CHOWDHARY GONDY, PMP, PSP, CCP, DBIA
CES CONSULTING LLC
As an Principal and Executive Vice-President with CES Consulting, Mr. Gondy has provided leadership, mentorship, management and expertise in the area of Project Controls (Concurrent Engineering process (pre-construction), contract assembly, such as constructability, bidability, cost estimating & analysis, risk identification and mitigation, user cost benefits and all aspects of scheduling, claim avoidance and analysis during and post construction). Additionally, with over 25 years of constructive work experience, Mr. Gondy brings that aspect of experience based knowledge assisting various clients successfully. Prior to starting CES, Mr. Gondy for six (6) years served as the District Scheduling Engineer (DSE) for VDOT in the Northern Virginia District and provided leadership in the development of VDOT's Highway User Benefit Cost Analysis Program (HUBCAP) initiative. Mr. Gondy has a MS in Civil Engineering and his credentials include Project Management Professional (PMP), Planning and Scheduling Specialist (PSP), Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) certified. Mr. Gondy is married with two grown up boys and when not traveling spends lot of time with his dogs and cheering his son's varsity basketball team.
MICHAEL MARCELL, PSP, EVP
K2 CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS
Mr. Marcell has over sixteen (16) years of specialized experience in Project Management and Project Controls, including a wide variety of transportation and building construction programs, security systems, commercial and technical service integration, manufacturing, Government, software development, integrated logistics, and research / development programs. Mr. Marcell has designed and implemented tools, processes, and procedures for Project Cost Management and Earned Value Management Systems (EVMS). Mr. Marcell is a Vice President with the College of Performance Management (CPM) and Programming Committee Chair with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE).
DIA KHAFRA, C. BUILD E MCABE
Dia Khafra is a U.K. registered Chartered Building Engineer. He has 30 years of diverse Cost Engineering experience in the U.S.A., and 9 years Quantity Surveying experience in the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, following the pursuit of a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Quantity Surveying at The University of Reading, U.K. His previous employment was with the Government of the District of Columbia, Office of Property Management, now the Department of General Services; MMP International and Forella Associates. As CEO and founder of Costima Associates, he provides a broad spectrum of Cost Engineering and a limited amount of Project Management services to the Industry at large.
CES CONSULTING LLC
Dimitris Sideris was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece. He has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a master's degree in Construction Management from Virginia Tech. For the last 7 years he has been working as a Project Controls Engineer, conducting federal and state project audits, cost estimating tasks and construction management services.
ROBERT M. FREAS, PSP
Mr. Freas advises clients on a range of topics including risk management, project controls, change management, project scheduling, process improvement, change order negotiations, dispute avoidance, and the preparation or defense of construction claims. He has participated in the preparation and presentation of a number of major construction and contract claims and disputes. His experience with construction disputes includes the development, analysis, and defense of construction claims related to delays, inefficiencies, and cost overruns. Specifically, he has prepared as-planned schedules, updates and time impact analyses, prepared and analyzed as-built schedules, and prepared delay and performance related analyses, productivity-impact and acceleration analyses, and cost and damages claims.
W. REGIS FOX, PSP, PMI-SP
Regis Fox is a Planning and Scheduling Professional who has spent his entire career in Scheduling and Project Controls for commercial construction projects, working for Subcontractors, Contractors, and Owners, providing services from preconstruction through litigation. His portfolio of experience includes secure government facilities, manufacturing facilities, aviation, academic, transportation, office and residential mixed used development projects, valued at over $6 Billion. As Director of Enterprise Scheduling for Clark Construction Group, he oversees the scheduling department across the country and works with project teams to implement best practices in Planning & Scheduling. Previously, he was Director of Project Controls for McKissack & McKissack, where he organized their project controls staff into a business unit providing standalone consulting services for existing and new clients. He is the Section President of the AACEI National Capital Section, he has a Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, and currently lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife Kelly.
DAN MELAMED, CCP, EVP
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Mr. Dan Melamed is currently a Program Analyst with the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Environmental Management (EM) where he has worked on budget formulation, the management of the EM Program’s corporate performance metrics, project and program life cycle cost analyses, including risk assessment and analysis for determining the EM Program’s contribution to the Department of Energy’s Environmental Liability Estimate. He has also been involved in the earned value management system evaluation for new contractors for the EM program. He has served as the president for the National Capital Section and is currently a member of the Technical Board of AACE International.
Prior to his work at the Department of Energy, Dan Melamed was a staff scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, where he did research on waste processing technologies and solar energy conversion. In addition to being a Certified Cost Professional and an Earned Value Professional, Dan Melamed has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University. He is a member of AACE International, Sigma Xi the Scientific Honor Society, as well as the American Chemical Society. He is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications and one patent.
