) had a productive academic year. The group includes the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence and the Federal Aviation Administration National Center of Excellence for Aviation Research (NEXTOR). TISE Program is comprised of 11 faculty members and 65 graduate students. The group has representation in both Blacksburg and the National Capital Region. Several TISE faculty are affiliated with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). The group is supported Sandi Wagener as the group’s administrative assistant. During the past year, Kathleen Hancock has expanded her work in highway safety analysis and visualization. Projects include developing a systemwide method for identifying crash factors at complex facilities like interchanges, creating sketch planning models for safety planning and visualization, and studying the effect of transportation network companies on crashes involving alcohol. She continues her work with Virginia DMV to locate all crashes on all roads in Virginia and to use the located crash data to evaluate current safety initiatives and identify

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new opportunities to improve highway safety in the Commonwealth. She is continually enhancing her use of technology to enriched teaching and learning for her on-line education and to explore new ways to effectively interact with remote students. As codirector of the Smart Urban Mobility Laboratory in the National Capital Region, she is strategically enhancing the environment and capabilities of the lab. Hancock also acts as the Department coordinator for the CEE program in the National Capital Region.

Kevin Heaslip was appointed as the

Associate Director of the Information Systems Lab of the Hume Center for National Security and Technology, where he leads research efforts in Cyber Physical Systems for the center. Heaslip has been conducting research on Automated Vehicle Security for the National Science Foundation. His research in Automated Vehicle Security examines the safety and efficiency degradation due to adversarial attacks on vehicle platoons. He is working to procure

center level funding in the area of Infrastructure Systems Resilience and is advising the Virginia Department of Transportation on their sign retroreflectivity measurement procedures. He recently moved from the National Capital Region to Blacksburg.

Susan Hotle is an Assistant

Professor who teaches Introduction to Transportation Engineering and will teach Analysis of Civil Infrastructure Systems starting this fall. She is a researcher in the NEXTOR II consortium and serves as principal investigator on a project sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigating surface performance and delay at core U.S. airports. Also, she advises a student project sponsored through the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Graduate Award


Transportation Infrastructure and Systems on the impact of airport size on offered airline fares. Hotle is an active member of the Aviation Applications Section (AAS) of INFORMS, serving as a Best Student Presentation committee member.

of Intelligent Transportation Systems, and a member of the editorial board of the Transportation Letters: The International Journal of Transportation Research, and the IET Journal of Intelligent Transport Systems.

Bryan Katz continues to serve as

Samuel C. Tignor continued

an Assistant Professor of Practice, teaching Introduction to Transportation Engineering, Geometric Design of Highways, and Transportation Safety. In addition, he advises the Virginia Tech Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) student chapter. The ITE student chapter’s Traffic Bowl Team won the State section and competed at the Southern District ITE meeting in Columbia, South Carolina. This year, Katz was a recipient of the 2017 CEE Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. He continues to bring practical experience into the classroom through his position at toXcel where he serves as the Vice President of Engineering. Katz remains active as an active member of the Virginia Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, a member of two Transportation Research Board Committees, and as a voting member on the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (NCUTCD).

Hesham Rakha, with researchers and students in the Center for Sustainable Mobility, worked on various nationallevel projects sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, the Federal Transit Association, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Energy. Rakha published four book chapters, 20 peer-reviewed journal publications (15 published and five accepted), 41 peer reviewed conference publications (23 published and 15 accepted), and had over 850 citations. In addition, they made 23 conference presentations. Rakha serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, the Journal

Faculty Organization of the College of Engineering. He also served on the presidential council on strategic planning and budgeting.

teaching the Highway Transportation Safety course. Aside from teaching, he is active in the development and promotion of the Human Factors Guideline for Road Systems, NCHRP report 600, with emphasis on holistic determination of road user safety needs by having highway designers, planners, and traffic engineers serve as virtual road users during their project formulations. The application of the human factor guideline is facilitated by the use of a human factor interaction matrix (HFIM) which assesses the potential unsafe interaction between the infrastructure, vehicle, and road users. When unsafe interactions are found, solutions are developed and implemented by using the HFG, thus increasing road user safety. His students successfully used the HFIM methodology in the highway safety course. He is the chair of the TRB Joint Subcommittee AND10(2) ”Human Factors Road Design Guides.”

Linbing Wang has continued

research on genome of stone-based infrastructure materials, energy harvesting, infrastructure resilience, green and sensing technologies. He and his colleagues have developed plans for growing and sustaining the Center for Smart and Green Civil Systems with endorsements of the department and the university. Wang has co-led the organization of the 2nd Transportation Research Congress in May 2017 in Beijing, China. Dr. Wang started new research projects on FiberMat applications to pavement preservations and innovative use of precast concrete pavement in urban areas. As a departmental representative, he actively served the Engineering 2017 Via Report • 35


Meet the Via Scholars The Via Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the late Mrs. Marion Bradley Via of Roanoke, Virginia, and her family. In 1987, Mrs. Via contributed $5 million each to the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering. Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors subsequently named the ECE department in honor of Mrs. Via’s deceased father, Harry Lynde Bradley, and the CEE department in honor of her late husband, Charles E. Via, Jr. Mrs. Via died in 1993. Both departments use a portion of the endowment to award scholarships to qualifying students. These scholarships are among the most competitive in the country. Since the Via endowment was created in 1987, the department has received more than $20 million in support. We are proud to acknowledge that this is the 31st year of the Via endowment and the Via Report. We want to take this opportunity to recognize the current Via scholars as well as alumni that have come through the program for the last 31 years and continue to fulfill the mission set by the Via family.

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Nick Brilli

Helen Chen

Tanner Keen

Jenna Ritchie

Undergraduate Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana Awards and Recognitions: Pratt Engineering Scholarship, Steel Bridge Team Captain, Dean’s List with Distinction Work Experience: ECM Consultants, Researcher with the Coastal Engineering Research Group at the University of Queensland, Australia Career Goals: Obtain a master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering and eventually make a career doing research in coastal engineering

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia Awards and Recognitions: Virginia Tech Civil Engineering Alumni Board Scholarship, Society of American Military Engineerings NOVA Post Scholarship, Dean’s LIst, Chi Epsilon Honor Society member Work Experience: Intern at Setty & Associates, intern at Milani Construction, intern at Bowman Consulting Career Goals: I aspire to design systems which significantly reduce hydrological impacts of development. I want to remain environmentally mindful throughout my career. Overall, i would like to improve the world through civil engineering, sustainability, ethical values, and integrity.

Hometown: Riner, Virginia Awards and Recognitions: Norrine Bailey Smith Strong Start Honoree, member of Honor College at Virginia Tech, Chi Epsilon member, Dean’s list with distinction Work Experience: Employed with VDOT as an engineer intern in both the construction and traffic engineering divisions, worked at Cardinal Blueprinters plotting large format copies for construction and engineering businesses Career Goals: My ultimate goal is to obtain my EIT, work in the transportation construction sector of civil engineering and earn my PE. I would like to become a construction engineer or possibly continue to get my master’s degree.

Hometown: Manahawkin, New Jersey Awards and Recognitions: George A. Stewart Engineering Scholarship recipient, Calvin Manly Pritchard, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Dean’s list with distinction, Chi Epsilon member, Virginia Tech ASCE Chapter President Work Experience: Co-op with Ulliman Schutte, Project Engineer Intern with Geostablization International, Maintenance of Way Intern with Norfolk Southern, Research Assistant at Virginia Tech Career Goals: My goals are to become a professional engineer, lead a multidisciplinary team of engieers to solve a slope stability issue before it becomes an emergency, and ansure quality control to the point where no liability work has to be done on implemented projects. 2017 Via Report • 37


Michael Bennett

Masters Geotechnical Engineering

Hometown: Berwyn, Pennsylvania Location of Undergraduate Studies: Lafayette College Awards and Recognitions: Tau Beta Pi Fellowship, Graduated summa cum laude Work Experience: Intern at AeroAggregates, LLC, Group Intern at GeoStructures, Inc, EXCEL Research Scholar at Lafayette CEE Department, Traffic Department Intern at McCormick Taylor Career Goals: Become involved in the field of infrastructure geotechnics and help modernize American infrastructure.

Matthew Blair

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Clear Spring, Maryland Location of Undergraduate Studies: Mississippi State University Awards and Recognitions: MSU Presidential Scholar, Goldwater National Research Scholarship Honorable Mention, John E. Pearson Prize in Civil Engineering, Spirit of State Honorary, Missippi Engineering Society’s Outstanding Engineering Senior Work Experience: ReNUWit National REU program researcher; MSU’s Engineers without Borders Expedition Member, Undergraduate Researcher at MSU Career Goals: Complete my master’s degree, focusing on water and energy sustainability then transition into industry work or continuing on to my Ph.D. Ultimately, I hope to work in both industry and academic settings.

