The 2016 Be Inspired Awards Jurors

Be Inspired’s independent jury is comprised of several panels of dedicated industry experts and media professionals who examine every nomination against the category criteria. Together they choose 3 Finalists in each category, who are invited to present in front of the jury at the Year in Infrastructure Conference 2016. After the presentations, the jury reconvene to choose the Winners, who are announced at the Be Inspired Awards Banquet.

Chimay Anumba
Dean and Professor, University of Florida
Innovation in Building / Innovation in Structures / Innovation in Reality Modeling

Chimay Anumba is Professor and Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at The University of Florida. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Engineering). He holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Leeds, UK; a higher doctorate – D.Sc. (Doctor of Science) - from Loughborough University, UK; and an Honorary Doctorate (Dr.h.c.) from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. His research interests are in the fields of advanced engineering informatics, concurrent engineering, knowledge management, distributed collaboration systems, and intelligent systems. He has over 450 scientific publications in these fields and his work has received support worth over $150m from a variety of sources. He has also supervised 45 doctoral candidates to completion and mentored over 23 postdoctoral researchers. He is a Chartered/Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the following professional institutions: the American Society of Civil Engineers, The Institution of Civil Engineers, and The Institution of Structural Engineers.

Rehana Begg
Editor, Machinery and Equipment MRO magazine
Innovation in Asset Performance

Rehana Begg has more than 17 years of editorial experience and has managed a variety of B2B and consumer publishing projects. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Ryerson University, an MBA from Aspen University, and a certificate in project management from the University of Toronto.

Nadine Buddoo
News Editor, New Civil Engineer
Innovation in Rail / Innovation in Roads

Nadine Buddoo is responsible for daily news coverage – reporting on major projects and breaking stories as they happen. She previously was deputy editor of New Civil Engineer’s sister publication Ground Engineering and has previous experience working across a range of business-to-business titles.

Tony Christian
Analyst/Consultant, Cambashi
Innovation in Asset Performance

Tony Christian brings to Cambashi wide-ranging experience in engineering, manufacturing, energy and IT. He has a BSc degree in mechanical engineering and an MSc degree in engineering acoustics, noise, and vibration from the University of Nottingham.

Laura Cornish
Editor, Mining Review Africa
Innovation in Mining

Laura Cornish is editor of Mining Review Africa and possesses a sound understanding of the entire mining value chain. She has edited some of South Africa’s most prestigious mining trade publications, earning several publishing excellence awards for her work, as a journalist and editor, covering the mining industry. Cornish earned an honors degree in journalism in 2004.

Tony Duboudin
Editor, Track & Signal Magazine Australia
Innovation in Rail / Innovation in Roads

Tony Duboudin covers the railway industry as editor of Track & Signal, a magazine for Australasia railway professionals based outside Melbourne. Previously, he was a senior journalist with The Age newspaper in Melbourne, and The Times in London and later in Australia. Duboudin also ran a small public relations agency and worked for United Press International in Paris.

Andrew Farr
Associate Editor, Water Finance & Management
Innovation in Water Network Analysis / Innovation in Water Treatment Plants

Andrew Farr is the associate editor of Water Finance & Management, a bi-monthly journal for executive-level professionals in the municipal water sector. Prior to joining Benjamin Media, he wrote for a weekly newspaper. Farr enjoys learning about innovative technologies and groundbreaking projects in the construction industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.

Tom Freyburg
Chief Editor, WWi magazine, PennWell International
Innovation in Water Network Analysis / Innovation in Water Treatment Plants

Tom Freyberg is an experienced environmental journalist, having worked across a variety of business-to-business titles. He has been published in national newspapers, including The Times, The Guardian, and has appeared on CNN. Freyberg has been invited to speak at several international conferences, including the World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from Exeter University, and completed his PMA journalism training in London.

