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Industrial Advisory Board

The role of the Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) is to provide advisement on program curriculum, program development and assessment, enrollment and retention, and employment. Several members are major employers of our AAS graduates and two of the companies have already hired our BTech graduates. We have recently added members from Syracuse, NY and Baltimore, MD which hopefully will bring recruiting suggestions from a broader geographic range. Many of our students have had internships, prior to graduation, with some of the companies represented on the board. They also have provided many excellent suggestions for potential funding and recruiting. The individuals comprising the board represent a broad cross section of the civil engineering, environmental engineering, and construction industry. The following are words of advice from the IAB on how to achieve a successful career, and an overview of the IAB members.

Words of Advice from the IAB – How to Have A Successful Career

  • Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, you would be amazed at how much you grow!
  • Be capable of communicating clearly and concisely – both written and oral communication skills are very important in the workplace.
  • Be ready and willing to help out when asked.
  • Strive to put extra effort into your assignments by being observant, cognizant and communicative.
  • Being a part of a team that completes some of the largest, most unique construction projects built in this country is challenging and rewarding.
  • Being a part of that team starts with a solid education in Engineering and Science. Canton College offers that opportunity for those students that have an interest and commitment to that goal.

James F. Craig, P.E. (current Chair of the IAB)

Company

C&S Companies

Title/Position

Managing Engineer, Bridges and Transportation Group

Location

Syracuse, New York

Company Website

www.cscos.com

Company Description

Founded in 1968, the C&S Companies are known nationwide for client-focused engineering, architecture, planning, environmental, and construction services. Our staff of more than 400 has the expertise to handle almost any challenge. The diversity of C&S’s services is unique in the industry, with professionals in a wide range of specialized and unique disciplines. This enables us to support an incredible range of project types and specialties in house. C&S’s main service areas are centered on facilities, aviation, surface transportation, environmental, site development, technology solutions, land use & market strategies, construction & program management, and construction services.

Job Description

Jim has served as Project Manager and/or Project Design Engineer on many locally-administered federal aid bridge replacement projects over the past 18 years.  He has also been the design engineer on several bridge rehabilitation projects for Counties and NYSDOT.  Jim was the Project Manager for two NYS ACEC Engineering Excellence Award winning projects in Otsego and Lewis Counties in NY.  He has also written four successful innovative funding grants for bridge projects using Fiber Reinforced Polymer bridge decks, and successfully completed these projects as Project Manager. Jim has presented many projects to the public through public information meetings as well as given many technical presentations on projects over the past 18 years.

 

Cheyenne J. Dashnaw, P.E.

Company

Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited (ATL)

Title/Position

Senior Engineer, Environmental Division

Location

Canton, New York

Company Website

www.atlantictesting.com

Company Description

Atlantic Testing Laboratories (ATL) is a full service engineering support firm, consisting of ten offices located throughout New York State. They specialize in Subsurface Investigation, Water-Based Investigation, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Services, Special Inspections, Construction Materials Testing, Pavement Engineering, and Nondestructive Testing Services.

Job Description

Mr. Dashnaw is responsible for technical oversight and management of environmental assessment, investigation, and remediation monitoring projects.  Services provided include Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, subsurface investigations, collection and analysis of various types of environmental samples, hazardous materials surveys, hazardous materials abatement and remediation monitoring, indoor air quality assessments, and mold assessments and remediation monitoring.  Mr. Dashnaw also provides consulting for environmental remediation/abatement design.

Michael McCormick, P.E.

Company

SUNY Canton

Title/Position

Facilities Director

Location

Canton, New York

Company Website

www.canton.edu

Gary McKinney

Company

NYS Department of Transportation (DOT)

Title/Position

Regional Transportation Manager, Region 7

Location

Watertown, New York (Region 7 Office)

Company Website

www.dot.ny.gov/index

Company Description

The New York State Department of Transportation operates out of 11 regions within the state.   The NY DOT is responsible for operating and maintaining all aspects of the state transportation system, which includes: highways, railroads, mass transit systems, ports, waterways, and airport facilities.

Karen Morrison, P.E., Assoc. DBIA

Company

Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)

Title/Position

Vice President for Transportation and Technical Services

Location

Albany, NY

Company Website

www.agc.org/

Company Description

The AGC is a professional society for professionals in the construction industry.  This national association has a network of 95 chapters and a membership of over 25,000 firms in the construction industry. They serve the industry by acting as a voice to work with government as the nation continues its growth and rebuilding.

