The International Development Collaborative is comprised of a network of experts that are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds such as architectural and engineering services, agriculture and irrigation modernization, gender equity and sustainability consulting, water resources and hydrology research, and project management. In addition to being leading experts in their respective fields, our senior staff are unique because they are all educators and mentors. We have relationships with 12 universities and collectively, our team teaches over 500 professional and graduate-level courses. We are here to provide the highest quality professional and technical services, while supporting our clients mission to significantly benefit the local communities with impact that endures.
ROBERT D. CARLSON, MAJ. GEN. (RET.)
MG Carlson has over 20-years of senior executive leadership experience in Tran-Atlantic and Middle East program, engineering, personnel, financial, and operations management directing large multifaceted technical organizations. He has broad expertise in collaboratively managing a complex $8B-dollar overseas construction and engineering services program spanning from Egypt to the Arabian Gulf and Central Asia nations. His strategic direction and mentoring addressed organizational priorities and ensured alignment of resources to meet mission objectives by identifying complex issues, gaps, and challenges to accomplish key initiatives such as major infrastructure projects, security, energy, and stability. He is an effective strategic communicator who has served inter-agency and international senior leaders at US Agency of International Development (USAID), World Bank, Department of State (DOS), US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Department of Defense (DoD) and others including governments and nonprofit organizations that operate independently of any government (NGOs).
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HESHAM K. ISSA, PHD, AIA IA, EES
Dr. Issa manages the UC's Middle East and Africa Program. He is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Cairo (former chair of the Architecture Engineering and Technology Program) where he teaches courses on cross cultural modes of design. He specializes in urban development, public space design, and historic preservation. Dr. Issa has extensive experience in urban development, commercial and civic buildings, private residences, historic urban preservation, and healthcare facilities. He has facilitated over 20 public engagement workshops for conceptual architectural designs and presented at over a dozen conferences. He speaks Arabic and English fluently and professional French.
SHARMIN SIDDIQUE, PE, ENV SP
SENIOR CIVIL ENGINEER
Ms. Siddique has led complex, multidisciplinary projects successfully from start-up to close-out on time and within budget. She has managed engineering projects involving water, wastewater, roadway, drainage, electrical, structural, environmental and FEMA services for public sector clients. She is experienced in condition assessment, hydraulic modelling, analysis, and design, permitting, bid/award, cost estimating, scheduling, and construction administration services. Ms. Siddique has worked in Civil Engineering projects in Bangladesh, Haiti, Canada, and USA. She has the expertise in implementing correct design standards and guidelines for any project in any country. Ms. Siddique leads and delivers her projects by working side by side with all the stakeholders. She speaks Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and English fluently.
MOHAMED A. HASSAN, CPM, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, LSSB
SENIOR CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
Mr. Hassan has extensive international experience as a construction manager on high-value and high-profile civic projects with an emphasis in the Middle East. He specializes in management of multidisciplinary teams of construction managers, resident engineers, and site inspectors while maintaining professional communication with clients and stakeholders. His approach includes an initial investment to understand what matters most in each community he works in. The early discourse results in local ownership and talent development that routinely meets the community needs and client project mission. He holds membership with the Jerusalem Society of Engineering (#199/18), the Saudi Council of Engineers (#253064), the Qatar Green Building Council (#A-1069), the American Society of Quality (#63929748-2009), and the Management Engineering Society (#M-177). He speaks fluent Arabic and English and professional French.
BRIAN A. SIEP, PE, CXA, LEED AP BD+C, CEA, REP, NCTO, ENV SP
SENIOR ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Mr. Seip has extensive experience in electrical engineering with a focus on sustainable design, water/wastewater treatment plants, and pumping stations, vertical structures (generators, industrial buildings, medical facilities, and commercial buildings), and transportation systems (roadway, tunnels, and transit stations). He has mastered design work including preparing plans, specification, and cost estimates for medium- and low-voltage switchgear and electrical distribution systems, as well as for lighting, general power, fire alarm, intrusion-detection, and communication systems. He has managed small and large teams on a variety of project types.
