New CEO, Bent Monument Image, & Power Distribution Article (August 2016)

George J. Pierson, PA H ’84, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Kleinfelder firm, effective September 6, 2016. Currently, Pierson leads his own advisory group and previously served as president and chief executive officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff from 2010-14. According to the news announcement, during his tenure as president and CEO, the firm added nearly $1.4 billion of shareholder value.

Pierson has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Bucknell Unviersity (PA), a master’s in structural engineering from Cal Berkeley, and a JD from Harvard Law School.


In a recent blog post, Ariadne R. Petrucelli, NY H ’86, posed with the bent monument at Lehigh University (PA). The title of her blog post is “Geeking it Out.” Click here to read the full post from Petrucelli, a life coach, former MBA professor in Belgium, and previous project manager with GE Electric.

Ariadne Petrucelli with Bent


A recent guest article on Newton-Evans Research Company, Inc.’s website entitled “Bringing Grid Modernization to the Distribution Transformer” was written by Vince P. Martinelli, MA B ’85. A vice president of product management at Gridco Systems, Martinelli’s article details multi-function power electronics-based regulation systems that turn distribution transformers into automated LV substations. Read the article

He is responsible for managing the company’s product roadmap and articulating the business case for agile grid infrastructure. Martinelli brings over 25 years of product experience joining Gridco in 2013 from Amazon Robotics (formerly Kiva Systems), where he led a team responsible for the integration of Kiva’s robotic order fulfillment system into Amazon’s global network. Martinelli earned both SB and SM degrees in materials science & engineering from MIT, where he was an Academic All-American athlete.


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