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
Principal and Unit Manager
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
About Martina Driscoll
Executive Vice President
About Scott Greenhaus
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
Gutschick, Little & Weber, P.A.
About David Little
*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).
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, Ms. 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, Ms. 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. Ms. 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).
Ms. 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. Ms. 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. 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.
Dr. Johnson conducts research in the areas of hydraulic engineering, bridge scour, stream restoration, reliability analyses, and river mechanics. Dr. Johnson is the Past-President and a Fellow of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), the largest institute within ASCE with more than 23,000 members. Dr. Johnson recently received the ASCE-EWRI Outstanding Woman of the Year award. In addition to winning several teaching awards, Dr. Johnson won the National Science Foundation Young Investigator award and in 1995, she won the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow award.
Dr. Johnson has just completed a 3-year project for the NCHRP on Risk-Based Approach for Bridge Scour Prediction. She 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 vulnerability analyses for stream designs and bridge crossings. These analyses are based on uncertainty in the hydraulic parameters, likelihood of hydraulic occurrences, and conditions at the bridge crossing. She is also currently engaged in research on the risk assessment of bridges under multi-hazard effect of earthquake and flood-induced scour. She recently developed a stream stability assessment method for use at bridge-stream intersections for the Federal Highway Administration. The method is now incorporated as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s manual on stream stability at bridges (HEC-20). She has also conducted research on the design of vanes and weirs for protecting bridge foundations for the state of Maryland. This project was based on scaled modeling of flow and geometry at actual scour critical bridges in Maryland. In a related project, Dr. Johnson also recently completed a project in which she tested both laboratory and computer models to assess the use of in-stream structures, such as vanes, to improve sediment transport in streams in northern Pennsylvania where heavy sedimentation affects flooding. Associated with her research and educational goals, Dr. Johnson has supervised the dissertations and theses of dozens of PhD, MS, and BS students. She received a Master’s Degree in 1988 and a PhD in 1990 from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Maryland.
*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 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, Mr. 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. Mr. 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, Mr. 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.
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 Mrs. 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, 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).