Terry Petrie

Company

Northern BY Builder’s Exchange

Title/Position

Director

Location

Watertown, New York

Company Website

www.nnybe.com/

Company Description

The Northern New York Builders Exchange, Inc. is comprised of a diverse membership of those involved in the construction industry.  Their purpose is to work with those in the membership and outside companies/organizations associated with the building industry to ensure “fair and equitable trade practices within...the building industry, …protect all parties…act as a clearing house…and keep members informed in regard to legislation affecting the building industry…”

Lee Rabideau, P.E.

Company

Bechtel Power Corporation

Title/Position

Project Engineering Manager

Location

Frederick, Maryland

Company Website

www.bechtel.com/

Company Description

Bechtel is a global company with offices and projects worldwide that relate to energy, transportation, communications, mining, oil and gas, and government services that was family owned and founded in 1898.  Services are in engineering, procurement, construction, and project management.  The company reports over 53,000 employees and a revenue of $37.9 billion in 2012.  Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in over 160 countries on all 7 continents.  Projects include, but are not limited to, roads and rail systems, airports and seaports, fossil and nuclear power plants, renewable energy, refineries and petrochemical facilities, mines and smelters, defense, nation security science, and aerospace facilities, environmental cleanup projects, communication networks, pipelines, and oil and gas field development.  Engineering News Record (ENR) has named Bechtel the top construction contractor in the U.S. for the past 15 years straight.

Spencer F. Thew, P.E.-L.S.

Company

Thew Associates (also former Principle and Founder of Atlantic Testing Laboratories, Limited and Adjunct Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY)

Title/Position

Co-Owner, Retired – former Founder, Owner, and Principle

Location

Canton, NY

Company Website

www.thewassociates.com/

Company Description

Thew Associates PE-LS, PLLC (THEW) has been operating since 1972 and has two offices – Canton and Utica, NY.  The company provides professional surveying services related to land, hydrographic, and subsurface utility surveys.

 

Ted Totten, P.E.

Company

CIVES Steel Company

Title/Position

President/General Manager Northern Division

Location

Gouverneur, New York

Company Website

www.cives.com

Company Description

Cives Corporation has sales of 400 million/year, focusing on structural steel fabrication and erection as well as manufacturing of heavy duty snowplows and associated snow and ice control equipment.  Cives Steel Company started in Gouverneur NY in 1952.  The 7th Cives fabrication facility was open last year in Idaho Falls Idaho.  Cives Steel Company is now one of the largest fabricators in the country.  Over the years Cives has hired many Canton College technology graduates, as well as Clarkson University graduates that went to Canton for their first 2 years in Engineering Science.  We recently hired our first 4 year Civil Engineering Graduate from Canton.

Damian Vanetti, P.E., BCEE

Company

GHD

Title/Position

Service Group Manager - Environmental

Location

Cazenovia, New York

Company Website

www.ghd.com/usa

Company Description

GHD is a leading international company that specializes in engineering, architecture, and environmental consulting services and has operated since 1928.  With offices located on five different continents, GHD offers a staggering array of over 70 services in civil/ chemical/  electrical/ environmental/ geotechnical/ mechanical/ mining/ structural engineering, environmental and earth sciences, architecture, planning and project management, metallurgy, and commerce/economics/management (https://www.youtube.com/user/GHDPtyLtd and http://www.ghd.com/global/careers-1/graduates/).

Job Description

Damian has more than 25 years of experience in environmental engineering, construction, and facility management.  He has owned and managed several environmental consulting businesses.  Currently, Damian is the Service Group Manager – Environment for GHD, which is an international engineering, architecture, and environmental consulting firm with local offices in Syracuse and Cazenovia, NY.  Formerly he was Vice President of S&W Redevelopment of North America, LLC and President of Brownfield Engineering Services PLLC, completing brownfield site development and providing consulting services to clients throughout the northeastern US.  He is a recognized leader, actively promoting the beneficial reuse of blighted properties and developing cost effective approaches to managing environmental risk and liability.  Damian was appointed by the Governor of New York State to the administrations Brownfield Advisory Board in recognition of his knowledge and expertise in brownfield redevelopment and efforts to positively amend the NYS Brownfield laws.   

Civil & Environmental Engineering Technology
Adrienne Rygel, Ph.D.
Department Chair
315-386-7163
rygela@canton.edu