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Draper Aden’s Blacksburg Office Celebrates 10 Years of Partnership with Meals on Wheels

Our firm’s commitment to leaving a lasting, positive impact in the communities where we live, work, and serve is about more than words on a piece of paper. It’s at the very heart of who we are and what we do. It’s also the reason that we’re so excited to celebrate our Blacksburg office’s 10 years of partnership with Meals on Wheels! What began as an officewide volunteer effort in 2008 has blossomed into an enduring collaboration between team members in Blacksburg and the Meals on Wheels program with Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread. For the past decade, team members in our Blacksburg office have spent two hours each Friday driving throughout the New River Valley to bring nourishment and a friendly face to homebound seniors in the region. Over the years, more than 50 team members have been involved with this effort. Almost every week, two co-workers visit 10 – 14 people, depending...

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Draper Aden Associates Continues Over Four Decades of Growth in Blacksburg Office

Since the firm’s founding in 1972 by two Virginia Tech alumni, Draper Aden Associates’ office in Blacksburg has seen consistent growth. That expansion continues to this day. In 2017 alone, the firm has hired seven new employees in the Blacksburg office. One of DAA’s newest hires in Blacksburg is Caitlin Arrington, a Human Resources Consultant. She is responsible for a number of functions, including recruitment for the firm’s Blacksburg, Charlottesville, and Northern Virginia offices. Caitlin’s move to the firm was recently included in the Roanoke Times “Names and Changes” column. [caption id="attachment_6764" align="alignright" width="240"] Lutheria Smith, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources[/caption] Growth isn't just limited to new employees either. Lutheria Smith, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources, was recently promoted to Vice President as well. She also serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Based in the firm’s Blacksburg office, Lutheria manages the firm’s human resources functions. She primarily focuses on workforce planning, ensuring...

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First in Flight: Unmanned Aircraft Conducts Aerial Survey at Airport

[caption id="attachment_6306" align="aligncenter" width="770"] DAA and Altavian team preparing for flight[/caption]   It is all about synchronization! For the first time in Virginia, an unmanned aircraft conducted an aerial survey, launching and recovering from an airfield, in a remarkably coordinated effort by the airport staff, flight crew, and Draper Aden Associates.   DAA and Altavian collaborated to conduct an aerial survey for Faulconer Construction utilizing a fixed wing small un-manned aircraft system (sUAS) at the Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport in Blacksburg, VA. Coordinated efforts between flight operations crew and the airport manager played an important role in maintaining safe operations.   [caption id="attachment_6305" align="aligncenter" width="770"] aUAS in flight over the airport[/caption]   The process included filing a notice with the Federal Aviation Authority’s Notice to Airmen (NOTAM). A NOTAM is a notice filed, 72 hours in advance, with an aviation authority to alert aircraft pilots of potential hazards along a flight route or at a...

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Employee Spotlight: Ali Weigel

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back on the first Monday of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Ali Weigel Title: Blacksburg Office Administrator Division: Finance and Accounting Hometown: Longview, WA Birthday: August 19 Connect with Ali on LinkedIn   What 2 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Flexible and rewarding   Favorite thing about working at DAA? DAA promotes a balance between your job and personal life. [caption id="attachment_5508" align="alignleft" width="300"] Ali and husband, Eric, in Asheville, NC[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5509" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nothing like Myrtle Beach at Thanksgiving![/caption]                         In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? Cleaning up (and out) the storage units of 40 years of Draper Aden project files. It took about a year and was very dusty.   Favorite quote or words of wisdom?   Work hard, play hard!   Favorite sports team?  Seattle Mariners   What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right...

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Employee Spotlight: Tyler Emery

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back on the first Monday of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Tyler Emery Title: Senior Project Technician Division: Environmental Hometown: Bent Mountain, VA Birthday: June 10   Favorite thing about working at DAA? Flexibility in my schedule.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? The ANGDC Natural Gas Pipeline wetland and stream delineation for the Clinch River Power Plant stands out in my mind. I really enjoyed the work and meeting a lot of the property owners as we worked through their properties. It was a large project and I feel like I gained a lot of experience by getting a chance to be a part of it.   Favorite quote or words of wisdom?   “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is...

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