Scott Anderson is president of Pankow Builders, based in California. He has been with the firm since 1995, starting out as as a field engineer, then becoming a project engineer, a project sponsor, a project executive, and then a regional manager. As president, Scott provides leadership of the strategic and cultural direction of the company. He leads the company’s external facing efforts such as sales and marketing. He drives and supports the development of high performing teams by focusing on the well-being and development of Pankow’s people. A UMD alumnus, he holds a BS in Civil Engineering and Mathematics (1994). While at UMD, Scott was a member of ASCE, Tau Beta Pi, and Chi Epsilon. In addition to his degree from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, Mr. Anderson received his M.S. in Structural Engineering from Stanford University in 1995.
*Vice Chair, CEE Board of Visitors and Chair, Nominating Committee
Martina Driscoll received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland in 1994, and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1997. Since joining Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE), a firm of architects, engineers and material scientists, Driscoll has been involved in a wide variety of projects including forensic investigation of existing facilities, repair document preparation and oversight during implementation, material failure investigation and repair, and design peer review and building enclosure commissioning (BECx) on several newly constructed projects. In 2000, Driscoll participated in the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) 3-month International Exchange Program, through which she worked on documentation of Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia. Driscoll also worked on the restoration of the Washington Monument following the 2011 Mineral, VA earthquake, and served as the project manager for the BECx process at the approximately 1.5 billion dollar campus for the National Geospatial Information Administration - New Campus East project in Springfield, VA. She has also been involved in several projects involving the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), including participation in a project to establish quantifiable metrics for high performance buildings, and development of a post occupancy evaluation protocol for the General Services Administration (GSA).
Driscoll is currently the Co-Chair of ASTM Committee E06.55.09, which developed and published ASTM E2813-12 Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning of which she was a primary author along with Mr. Daniel J. Lemieux also of WJE. Driscoll is the author or co-author of several papers and presentations on enclosure commissioning, failure investigation, and repair. She currently serves on the WJE Board of Directors and is a Principal and Unit Manager in the company’s Fairfax, VA office.
Scott Greenhaus graduated with degrees in Civil Engineering ('82) and an MBA ('86) from the University of Maryland is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of the Structural Group headquartered in Columbia MD. The Structural Group is a construction technology and service provider specializing in concrete repair, strengthening, protection and new construction products, systems and services throughout the United States and the Middle East. Greenhaus began his career as an intern in 1980 through the UMD Co-op engineering program with the founding company of Structural Group, Structural Preservation Systems Inc. Greenhaus has a variety of roles for Structural Group including Project and Branch Management as well a past President of subsidiary post-tensioning company VSL. The company has grown from a 25 person company to 2000 employees and 25 offices. Greenhaus is a member of the University Of Maryland Civil Engineering Board Of Visitors and has been on the Board of Directors of the Post-tensioning Institute (PTI), International Concrete repair Institute (ICRI) and American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC) and is a member of ASCE, ACI, ANS, and ASSE. Greenhaus was also the past president of PTI and has chaired many committees in these trade and technical associations.
Steve Houff has more than 26 years of experience in the construction industry, over 20 of which have been at Forrester Construction. In 1999, he began at Forrester as a Project Manager and quickly worked his way to Project Executive, leading the education market portfolio. After serving for several years as Vice President of Operations, Steve was named Forrester’s President and CEO in 2016. Steve has significant experience managing highly complex projects in a wide range of markets and with a diversity of delivery methods, including new construction, complex renovation, historic preservation, building repositioning and design build. He has an unwavering commitment to Forrester’s core values and is a passionate advocate for fostering a strong and vibrant corporate culture. That focus has resulted in the firm’s designation as a Best Place to Work by the Washington Business Journal three years in a row. Steve has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, where he now sits on the Board of Visitors for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Steve has held a number of leadership positions in the AEC industry and local community, including the DC Preservation League, where he served on the Board; the USGBC; the Executive Committee of the Young Presidents’ Organization; and Trustee of the Bethany United Methodist Church.
