July/August 2018 Newsletter Print

Post President's Corner

Greetings!  My name is Mike Pampalone, and I was recently elected to serve as your Post President for the 2018-2019 term.  Many of you know and have worked with me over the years but for those that don’t, I offer a little bit about my background.  I grew up in Montana and received my engineering degree from The Citadel while on an NROTC scholarship.  I spent many years as a Naval Aviator working in and out of the Hampton Roads area.  For the past 11 years, I have been working in the Hampton Roads A/E community, both with a small veteran-owned firm and with Jacobs.  I am a mechanical engineer by trade and am currently a Principal with Jacobs.

I am humbled and honored at the confidence the board has placed in me.  I look forward to working with the board and with all of our members this year to support SAME’s vision: “Recognized as the multi-disciplined integrator of military, public, private, and academic national infrastructure-related capabilities to produce viable solutions for America’s national security.”  As we execute our local program for the coming year, our goal is to support that mission while focusing on those elements that bring the greatest value to our members and to the local A/E/C community.

I would like to start the new term by first thanking my predecessor, CAPT Pat Duggan, for his leadership as Post President last year.  I would also like to thank the Board, many of which have elected to continue to serve this year.  We have a truly outstanding board whose work results in us being perennially recognized as a Distinguished Post.  They work tirelessly to promote SAME in our region and to provide valuable programs to support our members.  Their effort and accomplishments over the past year were truly inspirational, and I look forward to continuing our work together this year.

In case you missed it, at our June meeting, our SAME National VP, Heather Wishart-Smith, presented a short presentation on SAME’s activities leading to our centennial year: “The Run to 2020.”  Be on the lookout for announcements as SAME prepares to celebrate our first 100 years and prepare for the next 100.  In addition, we recognized the accomplishments of several outstanding college and high school students and provided them $32k in scholarship awards.  The post provides ongoing support to students who remain eligible throughout their undergraduate education; this year nine of our students were returning awardees.  In addition, we provided financial support for seven recent high school graduates and seven new upperclassmen.  These students are some of the best and brightest in our community and have committed to pursuing a STEM education.  I am truly inspired by their accomplishments and look forward to learn about their incredible new experiences as we follow their progress throughout their education.

As we kick off this year, I’d like to focus on encouraging all of you to look for small ways to get involved in our Society.  Members are the lifeblood of the organization.  In the near term, you will be seeing a short survey asking your opinion on how we, as a society, can provide value to our members while supporting our vision.   I look forward to hearing your thoughts and to continuing to strengthen our incredible Post.


Mike Pampalone, PE

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Items of Note

There are several attachments to this month's newsletter. Please open them for valuable information, such as upcoming events of interest to our members.

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Member News

Dewberry Hires Land Planning and Development Expert Kevin Pennock

Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announced that Kevin Pennock, PE, LEED AP, has been hired as an associate and senior project manager in the land planning and development department.

With more than two decades of experience, Pennock joins the firm to help expand its land planning and site/civil design service offerings for education, government, economic development, and commercial clients. In his previous role with a large consulting firm in central Virginia, Pennock served as a senior project manager where he played an integral role for 17 years as an engineer and manager of site development projects. While in this position, Pennock worked on numerous noteworthy projects, including the Multi-Purpose Center at Virginia State University. Since joining Dewberry, Pennock is working on various projects across the region, including an infill parking lot for the city of Richmond, which sits adjacent to historic sites.

Pennock earned a master’s in urban planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (2008), a bachelor’s in civil engineering from Virginia Tech (1997), and is a member of the Greater Virginia Green Building Council.

Juan Nieves Receives ASTM Award of Appreciation

Juan Nieves, EIT, CFM, was recently recognized with an Award of Appreciation by the American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM). During the award presentation, Nieves was commended by Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Building Science Division Ed Laatsch and the Production and Technical Services (PTS) Building Science Program Manager John Ingargiola.

In recent years, Nieves has been involved in developing standards for ASTM, including ASTM E3075-16, which established a standard test method for water immersion and drying of construction materials to evaluate flood damage resistance. He is currently developing a second set of specifications to establish a standard practice for determining the flood damage resistance rating of construction materials and assemblies. Together, these two standards will clarify and improve upon FEMA Technical Bulletin 2, Flood Damage-Resistant Materials Requirements.

With more than 10 years of experience, Nieves works as a resilience expert in Dewberry’s Fairfax, Virginia, office. He has expertise in post?disaster data collection methodologies, forensic assessments, building codes analyses, and climate resilience.

Nieves earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico (2005). In addition to his active involvement in ASTM, he is a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Dewberry Awarded Large-Scale Engineering Contract by U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Huntsville

The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center Huntsville has selected Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, to provide architectural and engineering services in support of the Utility Monitoring and Control Systems Program, Electronic Security Systems Program, and Army Metering Program under a five-year, architecture/engineering indefinite delivery contract.

The basis of the contract is to provide a wide range of consulting architectural and engineering services for specialized building automation, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and related building systems for Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies worldwide. The $45-million contract capacity will be shared among three prime contractors, including Dewberry.

“As we continue this long-standing relationship with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we are excited to move into the next phase of support services for this key entity. We are proud to provide them with high-quality professional engineering services internationally,” says Dewberry Associate Vice President Carl Lundstrom, PE, CCP.

About Dewberry

Dewberry is a leading, market-facing firm with a proven history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Recognized for combining unsurpassed commitment to client service with deep subject matter expertise, Dewberry is dedicated to solving clients’ most complex challenges and transforming their communities. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and 2,000+ professionals nationwide. To learn more, visit

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Member Benefits

Employment Opportunities

As a service to our members, the Hampton Roads SAME Post website includes job positions or internships available at local firms and also allow for students or individual members who are looking for employment to list qualifications potential employers can view. Anyone wishing to place job positions should contact

Sustaining Member News

The Hampton Roads SAME Post has been willing to publish articles submitted by Sustaining Member Firms and Individual Members that are deemed to be in the interest of SAME and the Hampton Roads Post.  Typical Articles may include contract awards from our member agencies (i.e. USCG, LANTDIV and Army Corps of Engineers) and key company hires or employee moves. Please send your good news to Beverly Noffsinger by the first Wednesday of each month.

Sustaining Member of the Month

One of our Sustaining Member firms is spotlighted each month, given the opportunity to set up a tabletop booth at the monthly meeting, and be recognized by the President at the start of each meeting. A representative of the firm is also invited to give a short overview of the firm at the luncheon.

The designated Sustaining Member of the Month also provides a summary of their firm’s expertise and services for the military engineering community to be printed in the newsletter. We ask that the Sustaining Member of the Month bring a raffle prize valued at approximately $50 to the luncheon for our Education and Mentoring raffle drawing. If you are interested in participating, please contact CindyNash.

Please note that with your firm’s Sustaining Membership, SIX (6) of your employees can be designated as sustaining members (includes two Young Members).

Please go to the National SAME website and review your company status under Membership.

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Community Outreach

The SAME Hampton Roads Post is happy to support charitable organizations that support our military and veterans. Last month we presented a check for $1,000 to Wounded Wear, which sells clothing designed to envoke pride in and respect for our service men and women. 100% of their proceeds go to Combat Wounded Coalition, a 501-C3 non-profit organization based in Chesapeake, Virginia.


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