Dr. Chimay J. Anumba

Professor and Department Head of Architectural Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Chimay Anumba is Professor and Head, Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State. He holds Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK; a higher doctorate (comparable to Distinguished Professor status) - D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) - from Loughborough University, UK; and an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c) from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands for outstanding scientific constributions to Building and Construction Engineering. His research innterests are in the fields of advanced engineering informatics, concurrent engineering, knowledge management, distributed collaboration systems, and inntelligent systems. He has over 450 scientific publications in these fields and his work has received support worth over $150M from various sources. He has also supervised to completion more than 39 doctoral candidates and 18 postdoctoral researchers. He is a Professional Engineer and Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE), The Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), The Institution of Structural Engineers (FIStructE), and The Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB).

BrandtLee Brandt
(Class of 1999 BAE/MAE)

Associate Principal
Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Lee graduated from Penn State University with a BAE and MAE in December of 1999. She began her career at Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design in February of 2000 and has been there ever since. As a member of the design team at HLB Lighting Design, Lee has worked on many projects; both small scale and large scale; interiors and exteriors. Her technical background, strong design, and analysis capabilities has aided the design team in many ways. She uses her computer skills to help the team with computer renderings, and calculations. Her engineering knowledge enables her to integrate the lighting into a project to highlight the main features and design themes of a project. Now, as a project manager, she is overseeing designers and coordinating the New York Office's project scheduling and work loads. She also leads the team on sustainable issues and green building. She has taken a great interest in the LEED initiative and has worked on several projects going for certification. A few recently completed projects include the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center at National Harbor, Rouge Tomate restaurant in New York City, American Girl Place Flagship store in Chicago, National Harbor Streetscape, University of Houston Recreation Center, and Heller Erhman DC Law Offices.

BruskinMike Bruskin
(Class of 1987)

Purchasing Manager
Turner Construction

Mike joined Turner Construction Company in 1987 as a Field Engineer in the Connecticut Business Unit following his graduation from Penn State with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree (Construction Management Option). He is currently the Purchasing Manager for the Connecticut Business Unit and has been in that role since 2004. In this role, Mike is responsible for negotiating and controlling the risk involved in the hiring and managing of the subcontractors and vendors who perform 85% of the volume of work for the Connecticut Business Unit. This risk is managed through consistency and compliance to Purchasing policy and procedures, a comprehension of each subcontractor’s experience, workload, and capacities, assessment and use of subcontractor’s bonding and insurance limits, and effective use of negotiation techniques and strategies, as well as an understanding of the status and dynamic nature of the marketplace.


Mike began his career with Turner on the NYNEX Corporate Center Project and then in 1988 moved on to the People’s Bank Headquarters Project. In 1989 Mike transitioned to the Cost Department and in 1990 began a Construction Management assignment at the Yonkers Microsociety School #19. In 1991, Mike commenced a 6-year engineering assignment at the $140M, 625,000 sq ft Yale-New Haven Hospital Children’s Hospital / Facilities Renewal Project. He was promoted to Project Engineer in May 1994. In 2001 Mike was promoted to Project Manager and in that capacity was responsible for the new $45M, 200,000-sq. ft., Roger Ludlowe Middle School in Fairfield, CT, and the new $38M, 171,000 sq ft Plainfield High School, Central Village, CT as well as several other school projects in the Fairfield County area. In 2004 Mike transitioned into his current role as Purchasing Manager where to date, he has been involved with over $1B in Subcontract Awards. In 2008, Mike earned his LEED AP Certification.


Mike resides in Connecticut, enjoys biking and spending time with Family. He is married and has one son who will be attending PSU in the Fall ‘09.



Natalie Bryner
ASAE Secretary
(Class of 2009 BAE/MAE)

Assistant Project Manger
James G. Davis Construction Corporation


Natalie Bryner, LEED Green Associate, is an Assistant Project Manager for James G. Davis Construction Corporation. She has had the opportunity to work on Banner Life Insurance Headquarters, a base building and tenant fit out, in Urbana, Maryland. She will be continuing her position onto Versign at Bluemont Way in Reston, VA, which is an interior demolition and tenant fit out. Additionally, Natalie is in training to be an Integrated Construction Engineering where she will have the ability to utilize Virtual Construction on current and future DAVIS projects.

Natalie received an Integrated Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering degree in December 2009. Her main focus was the construction management option. While at Penn State, she was actively involved with organizations, such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Women in the Engineering Program (WEP), Student Chapter for the Partnership in Achieving Construction Excellence (S:PACE), Envoy for the Architectural Engineering Department and Engineering Internship Program, and the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON).