*Chair, CEE Board of Visitors
Jim Kinkead, Senior Vice President for the Clark Construction Group, received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1985. Kinkead has lead the development and construction of many landmark projects in the Baltimore/Washington Metropolitan area for more than 29 years. These projects range from cabinet level headquarters, including the Department of Transportation Headquarters and the Department of Homeland Security’s US Coast Guard Headquarters, to large mixed-use projects, including Constitution Square (Office Buildings 1, 2, and 3 and Residential Buildings 1 and 2), Clarendon Center, CityMarket at O Street, and the Darcy and Flats residential mixed use projects in Bethesda, MD. Other significant projects have included historic renovations to museums and offices buildings and development of high-end residential projects. He is currently leading the project teams at the $455m Southwest Waterfront project and the 10 year renovation of the Cannon House Office Building. Kinkead serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the DC Students Construction Trade Foundation. He is also an active member of GSA’s National Register of Peer Review Professionals.
Marco Legaluppi is the President of Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani LLC, (WBCM) and in addition has full responsibility for the structural design and coordination of the firm's building structure department. Legaluppi also oversees the architectural department in the Baltimore office.
In 1984, after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, Legaluppi landed his first job at Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani working in the structural department. In 1995, Legaluppi became WBCM's first employee to receive his master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland while working full time as part of the company’s continuing education program. Because of Legaluppi’ s continued commitment to WBCM, it helped in his advancement in the company from Chief Structural Engineer, Vice President, Senior Vice President, to Executive Vice President and Partner in 2006 and to President in January 2019.
Legaluppi has over 35 years of experience and his body of project work exceeds $100 million in value. Legaluppi has acted as principal in charge for projects at University of Maryland, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Andrews Air Force Base, the Washington Navy Yard, and the US Naval Academy. He has experience with structural engineering design, inspection, and assessment of structures. He also has a wealth of experience with historic buildings and adaptive reuse of structures. Legaluppi is a member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC MD), Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), American Concrete Institute (ACI), Council of American Structural Engineers (CASE), Maryland Construction Network (MCN), Building Congress & Exchange (BCE), and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). He is past president of the Maryland section of ACI. He has participated in the SAME “Engineer for a Day” program for many years, and is involved in WBCM’s Mentoring Program. Legaluppi has spent many years volunteering his time within the engineering community or mentoring engineering protégés to share his wealth of knowledge. He is a proud lifetime Baltimorean and strives to continue growing the future in the engineering industry within Baltimore. Legaluppi is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Engineering Club in Baltimore as Treasurer. And recently he’s been a Mentor for The ACE Mentor Program of America Inc. ACE helps mentor high school students to inspire them to pursue careers in design and construction.
Michael Lenkin received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1986 and his M.E. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1987. Lenkin has been practicing engineering since graduating from Cornell University in 1987. He became licensed as a Professional Engineer in 1990 and is currently licensed as a Professional Engineer in 22 states plus the District of Columbia. Upon graduating from Cornell, Lenkin continued his career with KCE Structural Engineers, P. C. in Washington, District of Columbia. After several years with KCE, Lenkin continued his career working for Blake Construction Company to construct the Fort Belvoir Headquarters Complex, and then for M. A. Mortenson Company constructing the Main Terminal Addition. Lenkin was initially hired by Miller & Long Co. Inc. to help construct the Carolina Panthers Stadium, and has remained with Miller & Long since the stadium was completed. Lenkin has experience working on hundreds of projects including many major private and government facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to his work experience, Lenkin is twice a past President of the National Capital Chapter of the American Concrete Institute (NCC-ACI), is past chairman of the Structural Engineers Association of Metropolitan Washington (SEA-MW), and a member of the Board of Directors for the District of Columbia Students Construction Trades Foundation (DCSCTF). Lenkin is currently a member of ASCE, ACI, ICRI, NCC-ACI, and SEA-MW.
