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Civil Engineering Institute

Engineering leaders from industry, government, and academia advise and consult with our department through our Civil Engineering Institute.


The Civil Engineering Institute Board, our advisory board, meets regularly to conduct its business, interact with the department, and report on committee activity. If you want to join, please contact us. Our executives are:

Cerasela Cristei, chairwoman of the Civil Engineering Institute

Cerasela Cristei, chair of the Civil Engineering Institute, and other members of the board advise and consult with the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering.

  • Chair Cerasela Cristei, PE—T3 Design Corporation
  • Vice Chairwoman Terry Suehr—City of Alexandria
  • Treasurer Brian Chromey—Wetland Studies and Solutions
  • Executive Director Sam Salem, PE—Chairman of the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering

Members whose term expires in December 2019

  • Ryan Anderson, PE—The Christman Company
  • Cerasela Cristei, PE—T3 Design
  • David Laib, PE—Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Hardeep S. Rana, PE—Washington Gas

Members whose term expires in December 2020

  • Hank Hatch, PE
  • Bill Haight, PE
  • Joe Manous, PE
  • Peter Rigby, PE
  • Howell Simmons, PE
  • Terry Suehr, PE—City of Alexandria
  • Tri-Tek Engineering, Inc.—Kevin Murray
  • Washington Gas—Hardeep S. Rana

“The best civil engineering students are the ones who take ownership of their projects, who learn the scope of the project, the standards that apply, and who constantly ask questions about how to do things better."

— Cerasela Cristei, chair of the Civil Engineering Institute, adjunct professor and senior project manager for T3 Design in Fairfax

Civil Engineering Institute Board Meetings

All board meetings will take place virtually until further notice

Emeritus Members
  • Michael S. Bronzini, PE
  • Charlie C. Crowder Jr.
  • Sidney O. Dewberry, PE, LS
  • William Fry, PE
  • H.S. Hulme Jr., PE
Member Organizations and Their Representatives
  • AECOM—Stuart Harrison
  • Balfour Beatty Construction—David Laib
  • Dewberry—Kurt Thompson
  • City of Alexandria—Terry Suehr
  • Fairfax County—Helman Castro
  • Fairfax Water—Jamie Bain Hedges
  • Lane Construction—Richard McDonough
  • Michael Baker International—George Guszcza
  • Pennoni—Douglas Kennedy
  • Shirley Contracting—Michael E. Post
  • The Christman Company—Ryan Anderson
  • Tri-Tek Engineering, Inc.—Kevin Murray
  • T3 Design—Cerasela Cristei
  • Washington Gas—Cathy Trent
  • Wetland Studies and Solutions—Brian Chromey
  • William A. Hazel Inc.—Mike King
  • Richard Benton
  • William Fry
  • Bill Haight
  • Hank Hatch
  • Hardeep Rana
  • Joseph Manous
  • Christopher Reseigh
  • Peter Rigby
  • Howell Simmons
  • Joseph Vilseck
Faculty Ex Officio
  • David Binning, PE
  • Doaa Bondok
  • Behzad Esmaeili
  • Celso Ferreira, PE
  • Mark Houck, PE
  • Wenying Ji
  • Laura Kosoglu
  • David Lattanzi, PE
  • Viviana Maggioni
  • Elise Miller-Hooks
  • Burak Tanyu
  • Kuo Tian
  • Girum Urgessa, PE
  • Mohan Venigalla, PE
  • Shanjiang Zhu
Current CEI board members

The Civil Engineering Institute members work with the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. Front row, left to right: Helman Castro, Cerasela Cristei, Kurt Thompson, James Patteson, Sam Salem, Michael Post, Terry Suehr, and Howell Simmons. Back row, left to right: Rich Benton, Hardeep Rana, Chris Reseigh, Doug Kennedy, Joe Manous, Brian Chromey, William Haight III, and Jaime Bain Hedges.

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