College of Engineering Advisory Board Members
Loren Leman has worked for six years with Michael L. Foster and Associates in Eagle River, primarily with water, waste water and environmental projects. Before that, he owned his own civil/environmental engineering consulting firm, Loren Leman, P.E., for 19 years and was a project manager for 14 years with CH2M Hill. He also served concurrently for 18 years as Lieutenant Governor, Senator and Representative and is the first person of Alaska Native heritage to be elected to a statewide office in Alaska. Loren was raised in Ninilchik where his family operates a salmon fishing operation. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University, an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, and studied Arctic Engineering here at UAA. In 1999 Loren received the national Civil Government Award from ASCE for his work on resource, transportation and resource issues in Alaska. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three adult children (one a graduate from UAA) and three grandchildren.
Dr. John L. Aho
Principal Project Manager & Vice President (retired), CH2MHill
Dr. Aho retired from CH2M HILL after 31 years as a vice president and principal project manager. He holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Cornell University with an emphasis in structural engineering. In 2004 he was awarded the Alaska Commendation Medal and a national USGS award for his work in seismic risk analysis. He received an Honorary Doctor of Sciences degree from UAA in 2006 for his work in earthquake engineering research. The Western States Seismic Policy Council Lifetime Achievement Award for Earthquake Risk Mitigation was presented to him at the National Earthquake Engineering Conference in Memphis, Tennessee on April 11, 2012.
Dr. Aho has been involved as a project manager and/ or designer in over 300 projects located throughout the State of Alaska. Prior to returning to Anchorage, his city of birth, he was a structural engineering professor at an Indiana university. Dr. Aho has been a Federal Emergency Management Agency trainer in earthquake hazard mitigation of utility lifelines systems, an instructor in the Municipality of Anchorage's post-earthquake damage assessment training, and is a past chairman, and current member, of the Municipality of Anchorage Geotechnical Advisory Commission.
He currently Chairs the Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission and was founding Chair of the UAA Engineering School Advisory Board. He is president of the Alaska Chapter of the Earthquake Engineering Research and a past member of the national Board of Directors for that organization. He is Chairman of the Advisory Panel for the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation project on Seismic Microzonation in Anchorage and also serves a Chairman of the Alaska Advisory Committee for the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS). He also serves as an ex-officio member of the ANSS Working Group.
Dr. Aho has served on a National Science Foundation team that made yearly site visits to the nationally funded Southern California Earthquake Center to review their programs and to determine future levels of funding. He has given numerous presentations on issues relating to earthquake engineering, risk, and hazard mitigation. He was born in Anchorage and is the son of a pioneer Alaska bush pilot.
Anchorage is home to Melissa, despite having grown up as
an Air Force brat. She graduated from
Bartlett High School and obtained her civil engineering degree from the
University of Alaska Anchorage in May 2000. Melissa is currently a project manager in the Civil Department at
Enterprise Engineering, Inc. She prefers
site design, working with a team of architects and other engineers to design
sites that complement the building use and connect the site to the community. She has worked on several projects at UAA,
including the ANSEP and Integrated Science buildings and appreciates the full
circle of growing the university that helped mold her.
Melissa brings connection, accomplishment, and integrity
with her as an engineer and an active member of the community. Her greatest
leadership achievements have been with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). She served as Greatland Section President for
seven years and as Region J Lieutenant Governor for five years. She is still one of their best volunteers –
mentoring new leaders, helping out the UAA Collegiate Section, and
participating in their many outreach events.
Besides SWE, she volunteers with Junior Achievement,
helping prepare young people for the real world by teaching them how to
generate and manage wealth. She serves
on the Anchorage E-Week Steering Committee as fundraising chair and as co-chair
of the United Way Emerging Leaders Advisory Council (UWELAC), helping cultivate
the next generation of philanthropists, advocates, and volunteers in Anchorage
through personal leadership development and community involvement. She was honored by the Anchorage Chamber of
Commerce as one of 2009's Top 40 Under 40.
Melissa is entrenched in her most challenging project to
date – motherhood.Her son, Dominic, was
born in July 2013 and keeps both her and her husband, Robert, on their toes.
Government Liaison Director, Anchorage Division, Aero-Metric, Inc.
