2016-2017 Chattanooga Branch Officers

President | Lukas Salyer 
Firm:  Forterra Pipe & Precast (formerly Sherman Dixie)
Phone: [423] 715-6464

Lukas Salyer is employed as a Technical Resource Engineer for Forterra Drainage Products (formerly Sherman Dixie Concrete Industries). He assists Engineers, Municipalities, and Owners with Design and Specification of projects which benefit from the use of Precast Concrete Products. Mr. Salyer also provides Educational Training Courses on a variety of topics related to Infrastructure. 

Lukas joined the Forterra team in October of 2014 and carries over 10 years experience of Sales Management and Technical Marketing within the Professional Construction Industry. He has worked with both Engineers and Architects in the East Tennessee area on a variety of both Public and Privately funded projects.

Lukas has served in several directorial roles for a variety of professional trade organizations, and currently serves as President for the ASCE-Chattanooga, TN Chapter, as well as Vice-President for the ASCE-Knoxville Chapter’s Young Member Group. Mr. Salyer also serves on ASCE-Tennessee's Infrastructure Report Card Committee. Additionally, Mr. Salyer is actively involved with the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Tennessee Infrastructure Alliance (TIA)and the Tennessee Road Builders Association (TRBA).

Lukas is a native of Kingsport, TN and a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he earned a degree in Business Management, and a minor in Legal Studies. Lukas resides in Cleveland, TN with his wife Mary, and their twin children Ben and Amelia.


Past President | Maria Price | P.E.  

Firm:  City of Chattanooga
Phone: [423] 643-5821

Maria is a registered Professional Engineer in TN & VA with a B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.   She has a diverse background in transmission engineering, environmental & construction activities, utility project management, multi-discipline project management and code enforcement.  Maria has employment history with TVA, TDOT, several private firms and currently utilizes her talents for the City of Chattanooga's Land Development Office.

Besides her involvement in ASCE, she is chair of the Girl Scout Gold Award Review Board and Girl Scout Volunteer Appreciation Task Force for the Girl Scout Council of Southern Appalachians, Charity Director for ConNooga and is involved in the Chattanooga Alumni Chapter of Omega Phi Alpha Service Sorority.

When not working or involved in charity work, she spends time with her husband, 2 daughters & Australian Cattle Dog.  She enjoys board games, off-roading, muscle cars and cooking.


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Secretary | Bethany Griffin | E.I.  
Firm:  Tennessee Valley Authority
Phone: [423] 751-6005

Bethany is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she

received her B.S. Civil Engineering degree. She was highly involved in the ASCE student

chapter where she held the positions of Treasurer and Steel Bridge Captain. While in school

she was awarded the ASCE Tennessee Section Chattanooga Branch Scholarship and the

ASCE Tennessee Section Student Chapter Member Award (2015). She interned at TVA for

several years before starting her fulltime position in the Transmission Engineering: Line

Logistics and Development group back in January. She is a certified Engineer Intern and wants

to gain lots of experience and knowledge to be able to sit for her P.E in a few years. In her

spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, riding motorcycles, and is

involved in her church.


Treasurer | Ben Byard | PhD, P.E.  
Firm:  Tennessee Valley Authority
Phone: [423] 751-2487

Ben has been the treasurer of the ASCE Chattanooga Branch since 1975, and was the assistant  treasure before that starting in 1929.  It is believed by many economist that his finical ineptitudes may have contributed to the stock market crash of 1929.  In addition, he is the Practitioner Advisor to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Student ASCE chapter, and Membership Champion. 

Ben is a Bridge Program Manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  He is also active in the American Concrete Institute and is a voting member of committees: ACI 231 - Properties of Concrete at Early Ages, and ACI 213 - Lightweight Aggregate and Concrete.


Assistant Treasurer | Don Warrington | PhD, P.E.  
Firm:  Tennessee Valley Authority
Phone: [423] 488-8590

Don Warrington has had a long career in the foundation construction industry.  From 1852 to 1996, Don's family was the principal owner of Vulcan Iron Works Inc., and he was employed there in various capacities from 1978 until 1999.

He's an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga covering soil mechanics and foundation design.  Don's published numerous books on geotechnical and marine engineering and is currently consultant and designer for Pile Hammer Equipment/Vulcan Foundation Equipment, who now own, service, and market the Vulcan product line.

Don earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, Masters of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and PhD in Computational Engineering from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and Ohio.  



2016-2017 Chattanooga Branch Committee Chairs

Life Member Committee Chair | Bill Hoyt | P.E.  
Firm:  Retired
Phone: [423] XXX-XXXX
Young Member Committee Chair | Melissa Kelly | P.E.  
Firm:  Halfen USA, Inc.
Phone: [423] XXX-XXXX
Nominating Committee Chair | Mark Harrison | P.E.  
Firm:  Hamilton County Waste Water Treatment Authority
Phone: [423] XXX-XXXX
Scholarship Committee Chair | James Kapsho | P.E.  
Firm:  Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Phone: [423] 602-2095

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