Business Briefs March 1, 2007

Jim Wurster, founder of Indianapolis-based American Consulting Inc., recently retired as chairman of the board and CEO. Wurster founded the company in 1966 as a transportation firm and led its development into a multi-discipline consulting practice with more than 275 full-time staff in three offices.

Caesar Cabral, P.E., a structural engineer in AVCON’s corporate headquarters in Orlando, Fla., was nominated as Young Engineer of the Year for the 2007 Engineers Week Awards. Cabral has seven years of professional engineering experience in transportation projects, including design of new and rehabilitation projects for highways and bridges, bridge inspection, and plan preparation for a variety of medium and long-span bridges.

Anthony G. Collins, Ph.D., president of Clarkson University, was presented the 2006 Lynn S. Beedle Award at Lehigh University’s 71st annual Fritz Engineering Research Society (FERS) Banquet. Collins was recognized for his accomplishments in advancing engineering education and as a leader in higher education. He began his academic career at Clarkson University as a professor and researcher in environmental engineering, advanced to department chair, dean of engineering, provost and was appointed the University’s president in 2003. Collins earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh in 1973 and 1982. The Lynn S. Beedle Award is named for the late professor of civil engineering at Lehigh University and founder of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. The award, endowed by gifts from the Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty at Lehigh University in 2003, is given annually to honor a Lehigh University Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate or faculty member for outstanding achievements in and contributions to the advancement of the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering in education, scholarship, professional leadership, industrial achievement, or a combination of these.

Richard J. Brauer, P.E., joined McFarland-Johnson, Inc., as executive vice president. Brauer has held senior management positions in several firms and served as project manager for design and construction for more than $500 million in projects involving transportation, land development, buildings and water treatment facilities. He will oversee all of McFarland-Johnson’s marketing, operations, and personnel functions.

MSCW, Inc., an Orlando-based planning, design, and civil engineering firm, promoted Curtis Ostrodka, AICP, to senior community planner. In his new role, Ostrodka will be responsible for establishing development entitlements for both small and large-scale projects throughout Central and Northern Florida. Ostrodka joined MSCW in 2005 as a community planner, and his responsibilities have included comprehensive policy plan preparation, rezoning work, concurrency and development plan applications and more. MSCW also promoted Eric Whikehart, E.I., to project engineer on the Transportation Team. In his new role, Whikehart will contribute to various projects in the areas of roadway and drainage design, permitting, and planning. Whikehart joined MSCW in 2005 as a staff engineer.

Frank Bracaglia, principal and senior project manager with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) was selected as a technical expert in the field of (NEPA)/Environmental Process by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Environmental Excellence (CEE). In his new role, as NEPA/Environmental Process Generalist, Bracaglia is under agreement with the CEE at AASHTO to provide on-call expertise on a wide variety of environmental, process-related subjects and quickly respond to technical assistance requests.

Spalding DeDecker Associates (SDA), a Detroit-based civil engineering firm, hired Bill Lambdin, P.E., as senior project manager in its Transportation Department.
He has nearly 30 years of experience in bridge design and engineering. Prior to joining SDA, Lambdin was a lead project manager at HNTB for bridge engineering and inspection. He also worked in Jefferson Davis Parish, La. performing structural evaluations of public buildings as part of the long-term recovery effort from Hurricane Katrina.

Schnabel Engineering, Inc., Glen Allen, Va., promoted Walter Rabe, P.E., to principal of the firm. Rabe, branch leader for the Sterling, Va., office, has more than 16 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and construction management, including completing the design and implementation of geotechnical engineering studies for government facilities, major infrastructure projects, commercial developments, and office parks, and other mixed-use developments. In addition to projects throughout the Southeastern United States, Rabe has managed numerous projects in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and Oceania.

John E. Boutwell, P.S.M., a veteran surveyor who played a major role in the development of modern Collier County, Fla., will retire from WilsonMiller on March 9 after 37 years of service to the firm. Boutwell began his career at WilsonMiller as a field surveyor and worked his way up to corporate business unit leader of Survey and Mapping, one of 10 corporate business units within WilsonMiller’s multidisciplinary operations. WilsonMiller Vice President and Principal Michael H. Maxwell, P.S.M., was promoted to corporate business unit Leader of Survey and Mapping. He previously served as Lower Southwest Florida regional manager of the business unit, which precisely locates and documents information to define real estate rights, geographic boundaries, and topographic features. Maxwell, who has spent his entire 27-year career with WilsonMiller, has been responsible for all types of surveys for public and private clients covering several thousand acres in Southwest Florida.

Jaster-Quintanilla (JQ), a structural and civil engineering firm founded by David Quintanilla, P.E,. and Gary W. Jaster, P.E., in Austin, Texas, announced its new principals and associates for 2007. In the Dallas office, new principals and associates are Stanley R. Felts, RPLS, principal—manager, Survey Department; Christopher N. Story, P.E., principal—structural team leader; R. Rene Avila, P.E., associate—structural team leader; Christopher T. Maman, RPLS, associate—senior survey project manager; James D. Davis, Jr., P.E., associate—manager, Civil Department; Vickie Gutierrez, associate and Dallas office manager. New principals and associates in the Austin office are Scott H. Francis, P.E., principal—senior structural project manager and Jamie Buchanan, P.E., associate—structural team leader.

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