J. Brad Homan, PE, has been promoted to Regional Aviation Lead supporting strategic growth in aviation in the greater Pittsburgh area and throughout Michael Baker’s Great Lakes Region. Brad has been with Michael Baker for over 26 years, most recently serving as the Department Manager, Aviation, in the Pittsburgh Office. Brad also serves as the Assistant Project Manager for the Multi-Modal Complex for the Pittsburgh International Terminal Modernization Program. Brad has a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Indiana. Brad serves as the Vice Chair for the ACEC/PA Aviation Committee and is a member of the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania.
John Tricini, PE, PLS, has been promoted to Vice President and Pittsburgh Transportation Practice Executive. John solidifies leadership in the Pittsburgh Office with his 26 years of industry experience, all at Michael Baker, and where he most recently served as the acting Transportation Practice Executive. As Practice Executive, John provides overall leadership to the group while managing the financials, operational performance, practice administration, production/project oversight, business development, and client engagement for our Highway, Traffic, Aviation and Emerging Technology services. John has a Master of Business Administration degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. He is a registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor in Pennsylvania. John also serves on the Board of Directors of ASHE’s Pittsburgh Chapter.
Wendy Berrill, PE, has been promoted to Department Manager, Highway, and will be responsible for overseeing growth and strategic business development within Michael Baker’s Highway Design Practice within the Greater Pittsburgh Region. She has been a part of Michael Baker for 14 years and most recently served as Acting Department Manager, Highway. Throughout her career, Wendy has worked extensively on roadway design and railroad design in various roles including Design Engineer, Task Manager and Project Manager. Wendy earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wendy is a member of ASHE and serves on WTS Pittsburgh’s Board of Directors.
Jessica Belowich, PE, PTOE, has been promoted to Department Manager, Traffic, and will focus on growing the Company’s Traffic Engineering Practice within the Greater Pittsburgh Region, while identifying new opportunities for innovation. She has been with Michael Baker for 15 years, most recently serving as Acting Department Manager, Traffic. During her tenure with the Company, she has been involved with the design of numerous transportation projects, and she is currently the Lead Traffic Engineer for the I-2 Design-Build Project in Texas and the Highland Park Interchange Reconstruction Project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jessica earned a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, both from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jessica is a member of ASHE, ESWP and WTS.
The announcement of the first of 4 Distinguished Alumni for 2019 has been released on Facebook today. The awardee is Brandon D’Aloiso who participated in 2007 with St. Thomas More School. See his impressive accomplishments:
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Future City Pittsburgh 2019
Brandon D’Aloiso participated in the 2007 Future City Pittsburgh Competition with St. Thomas More School, supported by educator Gina Callahan and mentor Patricia Wattick.
Brandon received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Bioengineering in 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh and a Cardiovascular Perfusion Certificate from UPMC in 2017.
As an undergraduate researcher at Pitt he worked on multiple artificial lung devices for treatment of COPD, ARDS and other lung problems which is where he learned about Perfusion.
Brandon has published articles about cardiopulmonary bypass and permeability of polymer fibers used in respiratory assist devices. He also has a patent for a Cannula Stabilization Device for ambulatory ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation).
He currently works as a perfusionist at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Presbyterian Hospital while pursuing a Master’s degree (M.S.) in Bioengineering at Pitt. Additionally, he serves as a co-director of a comprehensive ECMO training course for physicians to learn about this complex procedure.
Brandon Reflects on his Future City Experience:
“Future City was definitely a long time ago for me, but it feels like yesterday. Back in those days I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up, but going through the experience helped me to realize something in the engineering/problem solving field was for me. Working and presenting our project to engineers was a great experience and really allowed me to learn about the field. While I took a turn and ended up doing more medical engineering, Future City allowed me to learn what engineering was and practice some of those early skills that would later serve me in school and work. Even teamwork was something we learned in the building and development of our city. Overall it was a great experience with some of my best friends until this day.”
In September of 2019, the Goethals Bridge was recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Pittsburgh, PA. for the 2019 Project Excellence Award in the Large Project category. The Project Owner, Port Authority of NY/NJ used a P3 project delivery model for this $1.5B Project. The new Goethals Bridge is a dual cable-stayed bridge with a 900-foot main span and roughly 7,000-foot-long prestressed concrete girder approaches. The new bridge carries westbound and eastbound traffic independently and with built-in structural and operational redundancy. The bridge accommodates a future mass transit corridor that can be created by stitching together the eastbound and westbound spans by way of steel framing to accommodate either light rail transit or bus rapid transit without additional in-water work or foundations for the main bridge. The Developer was NY/NJ Link – MacQuarie Infrastructures Real Assets. The construction joint venture was Kiewit/Weeks Marine and Massman. The lead designer for the project was Parsons Transportation Group Inc. with Design Manager, Seth Condell, PE, LEED AP and Bridge Engineer of Record, Thomas Spoth, PE. Accepting the award on behalf of the project team was Joseph DiFiore, PE.
