Roster Change

Samuel Bonasso has been named deputy administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration at the Transportation Department.

In this position, Bonasso will have significant responsibilities for the safe movement of hazardous materials by all transportation modes, rapid response to emergencies by government agencies, training for transportation safety professionals, and applying science and technology to meet national transportation needs.

He is a former secretary of transportation for West Virginia.


Lara Vande Walle has been selected as president of the Washington DC Technology Council (, organization officials announced Nov. 7.

She will replace John Sanders, who has been serving as interim president since August 2002.

Most recently, Vande Walle served as director of membership and business development for the Technology Council of Maryland.

As the council's president, Vande Walle will work to promote the development, growth and recognition of Washington, D.C.'s technology community.


Andras Kournai has been named chief scientist and Mark Eichin has been selected as technical lead of MetaCarta Inc. The company is the provider of a new management platform that intersects textual data with geographical information and allows analysts to filter and visualize documents geographically.


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