David Little graduated from the University of Maryland in 1976 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In 1986, became one of the founding partners of the engineering firm Gutschick, Little & Weber, P.A. GLW provides planning, engineering and surveying services throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. Since establishing GLW, he has been a Principal – in- charge of a variety of residential projects ranging in size in both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. As an employer, Little has been very supportive of the Cooperative Education Program at the University and has employed numerous students over the years. Many are still with the firm today and will be guiding GLW into the future. Little was licensed in 1981 as a Professional Engineer. Active for many years in the Maryland Building Industry Association, he served on the Home Builders Care Foundation (HBCF) for 7 years and President of the Foundation for 3 years. The HBCF constructs shelter related projects throughout the Washington Suburban Area. He also served as a Board of Director for the Building Industry for 10 years and served on the Executive Committee for 2 years. In 2003, Little received the Building Industry’s Presidents Award and in 2009 received the Joseph C. Rogers Sr. Memorial Award for Outstanding Associate Member for the Building Industry. Currently, while still a Partner at GLW, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Med-Star Montgomery Medical Center Foundation. The Foundation provides funds, through community philanthropy, to the medical center to purchase equipment, support programs and maintain facilities.
Tony Mawry, PE is a Partner in Wallace Montgomery (WM), a leading transportation consulting firm. As an ENR Top 500 Design Firm, the firm has recognized expertise in the sustainable development of transportation and public works facilities. Respected for their efforts to enhance and protect the environment, the firm has delivered high-quality services to a diverse group of clients since its founding in 1975. Mawry holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and an MBA from Loyola University in business administration. At WM, Mawry provides technical direction to a staff of Professional Engineers, designers, and technicians involved in highway planning, highway design, environmental studies, and survey operations for Department of Transportation agencies and local transportation departments. He is recognized as a leader in developing multimodal solutions to complex transportation problems. In addition to his technical responsibilities, Mawry's administrative responsibilities at WM include business development, information technology, and finance. Mawry has 28 years of experience in planning, design and construction of major transportation projects, including major highways, interchanges, intersections, and transit facilities. Mawry focuses on innovative solutions and progressive improvements, such as roundabouts, diverging diamond interchanges, single point urban interchanges, dual roundabout interchanges, continuous flow intersections, complete streets, and green roads. His experience is broad based and includes planning, preliminary engineering, final design and construction phase support for highways and related transportation projects. Throughout the years, Mawry has remained active in various organizations within the engineering industry. He served as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Maryland Section. He served as a president of the American Society of Highway Engineers Chesapeake Section. He is a committee chair for the American Council of Engineering Companies Maryland Chapter. He is an active member of the Maryland Association of Engineers. Finally, he is a guest lecturer for the UMD's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering capstone course.
Charles A. Phillips Jr. has more than 40 years of professional experience in the consulting engineering business. He currently serves as the market manager of KCI’s Site & Facilities Division, which employs more than 190 people in 15 offices across 10 states. The Site & Facilities Division serves both public and private sector clients on a variety of project types, including municipal and institutional facilities, military and federal installations, airports and related structures, commercial buildings, residential land development, and land and hydrographic surveying.
After joining KCI in 1985 and spending his first six years in a regional branch office, Phillips was promoted to vice president and assumed leadership posts of the Corporate Surveys Division in 1991, the Laurel and Frederick, Maryland branch offices in 1992, and the corporate Site Engineering Division in 1994. In 1997, he was appointed to group manager of Site Engineering and Surveys and was soon after promoted to senior vice president. In 2002, he was named site/buildings/telecommunications manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region. In January of 2005, KCI’s mechanical/electrical practice joined the Site Group as the company strived to align service offerings with the appropriate market managers. Under Phillips’ direction, that practice expanded, and mechanical and electrical staff were added to branch offices in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as Sterling, Virginia. In 2008, Phillips successfully launched a new brand, KCI Protection Technologies, to diversify the service offerings of the Site Group. With the stated goal to reach a new, untapped client base in the security, fire protection, life safety, and risk management arenas, KCI Protection Technologies pushed the geographic reach of KCI from the east to the west coast. As part of a corporate restructuring in 2009, Phillips was named discipline manger of the Site & Facilities Division. Within that discipline, he assumed the leadership of all personnel within the land development, mechanical/electrical, municipal, security/fire protection, and survey practices throughout the geographic reach of the company.
