The 2017 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 2017. After the presentations, the jury reconvene to choose the Winners, who are announced at the Be Inspired Awards Banquet.
Abigail Tomkins is managing editor for the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and responsible for the monthly journal Civil Engineering Surveyor and the annual Geospatial Engineering publication. She has been writing about the geospatial industry for the last 16 years and has edited papers for the Survey4BIM special interest group of the United Kingdom BIM Alliance. Tomkins has a degree in English from the University of Stirling.
Andrew Farr is the associate editor of Water Finance & Management, a bi-monthly journal for executive decision makers in the municipal water sector. He also covers other construction markets for WF&M’s publisher, Benjamin Media, and has been a finalist in the American Society of Business Publication Editors awards. Farr previously wrote for a weekly newspaper and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.
Andrew Heaton is an industry journalist covering business related topics for Sourceable, a news website for the architecture, construction, engineering and property industry in Australia. In this role, he researches and prepares news and feature articles on a wide range of business related topics that are relevant to each of those sectors. Topics covered include: project management, workplace relations, legal and regulatory issues, technology developments, public policy, sustainability and the economic conditions impacting the building and construction sector. Heaton is also the managing editor of Nonprofit News, a news website for the community and not-for profit sector in Australia. In this role, he researches and prepares news and feature articles on a wide range of topics that are relevant to managers and professionals who work within the charity and nonprofit sector in Australia. He is also responsible for growing the site's traffic and audience and expanding its profile within the target readership.
Angus W. Stocking, L.S. is a licensed land surveyor who has been writing about infrastructure since 2002. Case studies and feature articles by Stocking have appeared in more than 50 infrastructure trade journals, including Professional Surveyor, Cadalyst, ENR, Wastewater Digest, Municipal Sewer & Water, ArchDaily, LiDAR News Magazine, POB, Public Works, and xhHt.
For 20 years, Bernhard D. Valnion, Ph.D. has been editor-in-chief with special interest magazines reporting on engineering IT and the digital transformation journey. He is the founder and president of Institute for Innovation and Market Success, which publishes d1g1tal AGENDA magazine and its special insert CAPITAL PROJECT, reporting exclusively on successful IT and project processing strategies for the large manufacturing plant industries. In 1998, Valnion finished his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics at the University of Munich, Germany.
Bill Vavrik is a vice president, principal engineer, and manager of the Transportation Infrastructure Division of Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA). He has experience in diverse infrastructure applications, including local roads and streets, rural roads, highways, airports, ports, and intermodal yards. Vavrik is the program manager in ARA’s support of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Innovation Deployment Program. In this program, he oversees the support team to FHWA’s deployment of Every Day Counts (EDC) technologies.
Bob Vavra has been the editor of Plant Engineering magazine since 2005, a role that has allowed him to cover the rise, fall, and rebirth of manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world. He has been a journalism professional for more than 40 years, including 25 years in the newspaper industry. In his career in trade publishing, Vavra has covered such industries as retail petrol, retail grocery, and safety. He is the producer of CFE Media’s Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, and he has helped coordinate U.S. press coverage of President Barack Obama’s visit to Hannover Messe in 2016.
Dale Granger, of Perth, Australia, is a director of Sweetspot Media, which publishes resource industry focused magazines in Australia that are also distributed internationally. He is editor of PESA News, has edited several oil and gas publications in Australia, and has won a Folio Award with Hart Energy in 2015 for “Best Single Article” in the same year Hart Energy won Best Magazine and Best Website. Granger has over 20 years’ experience in journalism, covering business, mining, courts, sports, general news, and travel.
G. Ganapathiraman (Raman) is currently responsible for managing ARC Advisory Group’s operations in India. He brings over four decades of experience in the industry, focused on automation and enterprise.
Raman has been the head of ARC India operations since June 2012. His range of operations at ARC includes: supporting the global offices in preparation of market research reports for worldwide, regional and India; organizing ARC India forums and part of sales and technical promotion in the areas of automation and enterprise; and handling and nurturing analyst relationships with domestic and global clients. Additionally, he is collaborating with industry organizations, such as NASSCOM, CII, ISA, IMTMA, and several others, including Media.
Prior to joining ARC, Raman superannuated as executive director of the electronics division (EDN) of BHEL. During his tenure of 38 years in BHEL, he headed Project Engineering Management (PEM) and Industrial Systems Group (ISG). Raman led a team of 5,000 personnel at BHEL.
He has received various prestigious awards, such as ICWA Cost Management Award, CII Business Excellence, and Quality Control (QC) Awards. Raman is a senior member in IEEE and ISA and is a gold medalist in electrical engineering (B.E.) from Madras University.
