Kasie Bolling 2016-03-25 07:10:26
SEASONED VETERANS AND PROMISING UP-AND-COMERS HONORED WITH GEORGIA ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS Each year, the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers shines the spotlight on a number of the industry’s long-time leaders and rapidly rising stars in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and public welfare. Honored during the annual Georgia Engineers Week Awards Gala, the Georgia Engineer of the Year Awards recognize individuals from industry experts to students who show great promise. Lifetime Achievement in Engineering STEVEN C. MCCUTCHEON PH.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.EWRI, F.ASCE Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia Over the course of a career that spans nearly four decades, the accomplishments of Steven C. McCutcheon, Ph.D., P.E. are multifaceted and far-reaching. Armed with coursework in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alabama, a B.C.E. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University, an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and a Ph.D. in Hydraulics and Water Resources from Vanderbilt University, Dr. McCutcheon set out in the late ‘70’s to change the world for the better. His journey would lead him to the U.S. Geological Survey as a Hydrologist, through the hallowed halls of many highly respected universities throughout the world and to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - where he ultimately served as National Expert and Senior Environmental Engineer. During that time, he became revered as a pioneer in the practice of ecological engineering and phytoremediation to' manage hazardous wastes. Throughout his federal career, Dr. McCutcheon solved very difficult, unique environmental problems by anticipating the necessary engineering design procedures. He is renowned for his advances in water quality and watershed modeling, and notably advanced environmental and civil engineering by integrating the development of waste management practices into research at an advanced stage. His sustainable methods of using green plants to clean up munitions at defense facilities worldwide was adopted to redirect weapon scientists to more peaceful pursuits in the U.S., the former Soviet Union and Iraq. He also defined a scientific basis for management, regulatory and legal actions as an expert witness and advisor internationally. Remarkably, Dr. McCutcheon also found the time to author three books and 274 other publications. Additionally, he served as Senior Director on the National Board and the Georgia Section President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), as well as President of the American Ecological Engineering Society. He is a founding diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers and a founding fellow of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute. He was elected a fellow of ASCE in 2015. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Award, he received Special Achievement Awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for his work on the bioremediation of the Alaska EXXON VALDEZ Oil Spill and the Sacramento River Chemical Spill. He was selected by the American Chemical Society and Association for Air and Waste Management for EPA Science Achievement Awards in both Chemistry and Waste Management. Over the years, ASCE has recognized him with the Government Civil Engineer, Torrens (outstanding journal editor), Young Civil Engineer in Government and Georgia 2008 Civil Engineer awards. The National Society of Professional Engineers honored him as the 1992 Engineer of Year in EPA. In 2004, the Georgia Engineers Week Awards Committee honored him as the Engineer of the Year in Government. Dr. McCutcheon continues to serve the industry to this day in his capacity as an independent consultant of Hydrologic and Environmental Engineering and as Adjunct Professor for the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He lives in Athens with his wife, Sherry and two sons. Georgia Engineer of the Year THOMAS R. CURRIN PH.D., P.E. Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University As Dean of the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Tom Currin’s future as an engineering educator began to take shape at a very young age. As a sophomore pursuing his undergraduate civil engineering degree at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, he was so convinced he wanted to teach that he began pairing his required engineering classes with courses in secondary education. Following graduation, he served in the United States Army before enrolling in graduate school at North Carolina State University-Raleigh, where he received his Master of Civil Engineering. He then went on to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, specializing in Traffic Engineering from the University of Connecticut, as well as a number of professional engineering licenses. Believing that it would be difficult to teach what one had not done, Dr. Currin embarked on a successful consulting engineering career for nearly a decade, which included the analysis and design of numerous transportation projects throughout