In addition to his years of business management, business development, and project management experience, he has significant experience in land surveying and site/civil engineering and is a recognized expert in land development, land use, and zoning issues in the Mid-Atlantic region. He has provided expert witness testimony on hundreds of projects in regards to land use and boundary determination during his tenure with KCI. The land development practice within his group in the state of Maryland has been very active providing analysis of properties subject to Maryland’s stormwater and impervious surface tax that places a fee on all property owners for the amount impervious surfaces located on their properties. He has also spoken at conferences across the country on various topics including risk management, integration of computer technology, employee training and education, employee stock ownership programs, and marketing and business development.
Phillips is a licensed surveyor and an active member of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, the Society of Military Engineers, The National Association of Industrial Office Parks, The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), The Homebuilders Association of Maryland, GovConnects Advisory Council, and the Maryland Terrapin Club. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of KCI Technologies Inc., he also has served on numerous boards for non-profit organizations, including the boards of directors for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Center for Aquatic Life and Conservation, and Maryland Chamber of Commerce. He is also a past legislative chair for ACEC-MD, where he led legislative efforts and provided testimony on business-friendly legislation in both the Maryland House and Senate. He currently serves as the secretary and treasurer of the board of directors for Project PLASE Inc., an advocacy group that serves Baltimore's homeless population. He is the chair elect of the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the board of directors for the Howard County Economic Development Authority.
Jason Spicer is a Division Vice President for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. Jason has a proven track record of delivering award-winning, challenging projects ranging from high-end multi-family buildings and luxury hotels to performing arts centers. In addition to his roles overseeing a large business unit within Whiting-Turner’s portfolio, Jason provides oversight to our national residential campaign, and is the regional recruiting leader in the DC/NOVA area. Jason has a wealth of clients that routinely seek his council when preparing for their next project. When Jason isn’t with his Whiting-Turner family and clients, he enjoys time with his wife, Kathleen, and seven children...yes seven children, Kevin, Kelly, Kaitlyn, Kortney, Kristen, Kinley and Kora. Together, the family operates a small farm in Maryland where they raise beef cattle and sheep. Jason and Kathleen both graduated from the University of MD and their children are active in the 4-H program in Howard County and regularly work with the University of MD Extension Service.
Cristiane (Cris) Queiroz Surbeck is a licensed Professional Engineer, Associate Dean for Academics in the School of Engineering, and Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Mississippi (UM). She has been at UM since 2007. She has worked in academia and environmental consulting, with projects throughout the U.S. and abroad. She was elected and served as President of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) from 2017 to 2018. Cris earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland (1995), her M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California – Irvine (2000, part-time while working full-time) and her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California – Irvine (2007, full-time).
Eric Tievy holds two Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Maryland, one from the Robert H. Smith School of Business in Finance received in 1989; the other from the A. James Clark School of Engineering in Civil Engineering received in 1996. During more than 25 years in the construction industry, Tievy has held purchasing, estimating and project management roles on hundreds of projects. He has worked on projects in almost every commercial construction market, including: commercial base building, government, hospitality, multifamily residential, healthcare, laboratory, education, institutional, correctional facility and mass transit project types. In his current role as the Director of Operations for Consigli Construction, Tievy oversees and manages the Washington, DC office for the New England-based construction manager. In his previous role, he created a centralized Procurement Group that played a key role in allowing the firm to provide its clients with the most competitive pricing available from subcontractors. Tievy has also served several terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington, and is certified as a LEED™ Accredited Professional.
Dena Volovar is currently the Bechtel Nuclear, Security & Environmental (NS&E) Manager of Functions. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management of the engineering, procurement, construction, project controls, information systems & technology, office & administrative, and startup & operations functions for the Bechtel NS&E global business unit. The NS&E global business unit executes projects and manages facilities for a variety of global entities, both government and commercial.
Just prior to her current role, Dena was Project Manager overseeing the engineering, procurement and construction of the Sabine Pass Liquified Natural Gas facility in Cameron Parish, Louisiana. Dena has 23 years of industry experience and has held positions in Engineering, Project Controls, Business Development, Operations, and Project Management. Dena was elected a Bechtel Senior Vice President in 2019, holds a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Maryland and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Jessie Yung is Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Deputy Director of Field Services-North. She has served the FHWA since 1998, taking on successively greater responsibilities. She has won numerous awards and honors during her career, including a 2018 Woman of the Year award from the WTS Central Virginia Chapter, an FHWA Administrator’s Award for Superior Achievement, and FHWA Administrator’s Excellence in Teamwork Award. Yung is interested in potentially mentoring students—especially women—for careers with the federal government and in civil engineering.
