The West Virginia University Academy of Civil Engineers inducted five new members at its recent annual meeting in Morgantown.
The WVU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering founded the Academy in 2005 to recognize graduates and others who have had distinguished careers, or who have been of outstanding service to the state of West Virginia. Chester L. Allen, Ray E. Martin, David R. Martinelli , and Roger K. Seals were present for induction into the Academys fourth class, and Roland P. Davis was inducted posthumously.
We are extremely please to induct these distinguished individuals into the Academy,said Darrell Dean , interim chair of the department.They have brought honor to our profession, our state and our University.
Chester L. Allen, a native of Buckhannon, received his bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering from WVU in 1970 and 1972, respectively. After graduation, Allen began working at Gannett Fleming, Inc., an international consulting engineering company, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa. He has been with Gannett Fleming for 37 years. He is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and six other states.
Ray E. Martin served as president, CEO and chairman of Schnabel Engineering Associates. His experience includes building foundations, waterfront structures and industrial facilities and dealing with groundwater issues. Martin served as a member of Virginia Techs College of Engineering Advisory Board for more than 20 years, including two stints as its chair. He has also been a member of the Virginia Tech Civil Engineering Advisory Board and was inducted into the Virginia Tech Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 1999. Martin received his undergraduate and masters degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1964 and 1968, respectively. He earned his doctorate in civil engineering from West Virginia University in 1972. He is a licensed professional engineer in nine states.
David R. Martinelli is a professor and former chair of civil and environmental engineering at WVU . He received his bachelors and masters degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, all in civil engineering. During his tenure at WVU , Martinelli has conducted research and taught courses in the areas of transportation engineering and transportation economics, earning the honors of West Virginia Young Civil Engineer of the Year and the ASCE Collingwood Prize. Martinelli served as chair of WVU s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1996 through 2007, presiding over the growth of the departments academic programs. He is also a pioneer in the field of holistic engineering, a whole-systems approach to engineering education.
Roger K. Seals, a native of Tampa, Fla., received his bachelors and masters degrees in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1961 and 1963, respectively. He also received a Ph.D. in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in 1967. Seals joined the WVU faculty in 1965 as coordinator of the Soils and Materials Group, rising to the rank of associate professor in 1969 and professor in 1976. Seals served as chairman of Civil Engineering at Louisiana State University from 1980 to 1989. He also served as a program director in the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education and retired as professor emeritus of CEE in August 2005. He continues to assist with grant writing, research and educational development projects.
Roland P. Davis, former dean of WVU s College of Engineering, received his bachelors degree in civil engineering from MIT in 1906. He also received both his masters degree and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1908 and 1914, respectively. Davis was active in WVU s College of Engineering for 33 years, serving as dean from 1932 to 1955. Prior to that, he served as professor, head of structural engineering and associate dean of the college. Over the course of his career, Davis helped design more than 2,500 bridges in West Virginia and served as a consultant engineer for the design and construction of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge, completed in 1962, across the Panama Canal. Davis died December 11, 1974, at the age of 90.