Commonwealth Associates, Inc. is a 2015 Top 10 engineering consulting firm. This blog provides a forum for engineers, and those interested in engineering, to learn more about life as a Commonwealth Associates Engineer. Whether you want to talk transmission and distribution, substation, electrical systems, or just get the scoop about our terrific company picnics, you've come to the right place.
Congratulations go out to our own Jim Aiello,in our Land Services Department, for his leadership and outstanding achievement in being awarded this year's IRWA Chapter Performance Rewards Program Prize for Classroom Education for "mega"-sized chapters!
Today, Commonwealth released the following statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 30, 2012
CONTACT: Tim R. Davis, SR/WA - Land Services Mgr.
(517) 768-7153 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aiello Receives Year’s International Right of Way Association Award for Classroom Education
JACKSON, MI – Commonwealth Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce that James Aiello, SR/WA, P.E. has been named this year’s Chapter Performance Rewards (CPR) Program Prize Recipient for Classroom Education for “mega”-sized chapters by the IRWA. The program was created to recognize and reward the efforts of Chapter Leaders in Classroom Education, Credentialing, and Online Education. Aiello is Co-Education Chair for Chapter 7, which had the highest percentage of Classroom Education participants relative to the chapter’s membership base in the “mega” Chapter Size category. He receives a complimentary registration and paid travel to the 2012 Annual International Education Conference in Seattle, Washington, where he will participate in the conference’s Education Update and Best Practices Discussion, sharing ideas, tips, and strategies which contributed to the chapter’s success in Classroom Education.
Aiello, a Professional Engineer and Licensed Real Estate Agent, has over 20 years of experience in design, management, and construction administration for a variety of civil engineering projects. He has dedicated nine years to land services, including the acquisition of easements, right-of-way in fee, relocations, and temporary permits and licenses for governmental agencies and other clients. Projects have included airports, roadway improvements, utility projects, relocation, and wind power. “Jim consistently demonstrates industry leadership and he approaches every activity with an amazing amount of energy and enthusiasm,” said Tim Davis, SR/WA, Manager of Commonwealth’s Land Services Department.
In addition to its Land Services, Commonwealth offers a complete package of engineering and consulting services for clients and is proud to be listed among the 2012 Top 40 Design Firms by EC&M Magazine and the 2012 Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record. The company maintains principal offices in Mount Vernon, Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; and Jackson, Michigan, along with satellites in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Roanoke, Virginia; and Oakland, California.
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Today, Commonwealth released the following statement:
May 10, 2012
R. Barnes (517) 262-8258
Engineering Firm Grows
& Energy Team
MI – Commonwealth Associates, Inc.’s Power Generation and Energy Department
Manager and Vice President, Samuel R. Barnes, P.E., is pleased to announce the department’s
William McCourtie, P.E. is a Senior Mechanical
Engineer, formerly with HDR. McCourtie
has decades of experience in the development, design, and construction of power
plants of all fuel types. Engineering
Specialist, Chuck Haglund, has
officially joined the team and will initially be working on loan to the
Substation Department. Haglund brings a
wealth of experience and is a tremendous asset to the Power and Energy team. Prior to coming to Commonwealth, he was with
Black & Veatch. Courtney VanHemert is the department’s new Administrative Assistant. VanHemert is completing her studies in
Business Administration at Jackson Community College.
Chuck, and Courtney are terrific additions to this department. Bill and Chuck’s depth of expertise is
consistent with what people have come to expect from their interactions with
Commonwealth. The same can be said for
Courtney’s professionalism and commitment to excellence, and it is my privilege
to work alongside them as we continue growing this part of our business,” said
offers a complete package of engineering and consulting services for clients
and is proud to be listed among the 2012 Top 40 Design Firms by EC&M
Magazine and the 2012 Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record (ENR).
Headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, the company maintains principal
offices in Mount Vernon, Washington and Atlanta, Georgia, along with offices in
Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, Roanoke, Virginia, and Oakland, California.
more information, please visit: www.cai-engr.com.
Facebook at: www.facebook.com/commonwealthassociates
We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2012 IEEE PES T&D ConferenceKindle Fire Giveaway in Orlando! Seen below with Commonwealth's Vice President of Business Development, Linda Gray, are winners Bob Sier andRicardo Rodriquez. Bob is an engineer in Substation Services with ATC. Ricardo is an engineer with San Diego Gas & Electric. Congratulations to both!
L-R: Bob Sier, Linda Gray
L-R: Ricardo Rodriquez, Linda Gray
Commonwealth's team is having a great time visiting with friends and making new ones, sharing the exciting new happenings at Commonwealth, and honing their expertise in the various technical sessions. Among those in attendance is Steve Miller, seen below. If you see Steve around Booth 955, you'll want to ask him how our newest transmission planning software releases in the Transmission Grid AnalyticsTMfamily -- namely Mapping and Cascade Analysis -- can help you plan smarter and easier.
This week, we're in sunny Orlando, Florida, for the IEEE PES Transmission & Distribution Conference and Expo. It's certainly warm and only getting hotter as our booth visitors can register to win a hot new Kindle Fire. On top of that, we're spicing things up by giving away tasty spice blend packets again this year. You can find great recipes on our website to put those spices to the test.
Next week, we'll be in Baltimore, Maryland, for Electric Power 2012 where Commonwealth's Vice President of Power & Energy, Sam Barnes, will be co-presenting "My Coal Ash Pond Will Be Closed - What Do I Do With the Wastewater?" in a session about power plant wastewater and environmental compliance.
Last week, Commonwealth's Ian Hutt co-presented "Using Locational Marginal Prices to Estimate Real-Time Emissions From Electricity Use" to the Michigan Association of Hazardous Materials Professionals with Michelle Rogers, a graduate student at Wayne State University.
So, as you can see, we're not letting any grass grow under our feet. Check back often to learn more about what we're doing to share knowledge, actively participate in the industry, and have fun in the process.