Mark Ballard, Senior Vice President for AECOM, received an A.S. in Architectural Technology in 1974 and a B.S. in Construction Technology in 1975 from Purdue University. Over the past 40 years, he has overseen construction projects across the United States and internationally for clients in the industrial, power & energy, commercial, aviation, defense and federal markets. He served as a Project Director for the Port of Los Angeles Pier 400 Container Terminal, which won the Construction Management Association of America’s 2004 Excellence in Program Management award. He also served as Project Executive and Chairman of the Joint Venture Executive Boards for the $300 million US Census Bureau Headquarters in Suitland, MD, a GSA Construction Excellence project; the multi-award-winning, $5.4 billion Pentagon Renovation Program in Arlington, VA; and the Department of Homeland Security Campus Consolidation at St. Elizabeths in Washington, DC, the largest construction project in GSA history. After joining AECOM in 1999, Ballard was promoted to Vice President in 2004 and then Senior Vice President in 2011. In his current role, he is responsible for the oversight of all Program Management/Construction Management-related activities, with an emphasis on client relations, contract management, quality control and business development. In addition, Ballard is a long-time member of the Construction Management Association of America, and has three times co-chaired its National Project Achievement Awards Program and served on its National Board of Directors since 2010.
Dr. Kenneth Bell, Manager of Geotechnical & Hydraulic Engineering Service for Bechtel Corporation, has over 34 years of geotechnical engineering experience on a variety of power, transportation, petrochemical, and industrial projects, including roles as the lead field geotechnical engineer during construction of the projects. He has completed three overseas assignments as lead geotechnical engineer, including an assignment in Hong Kong on a rail project, in New Caledonia on a mining project, and in Trinidad on a LNG project. He has written numerous project-specific geotechnical reports and has authored and co-authored 20 technical papers published in professional journals and in national and international conference proceedings. Dr. Bell was elected a Bechtel Fellow in 2011. He also holds the title of ASCE Fellow, ASTM Fellow, and Diplomate Geotechnical Engineer from The Academy of Geo-Professionals. He received B.S. (1974), M.S. (1976), and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and has been a registered engineer in the State of Maryland since 1983.
Paul Burkart, Founding Owner and Principal at GeoConcepts Engineering, received his B.S. in civil engineering in 1985 and his M.S. in geotechnical engineering in 1991 from the University of Maryland. Burkart has collaborated on 1,500 projects in the Mid-Atlantic region, including providing geotechnical design for notable projects such as Jefferson Memorial rehabilitation, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Mall Reflecting Pool Rehabilitation, and the Phase 2 Dulles Corridor Metrorail (Silver Line). In 1999, Burkart and three colleagues founded GeoConcepts Engineering Inc., which has grown to 60 employees over the past 15 years. As an owner, Burkart has been able to financially support multiple staff members to obtain their degrees from the University of Maryland. Burkart has contributed to dozens of technical publications. Most recently, he co-authored a paper for ASCE on the “Settlement Behavior of Compacted Fill Soils Containing Organic Matter,” a subsurface challenge particularly relevant to the Washington Metropolitan Area. Burkart is active with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), and American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).
Delon Hampton is the founder of Delon Hampton and Associates, a professional engineering and consulting firm that specializes in civil engineering. Dr. Hampton has been recognized within the engineering realm for various accomplishments: the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) honored Dr. Hampton with an Honorary Membership and three national awards. He is a former Councilor of the National Academy of Engineering; a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus and Old Master by Purdue University; received the Civil Engineering Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University and the College of Engineering’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Service from the University of Illinois, and is a recipient of the Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award and the James Laurie Prize, both given by ASCE.
Chuck Irish is founder and managing member of Vika, LLC, a civil engineering and site design firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from UMD in 1974.
