DIETZLER Christopher Dietzler has joined Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), McLean, Va., as a senior vice president. The change follows its May 17 acquisition of Patrick Energy Services Inc. (PES), Lisle, Ill., where he was president. That firm was a unit of Patrick Engineering, also in Lisle, which ranks at No. 191 on ENR's list of the Top 500 Design Firms. It became a stand-alone firm in 2007. Dietzler also was a vice president of the parent firm. PES, now part of SAIC's Energy, Environment & Infrastructure LLC subsidiary, provides energy, smart-grid, and transmission and distribution engineering. About 200 PES
FEIGIN Michael M. Feigin has been named senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Weeks Marine Inc., the Cranford, N.J.-based marine and transportation contractor. Set to start May 31, he formerly is managing director for construction advisory services based in New York City for Navigant Consulting Inc., Chicago. Feigin also had been managing director and global construction practice leader at insurance broker Marsh and executive vice president and chief administrative officer at contractor Bovis Lend Lease. Weeks Marine ranks 86th on ENR’s list of the Top 400 Construction Firms, with $540 million in revenue in 2010.
BORRAS Rafael Borras was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 15 to the post of undersecretary for management at the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), says the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He has been in that role for a year under a congressional recess appointment that did not require confirmation. An online report in Federal Times says there were questions initially about Borras’ qualifications, but his confirmation vote was unanimous. He is a former U.S. Commerce Dept. assistant secretary for administration and General Services Administration regional administrator. Borras also is a former URS Corp. vice
MCGUIGAN Cathleen McGuigan has been named editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, the sister publication of Engineering News-Record. Formerly architecture critic and arts editor for Newsweek, she replaces Robert Ivy, who left the role in February to become executive vice president and CEO of the American Institute of Architects. Formerly, McGuigan was an architectural consultant and remains an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in Manhattan. Maj. Gen. Merdith W.B. “Bo” Temple is set to become the U.S. Army's acting chief of engineers when the planned retirement of Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp takes effect. Antwerp has been
BOWMAN Ronald H. Bowman Jr. has joined New York City-based building contractor Structure Tone as executive vice president of its global mission-critical division. He had been executive vice president of Tishman Technologies, leading its data center building and development. Structure Tone ranks second among telecommunications sector builders on ENR�s list of the Top 400 Contractors. Cotter Consulting Inc., a Chicago project manager and construction management firm, has named Carma Wood vice president of transportation. Most recently, Carma served as construction services department manager at Stanley Consultants. She also has been resident engineer for the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. The firm
SCARANGELLO Thomas Scarangello, chairman of Thornton Tomasetti, the New York City-based design firm, has been named to the additional role of CEO as part of a corporate succession plan that takes effect on May 12. He replaces Dan Cuoco, who is retiring at the end of May, says the firm. Robert DeScenza, COO since 2005, becomes president, and managing principals Aine Brazil and Dennis C.K. Poon have been named vice chairpersons. With the firm for 40 years, Cuoco will become a company consultant, according to Thornton-Tomasetti. Scarangello joined in 1979. On April 8, David R. Gaboury was elected president of
COBELLI Skanska USA Civil Inc., the New York City infrastructure unit of Swedish contractor Skanska AB, has appointed Michael Cobelli to the position of chief operating officer, a new position. Based in Riverside, Calif., he remains executive vice president of Skanska USA Civil’s western region. A 26-year company veteran, Cobelli was formerly the executive vice president of Skanska USA Civil Northeast. He now will manage operational resources of all Skanska USA Civil offices, says the firm. Dennis Thompson has joined Klewin Construction, West Palm Beach, Fla., as president. He was chief operating officer and president of the western region of
BOSTICK Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, who led the Army Corps of Engineers’ division in Baghdad in 2004-2005, has been nominated to be the next commander of the Corps and the Army’s chief of engineers. Bostick, whose selection was announced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates on April 5, currently serves as the Army’s deputy chief of staff. His nomination will go to the Senate for confirmation. Bostick would succeed Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp as the Corps’ chief. Van Antwerp, who has led the Corps since 2007, is scheduled to retire in May.
RUBRIGHT John P. Rubright has been elevated to president of geotechnical contractor Heyward Baker Inc., Odenton, Md., as part of a planned management succession. Formerly senior vice president of its southern region, he succeeds George R. Grisham, who has occupied that role since 2003. Grisham becomes executive vice president of Keller Foundations Inc., Heyward Baker’s London-based parent. Succeeding Rubright is Michael W. Terry, formerly vice president and branch manager. Rice University, Houston, has named Edwin “Ned” Thomas as dean of its George R. Brown School of Engineering, effective on July 1. He currently is chairman of the Dept. of Materials
Kristine Young has become the first woman installed as national president of the Associated General Contractors of America. CEO of Miller the Driller, a Des Moines, Iowa-based trenchless technology contractor, she was inaugurated on March 25 at AGC�s 92nd annual convention, held this week in Las Vegas. Photo: Courtesy of AGC Kristine Young The association’s front-burner issues this year include federal investment in infrastructure, new ways to connect with members and coping with the recession. Young is well aware of the tough economic times facing the engineering and construction industry. The incoming president’s Des Moines-based underground construction company, Miller the