CoEng Advisory Board Members
Owner / Principal Engineer, Big City Engineers, LLC
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 recently found herself following her father's advice again (he's the one who encouraged her into engineering). She made the leap and is now the proud owner and principal engineer of Big City Engineers, LLC, a boutique civil engineering firm. Melissa 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. She is passionately involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) - mentoring new leaders, raising funds for scholarships, assisting the UAA Collegiate Section, and participating in SWE's many outreach events. Besides SWE, she is a long-standing member of the Anchorage E-Week Steering Committee, helping celebrate engineering in Alaska. She has recently shifted gears from fundraising chair to scholarship chair, giving away the money she worked so hard to help raise. She was honored by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as one of 2009's Top 40 under 40.
Melissa's most challenging project to date is 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.
Project Manager, Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
Derek is 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.
Dr. Jack Colonell
Principal, JMColonell Associates
Joseph M. (Jack) Colonell, PE, PhD, F.ASCE, has more than four decades experience as a consultant, business manager, and teacher. As a consultant, he has provided engineering and environmental science support to industrial and governmental clients throughout Alaska, the Lower-48, and several locations abroad. His consulting practice has focused on design and performance monitoring of coastal and offshore resource developments with the objective of ensuring their safety and engineering integrity, while also assessing and mitigating their potentially adverse environmental effects. Jack is an experienced business operations manager, having served in that capacity for three environmental consulting firms in Alaska for more than 20 years, including establishment of project offices in Azerbaijan and Venezuela, where he was responsible for conducting business in accordance with local regulations and customs, and for recruiting, hiring, and managing the local staff.
Prior to his consulting career, Jack was Professor of Civil & Ocean Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and of Marine Science at University of Alaska Fairbanks. As an academic, his research interests included ocean waves, coastal processes, and estuarine hydrodynamics. Jack developed and taught the inaugural course in Coastal Engineering at both UAF and UAA, and subsequently, as Adjunct Professor at UAA. He has published numerous papers on his research and consulting activities.
Jack earned BS, MS, and PhD in civil engineering, respectively, from Univ. of Colorado, Washington State Univ., and Stanford Univ. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied coastal engineering at Delft Technological University, Netherlands. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in Alaska and Washington. He is a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and he also holds Diplomate status in Coastal and Ocean Engineering from the ASCE Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers.
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.
Chief of Engineering, Construction & Operations Divisions, Alaska District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ground Systems Manager, Pacific Dataport, Inc.
Vice President, Principal Mechanical Engineer, 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.
Aviation Design Engineer, State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) – Central Region, Aviation Design
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 of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Alaska Section and ASCE Anchorage Branch as well as Past-Chairwoman for the US Fencing Association (USFA)-Alaska Division. She is a Past-President and Co-Founder of the Engineers Without Borders UAA Student Chapter and UAA Fencing Club. She is also a competitive fencer and coach, having also volunteered as a fencing instructor with the Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club Sports Program. Virginia is the 2014 UAA Alumni of Distinction Emerging Leader recipient and is currently the President of the UAA CoEng Alumni Chapter.
Virginia grew up in Kodiak, Alaska after her father was stationed there with the US Coast Guard. She now lives in Anchorage with her husband, Mark, and six year-old son, Stefan. Virginia currently works for DOT&PF, Central Region-Aviation Design.
James R. Hemsath
Director, Project Development and Asset Management (Retired)
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority
Dr. James (Jim) Hemsath is responsible for the Project Development and Asset Management division of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, a statutory corporation of the State of Alaska. In addition to his time at AIDEA, Jim has thirty years' experience managing large projects, predominately in the oil and gas fields. As a member of the U.S. Department of Energy's Arctic Energy Office he managed research projects at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As a Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North he developed and led an International Polar Year project on Arctic Energy. He was a recipient of a NASA Faculty Fellowship to Kennedy Space Center.
Dr. Hemsath has an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management). Jim received his Doctor of Management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where his research focused on understanding multiparty collaboration that crosses borders and spans cultures; specifically looking at collaboration as an emergent property from the interaction of empathy, trust, identity and shared vision.