JAIRO ROJAS, PE
SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER
Mr. Rojas served the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) for many years as Section Chief of the Mechanical Section and Senior Sanitary/Water Engineer. In these capacities, he managed and coordinated the mechanical design and selection of components for water pollution control plants, pumping stations, water distribution, and related building facilities. His approach prioritizes mentoring and talent development from engineering activities in design through construction. His early career involved international work in Madrid, Spain where he designed complex process plants and stirring systems for large chemical reactors. In Bogota, Colombia and in Montreal, Canada he planned and designed mechanical systems for commercial, residential, and industrial buildings. He speaks Spanish and English fluently.
SHAWN CHRISTOPHER TWINER, CPCM, PMP
SENIOR CONTRACTING SPECIALIST
Mr. Twiner has 25 years of experience serving as a contracting specialist for a multitude of federal clients, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL), and Federal Aviation Administration. He has procured and overseen more than ten multi-year term contracts ranging in value from $7M to $135M. He has supported capacity building by teaching continuing professional education courses on pricing and procurement principles and strategies and preparing forward procurement budgets. He has supported local development by providing key procurement and pricing strategies to secure a $25 million contract locating the Homeland Defense Information Analysis Center (HDIAC). Mr. Twiner also developed and implemented the 172 Airlift Wing Internal Controls Program that was rated ‘excellent’ by the United States Air Force Inspector General as well as successfully procured the United States Patent and Trademark Office Information Technology Support valued at $135 million over 5 years.
ITZIEH C. TRUJILLO, CE
SENIOR COST ESTIMATOR/ECONOMIST
Mr. Trujillo has extensive international experience in providing life cycle cost estimates, construction cost control, sustainable consulting, scheduling/planning, project management, procurement and engineering, and quality control/quality assurance. His work on vertical structures (industrial, housing, civil), and horizontal projects including urban and rural roads provided cost-effective stewardship in many multi-cultural environments across the Middle East, South East Asia, and Far East Asia. He has in-depth technical knowledge on cost and scheduling software like MS Project, Primavera P3/P5/P6, and PertMaster. He balances stewardship of precious resources with applied experience in cost-based planning (S-curve), look-ahead schedules, productivity, and detailed manpower and cost loading and analysis to develop practical detail-oriented estimates. He speaks Tagalog, Cabuano, and English fluently.
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FEDERICO GERASMO, PE
SENIOR STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
Mr. Gerasmo is a leading structural engineer with applied experience meeting a diverse array of challenging environmental conditions from seismic to wind to coastal concerns and blast protective analysis and design of facades and framing (shock tube testing and full-scale arena). He regularly uses 3D structural analysis software (Finite Element Methods) to test and model systems. He has designed using local resources on projects with steel, aluminum, reinforced concrete, and engineered wood frames to the latest national building codes and standards. He is familiar with welded and bolted steel connections and tension cable facade structures. His regularly designs, leads, mentors, and manages structural performance mock-up tests. He has a decade of experience managing and mentoring junior engineers. He initiated and was awarded a research study grant on full-scale wind/hurricane performance testing of window systems, a research collaborative with Florida International University. He speaks Tagalog and English fluently.
OLIVIA WEST, PHD, PE
SENIOR GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER
Dr. West is an experienced manager and leader in groundwater, aquifer, and soil characterization and remediation field programs in geographically diverse sites. She has 17 years of experience performing groundwater flow and pumping test analysis and modeling. She is an expert at designing data acquisition strategies for well and aquifer characterization of foundation pressure relief well systems. She oversees field activities and data acquisition, and mentors staff on site and aquifer characterization and analysis of data from hydraulic tests including slug tests in monitoring wells and aquifer tests on relief wells. She performs data interpolation of pumping tests utilizing Hantush-Bierschenk, Jacobs, Thies, and other methods. She was a Wigner Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
ALBERT POZOTRIGO, PE
SENIOR TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER
Mr. Pozotrigo has substantial experience in construction inspection/construction management and value engineering experience for highways, bridges, structures, and railroad facilities based on numerous projects performed in dense urban areas. He has been responsible for overall quality control, project design, management and coordination of mentoring engineers, drafters, inspectors, environmental scientists, and sub-consultants to ensure consistent sharing of technical expertise. His responsibilities have encompassed construction management, resident engineering, value engineering, constructability reviews, construction project management, schedule reviews, inspection of construction operations for bridges and highways, preparation of construction specifications, job task assignments, progress reports, and shop drawing revisions. He prioritizes talent development on the job site and as an instructor in Advanced Construction Management Level II and the Joint Urban Manpower Program at New York City College of Technology. He speaks Spanish and English fluently.
