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PND Welcomes Two New Alaska Employees

Jul 11, 2019 | Engineering, Right Moves

PND Welcomes Two New Alaska Employees

PND Engineers announced the following new hires.

Isaac Stark, EIT, has joined PND’s Juneau office as a Staff Engineer. Stark was born and raised in Juneau and grew up playing soccer in addition to hiking, camping, and snowboarding, all of which contributed to his development of an overall appreciation for the Southeast Alaska outdoors. He recently graduated from the University of Utah with a master of science in civil and environmental engineering, with a focus in structural design and analysis. He earned his bachelor’s degree there as well. Stark has engineering experience in both Alaska and Utah. He has completed internships with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Bridge Section and has also worked with Juneau and Salt Lake City engineering and construction companies.

Taylor Mortensen, EIT, is a lifelong Alaskan and graduate of West Anchorage High School. He graduated this spring from Montana State University with a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He previously interned at SECON Construction in Juneau and Houser Engineering in Bozeman, Montana, where he performed civil engineering design and inspection for mountainous environments. His main interests are in hydraulic, hydrologic, and coastal engineering. Before engineering school, Mortensen served six years in the US Navy as a flight engineer on the P3 Orion aircraft, a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft. Mortensen performed three tours overseas: two in Southeast Asia performing anti-submarine operations and one performing surveillance and reconnaissance in the Middle East. Mortensen has had a long-term interest in aviation, completed ground school by the age of seventeen, and worked in operations and scheduling for Ellison Air Service in Anchorage. Among his terrestrial interests are skiing and dirt biking.

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