Cordoba Corporation is pleased to celebrate #EngineersWeek2018 by highlighting the experience, skills and insights from some of our talented engineers. These team members are serving in a wide variety of positions on projects across the state and represent different viewpoints, disciplines and experiences. They join our entire Engineering Team in celebrating #EngineersWeek 2018 and Making a Difference for our clients and communities.
Happy #EngineersWeek2018 from Cordoba Corporation!
Ian Cesario has more than 31 years of experience in surveying, right-of-way acquisition, permitting, design, engineering, project management and construction management of civil engineering projects. He is currently serving in Cordoba Corporation’s Water Infrastructure sector where he is supporting municipal clients on key water and stormwater related infrastructure projects.
Through his progression of experience and professional development, Ian’s assignments have included project management, design management, construction management, engineering, design and construction of waterline projects, recycled waterline projects, surface water conveying systems, surface water treatment systems, pump stations, welded steel reservoirs, chlorine injection facilities, well rehabilitation projects, pressure regulating vaults, freeway crossings, sewer lift stations and sewer mains for cities, agencies and private companies throughout Southern California. Past clients have included Boeing, Ontario Municipal Utilities Company, Eastern Municipal Water District, Pepperdine University, and several cities and water companies in the San Gabriel Valley.
Ian’s vast and diverse civil engineering experience is highly valued in Cordoba’s Water Infrastructure sector. He is a Registered Engineer in Training (EIT), is certified as a Public Works Infrastructure Inspector and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
JasMin is currently serving as an Assistant Construction Manager/Field Engineer at the Inglewood Unified School District, where Cordoba provides construction management services for the District’s Measure GG/LAWA Modernization Projects. Previously, she worked as an intern supporting Cordoba’s Bond Management Team at the Long Beach Community College District, where Cordoba oversees the college’s $1.5 billion capital improvement plan (Measure E and LB).
JasMin’s passion for engineering and construction was ignited after traveling to Rwanda in 2012 on a service trip to help build a vocational school for genocide survivors. She has shared that passion for engineering in her work at the Inglewood Unified School District, and she firmly believes that education is the cornerstone to building a better community.
JasMin has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Loyola Marymount University. She loves to travel, experience other cultures, and is dedicated to serving the community. She has successfully completed a full Tough Mudder (10 miles of mud, hills and obstacles) and is pursuing other similar races and competitions.
Jessica joined Cordoba over 10 years ago as an intern. Since then, she has served in project engineering, quality control engineering, cost estimating and construction management positions on a variety of programs and projects, including assignments at Bassett Unified School District and Long Beach Community College District.
Two years ago, Jessica was promoted into her current position. In her current role as Program Manager, she oversees Cordoba’s team at IUSD, where Cordoba recently was awarded a multi-year contract extension to continue to provide construction and program management services for the District. Her dedication, attention to detail, and commitment to the students of Inglewood is reflected in the quality of her work and her effective management of her team.
Jessica recently completed the C.A.S.H. School Facilities Leadership Academy in 2017 and 2018. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and earned her Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Marco Solis is a new addition to Cordoba Corporation’s Energy Infrastructure sector. He is serving in a lead role at our Chatsworth Project Office where our team supporting the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) Distribution Integrity Management Program (DIMP) Distribution Risk Evaluation and Monitoring System (DREAMS) program is based.
Marco brings a wealth experience to Cordoba from his previous work at SoCalGas, where he worked in key engineering and project management positions. He was responsible for managing cathodic protection, leak repair and right-of-way projects for gas transmission pipelines. He also provided leadership on several gas transmission line replacement and hydrotest projects as part of the SoCalGas Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP) team.
Marco is very involved in the community mentoring and providing guidance to college students in several universities. Marco is part of the California State University, Los Angeles career mentoring program where he works with mentees to enhance career development planning. Marco has also served as College Captain for Great Minds in STEM through which he inspired and encouraged Latino K-12 students to go into STEM careers. His volunteer experience also includes volunteering for the Midnight Mission in Downtown Los Angeles.
Marco has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. He is a Registered Engineer in Training (EIT) and is currently working on his P.E. license.
Mari Gomez joined Cordoba Corporation in 2017 as the Project Engineer for the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) Fire Risk Management (FiRM) program. She brings valuable electric distribution, transmission, substation design and business development experience from serving in senior engineering positions at Maui Electric Company, Kiewit and Southern California Edison.