Robert Cole

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Tech Awards and Recognitions: Pratt Engineering Scholarship for Outstanding Achievement, graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s list for all semesters Work Experience: Internship with Engineering Consulting Services, Undergraduate research assistant, Forensic Engineering Internship with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. Career Goals: I plan to work for a structural forensics firm to combine my engineering knowledge with a love for problem solving and investigation. I hope to continue learning and innovating over the course of my career.

Emma Coleman

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Construction Engineering and Management

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: Clemson University Awards and Recognitions: New Horizons Scholar, LEED Green Associate, Member of Tau Beta Pi, Calhoun Honors College graduate Work Experience: Energy Systems Intern for Argonne National Laboratory, Environmental Intern for Santee Cooper Electric Utility, Women in Science and Engineering Mentor at Clemson Career Goals: To become an expert on the intersect between architecture and engineering and on the improved sustainable building practices. I would like to work in both academia and industry.


Dylan Cowell

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Kutztown, Pennsylvania Location of Undergraduate Studies: Bucknell University Awards and Recognitions: Michael D. LaGrega Award for Excellence in Environmental Engineering Work Experience: Project Engineer for Skanska USA Building Career Goals: I would like to become a water and wastewater design engineer.

Anthony DiGiantommaso

Geotechnical Engineering

Hometown: North Attleboro, Massachusetts Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Rhode Island Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Summa Cum Laude, University Academic Excellence Award, Tau Beta Pi Nagel Scholarship, Deep Foundations Institute Educational Trust At-Large Scholarship Work Experience: Engineer Technician II Intern at GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc, Assistant Project Manager Intern at Page Building Construction Company Career Goals: Combine my interests of geotechnical and structural engineering and work as a PE designing foundations for buildings and off-shore structures. I want to work on unique projects and give back to the profession through teaching.

Matthew Ferby

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: North Carolina A&T State University Awards and Recognitions: New Horizons Graduate Fellow, GEM Associate Fellow, Summa Cum Laude graduate, member of Tau Beta Pi, Engineer in Training (EIT) Work Experience: Plant Engineer Intern for two rotations at FirstEnergy’s Pleasants Power Station, undergraduate research assistant Career Goals: I would like to work for a research laboratory or consulting firm focusing on natural resource management and sustainable practices. Ultimately, I want to become a professor and use my knowledge to impact future generations and empower members of underrepresented groups to pursue STEM careers.

Megan Geboski

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: United States Coast Guard Academy Awards and Recognitions: Captain Charles A. McAllister Memorial Award, MOLES Association Student Award, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Award, graduated with highest honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy Work Experience: Operations Officer and First Lieutenant onboard USCGC ISAAC MAYO; Intern for Facilities Engineering Department USCG Base Career Goals: I plan to continue my service in the United States Coast Guard at a Civil Engineering Unit or Base Facilities Engineering Department, working to provide essential shore support to Coast Guard assets and manage a wide variety of construction project, allowing me to work towards obtaining my PE license. 2017 Via Report • 39


Rebecka Gilbertson

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Granite Falls, Washington Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Washington Awards and Recognitions: NASA Space Grant Scholar, Recipient of the Frank and Barabara Robinson Endowed Engineering Scholarship, Presenter at the Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium, Graduated Cum Laude Work Experience: Traffic management intern at Washington State Dept. of Transportation, Undergraduate Researcher at UW Career Goals: Obtain my Ph.D. and PE and begin a career in either an industry or government position.

Nora Harris

Construction Engineering and Management

Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: Clemson University Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Magna Cum Laude, NSF Research Fellowship Work Experience: Global Silicon Valley Sustainability Partners Intern, Clemson Parking and Transportation Services Envision Consultant, Undergraudate Research Assistant, BMW Manufacturing Co-op Career Goals: I plan to devote my career to the improvement of sustainability of buildings and infrastructure with a focus on energy use. I intend to become an expert in managing energy projects involving retrofits and the implementation of more efficient technologies which have a proven sustainable return on investment.

Seth Lindley

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana Location of Undergraduate Studies: Purdue University Awards and Recognitions: Purdue Civil Engineering Outstanding Undergraduate Student Work Experience: Co-op with Arsee Engineers, Internship with Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Career Goals: I would like to work in the area of structural restoration and rehabilitation.

Kyle Maeger

Transportation and Infrastructure Systems

Hometown: Abbeville, South Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: Clemson University Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Engineer in Training, Pacific Air Forces Best Engineering Flight Work Experience: Civil Engineer in the United States Air Force for seven years with assignments to Join Base Elmendork-Richardson, Alaska; Yokota Air Base, Japan and three deployments Career Goals: Continue to serve as a civil engineer and officer in the USAF and contribute to the sustainment of USAF infrastructure around the world 40 • 2017 Via Report


Nathan McWhirter

Construction Engineering and Management

Hometown: Madison, Alabama Location of Undergraduate Studies: Auburn University Awards and Recognitions: O’Neal Austin Best Student Award, Recipient of National Merit Scholarship, O’Rourke Scholarship, Buris R. Boshell Honors Scholarship, Mechancial Engineering Annual Scholarships, Dean’s List for all semesters Work Experience: Intern with Miltech Corporation, intern with Auburn University Office of Sustainability Career Goals: I would like to serve a faith-based or nonprofit organization that focuses on sustainable infrastructure projects for those most in need.

Melissa Mika

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado Location of Undergraduate Studies: Iowa State University Awards and Recognitions: Pak-Ly Fung research scholar, graduated Summa Cum Laude, Honors program, Dean’s List Work Experience: Intern with Kimley-Horn and Associates, undergraduate research assistant in agricultural water quality Career Goals: I aim to work as a consulting engineer and obtain my professional engineering license. Ultimately, I hope to improve urban water systems and work in mixed industry and academic settings

Amy Olson

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Metairie, Louisiana Location of Undergraduate Studies: Louisiana State University Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Engineer in Training, LA ASCE Distinguished Civil Engineering Senior Student, BASF Team Chemistry Award, Global Leaders Scholarship from the LSU Alumni Association Work Experience: Co-op with LA Transportation Research Center, Field Engineer Intern for Barriere Construction Company, Undergraduate Research Assistant Career Goals: I hope to gain experience at an environmental engineering firm and obtain licensure as a professional engineer. Ultimately, I would like to work in some capacity to train and mentor other engineers.

Julie Paprocki

Geotechnical Engineering

Hometown: Mingo Junction, Ohio Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Cincinnati Awards and Recognitions: Graduated first in class, Magna Cum Laude, Engineering Intern State of Ohio Work Experience: Co-op and Intern at Stantec Consulting Services, Intern at the Ohio Department of Transportation, Teaching Assistant, President of Engineers without Borders Career Goals: Work for a geotechnical design compnay working on large-scale projects and obtain my professional engineering license. Outside of work, I plan to use my license to volunteer with Engineers without Borders and serve on international projects. 2017 Via Report • 41


Jonathan Paquette

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Vienna, Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Tech Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List, ASCE VT Thompson Award, William A. Caruthers Scholarship, Engineer in Training (EIT) Work Experience: Structural Engineering Intern, Gibbs & Cox, Inc. Career Goals: After obtaining a master’s degree, I hope to get practical working experience and receive professional engineering licensure. I would prefer working on bridge design, but I’m always open to new experiences. I am considering furthering my education with a Ph.D. after gaining work experience.

Logan Perry

Joshua Rosenthal

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Tech Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Thompson Memorial Scholarship, Outstanding Leadership & Service Award, member of Chi Epsilon Work Experience: Intern with the structures team at Kimley-Horn and Associates where I worked as a full-time analyst with clients including the Atlanta Falcons and Live Nation Entertainment. Career Goals: I plan to devote my career to the improvement of sustainability of buildings and infrastructure with a focus on energy use. I intend to become an expert in managing energy projects involving retrofits and the implementation of more efficient technologies which have a proven sustainable return on investment.

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Henrico, Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Tech Awards and Recognitions: Richard Quaterman Scholarship, Dean’s List with Distinction, Edward Priestas Memorial Scholarship Work Experience: Structural Engineering Co-op at SSOE, Engineering intern at VDOT, Engineering intern at Henrico County Building Inspections Career Goals: I plan to work for a structural engineering firm. I want to become a PE and hope to be involved in large, challenging projects.

Zoe Schmitt

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Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Larchmont, New York Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Virginia Awards and Recognitions: Louis T. Rader Civil Engineering Award, Henry L. Kinnier Scholarship, Clark Engineering Business Scholarship, Capital One Diversity Scholarship Work Experience: Stormwater intern for the Environmental Resources Dept. at UVA Facilities Management, Intern for L + M Development Partners, Inc. Career Goals: I hope to provide engineering consultation and expertise to cities that experience water management problems. After obtaining my PE, I want to continuously learn about hydrology, climate change, community development and sustainability.


