Schnabel Hires Senior Associate Dam Engineer, Steven A. Samuelson, PE

Steven A. Samuelson, PE Steven A. Samuelson, PE, has joined Schnabel Engineering as a Senior Associate engineer in our Seattle, WA office. Samuelson is a civil engineer experienced in structural analyses of hydraulic structures. In particular, he specializes in the computer modeling of concrete dams and has evaluated concrete arch, buttress, and gravity dams, including the use of three-dimensional nonlinear time history dynamic analysis methods.

Samuelson is a FERC-approved Independent Consultant since 2002 at 21 sites in the West and Midwest. He was part of the FERC pilot Potential Failure Modes Analysis (PFMA) program in 2002, developed training materials used by them for its roll-out the following year, and was privileged to have the FERC incorporate some of his comments into the 2018 revision of their arch dam guidelines. He also completed dam safety studies, designs and analyses for projects owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer and sites regulated by the Division of Safety of Dams in the state of California.

Samuelson commented, “The addition of my specialized dam modeling expertise to the company’s existing dam engineering services resulted in a great fit for both me and Schnabel. I’m excited to be able to offer my dam modeling experience from the past couple of decades to Schnabel’s many existing and future clients.”

A licensed professional engineer in six states, Samuelson earned a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Idaho.

Brian K. Banks, PG to lead Schnabel Engineering Transportation pursuits

Brian K. Banks, PGSchnabel is pleased to announce that Brian K. Banks, PG, Principal, has been appointed to lead the firm’s transportation business. Based out of Wilmington, North Carolina, Banks will dedicate his efforts to expand our transportation practice across the country.

“Schnabel has a large team of very talented geotechnical, geostructural, tunnel and geo-environmental experts with a wealth of experience on design-bid-build, design-build, and public-private partnership (P3) transportation projects. Our responsiveness in providing practical and cost-effective solutions is what really sets us apart. This is why we’ve become trusted partners for complex transportation projects for prime designers, contractors and owners alike.”

In his new role, Banks will focus on leveraging Schnabel’s transportation experience and expertise to grow our transportation business. Banks’ relocation to North Carolina allows him to work more closely with our southern offices to increase our transportation presence in the southern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Texas, as he continues to coordinate the transportation efforts across the firm.

Banks has 23 years of geo-engineering consulting experience and has been with Schnabel for 16 years. While at Schnabel, he has served as branch leader, board director, and senior project manager for a wide variety of large, multidisciplinary infrastructure projects, including highway, bridge, airport, railroad and transit projects. He has worked around the world with projects in North America, Hawaii, Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, and Antarctica. Banks has also been heavily involved in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW), serving as vice president (current), board director, and chair of the transportation committee.

We are excited for these changes to position Schnabel as a transportation leader in the United States and to commit the necessary resources to grow this critical part of our business.

Schnabel Engineering Employees Serve in Key DBIA-MAR Leadership Positions

Design Build Institute of America Mid-Atlantic Region elects Schnabel Engineering’s Mary Anderson, Senior Vice-President as the Region’s Board President and Sherry Miller as Secretary. Muriel Rodriguez-Franqui, Vice President serving as DBIA Central Virginia Chapter Membership Committee Chair.

Schnabel Engineering’s commitment to DBIA continues, as three employees will serve in key leadership positions in the Mid-Atlantic region. The DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region covers the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland, offering activities and events for those interested in learning more about design-build project delivery or advancing its use.

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson

Recently elected as DBIA-MAR Board President, Mary Anderson, F. SAME, serves as the primary liaison between the regional and chapter leadership and serves on the board of directors for the region. She represents the chapter at regional DBIA meetings and workshops, schedules and presides over meetings and events, and presents chapter issues in regional DBIA forums.

Anderson, a 30-year industry veteran, senior associate and senior vice president at Schnabel, leads business development efforts for the firm’s federal government market. Anderson also served in numerous leadership roles with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), including Regional Vice President for the Middle Atlantic Region and Post President for the Northern Virginia Post.

