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Francis Crowe Society Inducts 2011 Engineers

June 15th, 2011

On May 7th, the University of Maine College of Engineering inducted the class of 2011 engineering graduates along with six distinguished engineers into the Francis Crowe Society.

2011 Program

In 2000, the Francis Crowe Society was created to recognize UMaine engineering graduates as they accomplish the formidable goal of completing their engineering degrees and to recognize others who have made considerable engineering contributions and honored the profession. The 2011 ceremony marks the 11th year the College has held the event.

The ceremony was held from 9:00 am to 11:00 in the Collins Center for the Arts at the University of Maine, prior to commencement. Nearly 200 engineering graduates and their friends and families filled the Collins Center to take part in the ceremony. After the induction, graduates and their guests enjoyed lunch hosted at each of the engineering departments.

In the ceremony, the Dean reads the Background and Purpose (PDF) for the founding of the Francis Crowe Society. Next, the Associate Dean leads the induction and reads the Preamble to the Code of Ethics (PDF) from the National Society of Professional Engineers Handbook. Each engineer is then recognized with a certificate by discipline, and a medallion.

For the distinguished engineers,  each engineering department nominates an individual who has made major contributions to advancing the art, science or practice of engineering. This year, the following individuals were recognized for their contributions to engineering:

Distinguished Engineers

Richard Arnold

Richard Arnold, P.E. ’75, ’77G
Nominated by the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department

Richard Arnold has over 35 years of operational, engineering and maintenance experience in highly competitive, customer focused specialty manufacturing businesses. He has considerable experience in project management with strong leadership and managerial skills. He has a successful track record with significant bottom line improvement initiatives in pulp and paper manufacturing and is well versed in concept development, planning, implementation and completion of strategic business activities. He has held various positions during his career from Project Engineering to VP & General Manager of Operations for a $400 million paper manufacturing facility.

Dick earned a BS (Civil Engineering) degree from UMaine in 1975, and a Masters Degree in Engineering, also from UMaine, in 1977.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer. Dick has directed and managed engineering and construction group activities for $108 MM, four-year capital expenditure program. He was responsible for design engineering, procurement, construction and start-up of $56MM Book Papers Modernization Project.

He came to Old Town mill in November 2006, when Red Shield Environmental purchased the former Georgia pacific mill. He re-started biomass boiler and 16 MW turbine, integrated into the ISO-NE power markets.  He was also responsible for the restart of the pulp mill as the General Manager of RSE Pulp and Chemicals.  From June to August 2007, he developed, with Prof. Pendse, the proposal for an Integrated Biorefinery for Old Town mill to the Department of Energy.  This proposal was selected for funding in April 2008.  During the last three years, Dick has led the Integrated Biorefinery project in Old Town through changes of mill ownership and project scope, quickly picking up chemistry, chemical engineering, and bioprocessing intricacies.  Under Dick’s leadership the Old Town Fuel and Fiber (OTFF) has deployed the University of Maine technology for pre-pulping extraction of wood chips while producing market pulp, attracting national attention.

William Olver

William M. Olver, P.E.
Nominated by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept.

William M. Olver, P.E. grew up in Hampden, Maine and graduated from Hampden Academy in 1976. He enrolled in the University of Maine’s Civil and Environmental Engineering program and graduated with honors in 1980 with a BSCE degree. He then attended Cornell University and completed all coursework for an MS degree in Environmental Engineering before returning to Maine to accept an employment offer. He completed a Master of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maine in 1986. While in college, Bill interned at the City of Bangor’s Pollution Abatement Facility and was hired as a contractor to author the final report of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first cold weather sludge composting pilot project at Bangor. He also interned at A. E. Hodsdon Consulting Engineers as a senior. Upon graduation, Bill began his career as an Environmental Process Engineer at Scott Paper where he assisted with the startup of a wastewater treatment system for a proprietary paper de-inking and recycling mill.

After working as a municipal engineer for a few years in the City of Bangor’s Engineering Department, Bill began a career as an Environmental Engineering consultant starting with CES Inc. in 1985. Bill became a partner of that firm and Team Leader of its Wastewater Engineering Group. He joined Woodard & Curran in 1989 to help start the firm’s Bangor Regional Office and worked as an Associate in charge of Bangor’s Wastewater Engineering Process Group.