Trumbull Project Executive John Nemmer recently rappelled down 22 stories as part of Over the Edge, an event that raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Western PA & WV Chapter. The Society offered John a spot as a “thank you” for providing a special project tour for a 3-year-old leukemia patient back in August. Although John has rappelled before, this event was different — something tells us he’ll go back Over the Edge in 2019! (Photos provided by PJ Dick, Trumbull and Lindy Paving)
Civil Engineering Professor Kent Harries Named ASCE Fellow
PITTSBURGH (Oct. 18, 2019) — Kent Harries, PhD, FASCE, FACI, P.Eng., associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) this month. The Fellow status, FASCE, signifies members of the organization who have made celebrated contributions to the field and developed creative solutions that have enhanced lives. Fellows make up just three percent of ASCE’s members.
The election recognizes Harries’ work on international standards-writing committees and on the use of nonconventional materials, like carbon and glass fiber-reinforced polymers, for structural repair, the structural application of full-culm bamboo, and his design-oriented teaching that teaches students to use both conventional and nonconventional materials.
Harries’ research interests also include the seismic design and retrofit of building structures, the design and behavior of high-rise structures, applications of full-scale structural testing and the history and philosophy of science and technology. He received his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in civil engineering – structures from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.
Harries currently serves as a vice-president of IIFC, Senior Editor of Journal of Construction and Building Materials, chair of ACI Committee 440F (Repair of Concrete with FRP) and on numerous other U.S. and international codes and standards development committees including ASCE FCAPS. Harries is presently leading the effort to revise ISO 22156 Bamboo Structural Design. A Fellow of both ACI and IIFC, Harries is a professional engineer in Ontario, Canada, and was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Bath (UK) in 2018.
As summer comes to an end, ESWP hosted their 4th Annual YMF Summer Social at the Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania on September 6, 2019.
This end of summer event was co-hosted by seven different professional organizations: ASCE, ASHE, Engineers Without Borders, PSPE, Tau Beta Pi, SAME, and WTS Pittsburgh Chapters. At this event, 75 young professionals met to network and learn about the various technical societies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. At the event, ESWP did a 50/50 raffle to benefit Bridges to Prosperity. Bridges to Prosperity work with isolated communities to create access to essential health care, education and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers. We also offered door prizes to each person that attended. The door prizes were provided by each of the participating organizations.
We are proud and excited to bring together a community of young professionals to network and look forward to continuing this effort. We hope to see you at ESWP’s next event visit, https://eswp.com/events/.
Congratulations to Cameron Bunner, on being selected as the recipient of the ESWP 2019-2020 Members Scholarship valued at $2,500.00.
Cameron is a 2019 graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, where he graduated #1 in his class. Cameron now attends the Penn State University in State College, PA, where he majors in Biomedical Engineering, Cameron is the son of ESWP Member Mathew Bunner. Congratulations Cameron!
The Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) and the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Section (ASCE) presented our biennial “PDH Boot Camp” on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
Bringing together over 90 professionals, this all-day conference provided timely and interesting technical sessions suitable for professional development hours (PDHs) for our members and affiliated groups.
We offered programming under three concurrent breakout sessions. The attendees could attend sessions from any track. The tracks presented were transportation, water & wastewater, industrial, technology and legal & ethics. Each session is approved for a PDH credit by ESWP’s Continuing Education Committee. ESWP is recognized as an approved Continuing Education Provider by New York State and the State of Florida Board of Licensure. Attendees had the opportunity to earn up to 8 PDHs for the day. With the PA P.E. License Renewal Date approaching on September 30, 2019. This event offered exactly what every P.E. was looking for – PDH Credits.
Over 20 speakers made this event possible, with one that presented via webinar from California! The event would not be possible without our sponsors:
Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. – Lanyards
Covestro – Portfolio
HDR – Transportation Track
Koryak – Technology Track
Michael Baker International – Lunch
Total Equipment Company – Industrial Track
Finally, thank you to our planning committee for making the event possible.
PDH Boot Camp Planning Committee
Justin Brooks, Beaver County Community College, Beaver, PA
Douglas M. Clark, P.E., Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
David Scotti, Esq., Scotti Law Group, Pittsburgh, PA
Sam Shamsi, Ph.D., PE, F.ASCE, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Imperial PA
Dawn Spence, P.E., Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA
John Tricini, Michael Baker International, Moon Township, PA
Attendees that need a PDH certificate for attending the one-day conference to claim your credit, please complete our PDH Request Form at https://eswp.com/about/bootcamp/.
WQED’s pilot summer camp of Design Lives Here (DLH) kicked off on August 1, 2019 with the support of ESWP.
WQED partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Western PA and South Hills Interfaith Movement (SHIM) on the pilot program. With materials provided by WQED both groups earlier completed DLH Challenges prior to coming together for a day of engineering challenges in the WQED studios. Design Lives Here activities are inspired by the popular PBS KIDS program and website, Design Squad Nation. For more information on Design Lives Here, visit https://www.wqed.org/education/designliveshere. Photos provided by WQED Edu.
The ESWP Annual Golf Outing returned to Treesdale Golf & Country Club, in Gibsonia, PA on Monday, July 22, 2019….
It turned out to be a great day for the 71 players. Despite the rain prior to and during the first hour of golf, the weather was cooperative and the sun came out at the end of the outing. Players enjoyed great golf, food and fellowship, all benefiting ESWP’s Student Outreach Activities. Following dinner, Event Chair Wayne Johnson distributed the team and skill prizes. Thanks to all of our sponsors and raffle prized donors for helping to make the event a big success! Photos from the event (coming soon) and all the winners are here. We hope to see you at our next event!