RICARDO MIRANDA, PE, MPH
SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER
Mr. Miranda is an international expert in solid waste and storm water management, as well as environmental public health. His professional experience is in the field of recyclable waste management and as a Plastic Waste Management Specialist with adeptness in recycling of plastics, analyzing existing waste management practices, public health and marine environments, river-solid waste interaction, and ecological solid waste management. He has worked on community-based projects in 14 countries specializing in East Africa, South East and Far East Asia working in collaboration with local communities, NGOs and CBOs to enhance awareness campaigns that educate and change behavior helping resolve root causes. He uses a log-frame method to develop project design and flow streams for the handling of waste and sanitation/hygiene in general. He speaks Tagalog, Spanish, and English fluently.
MARK L. GILLEM, PHD, RA, FAIA, FAICP
SENIOR URBAN/MASTER PLANNER
Dr. Gillem founded The Urban Collaborative in 2006 to help the federal government prepare more environmentally, fiscally, and socially sustainable installations. To do this, he 1) prepares master plans and facility designs for all branches of the U.S. military, DHS, NASA, and DoC; 2) writes planning and design policy for the DoD and NASA; and 3) serves as the lead trainer for federal master planners. He is a full professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Oregon and Director of the Urban Design Laboratory (2005-Present). He has been the primary author for Unified Facilities Criteria 2-100-01, Installation Master Planning (2012) and 90 other publications on architecture and planning topics. He is the lead instructor for 7 DoD Master Planning Institute courses (over 4,000 students have taken these courses over the last decade). His projects have received 54 design awards - 26 in the last five years. He has personally led the preparation of 21 Architectural Designs, 191 Area Development Plans (ADPs), 44 Area Development Execution Plans (ADEPs), 34 Sustainability and Energy Master Plans, and 34 Comprehensive Master Plans.
CRAIG P. THOMPSON, PE
SENIOR FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEER
Mr. Thompson provides project management, engineering, design, consulting, and technical expertise for the full range of fire protection and life safety systems in accordance with NFPA, ICC, and model building codes. He specializes in fire alarm/mass notification and fire suppression systems. He holds Top Secret Clearance and maintains membership in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers & National Fire Protection Association. He is highly committed to knowledge sharing and has been involved in training and mentoring seven Rhino engineering staff who have taken and passed the professional engineering (PE) principles and practices exam.
DONN LOUIS MARRIN, PHD
SENIOR WATER RESOURCES/HYDROLOGY SPECIALIST
Dr. Marrin is a leading international expert in the fields of pollutant dynamics, water resources, aquatic ecology, and biogeochemistry. He has published 3 books, 26 (peer-reviewed) journal articles, 20 technical reports/chapters, and 17 conference proceedings. He has established a multi-faceted water forum and has taught at three universities as an adjunct professorship at San Diego State University, a Lecturer at the University of California San Diego Extension, and a lecturer at University of Phoenix. He has developed and taught live and on-line courses. He is the technical advisor to AquaSPE, Water Innovation Accelerator, and the International Water Resources Association. He has developed analytical and interpretive techniques to evaluate the biodegradation and partitioning of contaminants in aquifers, soils, and surface freshwaters. His research and teaching focuses on global water quality, local water footprints, hydromimicry, and the water-energy-food nexus. He has frequently provided pro-bono expertise in Mexico and has consulted with international agencies and governments to recommend policies for pollution prevention and guidelines for water quality.
STUART STYLES, ENGD, PE, MBA, CAIS, CID
SENIOR AGRICULTURE/IRRIGATION SPECIALIST
Dr. Styles is the director of the Irrigation Training and Research Center (ITRC) and a full professor in the BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department at Cal Poly. He specializes in leading international trainings with local professionals on issues of irrigation modernization. He has taught practicum-style courses in 42 countries including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and other Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan working with local professionals on real projects to advise, while building capacity. He has also worked closer to home in Mexico and providing irrigation modernization training to 17 Indian Tribes in the Western US. He has been awarded "Engineer of the Year" by the California/Nevada Section of the American Society of Engineers, the Plant Sciences Faculty Excellence Award, the Irrigation Association's "Person of the Year," and most recently, in 2020 the Outstanding Faculty Award by Cal Poly. He has published 8 peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous conference proceedings.
