Edwin S. Anthony, P.E., F.ASCE, in his 34-year career as an engineering practitioner in the arena of bridge design, has contributed to many significant projects and several professional organizations. As a structural engineer at Steinman Boynton Gronquist & Birdsall, in New York City, Mr. Anthony worked on the Brooklyn Bridge Rehabilitation Project, designing and implementing a 3-D model of the bridge to evaluate the condition of its suspension system for replacement. In upstate New York, as a structural engineer at Erdman Anthony and Associates, he participated in the design of the Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Project (called CSOAP) in Rochester, NY. This award-winning system has led to the improvement of Genesee River water quality and remains a model for innovative engineering in its field. As the lead designer for Rochester’s Frederick Douglass–Susan B. Anthony Memorial Bridge, he led the design team to a unique and aesthetically pleasing solution of a new Gateway Bridge carrying I-490 over the Genesee River in downtown Rochester. Active in ASCE at local, state, and national levels, most recently as Section secretary in Rochester, he is a State Council delegate developing the New York Report Card to Congress on Bridges. He also is a past president of the Association of Bridge Construction and Design’s Western New York Chapter. Mr. Anthony enjoys working with students to develop their appreciation for and commitment to excellent engineering in society and has taught structural engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is also a contributing member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as financial secretary in Penfield, NY.
Alan Atalah, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), where he teaches construction management. For the last 13 years at BGSU he has taught and mentored hundreds of construction management students. He has written 10 peer-reviewed-journal papers and 22 peer-reviewed- conference papers and has made hundreds of trenchless technology and construction management presentations at many national and international conferences and educational seminars. He has been involved in the construction of water and wastewater projects for more than 31 years, 24 of which were in trenchless technology construction. After receiving a B.S. degree in civil engineering in 1982, he worked for American and British companies for 8 years on the construction of wastewater projects in very challenging conditions in Cairo, Egypt. These challenges included high groundwater table, stratified soils, unknown utilities, congested streets, and nearby high-rise buildings. After his graduation with a doctor of engineering degree from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston in 1998, he worked on the construction of water and wastewater projects in very challenging conditions on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. These conditions included tunneling in very sensitive tourism and commercial areas where construction disturbance must be minimized.
William C. Bracken, P.E., SI, CFM, F.ASCE, is principal engineer and president of Bracken Engineering, Inc., in its Tampa office. His career has centered on the practice of structural engineering, within which field he has conducted and directed design in support of new construction, analysis, and engineering of various restoration projects. He has also served as lead investigator on various forensic engineering projects, and has in addition provided numerous papers and presentations on topics such as forensic engineering, foundation restoration, structural rehabilitation, and innovative use of current technology. As an instructor for the International Code Council, Bracken teaches structural and nonstructural code-related classes throughout the U.S. As a subject matter expert for the State of Florida, Bracken has developed and taught classes on building code and wind load-related matters. As a business owner, he has worked closely with the University of South Florida to promote its College of Engineering, and as a professional engineer he continues to work with local and state fire services, acting as an urban search and rescue structural specialist. Mr. Bracken has been recognized by local high schools, media, and fire services for his and his company’s efforts.
David L. Collins, P.E., RPLS, F.ASCE, a semiretired consultant to FCM Engineers, PC, a consulting civil engineering, planning, and construction management firm in Houston, was a principal of PTI, Incorporated, from 1982 to 2010. During the course of his 40-year career, Mr. Collins, a 1971 graduate of the University of Houston with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering, designed and managed civil engineering projects around the world and the United States. These include the University of Riyadh, Internal Security Forces College, and Jeddah Maritime Academy, Saudi Arabia, and the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria. Numerous other civil engineering projects have included the Greater Houston Wastewater Program, City of Houston, the Lake Houston Dam Restoration, and serving as owner’s representative for building the Toyota Center in Houston. Mr. Collins believes in giving back to the community. He served as a board member of the Texas Department of Health (9 years), the City of Houston Planning Commission (13 years), the Fort Bend Independent School District (10 years), and the Houston Area Urban League (8 years). A member of ASCE since 1971, he served as officer and committee member of the Houston Branch, Texas Section, and national ASCE. Mr. Collins has received numerous awards, such as the John A. Focht, Jr. Citizen Engineer Award in 1991 from theTexas Section of ASCE, the 1991 Citizen Engineer Award for Outstanding Volunteer Activities in Zone III, the 1995 Texas Section ASCE Professional Service Award, and the 1997 Award of Honor, Houston Branch. A national ad appeared in ASCE’s magazine recognizing his contribution to education as board member of Fort Bend ISD, Fort Bend County, Texas, and he was presented the City of Houston’s 1996 Outstanding MWBE in Professional Service Award.
