School of Engineering Advisory Board
John Aho - CH2MHill
Paul Brooks - Government Liaison Director, Anchorage Division, Aero-Metric, Inc.
Catherine Call is the owner of Blue Sky Studio. She 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.
Tony Follett is the Senior Vice-President and Alaska Region Manager for Aero-Metric, Inc. He is responsible for operations in Alaska, Western Canada and Hawaii plus worldwide activities of its software division, DAT/EM Systems International. Since 1973 he has been involved in the design and management of geospatial projects. His technical experience includes service as a photo control surveyor, aerial camera operator, photo lab technician, stereocompiler, aerotriangulation specialist, computer programmer, and project manager. His project management experience includes consulting, planning, and administration of over 1,500 geospatial projects.
He is currently Chairman of the Export Council of Alaska for the U.S. Department of Commerce, appointed by successive Secretaries of Commerce since 1995. Since 2002 he has served as a Commissioner on the Municipal Airports Aviation Advisory Commission, appointed by successive Mayors. In support of academia he has been a member of the University of Alaska Anchorage Advisory Boards for the School of Engineering since 2004 and for the Department of Geomatics since 1985.
Tony earned his Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, majoring in Photogrammetric & Geodetic Engineering, from the University of Illinois in 1971. In 1969 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. He also did Post-Graduate Study in Forest Management at Oregon State University from 1971 - 1972.Dr. Alex Hills - Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Jenny Jemison is a reservoir engineer for 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.
Loren Leman is a Vice President with Michael L. Foster & Associates in Eagle River where he has worked for five years, 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 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. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three adult children (one a graduated from UAA) and one grandchild.
Dale Nash joined Alaska Aerospace in 2007 and became CEO in 2008. He's overseen six successful launches from the Kodiak Launch Complex, certification of the Range Safety System, Rocket Motor Storage construction, and engineering for a new medium-life launch pad. Dale has 29 years expense in aerospace. Prior to Alaska, he spend 14 years in Florida working in NASA's Human Space Flight programs. He held several executive positions including VP/GM of Thiokol's ET/SRB Operations and Director Launch Operations for USA/Lockheed. He was directly involved with more than 60 Space Shuttle Flights. Dale began his aerospace career in Utah working for Hercules and Thiokol on missile and commercial launch systems. He earned an Engineering degree from Utah, and an MBA from Florida.
Richard Reich services as the General Manager of UMIAQ, a subsidiary of Ukpeaġvik 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.
Jeff Staser is the principal of Staser Consulting Group, LLC. Jeff has more then 33 years of experience in complex systems integrations, telecommunications, policy development, contracting, and program know-how. Jeff’s “dynamic leadership, superior professional skills and untiring devotion to excellence” throughout a distinguished military career lead him to be selected as VP Civil Works (Western States), U.S. Corps of Engineers, prior to a 5-year stint on Capitol Hill. His subsequent appointment as founding CEO of the Denali Commission (Senior Executive Service) allowed Jeff, a fourth generation Alaskan, to return home and join the ranks of the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s “Top 25” most influential Alaskans. He founded the Staser Group in 2005 to pursue a passion for adroit problem solving within complex systems.
Michael Todd - Senior Vice President, Technology Services, Alaska Communications
Steve Weaver - Senior Director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Division of Environmental Health & Engineering
Jon Zufelt - Civil Engineer, ERDC-CRREL_Anchorage
SOE Advisory Board