ERIK FERRYMAN, GISP
SENIOR CAD/GIS SPECIALIST
Mr. Ferryman is an expert in the development, management, and production of CAD and GIS information specifically for the building services industry. He has won 7 awards including 4 from the American Planning Association's Federal Planning Division. He has experience managing and training teams of CAD/GIS professionals to work collaboratively on large site projects and integrating complex systems of files. He has project management experience and understands how to integrate and support multi-disciplinary teams. He has developed transportation circulation studies, comprehensive master plans, urban designs, space utilization studies, and planning/feasibility studies. He has the technical capability to develop and adapt systems to store geospatial information for critical infrastructure and project components. He is adept at using GIS to evaluate project information through development of smart GIS programs.
LYNDSEY DEATON, RA, PMP, LEED AP BD+C
SENIOR SCHEDULER/PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL
Ms. Deaton is an expert at building delivery project management with a specialization in schedule development. As a licensed Architect she understands both the technical building delivery process (planning/programming, design, construction, procurement, commissioning) as well as the comprehensive process of developing an integrated capital project plan. She has experience managing and mentoring complex, multidisciplinary teams in diverse cultural circumstances internationally. Ms. Deaton is also an educator. She is the Associate Director of the Urban Design Laboratory where she has led teams of highly technical professionals in India, Oman, and the Philippines to work with underprivileged communities and local stakeholders on real design and construction projects. She has won 18 national and international design awards, published 2 book chapters, 5 journal articles, and 19 federal policies. She speaks Spanish and English.
ZOE ANTON, APMP, LEED AP ND
SENIOR GENDER EQUITY & INCLUSION SPECIALIST
Ms. Anton is an experienced professional in sustainable development policy and planning with a focus on issues of gender equity. As Program Manager, she directed a county-wide program around sustainable development, focusing on projects that aimed for gender equality, social diversity, and inclusion as measurable outcomes. She has contributed to developing and implementing sustainable infrastructure programs throughout the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Anton led social capital-building aspects for new infrastructure projects in Freetown, Sierra Leone, including co-designing an apprenticeship program for local builders, including women. At the Urban Collaborative, she directs the municipal civil works sector programs, overseeing sustainable growth strategies for cities and federal agencies, which includes infrastructure, economic, environmental, and social equity risk assessments. She speaks French and English fluently.
LISA KURUVILLA, PMP, PCC, CMC
SENIOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS/COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
Ms. Kuruvilla has demonstrated the ability to build positive relationships in international contexts to communicate plans and strategies to a broad range of stakeholders including executive leadership, local participants, and the general public. She has successfully established, staffed, managed, and maintained remote teams in the U.S., Hong Kong, Japan, and Taiwan. She also worked extensively with project teams throughout China, Thailand, and Singapore. Under Ms. Kuruvilla's management these offices engaged and trained local partners and sought to elevate women’s voices with mentoring, critical thinking, and leadership development. She is known for her positive communication style, upfront engagement, and ability to build coalitions to achieve purpose driven outcomes. Ms. Kuruvilla is an instructor at the University of Government Coaching and has guest lectured at Howard University, a historically black university. She collaboratively developed and delivers a 60-hour foundations course curriculum compliant with International Coach Federation standards serving federal agency staff at US Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others seeking to develop an internal coaching cohort.
PAULA J. LOOMIS, PHD, FAIA, FSAME, AICP, LEED AP, GGP
SENIOR TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST
Dr. Loomis is a well-respected planning, architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) advisor. She leverages comprehensive experience to develop and teach innovative technical courses. As an architect, Dr. Loomis was the project architect for over 50 diverse projects. In construction, she was a Site Engineer for McCarthy Construction and the Officer-in-Charge of the ACC Reserve Construction Unit. In planning, she has completed 77 plans. Her projects have won over 50 design awards and she is notably the only woman to win the prestigious SAME Urbahn Medal for Excellence in Architecture. Each year she teaches 10 professional courses to architects, engineers, construction managers, and planners. For Stevens Institute of Technology, Dr. Loomis teaches Temporary Structures for Heavy Construction, a course that concentrates on construction methods and safety. For Hampton Roads, a historically black university, she has taught Architectural Studio, LEED, Architectural History, Professional Practice and Structures I, II and III. Dr. Loomis has experience teaching overseas (Germany, Japan, Korea, United Kingdom). She is also currently serving as an advisor for students in the Doctor of Philosophy in the Built Environment at the University of Salford England.