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Academy of Aerospace Engineering

  • Warren Boord

    Warren Boord

    CURRENT POSITION: principal assistance program manager and director for threat and modeling and simulation engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command, Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems

    EDUCATION: BS, aerospace engineering, WVU; MS, mechanical engineering, Johns Hopkins University

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: has more than 37 years of professional experience in the scientific and technical defense acquisition and intelligence communities; served as head of the missiles division at the Office of Naval Intelligence from 2006-2015; spent six years as a United States Air Force officer and then 20 years in private industry; co-author of the book, “Air and Missile Defense Systems Engineering,” and the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, titled “New Approach to Guidance Law Design.”

  • Robert Kimble

    Robert Kimble

    CURRENT POSITION: deputy program executive officer for unmanned aviation, Naval Air Systems Command

    EDUCATION: BS, aerospace engineering, WVU; MS, management, University of Maryland

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: has held senior leadership positions in the Department of the Navy in areas related to program management, systems engineering, process improvement and resources and requirements; stints include serving on the staff of the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy and as principal deputy program manager for presidential helicopters; was appointed deputy program executive officer for strike weapons, program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons in 2013 and deputy program executive officer for unmanned aviation in 2016; recipient, Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Academy of Chemical Engineers

  • James Faller

    James Faller

    CURRENT POSITION: senior engineer and team leader, modeling and simulation (ret.), U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center

    EDUCATION: BS, chemical engineering, WVU; MS, chemical engineering, PhD, applied science, University of Delaware

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: named Pennsylvania Industrial Scientist of the Year with working as senior materials engineer at Boeing Vertol during the Vietnam War; was an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy; worked for the Army Ballistics Research Lab, the Naval R&D Center and the ATC, conducting self-directed research ranging from pulsed laser target interaction to dynamic modeling of material systems; was an advisor to a member of the House Armed Services Committee on submarine materials and new construction; served as a technical agent for composites and chairman of the pressure measurements committee by the Test and Evaluation Command at ATC; co-founded a materials consulting company and co-developed an oil additive product for sale overseas.

  • Shalin Shah

    Shalin Shah

    CURRENT POSITION: co-founder and chief financial officer, Flat Rock Development

    EDUCATION: BS, chemical engineering, WVU; MBA, Vanderbilt University

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: gained valuable experience in sales, operations, regulatory affairs, risk management and finance working for Reliant Energy, a division of NRG Energy, and Direct Energy, a division of Centrica PLC; previous positions include serving as a process engineer with OSI Specialties and leading business development activities for a coal company; serves on the board of directors for Southwest Schools, a charter school in southwest Houston that serves an economically disadvantaged K-12 student population.

  • Katherine S. Ziemer

    Katherine S. Ziemer

    CURRENT POSITION: vice provost and chief of staff for Undergraduate Education and Experiential Learning, professor of chemical engineering, Northeastern University

    EDUCATION: BS, chemical engineering, Virginia Tech; PhD, chemical engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: works to advance the research and practice of experiential learning in all aspects of the student experience at Northeastern; her engineering research group studies fundamental mechanisms of the growth and processing of thin films and nanostructures, at the atomic scale, with the aim to create next-generation electronic devices based on multifunctional materials to address the challenges of renewable and sustainable energy, medical diagnostics and treatments and environmental monitoring and protection; worked as a chemical engineer at DuPont; past member, board of directors, American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Academy of Civil Engineers

  • Roger Adams

    Roger Adams

    CURRENT POSITION: acting director of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Waterways Engineering and Wetlands

    EDUCATION: BS, civil engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: spent 32 years with the state of Pennsylvania’s dam safety program, overseeing the operation and maintenance of 3,400 dams statewide and serving as chief of the Division of Dam Safety from 2010-2017; presented to several agencies, organizations and educational institutions on the subject of dam safety; serves as president-elect for the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, which supports the state dam safety programs and provides training, advocacy and awareness on dam safety matters for the state and federal dam safety programs as well as consulting engineers, dam owners and contractors in the wider dam safety community.

  • Kevin Beachy

    Kevin Beachy

    CURRENT POSITION: owner, KTB Professional Engineering, LLC

    EDUCATION: BS, MS, civil engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: was employed by the Allegany County, Maryland, Department of Public works for 31 years as public works engineer in planning, design construction inspection and project management; past honors include Maryland County Engineer of the Year, Allegany County Commissioners Citation for Exemplary Services, Allegany County Bridge No. A-66 “Beachy Bridge,” Phi Kappa, Tau Beta Pi and Chi Epsilon.

  • Dean Dubbe

    Dean Dubbe

    CURRENT POSITION: owner, Site Consulting Services, LLC

    EDUCATION: BS, MS, civil engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: within two years of graduating from WVU, he opened Independent Testing Laboratories, Inc. in Rockville, Maryland, which performed engineering design, testing and inspection services in the Baltimore-Washington area; sold ITL to nationally based Professional Service Industries, Inc.; served as senior vice president of land development for Michael T. Rose Companies; registered professional engineer in Maryland and Virginia.

  • James Herndon

    James Herndon

    CURRENT POSITION: senior vice president (ret.), Clark Construction Group

    EDUCATION: BS, civil engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: worked for the Ohio Department of Highways and later the Bridge Group of Mosser Construction; held a number of positions with Centex Construction Group in Dallas, Texas, including serving as executive vice president; was involved with the construction of nine Veterans Administration hospitals across the country, including the one in Martinsburg; served as liaison between the WVU Alumni Association and March-Westin on the construction of the Erickson Alumni Center; named WVU Alumni of the Year in 2008; registered professional engineer in West Virginia.

