Water Resources Division Announces Key Promotions

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The Water Resources Divison is proud to announce the following promotions for Kyle DeSomber and James Boag!

It’s our pleasure to announce that Kyle DeSomber will serve as McMillen Jacobs’ new Water Resources Energy Practice Lead effective immediately.  In this new role, Kyle will be responsible for the coordination and oversight of a strategic national marketing program centered on the Energy Market.  He will report to Marissa Emmons, Water Resources Business Development Director,  where he will work with her and the other Practice Leads to grow our Energy practice.  He will lead the planning, development of annual and long term goals, budgeting, program leadership, client development, community and industry participation, and project pursuits.  The position includes oversight of the execution of projects within the scope of the practice. Kyle will work in cooperation with company management on marketing strategies and project execution.

Kyle started with McMillen Jacobs in 2017 as a Lead Managing Engineer – Mechanical and has served as the Mechanical Discipline Lead for the past two years.  Kyle has over 17 years of experience in design, construction, and/or repairs at hydroelectric facilities. He has been responsible for designs for hydropower facilities, dams, navigation locks, pumping plants, fish hatcheries, fish passage facilities, tunnels, and other water resources projects. Specific design elements have consisted of turbine/generator packages, spillways, gates, valves, hoists, debris booms, floating structures, oil/water separation on discharges, main unit digital governor modernizations, drainage pump replacements, hoist systems, and a variety of control valves. His expertise is utilized in all phases of work—from early planning, pre-design activities, final design, construction and installation, startup and commissioning, as well as maintenance and repair of existing facilities on behalf of the owner.

We’re very excited to watch Kyle grow into this new position and we know he’ll be very successful.

It’s our pleasure to announce that James Boag will serve as the new Mechanical Discipline Lead for the Water Resources Division.  In this role, James will be responsible for the mechanical team’s workload, project execution, staffing, and mentorship.  Over the next couple of months, Kyle and James will work together to help ensure a smooth transition for the mechanical workload and their team members.

James started with McMillen Jacobs in January 2019 and has over 16 years of experience in mechanical design at hydroelectric facilities both in the engineering and construction industries.  Prior to joining McMillen Jacobs, James served as a Senior Mechanical Engineer, Section Chief, and Branch Chief for USACE Portland District, where he was responsible for managing multi-disciplinary teams including civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, and geotechnical. He was responsible for the budget and scope on various projects for up to 20 engineers and engineering technicians over a 4-year period and as the Chief of the Mechanical Design Section, he was responsible for all mechanical design products for over 100+ projects during his tenure. Therefore, he understands industry standards and the necessity of maintaining deadlines, accurately estimating costs, and clearly and thoroughly defining project scope, schedule, budget.