3 Tips to Help Contractors Emerge Strong From COVID-19

It has been almost a year since the novel coronavirus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. After a long and unprecedented year, vaccines are starting to roll out and states are opening up—slowly but surely—and we will likely find some sense of normality soon. Luckily, construction is considered essential work in several states, and although we still face hardships like layoffs, worksite virus outbreaks, and supply chain shortages, our industry is beginning to pick up again.

Jelen tabbed as ASCE Fellow


Michael J. Jelen, P.E., F.ASCE, leader of AECOM’s Program and Project Management business in the U.S. East Region, and a vice president of the firm, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Jelen, over the past 20 years, has been at the forefront in the transformation of the Washington, D.C., public realm into a healthy and prosperous one. His project achievement highlights include the National Defense University Campus Expansion; the Eisenhower National Presidential Memorial Sitework; Washington, D.C.’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Program projects; and multiple new streetscapes and public realm projects for the

ASCE welcomes Cronquist as Fellow


Daniel S. Cronquist, P.E., P.L.S., F.ASCE, a senior engineer and project manager with AECOM in Bakersfield, California, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Cronquist has 16 years of professional experience, which includes the design and construction administration of numerous municipal and private improvements. His areas of expertise are hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, infrastructure design, utility coordination, and master planning.

He has been active in ASCE since college and has held numerous leadership positions, including President of the Southern San Joaquin YMF, President of the Southern San Joaquin Branch, President of the Los Angeles

Martsolf honored as ASCE Fellow


Carol Martsolf, P.E., F.ASCE, a vice president and chief learning officer at Urban Engineers, in Philadelphia, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Martsolf runs the Urban Training Institute, the national, corporate-wide training function of Urban, including programs for clients. Urban is a multidisciplinary planning, design, environmental, and construction support services consulting firm.

Martsolf has developed over 150 technical courses for PDHs for engineers and issued over 15,000 PDH credits to students. She also currently chairs the Council on Standards Development for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

She has 26

Marking now a Society Fellow


Tonja Koob Marking, Ph.D., P.E., owner of the engineering firm Gaea Consultants LLC, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Marking was the 2019-20 Outstanding Civil Engineer for ASCE’s Louisiana Section and New Orleans Branch, in recognition of her achievements in academic and applied fields of hydraulic and environmental engineering. She also received the University of New Orleans Distinguished Service Award for her work establishing the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and recognition from the Sierra Club for her ecosystem restoration design of Bayou Eugene.

Gaea was established in 2000 and twice has

Piechota elevated to Society Fellow


Thomas C. Piechota, P.E., F.ASCE, first vice president for research at Chapman University, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Piechota has led efforts to expand the research enterprise at Chapman since he established the Office of Research in 2016, led an effort of Carnegie R2 (High Research Activity) designation in December 2018, and oversaw a tripling of research expenditures from 2016 to 2020. He has been recognized for his efforts in teaching, research, and university administration.

From 1999 to 2016, Piechota was a professor and vice president for research at the University of