Gene V. Roe is the founder of MPN Components, Inc., a 15-year-old geomatics consulting firm specializing in strategic market research and technology development. He is also the founder of LiDAR News, a leading 3D laser scanning publication. Roe has been involved with geomatics his entire career as a professional engineer and land surveyor. He is the current chair of the ASTM E57.04 Data Interoperability Subcommittee for 3D Imaging Systems, which has recently completed 10 years of work on a terrestrial laser scanning data exchange format. During his career, Roe has focused on the development and adoption of innovative technologies, such as CAD, GIS, GPS, and 3D laser scanning, primarily for the transportation industry.
Geoff Zeiss has been tracking the contribution of geospatial technology to the digitization of construction, operation, and maintenance of energy, building, and transportation infrastructure in his blog, “Between the Poles”, since 2007. From 2014 to 2016, he was editor for Energy and Building with Geospatial Media. Prior to that position, Zeiss was responsible for thought leadership, evangelization, and industry messaging for the utility industry program at Autodesk. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the geospatial IT industry, working with utilities, communications, and public works in enterprise IT around the world. In his early career, Zeiss was responsible for some of the largest successful implementations of location-aware enterprise design and records management software in the utility and telecommunications sectors. In 2004, he received a global technology award from Oracle Corporation for technical innovation and leadership in the use of Oracle. In recognition of his efforts to increase the awareness of geospatial data and technologies in utilities and construction, Zeiss received the Geospatial Ambassador Award at Geospatial World Forum 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.
As editor-in-chief of Engineering News-Record (ENR), Janice Tuchman leads the editorial team creating content for the entire enterprise—online, in print, and at live events. She has developed a broad network of industry sources who help keep ENR on top of the latest trends and innovations. Tuchman is active in industry groups such as the National Academy of Construction and the ASCE Industry Leaders Council, and she serves on the board of nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity as well as serves on the National Research Council’s Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment. Tuchman received the Carroll H. Dunn Award from the Construction Industry Institute for “outstanding contributions to improving the cost effectiveness of the United States construction industry.”
With a work experience of 22 years, Jayashree Mendes has written extensively on various subjects that include construction, supply chain, IT, and manufacturing. Besides working as a journalist, she has also taken a few classes for budding journalists in reputed colleges in Mumbai, India. Mendes’ articles have been printed in government magazines, circulated for a closed group. Currently, she is the editor for Construction Week and Manufacturing Today. Mendes lives and works in Mumbai.
Jon Hind has over 35 years’ experience in planning, design, construction, and management of a large scope of road infrastructure projects, ranging from local road improvements to major highways. He is currently based in New Zealand where he has worked for 12 years with Aurecon. Prior to that, Hind worked primarily in the United Kingdom with two stints in Pakistan and Indonesia.
He is currently project director on four Roads of National Significance (RoNS) on the Western Ring Route in Auckland (New Zealand), a project valued at USD 350 million, and has been involved with them over the past 10 years. Hind is also project director on the Southern Corridor Improvements, valued at USD 190 million, and Northern Corridor Improvements, valued at USD 500 million; these are two key elements of the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Accelerated road program in Auckland.
He has a strong technical background and provides interpretative skills for geometrics, safety, and the operational aspects of highways. Throughout his career, Hind has been proficient in computer applications relevant to this work, including MX. He has a thorough knowledge of relevant codes and processes, including the AustRoads Design Guidelines and the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges.
Hind is also Aurecon's Global Service Leader for Roads and Transport Networks and is responsible for developing Aurecon's related skillsets company wide.
Jonathan Andrews is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations. He has previously written for publications for the World Bank, UN-HABITAT, UNESCO, the Inter-American Development Bank, the OECD, and for the Stockholm International Water Institute. Andrews is currently the editor of Cities Today, PFD Media’s flagship title on urban management and development. He specializes in urban topics relating to climate change, finance, and ICT, with a focus on data management and the application of IoT in cities.
Katherine Smale is a technical reporter at New Civil Engineer. The magazine is based in London, England and covers a range of topics about the civil engineering industry. Before writing from NCE, she was a structural engineer with SKM, Techniker Ltd., and Lyons O’Neill. She earned her degree in civil engineering from Cambridge University.