Natalie has continued to be involved with professional organizations and is currently beginning her second year as the Vice President of Outreach for the Baltimore-Washington Section (BWS) of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). This position gives her the opportunity to organize and participate in events geared towards K-12 and collegiate outreach. Additionally, Natalie is an Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentor at Wheaton High School where she engages, excited, and enlightens high school students to pursue careers in the integrated construction industry.


DoughertyJonathan U. Dougherty, Ph.D.
ASAE President 
(Class of 1999 BAE; 2006 Ph.D.) 

Corporate Knowledge Center Director 
James G. Davis Construction Corporation

Jonathan U. Dougherty, Ph.D. is the Corporate Knowledge Center Manager for James G. Davis Construction Corporation. In this role, he leads the corporate education and knowledge management initiatives of the corporation. Jonathan also leads DAVIS' University Partnership Program by collaborating with universities where DAVIS actively recruits. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Penn State in 1999. He participated in the undergraduate study abroad program at the University of Leeds, Leeds, England and received the James M. Pohlen Memorial Scholarship. Jonathan continued his academic career and in 2006 earned a Ph.D. in Architectural Engineering, with a graduate-level minor in Instructional Systems from the College of Education.


Jonathan taught for six years in the Penn State AE Department where he received both the College of Engineering and Penn State University's Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching. During his time at Penn State, he also worked for the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and taught the Penn State Course in College Teaching for new faculty.


He currently serves on the advisory board of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre campus and is a trustee for the Francis L. Greenfield Laborer's Joint Training Fund of Washington, D.C. A member of the Penn State Alumni Association, Jonathan resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


Robert D. Grottenhaler, P.E., LEED AP, DBIA
ASAE Vice President
(Class of 1980)

Vice President
Barton Malow



Bob received his Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from Penn State in 1980.  He participated in the study abroad program at the University of Leeds, England in spring 1979.  While beginning his career designing mechanical and electrical systems in Dallas, Texas in 1980, he attended night classes and received his Master of Business Administration from the Southern Methodist University in 1984.  Bob is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Texas.  He is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a DBIA Designated Design-Build Professional.


Bob has been with Barton Malow for over 18 years.  He is a Vice President in the company’s Eastern Region and is responsible for their Maryland operations.  His favorite project assignment was serving as Project Executive on Penn State’s Beaver Stadium Expansion and Renovation project that completed in September 2001.  Bob’s support of business diversity inclusion helped Barton Malow win the following awards from the Maryland Minority Contractors Association:  Best Practices in Contracting in February 2009 and Business Diversity Achievement in July 2010.


In his 30 years of design and construction experience, Bob has worked on higher education, healthcare, and sports projects for such high-profile clients as Penn State, Johns Hopkins, University of Virginia, UMMS, and University of Maryland.  His emphasis is on team building, preconstruction planning, operations, commissioning, sustainability, and Building Information Modeling (BIM), utilizing construction management at risk and design-build project delivery methods.   


Bob has been an active participant in Penn State’s AE/CM program since 1998.  He received PACE’s Excellence Award in 2005 for his support of the CM program and their research.  In 2010, Bob was elected into PACE’s Hall of Fame for his contributions to the construction industry.  Also in 2010, he was named a Penn State AE Centennial Fellow.  Bob also serves on the PACE Advisory Board, judges the AE 5th year Senior Thesis Project Presentations, and is an Alumni Mentor in the Penn State SSAE Mentor Program.  In 2011, Bob was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Penn State Alumni Society of Architectural Engineers (ASAE).       


Bob resides in Bel Air, Maryland and enjoys traveling to the Caribbean and Europe.  He is married and has three daughters who live in Pennsylvania.    

HawkMegan Hawk
(Class of 2003 BAE/MAE)

Assistant Manager of Integrated Projects
Balfour Beatty Construction


Growing up with interest in architecture and problem solving, Megan chose to major in Architectural Engineering, learning about various building systems and how they work together. Her passion for this whole-buildings philosophy continues to shape her career. Megan utilizes her background in architecture, structural systems, and facility management to direct the Integrated Project Delivery process for fast-track design-build projects for Balfour Beatty Construction. With active construction overlapping nearly 90% of a project’s design schedule, significant coordination is essential to keeping the project on track. Megan manages design teams, systems coordination, budgets, owner and client needs, and procurement processes while overseeing the projects’ transitions to field construction teams. Additionally, Megan is actively involved in project pursuits.


Megan has performed investigative surveys and condition assessments of facilities around the country. She played a key role in a comparative assessment of over 100 roofs at U.S. Air Force bases in order to develop a prioritization schema for maintenance and capital planning. Dedicated to responsible implementation of sustainable initiatives, Megan is a founding member of several task forces that seek to integrate green practices into business operations, building design, and facility maintenance. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and has delivered presentations focused on life cycle cost and the triple bottom line at conferences in the U.S. and Canada.


