Cordoba Corporation Celebrates Engineers Week 2021!

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.  Happy Engineers Week from Cordoba Corporation!

 

template with engineerBen Hadlock, PE

Ben Hadlock, is a Civil and Structural Engineer with 19 years of experience, 14 of those years specializing in transmission and distribution power delivery.

Ben’s transmission experience includes complex and challenging projects in California, Texas, Wisconsin and Alberta, Canada ranging in voltage from 12 kV to 500 kV, including several underground double circuit XLPE 69 kV and a single circuit HPFF 138 kV transmission projects.

Ben’s experience also includes working as a Project Engineer for San Diego Gas & Electric’s Fire Risk Mitigation (FiRM) Program, where he served as a Project Lead for numerous segments of distribution lines and aided in QA/QC role for both existing analysis and new construction in compliance with California Public Utilities Commission General Order 95.  In this role, Ben provided construction packages to remedy structural deficiencies and clearance encroachments to reduce the risk of wildfires.

In addition to his experience in the electric power industry, Ben also has valuable experience in design and construction management of civil site work for commercial and residential site development projects.

Since joining Cordoba Corporation in 2019, Ben has worked as a Project Engineer on SDG&E’s Pole Risk Mitigation and Engineering (PRiME) Program, which along with the FiRM Program, are now part of SDG&E’s Electric System Hardening Program.  In this role, Ben is responsible for engineering design and QA/QC.  Ben has also worked with Imperial Irrigation District developing their 92 kV standards and acting as owner’s engineer in a QC role for their 230 kV S-line project.

Ben is a licensed Professional Engineer and graduate of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, where he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering.  In his spare time, Ben enjoys many outdoor activities such as fly-fishing, whitewater rafting, canyoneering, backpacking, boating, spending time at the family cabin and most recently golfing.

 

template with engineerBetzabeth Cabral

Betzabeth Cabral joined Cordoba Corporation as a summer Intern in in June 2017 and continued to serve as a part-time intern while she completed her studies at California State University, Fullerton.

Betzy graduated from CSUF with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a Minor in American Studies in 2019 and soon became a full-time employee with Cordoba serving as an Engineer in our Energy Infrastructure Sector.

While at CSUF, Betzy was active with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, where she honed her leadership and financial skills serving as Treasurer.  Other experience while in college included serving as a Utilities Budgeting Intern at CSUF and as an Office Assistant at a construction company in Orange County.  She also worked as a Behavioral Interventionist for an organization providing support and resources to children on the Autism spectrum, and in various Recreation Department positions at the City of La Mirada.

Since joining Cordoba full-time, Betzy has been supporting the San Diego Gas & Electric Fire Risk Mitigation (FiRM) Program, a key program in the utility’s Electric System Hardening Program, where she serves as an Engineer. In her role, Betzy supports the Caltrans Permitting team by creating and submitting permitting packages.

Betzy is a Procore Certified Project Manager.  In her spare time, Betzy enjoys spending time with her husband and family.

 

template with engineerHeather Leask, EIT

Heather Leask is a driven Electrical Engineer who is inspired by creating innovative solutions to address client problems.

With a background in consulting, Heather is well-versed in exceeding project expectations while managing client schedule and budget expectations. Her technical experience includes underground transmission including trenchless technology and distribution design.

Heather joined Cordoba Corporation in May 2020 as a Project Manager.  She is currently working within San Diego Gas & Electric’s Electric System Hardening Program managing Segment Three to meet program goals and provide safer and more reliable facilities through collaborative engineering, design, and construction practices.

Heather earned her B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Connecticut, where she was a member of Phi Sigma Rho.  While in college, she held several internships to advance her engineering background by performing research in theoretical chemistry in France and electrical engineering focusing on solar energy in South Africa. She also served as a Power Electronics and Motor Intern at a large international aerospace company in Connecticut. In addition, she gained valuable life experience during her undergraduate experience by working as a Lab Assistant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and her independent research on Memristors, which was recognized and awarded at the international level.

Heather has won awards presenting to hundreds of people on her research based on both her technical achievements and effective presentation skills. Heather prides herself in being fearless and up for a challenge both in and out of the workplace. Her bucket list is always growing but she continues to check off items such as bungee jumping off a nuclear power plant. In her spare time, Heather enjoys weightlifting, DJing, hiking with her puppy and exploring other cultures.