He was appointed by the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the Science and Technical Advisory Panel of the North Slope Science Initiative and as is a member of Alaska’s State Committee on Research (SCoR). He also sits on advisory boards for the College of Engineering and the Honors College at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Jim is a licensed Professional Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional.
Dr. Alex Hills is Distinguished Service Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also Distinguished Affiliate Professor of Electrical Engineering at UAA.
Dr. Hills worked in the 1970s and 1980s to build public radio stations across rural 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.” His work in rural Alaska and the many resulting adventures are described in his book, “Finding Alaska’s Villages: And Connecting Them.”
At Carnegie Mellon, Alex conceived and built the world's first Wi-Fi network. He tells this 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 appear in another of his books, "Geeks on a Mission."
A former U.S. Army Signal Corps officer and company commander in Korea, Alex is an inventor with eighteen patents, a Fellow of the IEEE, and Alaska's 2007 Engineer of the Year. In 2014, UAA awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
- Distinguished Service Professor, Carnegie Mellon University.
Jenny Sutton - Chair
Senior Reservoir Engineer, BP Alaska, Inc.
Jenny’s high school Physics teacher offered extra credit to students who entered the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair. She picked a project about wind turbines and entered in the “Engineering” division, without really knowing what engineering meant. After winning, and going to the International Science and Engineering Fair, she was set up with an ASD Gifted Mentorship at Chugach Electric with an impactful electrical engineer, the late Steve Gilbert. Over the course of a few months of mentorship, Jenny explored different engineering disciplines, visited several field sites, and developed a zeal for renewable energy.
This experience ultimately led Jenny to who she is today: an impassioned ambassador for STEM education outreach in Anchorage. She has mentored several ASD gifted mentorship students, and enjoys presenting to the Girl Scouts, and visiting classrooms, STEM nights, engineering camps, and science fairs. Jenny believes that moving our community forward requires developing a multitudinous, strong, diverse, capable, and empowered population of engineers to tackle our next challenges.
When she’s not encouraging kindergarteners to become geophysicists, Jenny can be found engineering a future for the giant Prudhoe Bay oilfield. As a reservoir engineer, she employs analytical methods, numerical simulation models, data science, and economics to evaluate and design developments for a system engineered by nature. She has worked in fields across the North Slope, and recently took her development expertise to Russia, where she worked in Moscow and Siberia. Jenny and her husband, Steve Sutton, took full advantage and spent the year travelling the Eastern Hemisphere.
Jenny is a licensed professional petroleum engineer, with a BS in Civil Engineering from UAA, and a MS in Petroleum Engineering from UAF. As a proud graduate of both schools, she serves as the Campus Recruiting Team Lead at BP, promoting good BP jobs for good Alaskan students (and financial support for the schools to make it possible).
She is currently serving as the Chair of the UAA College of Engineering Advisory Board. This is an incredibly humbling experience, serving the people Jenny considers to be some of her very greatest mentors
Senior Project Engineer, R&M Consultants, Inc.
Nicole grew up in Anchorage and stayed to attend UAA, earning her B.S. in Civil Engineering in 2004. She is a Senior Project Engineer with R&M Consultants, Inc., an entirely Alaskan-based multi-discipline consulting firm of 126 staff, of which 40 are fellow UAA graduates! Over the past 11 years of her career she has focused on site development civil engineering, working on private and public facility projects throughout the State. She loves the synergy of working with teams of architects and engineers to design facilities that grow our community as a whole. Nicole felt privileged to fill the role of Civil Project Engineer for the design of the Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus. Even better, she enjoys watching UAA volleyball games in the arena with fellow Seawolf fans and alumni.
Nicole has been involved in engineering and STEM outreach since first enrolling at UAA, with volunteer leadership roles ranging from student and professional engineering society board positions to organizing Anchorage Engineer's Week outreach to local k-12 students. She currently also holds board positions for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Alaska Chapter and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Anchorage Post.
Nicole enjoys playing and coaching volleyball, skiing and traveling. She is racking up the hiking miles across Alaska and doing her best to learn Greek between trips to various Greek islands.
Owner, Loren Leman, P.E.