William Shaffer

Matheu Spencer

Geotechnical Engineering

Hometown: Madison, West Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: Marshall University Awards and Recognitions: NASA Undergraduate Fellowship recipient, Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year, WV Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship Recipient, Graduated Summa Cum Laude Work Experience: Undergraduate Research Assistant, Intern at Graz University of Technology in Austria, Intern at WV Division of Highways Bridge Department, Marshall University Teaching Assistant Career Goals: I hope to make contributions towards the betterment of society in the form of foundations, retaining walls, dams, and other geotechnical services.

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: Clemson University Awards and Recognitions: Erin Samantha Cawthorne Award, Steiner Family Foundation Scholarship, graduated Magna Cum Laude, First Place Poster at the CU Summer Undergraduate Research Sumposium Work Experience: Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Single Molecule Biophsyics Lab and the Alper Lab Career Goals: I plan to pursue a career working toward purifying and providing clean water supplies in developing countries.

Zachary Sprinkle

Construction Engineering and Management

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Military Institute Awards and Recognitions: Graduated first academically in VMI’s Mechanical Engineering department, VMI Triathlon Club MVP, VMI Honor Court Member, VMI Institute Honor’s Graduate, VMI Catholic-Christian Service Award Work Experience: W.M. Jordan Virtual Design and Construction intern, DJG, Inc. Mechanical Design Intern Career Goals: I aspire to be a building construction project manager.

Amanda Weikmann

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Tech Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dean’s List for all semesters, member of Chi Epsilon, member of Society of Women Engineers Work Experience: Civil engineering and land development internships at McAdams Company and LandDesign, Inc. in Charlotte; Undergraduate research assistant at Virginia Tech Career Goals: I hope to work at a water resources firm for the US Army Corps of Engineers. Eventually, I would like to work in a capacity, either as a teacher or with an outreach program, where I can influence people to pursue STEM careers. 2017 Via Report • 43


David Woodson

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Tech Awards and Recognitions: CEE Class of 1958 Scholarship, Pratt Engineering Scholarship, Reynolds Scholars Scholarship and Community Service Project, Deans list every semester, graduated Summa Cum Laude Work Experience: Water Resources Intern with Dewberry Consultants, Fluid Mechanics Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Digital Assistant at Trace TV Career Goals: I have interest in hydraulics with respect to stormwater and nonpoint source pollution. I want to apply these interests in private, public, or academic sectors.

Maria Amaya

Doctoral

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio Location of Undergraduate Studies: The Ohio State University Awards and Recognitions: Most Outstanding Student Oral Presentation Award at World of Coal Ash, New Horizons Graduate Scholar, graduated Summa Cum Laude, member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Work Experience: Undergraduate research assistant at Ohio State Career Goals: I would like to become a Professional Engineer and apply what I have learned in an international setting as part of my professional practice in water resources and environmental enginereing. I aspire to work in consulting or as a member of a governmental agency.

Vincent Bongioanni

Transportation and Infrastructure Systems

Conrad Brendel

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Hometown: Sacramento, California Location of Undergraduate Studies: US Air Force Academy Awards and Recognitions: Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Society of American Military Engineers Annual Sustainability Award, Air Force Space Command Space & Missile Systems Center team of the year Work Experience: Civil Engineer in the US Air Force for 11 years. Served as executive officer to a commander of every level in the military. Led Airfield Pavement Evaluation team. Instructor at the USAF Academy Career Goals: Improvement of Air Force asset management and design practices in a resource-constrained environment.

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Location of Undergraduate Studies: Iowa State University Awards and Recognitions: ASABE Iowa Section Outstanding M.S. Student, Monsanto Graduate Student Scholarship recipient, George Washington Carver scholar Work Experience: Graduate and undergraduate research assistant for the Agriculutre and Biosystems Engineering Department Career Goals: To earn my Ph.D. so I can conduct research and teach about current environmental issues, particularly water resource quality issues at the watershed scale.


Meredith Bullard

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Garner, North Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: North Carolina State University Awards and Recognitions: NCSU CCEE Senior Award for Citizenship and Service, Faculty Senior Scholar, member of Chi Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi, Graduated Valedictorian Work Experience: Intern at The Wooten Company, Undergraduate researcher Career Goals: Upon completion of my graduate studies, I hope to gain experience as a practicing consulting engineer and return to teach at a university. My ultimate goal is to teach, mentor, and inspire young engineers.

Emily Garner

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Swanton, Maryland Location of Undergraduate Studies: West Virginia University Awards and Recognitions: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Summa Cum Laude graduate, WVU Foundation Outstanding Senior Work Experience: Undergraduate research intern at WVU, engineering intern for the City of Morgantown, intern at Highland Engineering & Surveying, Inc. Career Goals: Upon completion of my degree, I would like to use my acquired knowledge and skills in environmental engineering applications to pursure research opportunities either in academia or industry.

James Hurley

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Durango, Colorado Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Colorado at Boulder Awards and Recognitions: Golden Key Honor Society, Dean’s List, Kappa Mu Epsilon member Work Experience: National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife, English as a second language teacher, Teaching assistant for laboratory courses Career Goals: To continue to do research to publish

Michael Lee

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Location of Undergraduate Studies: Hanyan Unviersity, Seoul, Republic of Korea Awards and Recognitions: Outstanding presentation award at Korean Society of Coastal and Ocean Engineers Conference, Outstanding Researcher of the Year by Korea’s National Institute of Meteorological Sciences, Graduated Summa Cum Laude Work Experience: Researcher and graduate research and teaching assistant Career Goals: I would like to be a professional in the field of coastal engineering as a researcher and educator.

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Gregory Loflin

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Denton, North Carolina Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of North Carolina at Charlotte Awards and Recognitions: Founding President of Structural Engineers Association at UNC Charlotte, Dean’s List, National Society of Leadership and Success Work Experience: Intern and field technician at Shield Engineering, UNC Charlotte Masters Graduate Research Assistantship Career Goals: I intend to become a professional engineer and work in the structural design industry.

William Lotts

Environmental and Water Resources

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia Location of Undergraduate Studies: United State Military Academy at West Point Awards and Recognitions: Best lineman for Army football team, Academic American, two bronze stars for deployment to Afghanistan, Ralph Ernest Huston award for best graduate teaching assistant Work Experience: Eleven years active duty in the Army, serving as Platoon leader, Sapper Company Commander, and West Point math instructor. Currenly serving as operations officer with the reserves. Career Goals: To be a university professor and to make a significant contribution in the field of Environmental Engineering

Ayella Maile-Moskowitz

Environmental and Water Resources

Ross McCarthy

Hometown: Mount Rainier, Maryland Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Maryland, College Park Awards and Recognitions: National Science Fellow Graduate Research Fellowship, UMD Phillip Merrill Presidential Scholar, UMD Undergraduate Researcher of the Year, Travel Scholarship/ Presentation at the MIT C3E Women in Clean Energy Work Experience: Research Assistant in the Water Quality Laboratory, John’s Hopkins Research Assistant in the Nanotechnology Laboratory, Intern at the Max Planck Instittue for Biochemistry Career Goals: I plan on continuing my research in academia or in a national laboratory.

Transportation and Infrastructure Systems

Hometown: Corsicana, Texas Location of Undergraduate Studies: Virginia Tech Awards and Recognitions: Among top five presenters at the 11th Annual InterUniversity Symposium on Infrastructure Management, awarded guaranteed presenter for a poster board-session at 2016 Transportation Research Board Conference Work Experience: Virginia Tech Masters Graduate Research Assistantship Career Goals: Working for government or private industry, in managing infrastructure assets, with a specific interest in the field of safety. 46 • 2017 Via Report


Jeannie Purchase

Tyler Quick

Construction Engineering and Management

Hometown: Ellenwood, Georgia Location of Undergraduate Studies: Clemson University Awards and Recognitions: New Horizons Scholar, MAOP Graduate Scholar, Jacquelyn Willis Anthony PEER Award, LEED Green Associate Work Experience: Intern for Center for STEM Opportunity and Diversity, CoOp for Charleston Water System Wastewater Collection Department, Intern for Programs for Education Enrichment & Retention, Tutor for Science & Engineering Career Goals: Pursue an industry career in project management of a sustainable building design and retrofits. I also would like to return to academia as a professor that bridges STEM fields with sustainability concepts.

Geotechnical

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky Location of Undergraduate Studies: Brigham Young University Awards and Recognitions: Professional Engineer License, Innovation of the Year Award by the US Army Corps of Engineers, BYU Civil Engineering Outstanding Graduate, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society member Work Experience: Geotechnical engineer for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Geotechnical engineer for the Army Corps Risk Management Center Dam Safety Northwest Division Risk Cadre Career Goals: I plan on continuing in academia as a university professor. I would like to continue researching while teaching and mentoring future civil engineers.