  • Kevin Kokal

    Kevin Kokal

    CURRENT POSITION: founder and owner, Alliance Engineering

    EDUCATION: BS, civil engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: along with two partners, guided Alliance from a start-up to more than 90 employees in three locations; serves as acting COO, responsible for the firm’s engineering, construction management and human resource functions; Alliance was recognized four times as one of the 25 fastest growing companies in Richmond, Virginia, and one of the “Fast 50” companies in Virginia; selected to attend the Birthing of Giants program at MIT; former president, Virginia chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies.

  • Randy Moulton

    Randy Moulton

    CURRENT POSITION: principal engineer and corporate secretary, Triad Engineering

    EDUCATION: BS, MS, civil engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: joined Morgantown-based Triad in 1978, advancing to senior engineer in 1987; became branch manager of Triad’s Winchester, Virginia, office in 1989; served as president and CEO of Triad from 2005-2011; member, Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Committee with the Geoprofessional Business Association; member, WVU Civil and Environmental Engineering Visiting Committee.

Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Alumni Academy

  • William Cawthorne

    William Cawthorne

    CURRENT POSITION: senior manager for global transmission and electrification advanced engineering, General Motors Global Propulsion Systems

    EDUCATION: BS, computer engineering, WVU; BS, MS, PhD, electrical engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: worked for the Allison Transmission Division of General Motors, where he designed, developed and tested control systems for heavy-duty hybrid electric vehicles, including transit and coach buses and trucks; transferred to southeast Michigan to work on electrified passenger vehicles for GM, where he has been involved with nearly every electrified product GM has put into production including the two-mode Chevy Tahoe, the Chevy Volt and the Chevy Bolt; two-time winner of the Boss Kettering award, GM’s highest award for recognizing technical inventions and innovations; earned a Chairman’s Honors award as a member of the full-size truck two-mode hybrid team; worked with WVU’s EcoCAR3 project and served as the team mentor; granted more than 65 U.S. patents.

  • Dean Harvey

    Dean Harvey

    CURRENT POSITION: partner, Technology Transfers and Property Group, co-chair, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Robotics Group, Perkins Coie, LL

    EDUCATION: BS, computer science, WVU; JD, University of Texas

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: focuses on technology-related commercial transactions, product counseling and data privacy and security in a law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices in the U.S. and Asia; counseled clients on artificial intelligence and machine learning, product compliance, privacy and security, large software development projects, strategic alliances, the creation and operation of cloud platforms and data and technology licensing transactions; advised artificial intelligence vendors in projects involving fraud detection, disease risk prediction, disease condition prediction and image recognition and identification; assisted buyers in obtaining AI solutions in areas such as pricing optimization, claims editing, robotic process automation and e-commerce site optimization; previous employers include Vinson Elkins LLP, Electronic Data Systems, Inc. and CalComp Technologies; ranked since 2003 as one of the leading technology and outsourcing lawyers in Texas by Chambers and Partners USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and since 2006 as a leading practitioner of technology law by Best Lawyers in America; recently appointed to the Statler College’s Advisory Committee.

Academy of Mechanical Engineering

  • David Nussear

    David Nussear

    CURRENT POSITION: president and chief executive officer, Bluffton Motor Works

    EDUCATION: BS, MS, mechanical engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: began his career with the Lincoln Electric Company as a technical sales representative; went on to work for the Regal Beloit Corporation in several roles including vice president, general manager of Lincoln Motors and global account manager for Regal Beloit’s largest customer; Bluffton Motor Works currently employees more than 400 people in three locations, with its largest facility located in Bluffton, Indiana; Six Sigma Black Belt; regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

  • Jessica Sosenko Lamp

    Jessica Sosenko Lamp

    CURRENT POSITION: manager, technology transfer program, U.S. Department of Energy National Technology Laboratory

    EDUCATION: BS, mechanical engineering, WVU; MBA, WVU; JD, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: negotiates licensing agreements and manages all aspects of the invention disclosure and technology promotion programs for NETL; previously worked at the Electronic Data Systems Corporation; participated in patent infringement cases and prepared patent applications with several private law firms.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering Alumni Academy

  • Sharon Flanery

    Sharon Flanery

    CURRENT POSITION: chair, Energy and Natural Resources Department, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    EDUCATION: BS, petroleum and natural gas engineering, WVU; JD, Duquesne University

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: brings real-world engineering experience to her practice after stints at Columbia Gas Transmission, Aramco and CNG Development; experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, mineral leases, joint ventures, contract mining agreements, joint operating agreements and sales and marketing agreements, as well as gathering, transportation and processing agreements; has substantial experience in land and legal due diligence associated with mineral transactions, as well as in the legislative and regulatory arenas; general property background includes leases, rights of way, deeds, land use and damage issues; member, Statler College’s Advisory Committee and the advisory board of WVU’s College of Law’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development.

  • Richard Smith

    Richard Smith

    CURRENT POSITION: director of northeast sales, C&J Energy Services

    EDUCATION: BS, MS, petroleum and natural gas engineering, WVU

    PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS: spent 26 years with Halliburton, which took him overseas to Brunei, the Philippines and Malaysia; worked for Weatherford Fracturing Technologies, overseeing business development, operations and financial performance for two northeastern locations; in 2011, he was named regional sales manager for Nabors Completion and Production Services, which was later sold to C&J Energy Services; member, West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association board of directors; chair, WVU Department of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering’s Industry Advisory Committee.