Lance Parve serves on the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board as a co-chairperson of the Building Information Modeling-Civil Integrated Management-Virtual Design and Construction (BIM-CIM-VDC) Subcommittee of the ABJ95 Visualization in Transportation Committee. He also serves on the International Intelligent Transportation Construction Group (IITCG) Steering Committee. Parve is a frequent presenter, panelist, and moderator at TRB, FHWA, DOT, AASHTO, ACEC, and other conferences, workshops, symposiums, and webinars. He is also a recurrent contributor to advancing the state of technology innovations, standards, and best practices involving the transportation industry. Parve works as a Sr. Project Engineer/BIM-CIM Coordinator in the SE Freeways-SE Region for the Wisconsin DOT. His work involves planning, design, and construction of mega-major transportation civil infrastructure projects and provides BIM-CIM-CAD-GIS, 3D-4D-xD technologies and LiDAR-UAS integrated survey-reality capture coordination-support. Parve has over 25 years of industry experience involving successful digital project delivery. His work involves over 10 years at WisDOT in public sector transportation work and over 15 years in private sector civil and environmental infrastructure work. Parve has both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, including a Master of Science in Engineering, a Master of Science Certificate in Urban Planning GIS, and a Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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.
Lindsey (L.T.) Cooper has more than 30 years of structural design experience in the offshore industry and is currently the structural engineering manager for EDG, Inc., a privately-held, global engineering consulting firm. His most recent innovations have been in Brownfield projects, developing connection systems for topsides and subsurface structural and piping modifications and additions.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states. Cooper is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and a fellow in the ASCE-/ Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE-SEI). He is a member of the API Committee on Standardization of Oilfield Equipment and Materials Subcommittee on Offshore Structures (SC2), the lead structural engineer for API Resource Group 19 (RG 19) for Helidecks. Cooper was past president of the ASCE-SEI New Orleans branch and recently completed his term as co-chair of the platform subcommittee for the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC).
Michael Harris is a writer and editor for PennWell’s Hydro Group, which publishes Hydro Review magazine and produces the HydroVision International conference and exhibition. He also provides global news coverage daily for HydroWorld.com, which focuses on the international hydroelectric power sector.
Michael Semeraro, Jr. is a professional engineer and a managing principal of Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Langan is a more than 1,000 person multi-discipline, full-service civil and environmental engineering consulting firm headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey. Langan has 30 offices throughout the United States and international offices in Panama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Istanbul, London, and Greece. He joined the firm in 1979 and is responsible for numerous multi-discipline Land Development Design Projects throughout the United States and Latin America. Semeraro oversees the civil, environmental, and geotechnical disciplines of the project work as well as other required disciplines.
Known as a leader in the automation and integration of civil engineering computer applications, Semeraro has held various national offices within several computer user organizations and has given many presentations on standardization, integration, and increasing productivity in civil engineering through computerization.
Semeraro received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, his Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from MIT, and his Master of Business Administration from Rutgers University. He is a registered professional engineer in nine states and is a professional planner in New Jersey.
Mike Beehler is a vice president at Burns & McDonnell. He has written and presented extensively about security, reliability-centered maintenance, program management, and the smart grid. More recently, Beehler has written, presented, and consulted on industry megatrends, the integrated grid, and smart cities.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Beehler is a registered professional engineer in eight states, a member of IEEE, and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Mike Woof is editor of World Highways magazine, the globe’s leading title for road construction. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and worked in the engineering industry. Woof later switched to the trade press, where he has been working as a journalist specializing in construction and mining for over 25 years. He is now considered a world authority in these sectors.
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 the RT&S as assistant director in 2001, before being named managing editor in 2008, and editor in 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Monica Schnitger has developed industry forecasts, market models, and market statistics for the CAD/CAM, CAE, PLM, GIS, infrastructure, AEC, and plant design software markets since 1999. She writes and speaks on these topics for technology buyers, investors, and developers, drawing on 30 years of experience in engineering, software, and market analysis. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT and an honors Master of Business Administration from the F.W. Olin School of Management at Babson College.
Pamela Wolfe has been the editor of international publications that specialize in water and environmental issues for more than 25 years. 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.
Paul Wilkinson has been working in the construction industry since 1987. He is an authority on the use of construction collaboration technology platforms, Software-as-a-Service, and related developments in fields such as BIM, mobile technologies, and social media. Wilkinson is deputy chair of the information systems panel at the Institution of Civil Engineers and involved with COMIT (Construction Opportunities for Mobile IT), Constructing Excellence, and chairs the construction and property group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, among other honorary roles.
He is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster. His blog, Extranet Evolution, covers construction-related developments in cloud computing, SaaS collaboration, BIM, and mobile. Wilkinson also writes for other industry publications and websites.
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 services and sectors in HighGrade.net, an Australian weekly e-magazine, and in Mining Journal.
Richard Thompson is the editorial director of MEED and is responsible for all content produced by MEED. He joined MEED in 2002 and has witnessed the dramatic events that have shaped the Middle East over the past 15 years. Thompson is a keen student of Middle East political and economic affairs and is a regular speaker and commentator on the regional economy and current affairs.