Samuel Sherry

Structural Engineering and Materials

Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Oklahoma Awards and Recognitions: Dean’s list all semesters, graduate Cum Laude, Engineer in Training Work Experience: Graduate Research Assistant, Structural Designer at BC Steel Buildings, Engineering Intern at Oklahoma Department of Transportation Career Goals: I would like to pursue a career in academia as a researcher. I hope to apply my knowledge to advance research in the field of structural engineering, as well as instill by passion for learning and knowledge to future engineers.

Kirstin Ulmer

Geotechnical

Hometown: Corvallis, Oregon Location of Undergraduate Studies: Brigham Young University - Provo Awards and Recognitions: Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Heritage Scholarship Recipient, Tau Beta Pi Scholar Work Experience: Worked at Kleinfelder in Salt Lake City, Utah Career Goals: After completing my Ph.D., I plan to become a university professor so I can perform research in the field I love, as well as encourage students to become excellent civil engineers.

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Lucas Walshire

Geotechnical Engineering

Hometown: Kalona, Iowa Location of Undergraduate Studies: University of Iowa Awards and Recognitions: Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, ERDC Award for Excellence in Operational Support, Commanders Award for Civilian Service Work Experience: Research Civil Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Career Goals: Contribute to the US Army Corps of Engineers mission by providing technical support through practical and cost effective means

Via Alumni: Where are They Now? Undergraduates Suzanne Ayres Angelo Year Graduated: 2003; Master’s 2006, Virginia Tech Employer: Unknown Doran J. Bosso Year Graduated: 2006; Master’s 2008, Virginia Tech Employer: Skanska Infrastructure Development, Alexandria, Va. Chuck Conran Year Graduated: 2016 Employer: Pursuing Master’s at Virginia Tech Jennifer Dickhans Year Graduated: 2001 Employer: Full-time mother, Longmont, CO Chris English Year Graduated: 1994; Master’s 1996, University of Illinois, Urbana Employer: CH2M Hill, St. Louis, Mo.

Michelle Helsel Year Graduated: 2017 Current Status: Graduate School, Unknown

Casie Venable Year Graduated: 2016 Employer: Pursuing a Master’s at University of Colorado at Boulder

Chris Kaldahl Year Graduated: 1995 Employer: Appalachian Mountain Club, Gorham, N.H.

Elliott Robert Wheeler Year Graduated: 1996 Employer: Operations Management International, Inc., Englewood, Colo.

Clint Martin Year Graduated: 2015 Employer: Currently pursuing a graduate degree at Virginia Tech

Ryan Willey Year Graduated: 2000 Employer: Pathway CA

Stephen O. Meininger Year Graduated: 1991 Employer: CH2M Hill - OMI, Clarksville, Md. Joshua Mouras Year Graduated: 2006 Employer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, Wash. Joseph Schmitt Year Graduated: 2001 Current Status: Unknown

Brian P. Felker Year Graduated: 2001 Current Status: Unknown

Paul Taylor Year Graduated: 2004 Current Status: ExxonMobil, Houston

Kathryn Firich Year Graduated: 2007 Employer: Brown and Caldwell, Alexandria, Va.

Henry J. Theiss Year Graduated: 1994 Employer: Unknown

R. Andrew Goodwin Year Graduated: 1996 Current Status: U.S. Army Engineer R&D Center, Portland, Ore.

Jennifer Verwest Year Graduated: 2001 Current Status: Pursuing a graduate degree at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

The following students also received their undergraduate degrees while on a Via Scholarship and pursued their master’s degrees at Virginia Tech, also as Via Scholarship recipients. Their complete listings can be found in the alumni student section: Randall Boe, William Scott Dewhirst, II, Charles M. Dietz, Jr., Greg Hensley, Peter D. Kauffmann, Jeffrey Kuttesch, Matthew Moore, John D. Riley, John Stephen Siczka, Jeffrey Snow, and Marcia Votour Prowell, Claire McKenzie White

Graduates Construction Frank Arcuri Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Fluor Corporation, New York, N.Y.


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Mary Jane Contos Bartlett Year Graduated: 1992 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: O’Brien & Gere Engineering, Morrisville, N.C.

Angel Ho Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, Va.

Janet Sparks Chandler Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: State of Tennessee, SAILS program

Ardalan Khosrowpour Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Unknown

Allan D. Chasey Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Del E. Webb School of Construction, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. Kirsten Davis Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Boise State University, Boise, Idaho Samuel Ferrara Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Unknown Martha Gross Year Graduated: 2010 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Department of Transportation, Suffolk, VA Rimas Gulbinas Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Cornell University, New York City, NY Shannon P. Hapuarachy Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: S.M.H. Construction, Bradley, W.Va. Benjamin Hays Year Graduated: 2002 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: L.A. Dept. of Public Works, Los Angeles, Calif. John Hildreth Year Graduated: 2003 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of North Carolina, Charlotte, N.C.

Jennifer Firman McConnell Year Graduated: 2002 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Schoor DePalma, Kulpsville, Pa. Joshua P. Middleton Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: American Infrastructure, Worcester, Pa. Maria E. Nieves-Melendez Year Graduated: 2017 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: McDonough, bolyard and Peck (MFB) Francis Pesce Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Ulliman Schutte Construction, Roanoke, Va. Juan C. Pińero Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Barrett Hale & Alamo, Consulting Engineers, San Juan, Puerto Rico Jeffrey Snow Years Graduated: 2000 and 2002 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: American Infrastructure, Worcester, Pa. Robert C. Williams Year Graduated: 2006 and 2008 Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Vecellio and Grogan Inc., Beckley, W.Va. Terry L. Williams Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Alan A. Meyers, Inc.

Joshua Zilke Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Clark Builders Group

Environmental and Water Resources Nancy Lade Anderson Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Full-time mother William G. Ayers Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Mission Specialist at Palantir Technologies David Azinheira Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: URS, Germantown, MD Jason L. Beck Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Camp Dresser and McKee (CDM), Charlotte, NC Paul Bender Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Dewberry, Baltimore, MD Randall Boe Years Graduated: 1991 and 1993 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: CH2M Hill, Gainesville, FL Elizabeth Claire Booth Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Arcadis, Lakewood, CO Charles B. Bott Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia Beach, VA and Adjunct Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech Nicolle S. Boulay Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Assoc. Engineer/Parson’s 2017 Via Report • 49


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Engineering J. Steven Brauner Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Parsons Engineering, Denver, CO Randi Lieberman Brazeau Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Metropolitan State University of Denver Ayrton Alexander Bryan Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Anheuser-Busch, Williamsburg, VA Lee Davis Bryant Year Graduated: 2010 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Univ of Bath, UK Suzanne Ciavola Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Mott MacDonald, Philadelphia, PA Brandi Clark Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech Bradley M. Coffey Year Graduated: 1990 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Water Quality Division Joel Cohn Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Malcolm Pirnie, Norfolk, VA Cynthia Crane Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Hydro Geologic, Herndon Andrea Crowe Hargette Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Black & Veatch, Inc., 50 • 2017 Via Report

Greenville, SC Christina Clarkson Davis Year Graduated: 2000 and 2015 Degree Awarded: Masters and Ph.D. Employer: Unknown Jason Davis Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Carollo, Eagle, Idaho William Scott Dewhirst, II Years Graduated: 1993 and 1997 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: Newport News Water Works, Newport News, VA Charles (Chuck) Dietz, Jr. Years Graduated: 1989 and 1993 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Daniel Dorsel Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s, ENE Employer: Cardinal Newman School, Columbia, SC Mark Dougherty Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Auburn University, Auburn, AL Laura Duncan Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Arcadis, Knoxville, TN Mary Facciolo Year Graduated: 1994 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Raleigh, NC consulting Ryan M. Fedak Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: AECOM, Roanoke, VA Jamie Fettig Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s, ENE Employer: Parsons Engineering NY Scott A. Forsling Year Graduated: 1994 Degree Awarded: Master’s

Employer: Bowen, Collins and Associates, Draper, Utah John Fripp Year Graduated: 1991 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Resources Conservation Service, Ft. Worth, TX Wesley Geertsema Year Graduated: 1992 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Van Dyke Technology Group, Washington, DC Kevin R. Gilmore Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA Chloe Greenberg Year Graduated: 2017 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: H&V Consulting, LLC, Blacksburg, VA Aimee E. Greyshock Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Virginia Department of Health-Office of Drinking Water, Culpepper, VA Matthew Gwaltney Year Graduated: 2007 (posthumously) Degree Awarded: Master’s Deceased Benjamin Hammond Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: RBA Group, Philadelphia Orrick (Rick) Haney Year Graduated: 1994 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Haney Associates, Inc., Anderson, SC Gary Hinds Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: ARCADIS, Albany, NY David Holbrook Year Graduated: 2003


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Gannet Flemming, Camp Hill, PA

Edward Brian Houston Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Black & Veatch, Gaithersburg, MD

Rebecca Halvorson Lahr Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Research Fellow at Univ of Mich and Asst. Prof. at MSU

Victoria Wheaton Hoyland Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Public Works Department, Blacksburg, VA

