Eric Van Deuren joins team at Pacific Gas and Electric

Eric Van Deuren
Eric Van Deuren

Eric Van Deuren, P.E., took the position of senior manager of project engineering at the Sacramento, Calif., office of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. In this role, Van Deuren manages the engineering group that coordinates and executes PG&E’s hydropower holdings.

Before joining PG&E, Van Deuren served as the group leader for Mead & Hunt’s water resources group. In that role, he was responsible for group performance, operations, marketing and business development, and client management. In addition, he served on Mead & Hunt’s board of directors and as treasurer.

Van Deuren is also a member of the board of directors for the National Hydropower Association.

PG&E provides natural gas and electric service to about 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. The company’s hydroelectric system features 68 powerhouses with a total capacity of 3,896 MW.

MWH recruits two: Manwaring and Schuster

Consulting, environmental, engineering and construction firm MWH Global has hired Michael Manwaring to serve as the firm’s hydropower sector leader for North America. He will provide leadership to the growth strategy for the company’s dam and hydropower business, focusing on client service and project delivery.

Manwaring brings nearly 20 years of technical, business development and project management experience to the position, joining MWH after serving as national marketing director for HDR’s hydropower division, where he focused on hydro and pumped storage markets across the U.S. and Canada. His previous experience includes client, project and regulatory management positions with a focus on engineering and environmental disciplines, including hydropower, water resources, energy storage, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission licensing.

Manwaring is a licensed professional geologist in California and serves in leadership roles with the National Hydropower Association and Northwest Hydroelectric Association. He has a Bachelor of Science in geology from State University of New York at Fredonia and a Master of Science in engineering geology from Kent State University.

In addition, MWH announced in August that Stefan Schuster has joined the company in the capacity of Water Resources Strategy Leader for Texas. Schuster brings 20 years of professional experience in the water resources industry.

Schuster is responsible for integrating the full suite of MWH wet infrastructure services across Texas, engaging with key clients, and identifying client needs and appropriate consulting solutions.

Schuster has extensive experience as a project manager, hydrologist, and water resource planner working on diverse water resource planning projects throughout Texas. He is also proficient in surface and groundwater availability modeling, water quality analyses, policy development and implementation, GIS, water rights, and public involvement. During his career, Schuster has been a lecturer at the University of Texas, Austin, where he taught graduate water resources planning courses.

Schuster holds master’s degrees in geological science and community and regional planning from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s in geophysics from the University of Texas. He is a licensed professional geoscientist in Texas.

GEI names Hart president; hires Bartel in Bakersfield

Dan Bartel
Dan Bartel

Raymond Hart, P.E., G.E., was appointed president of GEI Consultants Inc., a civil, geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firm, earlier this year by the board of directors.

For the previous seven years, Hart has held the position of GEI’s chief operating officer. He has replaced Francis D. Leathers, who has resumed client practice. Ronald Palmiere, P.E., has taken over Hart’s former role.

Before joining GEI in 2003, Hart spent 25 years with the California Department of Water Resources, where he held a number of leadership positions. Hart is now based in the company’s western region hub in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

Also in California, GEI appointed Dan Bartel to lead its Bakersfield office. Bartel brings 19 years of experience in water rights, groundwater banking and development, multi-agency water manage- ment, and aging infrastructure improvement to GEI, including a role with the Buena Vista Water Storage District in California, where he oversaw an annual $10 million budget. In addition, Bartel managed environmental, regulatory, and recovery projects for the water storage district.

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