Movers & Shakers 08/11/13
Hattenburg Dilley & Linnell Engineering Consultants announced several new hires and professional achievements. Wesley Oistad has achieved his Professional Engineering License in civil engineering. Oistad is a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a minor in mathematics. He has more than nine years of combined construction, construction administration, and civil project design experience. Nick Oliveira has been a part of HDL’s Anchorage engineering team for five years and also recently received his Professional Engineering License in civil engineering. He is a graduate of the UAA with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Oliveira is a roadway designer with more than five years of roadway design experience leading design teams on projects throughout the Anchorage Bowl. Angela M. Smith has joined HDL as a senior aviation engineer. Smith has more than 13 years of experience providing engineering, planning, and environmental services on numerous critical and challenging aviation projects throughout Alaska. She is a graduate of the UAA with bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Prior to joining HDL, she was an aviation design squad leader with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities. Casey Witt recently joined HDL as a civil engineer for the firm’s Palmer office. Witt has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Portland State University and is licensed as a professional civil engineer in Alaska and Washington and as a professional land surveyor in Washington. Witt has more than 12 years of experience designing roads, public utilities, hydrology projects, and surveying in Alaska and Washington. Doug P. Simon has joined HDL as a senior geotechnical engineer for the firm’s Anchorage Office. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science in geological engineering with a double major in geology. Simon has 12 years experience on geotechnical, geologic, and hydrogeology challenges for transportation, mining and development projects. Simon will manage the firm’s geotechnical engineering group. Shawn Hull recently joined HDL as a civil engineer for the firm’s Palmer office. Hull has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the UAA and is a licensed professional civil engineer. Hull is a roadway designer with over 14 years of highway design experience leading design teams on multi-million dollar projects in Alaska and Washington.
Ryan Gilbert was hired as the director of operations at NeighborWorks Anchorage. Gilbert joins NeighborWorks Anchorage from the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Small Business Development Center where he worked as an international trade specialist. Prior to that Gilbert was executive director of Chanlyut, a social enterprise connected to Cook Inlet Tribal Council. Gilbert is also managing partner of Alaska Consulting Group.
American Fast Freight Inc. has hired Jake Nyman, the former creative director at Olive Group Design of Seattle, to take over marketing duties that were filled by former vice president of marketing Mike Schuller. Nyman will be bringing more than 10 years of creative marketing and communications experience with him to AFF. Previously, Nyman was the web coordinator and editor for Salem Communications in Los Angeles and guest relations representative with Paramount Pictures. Nyman holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Washington State University and a master’s degree in Electronic Business.
Bettisworth North Architects & Planners Inc. welcomes back lifelong Alaskan Kluane Weibel to the Fairbanks office as a summer intern. As an undergraduate student in architecture, Weibel spent six weeks in Rome participating in a design studio that emphasized thoughtful design and the values of building inhabitants. Currently, she is completing her final year of a master’s degree in architecture at Montana State University in which her thesis proposes developing a multi-generational residential housing option for northern Alaskan villages.
PND Engineers Inc. announced the following new employees and professional achievements in its Anchorage and Palmer offices. Ellen Hamel and Chad Malone were hired as senior engineers. Hamel is a registered professional structural engineer in Alaska and holds a professional civil engineer license in Wisconsin. She holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tufts University. Malone is a graduate of Montana State University and brings 12 years of experience in civil and structural design on a wide range of projects. Michael Beauvais completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and was promoted to staff engineer focusing on structural engineering design. He is a lifelong Alaskan and a recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kara Raber was hired as accounts payable and payroll technician. Raber has an associate degree in accounting from UAA and more than three years of accounting and payroll experience. David Bentti earned a Professional Engineer registration in Alaska and was promoted to senior engineer. Bentti holds a master of engineering degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah. He has been with PND since 2010, focusing on structural engineering projects.
Joe Jacobson began his new role as Division of Economic Development director on Aug. 1. He will be based in Juneau. In his work with Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Jacobson directed overseas seafood marketing efforts across 21 countries. His experience with ASMI began in 2008 as the Asia coordinator. Prior to that, Jacobson was with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Office of Agricultural Affairs in Beijing from 2006 through 2007. A graduate of Alaska Pacific University, he completed his master’s degree in international relations at the City College of New York, focusing on frontier economic development.