Faculty and Professional Mentors

Peter Chang

Projects Involved With: Brazil Water Supply, Wastewater Treatment, and Rain Catchment.

Work with University: Dr. Peter Chang is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and a Keystone Professor. His research interests include sensor technology in infrastructure applications, structural health monitoring, and fire and blast protection for structures.

Work with EWB: Dr. Chang grew up in Brazil. His first EWB project was a water distribution project in Equador in 2006. Since then he has participated in various water distribution, sanitation, and rain-water capture projects in Brazil and in Peru. Most recently in August 2011 for the installation of the potable/non-potable water system at the local school. At the end of 2011, he was awarded the faculty advisor award of the year. Dr. Chang also worked as the faculty mentor for the chlorine dosing team in Compone, Peru.

Ed Elder

Projects Involved With: Ethiopia community center project, Sierra Leone, and Ghana

Professional Work: Edward graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in 2003. He went on to receive a Professional Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structures in 2010. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland. In 2009, Edward began work in the structures group at AECOM in Baltimore. He has worked on design and inspection of many of the area’s signature bridges, including the Harry Nice Memorial Bridge, the Thomas Hatem Memorial Bridge, the Fort McHenry Tunnel, and the William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge (aka the Chesapeake Bay Bridge). Since September 2013, he has been working as a Project Engineer in the Project Management Consultant office for the Purple Line Project with the MTA.

Work with EWB: Ed's involvement with EWB started during graduate school at College Park. He worked on the Ethiopia community center project in Addis Alem as a student and is a professional mentor for ongoing work in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and Ghana. Every June, Ed works with fellow UMD-CP EWB alumni to manage a fund raiser at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Barton Forman

Barton FormanProjects Involved With: Peru water disinfection and Ethiopia-III marketplace improvements

Work with Universtiy: Professor Forman received his doctorate in Civil Engineering in 2010 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a focus in hydrologic modeling and satellite-based remote sensing of the land surface. Afterwards he was awarded a NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Goddard Space Flight Center where he incorporated measurements of the Earth’s gravitational field into an advanced land surface model for the purpose of improving snowpack estimates in Alaska and Canada. In January 2012, Professor Forman joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland where his current research focuses on the utilization of space-based instrumentation to study freshwater on the Earth’s surface across regional and continental scales.

Work with EWB: As a graduate student, Professor Forman founded and led an EWB clean drinking water project in Guatemala. To date nearly a dozen rainwater collection systems have been installed in rural, mountainous regions of Guatemala that provide a safe drinking water supply for nearly 100 indigenous farmers. Since joining the faculty at UMD, Professor Forman has travelled to Ethiopia and Peru to mentor students on market place improvement and clean drinking water projects, respectively.

Dimitrios Goulias

Projects Involved With: Peru Irrigation

Work with University: Dr. Dimitrios Goulias is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the academic advisor for infrastructure students. His research interests include Asphalt Binder & Mixtures, Portland Cement Concrete, Composites, QA/QC and Specifications, Instrumentation, NDT, Pavement Evaluation and PMS.

Work with EWB: Dr. Goulias first worked with the chapter in June 2011 on the implementation of irrigation channel improvements in Compone, Peru. This included mentoring students on concrete design and installation best practices.

Padraic Gray

Projects Involved With: Brazil Rain Catchment

Professional Work: Padraic is a Professional Engineer with Whitman, Requardt & Associates in Baltimore, Maryland. His expertise is in the Instrumentation and Control of largescale water and wastewater projects. He has been both a project manager and a lead engineer for SCADA and programming projects.

Work with EWB: Padraic worked with the Brazil team throughout the design of the rain catchment and well systems. He was particularly helpful in guiding the design of the control system for both the potable and non-potable water pumps. He traveled with the team in August of 2011 for the implementation trip, which was a success.

Padraic Gray's resume

Elisabetta Lambertini

EWB projects involved with: Peru water disinfection.