Paul Brooks retired from the U.S Geological as Chief of the Alaska Office and Director's Representative for Alaska and most recently from the AeroMectic Corporation as the Government Liaison Director. Paul is currently working for Beacon OHSS on Shell Oil and EXXONMobile projects in the Arctic.Paul received a BS Degree in Forest Management from the University of Maine and a MS degree in Geodesy and Photogrammetry from Iowa State University.Paul also earned an ASS degree in Paramedic Technology from UAA. Throughout his career Paul has been actively involved in the surveying and mapping profession through leadership positions in the professional societies, academia, national and regional committees, conferences, and workshops. For the past three decades Paul has served as the Chair of the Geomatics Advisory Board at UAA. Paul's other activities include Training officer for the National Disaster Medical System, Alaska Disaster Medical Assistance Team, member of the Disaster Services Team for the American Red Cross, Ski Patroller for the Alyeska Resort, and Training Center Faculty for LifeMed Alaska.
Catherine Call earned her Master of Architecture from University of Oregon in 1985 and registered in Alaska in 1995. Catherine has spend about 12 years on commercial properties and 11 years on residential with experience also on hospitality, warehouses, tenant improvement and military facilities and hotels. This past decade Catherine has focused on small, private projects including restaurants, retail and residential.
a project manager and leads the civil engineering group with Michael Baker Jr.'s Alaska
offices. He has more than 23 years of professional
experience. He graduated from Michigan
Technological University in 1991 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed by the Federal
Highway Administration (FHWA) where he designed and constructed
transportation projects on federally owned lands in the western United States. After traveling back and forth across the
Lower 48 and moving 23 times during the eight years he worked for FHWA, he decided
to move to Alaska in 1999 and has not looked back since. He worked for CH2M Hill's Anchorage office
from 1999 to 2010 and managed their transportation business group. He has worked for Michael Baker Jr. for the
past four years. Derek's experience
includes transportation, site civil and pipeline projects located across
Alaska. Example transportation projects
include the Whittier Ferry Access Road, the Glenn-Parks Interchange, Elmore
Road in Anchorage, and road projects in Denali National Park, McGrath, Akiak, and Kotzebue. His site civil experience
includes work on JBER for two C-17 hangars and numerous projects in support of
the Alaska Air National Guard's relocation from Kulis ANG Base to Elmendorf
AFB. When not at work, Derek enjoys kayaking,
biking, skiing, music and chasing his three year old son and their sled dog
around the house.
During more than 33 years as a consultant, Dr. Colonell has provided engineering and environmental support to most North Slope hydrocarbon developments, to the TransAlaska Pipeline System, to several iterations of the proposed natural gas pipeline, and to many other clients throughout Alaska and the Lower-48. He has designed and managed numerous projects, ranging from small, specialized consulting assignments to large multi-disciplinary undertakings. He has completed projects in many locations around the world, including Azerbaijan, Philippines and Venezuela, where he established project offices and employed local engineers and scientists in accordance with local customs and regulations. Jack holds three degrees in civil engineering: BS, Univ. of Colorado Boulder; MS, Washington State University; and PhD, Stanford University. Prior to his consulting career, he was professor of marine science at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and professor of civil and ocean engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jack is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and he is a Diplomate in Coastal and Ocean Engineering in the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port, and Navigation Engineers.
Patrick M. Coullahan, P.E., PMP, CFM, has been Chief of Construction/Operations Division for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District since June 2008--the senior leader responsible for the Alaska District's Civil Works, Military, and Interagency and International Support construction programs and operations throughout the state. He was in the private sector where he was Vice President and Manager of URS Corporation's Alaska Operations from 2004-08, directing a professional full service engineering & environmental team; and from 2001-04 he was as senior engineer and principal investigator for Earth Tech supporting Missile Defense Agency Ground-based Midcourse Defense in Alaska—successfully providing senior level engineering, construction, real estate and environmental oversight for Alaska Test Bed and Initial Missile Defense Capabilities. He has an extensive background in the Department of Defense and is a retired United States Air Force Colonel, where he served as a career civil engineer officer from 1972 to 2001, including assignments as the Base Civil Engineer at Elmendorf AFB and at Galena Airport, as well as other postings around the globe. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and studied Engineering Management at UAA. He is a Professional Engineer (IE-TX), a Project Management Professional, and a Certified Facility Manager. His wife Theresa is a UAA graduate, and their son Matthew is a Civil Engineer graduate from UAA.
Vice President, Davison & Davison, Inc
Bruce Davison is an attorney with the Law Offices of Davison & Davison, Inc. in Anchorage. He represents architects, engineers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors and insurers needing legal services related to design and construction matters.
After attending the University of Fairbanks in the early 1970s, Bruce received B.S. (1974) and MS (1975) degrees in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. He received a J.D. cum laude from Thomas Cooley Law School in 1982. Bruce is a registered Professional Engineer in Alaska. He is a licensed attorney in Alaska and Washington.
For many years, Bruce worked as a civil engineer in Alaska on design and construction projects including the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, the Red Dog Mine Project, and North Slope Oilfield development.
