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URS announces new hires, promotion

Whaley Braham of URS Corp. has been promoted to marketing manager for the company’s Anchorage office. Braham holds a marketing degree with a minor in environmental studies from Western Washington University. She has over 12 years of experience in marketing, product development, sales, business analysis, and business development.

Elizabeth Appleby joined URS as an environmental planner with eight years of professional experience She recently earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of Minnesota. Appleby joined URS as a department intern since June of 2013 and continues to assist with multiple projects in her new permanent position.

Tim Anderson recently joined URS as a local development specialist. He has human resources, computer, financial/budgetary, research, curriculum development and management experience. Anderson’s functions include project controls and procurement activities, stakeholder engagement support and local content development.

The company hired Dave Knutson as a staff engineer. Knutson graduated from Portland State University in 2010 as a civil engineering major. His technical expertise includes stormwater management, remedy engineering, site and infrastructure design and permitting, surface water modeling, and construction management.

Shannon Vivian has joined the company as technical editor. Vivian brings over 30 years of document production, general office management, and technical editing experience. She has supported various engineering and environmental disciplines, consulting directly with clients, state and federal agencies, and project teams.

Anthony Crouts has joined URS as the marketing intern. He is currently a marketing major at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His responsibilities include proposal tasks, a variety of general marketing tasks, and assisting current marketing staff.

MacNamara “Mac” Shoulders recently joined URS as a biologist with more than 30 years of experience specializing in managing interdisciplinary environmental programs, designing field studies and permitting for oil and gas, and other civil projects. He has broad experience in permitting projects in Alaska and an in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations including: National Environmental Policy Act, ESA, Marine Mammals Protection Act, Migratory Bird Species Act, State of Alaska Fish and Game regulations, and State of Alaska Water Quality regulations.

Amy Rosenthal recently joined URS as a senior environmental planner and project manager with over 18 years of practical environmental resource management, planning, regulatory, and academic experience. She is a technical expert in National Environmental Policy Act analysis and cumulative impact assessment, with a proven ability to manage large-scale, controversial projects for federal and commercial clients, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Marine Fisheries Service, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the National Park Service.

Tux Seims has recently joined URS Corporation as an Environmental and Infrastructure Intern. Mr. Seims is currently in route to receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has experience in ocean mariculture, assisting with building/designing structures based on coastal needs, and water sampling. His current duties at URS include supporting engineering efforts, Donlin transportation analysis, supporting marketing pursuits, and construction management support.