Louis Berger has worked in the Philippines for nearly 30 years, supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other development agencies on programs designed to avert political crisis, build peace, spur economic development, build sustainable infrastructure and respond to natural disasters. A cadre of devoted local staff have worked together through the decades to implement programs which have had powerful and longlasting impacts on the communities they serve. They share their insights on the rewards of teamwork, overcoming challenges and why they value being part of a global organization that provides Solutions for a better world.
Our multifaceted team of professionals conducts extensive research in several disciplines and participates in a wide array of events, including presentations, conferences, and forums.
Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, presented the poster “Improving the resilience of transit systems threatened by natural disasters” at the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Annual Conference 2018. Held in San Diego, California, May 16-18, the event was themed “Driving the waves of change” and brought together leaders in the transportation industry to discuss the future of transportation and the meaningful impact of women working in the field. The poster is based on research for a project by the same name, the results of which were published by the Transportation Research Board in December 2017.
The Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) held the Greater New York 2018 Spring Dinner on May 8 in New York City. Sofia Berger, Louis Berger transportation senior vice president; Tahmina Malik, Louis Berger engineer; Nye Jones, Louis Berger business systems administrator and Inclusion @ Louis Berger leader; and Bryan Kiel, Louis Berger economic planner and analyst, attended the dinner along with a representative from the Louis Berger-Egis Rail joint venture, Lucile Foltzer. The event included a panel discussion that gave attendees the opportunity to interact with and learn from transportation chiefs of staff, including women leaders of the New York City Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection.
At its annual meeting, the Maine section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) awarded Louis Berger's Daniel Bouchard, PE, civil engineer, and Heather Hayes, PE, junior structural engineer, for their service to the organization. Daniel, the incoming vice president of the section and 2017-2018 secretary, was given the President’s Award for his continued dependability and volunteer activities. Heather was given the Citizen Engineer of the Year Award for her continued work organizing K-12 outreach for ASCE, encouraging high school students to enter STEM fields.
Kshitish Nadgauda, Louis Berger senior vice president and managing director for Asia, speaks to NBM&CW and Infrastructure Today about how government investment continues to provide traction to the major infrastructure projects and about our expertise in executing complex infrastructure projects in India. Nadgauda says, “Through a competitive bidding process over the last two years, Louis Berger in India has secured several key projects across diverse sectors. We are honored that clients across the country have placed faith in our abilities. From a business perspective, we are on track, with further growth expected over the next several years because of the government’s major push for infrastructure.”
Louis Berger sponsored and participated in the American Planning Association (APA) Federal Planning Division (FDP) Workshop held in New Orleans. Ben Zitelli, Louis Berger principal planner, participated in the panel discussion, “Federal planning: Past, current and future perspectives,” which detailed the history and future objectives of the APA FDP. Ken Kost, Louis Berger planning and economics senior vice president, was a panelist on “A fresh perspective on the UFC: Leadership and innovation in army master planning,” a discussion that allowed FDP members to interact with experts on military master planning. The workshop directly followed the APA National Planning Conference, the industry’s premier planning event of the year.
Margaret (Peg) McBrien, Louis Berger ecological engineering, building and site design manager, recently gave a presentation at the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (HDC SETAC) Annual Spring Meeting. Held in Glassboro, New Jersey, the event centered on ecosystem services, exploring the theme, “What can the environment do for you?” McBrien’s presentation, “Assessing potential contaminant removal from sediments and biota within the first wetland mitigation bank in New York City,” detailed the company’s innovative and resilient Saw Mill Creek Wetland Mitigation Bank project efforts.
Sofia Berger, Louis Berger senior vice president of transportation, attended the Transportation Diversity Council and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (TDC-MIT) TRANSportation and Infrastructure Summit on April 16 in Brooklyn. Louis Berger was a primary sponsor for the event which brought together over 100 graduate transportation and engineering students and industry professionals for a day of panel discussions, workshops and keynote presentations focusing on “Intermodalism & Innovation.”
Ed Garvey, Louis Berger technical vice president of contaminated site evaluation; Erik Gustafson, Louis Berger principal environmental scientist of site remediation and waste management; and Solomon Gbondo-Tugbawa, Louis Berger technical associate vice president of contaminated site evaluation, participated in Battelle’s 11th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Palm Springs, California. This conference represents one of the largest environmental remediation conferences in the world, with an attendance approaching 3,000 people. Garvey presented “Hudson River post-remediation: When can we expect to achieve remedial goals and how do we measure it? The 2017 five-year review.” Gustafson presented “Lessons learned in DNAPL source zone remediation.” Gbondo-Tugbwa presented his poster “Numerical modeling simulation of the impact of source controls on site recovery in dead-end tidal waterbodies.”
Greg Dunn, Louis Berger structural engineer, was recognized by his alma mater, Drexel University, in the Winter/Spring Drexel Magazine’s 40 under 40 list. In his feature, Greg discusses his greatest accomplishments, hopes for the future and the impact of his Drexel experience on his career. The annual list features some of the most interesting, entrepreneurial and creative young alumni making an impact in their respective industries and communities.