Fransiscus S. Hardianto, P.E., G.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Parahyangan Catholic University in Indonesia, and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering (geotechnical) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently the engineering manager for the western division of the Reinforced Earth Company, a design/supply firm recognized as the market leader of the mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) retaining wall industry. Hardianto has worked in the MSE wall industry since 1999, during which time he has managed and designed MSE structures for over 200 major public infrastructure projects throughout the western United States. Previously, in 1995 he co-founded PT Geotama Triniti and led the company to become 1 of the most reputable geotechnical firms in Indonesia, serving the public infrastructure, mining, and building/land development industries. Hardianto’s expertise includes seismic behavior and design of MSE structures, design of MSE structures on high settlement foundations, use of MSE structures for dam applications, soft ground stabilizations using lime columns, and environmental geotechnics; he has several publications on these subjects. As a D.GE (Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering), Hardianto also serves as a member of the Public Infrastructure Committee of the Academy of Geo-Professionals and of the D-18 (Soil and Rock) Committee of ASTM International. He has also served as a guest lecturer at California Polytechnic State University.
Clarita R. Lao, P.E., F.ASCE, is a deputy chief of program implementation to the chief engineer at the Illinois Tollway. She has more than 32 years of combined experience in both the public and private sectors in planning, programming, managing, designing, and coordinating the successful implementation of transportation projects from inception to construction.She previously worked at the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), where she managed the bureaus of programming, design, land acquisition, and local roads. Prior to IDOT, Ms. Lao worked at the Illinois Tollway as engineer of planning and programming. During that tenure, she managed the development of the tollway’s annual and multiyear capital programs. Ms. Lao was project manager for the San Bernardino (California) Associated Governments for the I-10 High Occupancy Vehicle (Carpool) Lane Project through San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. She was principal civil engineer for the Orange County Transportation Authority and oversaw the design of highway improvements such as the Garden Grove SR-22 Freeway Widening Project. She was a member of the board of directors of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois and the Planning Division of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association. She also participated in local ASCE functions. Ms. Lao has a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Holy Angel University in the Philippines. She is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and a registered civil engineer in California.
Jiang Li, Ph.D., P.E., HG, W.WRE, F.ASCE, received his Ph.D. degree in hydrogeology from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1994, his M.S. in geomechanics from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1989, and his B.S. in electronics engineering in 1982 from Wuhan University of Technology, China. Dr. Li has more than 35 years of research and teaching experience. He worked for 15 years as a geoscientist for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, including 6 years of service as the director of its world-class geotechnical lab. Dr. Li worked for 6 years in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology before he came to Baltimore. Since 1996, Dr. Li has been working at Morgan State University and is currently a tenured professor of civil engineering, where he also serves as the director of the Advanced Geotechnical Research Lab. His areas of research include applied mathematics, hydrogeology, and geomechanics. Dr. Li is nationally andinternationally recognized as a leading authority in theoretical aquifer mechanics and in modeling and prediction of dynamic and transient land movement caused by various forces, such as gravitational, seismic, and hydraulic. Since 2009, Dr. Li has been honored as the Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence Professorship in Sciences and Engineering, 1 of 10 such occupants endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy nationwide. He is a professional engineer (P.E.) licensed in Maryland, a professional hydrogeologist (P.HG.) certified by the American Institute of Hydrology, and a Diplomate certified by the Academy of Water Resources Engineers (D.WRE).