JILL HUBBARD, PE, PSP, EVP
Jill Hubbard is currently a Senior Engineer at MBP, a multi-disciplined consulting firm that provides a broad range of professional services designed to mitigate risk and optimize value within the built environment. She is a licensed PE in the state of Virginia, and is also a PSP and EVP. She earned her BS in Civil Engineering from WPI, and a MBA and a MS in Project Management at the George Washington University. She is currently working on the Silver Line Metro extension to Dulles Airport Project.
DIRECTOR, EDUCATION & SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR
NIYI LADIPO, CCM, CCP, EVP
Omoniyi (Niyi) Ladipo has been an active member of AACE International (AACE) since 2005. She has been a Certified Cost Professional since 2007 and an Earned Value Professional since 2010. Niyi has served in the positions of Secretary, President, Past President, and Board Director with the National Capital Section. She is currently serving as the Section Chair for Scholarships and Outreach to Colleges and Universities.
Niyi is a Senior Project Manager for MBP, a multi-disciplined consulting firm that provides a broad range of professional services designed to mitigate risk and optimize value within the built environment. She has more than 29 years of experience in providing construction and project management and is a leader in contracts administration and management, cost estimating, cost management and control, and earned value management. Currently, she is actively involved in two high profile projects, the Dulles Corridor Metrorail’s Silver Line and the Architect of the Capitol’s Cannon House Office Building Renewal.
Niyi has authored papers and has presented at an AACE annual meeting, at AACE Region 2 Symposiums, and at other professional association conferences on topics related to earned value management (EVM) and schedule reviews in construction.
Niyi earned her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master’s degree in Construction Management and Economics from the University of Greenwich, London.
MICHAEL BOGRAD, PSP
Mr. Michael Bograd's decade of Project Controls experience includes some of the nation's most complex and largest projects. Mr. Bograd has been involved in projects with a combined valued over $8.5 billion. Mr. Bograd has participated in every level of Project Controls from the preparation of detailed baselines to change negotiations. As Regional Vice President Mr. Bograd leads a team of project controls experts and manages over 30 projects. In addition to managing his team Mr. Bograd is responsible for Aegis' Project Controls Virtual Design Construction program as well as assisting with training programs that has trained over 600 people in the past year.
SRINIVASA REDDI VANGA, CCP, LEED AP BD+C
Srinivasa Reddi Vanga received his Bachelor's Degree in Technology in Civil Engineering and his Master's degree in Civil/Structural Engineering. He completed the Intelligent Transportation Systems Applications & Management in Transportation Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and earned the LEED AP BD+C certification from USGBC, and the CCP certification from AACEI.
Having more than 20 years of multi-faceted, diverse experience in Planning, Surveying, Design, Construction, Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Project Cost Management, Tenders & Bidding Process and Quality Control in India and USA, he has executed many new construction and infrastructure development projects for the Government of India, and has also managed existing large scale buildings and residential communities for their repairs and renovations.
Srinivasa has also managed various projects in health & medical housing, infrastructure, roads & building and transportation for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. He has also worked on several LEED Projects of US General Services Administration (GSA), US Department of State, National Institutes of Health Projects, Schools, Universities, Data centers, State level and County level projects and continuing the same.
Currently, Srinivasa works as a Senior Consultant/Technical Specialist in Project Management Services, Inc., a Michael Baker International Company. He also serves as a member & Pro Reviewer of USGBC, USGBC-NCR, USGBC Montgomery County Board, USGBC-NCR Education Committee, USGBC-NCR Advocacy Committee and LEED V4 - Item/Test questions writer for USGBC LEED online Prometric testing and AACEI. He was a member of the Host Committee for Greenbuild 2015.
Committees' Chair Persons
CALVIN SPEIGHT, JR., CCP, PMP, MRICS
PROJECT EXECUTIVE OUTCOMES LLC
Calvin Speight Jr. founded Project Executive Outcomes to solve problems concerning cost-schedule-risk integration of major projects. He holds a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Calvin earned the AACE Certified Cost Professional (CCP) in 2010. He served as NCS President 2013-2014 and Region 2 Director 2014-2016.
John Buonagurio is a Senior Associate at Exponent with 6 years of experience in geomatics engineering, geostatistics and scientific software development. He has worked on numerous projects in geotechnical engineering and construction, earthwork quantity estimation, and 3D modeling for forensic investigations. Mr. Buonagurio holds a BS in Industrial Engineering with a concentration in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.