Jessica Hekl Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Bowman Consulting, Denver, CO

Kari Husovitz Foy Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: B.P. Barber and Associates, Inc., N. Charleston, SC

Rebecca Lattyak Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Malcolm Pirnie, West Lafayette, IN

Angela Iatrou Simon Year Graduated: 1991 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Tutor Perini, Framingham, MA

Katherine Linares Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: HDR Engineering, Inc., Norfolk, VA

Joshua A. Joseph, Jr. Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: CH2M Hill, Baton Rouge, LA

Erika Lubkowitz Bailey Year Graduated: 1996 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: HDR, Inc., Raleigh, NC

Richard T. Kelly, II Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Brown & Caldwell, Seattle, WA Ronald D. Kent Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Geosyntec Wendell O. Khunjar Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Hazen and Sawyer, P.C., Fairfax, VA Lashun K. King Thomas Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY William J. Kingston

Philip Maldonado Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: City of Santa Barbara, California Donald C. Marickovich Year Graduated: 1990 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Draper Aden & Associates, Blacksburg, VA Becki Marshall Rosenfeldt Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Hazen & Sawyer, Fairfax Katherine McArthur Leitch Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Merck & Co., Inc., RaleighDurham, NC Colleen McCloskey Rossmeisl Year Graduated: 1995

Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Companion Animal Clinic, Blacksburg, VA Brian McCormick Year Graduated: 2003 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Colorado Springs Utilities, Colorado Springs, CO. Laurie S. McNeill Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Utah State University, Logan, Utah Eduardo Mendez, III Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: U.S. Army Peter B. Merkle Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM Jennifer H. Miller Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Virginia Tech Matthew C. Moore Year Graduated: 1992 and 1994 Degree Awarded: B.S. and Master’s Employer: Sikland Engineering Associates, Van Nuys, CA Christopher D. Muller Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Brown and Caldwell, Seattle, WA Jocelyn Fraga Muller Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Washington Caroline Nguyen Years Graduated: 2005 and 2010 Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Laurel, MD Julia Novak Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Master’s Deceased 2017 Via Report • 51


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Ijeoma Nzewi Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Thayer School of Engineering, Hanover, NH

Christine Pankow Year Graduated: 2017 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Angler Environmental, Warrenton, VA Jeff Parks Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg John E. Petrie Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Washington State University, Pullman, WA Kristina Perri Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: GHD, Inc., Bowie, MD Carrie Adam Phipps Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Full-time mother Noreen Poor Year Graduated: 1996 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Kiymetrics, LLC, Melbourne, FL. Caitlin Proctor Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: PhD Student at Eawag/ ETH Zurich Diana Rashash Year Graduated: 1994 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC Heather Veith Rectanus Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Battelle, Columbus, OH Colin Richards Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s 52 • 2017 Via Report

Employer: CDM Smith, Chicago, IL

Kansas City, MO

William Rhoads Year Graduated: 2017 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer:Post-doctoral researcher at Virginia Tech

John S. Siczka Years Graduated: 1994 and 1997 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: CH2M Hill, Brown Deer, WI

Sandra Robinson Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CH2M Hill, Redding, CA Jason Rushing Year Graduated: 2002 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Malcolm Pirnie, Fairfax Mary Rust Sadler Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Hazen and Sawyer, Raleigh, Emily A. Sarver Year Graduated: 2010 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Paolo Scardina Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Rachel M. Sellaro Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Greer Industries, Morgantown, WV Dipankar Sen Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose, CA Vickie L. Singleton Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Full-time mother, New Bern, NC Brad Shearer Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CH2M Hill, Redding, CA Holly Shorney-Darby Year Graduated: February 1992 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Black & Veatch, Inc.,

Aaron B. Small Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: City of Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA Stephanie Smallegan Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of South Alabama Sheryl D. Smith Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Camp, Dresser and McKee, Raleigh, NC Jeffrey A. Sparks Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Hampton Roads Sanitation District, Virginia Beach, VA Justin St. Clair Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: AppTech Solutions, LLC, Salem, VA James H. Stagge Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Postdoctoral Researcher, Utah State University Water Laboratory, Logan, UT Jonathan Stathis Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Cedar City Corp., Cedar City, UT Melissa Stewart Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: ProChem, Inc., Elliston, VA Amanda E. Strickhouser Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Watson Wyatt, San


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Francisco, CA

Employer: Semcor, Washington, DC

Chris Tadanier Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Black & Veatch, Denver, CO

Jennifer Wright Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Richmond, VA

Nicholas Taylor Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CDM Smith Dan Waddill Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Dept. of the Navy, Norfolk Diane Waters Year Graduated: 2002 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: City of Miami, Public Works Dept., Miami, FL Edwin W. Watkins Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Ogden Environmental and Energy Services, Nashville, TN Katherine L. Weidner Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Black & Veatch, Charlotte David Whichard Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: International Paper, SC Claire McKenzie White Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Virginia Tech Krista Rule Wigginton Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Christopher A. Wilson Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Hampton Roads Sanitation District Christopher Wolfe Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s

Katie Young Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CDM Smith, Northern VA Kevin D. Young Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Anna Zaklikowski Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: HDR Engineering, Portland, OR Samson Zhilyaev Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Virginia Tech Lauren Zuravnsky-Wilson Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Geotechnical Tiffany E. Adams Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: AECOM, Denver, CO Julia Baaklini Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, New York, NY Thomas Barham Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: AECOM, Denver, CO Amanda Barngrover Year Graduated: 2010 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: RMC, Corps of Engineers, Lakewood, CO

William Bassett Year Graduated: 1990 Employer: Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC

Diane Yamane Baxter Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., Providence, RI Craig Benedict Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Gannet-Flemming, King of Prussia, PA David Bentler Year Graduated: 1993 and 1998 Degrees Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: CH2M Hill, Englewood, CO Kyle Blakley Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Stantec Consulting, Cincinnati, OH G. Allen Bowers Year Graduated: 2013 and 2015 Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Schnabel Engineering Nathaniel Bradley Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: S&ME, Inc., Charlotte, NC Jeremy Britton Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland, OR W. Lake Carter Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: GEOPIER Foundation Co., Inc., Mooresville, NC Pete Chenevey Year Graduated: 1994 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Dames & Moore, Cincinnati, OH Jaime Colby Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s 2017 Via Report • 53


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Employer: Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc., Westford, MA

Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: DuroTerra, Huntsville, AL

Employer: Kiewit Infrastructure Engineers, Omaha, NE

Megan Cole Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: GEI Consultants, Winchester, MA

Laura Henry Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Haley & Aldrich, NJ

Kenneth C. Maben Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Terracon, Charlotte, NC

Wayne Herring Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: ARM Group, Hershey, PA

Scott Mackey Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT

Austin A. Cox Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: S&ME, Inc., Charleston, SC Jeramy Bruyn Decker Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Kiewit Construction Co., Pacifica, CA Adam DePoy Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Stantec, Greater Grand Rapids, MI Patricia (Trish) M. Gallagher Year Graduated: December 2000 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA Betsy Godfrey Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Washington DC Russell Green Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Fred T. Falcone Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: ECS, Chantilly, VA George Filz Year Graduated: 1992 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Rachel T. Finch Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: S&ME, Huntsville, AL Brendan Fitzpatrick Year Graduated: 2001 54 • 2017 Via Report

Randall Hickman Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: BP American, Inc., Houston, TX

Jessica R. (Marshall) Barbier Year Graduated: 1990 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Denver Water, Denver, CO

Michelle Hoy Sherwood Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Consulting Environmental Engineer, Anchorage, AK

Michael P. McGuire Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Kenneth A. Huber Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Senior Project Manager, Langan Engineering, NY

Christopher L. Meehan Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Nicholas Izzo Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Langan Engineering & Environmental Sciences, Elmwood Park, NJ

Dale Paul Miller Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Shannon & Wilson, Inc. San Louis, MO

Alexander Kormanos Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Haley & Aldrich, Boston, MA Laura M. Kosoglu Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA Andrew Kost Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Cornforth Consultants, Portland, OR Samuel Lasley Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: Ph.D.

Clark Morrison Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: North Carolina Dept. of Transportation, Raleigh, NC Robert Mokwa Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT Michael Navin Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: US Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis, MO David Nevius Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Terra Costa Consulting,


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now?

