NEW YORK, April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, today announced its region-wide promotions. The Americas Region board, which oversees operations in the United States, Canada, and Brazil, selects new associates and associate principals on an annual basis. The firm has elevated 12 individuals in New York and 31 throughout the region.
"In the words of our founder, Ove Arup, no matter how wonderful an organization we can devise, its success depends on the people working in it," said Mahadev Raman, Americas Region chairman of the board. "In that spirit, please join me and the Americas Group Board in congratulating our new associates and associate principals."
Gordon Carrie, CEng, LEED AP, is a mechanical engineer with Arup's New Jersey office. Prior to joining Arup in 1995, Gordon received a bachelor's in environmental engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom. He has been responsible for the project management, design, and administration of key projects in the United States, Middle East, the United Kingdom, and Europe. He has led and coordinated multidisciplinary teams for the design of building types ranging from commercial office and housing to airports, museums, libraries, and private projects. Gordon is the mechanical skills representative for the New Jersey office. With a keen interest in the analysis and design of low-energy and naturally ventilated buildings, he is actively involved in internally promoting sustainable design. Some of his notable projects include various projects at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar; Abu Dhabi International Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Judd Foundation in New York; and several buildings at the newly completed Teachers Village in Newark, New Jersey.
Karin Giefer, LEED AP BD+C, is a sustainability consultant in Arup's New York office. Before joining Arup in 2007, Karin received a bachelor's of architecture from the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a master's in architectural lighting design from Parsons School of Design. With over 14 years of global industry experience, she has worked in design, construction, and project management on a wide variety of projects. Her work ranges from representing government agencies on the renovation of 6.5 million square feet at the Pentagon to developing a globally deployed social, economic, and environmental platform (Green Engage) for InterContinental Hotels Group. A few of her other notable projects include the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Pierre Lassonde Entrepreneurial Innovation Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Duke Nicholas School of the Environment in Durham, North Carolina.
David Jones, PE, CPMP, LEED AP, is a mechanical engineer in Arup's New York office. After receiving a bachelor of architectural engineering degree from Pennsylvania State University, David joined Arup in 1998. David's background in mechanical systems design is built around an extremely technical foundation. He was responsible for leading the computational fluid dynamics portions of several prominent projects, including the Regional Performing Arts Center, the Salt Lake City Public Library, and the Penn Station Redevelopment Project. David was also responsible for the design and construction administration of many high-profile projects at Arup — most recently the new building housing the Harvard Art Museums, Brown University's Building for Environmental Research and Teaching, and the new JetBlue Airways Terminal at JFK International Airport.
Rene Rieder Jr., CPP, PSP, CMAS, CHS-IV, is a security engineer in Arup's New York office. Prior to joining Arup in 1999, Rene received a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York. His experience includes project management, engineering, and design of security systems including requirement analysis, design development, field implementation, system testing, peer review, and commissioning. He also has extensive experience in the design and coordination of security operations centers and emergency operations centers and the associated system monitoring requirements. This experience gives him the ability to design, coordinate, and manage the implementation of complex integrated security solutions. A few of his notable security projects include the Fall River District Courthouse in Fall River, Massachusetts; Cyrus House of Representatives in Cyprus, Greece; the United States Department of Homeland Security International General Aviation Analysis for various international locations; and JFK International Arrivals Terminal 4 in New York City.
Ron Ronacher Jr is a security consultant in Arup's New York office, with leadership responsibilities for the security and risk practice and skills network. Ron holds various security certifications and authoring credits. Before joining Arup in 2000, he received a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic University (now NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering), Brooklyn. Throughout his career, Ron has focused on providing a holistic approach to mitigate against risks, which includes the use of policies, procedures, physical, and electronic security. Ron has consulted globally, working on projects in Brazil, Colombia, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Russia. Some of his notable projects include the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City; the Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi, United Arup Emirates; the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC; Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar; and Parque da Cidade in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Joe Solway is an acoustic consultant in Arup's New York office. Prior to joining Arup in 1997, Joe received a bachelor's in physics from the University of Birmingham and a master's in sound and vibration from the University of Southampton. For the past 18 years, Joe has worked in Arup's London, Hong Kong, and New York offices. He has experience in a wide field of acoustic design, from the design of room acoustics and electro-acoustic systems for theatres, concert halls, and studio spaces to optimizing speech communication for courthouses, conference centers, and transit facilities, as well as designing for acoustic privacy in offices, hotels, and residences. He is also experienced in control of airborne and structure-borne noise and vibration from building systems, transit infrastructure, and environmental sources. A few of Joe's notable projects include the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts in Kingston, Ontario; the Second Avenue Subway in New York City; and the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Natalie Bloch is an attorney based in Arup's New York office. Natalie received a bachelor's in philosophy, politics, and law from Binghamton University in New York and a juris doctor degree from St. John's University School of Law. She began her career at Arup as a legal intern in 2007 while still in law school. Natalie currently serves as in-house counsel to the Americas region and is responsible for providing legal and commercial advice to the firm's US- and Canada-based business leaders and staff. She has also worked in Arup's Sydney and London offices. Her experience encompasses advising on complex commercial transactions, corporate governance, and regulatory matters pertinent to the architecture and engineering industry. Most recently, Natalie has been involved with leading contract negotiations for design-build projects, managing the firm's real estate, insurance, and licensing portfolios and providing risk management training to the Americas staff.