Mari is a well-rounded engineer who also has gas distribution and pipeline integrity experience she gained while working previously for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas). Additionally, she is experienced with street light engineering from a previously held position with City of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting, where she coordinated efforts with such agencies as the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering, Caltrans and Metro.
Mari has been an amazing addition to Cordoba’s Energy Infrastructure sector and is providing strong leadership and expertise on the SDG&E FiRM program. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Los Angeles, and has earned certificates in Project Management from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Strategic Planning from the University of California, San Diego. Mari is currently working on obtaining her P.E. license and she is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Melissa de la Peña
Melissa is a leader in Cordoba’s Transportation Infrastructure sector where she currently serves as the Regional Manager for the Burbank to Los Angeles to Anaheim corridor of the 800-mile statewide California High-Speed Rail Project. She is responsible for the overall management of a multi-disciplinary consultant team consisting of several consulting firms responsible for the planning, public outreach, conceptual and preliminary design, and the preparation of required environmental documentation.
Melissa is a Past President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS-LA). She cites her tenure as WTS-LA President as a transformative opportunity and an excellent learning experience.
In December 2017, the California High-Speed Rail Authority honored Melissa with the Excellence in Community Involvement Award for her work with local high schools and mentorship programs, and her continued involvement with introducing the field of engineering and transportation to young students, many from disadvantaged communities.
Melissa helped jumpstart the High-Speed Rail Authority’s Southern California Region Educational Outreach Program and she participates with her colleagues in International Trade Education Programs outreach events and mentoring programs. Through these programs, Melissa has participated in STEM events, mentoring/coaching sessions, and Engineer Week events at the LA River School at the Sotomayor Campus, Narbonne High School, and the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, the first all-girls STEM school in Los Angeles.
Melissa is Registered P.E. with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Michael Stanwick is a new addition to Cordoba Corporation’s Transportation Infrastructure sector and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is providing project management leadership on a variety of projects in the Bay Area, including the Unity Council’s Fruitvale Village Phase II-A/Casa Arabella Project in Oakland and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) BART Silicon Valley Phase II Extension Project.
Michael is an experienced Civil Engineer, having worked for several engineering firms on a variety of rail and highway projects. His experience includes such high-profile projects as the SR-132 Freeway Project in Modesto, where he developed the geometric elements and engineering drawings for this $170 million project. Michael’s previous responsibilities also include preparing track alignment design, reports and plan sets for the California High-Speed Rail Project.
Michael brings unique international experience to our team through a previous assignment for Qatar Rail’s Long Distance Railway Network, where he created preliminary designs for temporary diversion roadways, station access roadways and maintenance facility roadways.
Michael is a Registered P.E. with a B.S in Civil Engineering from the University of the Pacific.
Roberto Ramirez is a highly regarding Civil Engineer who has been providing leadership at Cordoba Corporation on transportation-related projects for over 10 years. He is known for his successful design and permitting efforts and he has a proven track record successfully delivering large project Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) production, and demonstrated effectiveness in completing projects on time and within budget, while addressing client needs.
Roberto served as Cordoba’s Senior Project Manager on the Space Shuttle Endeavour Transport Project. His role was to plan and execute the permitting and transport of the Shuttle through the cities of Inglewood and Los Angeles between LAX and its ultimate home at the California Science Center. It included identifying obstructions along the transport route, and developing and implementing strategies for their removal.
Working in close collaboration with over 20 different local/regional public and private agencies — including Metro, Caltrans, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and several telecommunications and fiber optics companies, Roberto developed a path that decreased the number of items that needed to be cleared by 50 percent. In addition, Roberto’s efforts resulted in consolidating the permitting into two major permits – one per city (Inglewood and Los Angeles) and a rolling closure Traffic Control Plan. This strategy allowed Cordoba to complete the move on an aggressive schedule. A few years later, Roberto also took the lead ensuring for the safe transport of Space Shuttle’s ET-94 fuel boosters from Marina del Rey through city streets to the California Science Center.
Roberto is currently is serving on behalf of Cordoba as the City Engineer at the City of Industry, where he is managing the city’s engineering bench and capital improvement projects. Roberto is a Registered P.E.and has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from California State University, Sacramento.