• 2015 Rising Star Award Recipients

  • Blasting into 2015

    ACEC Virginia Names Three Rising Stars

    Coles Jennings, Allyson Monsour and Sara Phillips have been named ACEC Virginia's 2015 Rising Stars. The Rising Star Award, presented to any professional in a firm who has less than 15 years' experience is designed to recognize outstanding professionals who significantly contribute to their company's success.

    "These three showed such strong leadership skills and achievements at their companies, the Next Generation Committee couldn't limit the award to two recipients this year," said Nancy Israel, ACEC Virginia's Executive Director. "It's also telling that two of our three recipients are women, showing that the doors of the engineering profession in Virginia are wide open to women."

  • Coles Jennings

    As manager for H&A's Building Sciences Studio, Coles Jennings is responsible for the leadership, mentoring and performance of a group of highly-skilled building analysts and modelers who specialize in the physics behind building systems. For his technical and leadership abilities, Jennings was recently made a senior associate within the firm. He is involved in numerous corporate initiatives to improve processes and develop the next generation of technical staff. He is a 2007 Graduate of the University of Virginia. In addition to his achievements at work, Jennings is a youth soccer coach and frequent volunteer with Rebuild Richmond.

    "Coles is consistently sought-out for technical advice and for mentoring both inside and outside of the company," said Rob McAtee, Vice President, Director of Mechanical, Energy and Sustainability Services at Hankins and Anderson. "He has been a promoter and mentor for H&A's Junior Engineers Development Initiative program and he has organized multiple trips to building sites, providing tours for other engineers."

  • Allyson Monsour

    A 2007 magna cum laude graduate of Old Dominion University, Allyson Monsour is scheduled to receive her master's in 2016. Monsour is a member of Clark Nexsen's Land Development Team which oversees utility design, site grading, stormwater management, erosion control and site plan preparation for Clark Nexsen projects. In her seven years at Clark Nexsen, Monsour has served as lead engineer on several commercial and land development projects and has served as team leader on several GIS projects. She has also been a guest speaker at engineering workshops, promoting the civil engineering profession at colleges and high schools.

    "Allyson has further assisted Clark Nexsen by familiarizing herself with the impacts of the new Virginia stormwater management regulations and how they will affect future projects by taking an active role on a special committee formed to address this issue," said Joseph Bushey, Department Director of Civil Engineering at Clark Nexsen.

  • Sara Phillips

    Sara Phillips, a 2005 graduate of Tennessee Technological University, serves as the Geotechnical Department Manager for ECS. She oversees and coordinates technical activities, monitors foundation construction activities, conducts laboratory testing and analysis as well as managing resources, personnel and maintaining client relationships. She is one of six members of the ECS Mid-Atlantic presidential Advisory Committee. In addition, Phillips is president for the Women's Transportation Seminar, Hampton Roads Chapter and is GeoVirginia's Marketing Committee Chair. Phillips volunteers for the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the Fairfield Foundation which cleans artifacts for the local archaeology organization and is a member of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Virginia Peninsula.

    "Sara's leadership, technical expertise, and commitment to lifetime learning exemplify her status as a Rising Star at ECS," said Grant Walker, Senior Vice President with ECS Mid-Atlantic.