T&D News 2008 Number 2

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New Faces

New Faces at MTDC and SDTDC

Portrait of Rhonda Auger.Rhonda Auger joined MTDC in October 2007 as a publications assistant. She is responsible for keeping an accurate inventory of all publications and preparing mass mailings (electronic and paper). Rhonda is a sophomore studying to be an x-ray technician at the University of Montana-College of Technology. A native Montanan, she grew up in Lolo, MT. Rhonda now lives in Missoula with her fiancé and two children.

Portrait of Vicente Barandino, Jr.Vicente Barandino, Jr., joined SDTDC in 2008 as a civil engineer. In 1984, Vicente received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of the East in Manila, Philippines. After college, he began a career at the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems, Manila. Vicente rose from a project inspector to principal engineer, where he led a design and survey team for a multimillion dollar water supply rehabilitation project before joining his family in the United States in November 1992.

Vicente worked 13 years for Motorola in Schaumburg, IL, where he was quality release program manager of wireless broadband projects before heading the quality management system (ISO9001) of the North America-design and development engineering department. In 2006, he became a transportation planner for the Allegheny National Forest. Vicente has a master's certificate in project management from George Washington University.

Portrait of Joe Domitrovich.Joe Domitrovich is an exercise physiologist at MTDC. His project work includes hydration, nutrition, employee health, stress, and fitness testing. Joe also is a wildland firefighter. He has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Joe received a master's degree in exercise physiology at the University of Montana where he is completing an interdisciplinary studies Ph.D. with an emphasis in exercise science.

Portrait of Carlos Garcia.Carlos E. Garcia joined SDTDC in February of 2008 as a civil engineer. He helps develop new or improved equipment, systems, materials, processes, techniques, and procedures for more efficient management of forested lands. Carlos started with the Forest Service in 2005 as the assistant forest engineer for the Plumas National Forest, working primarily on partnership development. He spent a summer working in the National Partnership Office on a Washington Office detail.

Carlos was born and raised in southern California, received an associate of arts degree in architecture from San Bernardino Valley College, and a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. From 1982 to 2005 he worked as a civil/structural engineer for the Navy, where he was a national expert in construction specifications serving at the Seabee Construction Battalion Center.

Portrait of Greg McBride.Greg McBride joined MTDC in November 2008 as a physical science technician working in the Wildland Fire Chemical Systems laboratory. Greg received a bachelor's degree in physical natural science from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Before receiving his degree, Greg served as an F16 crew chief in the U.S. Air Force and was a hazmat/hazwaste program manager at the Aviano Air Base in Aviano, Italy.

Portrait of Lexie Nichols.Lexie Nichols joined MTDC as an office automation assistant in July 2008, performing front desk duties, such as answering the phone, editorial assistance, and staff support. Lexie is a Missoula native in her senior year at the University of Montana, studying classical civilizations and Latin.

Portrait of Fitzpatrick Nobles.Fitzpatrick Nobles joined MTDC in November 2008 as a student programmer helping to maintain and develop the center's Web sites. Fitzpatrick is a junior at the University of Montana, studying computer science. He moved to Missoula from Grand Forks, ND, where he majored in commercial aviation at the University of North Dakota. Fitzpatrick was born and raised in Idaho Falls, ID.

Portrait of Ken Olson.Ken Olson joined MTDC in 2008 as an electronics technician. He builds components and prototype circuits for center projects and studies electronics at the University of Montana-College of Technology. Born in Ramsey, MT, and raised in Missoula, Ken studied anthropology at the University of Montana. He worked in electronics while in the U.S. Army.

Portrait of Jonah Vaughan.Jonah E. Vaughan joined MTDC in November 2008 as a student Web assistant helping convert publications to HTML and learning Web programming. Jonah, a University of Montana freshman majoring in computer science, spent last summer working as a wildland firefighter for the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. Jonah's dream career would combine his computer skills with wildland firefighting.

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