Elisabetta Lambertini is an environmental and public health engineer interested in the relationships between engineered water and agricultural systems, land use, and infectious disease dynamics under changing environmental conditions. In the big picture she aims to contribute to a next generation of water management systems that are energy- and resource-efficient, resilient to extreme events, and effective at supporting both human and ecosystem health.

She trained in Environmental Engineering up to MS level at the University of Bologna, Italy, specializing in environmental biotechnology and contaminated land remediation. Interested in how water systems impact health and development, she looked for a region with lots of water problems (but also innovative solutions), and moved to the University of California Davis to pursue a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. As part of her research she investigated the extent and impact of virus contamination in urban drinking water systems, and the relative risk posed by source groundwater and distribution systems. More recently she investigated irrigation water quality patterns, monitoring strategies, and risk modeling in food systems. While at Davis, she also received fellowships from Edison International and the Graduate School of Management to study appropriate technologies, energy and water issues, and innovation management. She joined UMD in Fall 2012 as a research associate.

As an advisor to the EWB-UMD Chapter, Elisabetta is excited to combine two of her passions: designing sustainable and appropriate water systems, and facilitating multidisciplinary learning communities. She is currently working with the Peru team to complete their liquid drip chlorination system.

Tiffany Martindale

Project(s) involved with: Ethiopia II-Sustainable Stream Crossing and Burkina Faso August 2012 Monitoring Trip.

Professional Work: Tiffany Martindale earned her BS in Architectural Structural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  After, Tiffany joined the Peace Corps and served as a Woodless Construction volunteer in Niger, where she was responsible for overseeing construction of rural building projects using sustainable roof systems.  While there, she also worked and trained with masons to develop a marketing program to promote the use of this technology in their respective regions.

Work with EWB: Tiffany has worked as a Project Manager at EWB-USA for three years now and has traveled to Ecuador with the Denver Professionals Chapter to monitor the community’s potable and irrigation water systems, and to India with Water For People to monitor their hand pump program in rural communities. In January 2011, Tiffany traveled with the Ethiopia assessment team to Addis Alem, Ethiopia and worked with the team throughout the design process of the pedestrian bridge project. In August of 2012, she traveled with the Burkina Faso team to Dissin for the monitoring of their past solar projects.

Ed Miller

Project(s) involved with: Ethiopia II-Sustainable Stream Crossing, Burkina Faso: Health 2012 project and Peru Phase II.

Professional Work: Ed Miller earned a B.S. Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Maryland University College.  He is licensed professional engineer with expertise in project management, surface water hydrology, open channel hydraulics, water treatment system design and environmental permitting.  Ed has served as a corporate project manager and a civil and environmental engineering consultant for the past 22 years, primarily responsible for managing technical teams of in-house and consulting staff to achieve client/corporate objectives for various site development projects.  He is currently a Principal Environmental Engineer at Constellation Energy in Baltimore, MD.

Work with EWB: Ed is a member of the Engineers Without Borders Chesapeake Professional Chapter.  He traveled with the Ethiopia assessment team in January 2011 and worked closely with the students on the pedestrian bridge project. In January of 2012 he traveled with the Burkina Faso team to Dissin for the implementation of a slow-sand filtration project at a health clinic. In 2012, he was also awarded the professional advisor of the year award. Ed is currently working with the Peru team on their liquid drip chlorination system and with the Executive Board on an internal QA/QC process for the chapter.

Ed Miller's Resume

John Sankey

Project(s) involved with: Ecuador-Latrine and Waste Storage Construction, Thailand-2km Water Supply Line, Peru I-Water Tank and Chlorine Dosing & Ethiopia II-Sustainable Stream Crossing

Professional Work: John Sankey is a geotechnical engineer with over 30 years in consulting and design practice throughout the US and internationally.  He is currently a Vice President of Engineering at The Reinforced Earth Company (USA). He has his professional engineering license in 11 states and the District of Columbia.