Nathan Blum is an acoustic consultant in Arup's New York office. Prior to joining Arup in 2004, Nathan graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor's degree in physics. He began his career at Arup in Los Angeles, worked in the Sydney office, and then joined Arup in New York. His international experience has spanned a wide array of acoustic and audiovisual system designs, providing a broad base of experience to apply to all projects. Nathan values clear communication with project team members and excels at providing practical advice tailored to specific project and client circumstances. He designed and led the construction of the fit-out and technical system installations for the Arup SoundLab in the Los Angeles office. A few of his other notable projects include the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, LACMA Transformation in Los Angeles, and the Steinway Hall Relocation in New York.
Martha Gross, PE, is a construction engineer in Arup's New York office. Before joining Arup in 2011, Martha graduated from Pennsylvania State University with bachelor's and master's degrees in civil and structural engineering. Following several years of experience in road and bridge construction, she then went on to Virginia Tech where she received an MBA and a PhD in civil engineering, focusing on financing and delivery of toll-road facilities. Martha leads the integration of procurement, contracts, and commercial delivery for major projects, working closely with Arup's infrastructure and transaction advice teams. A few of her notable recent projects include the Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement in Tarrytown, New York; the Midtown Tunnel P3 in Norfolk, Virginia; and the I-495 Capital Beltway HOT Lanes P3 in northern Virginia.
Dawn Harrison, PE, is a structural engineer in Arup's New York office. She received a bachelor's in civil engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a master's in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. With over 15 years of experience, she has expertise working in multidisciplinary teams on fast-track projects where she brings together her strong analytical background, straightforward communication, and effective management style to deliver quality packages. Her bridge experience includes work on pedestrian bridges, suspension bridges, and cable-stay structures, where she has gleaned valuable insight into the nonlinear time-dependent effects of concrete, seismic-isolated structures, and finite element analysis. Some of her noteworthy projects include the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement in California, the New Bridge for the St. Lawrence in Montreal, and A30 in Montreal.
Deepak Kandra, PE, is a mechanical engineer in Arup's New York office. He received a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University and a master's in mechanical engineering from Louisiana State University. Deepak has over 10 years of industry and three years of research experience in performing and managing extensive building physics studies, mechanical design, and construction administration. Deepak is a technical lead in developing computational fluid dynamics and analytical tools for the design and optimization of tunnel ventilation, aerodynamic, and HVAC systems for projects ranging from transportation infrastructure, rails, tunnels, and government facilities to commercial high-rise buildings, mission critical facilities, retail shopping malls, and institutional buildings. A few of his notable projects include the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Corridor in Los Angeles, California; the Second Avenue Subway and the World Trade Center Future Transit Hub in New York City; and I-90 Two Way Transit project in Seattle, Washington.
Christian Saad, MBA, PMP, ENV SP, is a commercial manager with Arup. Based in the New York office, Christian splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. He received a bachelor's in civil engineering from the American University of Beirut, a master's of construction management from MIT, and an MBA from New York University. Since joining Arup in 2008, he has been responsible for the implementation of project controls systems on major projects from inception through to design, procurement, and construction. His project experience includes prestigious construction projects in the Americas and overseas, primarily in the transportation market with a specific focus on design-build and P3 projects. Some of his major projects include the Gerald Desmond Bridge in California, 7 Line Extension in New York, A30 P3 in Montreal, Lake Mead in Las Vegas, and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.
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