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Coffman Engineers Welcomes New Staff


ANCHORAGE (July 31, 2017) –Coffman Engineers is pleased to announce the addition of four new employees: Edward Lightwood, P.E. has joined the civil engineering department; Nicholai Smith, P.E. has rejoined the electrical engineering department; and, Ryan Gilchrist and Korey Hughes have been hired as drafters/designers.

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Edward Lightwood, P.E.

​Lightwood is a professional, licensed engineer in Alaska with 30 plus years of experience. He has vast knowledge in project management, contracts, planning, engineering, procurement and construction.  He has worked in a wide variety of areas and projects including highways, aviation, site development, environmental, and oil and gas. Prior to joining Coffman Engineers, Lightwood worked at R&M Consultants, successfully operated a small engineering firm, and then managed and delivered EPC projects and programs for ConocoPhillips. He is excited to be working at Coffman Engineers and adds, “As a Senior Project Manager, I am excited to join the Coffman Team and look forward to helping in the successful delivery of projects, sharing, learning, and helping Coffman grow stronger and into new markets”.


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Nicholai Smith, P.E.

Smith, a prior employee of Coffman Engineers, received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He is responsible for electrical design of power, lighting, and communication systems. Smith has worked on commercial and industrial facilities and is a certified commercial energy auditor. He states, “I am pleased to rejoin the Coffman team and look forward to my continued success here.”







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Ryan Gilchrist

Gilchrist obtained an Associates degree in Architectural and Engineering Technology from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and previously worked at CH2M Hill in Anchorage. He will work in the civil engineering department and will utilize his eight years of experience providing CAD expertise in Autodesk programs, 3D Modeling and BIM software.







Hughes completed the Architectural Engineering Technology (CAD) Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and is a certified drafter for civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering. He will work directly with the mechanical and piping department at Coffman Engineers as well as electrical and instrumentation design teams.


Coffman Engineers is proud to celebrate 38 years of providing clients with multidiscipline engineering solutions and is ranked at #198 in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 Top 500 Design Firms list. Our services include civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, commissioning, process piping, instrumentation and controls, corrosion control, alternative and renewable energy, and land surveying. Coffman Engineers has more than 400 employees servicing clients across the U.S. and overseas from offices in Anchorage, Alaska; Bozeman, Montana; Charleston, South Carolina; Fulton, Maryland; Hagatna, Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; Hood River, Oregon; Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Diego, California; and, Seattle and Spokane, Washington. For additional firm information, please visit

www.coffman.com or follow us on Twitter @CoffmanEngineer and LinkedIn.

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