Dale Granger
Director of Sweetspot Media, publisher and editor of PESA News
Innovation in Offshore / Innovation in Manufacturing

Dale Granger is director of Sweetspot Media, publisher and editor of PESA News, a magazine distributed to international oil and gas professionals in Australia. Based in Perth, he has been editor in chief of Oil & Gas Investor Australia and group editor of Energy Publications. In 2015 Granger won the Folio Awards B-to-B Best Single Article award in New York, for his article The Dawning of Darwin’s Defence, published in Oil & Gas Investor Australia.

Adrian Greeman
Freelance Writer
Innovation in Land Development / Innovation in Bridges

Adrian Greeman is a freelance writer who has written about many large-scale projects including airports, roads, tunnels, dams, and bridges. He began his journalism career with NCE as a reporter, news and features editor, and eventually became editor of Civil Engineer International. Greeman started covering the infrastructure software sector in 2004 contributing to a supplement in World Highways focused on the use of the technology in highway design.

Teresa Hansen
Chief Editor, PowerGrid International/Electric Light & Power/Utility Products; Advisory Committee Chair, DistribuTECH
Innovation in Utilities and Communications / Innovation in Power Generation

Teresa Hansen has more than 20 years’ experience as a technical magazine editor, including 18 years at PennWell. Teresa’s previous energy-related experience includes 13 years of service at a nuclear power plant and a brief stint as a senior research analyst for an energy marketing and trading company.

Sean Higgins
Online Editor, SPAR
Innovation in Building / Innovation in Structures / Innovation in Reality Modeling

Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D’s weekly newsletters for 3D-technology professionals, at Previously, he worked as a freelance technology writer and an editor for various publications.

Paula Hollywood
Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group
Innovation in Asset Performance

Paula Hollywood has more than 30 years’ experience in automation. Prior to joining ARC in 2000, her roles included sales, marketing, and product management for suppliers of process automation hardware and software. She spent 14 years at The Foxboro Company in various capacities, and several years with a manufacturer's representative company as an inside sales rep. Paula has a BS from Northeastern University and an MS from the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Lachmi Khemlani
Founder and Editor, AECbytes
Innovation in Building / Innovation in Structures / Innovation in Reality Modeling

Lachmi Khemlani consults extensively on the development and implementation of AEC technology, gives frequent presentations before both professional and academic audiences, serves on juries for technology awards, and advises industry analysts, venture capitalists, and start-ups. Khemlani holds a Ph.D. in architecture from University of California, Berkeley, specializing in the application of computing technology to the building industry.

Cole Latimer
Managing Editor, Australian Mining
Innovation in Mining

Cole Latimer is managing editor of Australian Mining, a position he has held for more than five years. His extensive experience includes covering the latest resources technology, mining techniques, and new developments that are increasing productivity and efficiency on-site.

Denise McKenzie
Executive Director, Communications & Outreach, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
Innovation in Government

Denise McKenzie is responsible for the planning and execution of marketing, communications, and education programs that raise awareness and increase application of open geospatial and location standards by technology providers and users worldwide. She represents the OGC at the United Nations Global Geographic Information Management (UNGGIM) committee. Prior to her role with OGC, McKenzie worked with the Victorian Government (Australia) in areas of strategic policy, collaboration, and innovation.

Terrence O'Hanlon
Publisher,®, RELIABILITY® Magazine, and Uptime® Magazine
Innovation in Asset Performance

Terrence O'Hanlon is certified in asset management by the Institute of Asset Management and a certified maintenance and reliability professional by SMRP. He is the acting executive director of the Association for Maintenance Professionals (AMP), the executive editor and publisher of the Asset Management Handbook, 5th Edition.

Richard Roberts
Editor-in-Chief, Mining Journal and Managing editor, Aspermont Media UK
Innovation in Mining

Richard Roberts is a mining and business journalist, editor, and publisher who has covered this field for more than 20 years. He currently leads the Aspermont UK media group in London, where he is also editor of Mining Journal, a leading weekly mining publication. Roberts has written about mining projects all over the world, covering and analyzing the industry from both an investment and technical standpoint. He has expanded high-level coverage of technology trends and the mining technology and services sectors in, an Australian weekly e-magazine, and in Mining Journal.