San Diego, CA

KY

Michael Nolden Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Geosyntec Consultants, Philadelphia, PA

Alex Reeb Year Graduated: 2011 and 2015 Degree Awarded:Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Burns Cooley Dennis, Jackson, MS

James Parkes Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Baltimore, MD

Nathan Reeves Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: S&ME, Inc., Raleigh, NC

Maysill G. Pascal Year Graduated: 2003 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Menard USA Craig Petranka Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Unknown Michael Pockoski Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: GEOPIER Foundation Company, Inc., Mooresville, NC

John D. Rice Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Utah State University, Logan, UT Andrew T. Rose Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, PA Jennifer A. Schaeffer Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CH2M Hill, Seattle, WA

Jonathan Porter Year Graduated: 1991 and 1998 Degrees Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Federal Highway Administration

Kurt J. Schimpke Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Barr Engineering Company, Minneapolis, MN

Marcia Votour Prowell Years Graduated: 1992 and 1993 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: Advanced Material Services, Auburn, AL

Craig M. Shillaber Year Graduated: 2009 and 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Brandon Quinn Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Engineering Consulting Services, Roanoke, VA Susan Rafalko Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Reinforced Earth Co., Denver, CO Alan Rauch Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Fuller, Stantec, Lexington,

Matthew Sleep Year Graduated: 2006 and 2011 Degrees Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR Joel A. Sloan Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: U.S. Air Force, Cannon AFB, NM Gordon Stone Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: GEI Consultants, Boston, MA

Mark Tilashalski Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Froehling and Robertson, Sterling, VA

Daniel R. Vanden Berge Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Tennessee Tech, Cookeville, TN Edward R. Ware III Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Michelin, Greenville, SC Kord Wissmann Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: GEOPIER Foundation Co., Inc., Mooresville, NC

Structural Engineering and Materials Mary Sue Mouchka Abel Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: EMCS Design Group, Milwaukee, Wisconsin Shainur Ahsan Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Bechtel Power Corporation Chad C. Alander Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Gannett Fleming, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Nick Amico Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: HDR, Charlotte, NC Kevin Aswegan Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: MKA, Seattle, Washington Sasha Bajzek Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Parsons Corporation 2017 Via Report • 55


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Kirsten A. Baldwin Metzger Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Laurene & Rickher, P.C., Charlotte, North Carolina Elizabeth Bales Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Unknown Anthony Barrett, Lt. Col. , USAF Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado Phillip R. Bellis Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Unknown James Wescott (Wess) Bott Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: HDR Alaska, Inc., Eagle River, Arkansas Susan Bowers Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Baltimore, Maryland Adam G. Bowland Years Graduated: 2008 and 2011 Degrees Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: DiGioia Gray & Associates, Monroeville, Pennsylvania David Burchnall Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Duke Energy Corporation, Southport, North Carolina J. Christopher Carroll Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri Jason Cawrse Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CH2M Hill, Alexandria, Virginia Kevin R. Collins 56 • 2017 Via Report

Year Graduated: 1989 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Michigan Luke T. Cronin Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Black & Veatch, Kansas City, Missouri Benjamin T. Cross Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: FHWA, Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center, McLean, Virginia Kacie C. D’Alessandro Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia Thomas C. Dacanay Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Walter P. Moore, Washington, DC

Keith Grubb Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: American Institute of Steel Construction, Chicago, Illinois Linda Morley Hanagan Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania Andrew B. Hardyniec Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Unknown Matthew D. Harlan Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Clark Nelsen, Norfolk, Virginia Devin K. Harris Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Amy Dalrymple Ryan Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Starzer, Brady, Fagan Associates, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia

Greg Hensley Years Graduated: 2004 and 2005 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, Washington

D. Brad Davis Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Anne Himebaugh Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Simpson, Gumpertz, and Heger, Waltham, Massachusetts

Kyle Richard Dominisse Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Walter P. Moore, Kansas City, Missouri

Hunter Hodges Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Axiom Engineering, Boise, Idaho

Richard Drumm Year Graduated: 1993 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: FHWA

Francis Homer Year Graduated: Degree Awarded: Whiting-Turner/Northern

Michael Gangi Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: Gibbs & Cox, Arlington

William P. Jacobs, V Year Graduated: 2002 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Stan Lindsey and Associates, Atlanta, Georgia


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Jared B. Jamison Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Hankins and Anderson, Glen Allen, Virginia Jordan A. Jarrett Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Seattle, Washington Ann E. Jeffers Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michgan Patrick Joyce Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: HDR Engineering, Inc., Missoula, Montana Johnn P. Judd Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming Bernard L. Kassner Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, Charlottesville, Virginia Stephanie A. Koch Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Parsons Brinckerhoff-Ohio Inc, Columbus, Ohio Maria W. Lang Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Whitman, Requardt, & Associates, Richmond, Virginia Adam R. Lease Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Cives Steel Company, Winchester, Virginia Bryan J. Loflin Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Parsons Brinckerhoff,

Raleigh, North Carolina Marc J. Maguire Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Utah State University, Logan, Utah

Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Military Institute Stephen Van Nosdall Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Parsons Brinckerhoff

Justin D. Marshall Year Graduated: 2008 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Patricia Seay O’Neil Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Bechtel, Frederick, Maryland

James David Martin Year Graduated: 2005 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Walter P. Moore, Tampa, Florida

Gage Pepin Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Unknown

Timothy W. Mays Years Graduated: 1997 and 2000 Degrees Awarded: Master’s (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) Employer: The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina Laurie Mazursky Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Sutton-Kennerly and Assoc., Asheville, North Carolina David McGowan Year Graduated: 1991 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Dominion Generation, Glen Allen, Virginia Sean Molloy Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Redwine Reizian Structural Engineers, Avon, Colorado Michael Motley Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: The LPA Group, Inc., Tallahassee, Florida Michael C. Neubert Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: King Guinn Associates, Charlotte, North Carolina Charles (Chuck) Newhouse Year Graduated: 1994 and 2005

Jason D. Perry Year Graduated: December 2003 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates, Ltd., Nashville, Tennessee Jason Piotter Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s; Employer: Nuclear Regulatory Commission Robert T. Prince Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: AECOM Design, Roanoke, Virginia Bruce Queen Year Graduated: 1991 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: President, QED Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry Year Graduated: 2002 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Tallahassee, Florida Nicholas Redmond Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Brown + Kubican, PSC, Lexington, Kentucky Clint Rex Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Stanley D. Lindsey and 2017 Via Report • 57


Via Alumni: Where Are They Now? Associates, Atlanta, Georgia

Gradview Missouri

Elias A. Rivera Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CDM Smith, Orlando, Florida

Paul Spears Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers, Kansas City, MO Sean Robert Sullivan Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: HNTB, East Lansing, Michigan

Cheryl Rottman Year Graduated: 1996 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Frontenac Engineering, St. Louis, Missouri John C. Ryan, Jr. Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: StructurTech Construction Systems, Charleston, South Carolina Richard A. Saunders Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: KSI Structural Engineers, Atlanta, Georgia Donald P. Scholz Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CVM Engineers, Wayne, Pennsylvania Michael W. Seek Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN Savan Shah Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Parsons Brinckerhoff Bruce Shue Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Smislova, Kehnemui & Assoc., Rockville, Maryland Michael Sladki Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Cates Engineering, Centreville, Virginia Frank Smith Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Ruskin Company, 58 • 2017 Via Report

Emmett A. Sumner Year Graduated: 2003 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina Matthew K. Swenty Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA Haseeb Tahir Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Unknown Anthony B. Temeles Year Graduated: 2001 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Modjeski & Master’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Angela Sellars Terry Year Graduated: 1994 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Self-employed, Roanoke, Virginia Bradley Toellner Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Grunley Construction, Rockville, Maryland Steven J. Tschetter Year Graduated: 1994 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Suncoast Post-Tension, Inc., Woodbridge, Virginia Christopher J. Waldron Years Graduated: 2001 and 2004 Degrees Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama

John C. Ward, III Year Graduated: 2016 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughn, Charlottesville, VA Joseph A. Wallenfelsz Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: McLean Contracting Company, Glen Burnie, Maryland J. Ashley Warren Year Graduated: 2009 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: The LPA Group, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia Christopher Werner Year Graduated: 1997 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Stroud Pence, Norfolk, Virginia Maurice W. White Year Graduated: 1991 and 1995 Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Unknown John Whitlow Year Graduated: 1995 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: CB Richard Atlas, Cumming, GA Scott Williams Year Graduated: 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Unknown Gregory Williamson Year Graduated: 2007 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: ExxonMobil, Fairfax Eric J. Wishart Year Graduated: 1991 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Civil CADD Services, Inc., Lincoln, Rhode Island Michael Woodworth Year Graduated: 2013 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Weidlinger and Associates Mustapha Zmerli Year Graduated: 1992 Degree Awarded: Master’s Deceased


Transportation Zaeinulabddin M. Adam Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: City of Clearwater, Clearwater, FL Sudarshana C.S. Bhat Year Graduated: 1989 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas Douglas R. Bish Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia James M. Bryce Year Graduated: 2012, 2014 Degree Awarded: Master’s and Ph.D. Employer: Amec Foster Wheeler, Baltimore, MD Edgar David de León Izeppi Year Graduated: 2006 Degree Awarded: Ph.D. Employer: Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, Blacksburg Joshua (Josh) Diekmann Year Graduated: 2000 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: City of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA Kelly (Donoughe) Palframan Year Graduated: 2010 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Focus Forensics, Jupiter, FL

Via Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Peter D. Kauffmann Years Graduated: 2009 and 2011 Degrees Awarded: Master’s Employer: Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc., Memphis, TN

