Awards, promotions, and new hires

May 2014 » Departments » On the Rise
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Walker Parking Consultants appointed new principals and managing principals in five of the firm’s regional offices. Rick G. Klein, P.E., was named principal of the Ann Arbor, Mich., office; James E. Warner, P.E., was named principal of the Houston office; James W. Pudleiner, P.E., was named managing principal of Walker’s Philadelphia office; Gary S. Rider, P.E., was named managing principal of the Tampa, Fla., office; and David W. Ryan, P.E., was named managing principal of Walker’s Elgin, Ill., office.

Don Flood, P.E., joined Hatch Mott MacDonald (HHM) as group marketing manager. Based at HMM’s headquarters in Iselin, N.J., he manages marketing and corporate communications for the company. Craig Benson, P.E., joined HMM as a senior project engineer for water and wastewater based at HMM’s office in Arlington, Va. He has more than 25 years of experience in the water, wastewater, and construction industries, including design and rehabilitation for pipelines, pump stations, and treatment systems; hydraulic studies for distribution and collection systems; and construction management. HMM Vice President Carol Walczyk was elected chair of the 1,750-member New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association. She has a wide range of experience in planning, design, and construction administration of potable water facilities, including supply, storage, treatment, and distribution systems.

TWayne Holcombe was appointed to the position of client development director at ARCADIS US. His immediate focus will be implementation of the firm’s 2014-2016 growth strategy. ARCADIS also hired Helga Junold as vice president in its eastern region operations team. Junold will manage projects that improve the mobility of people and goods for ARCADIS’ transportation and infrastructure clients in the eastern United States. John Nocera was been named a fellow of the Society of American Military Engineers for his “dedicated and outstanding service to the organization and military engineering.” He has promoted SAME-related activities such as conferences, scholarship opportunities for students, and membership, resulting in a SAME outstanding service and two exceptional service awards.

Paul Haaland, P.E., CPSWQ, was promoted to senior project manager in Fuscoe Engineering, Inc.’s San Diego office. He has more than 18 years of experience providing project design for both private land development and public works projects, including solar energy development. Also in Fuscoe’s San Diego office, Emma Smith, CPSWQ, CPESC, QSD was promoted to environmental scientist. She continues her education in watershed management and eco-adaptive design features and is a member of Fuscoe’s Low Impact Development Team.

Joseph M. Champion, P.E., a partner and director of Construction Engineering and Inspection Services at Ellis & Associates, Inc., received the Northeast Florida Engineers Week 2014 Young Engineer of the Year Award and was selected for the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 14th Annual 40 Under 40 List. Both honors recognize Champion for achievements in his career and community involvement.

Joseph G. Burns, S.E., P.E., CEng, RIBA, LEED AP, a managing principal in Thornton Tomasetti’s Chicago office, was named an SEI Fellow by Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Burns, who has more than 30 years of experience designing structures and investigating and renovating existing buildings, specializes in the design of complex structural systems, including earthquake engineering and dynamic analysis for a variety of project types, including education, aviation, performing arts, retail, hotels, and museums. 

Kim S. Keefer, P.E., is a new vice president of Water/Wastewater Infrastructure at Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. Her experience includes master planning; utility financing and funding; water distribution system modeling and design, including tanks, booster stations, and pipe networks; wastewater collection system design, evaluation, and rehabilitation; and stormwater system area-wide studies, design, and utility creation.

Modjeski and Masters appointed Thomas Murphy, Ph.D., P.E., S.E., to the position of vice president and chief technical officer. As the firm’s newest principal and with nearly two decades of engineering experience, Murphy will continue to provide technical and managerial leadership for many of the firm’s complex and long-span design projects. He formerly served as senior associate and structural project manager.

Ellen Fitzgerald rejoined Psomas’ Entitlements Team as a senior project manager. Her specialty is facilitating land use entitlements through the County of Los Angeles. She has nearly two decades with the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning and was responsible for reviewing major land development projects in communities throughout the Los Angeles region.

Alan Hendrix, P.E., joined Freese and Nichols as manager of the Dallas team in the company’s North Texas transportation group. Previously, he was assistant director of Dallas Public Works, where he managed engineering, construction, survey services, and delivery of the street and transportation components for the city’s 2006 and 2012 transportation bond programs.

The Board of Directors of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc. announced key management and leadership promotions. Promoted to senior associate are: Michael L. Berrevoets, P.E.; Adam Meeker, AIA; and Chris M. Kretovic, AIA, LEED AP. Promoted to associate are: Jason R. Early, P.E.; Bruce E. Gillett, CPG; Juliet Jakobowski Maes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C; Stephanie A. Jarrett, P.E.; Robert E. Pomeroy, AIA; Greg Tkacz, P.E., LEED AP BD+C; and Karen S. Van Drie.

Bill Gilmore, P.E., PLS, joined ICA Engineering, Inc., as regional manager of special projects in the Raleigh, N.C., office. In this position, Gilmore will perform research and provide quality assurance for engineering and environmental issues related to transportation and environmental matters. Gilmore joins ICA Engineering after a 40-year career, including the last seven years with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources as director of the Ecosystem Enhancement Program.

To handle increased project workload across southeastern Michigan, Giffels Webster added four key new employees. New hires include: Jim Renshaw, P.E., PTOE, as senior engineer, who has more than 30 years of comprehensive traffic engineering experience with considerable experience in intersection design, traffic operations, capacity analyses, signal design, signal system design, ITS, and transportation planning; Mark Lloyd as lead planner, who has 25 years of experience in comprehensive urban planning, economic development, ordinance development, enforcement, civil engineering, grant administration, and project management in the public and private sectors; Michael Park, P.E., as senior project manager, who has more than 18 years of experience in design, construction management and project management of institutional, commercial, industrial, and residential site development projects; and Justin Wellman, P.E., as senior project manager, who has more than 16 years of civil engineering experience in southeastern Michigan with extensive experience in design and construction administration of public works and infrastructure projects involving roadway construction and rehabilitation, public water main improvements, and storm drain and sanitary sewer construction.

Michael Pillsbury, P.E., joined The Louis Berger Group, Inc. as the director of highway and civil engineering in the Northeast transportation division. Pillsbury is based in the firm’s Manchester, N.H., office, where he is responsible for office and project management, business development, and providing specialized expertise in highway design, operations and maintenance, emergency response, construction management, and asset management.


Paul Haaland, P.E., CPSWQ

Emma Smith, CPSWQ, CPESC, QSD

Joseph G. Burns, S.E., P.E., CEng, RIBA, LEED AP


Kim S. Keefer, P.E.

Ellen Fitzgerald

Michael Pillsbury, P.E.

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