New England and the East Coast. Having achieved his goals in the private sector, it was finally time to realize his dream of preparing the next generation of engineers. His teaching career began at Western Kentucky University as Assistant Professor and Department Head of the Engineering Technology Department before leading him to Southern Polytechnic State University, where he has served in a variety of impactful roles for the last 25 years. In 2015, Southern Polytechnic State University and Kennesaw State University became a combined institution. The Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University is now the second largest engineering college in Georgia, serving more than 4,000 students and offering 20 graduate and undergraduate degrees in engineering and engineering technology. Dr. Currin’s dedication to the field of engineering extends beyond the classroom. In addition to serving as an evaluator and commissioner of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET) - the primary accreditation agency for engineering in the United States - he has authored numerous engineering education publications and presentations. b Georgia Engineer of the Year: Private Practice JERRY C. WOLVERTON, JR. P.E. Wolverton & Associates, Inc. Best known as Jay, Wolverton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and has more than 30 years of experience as a Civil Engineer, 27 of those spent at the helm of his own firm - Wolverton & Associates, Inc. (W&A). Established in Georgia in 1989, W&A surprisingly got its start in his children’s playroom. Headquartered in Duluth, it grew from a small firm specializing in civil engineering for large commercial retail developers to a full-service firm that offers in-house professional services in civil engineering, transportation engineering, land surveying, traffic engineering, subsurface utility engineering, as well as building and industrial design. Today, W&A is over 100-people strong and registered to provide professional engineering services in 33 states with branch offices in Savannah, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. At each turning point in the growth of his firm, Wolverton’s vision and focus has been on creating a sustainable and long-term company that achieves its daily mission of improving the quality of life for its clients and the public as a whole. The fact that it has grown into a thriving firm with repeat clients and a five-year average annual revenue of $14 million indicates he’s doing just that. W&As clients include, but are not limited to: federal, state county, Departments of Transportations, municipalities, Community Improvement Districts and private retail/commercial projects. In addition to his involvement at W&A, Wolverton is the National Director for the American! Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) and Board Member for the Council for Quality Growth, as well as previously serving as the Chairman for ACEC Georgia and President of the Board of Directors for Design Professional Risk Control Group. Outside of work, Wolverton is the loving husband to his wife of 32 years, Ann, and proud father of three grown children, Christina, Ashley and Andrew. Georgia Engineer of the Year: Industry RANDAL RIEBEL P.E. Delta Air Lines Boasting a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Mankato State University, a Master of Science in Engineering from Purdue University and Green Belt Certification in Six Sigma Program, Randal Riebel, P.E. is living out a dream that originated from a childhood love of toy cars, trucks, motorcycles and airplanes. Over the course of his career, he has served as Product Design Engineer for TRW Automotive, where he worked on the design of the electro-mechanical blower switch for the 2005 MY GM minivan platform and PT Cruiser/ Dodge Neon platform, and as the Designer and Lead Engineer of the 2002.5 MY Ford Amazon recirculation switch. During his time as Engineering Project Manager at Progress Casting Group, Inc., Riebel managed accounts with such recognizable names as Harley Davidson, Bombardier, GE Healthcare, Boeing, Teledyne, Hobart and S&S Cycle. For the past decade, he has served a variety of roles at Delta Air Lines - first in Minneapolis, Minnesota before his journey led him to Atlanta, Georgia (home of the company’s headquarters and the busiest airport in the world). His career at Delta has spanned from Senior Engineer of Systems at Northwest Airlines to Fleet Manager for a variety of airliners. His current role is MD88/MD90/T-tail Harmony Manager for Delta Air Lines. Outside of the office, Riebel takes the concept of community service to htirely new level. During the last five years alone, he has served as a youth basketball and soccer coach, MATHCOUNTS and Habitat for Humanity volunteer and certified firefighter - just to name a few. Georgia Engineer of the Year: Education JASON CHRISTIAN PH.D., P.E., M.ASCE University of Georgia (UGA) Following a challenging transition from engineering student at Texas A&M University to Junior Engineer in private practice, Jason Christian, Ph.D., P.E. learned the intrinsic value of mentorship. As a rookie feeling overwhelmed by the professional challenges of his