Since establishing his law practice 1985, Bruce has focused on design and construction law. He has been a principal of the Law Offices of Davison & Davison, Inc. since its founding in 1988.
Bruce also works as part-time Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at UAA. He teaches a graduate course titled "Legal Environment for Project Managers" and occasional "Technical Writing" short courses.
Bruce has authored and published numerous technical papers regarding Permafrost Engineering and many legal treatises addressing Design and Construction Law in Alaska.
President, ATS Alaska
Dan Fawcett, P.E., is one of the owners and President of ATS Alaska. Dan has more than 20 years of experience working with various facility systems and associated integrations. He oversees the operation of ATS which provides facility system contracting services, including engineering, installation, integration and service of fire, audio, security and controls systems. Dan earned is his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. He and his wife, Jenny, have two children and love all that Alaska offers.
Vice President, Associate Principal, RSA Engineering, Inc
Mark has been working in the building design and construction field in various capacities since 1990. He has been with RSA Engineering, Inc since 2000. RSA Engineering is a mechanical and electrical consulting firm that has been providing designs around Alaska for almost 30 years. As Vice President of the mechanical department, Mark is responsible for all the mechanical projects and is extremely capable of designing and leading projects including HVAC systems, plumbing systems, fire protection systems, and building automation systems.
Mark has served on the Municipality of Anchorage IFC code review committee for the 2003, 2006, and 2009 code cycles. Since 2005 Mark has been an instructor for the mechanical design portion of ES A411 Northern Building Design at UAA, the course that Architects and Engineers take for licensure in Alaska. Mark graduated with a Bachelor in Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Mark is a registered mechanical engineer in Alaska and Idaho, and is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association, and the International Code Council.
Virginia graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Engineering in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. She has 9 years of experience in civil, transportation, and environmental engineering. Prior to engineering, she spent 5 years as a manager for AT&T Wireless, managing up to 6 retail locations and 18 employees. Virginia's engineering experience includes aviation and roadway design, water and sewer design, aviation planning, utility conflict analysis and coordination, site development, traffic impact studies, cost estimating, specifications writing, feasibility studies, construction administration, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan development and inspection, environmental site assessments, environmental sampling, wetlands delineation, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit preparation and field monitoring.
Virginia is a past-president and co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders UAA Student Chapter and UAA Fencing Club. She is also a past-president of the ASCE Alaska Section and ASCE Anchorage Branch. Virginia is currently the President of the newly formed UAA SOE Alumni Chapter and is the Chairwoman for the Alaska Division of the United States Fencing Association (USFA). She is also a fencing coach, having volunteered as a fencing instructor with the Woodland Park Boy's and Girl's Club Sports Program.
Virginia grew up in Kodiak, Alaska and currently lives in Anchorage with her husband, Mark, and four year-old son, Stefan. She currently works for DOT&PF, Central Region-Aviation Design.
James R. Hemsath
Director, Project Development and Asset Management
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Hemsath, P.E., P.M.P., is the Director of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export
Authority (AIDEA) responsible for the Project Development and Asset Management
program which includes owning, managing, and operating industrial facilities,
as well as project development and strategic planning.These facilities include (among others) the
Delong Mountain Transportation System (haul road and port complex for the Red
Dog mine), the Ketchikan Shipyard, and the Skagway Ore terminal.
addition to his time at AIDEA, Hemsath has thirty years experience in the
energy fields, managing the development of large projects, predominately in the
oil and gas fields. He has worked in the
oil industry as a project manager and consultant with special expertise in the
application of management systems, change management, and technical integrity. As a member of the U.S. Department of
Energy's Arctic Energy Office he managed research projects at the University of
Alaska Fairbanks in the development of Arctic energy.
a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North he developed and led an
International Polar Year project on Arctic Energy, culminating in an
international Arctic Energy Technology Conference in October 2007 and most
recently presented a paper on sustainability factors for Arctic Development at
the International Polar Year 2012 conference in Montreal.
has additional experience as a faculty (adjunct) member of the Engineering and
Science Management Department of the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was a
recipient of a NASA Faculty Fellowship in which he developed a dynamic
simulation model to assist in staffing projections at Kennedy Space Center.
Hemsath has an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from
the University of Michigan and Master degrees in Industrial Engineering
(Cleveland State University) and Engineering Management (University of Alaska
Anchorage). He serves as a member of the Scenarios Consultative Group of the
North Slope Science Initiative and as a public member of the Joint Base
Elmendorf-Richardson Community Environmental Board. Mr. Hemsath is a licensed Professional
Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional.