Jeffrey Kuttesch Years Graduated: 2003 and 2004 Degrees Awarded: Undergraduate and Master’s Employer: Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl Engineers (RK&K), Baltimore, Maryland John D. Riley Years Graduated: 1997 and 1999 Degrees Awarded: Master’s Employer: Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Richmond, VA Kevin M. Siegel Year Graduated: 2003 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: ATCS, PLC, Newport News, VA Eric J. Siess Year Graduated: 1998 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dalgreen, Virginia Christopher Tomlinson Year Graduated: 2012 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: ARA, Egg Harbor Township, NJ Julie Trumpoldt Year Graduated: 2015 Degree Awarded: M.S. Employer: CH2M Hill, Denver, CO

Erin Walsh Donovan Year Graduated: 1999 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: Whitman, Requardt & Associates, Fairfax, VA Crysta Highfield Year Graduated: 2011 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA Anthony Ingle Year Graduated: 2004 Degree Awarded: Master’s Employer: RS Engineering, LLC, Lansing, MI

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Via Donors (2016-2017) The donors recognized on the following pages made a contribution to the Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) during fiscal year 2016 (7/1/166/30/17). Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this report, we acknowledge that errors may have occured. If you name has been omitted or listed incorrectly, please accept our sincere apologies and send any corrections to the CEE main office at (540) 231-6635. CEE ALUMNI William A. Aden Thomas R. Albee William D. Almond Ross D. Amico Savannah L. Amor S. K. Anderson Joseph D. Arrowsmith Lawrence F. Ayers, Jr. Thomas T. Baber Walter F. Bailey Kelso S. Baker Donald J. Balzer, Jr. Asa C. Banks Tim Banta Todd C. Barnes Sandra G. Bartley Bruce R. Bates Gary C. Beach Courtney A. Beamon Phillip S. Beasley Ronald L. Beck David A. Benevelli Jeremy R. Berg Danelle M. Bernard Brian W. Bersch John P. Billingsley, Jr. Michael N. Biscotte William S. Bloodgood, Jr. Jennifer B. Boe Harold W. Bohannon, Jr. 60 • 2017 Via Report

1967 1978 1978 2002 2011 1962 2009 1954 1969 1972 1951 1977 2011 1978 1975 1973 1979 1972 1995 1992 1970 1977 2008 1985 1981 1063 1980 1963 1991 1968

Michelle E. Bolding Steven R. Bonham, Jr. H.B. Bowles J.R. Bowles Austin A. Bradley, Jr. Jerry D. Brammer Emily W. Brittle Roger L. Brockenbrough Thomas Brockenbrough Thomas A. Broderick Robert W. Brown Glenn E. Brown, Jr. Cameron L. Bryant Craig S. Bryant W. Barry Bryant Steven B. Buchanan Guy W. Buford John B. Burchnall David M. Burk Douglas W. Burks Raymond F. Burmester James E. Butler Herbert D. Campbell Charles R. Cannon Thomas M. Cardman, Jr. Michael A. Carisetti Valerie L. Carpenter-Ho R.D. Carson, Jr. James N. Carter, Jr. Barrett T. Catlett Young H. Chang Nicole A. Clark Gerald D. Clarke Alfred R. Cline, Sr. Kevin R. Collins Steven E. Conner Robert H. Connock, Jr. Harry G. Cooke Willie C. Cooper, Jr. Emily J. Coppedge Fred O. Cornett, Jr. Jerry D. Crim Raymond G. Curry, Jr. Arthur D. Dailey John T. DeBell, Sr. David D. Dee, Jr. Stephen R. DeLoach Bernard J. Deneke James B. Diamond

2005 1973 1985 1974 1983 1968 1969 1954 1942 1986 2000 1963 1991 1971 1970 1980 1952 1975 1974 1979 1956 1963 1969 2003 2011 2007 1999 1970 1975 2009 1987 1994 1990 1958 1989 1983 1962 2000 1984 2004 1995 1980 1954 1981 1968 1987 1978 1986 1970

Robert E. Dick Brian K. Diefenderfer Richard M. DiSalvo, Jr. Wayne D. Dishman David Ditman, Jr. Susan A. Drew David C. Dunbeck Walter W. Duncan Billy L. Edge Anne M. Ellis Charles L. Ernest, Jr. Samuel K. Estep Douglas R. Fahl Kimberly S. Farah Charles B. Feagans, III Laura G. Felter Glendon J. Fetterolf George M. Filz Jay M. Fitzgerald Brendan T. FitzPatrick Joseph M. Flagg William T. Forbes John W. Franklin Chris J. Friberg Scott A. Galbraith William J. Galli Lindsey K. Gardner Kurt D. Geiger Joshua C. George Patrick W. Gilmartin James W. Givens Charles D. Goldsmith, Jr. Thomas B. Gray Dixie M. Griffin, Jr. Timrod A. Groover Martha E. Gross Donald R. Grubbs, Jr. Charles D. Hall John B. Hall, Jr. Emily C. Hammond Gregory E. Hand Belinda M. Harper Brandon C. Harrison E.F. Hart Luther L. Hash Robert J. Healy Max L. Heckman Mr. Buford B. Heller Gregory M. Hensley

1989 1996 1977 1984 1959 1987 1979 1951 1964 1980 1970 1983 1965 1984 1972 2009 1996 1992 1976 2001 1986 1965 2011 1985 1991 1961 1960 1979 1994 2016 1970 1976 1973 1970 1979 2010 1971 1970 1955 1996 1970 1996 2006 1966 1968 1981 1975 1973 2004


Via Donors Pablo A. Hernandez 1989 Michael C. Hewitt 1974 Aaron T. Hill, Jr. 2006 Hunter T. Hodges 2006 Patrick Higeboom, IV 1994 Don W. Holloway 1957 Kimberly C. Hughes 1985 Jeffrey M. Hugney 1988 Thomas N. Hunnicutt, III 1959 Matthew C. Hurst 1997 Kevin S. Hurt 2004 Marcela M. Inchauspe de Cortes 2002 Bryant J. Inge 2016 Matthew C. Jackson 1992 Robert F. Jansen 1980 Benjamin C. Jarosz 1999 Katharine P. Jenkins 1977 Paul B. Johnson 1973

James R. Jones John H. Jones Patricia W. Jordan Williams A. Joyner William E. Junda, III Govindan Kannan Bryan J. Katz Lori P. Keyser Martin S. Kigudde Charles A. Kilpatrick Herbert G. Kipp Thomas A. Kite John W. Koenig John N. Koussis Kenneth M. Krupa Gail G. Kuttesch Kevin T. Laptos William F. LaVecchia Steven R. Lavinder Peter T. Lazarevich Michael K. Leahy Jon-Michael C. Lemon Jerry C. Lester Milton J. Lewis, Jr. Jeffrey N. Lighthiser Alan T. Lingerfelt James R. Link Jon O. Loker Stephen R. Long James F. Loudon Ronald A. Love Daniel P. Lynch

1970 1973 1978 1965 2000 1999 2000 1993 1996 1986 1967 1976 1991 2011 1976 2003 1988 1952 1984 2006 1988 2001 1959 1981 1977 1976 1958 1958 1983 1960 1977 1989

Gary S. Lynn 1988 Mercer R. MacPherson 1963 John R. Mancuso 1997 Beth C. Manning 1978 Jose A. Marcano 2002 Dennis S. Marchant 1973 Burton M. Marshall 1958 Donald L. Martin 1974 Michael R. Martin 1974 Ray E. Martin 1964 Thomas A. Mason 1973 Steve L. Massie 1972 R.J. McCracken 1973 David I. McCready 1973 Garland H. McKenzie, Sr. 1981 Robert S. Miller, III 1967 Alvin S. Mistr, Jr. 1968 Jeremy M. Mocny 1997 John R. Moore 1997 Anthony J. Moraco 1982 Herbert W. Morgan 1974 Joe M. Morgan 1968 Laura M. Morillo 1984 Michelle E. Motchos 1996 Michael P. Mozingo 1965 J.R. U. Mujagic 2004 David R. Myzie 1986 Soonkie Nam 2005 Ryan C. Newcomb 2004 Trung V. Nguyen 2001 Albert L. Nichols, Jr. 1962 Charles E. Niedermayer, IV 2008 Robert S. Notte 1997 Charles A. Nuckols, II 1987 Raymond J. O’Donnell, III 1980 Thomas F. O’Kane, Jr. 1969 George T. Paris 1975 David M. Parker 1986 Maysill G. Pascal 2003 James W. Patteson 1984 Gerald W. Peaks 1969 Carrie H. Pendelton 2000 James K. Pennington 1074 Daniel H. Phlegar 1970 Ann E. Piazza 1981 Katherine G. Plasket 1987 Jonathan R. Porter 1989 Stephen C. Powers 1987 Carl W. Pugh, Jr. 1985