new career, he found a renewed sense of purpose and expectations under the mentorship of a sympathetic senior engineer. What followed was a productive 20- year career in engineering practice - including more than a decade as President of his own engineering firm. His success in private practice eventually led to a doctoral degree from Rice University and a new career in the University of Georgia’s College of Engineering. At UGA, Dr. Christian leads the Environmental Engineering Capstone course. In this capacity, he feels honored to help the next generation of Georgia engineers find confidence in their skills, strength in their character and ambition to make a difference in the world. He does so by seeing that they are equipped with the mental, emotional and interpersonal tools required to meet workforce challenges. In addition to his role at the university, Dr. Christian is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and as Treasurer for ASCE’s Northeast Georgia Branch. Georgia Engineer of the Year: Government RAYMOND J. WILKE P.E., ENV SP, CFM, CPESC, M. ASCE City of Atlanta With more than 35 years of experience in a broad range of civil engineering, environmental, water resources, and transportation projects, Ray Wilke, P.E. has had his hand in the planning, design and construction of site work, treatment works, wetlands, stormwater management, bike paths, stadiums, pipelines, landfills, railroads, streets, bridges and highways. His experience includes large and small projects in the commercial/industrial and municipal/government sectors. Over the course of nearly four decades, his roles have included Deputy Commissioner, Senior Director, Chief Engineer, Chief Building Official, City Engineer, Program Manager, Lead Designer, Design Project Manager, Construction Project Manager and Principal of his own firm. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering - Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati, an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a slew of certifications, Wilke has practiced his profession in 13 states - of which, he is currently registered in three. With previous turns as Chief Engineer of Development for Fulton County and the first City Engineer and Deputy Director of Development for the City of Sandy Springs when it was incorporated, as well as a member of the startup teams for Johns Creek and Milton when they were privatized, Wilke was perfectly suited to tackle a key role with the City of Atlanta. At the City of Atlanta since 2011, Wilke was recently asked to serve Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Engineering Services, Department of Watershed Management (DWM). In his capacity as Senior Watershed Director, Wilke leads the Strategic Asset Management Division (SAMD) in the Office of Engineering Services. In addition to managing the Division, he serves as the City of Atlanta Floodplain Administrator, as well Program Manager for the Upper Proctor Creek Watershed capacity relief projects and DWM liaison for development o] the Atlanta Falcons New Stadium Project. He also provides operation management and technical support to the/Offices of Watershed Protection, Linear Operations and Water Treatment and Reclamation. Georgia Engineer of the Year: Construction TIMOTHY WILLIAMS P.E. Archer Western Contractors, LLC Outfitted with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, Timothy Williams, P.E. made the move to Atlanta in the mid-1980s, where he began a career in heavy civil construction starting as a Field Engineer on the MARTA Gold Line. He received his Georgia Professional Engineers License in 1990 while working on the MARTA Blue Line. In 1997, Williams joined the team at the Atlanta-based Walsh Group subsidiary-Archer Western Contractors. Since then, he has served in the role of Archer Western s Chief Engineer on high profile projects such as the MARTA Red Line, Lindbergh MARTA Station modifications, Georgia Department] of Transportations (GDOT) International Boulevard, HJAIA 1-285 Bridge Structures and GDOT SR400/I-85 Interchange, among others. Today, he continues to work for Archer Western Contractors where ; |he specializes in construction engineering on large-scale, heavy civil |construction projects in the Southeast, Williams is responsible for g the development and design of construction-related engineering I solutions during the design development, estimating and construction phases of major design-build projects. His current assignment is I?1 Chief Engineer for Northwest Express Roadbuilders - comprised of Archer Western Contractors, Hubbard Construction and Parsons Transportation Group - on the GDOT Northwest Corridor Managed lanes Project in Cobb County, Georgia. Young Engineer of the Year ROBERT P. JACQUETTE P.E., PTOE Wolverton & Associates, Inc. Rob Jacquette, P.E. got his start at Wolverton & Associates through Georgia Tech’s Cooperative Education Program in 2005. After graduation two years later, he joined the Wolverton team full-time and rapidly rose through the ranTs'to Project Manager in the firm’s fast-growing Traffic Engineering Department.Recently, he was named Director of Traffic Engineering - making him the youngest Department Director in