Currently a fellow of ASCE and a registered professional engineer, Ir Professor Chee Wah Lim, Ph.D., RPE, F.ASCE, received a first degree from the University of Technology of Malaysia and a master’s and a Ph.D. degree from the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, respectively. Prior to joining the City University of Hong Kong, he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. Prof. Lim has been a visiting professor at various universities, including the University of Western Sydney and Dalian University of Technology. He has expertise in vibration of plate and shell structures, dynamics of smart piezoelectric structures, nanomechanics, and symplectic elasticity. He is the associate editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Advances in Vibration Engineering (SCI) and associate editor for the International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos (SCI) and is also on the editorial board of a few other international journals. He has published 1 popular title in engineering mechanics, Symplectic Elasticity, coauthored with W.A. Yao and W.X. Zhong, and has published numerous technical journal papers and accumulated more than 2,000 independent citations. One of the papers was granted the IJSS 2004-2008 most-cited article award. He has received multiple awards from such institutions as the Royal Society, UK, and the Council of Canadian Academies. He is also active in professional practice and as a consultant for various civil and environmental engineering firms, among them Green Technology Consultants Limited, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, China Light Power, and the Highway Department and Water Supplies Department of the Hong Kong Government. Currently Ir Prof Lim serves as a member of the ASCE/EMI Stability Committee.
Chiu Liu, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 with the doctor of philosophy degree in both civil engineering and physics. Dr. Liu has done important research on establishing an exact paradigm for 3-dimensional roadway geometric curve design, setting up a paradigm for active heat removal in mass concrete, modeling and solving a driving process-oriented left-turn dilemma at signalized intersections, characterizing and enhancing concrete strength using the Mandelbrot fractal dimension, creating a dynamic vehicle-road interaction framework to model pavement deterioration and distress development, providing an analytic framework to estimate ramp metering influence on freeway operation and traffic safety, resolving an on-ramp merging dilemma by analytically modeling the dynamic on-ramp merging scenarios, assessing rumble strip designs for traffic safety, and deriving a congestion index for cities. He has been a professional practitioner in transportation planning, highway geometric design, corrosion/material engineering, pavement materials and design, traffic operation, traffic investigation, traffic safety assessment and monitoring, and transportation permit issuance. Dr. Liu has served on many technical committees in civil engineering and has been invited to present discussions on various topics in transportation engineering. Serving as 1 of the 2 chief editors and teaming up with professors globally, he currentlyedits and organizes the International Journal of Transportation Science andTechnology, making broad and profound impacts on significant transportation-related issues worldwide.
Michael K. Loose, P.E., F.ASCE, currently serves as senior vice president and manager of the Infrastructure and Environmental Division at Parsons Corporation. He leads 1,800 employees and Parsons’ global infrastructure and environmental services to federal government clients that encompass the full life cycle of the natural and built environments. Prior to joining Parsons, he served in the U.S. Navy for 35 years and retired as a vice admiral and as the deputy chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. He led the planning, programming, and resourcing ($32 billion annually) of the navy’s energy, environmental, and logistics programs and the maintenance and operations of its ships, submarines, aircraft, and shore infrastructure. He also led the development of the Navy Shore Investment Strategy for its 79 shore installations, valued at $159 billion; spearheaded the establishment of Task Force Energy and the Navy Energy Coordination Office; and was assigned as the navy’s first Executive Agent for Total Ownership Costs. Previously, he served as the commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and Chief of Civil Engineers and led 17,000 civilian and military employees and executed an annual workload of $11 billion, supporting global contingency engineering operations, the navy shore infrastructure, and Systems Command engineering and acquisition support. As the commander, he conceptualized and implemented the restructuring and transformation of the components of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command – the most comprehensive and fundamental reorganization of the Global Command in 3 decades and significantly improved its productivity, responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness and reduced costs. Loose is a member of ASCE and has served as a proactive member of the ASCE Civil Engineering Research Foundation, the ASCE Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation, the ASCE Industry Leaders Council, and now as the vice chair of the ASCE Industry Council. In addition, he served as an Industry Forum panelist at the Society’s 2009 annual national conference and chaired the ASCE National Infrastructure Life-Cycle Costs and On-going Maintenance Roundtable. He has been honored by ASCE with its 2013 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award for Management, the 2009 Henry L. Michel Award for Industry Advancement of Research, and the 2010 John L. Parcel–Leif J. Sverdrup Civil Engineering Management Award.
Charles A. Machemehl, Jr., P.E., L.S., F.ASCE, was named an ASCE Fellow on September 3, 2013. Machemehl is currently vice president of BMW Group, which does consulting on aggregate, asphalt, and concrete. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he played varsity football, and is registered in a number of states as a professional engineer and land surveyor. Mr. Machemehl retired from the Air Force as a brigadier general after 31 years of service on active duty and in the reserve and guard. He is also retired from Vulcan Materials as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development and has established a number of endowed scholarships in civil engineering at various universities. He is married to Hope Absher Machemehl and they reside in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.
