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UMIAQ New Hires


Arlene Thomas has been named Community Relations Specialist for UMIAQ. Ms. Thomas has more than 11 years of community and infrastructure planning experience.  Ms. Thomas frequently travels to the North Slope to interface with community leaders and residents, introducing clients and their projects.  Her former role as community planner for the North Slope Borough gives her a strong foundation and deep knowledge of issues as they pertain to local and regional government and oil and gas development in Arctic Alaska.

Russell Renk, Ph.D., P.E. has been named Senior Project Manager for UMIAQ.  Dr. Renk has a broad multi-disciplinary background and more than 20 years of experience in construction, permitting, wastewater treatment, and environmental remediation.  He has worked with local, state, and federal entities to meet NEPA and other environmental and construction requirements.  Throughout his career, he has worked with companies worldwide to develop energy resources including, coal, oil, oil sands, natural gas, and geothermal reserves.  Dr. Renk has published over 30 reports and articles in civil and environmental engineering and holds two patents in the area of wastewater treatment. 

UMIAQ is a member of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) family of companies and plays a key role in advancing resource development projects, specializing in regulatory planning, stakeholder relations, development engineering, response planning and operations, geospatial analysis, civil construction, and logistics and full-service camps.  UMIAQ offers a distinct advantage to its clients through its staff members' local knowledge and understanding of the political, cultural, land use, regulatory, and environmental conditions unique to the arctic and subarctic.
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