In 1994, Bill formed Olver Associates Inc., one of Maine’s most respected  Environmental Engineering consulting firms which is located in Winterport. The firm has grown to thirty employees and serves municipal clients throughout Maine specializing in water supply and pollution control engineering. Bill has designed and managed over 800 municipal infrastructure projects throughout Maine including many successful retrofits of failing wastewater treatment systems. Bill has always retained close ties to the University and has taught six different undergraduate and graduate courses in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department including six years of teaching Wastewater Engineering Design to seniors. In 2010, the Olver Associates Inc. Environmental Microbiology Laboratory was dedicated in Boardman Hall. Bill resides in Winterport with his wife Mandy, also a University of Maine Civil Engineering graduate, and their four children, Bill, Kevin, Tom and Erika. He credits the University of Maine with providing the foundation for a very successful, rewarding and enjoyable engineering career.

Mandy Holway Olver

Mandy Holway Olver, P.E. ’83, ’84G
Nominated by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept.

Mandy Holway Olver, P.E. grew up in Wareham, Massachusetts  and graduated from Wareham High School in 1978. Ms. Olver attended Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA majoring in Environmental Studies for two years before transferring to the University of Maine in 1980 to study Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Mandy graduated from the University in 1983 with a B.S in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and in 1984 with a Master of Engineering. She then worked at Civil Engineering Services from 1984 until 1990, becoming a partner in that firm and Team Leader of the Site Development Group. Mandy then worked at Woodard & Curran as a civil engineer until leaving in 1995 to join her husband, Bill Olver, in their current consulting engineering practice at Olver Associates Inc. Since 1995, the firm has grown from a staff of four persons to thirty employees. Mandy primarily focuses her practice on project funding and contract administration for the firm’s construction projects with an average of over $10 to $ 15 million dollars of projects on an annual basis. She also serves on the Maine Board of Licensure of Professional Engineers and is currently Co-chair. She also serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine. Mandy is the mother of four children, Bill, Kevin, Tom, and Erika and resides with her husband Bill in Winterport, Maine.

Whitfield Russell

Whitfield A. Russell, ’68, ’71G, ’76JD
Nominated by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.

Whitfield A. Russell (Whit) is the founder of Whitfield Russell Associates, a public utility consulting firm in Alexandria, Virginia.  With his background in electrical engineering and law, Whit often negotiates and testifies in his clients’ disputes with investor owned utilities over who should pay what amount for such things as power, use of the transmission system, interconnections (especially of wind power and cogeneration) and damages for contract breaches.

The firm’s clients have included electric utilities owned by investors, municipalities, cooperatives, States and State subdivisions; large industrial generators and energy consumers; State agencies and commissions; federal agencies, independent power producers, Canadian First Nations, Canadian provinces and agencies; and Native American governments and agencies.

Whit founded his consulting firm in 1976 after a succession of engineering jobs at Procter and Gamble’s Charmin Paper division, the Federal Power Commission, the Potomac Electric Power Company, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  He has never regretted his decision to start his own business . . . except possibly on those days when a deadline looms and he can think of nothing to say or when payroll is due and there is no money in the till.

Whit is a proud Electrical Engineering graduate of University of Maine at Orono (February 1968).  He also has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland (1971) and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center (1976).

Whit grew up in Bangor and is married to Ellen, a high school classmate who is retired after a career in personnel policy with the Federal Government in Washington, DC. Whit and Ellen’s daughter, Caroline, is a licensed clinical social worker and a practicing psychotherapist in New York.  Their son, Andrew, is an electrical engineer specializing in telecommunications.  He recently graduated from the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

Despite his current Virginia zipcode, Whit’s ties to the State of Maine remain strong. For several years, he owned two small hydro plants in Pittsfield and Frankfort and he served on the Board of the Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust.  Among his favorite outings are hikes up Great Pond Mountain and across the ice on Alamoosook lake where in summer he kayaks with his grandsons Everett and Teddy across the lake to see the eagles.

William Bacigalupo

William C. Bacigalupo ’66
Nominated by the Mechanical Engineering Department

William C. Bacigalupo has over 30 years of experience building and trouble-shooting many of the world’s largest power stations, including actual work in 27 countries. In many cases, the power stations were the largest electricity producers in the country at that time.

  • Building the world’s largest coal-fired power station in Kendal, South Africa – about 100 km east of Johnnesburg. This was a 12 year project  – 6 units @ 750 mw each – that consumes approx. 50 tons of coal per minute.
  • Kashima Thermal Power Station – Tokyo Electric – Plant has 6 units totaling over 4,000 mw and was the most sophisticated plant at the time.
  • William has worked on more than 25 other plants all over the world.
  • William owned Remedy Staffing Services in Quincy, MA, serving over 400 companies in the Boston area. The company averaged $2 million in annual revenues and employed nine full-time staff and over 200 temporary associates.


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