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Miles named director of Corps' Hydroelectric Design Center

Steven R. Miles
Steven R. Miles

Steven R. Miles has been selected as the new director of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Hydroelectric Design Center.

Miles' 27-year career in the military demonstrates a range of leadership, corporate and business management skills. A licensed engineer, Miles previously served as vice president of the Federal & Port Authority Business Development Team at David Evans and Associates Inc. In this role, he was responsible for assessing and pursing federal and port authority opportunities, specifically in the federal, water and marine markets.

Miles served as commander and district engineer for the Corps' Portland District, where he is returning to in his new role. In this role, he led a 1,300-person professional engineering organization and oversaw all business aspects of the organization.

He completed his BSCE degree in concrete and soils at Norwish University, his masters in business administration at Boston University, and a masters in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

Parker assumes new role with Kruger Energy

Hydroelectric power operator Kruger Energy Inc. named Daniel Parker as project manager for its business development group. Parker, who previously served as operations and maintenance manager for Kruger's New York projects, has more than 27 years of industry experience in environmental permitting, licensing, development and operations.

The Montreal-based company said Parker's new responsibilities include project management and new business development support in the U.S. and western hemisphere.

Kruger Energy is a business unit of Kruger Inc., which operates a portfolio of seven hydro plants in the U.S. and Canada with a total combined capacity of about 160 MW.

Marine Renewables Canada hires operations director

Marine Renewables Canada added Amanda White as operations director. White will handle membership services and development, as well as conference management and coordination.

White contributes more than 10 years of energy industry experience. Before joining Marine Renewables Canada, she served as event coordinator, event manager, member services manager and trade mission manager at OTANS (now known as the Maritimes Energy Association).

Her work experience also involves conference management, including All-Energy in Scotland, CanWEA Wind Energy Conference in Canada, and Rio Oil & Gas in Brazil.

Marine Renewables Canada meshes industry, academia and government efforts to promote and develop marine energy in Canada. Several companies that work in the hydro market are members of the Canadian non-profit, including BC Hydro, Andritz Hydro, Emera, Hatch and Nalcor Energy.

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon add energy attorney Swanstrom

Phoenix-based law firm Jennings, Strouss & Salmon P.L.C. has expanded the firm's energy practice with the addition of Debbie A. Swanstrom to its Washington, D.C., office.

Swanstrom contributes more than 23 years of experience in the legal field, representing clients mainly from the gas and electric industries. Previously, Swanstrom was a partner at Patton Boggs LLP, where she practiced in the areas of energy regulation, litigation and transactional law.

Swanstrom is a member of the Energy Bar Association's Compliance and Enforcement Committee and is chair of the Women in Power Forum. She speaks and writes often on regulatory and other legal topics affecting the power generation industry.

Swanstrom completed her undergraduate education at St. Cloud State University and received her Juris Doctorate degree from George Washington University.


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