Mover and Shakers for July 16
Coffman Engineers announced that Aaron Morse has obtained his Alaska professional engineering license in civil engineering. Morse is a civil/structural engineer in the Anchorage office. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2009. His first five years after college were concentrated in construction management and engineering, including work at two combined-cycle, natural-gas-fired power plants in Canada. Morse’s industrial background as a construction field engineer includes supervision of ironworker and boilermaker crews erecting structural steel and performing structural welding, supervision of industrial painters, crane lift plans, quality control, calculating cost projections and generating RFIs. In 2014 Morse transitioned from construction management to design engineering. His structural design experience has been concentrated mostly in the oil and gas sector, including steel pipe support design, reinforced concrete foundation design and deep foundation design.
PND Engineers Inc. announced two professional achievements and a new hire in its Anchorage office. Josh Gray and Daniel King recently obtained professional engineer registrations from the State of Alaska. Gray graduated from Montana State University in 2012 with his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He joined the PND team in 2013, with his engineering duties encompassing general civil site design, roadway design, marine infrastructure, oil and gas development and on-site inspection. King obtained his master’s degree in civil engineering in 2016 from University of Alaska Anchorage. He specializes in structural evaluation and design. King began working at PND as an intern and has been with the company fulltime since 2013. Amy Steiner, E.I.T. (engineer in training), joined the Anchorage office in January. Steiner received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2012. Following that, she worked for PDC Engineering in Fairbanks for 2½ years before returning to school at Delft University of Technology (in The Netherlands) for her master’s degree in geotechnical engineering, completed in 2016. Her engineering duties primarily consist of laboratory testing and the preparation of geotechnical reports.
Ravn Air Group announced that Dave Pflieger will join the company as its new president, CEO and member of its board of directors. Bob Hajdukovich, the airline’s current president and CEO, will be elevated to vice chairman of the board. Both new positions will be effective Aug. 8. Pflieger brings over three decades of aviation experience to Ravn. His award-winning career includes prior positions as the CEO of Fiji Airways, Silver Airways and most recently of Island Air, Larry Ellison’s privately held airline in Hawaii. Pflieger was also a founding officer and senior executive at Virgin America, and held senior management roles in operations, safety and legal at Delta Air Lines. While at Delta, Pflieger was also a B757/767 and B737 pilot. Pflieger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the United States Air Force as a B-52 instructor pilot and a C-130 pilot. He holds a juris doctor and an MBA from Emory University.
Seven lawyers from the Anchorage office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of Alaska Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists, published by Thomson Reuters Legal, are a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition. Each year no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in Alaska are named to the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5 percent for the Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers are: Jon S. Dawson, Business and Corporate; Gregory S. Fisher, Employment and Labor; Elizabeth Pifke Hodes, Employment and Labor; Barbara Simpson Kraft, Real Estate; Joseph L. Reece, Business and Corporate, Real Estate; Robert K. Stewart Jr., Employment and Labor. Rising Star was Anne-Marie Tavella, Construction Litigation.
Dr. Mark M. Levin, M.D., M.S., will join the Alaska Heart &Vascular Institute on Sept. 18. He is board-certified in general surgery and a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he earned a doctor of medicine, as well as a master of science in physiology and biophysics. Levin also holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience with a concentration in cellular and molecular neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University. Levin is currently finishing his training at the University of Texas Southwestern as a vascular surgery fellow. His training entails the full spectrum of open and endovascular surgery, with an emphasis on advanced endovascular techniques. Levin has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at various national conferences. His main interests are in carotid disease, PAD, and complex endovascular aortic aneurysm repair. He is expected to receive board eligibility in vascular surgery in July.