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WTS NC Triangle Newsletter
December 2014

In this Issue

Upcoming Events
WTS Awards
In Case You Missed It
Featured Business

Featured Events

WTS NC Triangle Chapter Planning Retreat 

Jan. 9-11, 2015


Future Cities Competition 

Jan. 24, 2015

Board of Directors



Kim Levine,

Asset Management Associates, PLLC


Vice President

Jenny Fleming, PE, Ecological Engineering



Memory Washaya, NCDOT



Jessalyn Abril, PE, LEED AP,



Past President

Amy Simes, PE, CPM, NCDENR

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2015 Partners

We're currently accepting pledges from local business and firms to be part of the 2015 Partners Program. Click here for more information or contact  Taruna Tayal. 

2014 Partners

Advocate Sponsor

Patron Partner
Emerging Business
Supporter Partner 

Leslie Tracey, PE

City of Durham


Hatch Mott MacDonald

Taruna Tayal

Happy Holidays to everyone!


It's that time of the year when we nominate outstanding members of our transportation community, extraordinarily committed WTS members, and superior employers for the WTS NC Triangle Chapter recognition program. Check the awards and criteria on our website, and submit your nominations. We will recognize and honor all the recipients at our annual Go Gala event. 


As the year comes to an end, the chapter is gearing up for its annual planning retreat. We will spend a weekend together planning some great events for next year and developing programs to provide our members with opportunities to network, get involved and give back. Check this space for more information next month. 


Also, check our website for our latest events, and we hope to see you at the next event in 2015!


Kimberly J. Levine

President, WTS NC Triangle Chapter

Upcoming Events
Future City Competition 2015

Future Cities, a national project-based learning experience for students in grades 6, 7 and 8, is looking for industry professionals to volunteer for the competition in January. WTS NC Triangle Chapter supports the Future Cities program, in which students imagine, design and build cities of the future. Students work in teams with an educator and engineer mentor using SimCity™ software. Each team researches and writes solutions to an engineering problem, builds tabletop scale models with recycled materials, and present their ideas to  judges at the Regional Competition, which will be held Jan. 24 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Regional winners represent their regions at the National Finals in Washington, D.C., in February. More information on how to volunteer can be found here. 

WTS Award Nominations

WTS NC Triangle Chapter is accepting nominations for outstanding individuals and businesses for the annual Recognition Program. Anyone can submit a nomination for an award in the following categories: Member of the Year, Woman of the Year, Employer of the Year, Rosa Parks Diversity/Leadership, Innovative Transportation Solutions, Community Activist/Organizer and Rookie of the Year. Nominations must be received by Jan. 7, and the winners will be announced at the chapter's Go Gala event in May 2015. Pictured above is Karen Fussell (second from left) of NCDOT, last year's Woman of the Year award winner, with (from left) Kim Levine, president of the WTS NC Triangle Chapter; Tony Tata, Secretary of the NC Department of Transportation, and Elizabeth Gardner, meteorologist for WRAL-TV, who hosted last year's Gala. For more information about how to submit a nomination, click here.
In Case You Missed It ...
Dress for Success Luncheon 

Ashley Ascott, director of development for Dress for Success Triangle NC, talks about her organization at the annual WTS NC Triangle charity luncheon. The luncheon was held at the Busy Bee in Raleigh, in order to collect donations of professional clothing for the Dress for Success organization, which was recently featured in the Raleigh News & Observer.
Featured Business
Hatch Mott MacDonald
With 76 offices across North America, Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) is involved in some of the most exciting transportation projects in the US and Canada. In addition to its own 2,700 staff members, HMM draws on the experience and resources of the 25,000 worldwide staff of its two parent companies: Hatch and Mott MacDonald. HMM focuses on infrastructure improvements, including water, wastewater and transportation. The transportation market provides services in tunnels, rail and transit, rail systems, bridges and highways, and aviation. Projects include the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel in New York, the Sea to Sky Highway Project in British Columbia, and the Raleigh to Richmond Rail Corridor in North Carolina and Virginia.

HMM's vision is to be recognized for the quality of its people and customer service. The firm is thrilled to welcome Jon Nance, PE, retired NCDOT Deputy Chief Engineer, as Principal Project Manager based in the Fuquay-Varina Office. Another key hire for the North Carolina office is Patrick Simmons, a Senior Rail Advisor with more than 30 years of experience in development and management.

HMM recognizes the importance of a diverse workforce to the long-term sustainability of its business. Working with the WTS NC Triangle Chapter helps the company to stay connected to learning and development which improves its awareness and strategic outreach. HMM is committed to its mission of providing client satisfaction through professional excellence, leading to commercial success and employee fulfillment.

Professional Connections

For those looking for networking opportunities within the Chapter, consider joining the Professional Connections program. Each quarter, the members of the program are split into groups of four or five, and each group plans a lunch meeting. This is a good way to meet others and learn about their careers, hobbies and interests. For more information, or to sign up, contact  Karen Reynolds.
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Volunteers Needed

The chapter's Communications Committee is looking for volunteers willing to help with its mission of getting the word out about WTS and the local chapter. We need people who can read and edit material, update the website, or handle the chapter's social media accounts. If you are a member with talents in these areas and would like to get more involved, contact Leslie Tracey, communications chair.