William R. Long, PE, LEED AP, FSMPS
(Class of 1984)

Vice President
TN Ward Company



William R. Long is a Vice President of TN Ward Company, a construction management/general contracting company that is active throughout the East Coast.  Based in the company’s Ardmore, Pennsylvania headquarters, Bill is responsible for the company’s marketing and business development efforts company-wide as well the preconstruction effort on a select number of the company’s projects.  A registered Professional Engineer, LEED Accredited Professional, and Certified Professional Services Marketer, he possesses an MBA degree from Villanova University in addition to his BAE degree from Penn State.

An active member of the building design and construction community, Bill has been quoted or profiled in Building Design + Construction, Principals Report, The ZweigLetter, Mid-Atlantic Construction, New York Construction, and MarketingNow.  In addition, he has also been a featured speaker at multiple industry presentations and has presented at local, regional, and national functions for AIA, AGC, CSI, PSMA, ASLA, CoreNET Global, CMAA, CMRC, ISPE, and SMPS. 


He has authored numerous articles and columns for various building industry publications including A/E Rainmaker, Principals Report, and New York Construction.  In addition, he has authored a White Paper for the SMPS Foundation entitled International Success in the A/E/C World – Benchmarks and Best Practices. 

Bill is a Fellow in the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and is a member of the SMPS Foundation Board of Trustees.  He is also a Past President and Past Board Member for the SMPS Philadelphia chapter and has served as the National Member and Chapter Relations Chairperson.  He is also an active member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.




Jason E. McFadden, E.I.T.
(Class of 2006 BAE/MAE)

Project Manager
Barton Malow Compnay

Jason McFadden earned an Integrated Bachelor and Master of Architectural Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006. Among the many accolades he received while attending school are the Hettema Leadership Award, the Charles Merica Leadership Award, and Outstanding Record of Study in Construction Management.

Jason began his construction career as a laborer during summers in high school. In 2005, Jason participated in a summer internship with Barton Malow in which he worked on the Medlar Field at Lubrano Park project. Jason’s performance was so well received that he was offered a parttime engineer position while continuing his academic career. Jason currently serves as a project manager for Barton Malow. In this role, he provides overall administrative and technical direction for complex construction projects. Jason’s commitment to technology and sustainability are the evident in his management style; he often provides Building Information Modeling (BIM) and LEED coordination on his projects. Jason is currently completing his responsibilities on the Women’s Softball Complex project at Georgia Tech. This project was designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and is the first LEED certified softball stadium in the country. Additionally, Jason was fortunate to work on the first LEED certified baseball stadium in the country, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at Penn State.
In July 2008, Jason was recognized by Consulting Specifying Engineer Magazine as one of the Top 40 Engineers under the age of 40 in the construction industry. A PSU alumni association member, Jason currently resides in Atlanta and is honored to be part of PSAES.
Robert Stewart 
(Class of 1997)

Manager, Electrical Group
M/E Engineering, P.C.

Rob graduated from Penn State University with BAE in May 1997.  He began his career with Affiliated Engineers Inc. working there for 7 years before moving to WSP Flack + Kurtz for 5 years.  In November of 2009, Rob moved to Buffalo NY to become the electrical group manager for M/E Engineering P.C.  Throughout his 14-year career, Rob has been responsible for the engineering design of the electrical facility systems including service coordination, power distribution,  lighting systems & controls, fire alarm systems, nurse call systems, technology, communication systems and security systems.  As the project manager or lead electrical engineer and project manager, Rob is responsible for QA/QC review, design directives, project meetings, client interaction, and code compliance. 

Rob has been the lead electrical or project manager for a wide range of projects and facilities from academia to hospitality & gaming to research & development to corporate offices to institutional to hospitals.  Some of the projects Rob has worked on include:  MGM CityCenter, ECMC Hemodialysis Center, ECMC Long Term Care Building, Oxford Casino,  University of Buffalo Stadium Lighting,   Sullivan Square Condominiums,  and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


Karen Sweeney
(Class of 1980)

Vice President and General Manager
Turner Construction

Karen joined Turner Construction Company in 1980 as a Field Engineer in the Pittsburgh Business Unit upon her graduation from Penn State with a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degree. Currently she is Vice President and General Manager of the Maryland Business Unit in Baltimore and has been in that role since 2005. As such, she has overall responsibility for the activities of both office services and project operations. She provides business development and operational management direction to the construction team as the project develops and monitors its progress through her operational teams, monthly reports and periodic site visits.


