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DiDonato is happy to announce the following staffing changes:

 

New Hires:

Daniel Schneider, PE, SE
Vice President, Structural – Buildings

Dan began working with DiDonato as an Intern while going to college.  After graduating from UB as a Civil/Structural Engineer in 2010, he was with DiDonato for five years.  He then re-located to the Boston area for three years, but has recently decided to return to Buffalo and to DiDonato, and we are excited to have him back.  Before he left, Dan had obtained his NYS Professional Engineering License.  During his three year absence, he also obtained his Professional Structural Engineering license, a difficult 16-hour exam using separate vertical and lateral components to test the ability to safely design buildings, especially in areas of high seismicity and high wind.  The pass rate for this test is 29% (buildings-lateral) and 40% (buildings-vertical), so it is quite an accomplishment.  Dan will be in charge of all buildings–structural projects, supervising project and junior engineers.

 

Kathryn Huurman
Junior Civil Engineer

Katie also served as an intern with DiDonato during her last semester of college, graduating from UB with a BS in Civil Engineering in 2018.  Her work includes a number of municipal projects such as streets and sidewalks rehabilitation, culvert replacements and site plan designs.  Her memberships include: Seismic Design, which is a part of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), 2017; WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering), 2014; and TEPC (Theme Park Engineering Club), 2017.

 

Glenn Drue
Construction Inspector

Glenn has 20 years of experience in monitoring construction operations and workmanship to ensure conformance with the contract documents. He provides on-site field testing that complies with NYSDOT Standard Specification for Construction, the Manual for Uniform Record Keeping (MURK), the performance of field measurements and the collection of data necessary to document the execution of work. His work includes public improvement permit projects, water system improvement projects, and roadway and bridge rehabilitation projects. He recently provided inspection services for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Runway 14-32 Rehabilitation project.  His Certifications include:  NICET Level II Inspector; American Concrete Institute Field Testing Technician – Grade 1; Cornell Local Road Program, Work Zone Safety; and FHWA-NHI 133112 – Design and Operations of Work Zone Traffic Control.

 

Victoria Singsavatdy
Assistant Team Leader Trainee

Tori has joined DiDonato as part of our Assistant Team Leader Trainee program for the Biennial Bridge Inspection Contract with NYS Department of Transportation. The Program’s purpose is to train and provide increased opportunities for minorities and women in the engineering consultant industry.  Tori has her Associates Degree in Engineering Science from Erie Community College and is attending UB for a Bachelor’s in Math.  She will be working on DiDonato’s NYSDOT Region 4 Biennial Bridge Inspection program contract, which involves the inspection of over 1,090 bridges and 2,450 spans.

 

Promotion:

Jeffrey Blank, PE
Vice President, Structural – Bridges

Jeff has 25 years of experience in structural/civil engineering and over 17 years in bridge rehabilitation/ replacement.  He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Tri-State University (now Trine University) in 1993 and began working at DiDonato in 1999. He has a thorough knowledge of the various codes such as AASHTO, AISC, ACI, and the NYSDOT Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges.  He has worked on multiple bridge replacement projects for Erie County, Cattaraugus County, and the City of Buffalo including Jamison Road, Freedom Road, and Hopkins Street, as well as working with the City of Buffalo on their bridge rehabilitation program for the past 10 years.  In addition, he is an experienced bridge inspector with a thorough knowledge of the current NYSDOT Bridge Inspection Program.  Because of this extensive bridge experience, he was recently named Vice President, Structural – Bridges and will be in charge of all bridge–structural projects, supervising project and junior engineers.