Sandra L. Otto, P.E., F.ASCE, is division administrator for FHWA, Arkansas Division, in Little Rock. She has 30 years of professional experience in the transportation industry in the areas of roadway design, environmental process and documentation, project management, highway project and program oversight, and unit management and leadership. In her current position, she is responsible for administering the $500 million federal-aid highway program in Arkansas. Her professional experience includes various engineering and management positions in FHWA, TAMS/Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton in Los Angeles, the Seattle City Light Department, Entranco Engineers in Kirkland, WA, and the Washington State Department of Transportation in Seattle. She holds a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Management and Public Policy from George Washington University and a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Montana State University. She is a registered professional engineer in Washington State and was previously registered in California and Montana. She has served as Executive Committee Chair, 2nd T&DI Green Streets Highways and Development Conference, 2013; Chair, ASCE Environmental Quality Standing Committee (Highway Division), 1999-2001; Co-Chair, ASCE/T&DI Environmental Issues Committee, 2004-2009; and Vice-Chair, ASCE/T&DI Committee for Sustainability and the Environment, 2009-present. In 2011 she received the FHWA Administrator’s Superior Achievement Award and the USDOT Secretary’s Partnering for Excellence Team Award. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, George Washington University Chapter, 1993. Her publications include “Environmentally Sensitive Design of Transportation Facilities” in ASCE’s Journal of Transportation Engineering, September/October, 2000.
Ned W. Paschke, P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE, is recognized for his noteworthy service to the civil and environmental engineering profession in developing and leading a series of nationally known professional courses in the field of water and wastewater engineering and management at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development. More than 3,000 water professionals, coming from firms and agencies in all 50 states, have participated in Ned’s courses. His years of detailed professional engineering and management experience as the director of engineering for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), and as a hydraulic consulting engineer with national and international firms, have provided him with an ideal background for this role. With MMSD, he was responsible for the engineering of a 42-MGD wastewater collection and treatment system serving more than 300,000 people. With Harza Engineering Company (Chicago), he provided design and analysis for some of the world’s largest water-related projects, including the 10,000-megawatt Guri Hydroelectric Project (Venezuela), the planned 700-foot high Susitna Hydroelectric Project (Alaska), the Bath County Pumped Storage Project (Virginia), and Chicago’s deep tunnel and reservoir plan (TARP). Ned is the author of numerous technical publications and workshops. He has been recognized by his university for teaching excellence and is a recipient of the L.F. Harza Award for his professional publications in hydraulic engineering. He also delivered a series of water programs as a J. William Fulbright Specialist in Kiev, Ukraine, and is a past-president of the ASCE Wisconsin Section.
Yusuf Poonawala, P.E., F.ASCE, is senior vice president of business development and marketing for HAKS, a 575-person, full-service construction management, engineering, architectural, land surveying, and material testing firm headquartered in New York’s financial district. He offers more than 23 years of experience in the CM/A/E industry, serving both the public and private sectors nationally and internationally. Since joining HAKS in 1994, his many accomplishments have included establishing and managing the firm’s India operations for the development and construction phases of highway projects for the National Highway Authority of India. As head of business development and marketing, Mr. Poonawala represents HAKS at public-sector, professional, and industry organizations.He also takes time to give back to the industry and his local community. He is a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers, has participated in ASCE National Engineers Week, and serves as a technical advisor on several neighborhood improvement committees. Mr. Poonawala coauthored and presented technical papers early in his career that appeared in ASCE’s Journal of Geotechnical Engineering. He is a professional engineer in New York and Connecticut with a background in geotechnical and structural engineering and holds an M.S. degree in civil and environmental engineering from Utah State University.
Mofreh Saleh, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, received his bachelor of science in civil engineering degree with distinction and with honor from Arizona State University in 1990, as well as a master’s degree in civil engineering in 1994 and a Ph.D. in 1999. He was directly involved in several research projects at the university from 1997 to 1999. In 2000, he joined the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) as a transportation engineer in the major maintenance division, and during his tenure he was involved in several major highway projects. Dr. Saleh has been a lecturer and senior lecturer in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, since January 2001. He is also a registered professional civil engineer in California and Arizona. He has carried out several research projects for different organizations, consultants, and contractors and has been involved in major highway design project in New Zealand. Dr. Saleh has published over 50 papers on his research in several refereed journals and international conference proceedings and is a member of several professional societies, such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists (AAPT), ASCE, and Engineers Australia. Dr. Saleh is associate editor ASCE’s Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering and the International Journal of Pavement Research and Technology.