Dr. Alex Hills
President, Alex Hills Associates
Dr. Alex Hills is Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. Also, he was recently appointed Distinguished Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering at UAA.
At Carnegie Mellon Professor Hills conceived and built the world's first Wi-Fi network. He tells the story in his book, "Wi-Fi and the Bad Boys of Radio." He also works to teach, mentor, and place students as consultants in government agencies and nongovernmental organizations in developing nations. For many of the students, this is a life-changing experience that causes them to refocus their lives. These students and their work are described in Dr. Hills' latest book, "Geeks on a Mission."
In Alaska he is best known for his role in developing the state's broadcast and telecommunication networks. He worked in the 1970s and 1980s to build public radio stations across Alaska and to develop the state's telecommunications networks so that even small villages could receive radio, television and telephone service. In those days, he was known to radio listeners as "Alex in the Morning." Earlier, as a young U.S. Army Signal Corps officer, he was a company commander in Korea.
An inventor with thirteen patents, he is a Fellow of the IEEE, and he was Alaska's 2007 Engineer of the Year. - Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University.
Reservoir Engineer, BP Alaska, Inc.
Though her career has been short (only 4 years) in comparison to her Advisory Board colleagues, her contributions to the University have been numerous. In addition to her day job, she is the UAA Campus Recruiting Champion. In this position, she organizes marketing and recruiting events, but more importantly support money for the university. Under her guidance, BP has given $20,000 in scholarships to UAA School of Engineering students over the past two years and provided $16,000 to the student chapter of ASCE to host their regional conference last year. Jenny enjoys other community service activities including the ASD gifted mentorship program, the Girl Scouts Women in Science, the Anchorage Opera Guild Board, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Anchorage Engineer’s Week.
John has lived and worked in Alaska for the last 25 years for ENSTAR Natural Gas. He has a background with 33 years in design, development, and operations of oil and gas facilities. His education background includes a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from the University of Washington. John and his wife Jane have 5 adult children, two of which are practicing engineers in Alaska.
Principal (retired), AMC Engineers
Boyd Morgenthaler, P.E., retired in 2012 after 40 years of mechanical engineering consulting to pursue a long list of other interests. A specialist in HVAC system design, he cofounded Anchorage-based Adams, Morgenthaler and Company, dba AMC Engineers in 1981 and served as its president and board chairman. Prior to forming AMC he worked with Crews, MacInnes and Hoffman in Anchorage after moving to Alaska from Seattle in1975. Boyd has been involved in hundreds of projects including work on most buildings at UAA. Notable designs include the Sullivan Arena, UAA Rasmussen Center, Dimond High School, Nesbett Courthouse, Anchorage Federal Building HVAC and Control renovation, and the Providence Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) power plant completed in 2012.
Boyd enjoys a wide range of community service including the Anchorage YMCA (pool consultant), Anchorage International Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund (board), Anchorage District Soccer Federation (cofounder and past president), Kincaid Project Group (cofounder & past board member), Bayshore/Klatt Community Council and work with numerous professional societies. He is also a major supporter of nursing education.
Morgenthaler received his B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1972 and has been a licensed professional in Alaska since 1979.Over the years he has received several awards and citations for innovative design including the 2002 ASHRAE National Technology Award of Merit for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Hunter Education Building, Fairbanks.
Boyd also enjoys swimming, skiing, rowing, long distance sailing voyages, and newfound time with his wife Kathryn and their four adult children.
Project Manager, Conoco-Phillips
Scott moved to Alaska in 2006 and is the Capital Project Manager for the Greater Kuparuk Area and Alaska Project Services for ConocoPhillips, Alaska. Scott joined Conoco in 1982 and worked for five years in Oklahoma as a process engineer. He worked four years in Aberdeen, Scotland as a facilities engineer on the Hutton and Murchison offshore platforms. He worked eight years in Dubai, UAE leading project design and construction activities on multiple offshore pipeline and facility projects. He also worked eight years in Houston as manager of onshore development in Libya and leading a corporate small project initiative.
Scott graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering in 1982. He enjoys biking, running, cross country skiing and Italian cooking.He lives in south Anchorage with his wife, Leslie, and the youngest of their six children.
General Manager, UMIAQ
Richard Reich serves as the General Manager of UMIAQ, a subsidiary of Ukpeavik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC). He first joined the UIC family of companies in 2004 as General Manager of BTS Professional Services. Richard managed the successful consolidation and integration of all UIC Professional Services in Alaska under the UMIAQ brand name. As a result, UMIAQ has expanded its professional and technical services and client base within Alaska to include both public and private infrastructure development, as well as support services to the energy development industry.