Work with EWB: John has been a member of the EWB Chesapeake Professional Chapter since 2006 serving terms as Vice President and President.  He has been a consultant for EWB CPP to local Baltimore and Washington University Chapters on projects in China, Honduras, Guatemala and Haiti.  He attended a roads/bridges assessment trip for EWB CPP in Liberia in 2009 under a cooperative Sister State program with Maryland and has helped implement several projects with the University of Maryland Student Chapter. Additionally, he has been a volunteer for construction programs in Appalachia for 15 years, and then in 2010, he was awarded the professional advisor of the year award. Most recently, John has been working with the Ethiopia team and traveled on the project assessment trip to Addis Alem in 2011.

John Sankey's Resume

Dr. Charles W. Schwartz

Dr. Schwartz began working with the Burkina Faso team in 2010. He first traveled on the Assessment trip for Health Center Water project and worked through the implementation of this project. He has also served as a mentor for the monitoring trips in Burkina Faso as well. After all of his work with EWB, he has been awarded the faculty advisor of the year award for 2013.

Dr. Charles W. Schwartz is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland—College Park, where he teaches courses on pavement design and analysis, advanced soil mechanics, computational geomechanics (including pavement mechanics), and civil infrastructure system management. His research interests and experience span the areas of analytical and numerical modeling techniques for pavement structures and characterization and laboratory testing of pavement materials. Recent major research projects in which he has participated include NCHRP Project 1-37A 2002 Pavement Design Guide, NCHRP 9-19 Superpave Performance Models, NCHRP 9-30 Experimental Plan for Calibration and Validation of Hot Mix Asphalt Performance Models for Mix and Structural Design, NCHRP 9-30A Calibration of Rutting Models for HMA Structural and Mix Design, NCHRP 1-47 Sensitivity Evaluation of MEPDG Performance Prediction, and the FHWA project Using Radio Frequency Identification Technology to Better Manage and Assess Pavements. He also regularly assists the Maryland State Highway Administration and other local agencies and private firms on pavement-related topics. Dr. Schwartz in the past has also been active in the development and implementation of pavement management systems for airfield and highway pavements, including systems at John F. Kennedy, Newark, and Laguardia International airports and others. He is a current member of TRB (Member, AFK50—Characteristics of Bituminous Paving Materials to Meet Structural Requirements; Member, Subcommittee AKF50(1)—Advanced Models, ASCE (Vice-Chair, Geo-Institute Pavements Committee; Member, T&DI Highway Pavements Committee and Infrastructure Management Committee), AAPT, and ISAP (Member, Technical Committee on Constitutive Modeling of Asphaltic Materials). He currently serves on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Pavement Engineering, the ASCE International Journal of Geomechanics, and the International Journal of Roads and Airports. He is a co-developer and co-instructor of the recently updated NHI course Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement Design (NHI Course 132040).

Arnaud Trouvé

Arnaud Trouvé is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined the faculty in 2001 with a Ph.D. (1989), Engineering Degree and M.S. (1985), from École Centrale of Paris, France. Prior to coming to Maryland, Professor Trouvé has been a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford University and a Senior Research Engineer at the French Petroleum Institute. He has been a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Building and Fire Research Laboratory and is currently on the editorial boards for Combustion and Flame, Combustion Theory and Modelling, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Combustion, and Fire and Technology. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) and the US Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute (ESSCI). Professor Trouvé’s research interests include fire modeling and Computational Fluid Dynamics; Direct Numerical Simulation and Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent chemically reacting flows; High-Performance (Parallel) Scientific Computing; and physical modeling of combustion- and fire-related phenomena, including compartment fires, wildfires and explosions. Professor Trouvé has also a strong interest in the Cyber-infrastructure defined as a set of technologies that can be used to strengthen the combustion and fire research communities. He has been a member of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and a Faculty Advisor for the University of Maryland/EWB project in Burkina Faso since 2009.