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Design Alaska Announces Organizational Changes


Design Alaska announces organizational changes that include Chris Miller’s appointment to President and Principal in Charge of Professional Services, Jeff Putnam’s appointment to Vice President and Principal in Charge of Business Development and Operations, Jennifer Holmes’ transition to Mechanical Engineer Department head, and Elizabeth Johnston’s appointment to Electrical Engineering Department Head.

Chris Miller has worked for Design Alaska since 1996 and most recently held the position of Chief Mechanical Engineer; he succeeds longtime President Jack Wilbur. Miller is a licensed Mechanical Engineer, Fire Protection Engineer, and Control Systems Engineer and also holds certificates as a LEED AP and Commissioning Agent.

Jeff Putnam is a licensed Civil Engineer and Project Management Professional; he has previously held positions as the Marketing Director and Lead Project Manager for Design Alaska. Putnam has 17 years of civil engineering and project management experience; he joined Design Alaska in 2008 after having worked for the US Air Force as the Deputy Base Civil Engineer and Chief Engineer for Eielson AFB.

Jennifer Holmes is a licensed Mechanical Engineer; she received her BS in Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005. Holmes began working for Design Alaska in 2008 and has experience designing mechanical, ventilation, plumbing, utilidor, and fire protection systems. Holmes has expertise in mechanical systems for efficient, cost effective, durable facilities for Alaska communities and has worked on projects in over 20 rural Alaska villages.

Elizabeth Johnston received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2006, a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Studies in 2007, and will finish a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management in 2014 all from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Elizabeth is a registered electrical and fire protection professional engineer in multiple states. Elizabeth is an active volunteer for the IEEE professional society. In 2013, Elizabeth was selected by the Fairbanks Chapter of the Alaska Society of Professional Engineers as Young Engineer of the Year in 2013.

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