CEE's Advisory Council is made up of members who represent a broad spectrum of interests and backgrounds.
Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E.
Position: Senior Technical Advisor
Kenneth E. Arnold was the founder and CEO of Paragon Engineering Services in Houston. In 2005, the company was sold to AMEC plc, a U.K.–based international project management and services company, and Arnold retired in 2007. He is co-author of two textbooks, several chapters in technical books, and more than 50 technical articles. Arnold has been active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers as the first technical director of facilities and construction, the editor of the facilities portion of the Petroleum Engineering Handbook, a distinguished lecturer, and is currently vice president of finance. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the board of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas. He is now a senior technical advisor to WorleyParsons, a worldwide project management and consulting firm.
Organization: Build Edison
Kristin Barbato has a long career in energy and sustainability leadership and has held various executive positions in both private and public sector. She provides energy management advisory services for customers and investors as well as go-to-market and planning strategies for cleantechs and ESCOs. With her experience running large operations along with her tenure as both a provider and buyer of energy services for utilities, commercial/industrial companies, and municipalities, she provides unique energy market insight to move strategies into commercial action. As the founder of Build Edison, her company helps bridge the gap to commercialization for cleantechs and provides faster insights for investors and customers. Ms. Barbato graduated Cornell University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. She also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and completed her MBA in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in May 2008.
James M. Becker
Organization: SKANSKA USA Building, Inc.
Position: Corporate Senior Vice President
Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Engineering Center of Educational Trust, member of Board of Trustees of Massachusetts Alliance of Small Contractors, Member and former President of Board of AGC of Massachusetts.
Daniel S. Bernstein
Organization: Alexander Wolf and Sons
Position: President / General Contractor
Daniel S. Bernstein is the owner of Alexander Wolf & Son a general contracting firm specializing in interior renovations in New York City. The company was founded in 1905 by Daniel’s grandfather. They have upgraded and modernized many of the city’s iconic buildings including Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, the original World Trade Center and the United Nations campus. Daniel is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, the Park Avenue Synagogue, the Jewish Homecare Network, and the Affinity Insurance Company. Daniel is now in the midst of training his two children both of whom graduated from Cornell, Peter ’03 B.S. from the College of Engineering and MBA from NYU ’06 and Michelle ’07 B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences and MBA University of Miami ’12 to be the fourth generation of family owners of Alexander Wolf & Son
Organization: Nspiregreen, LLC
Position: Partner and Principal Planning Manager
Veronica O. Davis, PE is the Partner and Principal Planning Manager at Nspiregreen LLC, which she co-owns with Chanceé Lundy. In July 2012, the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change and Transportation Innovator for her professional accomplishments and community advocacy in the District of Columbia.
At Nspiregreen, she is responsible for managing the Urban Planning business unit, which includes surface transportation planning, policy development, and long range planning. Some of Nspiregreen’s Washington D.C. projects include moveDC – the District of Columbia's long range transportation plan, North-South Corridor Planning Study under the D.C. Streetcar program, Vision Zero, and 16th Street Transit Priority Study.
Veronica is one of the co-founders of Black Women Bike (BWB), an organization and movement that encourages African American women to use biking for health and wellness as well as an alternative form of transportation for commuting. In less than two years the organization has grown to over 1,500 African American women ranging in age from late 20’s to early 70’s.
Veronica earned her dual Masters Degrees (Engineering Management and Regional Planning) from Cornell University. She has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Maryland. She is a registered professional engineer in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.
Organization: Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
Position: Senior Principal
In 1975, Mr. Dusenberry joined the engineering mechanics division of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc. (SGH) in Waltham, Mass., where he currently serves as Senior Principal. Mr. Dusenberry has conducted numerous investigations, analyses, designs and peer reviews of buildings, building components and infrastructures. He has consulted on the development of GSA guidelines for prevention of progressive collapse and for the National Institute of Building Sciences on the development of a state-of-the-practice guideline for prevention of progressive collapse.
Mr. Dusenberry received his bachelor's and master's in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1973 and 1974 respectively. He is an active participant in many industry organizations, including ASCE and the American Concrete Institute. He has also written extensively on such topics as blast and fire damage, and structural performance. Mr. Dusenberry is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Structural Engineering Institute.
