Douglas E. Volkman, P.E. F.ASCE, a team and group leader for the University of California staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Volkman was recruited in 1985 by the Zia Company (Los Alamos, NM) to provide civil/structural engineering analysis and design capability. There he worked on the design of the TA-36 precinct station, TA-03 gas plant cylinder storage facility, TA-36 high-explosive test bunker, TA-49 explosive test facilities, Otowi water wells No.1 & 4, DOE gas transmission line from Bloomfield, NM, to Cuba, NM, and the CMR Bldg nuclear materials storage vault.
After a three-year combined stint with Zia and Pan Am World Services, he joined the UC staff at LANL. After five years of hands-on engineering design, Volkman was appointed program manager for the Seismic Hazards Site Specific Assessment. This schedule- and budget-sensitive work consisted of coordinating a group of LANL research scientists (geologists, seismologists, and soil/rock mechanic experts) and contracting with external experts to survey the site, plan the work, execute it, and complete the peer-review process that covered the methodology, resulting data, and conclusions.
Volkman later became a project leader at the CMR Bldg, a large operating nuclear chemistry laboratory. Among other projects, he oversaw replacement of the exhaust HEPA filters within large plenums for the building. In 2001, he was assigned to the Cerro Grande Fire Recovery project, which was established in the aftermath of a 50,000-acre wildfire that destroyed or impaired portions of LANL. He continued as a project leader but in the LANL utility organization, the work consisting of inspection and rehabilitation for the Los Alamos Canyon steel arch bridge, management of roads projects, design of steam system piping anchors, and other tasks.
Next was his appointment as team leader for the civil, structural, architectural design organization with UC. In 2006, the LANL contract changed from UC to Los Alamos National Security, a private consortium of companies, but his assignment remained the same until 2014. That same year, he was certified as a structural engineer. Volkman’s earlier career years were with the West Virginia Department of Highways, the Pittston Coal Group (Lebanon, VA), and Powell Construction Company (Johnson City, TN).
He is a professional engineer in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and New Mexico. He received his M.S. in engineering from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, which subsequently became the graduate school for Marshall University.