Wolverton’s 26-year history. In this new role, Jacquette manages a team of 14 traffic engineers and designers with a range of experience, including many in the first few years of their careers. With a focus on making his department the best it can be, he has worked with senior leadership at the firm to build a Plan that includes upwards of 35 percent growth in 2016. This unprecedented growth can be tied directly to what has been described as his “persistent business development efforts" - a role he approaches with great enthusiasm, actively seeking out new opportunities for work with existing and new clients. Jacquette’s people skills don’t begin and end with Wolverton & Associates’ clientele. He is actively involved in creating an improved company culture, part of W&A's ongoing efforts to maintain and increase employee satisfaction. Younger engineers in his department highlight how well he coaches them through project challenges, providing technical expertise while making them feel like a peer. He makes the time to check-in with his employees on a daily basis, stopping by to see how their projects are going, learning what help they may need and working with them to create growth and development plans. Since 2013, Rob has led a group of colleagues through an involved planning process to create a calendar of employee events to increase engagement and civic service. He created the annual W&A Putt-Putt Tournament, a crowd favorite dill oft-awaited event held each spring. Outside of the company, Jacquette is involved in ACEC Georgia and its Emerging Leaders Forum, in addition to serving as Chair of the organization’s PAC Golf Tournament. He is also an active member of the Georgia Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), Georgia Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Engineering Student of the Year VALERIE WASHINGTON Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University A fourth-year Industrial and Systems Engineering student at Kennesaw State University (KSU), Valerie Washington has been drawn to the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields from a young age. Originally considering careers in Marine Biology and Mathematics, she decided upon Industrial and Systems Engineering after her involvement in her high school’s Robotics Club and an opportunity to shadow two interns in the field for a day. Since beginning her undergraduate studies, Washington has held Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant positions. She is currently researching ways to make the use of connected fitness tracking devices easier and more effective - while potentially improving the user’s overall health significantly. Through her experience as a Research Assistant, Washington has become interested in obtaining a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, with a research focus in Environmental Management and Optimization. Outside of classes, Washington is actively involved in her local campus and desired industry communities. She holds memberships in the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) and the Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE), and is the founding President of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Atlanta Chapter Student Division. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she was recognized as KSU’s Systems Engineering/Industrial Engineering Technology Student of the Year. Engineering Technology Student of the Year KURT JACOBSON Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University From an early age, Kurt Jacobson showed an interest in tools, woodworking and engineering. When he was twelve years old, Jacobson asked his parents if he could set up a small carpentry shop in the garage. Today, that shop has expanded to include a mezzanine level, complete with cabinet shop, machine shop, foundry and an impressive collection of chemistry and electronics lab equipment. Now a Senior at the Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology at Kennesaw State University with a 4.0 GPA, Jacobson has become known among his colleagues for his versatile hands-on skills, as well as his willingness to actively assist peers in understanding theoretical concepts. As a member of the Human Powered Vehicle Team, Jacobson has been able to put his shop to practical use, producing frame components for the team. He also works as a Supplemental Instruction Leader for more than 70 students taking Strength of Materials and dedicates time each week peer-tutoring students in multiple upper level courses. For his senior design project, Jacobson worked with the owner of Tubular Fabrication LLC to develop and build a CNC tubing notcher in order to expand the shop’s fabrication capabilities and efficiency. The project also included the creation of interactive motion control software, which enables the user to input the desired joint parameters, as well as operate the machine. He hopes to patent and manufacture this and other machines in the near future. Jacobson is currently finishing up his MET degree with a minor in Nuclear Engineering and plans to graduate in Fall 2016, after only seven semesters.
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