Richard has over 10 years of executive management experience, gaining valuable expertise as both a corporate executive for professional consulting organizations in Alaska and as an owner’s representative for the North Slope Borough. He also has over 20 years of engineering experience with a range of rural and urban Alaska projects involving civil and arctic design, field surveying, roadway and airport transportation design, water and sewer infrastructure development, oilfield infrastructure inspection and integrity management, and management of large public projects.
Richard is an Iñupiaq that was born and raised in Barrow, Alaska. He earned his Civil Engineering baccalaureate degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1988 and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2001. Richard has been a registered Civil Engineer in Alaska since 1992. As an Alaskan Native, Richard has a special interest in applying his strong technical and professional background and sound management experience to the benefit of rural communities in Alaska.
George Wayne Skladal is an attorney and counselor at law who is a solo practitioner in Anchorage since 1978. He has served as Executive Director of the Alaska Pipeline Commission and the Deputy Director of the Alaska Division of Energy and Power Development.
He is a Lieutenant Colonel, Airborne Ranger, United States Army, Retired. He led platoons (Fort Bragg and Fort Benning), a company (Fort Benning), and a battalion (Viet Nam). Operations Research and Systems Analysis Officer. Parachutist. Ranger. Jump Master. Served in the 82d Airborne Division, the 2d Infantry Division, and the 7th Infantry Division. Instructor, Nuclear Warfare. Nuclear Weapons Employment Officer. Meritorious Instructor, Officer Advanced Courses, United States Army Quartermaster School. Designated the Honor Graduate of an Officer Advanced Course.
Served as the Assistant Joint Petroleum Officer, Alaskan Command in which he supervised bringing in petroleum ocean tankers to Haines, Whittier, Kodiak, and Adak, as well as the operation of the 700-mile Haines to Fairbanks Military Petroleum Pipeline and 65-mile Whittier to Anchorage Pipeline. He also served as the Deputy Director of Industrial Operations and the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Logistics, United States Army, Alaska. He received the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Expert Pistol and Rifle Marksmanship Badges.
Admitted to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court;the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit;the U.S. District Court, Alaska; and all courts of the States of Alaska and Texas. Life Member, A.S.C.E. Member, Terminal Operations and Environmental Monitoring Committee, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council going on 24 years. Former President, Tudor Area Community Council for 15 years. Received Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Award for contributions to quality higher education in Alaska. Received Meritorious Service Award from UAA. Former Barrister, then Master, then President, Anchorage Inn of Court. Former member, Board of Directors, UAA Alumni Assn for 25 years. Invited speaker on the impact of the Arab oil embargo before the Anchorage World Affairs Council and the Defense Transportation Association. Published The Coastal Boundaries of Naval Petroleum Reserve No. 4, Alaska Sea Grant Report No. 73-12, University of Alaska Sea Grant Program.
B.S. Civil Engineering, Texas A&M;M.S. Petroleum Management, University of Kansas;M.P.A. University of Alaska Anchorage, J.D. St. Mary's University of San Antonio;and Graduate, United States Army Command and General Staff College. Interests are arctic engineering, drawing, painting, sculpture, hand-thrown ceramics, print making, watercolor, long distance swimming, and hiking. Married to Elizabeth Gallo Skladal for 58 years, who have two sons, Wayne and Joseph, and five grandchildren.
Senior Vice President, Technology Services, Alaska Communications
Steve Weaver has been with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium since January 2000, serving as the Senior Director of the Division of Environmental Health & Engineering. He has over 30 years of engineering experience, most of which has been focused in rural Alaska. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Alaska and a board certified environmental engineer. Previously he has worked for the US Indian Health Service in Alaska, California, New Mexico and Maryland as a project engineer, district engineer and sanitation program manager. He has also worked for ASCG, Inc and the State of Alaska Village Safe Water Program as a Project Manager. Mr. Weaver started his career serving in the 79th Engineer Battalion, US Army, Corps of Engineers. Mr. Weaver has a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute. Together with his wife, Carol, they have 4 children and six grandchildren.
Jon Zufelt joined HDR Alaska, Inc. in 2013 as Senior Hydraulic Engineer working on water, hydropower, and ice engineering projects. Prior to that, he served 30 years as a Federal Employee working as a research engineer with the US Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. He also has served as an Adjunct Professor in the UAA School of Engineering since 2001, teaching graduate courses in Water Resources and Ice Engineering. Jon serves in many capacities with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), including the National Committee on Technical Advancement and also as the Editor of the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. He holds a B.S. degree in Forest Engineering from the State University of New York, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Iowa. While Jon and his wife Penny only moved to Alaska in 2001, they consider it their home, along with their two grown children (both married and living in Anchorage).