Michael J. Quillen Brian L. Ramaley Walter J. Rawls Glenn W. Rehberger Allen W. Reynolds James B. Richards, Jr. Terry A. Riley Jack E. Rinker Randolph P. Rivinus Steven A. Roberts David Rothenberg Richard B. Rountree Richard A. Ruckman Gary T. Runions Charles E. Runyon Thomas D. Rust John P. Ruth, Jr. John W. Ryan Dallas W. Safriet H. Guy Sager, Jr. Ann M. Samford Mary O. Sawitzki Michael W. Schnell Stephen M. Seay Allen L. Sehn Robert A. Shaffer Patrick N. Shaffner Edward J. Shea Cliff C. Shieh Adnan Shindala Claire P. Siburt John S. Siczka Robert M. Silver Larry M. Simmons Helen L. Simpson Carol P. Sinclair Anthony T. Sklanka Jamie C. Skrocki Elizabeth F. Smith Paul J. Smith Christopher S. Smith Brian A. Snyder Arnold E. Somers, Jr. Dewey D. Spangler, Jr. Guy R. Sproles, Jr. Bryan W. Stevenson Jack H. Stewart Franklin D. Stidham Brian F. Stone

1970 1974 1966 1969 1962 1968 1974 1960 1968 1990 1978 1963 1981 1989 1960 1965 1969 1956 1967 1982 1981 1995 1986 1986 1990 1983 1961 1986 1980 1965 2004 1994 1979 1969 1986 1983 1975 2013 1986 1988 1993 2007 1974 1987 1971 1996 1953 1965 1988

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Via Donors Richard H. String Todd W. Swanson Richard D. Swartout Matthew K. Swenty Jessie E. Sykes David S. Taylor Henry J. Theiss William R. Thomas Charles R. Thompson Dominic M. Tiburzi John A. Tice Samuel C. Tignor William V. Todd John S. Torell Thomas S. Townes Courtney B. Tritt Dennis D. Truax Steven J. Tschetter Kwong T. Tse Beth A. Turner Frederick J. Turner Richard B. Turpin Nathan S. Umberger Daniel Vanden Berge Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. James H. Viox, III Bryan M. Waisnor Eric S. Walbeck Alice D. Walker Scott R. Walker, Jr. Maria N. Wall A.S. Weber Kathryn A. Welch Edward C. Westerman Brian L. Wheeler Claire M. White Joseph B. Whitebread, III Adele L. Whitener David C. Wiebke Mark D. Wiebke Kord J. Wissmann Farley E. Wolford William E. Worrall, II James M. Wright Victor L. Zitta Michael T. Zuravel FRIENDS Denise Anderson Stacy M. Baughman 62 • 2017 Via Report

1988 1974 1969 2009 1959 1980 1994 1994 1971 1974 1965 1958 1982 1993 1993 2001 1976 1992 1978 1972 1959 1962 2005 2012 1968 1964 2001 1960 1974 1961 1991 1977 1983 1993 1971 2010 2009 1973 1977 1981 1987 1957 2005 1960 1960 1984

Richard J. Bedard John A. Bischoff Arvil Catlett Sandra W. Conran Thomas R. Devine Timothy B. D’Orazio James M. Duncan W. Samuel Easterling Matthew R. Eatherton Marc A. Edwards Elizabeth L. Emanuel Mia Harsley Dava Z. Hoffman Lisa P. Hoffman Arthur G. Hoffmann Izzatt M Idriss William R. Knocke Robert H. Long Patrick C. Lucia Rebekah L. Martin Trudy McDaniel Barbara B. Metzger James K. Mitchell Sharyl E. Ogle Yoshio Ozawa Amy J. Pruden Clifford W. Randall Adrian Rodriguez-Marek Joan A. Starego Frederick W. Stephenson Evenlyn P. Vecellio Mary Wiebke Brennan Wilkes Alice Wong Xiaojian Zhou

BUSINESSES Advanced Stuctural Concepts, Inc. Allen Myers, Inc. Alliance Engineering, Inc. American Electric Power American Endowment Foundation American Institute of Steel Construction American Wood Council Annenberg Foundation Baldpates Foundation and Construction Services Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation BC Consultants, Inc. Cambridge Friends School Cates Engineering, Ltd. Cedar Run Landscaping Company

Clark Construction Group, LLC Clark Nexsen Foundation, Inc. Coleman Engineering PLC D.R. Fahl Consultanting, LLC Delta Airport Consultants District of Columbia Water & Sewer Authority Dog and Cat Surgery and Wellness Clinic Dominion Foundation Drinking Water Research Foundation Dow Chemical Foundation ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC Eden & Associates, LLC ERS Materials, LLC Evolution Advisers Exxon Mobil Corporation ExxonMobil Foundation Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Fluor Foundation GE Foundation Geopier Foundation Company, Inc. Gilbane Building Company Hayward Baker Inc. HB Development Group, Inc. Huron Technologies, Inc. J2 Engineers, Inc. Jansen Land Consulting, LLC Kline Engineering & Consulting, LLC Langan Engineering and Environmental Services Nanosonic, Inc. NASSCO, Inc. NBM Technologies NASTT Norfolk Southern Foundation P&G Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation PC Construction Company Pembroke Construction Company, Inc. Pennenvironment Research and Policy Center Peterson Family Foundation II Premier Land Partners, LLC PulteGroup, Inc. Richmond Chapter VTAA Rinker Design Associates, P.C. Roanoke Branch of ASCE Skanska USA Civil Southeast, Inc. Stanley D. Lindsey & Assoc. LTD Structural Steel of Carolina, LLC STV Engineers/Architects/Planners Terra Site Contructors, LLC


Via Donors Terracon Foundation The Cornell Douglas Foundation Tongji University Triad Engineering Via-Bradley College of Engineering Foundation Viox & Viox, Inc. Virginia Carolinas Structural Steel Fabricators Association Virginia Lakes & Watersheds Association Virginia Land Management, LLC WDP & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc. WGBH Educational Foundation

LAND DEVELOPMENT DESIGN INITIATIVE Diamond Sponsors

Advanced Drainage Systems Bohler Engineering Bowman Consulting Pennoni Associates, Inc.

Platinum Sponsors

AES Consulting Engineers ATCS, P.L.C. Christopher Consultants, Ltd. Clark Nexsen Contech Engineered Solutions Dewberry Draper Aden Associates Gordon J2 Engineers Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. Maser Consulting McAdams Tri-Tek Engineering

Gold Sponsors

AECOM Accumark Subsurface Utility Services Brookfield Homes Burgess & Niple, Inc. Cowen Design Group, LLC Delta Airport Consultants ESP Associates Fairfax County Gay and Neel, Inc. Hurt & Proffitt Land Design Consultants Paciulli, Simmons & Associates

Rinker Design Associates Timmons Group Walter L. Phillips, Inc Whitman Requardt & Associates William A. Hazel, Inc. Van Metre Homes Youngblood, Tyler & Associates, P.C.

Silver Sponsors

AllSite Contracting Balzer & Associates Mr. Bob Hubbell CH2M Hill Eden & Associates Genuario Companies Mattern & Craig McKim & Creed Ramey Kemp & Associates Wetland Studies

SUSTAINABLE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT (SWIM) AFFILIATES PROGRAM

American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association (ACPPA) American Water Applied Felts, Inc. ARCADIS US, Inc. Brown & Caldwell CH2M, Inc. City of Aurora City of Lynchburg Denver Water Dewberry Engineers, Inc. Echologics, Mueller GHD, Inc. Reline America, Inc. Russell/PICA Technologies, Inc. Structural Technologies Town of Blacksburg Water Finance Research Foundation (WFRF)

CENTER FOR GEOTECHNICAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH (CGPR) AECOM Ardaman & Associates BLE (Bunnell-Lammons Engineering Inc.) Condon-Johnson ConeTec

DGI-Menard J. Michael Duncan ECS Corporate Services, LLC ExxonMobil Foundation Froehling & Robertson, Inc. Gannett Fleming, Inc. GEI Consultants George Filz Geopier Foundation Company, Inc. (Tensar) GeoSyntec Consultants Hayward Baker - A Keller Company Jarosz Kiewit Constructors, Inc. Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Nicholson Construction (Rick Deschamps) S&ME, Inc. Schnabel Engineering, Inc. Schnabel Foundation Company Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. Terra Site Constructors TREVI ICOS Corporation US Army Corps of Engineers US Bureau of Reclamation Virginia Transportation Research Council / VDOT The Collin Group Rick Valentine

DUNCAN GRADUATE STUDENT ENDOWMENT Kord and Kavita Wissmann Jim and Holly Mitchell Timothy D’Orazio Geopier Foundation Company Ed Idriss Ann and Mike Duncan Arthur G. Hoffmann Yoshio Ozawa John Bishchoff Pat and Sally Lucia Daniel Vanden Berge Community Foundation Hayward Baker Kai S. Wong Langan Engineering George and Lindy Filz Kathy and Al Sehn Ray and Carol Martin Patrick Gilmartin Bryan Waisnor 2017 Via Report • 63


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