2017-2018 Chattanooga Branch Officers

President | Jeff Parris 
Phone: [423]

Jeff Parris has more than 17 years of experience in private and commercial industries with specific emphasis on the Civil Engineering in soil and groundwater at Energy and Resource sites. He has experience in public works, multiple Departments of Transportation (DOT), multiple utility and energy agencies and the Department of Defense (DOD). 

Areas of expertise include stormwater conveyance, detention/retention ponds, site grading roadways, sedimentation and erosion controls. Power generation experience includes fossil, coal combustion products, nuclear, combustion turbine for simple cycle and combines cycle, solar power, owners engineering services, permitting and construction support. 


Past 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.


Vice President | 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.


Secretary | Bethany Griffin Butler | 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 was also just awarded the Young Engineer of the Year Award for 2018.

She interned at TVA for several years before starting with them fulltime at the being of 2016. Her current position is in the Transmission Engineering: Line Engineering group designing transmission lines. 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.

She is involved in the STEM Enrichment program through TVA, where she teaches upcoming junior girls in high school about Transmission Line Engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two dogs, and family. She also enjoys reading, riding motorcycles, and is involved in her church.


Treasurer | Melissa De Alejandro Kelly |  
Phone: [423]


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.  


Chattanooga Development Symposium Director | 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.  She was named ASCE TN Section Government Engineer of the Year in 2017 and is on the state board of ASCE's Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI).  She is the Creator & Director of the Chattanooga Development Symposium.

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, formerly Charity Director for ConNooga and is involved in the Chattanooga Alumni Chapter of Omega Phi Alpha National 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.


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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