Since its launch in 1957, MEED has become established as the world’s leading source of Middle East business intelligence and, alongside its market-leading subscription information services MEED and MEED Projects, MEED offers a busy program of specialist events and conferences, as well as research and advisory services. Thompson has a master’s degree in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with management law.
Sahana Singh is an engineer-turned writer and editor who writes on a variety of issues, including water management, environment, and Indian history. She has won several awards for journalism, such as the Developing Asia Journalism Award awarded by Asian Development Bank Institute in 2008. A short animation video made by Singh on the world’s water crisis won the top prize at the TU Delft Urban Water Movie Contest, awarded by the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) in 2012. Her articles have been published in Asian Water Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post, Discovery Channel Asia, Swarajya, IndiaFacts, and other publications. Singh has also moderated panel discussions at World Water Forum, WEX Global, and other conferences. She is passionate about traveling and connecting the dots across different societies, civilizations, and disciplines.
SPAR 3D Editor Sean Higgins produces SPAR 3D's weekly newsletters for 3D scanning professionals and spar3d.com. He has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. Higgins has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. He is a native of Maine and lives in Portland.
Simon Hailstone has a background of more than 30 years in the engineering software industry. As a principle consultant and member of the Cambashi executive team, he leads the research program providing market insights to technology companies that supply the AEC and manufacturing industries. Before joining Cambashi, Hailstone held a variety of positions, ranging from CAD R&D, through business development and project management. He has knowledge of business transformation for lifecycle management and experience in a wide range of industries, having worked closely with major companies in the aerospace, defense, electronics, high technology, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications sectors. Hailstone holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Aided Engineering from Cranfield University.
Steve Jacoby is executive director of land and spatial information (LSI) in the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM). The LSI division is responsible for spatial data, systems, services, and infrastructure. He has chaired the Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC) since 2009 and represents the state government on several spatial information expert panels, peak bodies, committees, and boards.
Jacoby began his career with Land Victoria as a trainee. He went on to lead the department’s Land Information Group for seven years. In 2003, Jacoby commenced with the Queensland Government as chief information officer for the Department of Natural Resources and Water.
He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from RMIT University and a Research Master of Surveying Science (Information Technology) from the University of Melbourne. Jacoby is currently an adjunct professor with the Institute for Future Environments at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He was awarded the Public Service Medal for services to land and spatial information in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honors List.
Teresa Hansen is editor-in-chief of PowerGrid International, Electric Light & Power, and Utility Products, anchor of the semi-weekly website video, Energy News Wrap Up, and conference chairwoman for DistribuTECH Conference. She has 22 years’ experience as a technical magazine editor, with 19 years at PennWell. Hansen’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.
Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP is publisher of Reliabilityweb.com®, RELIABILITY® Magazine and Uptime® Magazine. He is certified in asset management by the Institute of Asset Management and is a certified maintenance and reliability professional by SMRP. O’Hanlon is the acting executive director of the Association for Maintenance Professionals (AMP). He is also the executive editor and publisher of the fifth edition of the Asset Management Handbook.
O’Hanlon is a voting member of the U.S. TAG (PC251) for ISO 55000 - ASTM E53 Asset Management Standards Committee. More recently, he has been selected as the sole U.S. representation through ANSI for ISO Working Group 39 to create a standard for competence in assessing and certifying asset management programs known as ISO 17021-5. O’Hanlon is also a member of the Institute of Asset Management, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Association of Facilities Engineers, Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals, and the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers.
Timm Dower serves as group publisher for PennWell’s Global Water Group consisting of WaterWorld, Industrial WaterWorld, and Water and Wastewater International brands. With 18 years’ experience in the water industry, he has developed media partnerships globally, turning the group’s brands into market leaders in digital and print media. One of Dower’s major successes has been the development of WaterWorldTV, with his teams often seen around the world reporting from global industry events and producing video case studies. Dower is currently a member of the American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation, and the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Newman University.
Todd Danielson is the editorial director of informed infrastructure and V1 Media, determining and managing the content and editorial direction of all the V1 Media brands, including Informed Infrastructure, Earth Imaging Journal, Sensors & Systems, Asian Surveying & Mapping, and the video news portal GeoSpatial Stream. With degrees in journalism and geology from Miami University, he has more than 20 years’ experience in all forms of media covering geospatial and infrastructure brands and technology.
Wim van Wegen is content manager at Geomares Publishing. He is responsible for the print and online publications of GIM International, one of the world’s leading trade media brands in the geomatics sector. He also writes columns and feature articles himself, often interviewing renowned experts in the geospatial industry. Besides reporting on the latest technological and commercial developments in mapping and surveying, van Wegen is a keen advocate of the application of geomatics to solve modern-day societal challenges.