During her career with Turner, Karen started in Pittsburgh as a Field Engineer and then Assistant Superintendent on a 45 story office tower, progressing to Estimating Engineer in the business unit before transferring to the San Diego Business Unit in 1985 as an MEP Coordination Engineer on a complex $60M Hospital renovation and addition in Escondido, California. Karen transferred to the Washington, D.C. Business Unit in 1989 and worked in the Estimating and Purchasing Departments on bid and Cost Guarantee Projects in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 1990, she became a Project Engineer for the American Medical Laboratory Project in Chantilly, Virginia. She was promoted to Project Manager in the Special Projects Division (SPD) in 1993, specializing in tenant fitout and renovation work for law firms and hospitals, and in 1994, was promoted to Senior Project Manager. In 1995, Karen became Manager of SPD and was promoted to Vice President in July 1998, where she led teams for projects with the Navy under NAVFAC, as well as private projects for law firms and small ground-up projects. Karen was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Ohio Business Unit in 2000, where she lead numerous projects with the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center and Cuyahoga Community College, until March of 2005, when she joined the Maryland Business Unit as Vice President and General Manager.


Current board and advisory positions include: ULI Executive Committee, Baltimore Chapter; Greater Baltimore Committee, President’s Advisory Council, and Transportation and Built Environment Task Force; In Counsel With Women, Founding Member, Cleveland Ohio; Penn State Engineering Society Board (PSES); Penn State College of Engineering Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC); and Penn State Architectural Engineering Alumni Board.


Bill (William Arthur) Trach, P. E.

(Class of 1967)

Licensed/Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania since 1971, New Jersey since 1972, Ohio, New York, Arkansas, Texas, and Florida since 2005.


Bill is now with Del Ciotto Architects, Inc. in North Wales, PA and operates their engineering department. The firm is multi project type firm for small to large projects in the residential, retail, institutional (health care) markets. The firm’s president is Joseph Del Ciotto, Jr. who has both AE and Arch degrees from PSU 1967.


From 1967 to 2000 Bill was part owner of J. E. Biro and Associates, Inc. and designed many (1000+) public educational and some health care facilities. That firm closed in 2000. From 1984 to 1994 he also had a small winery, grew grapes and made and sold wine, which required licenses from the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Is a Life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, board member of the Alumni Blue Band Association, member of ASHRAE, and the National Fire Protection Association; past board member of APEC (Automated Procedures for Engineering Consultants) a group of engineering firms that wrote and provided computer software to its’ members for HVAC load calculations, lighting calculations, duct design, piping design and energy simulation calculations-prior to the DOE software. He also operates a small engineering consulting firm TRACH Cellars, Inc.

Jonathan E. Williams, CCCA 
(Class of 1993 BAE)

Real Projectives, LLC   


Jonathan Williams is the owner and principal of Real Projectives, LLC. Applying more than 15 years of real estate industry experience, he provides flexible and professional project/construction management and objective real estate consulting services. Considered a Real Estate Enhancement Expert™, Mr. Williams is adept at assessing, strategizing, designing, improving and constructing commercial office, retail, health care, institutional, and multi-family properties throughout the United States. He has been instrumental in projects ranging from $20 thousand to $200 million. Mr. Williams excels at orchestrating jobs that have seemingly impossible constraints and challenging logistical concerns, especially those demanding minimal impacts to ongoing business activities and neighbors.


Mr. Williams graduated with a professional Bachelor’s degree of Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University with dual emphases in construction management and structural engineering. He was the recipient of the John J. Brinjac Memorial Award for 5-years outstanding AE performance. He was an officer of Penn State’s student NAHB chapter for four years. He earned Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) and Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) credentials from the Construction Specifications Institute. He expects to complete a Master of Science in Real Estate development from the Johns Hopkins University in May 2010.


He is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, Green Building Institute, Construction Specifications Institute, and National Institute of Building Sciences. Mr. Williams has been active in the development and application of Building

Information Modeling (BIM) standards through the International Alliance for Interoperability. Additionally, Mr. Williams has led volunteer teams over many years in Rebuilding Together/ Christmas in April community improvement projects.


Before starting Real Projectives, Mr. Williams was the Director of Construction Management for the Atlantic Realty Companies where he led a department through improved service practices and managed a variety of office and retail projects. Prior to that, he formed a project management group and improved MEP engineering integration as Senior Vice President of Metropolitan Engineering, Inc. where he was also instrumental in synchronizing a merger with Shapiro-O’Brien Associates. Previously, he was a project manager and owner representative for the former office REIT, CarrAmerica Realty, in the development, construction and property operations divisions. During that affiliation he specialized in complex capital improvements and  effectively guided the preparation of more than 350 properties across the U.S. for unique risk concerns.


Thanks to the following individuals who served on the Board of Directors...
(Please click on their names to see their bios)

Jeremy White (Class of 2003)

Ari Tinkoff 
(Class of 1995)

Jay Ruby (Class of 1995)

Charles (Chip) E. Israel (Class of 1984)

Tom Martin (Class of 1989)

Keith Mondock (Class of 2003)