Wayne Todd makes move to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Wayne Todd recently accepted a new job with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Todd will serve as the Corps’ senior hydropower program manager in its Portland, Ore.-based Northwestern Division.

His duties in this role include serving as hydropower business line manager and subject matter expert for the Corps’ 29 hydro projects in the Missouri River and Columbia River basins, which have a total capacity of more than 15,500 MW.

Todd started his career in the electric power industry at the Ormesa Geothermal Projects near Holtville, Calif., then focused on hydropower at the Corps’ Hydroelectric Design Center and, more recently, with the Bonneville Power Administration.

John Klebba, Geomation founder, to retire from Roctest

John Klebba, Geomation product line manager for Roctest, will be retiring in June.

Klebba founded Geomation Inc., a maker of electronic sensors and measuring instruments for civil projects, in 1982. He was responsible for the company’s product developments and market strategies until Geomation was sold to Roctest Ltd. in June 2010. He has remained in Colorado under a two-year employment agreement with Roctest. Etienne Constable will assume Klebba’s marketing duties upon his retirement.

While at Argonne National Laboratory, Klebba developed improved-resolution measurement techniques for neutron time-of-flight spectroscopy. While obtaining a master’s degree, he developed instrumentation for enabling the investigation of non-linear quantum optical properties of laser-pumped optical crystals. Klebba has since worked with electronic instrumentation techniques, devices, and systems throughout a career that has included technical, marketing and management responsibilities.

Constable is an instrumentation and monitoring specialist with experience in all aspects of geotechnical, civil and environmental field monitoring. He has been with Roctest since 2009.

John Chevrette to lead Black & Veatch management consulting

John Chevrette
John Chevrette

Black & Veatch appointed John Chevrette president of its Management Consulting Division. He will lead the company’s efforts in the water, electric and gas utilities industries.

Chevrette has more than 20 years of industry consulting experience. He most recently served as a senior partner for Ernst & Young.

In addition to advising clients, Black & Veatch publishes annual Strategic Directions reports that support long-term decision-making and planning for the electric, natural gas and water industries.

Chevrette has experience working with domestic and international electric utilities, energy services and gas pipeline companies.

Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch is a $2.3 billion company operating out of more than 110 offices worldwide.

Van Ness Feldman elects Angielski principal of the firm

Shannon Angielski was recently named principal for Van Ness Feldman, a Washington, D.C-based firm specializing in energy and environmental law and policy.

Angielski joined Van Ness Feldman in 2001 and works in its Washington office. She provides clients with policy advice on energy and environmental issues, with a focus on clean energy solutions for electric power generation and industrial users of coal and fossil fuels. In addition to her duties at the firm, Angielski is associate director of the Coal Utilization Research Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Coal Club.

With offices in Washington and Seattle, Van Ness Feldman focuses on law and policy relating to electricity, energy efficiency and smart grid, environment, climate change, renewable energy, clean technology and biofuels, coal and carbon capture storage, natural gas, nuclear energy, hydropower, infrastructure development, Indian law, oil and products pipelines, public lands and natural resources and more.

Mark Killgore joins ASCE as raise the bar director

Mark Killgore, P.E., joined the American Society of Civil Engineers as the ASCE director responsible for the society’s Raise the Bar initiative this past December. The initiative is designed to raise standards for future entry into professional engineering practice.

Killgore’s experience includes representing the American Association of Engineering Societies as an observer and translator during the development of the NAFTA Mutual Recognition Document for engineering, which addressed the mobility of engineers in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. He authored the ASCE publication NAFTA Handbook for Water Resources Managers and Engineers and is also a research fellow specializing in transboundary water issues at the University of Texas at Austin.

Before joining ASCE, Killgore spent three years at Puget Sound Energy in Washington as a hydro manager, where he oversaw such functions as major capital project development related to dam safety, water management, energy production studies and strategic planning. He also worked as a consulting engineer and for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

EA adds four members to staff

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. announced the addition of four new members to its staff: John Morris, Wendy Bley, Jody Smet and Joyce Brooks.

Morris has 20 years’ experience in marine environmental projects. His background includes work in shallow water, coastal and deep ocean projects in the U.S. and Canada. His role at EA will include managing and conducting marine projects requiring physical, chemical, and biological sampling; oceanographic instrument deployment; and precision geophysical surveys, including underwater military munitions detection and mapping.

Bley has more than 20 years’ experience supporting and managing hydropower licensing and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission compliance activities. She has environmental and National Environmental Policy Act experience related to the hydro industry, with an emphasis on land use and shoreline management planning, recreation, water quality and fisheries and fish passage issues.

Smet has 14 years’ experience providing environmental and licensing services for hydropower projects, with expertise in watershed restoration and land and shoreline management, recreation planning and public outreach. She also has project relicensing experience with hydropower projects in North Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Virginia.

Brooks has eight years’ experience supporting hydropower projects through environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, pre-application document and license application preparation, shoreline management planning and implementation, relicensing study management, recreation facility inventories, NEPA support, and technical writing and editing.

EA provides environmental, compliance, natural resources, and infrastructure engineering and management services to government and industrial clients.

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