Dr. Peggy Johnson is currently the dean of the Schreyer Honors College and a professor of civil engineering at Penn State University, where she has been a faculty member since 1996. As the dean of the Schreyer Honors College, she oversees the top 2 percent of Penn State students in all campuses and disciplines. From 2006 to 2015, she was the head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to coming to Penn State, she served on the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland. Over her 27 years as a professor in civil engineering, she has conducted research and taught classes in the areas of hydraulic engineering, bridge scour, stream restoration, reliability analyses, and river mechanics. Johnson has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals on bridge scour, stream restoration, uncertainty in hydraulics, bridge scour, and stream restoration, and the probability of bridge failure due to scour. She is currently working on the stability and vulnerability of stream channel designs at bridges. Her method for assessing stream stability at bridge-stream intersections is now incorporated as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s manual on stream stability at bridges (HEC-20). Associated with her research and educational goals, Johnson has supervised the dissertations and theses of dozens of Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. students. Johnson is the past president and a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), the largest institute within ASCE with more than 23,000 members. She received the ASCE Hans Albert Einstein award in 2016 for her contributions in the use of sediment transport for the evaluation and design of in-line control structures and stream restoration projects and the use of uncertainty and risk management for scour analyses. She has also received the ASCE-EWRI Outstanding Woman of the Year award. In addition to winning several teaching awards, Johnson won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Young Investigator award and in 1995, she won the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow award. She received a master's degree in 1988 and a Ph.D. in 1990, both from the University of Maryland.
An Engineering Innovation Hall of Fame Member, Raymond J. Krizek has made essential contributions to geotechnical engineering and the field of slurry mechanics. His research and collaborations have resulted in environmentally acceptable methods to dispose of large-volume industrial wastes and sediments, and in new techniques for using slurry grouts in soil improvement. Krizek is now the Stanley F. Pepper Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. (Photo: Northwestern University)
Christine Merdon received her B.S in Civil Engineering in 1987 and her M.S. in Civil Engineering in 1999, both from the University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering . The AOC is the builder and steward of America’s Capitol, serving Congress and the Supreme Court, creating a home for American democracy. The AOC traces its beginnings to 1791. Today, the AOC is comprised of 2,600 employees who serve Congress and the Supreme Court in a variety of occupations. As COO, she is responsible to the Architect of the Capitol for the overall direction, operation, and management of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol. She began her career in 1981 as a Cooperative Education student with the U.S. Navy. She worked at the White House Military Office as a Project Manager responsible for managing design and construction projects at the White House, Camp David, and other Presidential Support Facilities. From 1998 – 2010 Merdon worked in private industry starting as a Project Manager and ascending to the role Senior Vice President of Program and Construction Management. Her responsibilities included operations and business development for program and construction management contracts in Washington, DC, Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California. Projects include: Washington Nationals Major League Baseball Stadium, O’Hare Airport Modernization Program, Los Angeles Unified School District, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for African American History, and Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson Memorial Renovations.
David Meyers graduated from the University of Maryland in 1979 with a B.S. in civil engineering. He joined The Whiting Turner Contracting Company in 1981 as a Project Engineer. Throughout his career with Whiting-Turner, Meyers has been involved with and lead teams on numerous interesting and unique projects in various locations across the U.S. including: Horseshoe Casino (Baltimore MD), Universal Studios—Islands of Adventure (Orlando FL), the Safe Harbor Hydroelectric Plant Expansion (Safe Harbor PA), the Tysons Corner Center first expansion and redevelopment (Tysons Corner VA), the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion (Baltimore. MD), Arundel Mills Mall (Hanover, MD), Pittsburgh Mills Mall (Pittsburgh PA), Opry Mills Mall (Nashville TN), Danbury Fair Mall Renovation (Danbury CT), and the St. Regis Hotel Renovation (Washington DC). He was promoted to Division Vice President in 2010 and currently manages six operating groups specializing in retail, hospitality and entertainment construction.
