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Kathy J. Caldwell Is Society's President-Elect; 22 Other Officers Elected

September 2009 Volume 34, Number 9


KATHY J. CALDWELL, P.E., M.ASCE, is the Society’s incoming president-elect, having defeated Moustafa A. Gouda, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE. Caldwell is only the second woman in ASCE’s history to become president-elect. (The first was Patricia D. Galloway, Ph.D., P.E., Pres.04.ASCE, who was elected in 2003.) Region directors, the Technical Region director, an at-large director, and various region governors, along with the vice president of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), also were elected by the Society’s members. The new officers will begin their terms at the business meeting that will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, in late October as part of ASCE’s annual conference.

An adjunct professor at the University of Florida as well as the president of Caldwell Cook & Associates, of Gainesville, Florida, Caldwell earned a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1985. She was a member of the Board of Direction from 2005 to 2008 and served on the Executive Committee in 2008. She has also chaired the Society’s Strategic Planning Committee, served on and chaired Region 5’s Board of Governors, and held many leadership positions within the Florida Section.

In her vision statement, Caldwell stated that “the time has come to start our engines and MOVE forward” (the acronym denoting “member-driven and member-focused,” “opportunity,” “vision,” and “excitement”). Her vision of moving forward has four aspects: addressing the challenges of the present; spanning gaps by building bridges to ASCE’s membership; embarking on the path to the future; and reengineering the Society’s annual conference. “ASCE is like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle,” she stated, comparing members, staff, and many organizational entities to the pieces of the puzzle and comparing The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 (The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025) to the completed picture. “I have the personal and professional diversity of experience to put the pieces together,” she stated.

Caldwell is active in many volunteer organizations. She is a member of Engineers Without Borders–USA, the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers’ transportation committee, the Florida Engineering Society, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi.

Eriks V. Ludins, P.E., M.ASCE, has been elected the director of Region 3. An assistant transportation engineer with the public works department in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and Wisconsin, Ludins earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. His ASCE involvement includes serving as the governor of Region 3, the president of the Minnesota Section, and a member of committees dealing with technical activities and codes and standards. Other outside activities include volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and serving as a capstone project adviser to civil engineering students at the University of Minnesota.

Sandra N. Knight, P.E., F.ASCE, has been elected the director of Region 4. Knight earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is currently a county engineer in Bradley County, Tennessee. She has also been a construction and project manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. Within ASCE she has served on the Committee on Professional Practice, the Committee on Career Development, the Policy Review Committee, and the Engineering Practice Policy Committee. She has also served as the governor of Region 4, the secretary of Region 4, and the president of the Tennessee Section. Outside the Society she has held numerous leadership positions with the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Kancheepuram N. Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, has been elected the director of Region 8. Gunalan earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Madras, in India, a master’s degree in engineering from Anna University, also in India, and a doctorate in civil engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a vice president of Parsons Brinckerhoff, of New York City, and manages several projects through its subsidiary PB Americas, Inc. Gunalan has held many ASCE leadership positions, serving as the governor of Region 8, the president of the Utah Section, and the chair of a Geo-Institute task force on mechanically stabilized earth walls. He currently serves on ASCE’s Committee on Global Principles for Professional Conduct and is a member of the Geo-Institute’s Technical Committee on Embankments, Dams, and Slopes.

Robert D. Stevens, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, has been elected ASCE’s Technical Region director. Stevens earned bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and mathematics from the University of Akron, a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan, and a doctorate in transportation from the University of Michigan. He is the executive vice president of ARCADIS, a firm headquartered in Arnhem, the Netherlands. His ASCE involvement includes serving as the president of the Transportation and Development Institute and as a member of several of that institute’s committees. Stevens has served on many national ASCE committees, including the Task Committee on Branding, the Engineering Practice Policy Committee, and the Committee on Professional Practice. He also serves on the editorial boards of several ASCE journals.

Kevin C. Womack, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and the director of Utah State University’s Utah Transportation Center, has been elected an at-large director. Womack earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University, a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate from Oregon State University. He served as the chair of ASCE’s Transportation Policy Committee from 2005 to 2008 and helped formulate ASCE’s policy on the bill to replace the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). His article “Infrastructure Renewal: The Need for Political Leadership” appeared in ASCE’s Leadership and Management in Engineering in October 2008.

The winners in the races for the various region governor positions are as follows: In Region 1, William J. Cunningham, P.E., M.ASCE, and George Moglia, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE; in Region 2, Donald W. Vannoy, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE; in Region 3, Darrell J. Berry, P.E., S.E., F.ASCE; in Region 4, J.P. Mohsen, Ph.D., M.ASCE, and Aaron K. Robinson, P.S., P.E., M.ASCE; in Region 5, Fraser S. Howe, Jr., P.E., M.ASCE; in Region 6, Craig M. Newtson, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, and Walter T. Winn, Jr., P.E., BCEE, F.ASCE; in Region 7, F. Jay Burress, P.E., M.ASCE, and Loras A. Klostermann, P.E., M.ASCE; in Region 8, Michael E. Mathieu, P.E., F.ASCE, and Raymond Walton, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE; in Region 9, Kathleen S. Haynes, P.E., M.ASCE; and in Region 10, Himansu Banerjee, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, and Ronald Hine, M.ASCE.

Daniel L. Thomas, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, was elected the vice president of the EWRI. A professor at Louisiana State University, Thomas heads the school’s biological and agricultural engineering department and its agricultural center in Baton Rouge. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Louisiana State University and a doctorate in agricultural engineering from Purdue University. A registered professional engineer in Georgia, he serves on ASCE’s Publications Committee and on a task committee for the magazine Civil Engineering. In addition to lending his time and expertise to an ASCE task committee formed to summarize the lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, he has served on and chaired numerous EWRI committees and has been a member of that institute’s Governing Board.

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