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New Employees Welcomed to R.A. Smith National

by Jessica Pairrett 22. June 2016 12:11

New employees at R.A. Smith National

R.A. Smith National, a nationwide civil and structural engineering and surveying firm, has hired many new faces so far in 2016. Below, meet our new employees.

Structural Engineering Division

Mike Kren and Paul Petrides, P.E., joined our growing structural engineering services division. Mike focuses on residential building design projects. Paul’s diverse background as both designer and project engineer match perfectly with his R.A. Smith National building design projects.

Jeff Perrin has also joined the structural division as a structural engineer. He brings his experience with precast concrete framing, concrete repair and structural construction documents to the firm.

Paul Woolson joined the firm as a structural CAD technician in our Madison, Wis., office. Paul has four years of experience with structural CAD work.

Construction Services Division

Mike Frane was welcomed to the construction services division. He has expansive construction experience, including underground utility installation and construction inspection.

Mike Dufern was welcomed back to R.A. Smith National, along with his 45 years of experience in both construction and engineering. His expertise lies in infrastructure, transportation and commercial/residential developments.

Ed Rivera joined the firm as a construction services representative and offers his 30 years of experience to the division.

Municipal Services Division

After working as a co-op student within the division, Rich Gebhart officially joined the firm after graduation. During his co-op experience, Rich gained knowledge of and worked on many projects for our municipal clients.

Land Development Services Division

Katie LeDoux is also a recent graduate who spent her co-op time with R.A. Smith National. Katie’s projects for the land development industry have included commercial and retail, residential and others.

Land Development Services—Irvine

Our Irvine, Calif., office expanded with the addition of civil engineer Andy Nguyen. Andy’s projects, in retail, industrial and hospitality markets, allow him to provide engineering services throughout the western U.S.


Lori Wirsching is an experienced accounting professional who is confidently leading the department as controller.

Mortensen to Present at MREA Energy Fair

by Jessica Pairrett 16. June 2016 08:32

Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s The 27th Annual Energy Fair
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)
Custer, WI
June 17-19, 2016

Tom Mortensen, RLA, ASLA, site planner/landscape architect, will present at MREA’s annual energy fair on Saturday, June 18. His topic, “Water, Site and Landscape—Lessons from Nature,” will delve into site analysis, planning and landscape as an essential part of using rainfall as a resource, not a waste product. Mortensen will discuss how managing rainfall improves aesthetics and site performance, as well as how topography, soil, vegetation and realistic design solutions must all come together to be successful.

The Energy Fair is all about clean energy and sustainability, offering more than 250 workshops, 200 exhibitors, live music and activities for the entire family.

Learn more here.

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