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Announcement Made by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross  

CANONSBURG, PA, Feb. 14, 2019 – Venkee Sharma, CEO of Aquatech International, has been appointed to serve on the U.S. – India CEO Forum. Established in 2005, this Forum provides an opportunity for dialogue between the United States and Indian governments to strengthen the economic and commercial relationship between both countries.

The announcement was made by U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, who will co-chair the Forum with Indian Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu. “The U.S.-India CEO Forum is critical to the fruitful commercial relationship and strong economic ties between our two great nations. The incoming U.S. CEOs will bring fresh perspectives to the Forum and help us consider new opportunities to further deepen our cooperation,” he said.

“It is an honor to be part of this CEO Forum, which plays an important role in encouraging economic opportunities and strengthening important business relationships in both our countries. While Aquatech is headquartered in the United States, our global operations include a significant presence in India which includes global technical services, R&D, as well as an appreciable footprint in the local market. This affords us a unique and beneficial perspective that we can bring to the Forum,” said Sharma, who will serve a two-year term on the Forum.

RIZZO International, Inc. Celebrates First Anniversary and Certification By the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council

RIZZO International Inc. is proud to announce their first anniversary and achievement of national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB) by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Rachelle Rizzo, President of RIZZO International stated, “I’m so proud to continue in my father’s, (Dr. Paul Rizzo), footsteps leading a team to execute extraordinary projects all over the world. I’m also very fortunate to have my father still involved as CTO overseeing our phenomenal technical team. His are big shoes to fill, but I’ve been thinking about this opportunity for the decades I have been a part of the industry. As with many new businesses it’s been a challenging first year, but we prevailed and we are extremely excited about our future. Receiving our WBENC certification is definitely adding to the celebration!” My father always says, ‘It’s all part of the adventure!’ Here’s to continuing the adventure!”

To learn more about RIZZO International, Inc., please visit

RIZZO International Inc. is a specialized global engineering and consulting firm focused on Analysis and Design, Construction Management, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geology, Hydraulic, Hydrology and Hydrogeological Engineering and Earth Sciences. Our projects are typically in the Dams & Water, Power Generation and Infrastructure Markets.

WBENC’s national standard of certification program is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

KU Resources, Inc. joins forces with R F Mitall & Associates

KU Resources, Inc. (KU Resources) has joined with R F Mitall & Associates, a Plum Borough based engineering firm in establishing the Mitall, a Division of KU Resources.  This new venture expands KU Resources’ services and the added technical depth of 13 professional and technical staff, will greatly increase and enhance our capabilities to serve clients in both the public and private sectors.

Robert Mitall will stay on as President of the Mitall Division. He is a professional engineer and surveyor with over 40 years of experience working with local companies and municipalities in the field of civil engineering, surveying, architectural support, waste water treatment and governmental support.  The Mitall Division has extensive experience in providing consulting services to various units of local government as well as, a proven track record in providing services to planners, architects, developers and contractors on site development projects.   The Mitall Division of KU Resources now has licensed professional surveyors, employing state-of-the-art survey equipment to begin any design work or to layout infrastructure.

ESWP Corporate Member News

Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering Inc.  (LSSE) announces internal Ownership transition:   LSSE, a 90 person civil engineering firm, headquartered in Coraopolis PA, founded in 1985 announced ownership and management transitions completing implementation of the firm’s Strategic and Ownership Transition Plans adopted in 2008.   Effective on Friday, June 15, 2018 Lawrence J. Lennon, P.E., DWRE, Daniel S. Gilligan, and Larry W. Souleret, P.E., PLS, have sold their interest in the firm.  They have transferred 100% ownership of LSSE to Kevin A. Brett P.E., Ned Mitrovich P.E., and Jason Stanton, P.E., longtime Principals and owners in the firm.   In addition to each having 1/3 ownership of LSSE, they will assume the following management and corporate officer roles; Chief Executive Officer & President:  Ned Mitrovich; Chief Operating Officer & Treasurer:  Kevin A. Brett; and Chief Financial Officer & Secretary: Jason E. Stanton.  Kevin Brett and Ned Mitrovich have accepted Directors positions formally held by Larry Lennon and Dan Gilligan, and will join Jason Stanton on the Board.  Larry Lennon and Dan Gilligan will assume the role of “Principal Consultant”, while maintaining employment with LSSE.



ESWP Awards of Distinction

Congratulations to the several ESWP Corporate members who were recognized through the ESWP Awards of Distinction program, as presented at the 2017 Annual Engineering Awards Banquet.  Firms include PJ Dick, Michael Baker International, Lennon Smith Souleret Engineering, Trumbull Corporation, and Gannett Fleming.  To view a full list of the award recipients, visit our Awards page, found here:

All members are encouraged to submit nominations for the awards program! Please set a reminder for Fall 2017 for our next open awards nomination period

Michael Baker International offering P.E. License Review Course


For more than 20 years, Michael Baker International has prepared applicants to pass the Civil Professional Engineering Licensing Exam. Our comprehensive course emphasizes personalized instruction and practical application of principles covered by the exam. Our bi-annual course will begin on August 13, 2016 and continue for 10 Saturdays, ending on October 22, 2016 in Moon  Township, PA. The course will be offered in Irvine, CA in the spring.  More info can be found here.