Nagaratnam Sivakugan, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, has been the head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, since 2003. He received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, with first class honors, and MSCE and Ph.D. from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. His writings include 3 books, 7 book chapters, 100 refereed international journal papers, 70 refereed international conference papers, and more than 100 consulting reports. His first book, Geotechnical Engineering: A Practical Problem Solving Approach, has been adopted as a text in many universities in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Dr. Sivakugan has supervised 11 Ph.D.s to completion, including 2 cum laude, and has examined 20 Australian and overseas Ph.D.s. He is a registered professional engineer of Queensland, a chartered professional engineer, and a Fellow of Engineers Australia and ASCE. He is the associate editor for the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (UK) and serves on other editorial boards. He is an assessor for the Australian Research Council and is currently a reviewer for more than 20 international journals. His avocations include bridge, cooking, reading, traveling, and movies.
Professor Lucio Soibelman, Ph.D., F.ASCE, obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Civil Engineering Department of the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He worked as a construction manager for 10 years before moving in 1993 to the U.S., where in 1998 he obtained his Ph.D. in civil engineering systems from the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at MIT. In 1998 he started as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and in 2004 moved as an associate professor to the CEE Department at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and was promoted to professor. In January 2012 he joined the University of Southern California (USC) as the chair of the Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. During the last 15 years he has focused his research on advanced data acquisition, management, visualization, and mining for construction and operations of advanced infrastructure systems. He has published over 100 books, book chapters, journal papers, conference articles, and reports and has performed research with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF career award and several other NSF grants), NASA, DOE, the U.S. Army, and NIST, among many other funding agencies. He is the current editor of ASCE’s Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering and is the past chair of the Construction Research Council of ASCE’s Construction Institute, the past chair of the Technical Committee on Database and Information Management of ASCE’s Technical Council on Computing and Information Technology (TCCIT), and the past vice-chair of the TCCIT. In 2010 he received ASCE’s Computing in Civil Engineering Award, and in 2012 received the 2011 FIATECH CETI Award.
Merdith W.B. “Bo” Temple, P.E., PMP, F.ASCE, is a retired major general in the U.S. Army who most recently served as the acting chief of engineers and acting commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a master’s degree, also in civil engineering, from Texas A&M University. He was commissioned in the engineering branch of the army in 1975, and he later graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Prior to his role as the Corps’ acting chief of engineers and commanding general, he served as deputy commanding general of the Corps and its civil and emergency operations, for which he managed the army’s $10-billion annual civil works program for flood control, navigation, environmental restoration, and water resource projects. He was also responsible for Corps disaster response, including flood-fighting and recovery operations (such as oversight of the $14-billion New Orleans flood risk reduction system). As deputy commanding general for military and international operations, he spearheaded the Corps’ Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) construction program ($12 billion) and emergency engineering and public works support in response to natural and man-made disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Pakistan. He has led engineering soldiers and civilians during combat operations in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. He is the recipient of ASCE’s 2013 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Award for Government. After serving in the army for over 37 years, Major General Temple retired on September 1, 2012, and is currently a member of the ASCE Industry Leaders Council.
Since graduating with his master’s degree from Brigham Young University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michael A. Worlton, P.E., F.ASCE, has spent almost 17 years as an engineering consultant in Arizona. Mike’s current position is regional office manager at GHD, Inc., in which role he oversees a staff of 25 engineers and water system operators throughout the state. His career as a consulting engineer has focused on planning, design, construction, and operations of water and wastewater facilities throughout the western United States and abroad. In 2003, Mike was recognized as ASCE’s Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Sector. He has served as a Branch and Section president for ASCE and is currently spearheading the effort to complete the Arizona Infrastructure Report Card. He also led the formation of a regional storm-water management public outreach group (STORM) that has grown from a handful of cities to 22 government agencies throughout the state of Arizona. As an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, Mike taught Integrated Civil Design to several classes of graduating seniors. He served 5 years as a member of the City of Peoria’s Planning and Zoning Commission and currently serves on that city’s Design Review Appeals Board. Beyond his professional accomplishments and his contributions to ASCE, he is foremost a family man. Mike and his wife of over 21 years are most proud of their 8 wonderful children.