Maher Z. Labib, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the buildings and facilities division of engineering and construction management firm STV Inc., New York City, died on May 12 at age 67. STV declines to disclose how or where he died. Labib, who earned civil engineering degrees in Cairo, Egypt, joined the firm in 1996 from a previous role as vice president for facilities and buildings at Raytheon Infrastructure Services Inc. Labib “re-engineered … the division into one of the most profitable arms of STV,” says CEO Dominick Servedio.
Warren “Bud” Viessman, professor emeritus of environmental engineering sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a noted expert in water resources management, died on April 8 in Gainesville. He was 79. Viessman was the former associate dean of the university’s engineering school and president of the Universities Council on Water Resources and the American Water Resources Association. After retiring in 2003, he launched an online master’s degree program in water-resources planning and management that is now a model for online graduate education in the U.S. and abroad, say colleagues. Viessman won highest honors from AWRA and the American Society of Civil Engineers for contributions to public service, research and practice in his fields.