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Carol Costello, P.E.

Board Member


Carol Costello, P.E., is the General Manager of Engineering for Mountaineer Gas Company, headquartered in Charleston, West Virginia. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the former West Virginia Institute of Technology. Carol completed her Master's Degree in Engineering Management through the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, now Marshall University.

Carol has been active in WVSPE since the first MATHCOUNTS contest way back in the eighties. She was elected to Charleston Chapter leadership and moved on to hold several offices, including President of WVSPE. She also represented WVSPE at two NSPE national conferences. She is currently the treasurer for WVSPE, remains an active supporter of MATHCOUNTS and is one of the representatives for WVSPE on the EXPO Board of Directors.

Born and reared in Weirton, WV, Carol co-oped at Weirton Steel while attending WV Tech. She began her career as a field engineer working for highway construction companies during the completion of I-79 into Charleston and the upgrade of the WV Turnpike. She also spent time in the water utility industry before moving to the natural gas industry over 22 years ago. While technology has made a vast difference in how the business is managed, the responsibility to serve natural gas customers safely, reliably and economically is still the top priority. Carol is directly involved with WV811, the West Virginia One Call Association, and was recently elected for her third term as President.

Carol resides in Charleston, WV, but spends as much time as possible at her farm in Putnam County with her two horses, two dogs and recently acquired barn cat. She also takes every opportunity to visit family, which takes her to such wonderful places as Holland, Denver and California. She cherishes the friendships that she has found over the years in the engineering community and encourages other engineers to become leaders in their industries and communities.

Upcoming Events

  • February 16-22, 2014   Engineers Week

  • March 26-27, 2014   35th Annual WV Construction & Design Exposition

Letter from the President

Chris Butler, P.E., WVSPE President

Dear Members,

I just returned from the NSPE Annual Meeting in Minneapolis. It was great to reconnect with our friends at national and the other states that attended the meeting. Without a doubt, the focus this year was growing our membership. Unfortunately, NSPE membership dropped 4.32% from May 2012 to May 2013. However, some states showed growth but were offset by double-digit losses in other states. WVSPE experienced a small loss of only one member during the same time period, a deficit we can surely overcome this year.

For the next fiscal year, look for NSPE to step up the membership efforts. They will continue to fund joint national / state campaigns developed by state societies as well as increased electronic marketing to former members and other individuals who have purchased NSPE products or services in the past. Additionally, marketing will be ramped up to younger engineers in order to plant the seed early in the educational process.

NSPE assisted WVSPE last year by helping fund the printing and mailing of the WV Engineer and accompanying P.E. sticker to all licensed P.E.’s living in West Virginia. Without support from national, this mailing would not have been possible. We truly cherish the relationship we have with national and we will need their support to grow our membership.

So how can you help WVSPE? We ask you to recruit one new member this year. That’s right, just one. If only a few do this very achievable task, our membership will grow by a large percentage. NSPE’s goal this year is to grow by 2%. I’m confident that with your help we can easily beat this number. We look forward to measuring our combined efforts!

I also encourage you to get involved with our flagship projects such as the WV Design and Construction EXPO, MATHCOUNTS, and Engineers Week this year. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering for these wonderful events.

Thank You,
Christopher S. Butler, P.E.


Scholarship Awards

The recipient of the 2013 Parkersburg Chapter of the West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship has been awarded to Ian Collins.

Ian graduated from Parkersburg High School in May with a cumulative GPA of 4.1, scoring a 2180 on his SAT and earning a 33 composite score on his ACT. His GPA is even more impressive when looking at his list of classes; AP U.S. History, AP Government and Politics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and Algebra 2 Honors.

He plans to attend West Virginia University in the fall, where he will major in Petroleum Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He’s also met the eligibility for the WV Promise Scholarship.

Ian has been honored with a number of awards while in high school. In 2012, he earned the following honors: National Merit Semi-Finalist, Eagle Scout status, National Honor Society, Mountaineer Boys State, Governor’s Honors Academy, Spanish Honor Society. Ian has also participated in a number of clubs and extracurricular activities, including serving as President of the Student Council, Captain of the Quiz Bowl team, and Vice President of the National Honor Society.


WVSPE Member Receives High Honor

Theodore Streit, P.E. has been named the recipient of the 2013 Robert Earll McConnell Award, given by the Society of Petroleum Engineers International and the Board of Directors. Streit is the 20th person to win this award since 1968, when it was established to recognize an engineer’s service to mankind. Streit will be presented the award on October 1, at the Society’s Annual Technical Conference which takes place at the Ernst N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Since the late 90s, Streit has been a major player in the engineering profession. In 1999, he served on the United States Agency for International Development, where he worked with the strategic planning committee charged with reviewing and updating the existing USAID strategy. From 1998-2004, he served as an Economic Policy Specialist with the USAID Regional Mission in Central Asia. There, he was responsible for the US Government’s natural resource energy development programs.

Streit also worked with a number of organizations, including: The Ministry of Energy, the Agency for the Regulation of Natural Monopolies and the Support of Small Business, local heating companies, and international and local oil companies. For each company, he had a wide variety of responsibilities.

Streit also worked with a number of organizations, including: The Ministry of Energy, the Agency for the Regulation of Natural Monopolies and the Support of Small Business, local heating companies, and international and local oil companies. For each company, he had a wide variety of responsibilities.

Then, from 1982-1998, he served as Head of the WV Office of Oil and Gas for the Department of Mines and its successor industries. He successfully integrated the functions of an Environmental Regulatory Agency, the Oil and Gas Conservation Agency, and the coal safety functions of WV, all while serving under four governors.

Streit returned to Charleston from Central Asia in 2004, and has been with Gaddy Engineering ever since. He currently serves as Sr. Vice President and joint owner of the company.

Mr. Streit is a Registered Professional Engineer, Petroleum, in WV. He is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the WV Land and Mineral Owners Association, a member of the Appalachian Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, a member of the WV Society of Professional Engineers, and was appointed by WV Governor Earl R. Tomblin to serve as an advisor to the WV Department of Environmental Protection.