 

template with engineerJonatan Velasquez, EIT

Jonatan Velasquez earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Chemistry from California State University, Long Beach in May 2019.  Shortly thereafter, he passed his Engineer-in-Training and exam later joined Cordoba Corporation in March 2020 as a Gas Pipeline Engineer.

While in college, Jonatan served as Secretary of the CSULB Latinos in Science and Engineering and he also volunteered as the Science Extravaganza Chair for the club.  In addition, he worked as an Excel Peer Mentor.  In this role, he advised and proposed plans for nine unique freshman engineering students’ semesters, setting attainable goals that prepared them for their future at school, personal lives, and the professional world. He attended his mentees’ weekly engineering class to help advance class discussion, held shadow hours meant to assist mentees, tutored chemical engineers five hours a week, and scheduled monthly one-hour meetings with students.

As a school project, Jonatan designed an industrial-sized CO2 neutral algae biodiesel plant with the goal of being more economically and sustainably competitive against fossil fuels and other biofuels.  His efforts involved rigorous literature research; scaling processes to industrial size; learning the biology of algae for necessary hand calculations for proper sizing and costs estimates; communicating ideas and working with four team members to ensure all understood the project details; and ultimately presenting his final project to faculty and peers.

Currently, he is working in the Cordoba’s Water Infrastructure Sector as a Project Engineer as a supporting role with key oil company and aerospace clients, focusing on resolving water quality related matters.

In his spare time, Jonatan enjoys writing music, strumming his guitar, and playing video games.

 

Template with Engineer PhotoMichael Jaciuk, PE

Michael Jaciuk is an experienced Engineer with demonstrated skills in the electric power, forensic, structural and construction industries. His electric power experience includes performing analysis and designing power transmission lines, ranging in voltage from 69 KV to 600 kV, along with their supporting structures, foundations, and access roads. Michael’s experience also includes designing and analyzing cellular communication structures. He is familiar and experienced with applicable NERC, FERC, NESC, ASCE and building code standards, and he has modeled his work on PLS-CADD using traditional surveys and LiDAR survey data.

Michael’s structural experience, includes completing forensic evaluations of damaged structures to determine causes, including foundation settlement, impact damage, and envelope compromise in accordance with applicable statutes and building codes.  His construction experience includes providing tradesman and supervisory work on commercial greenhouses, retail facilities, industrial facilities and residential structures.  His work on such projects included structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing project components.

Michael joined Cordoba Corporation in November 2020.  Since then, he has served as a Senior Civil Engineer supporting San Diego Gas & Electric performing quality assurance and quality control for power line design and remediation projects for the utility’s Pole Risk Mitigation and Engineering (PRiME) Program.

Michael is a licensed Professional Engineer graduate of the University of South Florida, where he earned a B.S.C.E in Civil and Environmental Engineering.  While at USF, Michael served as Vice President of the student chapter of the Florida Engineering Society.  In his spare time, Michael enjoys building things, working on cars, and board sports.

 

template with engineerWalid Naouchi, MSCE, PE, CCM, QSP

Walid Naouchi has extensive experience in project management, engineering, quality assurance, quality control, risk management, and construction management.

He has worked on heavy civil, environmental, commercial, infrastructure, and industrial projects, including bridges, highways, airports, education centers, schools, housing, ports, water/wastewater treatment plants, stormwater projects, drainage systems, channels, dams and refinery expansion projects for oil and gas.

Walid is well-versed in project delivery methods such as Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Integrated Project Delivery, Multi Prime, At Risk, Cost Plus, Fixed Cost, and P3.

Walid joined Cordoba Corporation in November 2019 as a Project Manager supporting our work at the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Rinconada Water Treatment Plant Reliability Improvement Project, where he has provided construction management, quality control and stormwater management.  Currently, Walid is providing water quality project expertise for oil and aerospace clients for Cordoba Corporation.

Walid earned his M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. He is a Certified Construction Manager, licensed Professional Engineer, and a Qualified Stormwater Professional.  In his spare time, Walid enjoys reading, listening to music and walking.