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CEEAS Board Members

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Mark Alpert 

Mark E. Alpert currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the South Metro Denver Chamber as well as being the Chair of the 2015 STEM Summit. Alpert recently retired as a Senior Vice President with CH2M HILL’s Water Business where he had responsibilities for its Design Build unit operating throughout North America. Alpert is the President of Integrated Delivery Solutions, a firm focused on business strategy and management, project financing, and new business acquisition with engineering and construction firms working on major infrastructure projects. Lastly, Alpert serves as the Executive Director of the Water Design Build Council, an association of integrated design and construction firms working in the water sector globally.

Alpert received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and his master of engineering from Penn State. He also attended the Executive Leadership Program at the University of Michigan.

He received the Designated Design Build Professional Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 from the Design Build Institute of America and is a Professional Engineer in Maryland, New Jersey, and New York. 

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Danielle Berman

Berman is currently a senior at Penn State majoring in Civil Engineering with a focus in transportation and a minor in Spanish.  Upon graduation, she hopes to continue her education at Penn State in the Master of Engineering program.  Outside of the classroom, she’s been heavily involved with Bridges to Prosperity where she served as the team’s project manager for the 2015-2016 school year and she is now serving as a University Program Ambassador for the national Bridges to Prosperity organization.  Additionally, Berman serves as an Engineering Career Envoy for career services and served as a THON Finance Committee member for two years.

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Steven C. Devine, P.E.

Devine studied Civil/Structural Engineering at Penn State. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 and a Master of Engineering in 1986. After a short stint as a stress analyst in the aerospace field after graduating, Steve has worked for almost 25 years as a structural engineer in the building design field.  Devine has worked in several states as well as internationally in Dubai, UAE and is a licensed Professional Engineer in many states including Dubai.  Over the years Devine has worked on many challenging structural engineering projects including industrial plants and related structures, warehouses, commercial buildings, higher education buildings, retail, hotels, and residential structures.  Design responsibilities include foundations and super structures for gravity and lateral loads and materials including wood, steel, and concrete designs. 

After working for nearly 20 years as a consultant engineer, Devine is currently a Principal and managing partner of Environetics Design, Inc. a 40+ employee full service Architectural Engineering firm based in center city Philadelphia.  He oversees and manages the structural engineering for the firm as well as co-managing the firm.  Environetics designs a wide range of projects from industrial to higher education to commercial buildings providing a structural engineer with many challenges.

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Jack Diviney, P.E.

Diviney completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Penn State in 1968 and his Master of Engineering degree in 1977, with emphasis in geotechnical engineering. After working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for 11 years, he joined Gannett Fleming in 1979. 

At Gannett Fleming, Jack has served in many roles including: geotechnical engineer, senior project manager, office manager of the Pittsburgh Regional Office, Midwest USA Regional Director, and member of the Gannett Fleming, Inc. Board of Directors. He is currently a Senior Vice President working from the firm's Pittsburgh Regional Office.

Diviney has been involved in professional societies throughout his career having served as President of the Harrisburg Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers, and, as President of the Central Pennsylvania Section of The American Society of Civil Engineer. He is currently a member of the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering's Industrial Professional Advisory Council.

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Matthew J. Gombeda, EIT

Gombeda graduated from Penn State with a degree in Civil Engineering (structural) and a minor in Engineering Mechanics in 2014. He is currently a graduate student at Lehigh University working towards his Master of Science and Doctorate degrees. Matt has also been employed as an intern by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 4-0 and Alexander Building Construction.

At Lehigh, Matt is employed as a graduate research assistant at the Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Center as he works to complete his graduate studies. His current areas of research include the behavior and design of concrete structures subjected and blast and impact loads, progressive collapse mitigation, composite behavior of precast concrete sandwich wall panels, structural fire engineering, and concrete materials. Gombeda also serves as an associate member of American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 377 - Performance-Based Structural Integrity & Resilience of Concrete Structures.

During his time at Penn State, Gombeda served as the president of both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and ACI student chapters and also the design engineer and project manager for the Concrete Canoe Team.

