May 2020 - Virtual Federal Government Luncheon
Peter W. Mueller, PE, PMP - Director, Planning & Project Management
Architect of the Capital (AOC)
As the Director of Planning and Project Management, Mr. Peter W. Mueller oversees a central support organization which provides architecture and engineering design, project and construction management, in-house construction, preservation, and sustainability and energy management to the U.S. Capitol, House Office Buildings, Senate Office Buildings, Library of Congress, U.S. Botanic Garden and other Architect of the Capitol (AOC) jurisdictional facilities.
Mr. Mueller has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience in engineering, construction, and project and program management. Throughout his 27-year Army career he served in numerous command and staff positions in Europe, Southwest Asia and the United States. Before joining the AOC in 2016, Mr. Mueller was the Vice President for Parsons Corporation in Washington D.C.
Mr. Mueller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from The University of Utah, a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a certified Project Management Professional.
Emily D. Schiffmacher, P.E., PMP, Deputy Chief, Engineering Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE Baltimore District)
Emily D. Schiffmacher is the Deputy Chief of Engineering Division, at the Baltimore District, a position which she assumed in September 2017.
The Engineering Division comprises approximately 200 professionals who provide engineering, sustainability, and environmental services and design to support Military, Civil Works, Support for Others (SFO), Installation and Interagency Support (IIS), Environmental and Munitions Programs. Engineering Division consists of 22 sections under four branches: Civil Works, Geotechnical, Military Design and Environmental & Munitions Design Center (EMDC). In addition, Engineering Division has forward deployed assets at RSFO. Within the Division, there are several technical design centers involved with various regional and national programs such as the Active Army Military Munitions Response program, the Army Reactor Decommissioning program and Dam and Levee Safety programs. There are several Regional Centers of Expertise including Fire Protection Engineering, Master Planning, Subsurface Investigations & Soil Mechanics Lab Testing, and Radiological Health Physics.
Ms. Schiffmacher has served with USACE for 14 years, all of those in Baltimore District. Her service has taken her throughout the various Divisions within the District as a Department of Army Intern; and the EMDC within the Engineering Division. She has served in a variety of leadership assignments to include Chief of the Military Project Management Section in EMDC; and Acting Chief of the Engineering Division, after the retirement of the previous Chief in late 2019.
Ms. Schiffmacher has been involved with many programs to include the Formerly Used Defense Sites, Installation Restoration and Military Munitions, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing facility. She is also currently assigned as NAB’s Acting Career Program Manager for CP-18, Engineers and Scientists (Resources & Construction). She has been recognized with several Team Awards, and Federal Career Program Awards related to voluntary service in support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs.
She graduated with a BS in Biological Resources Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003, and earned an MS in Biological Resources Engineering with an emphasis in environmental contamination at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006. She is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Maryland, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
Brandon Tobias, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Quality, Community & Acquisition Readiness Director (QCARD)
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC Washington)
Brandon Tobias is the Quality, Community and Acquisition Readiness Director (QCARD) for Naval Facilities Engineering Command - Washington (NAVFAC WASH), located in the historic Washington Navy Yard. His responsibilities include overseeing design quality control/assurance processes, community management, and acquisition readiness for architect-engineering services throughout the National Capital Region. His fifteen-year federal career includes time with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Kansas City, Afghanistan, and Headquarters in Washington, DC. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas (2005) and his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University (2019).