Jerome F. Hajjar
Organization: Northeastern University
Occupation: Professor and Chair
Jerome F. Hajjar (Cornell M.S. 1985, Ph.D. 1988) is a Professor and the Department Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University. He has served as Chair of the Structures Faculty and as Deputy Director of the NSF Mid-America Earthquake Center at the University of Illinois from 2005-2010, and as the Information Technology Director for the NSF George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) experimental testing facilities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Minnesota. His research and teaching interests include analysis, experimental testing, and design of steel and composite steel/concrete building and bridge structures, and he has published over 150 papers and edited three books on these topics. Prior to joining the University of Illinois, he was a Professor at the University of Minnesota from 1992 to 2005 and a structural engineer and associate at the architectural/engineering firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill from 1988-1992. Dr. Hajjar serves on the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Committee on Specifications and several of its task committees; he is the past-chair of the NEES Information Technology Strategy Committee; he is the past chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute Technical Administrative Committee on Metals; and he was the 2004-2005 ASCE Minnesota Section President. Dr. Hajjar was made a Fellow of ASCE in 2007, and has received several research and teaching awards, including the 2010 Popular MechanicsBreakthrough Award, the 2009 ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award, the 2005 AISC T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award, and the 2000 ASCE Norman Medal. Dr. Hajjar is a registered professional engineer in Illinois and Minnesota.
Organization: Hunter Roberts Construction Company
James joined the Manhattan office of Hunter Roberts Construction Group in 2006. He has completed the NYC Viceroy Hotel and the 50 West St. Condominium tower as Senior Project Manager. He has overseen preconstruction of several notable NYC buildings as a Senior Estimator. James advises the New York City Building Department on safety protocols developed for the NYC construction industry.
James graduated from Cornell Civil Engineering in 2005, with a masters in 2006. He remains an active alumni of the Cornell Fencing Team.
Malcolm G. McLaren, P.E.
Organization: McLaren Engineering Group
Malcolm G. McLaren, P.E. is the President and CEO of the McLaren Engineering Group, which he founded in 1977. A proud graduate of Cornell University, with more than 40 years in the engineering industry, Mr. McLaren has worked on a wide range of projects, from the design of hi-rise buildings, to the underwater inspection of bridges and marine structures, to the design of some of the most innovative and exciting performance stages for many of the world’s most famous music performers. The McLaren Engineering Group grew from Mr. McLaren’s passion for engineering and scuba diving, and today includes eight technical divisions staffed by over 220 dedicated employees in ten offices from Connecticut to California.
Mr. McLaren earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and holds an M.S. in Structural Engineering from Rutgers University. After working at a few engineering firms early in his career, Mr. McLaren started out on his own in 1977, finding his niche in the engineering community by offering hands-on visual inspection, assessment and design services for shoreline structures and supporting architects with structural design of buildings. Mr. McLaren has watched the McLaren Engineering Group expand from its original headquarters in his basement to its current 57,000 sq. ft. accommodations in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, plus nine satellite regional offices. He is a current member of a number of professional societies, including the Moles, ASCE and NSPE, is licensed in 43 states, and serves on the Civil Engineering Advisory Boards at both Cornell and Rutgers University.
Mr. McLaren oversees projects from all of his firm’s divisions and remains very much involved in the design process. His notable projects include design and engineering services for replacement studies for the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Walkway over the Hudson; design and development of more than 50 terminals in the New York City Ferry system; the inspection and redevelopment of dozens of sites along the East River in Brooklyn and Queens; the Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, the largest floating facility of its kind in the world; and the inspection, assessment and rehabilitation of many structures for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. His work can also be seen at several new highway and pedestrian bridges in New York and New Jersey along with several installations at Universal Studios and Disney World, Las Vegas shows, Broadway Theaters and at many touring Rock and Roll shows.
Organization: Leslie E. Robertson Associates, R.L.L.P.
Position: Managing Partner
SawTeen See received both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Cornell University in 1977 and 1978, respectively. After graduation, she joined Leslie E. Robertson Associates in New York, where she is now Managing Partner. Ms. See has led the design of numerous projects for the firm, including the KL118 Tower in Kuala Lumpur, the Lotte World Tower, soon to be the tallest building in Seoul at 555m, and multiple hotels, museums, office buildings, educational buildings, and bridges around the world. Among other outstanding achievements, Ms. See is a Distinguished Member of ASCE (2004), and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences (2005). She received the Professional Achievement Award (2002) from Professional Women in Construction and Asian Women in Business Leadership Award in 2006.
Organization: Thornton Tomasetti
As a leader in Thornton Tomasetti’s Weidlinger Applied Science practice, Dr. Woelke heads the firm’s Industrial R&D efforts, which involve tackling some of the most challenging engineering problems related to fracture and failure of materials and structures subjected to extreme loading conditions. With a strong background in predictive failure analysis, finite element methods and expertise in materials, he is able to provide unique insights into any failure investigation.
Dr. Woelke participated and led multiple vulnerability studies of critical infrastructures in the New York Metropolitan area. He participated in design of the mitigation schemes protecting the structures against explosive, impact, incendiary, thermal and cutting threats. He also participated in planning, execution and investigation of results of multiple full-scale blast tests, conducted in support of the infrastructure protection programs. Dr. Woelke designed multiple new structures to resist explosions and other extreme loading scenarios. His experience includes vulnerability studies and protective design for bridges, tunnels, buildings, storage facilities, retaining walls as well as elements of non-load bearing building envelope.