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Willis S. Heisey III

Since completing his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Penn State in 1972, Heisey has spent the last 40 years in the construction industry working throughout the United States and in Algeria. Heisey has constructed projects in the highway, heavy civil, marine, concrete construction, environmental, pile-driving, and industrial markets. He has performed field engineering and field management duties, managed multiple concurrent projects and large national programs, provided operational leadership for multi-state construction operations, participated in the estimating process, developed bid and construction schedules, implemented successful strategies for project execution, selected equipment, and provided lead interfacing with owner's representatives.

Heisey is currently employed by Allan A Myers, LP as Construction Manager with overall responsibility for major bridge and highway projects in the Mid-Atlantic. He is married to Bonita and is the proud father of a son and daughter and four granddaughters.

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Migara Hewavitharana, E.I.T.

Hewavitharana graduated from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (structural) in 2013. During his time at Penn State, he served in numerous leadership positions within the department related to student organizations – culminating in presidency for the ASCE Student Chapter and hull design captain for the Concrete Canoe Team, both during his senior year. He also assisted Jennifer Kearney (2015 New Face of Civil Engineering) to bring a Bridges to Prosperity student chapter to Penn State.

He is currently employed at Paulus, Sokolowski, and Sartor (PS&S) where he serves as a structural engineer in PS&S’s building design group. During his time at PS&S, Hewavitharana has provided design and analysis assistance to senior project engineers to complete a wide variety of projects involving steel, masonry, and precast concrete.

Hewavitharana has also continued to stay involved with ASCE in his post-Penn State life. He currently serves as the Vice President for the Central New Jersey Younger Member Group – a position that involves developing programs and creating events focusing on professional development, social outreach, and student outreach for ASCE younger members in the area. Hewavitharana has also stayed involved with the Department at Penn State by co-founding and co-developing the CEEAS Mentor Program with other subcommittee members. He also continues to be a source of guidance for ASCE Student Chapter officers and Concrete Canoe leadership.

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Dr. Peggy Johnson

Johnson is a the Dean of Schreyer Honors College and a Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State and the former Head of the Department.  She conducts research in the areas of hydraulic engineering, bridge scour, stream restoration, reliability analyses, and river mechanics.  Peggy is the President of the ASCE Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) and recently received the ASCE-EWRI Outstanding Woman of the Year award.  EWRI is the largest institute within ASCE with more than 23,000 members.

In 1992, Johnson won the National Science Foundation Young Investigator award and in 1995, she won the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow award.  She has published more than 50 journal articles and numerous papers on a variety of river-related issues, including the probability of bridge failure due to scour and flooding, incorporating road crossings in stream restoration projects, reliability of stream restoration efforts, characterizing physiographic factors of bridge-stream intersections, and the designing and implementing in-stream structures to control sediment, water flow, and debris.

She recently developed a stream stability assessment method for use at bridge-stream intersections, for the Federal Highway Administration that has been adopted in the FHWA HEC-20 guidelines for bridge engineers.  Other recent projects include the design of vanes and weirs for protecting bridge foundations and embankments for the state of Maryland, and testing of laboratory models to assess the use of in-stream structures, such as vanes, to reduce sedimentation at bridge openings.

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Andrew Klemm

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Klemm is currently a civil engineering graduate student with a structures focus at Penn State. He plans to receive his E.I.T. certification before graduation and work toward becoming a licensed Professional Engineer in the future. Having completed multiple internships in the heavy civil construction industry, Klemm plans to transition into heavy civil design and project management. He also plans to become more active in the Central Pennsylvania section of ASCE upon graduation in December 2016.

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Kent Krymowski

Krymowski is earning his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State. He has worked for three summers with the New York State Department of Transportation as a Construction Inspector. Through Penn State, he has traveled to China to study culture and its impact on engineering. At Penn State, he is the Penn State ASCE Career Fair Chairman. As the Chairman he works with a committee to organize and run a career fair each semester that hosts over 80 companies at the Bryce Jordan Center. His other interests include the Penn State ACI club and Concrete Canoe Team. 

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Thomas E. Lawson, P.E., P.L.S

Lawson is a registered Professional Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor in multiple states.  He is currently Executive Vice President of Borton-Lawson, a 189 multi-discipline Architectural/Engineering firm he co-founded in 1988.  A 1972 graduate of Penn State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Lawson has been recognized as Engineer of the Year four times by his peers in Luzerne County. 