Gene Roe
Editor, LiDAR News
Innovation in Land Development / Innovation in Bridges

Gene V. Roe is a professional engineer and land surveyor who switched to the software development business, focusing on CAD/GIS integration and innovation. Throughout his career he has promoted the use of innovative digital technologies and organizational change. Roe founded the Future of the Built Environment blog and Strategic Adviser report where he advocates for a sustainable, lifecycle asset management approach to improving the Built Environment.

Jennifer M. Runyon
Chief Editor, and Renewable Energy World Magazine; Conference Chair, Renewable Energy World International
Women in Power Committee Chair, PennWell

Innovation in Utilities and Communications / Innovation in Power Generation

In addition to her role as chief editor of and Renewable Energy World magazine, Jennifer Runyon serves as conference chair of Renewable Energy World International Conference and Expo. She was also the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that Runyon was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an Eddy Award and in 2010, was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. Runyon holds a master’s degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

Mark Scacco
President, Engineered Efficiency, Inc.
Innovation in Building / Innovation in Structures / Innovation in Reality Modeling

Mark Scacco is a professional engineer, the founder of Engineered Efficiency, Inc. and since 2001 has been an A/E/C industry consultant working with firms to grow their business through the efficient use of technology. Mr. Scacco and his company provide services across the United States, Canada and around the globe.

Mr. Scacco is a speaker at industry events, including Autodesk University, Trimble Dimensions, FLUG Annual Conference, KnowledgeWell and others. He is a member of his local Sanitary District Board of Local Improvements and is a Stormwater and Floodplain Oversight Committee member. As a technology evangelist, he has written articles and columns for several trade magazines, including CE News, SitePrep and Point of Beginning. He currently writes a bi-monthly column and feature articles for Informed Infrastructure published by v1 Media.

Monica Schnitger
President, Schnitger Corporation
Innovation in Offshore / Innovation in Manufacturing

Monica Schnitger has more than 25 years’ experience in engineering and CAD/CAM and has held positions as a senior VP of market analysis at Daratech; in software development management at Computervision Corporation; and as an engineer at Bath Iron Works. She holds a bachelor’s degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an honors M.B.A. from the F.W. Olin School of Management at Babson College.

Judy Skeen Tarwater
Contractor, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Innovation in Land Development / Innovation in Bridges

Judy Skeen Tarwater joined AASHTO as the AASHTOWare bridge software project manager in 2012 following a 30-year career with the Texas Department of Transportation. She holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University and is a registered PE in Texas. Tarwater’s technical and management experience in the transportation field includes highway design, CAD, GIS, IT application development, IT infrastructure and operations, project development, and program management. She served as president of the Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP) and is a member of the Texas Tech University Civil Engineering Academy.

Jeff Thurston, MSc. (GIS)
Founder and Editor, 3D Visualization World Magazine
Innovation in Government

Jeff Thurston writes extensively about the use of spatial information hardware and software in a multi-industry approach. His current focus is upon advancing the use and application of 3D and visualization in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) sector for reality modeling, spatial analytics and interactive simulation. As infrastructure workflows expand 3D and 4D use, geographic information systems (GIS) together with CAD-based design tools and applications become increasingly collaborative and mobile. He aims his writing to young entrepreneurs starting innovative companies and businesses that push these tools, knowledge and applications into use for building infrastructure around the globe in unique directions.

