Movers and Shakers for June 9
Former intern Felipe Ruiz, EIT, recently joined R&M Consultants Inc. as a full-time staff engineer in the firm’s Waterfront and Structural Engineering Groups. Ruiz will be involved with civil and structural design of port and harbor development, airport and utility projects. His responsibilities include civil and structural analysis, load calculations, modeling and other upland site development associated with these projects. Prior to joining R&M, Ruiz worked as an intern at a steel erection and pre-engineered metal buildings company. He also spent five years working as a fiscal tech for the University of Alaska Anchorage’s College of Engineering. Since joining the firm, Ruiz has worked on projects including school structure renovations and repairs, airports around the state and structural analysis for mooring dolphins at the Hoonah Cruise Dock. Ruiz received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering last month from the UAA. He also has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida. Originally born in Colombia, Ruiz moved from Florida to Anchorage to complete his civil engineering degree.
Great Alaskan Holidays, Alaska’s largest RV rental, sales, and service business headquartered in Anchorage, hired Brenda Sims as a full-time member of the vehicle maintenance technician team. Already with several years of relative technical experience, Sims recently graduated cum laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an associate’s degree in automotive technology. Sims is also ASE-certified as a Parts Specialist, has passed her exams for ASE certification on Electrical and Brakes, and is currently underway with her Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association certification as a registered technician.
Bering Straits Native Corp. hired shareholder Lucille Sands for the newly-created position of Shareholder Development director. In this new position, Sands will actively design and implement strategies to align shareholder development with organizational goals and business needs, work to recruit shareholders and descendants for open positions, source qualified shareholders and provide ongoing review and metrics related to open positions and hiring of qualified shareholders. Sands has been employed by BSNC for many years, and has worked across many departments, which enhances her ability to assist management in meeting our commitment to shareholders and descendants. She earned an MBA from Western Governor’s University, a bachelor’s of business administration degree with a minor in Alaska Native business management from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and an associate’s degree from the UAA. Sands recently served as the proposal compliance manager at BSNC.
PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new hires in its Anchorage office. Carlos Perreira was hired as IT systems administrator. Previously, Perreira was the Operations director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, where he was responsible for IT and financial duties. Perreira has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and experience as both an IT support specialist and a designer/drafter. He has more than 13 years of AutoCAD 2D and 3D experience, GIS experience, and has worked in design of oil and gas facilities including housing facilities, pipeline stations, modules and more. Claire Ellis, EIT, has worked in the engineering field since she was in high school and completed her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Alaska Anchorage last month. She joined PND part-time in March and is now a full-time status staff engineer focused on general civil engineering. She has previous intern experience with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, reviewing submittals for public and community drinking water systems, and with Holler Engineering, working on a range of water, wastewater, and soils testing and design elements. Colton Jessup, LSIT, earned a bachelor’s degree in geomatics from the UAA in 2017. Jessup is a lifelong Alaskan from Kotzebue who previously worked for Red Dog Mine operations as a technical intern, and later as a full-time mine/survey technician. In that role, he provided survey services for mining activities, support for GPS systems, and construction monitoring. Most recently, Jessup worked for Bell &Associates on the North Slope. Justin Lobdell, EIT, brings several years of experience in residential construction and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UAA this spring. Lobdell started working part-time for PND in April and has since joined the Palmer office full-time, supporting the structural team. Kannon Lee, EIT, has joined PND’s geotechnical group. He is originally from New Mexico, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and is currently completing a master’s in geotechnical engineering from the UAA. He came to Alaska in 2012 to work as grants administrator for the Igiugig Village Council. More recently, he worked for Jacobs Engineering in Anchorage.