Lawson's career includes employment in the 1970s with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore, Maryland, after which he entered private practice with a focus on building design, land development, highways and bridges.

Professional affiliations and accomplishments include: Past President of the Luzerne County Chapter of the Professional Engineering Society; Past President of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers in Private Practice; Past President of the American Society of Highway Engineers, NE Pennsylvania Section; currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association and is a Board member of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors; Technical Advisory Committee member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties; a member of the American Consulting Engineers Council; and the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

On a community level, Lawson was chairman of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce Board in 2006 and 2007, and recently served on Pennsylvania Governor Corbett's Transportation Funding Advisory Commission. He also chairs the Focus 81 committee, a community organization working to improve safety along Interstate 81 in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania area.  

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Larissa Maynard

Maynard was born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania and is earning her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Penn State. Upon graduation, she will be an EIT, and she is receiving minors in Spanish, Environmental Engineering and Watershed & Water Resources. In Penn State’s ASCE Chapter, Maynard has helped organize the CE Career Fair and is now the Chair for the Mentoring Program. Outside of the classroom she has been an avid dancer in Penn State’s Tapestry Dance Company, a Family Relations Chair for their THON family, has danced for 46 hours in THON, and was a Penn State Homecoming Captain.

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Brad McKibben

McKibben earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State in Civil Engineering in 2002. He currently works as the director of oil and gas services for Mascaro Construction where he is directly responsible for the implementation and execution of a new $25 million annual business unit. His duties include business development, estimating and project direction and management, and setting a constantly evolving direction for the new business unit. To date, the company’s goals have exceeded expectations. He previously worked as a senior project manager for the company. 

McKibben has 12 years of experience in the heavy/civil/industrial and oil and gas construction industry. His core qualifications include: Project Leadership/Management, Construction and Engineering Technical Expertise, Budget Planning/Direct P&L Oversight, Complex Negotiations and Mediation, Business and Relationship Development, Set Strategic Market Direction, Attuned Industry Perception, Project Estimation and Negotiation and a Full Commitment to Safety. 

Prior to Mascaro Construction, McKibben worked as an assistant project manager for Balfour Beatty Construction in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and as a project engineer and surveyor for American Infastructure in Fallston, Maryland.

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James D. Policaro, P.E.

Policaro has worked in the commercial real estate industry for over 20 years, during which he has performed development and construction management for numerous high-profile projects within the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Policaro has been employed with Lerner Enterprises for the past fourteen years and is currently Vice President of Development. Policaro has performed the oversight of more than 3 million square feet of Class A office building, multi-family residential, hotel, and retail projects for Lerner. Policaro has directed the design and construction of numerous projects within Lerner's portfolio, including The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II, The Falls at Flint Hill, Windmill Parc at Dulles Town Center, Dulles 28 Centre, Fallsgrove Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites, Fallsgrove Plaza, 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard, and 20 M Street, Southeast. Many of these projects have been recognized for outstanding design and construction within the building industry; including 1800 Tysons Boulevard in Tysons Corner, which was the recipient of Fairfax County's 25th Anniversary Award for Design Excellence.  

Policaro is currently responsible for the master planning of numerous smart growth initiatives for Lerner. These include the redevelopment of The Spectrum at Reston Town Center, White Flint Mall Redevelopment, Brightseat in Prince George's County(formerly Landover Mall), and Crystal Rock in Germantown, Maryland. 

Prior to joining Lerner, Policaro performed design oversight and construction management for over 2 million square feet of commercial projects with another major real estate firm in Washington, DC; which included such developments as Crystal City, Skyline, Worldgate and University Center. 

Policaro is a Civil Engineering graduate of Penn State (1982). He is a current board member of the District Advisory Board to the Phase I Metrorail Tax District, The Tysons Partnership, TYTRAN (Tysons Transportation Association) and The White Flint Partnership. Policaro also represents Lerner as a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.   

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Thomas Skibinski

Skibinski is an Instructor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State. His interest areas include Construction Engineering Management; Project Management; Ethics; Professional Practice; and Professional Development; Advisor, ASCE Concrete Canoe.



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