Board of Visitors
Not pictured: Christine Merdon and Robert Rauch
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Senior Vice President
About Mark Ballard
Manager, Geotechnical & Hydraulic Engineering Service
About Kenneth Bell
Founding Owner and Principal
About Paul Burkart
Executive Vice President
About Scott Greenhaus
Charles (Chuck) A. Irish, Jr.
About Charles A. Irish, Jr.
Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration
About Greg Johnson
Civil Engineering Professor and Chair CEE Department
Pennsylvania State University
About Peggy Johnson
*Vice Chair, CEE Board of Visitors and Chair, Nominating Committee
Senior Vice President
Clark Construction Group
About Jim Kinkead
Michael L. Lenkin
Senior Vice President
Miller & Long Construction
About Michael L. Lenkin
About Tony Mawry
*Chair, CEE Board of Visitors
Chief Operating Officer
Architect of the Capitol (AOC)
About Christine Merdon
Division Vice President
Whiting Turner Contracting Company
About David Meyers
Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani, LLC
About David Mongan
University of Maryland System Board of Regents member
About Robert Rauch
Charles (Chuck) Schwartz
Professor and Chair
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland
About Charles Schwartz
Director of Operations
About Eric Tievy
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, Mr. 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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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, Mr. Burkart and three colleagues founded GeoConcepts Engineering, Inc., which has grown to 60 employees over the past 15 years. As an owner, Mr. Burkart has been able to financially support multiple staff members to obtain their degrees from the University of Maryland. Mr. 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. Mr. Burkart is active with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA), and American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).
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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Greenhaus was also the past president of PTI and has chaired many committees in these trade and technical associations.
Six years after graduating in 1974 with a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland, Chuck Irish became one of the four founding partners of VIKA, Inc., a local civil engineering, surveying, land planning and landscape architecture firm. He is currently the President of VIKA Maryland, which focuses on land development and entitlement projects for smart growth, urban redevelopment, mixed use, and TOD projects. Some of his notable projects include Pike & Rose in White Flint, Discovery Headquarters in Silver Spring, The Collection in Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase Bank’s Headquarters in Bethesda, Clyde’s Lodge in Tower Oaks, Rockville, the Park Potomac Community in Potomac, and the Euro Motorcars dealership in Germantown. Mr. Irish was licensed in 1978 as a Professional Engineer, in 1980 as a Professional Land Surveyor, and in 2008 as a LEED Accredited Professional. He served as President of the Maryland Society of Surveyors in 1997 – 1998, was named Surveyor of the Year in 1999, and appointed to the CEE Board of Visitors in 2004.
*Vice Chair, CEE Board of Visitors and Chair, Nominating Committee
Jim Kinkead, Senior Vice President for the Clark Construction Group, received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1985. Mr. 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. Mr. 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.
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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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. Mr. 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.
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. 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). Dr. 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. Dr. 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.
Dr. Schwartz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently Professor and Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, where he teaches courses on pavement design and analysis, advanced soil mechanics, and computational geomechanics (including pavement mechanics). His research interests and experience span the areas of analytical and numerical modeling techniques for pavement structures and characterization and laboratory testing of pavement materials. He has played leadership roles in many national research projects and regularly assists federal, state, and local agencies and private firms on pavement-related topics. He is a current member of TRB (Chair, AFD80—Strength and Deformation Characteristics of Pavement Layers; Member, AFK50—Characteristics of Bituminous Paving Materials to Meet Structural Requirements), ASCE (Chair, Geo-Institute Pavements Committee; Member, T&DI Highway Pavements Committee), AAPT, and ISAP (Member, Technical Committee on Constitutive Modeling of Asphaltic Materials). He is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Geomechanics, Transportation Geotechnics, and the International Journal of Roads and Airports. He is a co-developer and co-instructor of the recently updated NHI course Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement Design (NHI Course 132040).