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.
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.
Tom Lewis, Louis Berger U.S. division president, and Heather Unger, Louis Berger corporate social responsibility manager, participated in the Zofnass Program Workshop, Making the Business Case for Planning Sustainable Infrastructure, from March 19-20 at Harvard University. The workshop was dedicated to continuing the discussion of ongoing research on sustainable infrastructure, which is recognized as an investment and business driver. During the Zofnass workshop, Louis Berger’s presentation focused on India’s 100 Smart Cities Mission and highlighted the ongoing Mangaluru Smart City project in which the company is involved as a project management consultant.
Deborah Matherly, Louis Berger principal planner, with Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, and Cris Liban, executive officer for the environmental compliance and services department of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority, participated in the Transportation Research Board’s webinar on Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters. The webinar focused on resilience strategies research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program’s project of the same name published in December 2017, with a Q&A segment moderated by Jane Mobley, Louis Berger senior consultant.
Fred Wenger III, Louis Berger associate vice president for program and construction services, and Suni Shrestha, Louis Berger senior environmental scientist, met with Guam government officials, including Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and the director of the military buildup office, Robert Crisostomo. Wenger and Shrestha expressed Louis Berger’s continued interest in working in Guam and provided an overview of the company’s capabilities. They focused primarily on services that correspond to the foreseeable needs of an island, such as resiliency and emergency response power.
Brenda Villarreal, Louis Berger structural engineer for U.S. transportation engineering, participated in a panel discussion held on February 23 for Virginia Tech Network for Engineering Transfer Students (VT NETS). As an alumna of VT, she shared her insights, challenges and advice about the transition from college to the working world, as well as her past and ongoing projects at Louis Berger. The panel attendees are recipients of a grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue STEM careers.
In his fifth year as chairman of the volunteer Clean Energy Task Force in the Town of Fairfield, CT, Scott Thompson, Louis Berger vice president of sediments, led a team of 10 individuals in the development of a sustainability plan to help enable community resiliency for current and future generations of residents. The plan ties together initiatives already implemented by town and state departments and committees. During two workshops with the community in January and February, the task force presented the plan and received feedback from the public. The hope is that the plan can be a tool to stimulate individual action.