Loren Leman has provided consulting engineering services in Alaska for more than four decades, primarily with water, wastewater and environmental projects. In addition to owning his own civil/environmental engineering consulting firm for 19 years, he worked for 10 years with MLFA 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 he still operates a salmon fishing site with his family. 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 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, raised three children (one a graduate from UAA) and have eight grandchildren.
Deputy Director of Sales, Dubay Business Services
Ceezar Martinson is a lifelong Alaskan who came to the advisory board out of a strong interest in the engineering profession. He is a community activist who has been involved in his community and state on a broad range of policy issues. Most recently he ran for office last year in downtown Anchorage. He is a student at UAA working towards finishing his degree in Political Science and is passionate about supporting the university in its mission to provide the next generation with the tools needed for success in the 21st century.
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.
Traffic Engineer, Municipality of Anchorage
Of Stephanie Mormilo’s (unintelligibly whispered number) years of life, only 4 of them have been lived outside of Anchorage. Raised as an Air Force brat, this is pretty surprising. Stephanie is a product of the Anchorage School District having attended Aurora Elementary, Central Middle School of Science, and Bartlett High School. She graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2004, and received her professional civil engineering license in of Alaska in 2008.
Stephanie has been the Traffic Engineer for the Municipality of Anchorage, since March 2011. Before that, she was a transportation/traffic engineer for private consulting firms, involved in all aspects of project development, including preliminary engineering, environmental analysis, utility and right-of-way impacts, traffic impact studies, noise analysis, design (e.g., demolition, drainage, signing and striping, signalization, etc.), and construction coordination.
Stephanie was honored by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce as one of 2012’s “Top 40 Under 40.” She has been an active member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Greatland Chapter for more than 10 years, previously serving as their Secretary/Data Officer, Vice President, and President. Stephanie’s sister, Melissa Branch, is also heavily involved in SWE. Together, along with their mother, they sponsor an annual scholarship for young women entering an ABET-accredited college program.
Stephanie loves to travel the world with her husband, Steve, going to such places as London, Paris, Florence, Beijing, Hong Kong, Victoria Falls, and Capetown. She also thoroughly enjoys being an aunt and devoted parent to her fur-babies.
Greater Kuparuk Area Planning Engineer, ConocoPhillips
Sara has 27 years of experience, with 25 in Alaska. She has lived in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and King Salmon. Currently Sara focuses on the mid to long-term maintenance planning for the Kuparuk Oil Field, ensuring that work is coordinated to efficiently use resources, minimizes shutdowns, and avoid operational conflicts between the production facilities. During her ten years at ConocoPhillips Sara has also worked on the North Slope as a maintenance supervisor and in Anchorage as a pipeline engineer overseeing the Trans- Alaska Pipeline. Prior to that she worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company in pipeline operations and conducting operational audits. Sara served 7 years in the Air Force as a Civil Engineer.
Sara has a BS in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Environmental Quality Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and is a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer. She and her husband Scott have two children, a dog, and a little log cabin on the Kenai peninsula. Sara is an active volunteer with Camp Fire Alaska.
Senior Manager Engineering, ENSTAR Natural Gas Company
Vin is a lifelong Alaskan, born in Fairbanks and raised in the Mat-Su Valley. In 1996, he earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UAA. He brings more than 20 years of local engineering experience to his role as an Advisory Board Member. Vin’s success stems from work on several pipeline feasibility studies on bringing natural gas off the North Slope, specialized pipeline studies on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, numerous pipeline development projects (including the Alpine pipelines and facilities, Anchor Point Pipeline Project, Red Pad Pipeline Project, Homer Trunkline/Expansion), and general expansion and capital upgrade projects to the ENSTAR natural gas system.
In addition to managing the engineering department at ENSTAR, Vin also oversees the permitting, ROW, compliance, GIS, measurement and engineering services departments. He is an active member of the American Gas Association (AGA), Western Energy Institute (WEI), and the Western Gas Measurement Short Course.
When Vin is not at work, he and his wife Denise are busy raising their two young sons, Noah and Jude. As a family, they enjoy traveling, biking, skiing, playing soccer, and exploring all that Alaska has to offer.
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 63 years, who have two sons, Wayne and Joseph, and five grandchildren.
Research Engineer (retired), ERDC-CRREL Anchorage
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).