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December 2014 Engineers On The Move

Dewberry has hired Beth Smyre, P.E., as a senior planning engineer in the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office. Ms. Smyre joins Dewberry with nearly 14 years of experience with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), where she served as a project manager for large-scale transportation projects that involve the preparation of environmental assessments and environmental impact statements. Ms. Smyre’s past work includes the Bonner Bridge replacement project, located on federal lands along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. In 2009, she was awarded a Governor’s Award for Excellence for outstanding state government service for her efforts on the Bonner Bridge replacement project. Ms. Smyre has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Multidisciplinary Studies from North Carolina State University, and a master’s in Coastal Engineering from the University of Florida.
Beth Smyre

The board of directors of McKim & Creed, Inc. recently announced that John T. Lucey, Jr., P.E., has been named the company’s next president and chief executive officer, effective November 1st. Prior to joining McKim & Creed, Mr. Lucey served as the executive vice president of engineering and business development at Heckmann Water Resources (now Nuverra Environmental Solutions). Mr. Lucey will succeed Michael W. Creed, Ph.D., P.E., who will continue serving as McKim & Creed’s chairman of the board. Herbert P. McKim, Jr., P.E., PLS, will remain on the board of directors and will continue full-time work assisting with major client retention, business development and special projects. Mr. Lucey has an undergraduate degree in Water Resources Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
John T. Lucey

Three members of the faculty in the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Justin Schwartz is the head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor; Dr. Nancy Allbritton is Professor and chair of the Joint NC State-UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering; and Dr. Mohammed Zikry is Zan Prevost Smith Distinguished Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Dr. Gregory Parsons, Alcoa Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Nanotechnology Initiative at North Carolina State University, has been selected as the 30th recipient of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Extension. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from the State University of New York, College of Geneseo in 1980 and his Ph.D. in physics from NC State in 1990.

The William States Lee College of Engineering at University of North Carolina Charlotte has presented its 2014 Excellence in Teaching Awards to Dr. Tara Cavalline of Engineering Technology and Construction Management for undergraduate teaching, and Dr. Matt Whelan of Civil and Environmental Engineering for graduate teaching.

Michael Lynch, an expert in genetic engineering and using microbes to produce useful chemicals, has joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University as a tenure track assistant professor, effective November 1st. Previously the founder and chief science officer at OPX Biotechnologies, Inc., Lynch will continue his research into engineering microbial metabolism to be useful in a variety of applications. Lynch earned an undergraduate degree in Anthropology as well as an undergraduate and master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He then completed a dual MD/PhD program at the University of Colorado.

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