Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation News
Dec. 3, 2009
Bernard “Bernie” Nidowicz, P.E. has been named Chief Operating Officer for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC). Nidowicz has more than 30 years of engineering, environmental, and management experience with projects throughout Alaska and the Russian Far East. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and his project experience includes leading programs involving both onshore and offshore operations for major oil industry clients. Nidowicz has demonstrated his management ability by the consistent success and growth of operations under his leadership including his most recent role as General Manager of UIC subsidiary UMIAQ.
UIC is the village corporation for Barrow, Alaska. With over 1,500 employees, UIC is consistently ranked among the top ten Alaskan-owned businesses by Alaska Business Monthly’s annual Top 49ers. UIC provides services to clients in a range of industry sectors worldwide including resource development, construction and engineering, marine operations, and government contracting.
Edith Vorderstrasse has been named General Manager of UMIAQ. Vorderstrasse brings more than 30 years of North Slope leadership experience to UMIAQ, including former positions as the Mayor of Barrow, Alaska and President of Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC). She also has 25 years of general contracting experience as owner of Border Ventures. Born and raised in Barrow and fluent in the Iñupiaq language, Vorderstrasse worked as a liaison for oil and gas operators in her most recent role as UMIAQ’s Stakeholder Relations Specialist. A UIC shareholder, Vorderstrasse is active in the promotion of shareholder hire and career advancement.
Amanda Henry has been named Division Manager of UMIAQ’s Consulting Group. She has over nine years of regulatory experience for resource development, construction, and transportation projects throughout Alaska, as both a consultant and as a state regulator. Ms. Henry holds a Juris Doctorate with an emphasis in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the University of Oregon School of Law. She is well-versed in the regulatory and environmental requirements and constraints associated with operating in Alaska and is adept at successfully guiding projects to completion.
UMIAQ is a member of the Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) family of companies and plays a key role in advancing resource development projects. UMIAQ specializes 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 the staff’s local knowledge and expertise of the political, cultural, land use, regulatory, and environmental conditions unique to the arctic and subarctic.