D.R. Harting Award
(formerly the Experimental Techniques "Outstanding Paper" Award)
Shen-En Chen is Associate Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Shen-En Chen received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and doctoral degrees from the West Virginia University. His main research interests include modal testing of large civil structures, nondestructive evaluation using remote sensors and laser scanning technologies, stability and design of transmission power structures, geophysical testing of geological formations for mining purposes and for CO2 geological sequestration.
Wenya Qi graduated Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tianjin University, China with trainings in network communications and communication system evaluations. She received her Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During her study at UNC Charlotte, her primary focus involved developing geophysical testing methods for subsurface exploration, in particular, surface wave testing methods for deep oil field CO2 sequestration.
Eric Conner obtained his Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2007. During his studies, his primary focus involved working in collaboration with Southern Company to establish allowable peak-particle velocity limits on transmission structures in proximity to rock blasting activities.
Prior to graduating, Eric began working as a structural engineer with Fluor Corporation, and is currently serving as Project Manager within the Alcoa/Fluor Alliance. His responsibilities have included developing front end loading documents, controlling budgets, and on-site contractor management during project execution of SO2 environmental compliance coal fire scrubber improvements, combined cycle gas plants, and hydroelectric generator upgrade modernization projects.
Jeff Erdle has worked 12 years for Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. In his current role as a Senior engineer in the Transmission Line Engineering Group, Jeff’s primary functions are foundation, lattice tower and pole design for electrical transmission lines. Jeff represents Duke Energy on the National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) Overhead Lines – Strength and Loading Subcommittee.
Jeff received his BSCE and MSCE with a Structural Emphasis from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and is a Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina. He is married and has one son.
Colby has a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Juris Doctorate from the Birmingham School of Law. He started his career with Southern Company in 1993 in Line Design & Maintenance Support at Alabama Power and progressed in the engineering ranks by serving in several different areas including Transmission Line Survey, Projections, Research and Engineering. In 2007, Colby transitioned to Southern Company Transmission where he served as Lead Engineer overseeing Transmission Line estimating, capital work order close out and Transmission Estimating & Management Systems support. Currently, Colby is serving as lead coordinator over Sarbanes Oxley financial reporting, Antitrust, and Environmental Compliance within Alabama Power Company Transmission Compliance.
Colby serves in various leadership and civic organizations which include volunteering and serving as a member of the Board of Community Kitchens of Birmingham and is a volunteer teacher with The Literacy Council of Alabama.
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