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Younger Member Forum (YMF)
Nha Truong, PE, PMP
Philadelphia Water Department
Nha has over 5 years of experience working in the field of water resources engineering within the public sector. At the Philadelphia Water Department his main responsibility is to coordinate work products that support short and long term capital improvement projects related to flood risk management and resiliency. He holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering ‘10, M.S. in Civil Engineering ‘12, and is completing his MBA ’17 – all from Villanova University. In 2016, Nha was able to celebrate a Villanova Basketball National Championship.
Technical Group Chairs
Delaware Valley Geo-Institute (DVGI) Chair
Jay McKelvey, P.E.
Earth Engineering Incorporated – Director, Geotechnical Design Division
Jay has over 25 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering since graduating from Drexel University. Having extensive expertise in geotechnical and geosynthetic engineering, Jay’s current focus is providing technical oversite to retaining wall, temporary shoring and mechanically stabilized earth design. In addition to serving on the DVGI Board for the past six years, Jay serves on the GeoInstitute committees for Earth Structures and Geosynthetics, and is a voting member in ASTM committees Soil and Rock (D18), and Geosynthetics (D35).
Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Chair
Joshua Amsler, P.E.
AECOM - Structures Engineer
Mr. Amsler has six years of experience in the design, inspection, and construction of steel and concrete structures, with particular expertise in curved and highly skewed steel structures. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Temple University and a Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering from Lehigh University. Josh has proudly served on the Board of the Philadelphia Chapter of ASCE’s Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) since 2013.
Dennis M. Mac Bride, P.E.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) - Manager, Project Scheduling and Claims
Dennis has more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction of transit and railroad facilities, buildings, wastewater treatment plants and airports. He received his M.S. degree in Engineering Management and B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. He is a member of the ASCE Construction Institute's Claims Avoidance and Resolution Committee for which he serves as the Chair of the Understanding Claims Subcommittee.
Engineering Management Chair
Ehsan Minaie, PhD, P.E.
Intelligent Infrastructure Systems
Ehsan is a professional engineer licensed in multiple states and specialized in condition evaluations, modeling and assessment of existing buildings and bridges. Dr. Minaie is a project manager at Intelligent Infrastructure Systems (IIS), and is responsible for managing bridge assessment projects. His expertise also includes Asset Management Systems as well as structural identification of aging bridges using novel technologies for preservation purposes (by amir at tforge). He also serves on multiple national committees such as the ASCE/SEI "Bridge Management, Inspection & Rehabilitation Committee" of the Technical Administrative Committee on Bridges, and the ASCE Technical Council on Life-Cycle Performance, Safety, Reliability, and Risk of Structural Systems. Ehsan also reviews technical papers for the ASCE's Journal of Structural Engineering, as well as Earthquake Spectra.
Environmental & Water Resources Chair
Eric Lindhult, P.E.
Upper Moreland-Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority
Eric is the General Manager for the Upper Moreland-Hatboro Joint Sewer Authority in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He has over 35 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment, and environmental consulting. Mr. Lindhult received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel University.
Transportation & Urban Development
William Thomsen, P.E.
Urban Engineers, Inc.
A career veteran of Urban, throughout Mr. Thomsen’s career he has had increasingly responsible positions now overseeing all the firm’s offices and regions nationally, additionally serving on the firm’s executive committee and corporate board. He has a BS in Civil and Environmental from Clarkson University and a MS in Engineering Management from Drexel. He leads the oversight of Mega projects in NYC on Eastside Access, the Second Ave Subway and the LACMTA subway expansion program as well as other major national program initiatives.
Chris Renfro, EIT
Philadelphia Streets Department
Chris graduated from Drexel University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in both Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering. Currently, he works as an Engineering Supervisor for the City of Philadelphia in the Department of Streets’ Bridge Section, overseeing structural projects. At the City he has worked on projects such as South Street Bridge, 40th & 41st Street Bridges, Schuylkill River Boardwalk, various emergency repair jobs, as well as maintaining the City’s Bridge List. His responsibilities include asset/project management, structural design, load ratings, and occasional construction inspection, along with facilitating consultant contracts and issuing Special Hauling Permits. Chris also has served as ASCE Philadelphia YMF President in 2015, AEI Drexel Chapter President in 2008, judges the AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition each year, and is an Eagle Scout.
In his spare time he enjoys cycling, skiing, waterskiing, and attending Phillies/Flyers games.
Joseph Natale, P.E.
WSP USA Inc - Senior Structural Engineer
Joe received his Bachelors and Masters of Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining WSP USA, Joe spent five years at the Delaware Department of Transportation in their Bridge Design section. In his spare time, Joe is a photographer and computer tinkerer. He also enjoys running, concerts, and football, though primarily he only cares about the Eagles. Joe also serves as the Section's Webmaster, Director ('16-18'), and is on the YMF Board.
Editor of "The News"
Robert Wright, P.E.
Bob Wright is a Senior Engineer in the Transportation/Highway Technology group at Pennoni Associates at its headquarters in University City. He joined Pennoni in September 2015 after previous positions at Urban Engineers and the City of Philadelphia Department of Streets.
Bob graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Urban Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in four states. In addition to his activity in ASCE, where he served as Section President in 1993-94, he is an active member of the American Public Works Association, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers, the Women’s Transportation Seminar, the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia, and the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee. He serves as the Vice Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Transportation Systems Engineering Alumni Club.
Bob was born and raised in Philadelphia. When he is not working or editing newsletters, he enjoys exploring the history of the city and its transportation network (mostly through reading), gardening, minor home improvements, walking, bowling, attempting to golf, and following the City’s major sports teams. He remains a fan of Big Five college basketball, something he has closely followed since he was a young child.