Janice L. Tuchman
Editor-in-Chief, Engineering News Record
Innovation in Construction / Innovation in Project Delivery

Janice L. Tuchman is active in many construction organizations and has developed a broad network of industry sources who help keep ENR on top of the latest trends and innovations. She has traveled the world to visit outstanding projects and speak to groups and universities. Tuchman is a member of the National Academy of Construction, The Moles, and the industry advisory committee of the Dept. of Civil Engineering at Columbia University. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Harsha Vardhan
Marketing Manager, Geospatial Media and Communications
Innovation in Government

Harsha is a geospatial enthusiast with over 10 years of experience. He has a keen understanding of the technology and industry dynamics. Harsha is an avid blogger and contributes to

Judith A. Veatch, P.E., MBA
Manager of Project Systems, Black & Veatch
Innovation in Utilities and Communications

During a 30-year career with Black & Veatch, Judith Veatch has gone from a mechanical engineer designing power plants to managing a portfolio of applications, including procurement, materials management, project management, scheduling, estimating, engineering, CAD, and GIS. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.

Mischa Wanek-Libman
Editor, Railway Track & Structures; Engineering Editor, Railway Age
Innovation in Rail / Innovation in Roads

Mischa Wanek-Libman reports on the engineering, construction, and maintenance side of North America’s railroad industry. Railway Track & Structures, Railway Age, and International Railway Journal, make up The Railway Group at Simmons-Boardman Publishing. Wanek-Libman joined RT&S as assistant editor in 2001, before being named managing editor in 2008 and editor in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Mark Watts
Oil & Gas Editor at the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED)
Innovation in Offshore / Innovation in Manufacturing

Based in Dubai, Mark Watts has been covering the region’s oil, gas, and petrochemicals sector for the past three years, specializing in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Iran markets. He has given presentations on this region’s project market at conferences and has authored several research reports on the oil, gas, and industrial sectors, recently completing an in-depth report on the Iranian oil industry. Watts was online editor at Industrial Minerals in London, covering the global specialist minerals industry. He holds a degree in politics from the University of Leicester and a post-graduate diploma in journalism from the University of Westminster.

Jackie Whitelaw
Freelance Writer and Editor, Jackie Whitelaw Editorial
Innovation in Construction / Innovation in Project Delivery

Jackie Whitelaw has been reporting on the infrastructure and built environment industry for 35 years. In 2014, she co-founded Infrastructure Intelligence, working as an associate editor. Whitelaw has also been deputy editor of New Civil Engineer and editor of Transportation Professional for the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation. She has worked with clients such as Network Rail, London Underground, Crossrail, HS1, BAA, and the Olympic Delivery Authority on a number of publications.

Paul Wilkinson
Independent Consultant
Innovation in Construction / Innovation in Project Delivery

Paul Wilkinson is an independent consultant and an authority on the use of construction collaboration technology platforms, software-as-a-service and related developments in fields such as BIM processes, mobile technologies, and social media. He is deputy chair of the information systems panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Pamela Wolfe
Editor-in-Chief, World Water
Innovation in Water Network Analysis / Innovation in Water Treatment Plants

Pamela Wolfe has been editor of international publications for more than 25 years that specialize in water and environmental issues. She is the editor-in-chief of World Water, World Water Chinese Edition, Water Reuse & Desalination, and Stormwater Management. Wolfe manages content development and production, and is a frequent contributor of commentary articles, interviews, and features.

Mike Woof
Editor, World Highways
Innovation in Land Development / Innovation in Bridges

Mike Woof has more than 25 years’ experience working in the trade press with a focus on the construction and mining sectors. He has acquired a solid understanding of civil, mechanical, and mining engineering. Woof earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Edinburgh Napier University.

Geoff Zeiss
Principal, Between the Poles
Innovation in Utilities and Communications / Innovation in Power Generation

Geoff Zeiss has more than 20 years’ experience in the geospatial software industry working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise geospatial IT around the world. Early in his career, he led software development teams and was directly responsible for some of the largest, most successful implementations of location-aware enterprise design and records management software in the utility and telecommunications sectors. In 2004, he received one of 10 annual global technology awards from Oracle Corporation for technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle.


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