David G. Mongan, P.E. holds a B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland and a M.B.A. from Loyola College of Baltimore, Maryland. He retired as the President of Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani, LLC, an architectural/engineering/construction firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD on June 30, 2009. WBCM provides professional services in architecture, highway and bridge engineering, design of institutional, commercial and industrial structures, transportation planning, environmental engineering, land development and site engineering, planning and urban design, design of waterfront and marine-related facilities, construction management/inspection, and field surveying. Mongan is active with the American Society of Civil Engineers at the National Level and served as President in 2008. He has been the District 5 Director, Zone 1 Vice President, and Treasurer and served on or as chair of numerous committees. He is Past Chair of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural and Engineering Services. He is a past member of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, past member of the Board of Directors of the Engineering Society of Baltimore, and past Co-Chair of the ACEC-MD Legislative Committee. Mongan currently serves on the Maryland State Board for Professional Engineers, is a Past Chair of the American Association of Engineering Societies, and is the immediate past President of the Engineers Without Boarders-USA. He recently received The President’s Medal for 2012 from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Engineering Society of Baltimore’s Meritorious Service Award for 2011. In 2003 he was awarded the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award by ASCE.
Neil Pedersen is executive director of the National Academies' Transportation Research Board (TRB). In this role, he provides executive direction and leadership to TRB's technical activities, including its annual meeting of over 13,000 transportation professionals.
Melinda Peters is a partner at RK&K, a full-service planning, engineering, environmental and construction management firm. She holds a civil engineering degree from Virginia Tech and an MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s University.
Peters worked for the Maryland State Highway Administration for more than 20 years. After leading and successfully completing the Intercounty Connector — Maryland’s largest and most environmentally sensitive project — Peters was asked to head the agency.
Robert Rauch is a principal with the civil engineering and construction management firm Rauch Inc. of Easton, Md. After earning his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1973, Mr. Rauch began his career with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In 1978, he served for six years as Director of Public Works and Talbot County Engineer before his move to the private sector in 1984. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Mr. Rauch is a member of the University of Maryland System Board of Regents, National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the University of Maryland Civil Engineering Board of Visitors, the University of Maryland College of Architecture, MRED Board of Advisors and the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. Board of Directors.
Dr. Fahim Sadek is the Leader of the Structures Group at the Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He received his Ph.D. in structural engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1996 and has worked at NIST since then. His research specialties include mitigation of progressive structural collapse, fire performance of structures, structural dynamics and earthquake engineering, and wind engineering and structural reliability. He is the co-author of “Ground Motion and Response Spectra” in the Seismic Design Handbook (F. Naeim, ed., Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, pp. 47-124) and “Risk Considerations in Tall Building Design” in the Tall Buildings Reference Book (D. Parker and A. Wood, ed., Council on Tall Buildings, Routledge Publishers, 2012). Sadek is a member of the Executive Committee (ExCom) for the Codes and Standards Activities Division (CSAD) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and is a member of the ASCE Standard Committee on Disproportionate Collapse Mitigation of Building Structures, Technical Committee on Progressive Collapse, and the Joint Committee on Structural Safety (JCSS) Task Group on Robustness. He is the recipient of the Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal Award in 2005 for his role in conducting the NIST federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster and the Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal Award in 2007 for his role in conducting the NIST reconnaissance following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Sadek also received the Department of Commerce’s Special Act Award for his contributions to the investigation of the World Trade Center Building 7 collapse in 2008 and the Building and Fire Research Laboratory Communication Award in 2002. In 2012, he received the ASCE’s Moisseiff Award for best publication on structural design.
Gregory Slater was appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as the Administrator of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) March 13, 2017. Slater’s leadership and priorities in the organization center around innovation, modernization, enhanced communication and providing a customer experience while keeping the needs of Maryland citizens at the center of every decision, project and service MDOT/SHA provides. After beginning his career with two years in the private sector, Slater has focused on public service for the state of Maryland. He has dedicated 20 years to MDOT with experience in both planning and the engineering with a focus on integrating technology and data driven initiatives into the engineering processes. He most recently served as Deputy Administrator for Planning, Engineering, Real Estate and Environment with seven years prior to that as Planning Director.
Slater is a native Marylander a 1997 graduate of Towson University and a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland National Leadership Institute. He is also a 2009 graduate of the MDOT/MDSHA Advanced Leadership Program and a member of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2015. He participates on several transportation industry committees and serves as Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Transportation Data Management and Analytics Committee. He also is a member of several committees on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board.