Anderson commented, “This is an exciting time to fully engage with DBIA, as we are moving into the next era, following our 25th anniversary. All of our construction industry market sectors are reporting growth, and all states in the Mid-Atlantic Region are touting major economic development announcements. Within the DBIA-MAR, we are fortunate to have a wealth of opportunities and examples of ‘Design-Build Done Right™.’ I look forward to supporting DBIA-MAR and working with my design and construction colleagues.”

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller

Sherry Miller, office manager to Schnabel Engineering’s Sterling, VA, since 2001, joins Mary as an executive member of the DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region’s board of directors, serving as secretary for the chapter. Miller maintains the chapter’s formal documentation, prepares and issues minutes, and maintains documentation of board and chapter meetings and other events, including approved decisions and actions. She is also responsible for coordination with the region on administrative matters affecting the chapter.

As Chair of the DBIA Central Virginia Chapter Membership Committee, Muriel Rodriguez-Franqui, associate and vice president at Schnabel works to recruit new members and retain existing members of the chapter. A key business development professional for Schnabel since 1988, Rodriguez-Franqui has held numerous leadership and committee positions with industry organizations and now brings that experience to DBIA Central Virginia.

Muriel Rodriguez-Franqui

Muriel Rodriguez-Franqui

“I am very excited to help grow this multi-discipline, newly formed DBIA Central Virginia Chapter,” she said. “We are already off to a great start with programs and sponsorship opportunities for 2019.”

Newly established in 2018, DBIA’s Central Virginia Chapter provides programming, networking, and educational programs related to the fast growing design-build project delivery method and advancing its use in the Commonwealth. The Central Virginia Chapter joins the Hampton Roads and Maryland Chapters as part of the DBIA-MAR.

Schnabel Engineering Hires HR Director, Eva Hartmann

Eva HartmannEva Hartmann, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, joined Schnabel Engineering as Director of Human Resources to help drive the company’s employer brand and employee engagement initiatives and to advance and develop existing and new HR services. Hartmann will lead HR initiatives from the Glen Allen, Virginia, corporate office.

Hartmann will be a key member of the company’s leadership team, reporting directly to Walt Rabe, CEO. Her responsibilities will include strategic planning and business partnership; organizational design and effectiveness; talent and leadership development; HR process improvement; succession planning, compensation and rewards; talent acquisition; diversity and inclusion; and employee relations and engagement.

Prior to joining Schnabel, Hartmann founded Trellis LLC, a human resources consulting and staffing firm. She also served in leadership roles at nationally and globally-recognized companies including Tredegar Film Products, Wachovia Securities, Genworth Financial, Sun Microsystems and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Hartmann serves on the Board of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) of Richmond, Virginia and teaches as an adjunct instructor at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. Hartmann received a MBA at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and a BA from the University of Virginia. She is a graduate of the Leadership Metro Richmond Class of 2009.

Brian Crookston Named Young Professional of the Year by ASDSO

Brian Crookston, Ph.D., PE, has been named Young Professional of the Year by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). Brian received the award at a special luncheon held on September 10 during #DamSafety2018 in Seattle. This new award category recognizes members under 40 years of age working in the dam safety field that have made outstanding contributions to the Association, their respective organization, and/or the dam safety industry in general.

Brian joined Schnabel in 2011 after working for six years as a post-doctoral researcher and research assistant at the Utah Water Research Laboratory. A key subject matter expert and technical resource on hydraulic design, analyses, and modeling, he has worked on more than 100 dam projects from Alaska to Florida totaling more than $150 million in construction cost.

Internationally recognized for his expertise in labyrinth weirs, Brian developed the current state-of-practice hydraulic design method that is widely used by design engineers around the world. An example of the successful application of his research was the hydraulic design of Isabella Dam auxiliary spillway in Kern County, California, by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Loveland, Colorado, native obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in hydraulics, and a doctorate in water engineering from Utah State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Virginia and is an NCEES record holder.