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  • Company History

    For 125 years, we’ve remained exclusively focused on the power industry, providing leadership and quality services for complex power generation and transmission projects.

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  • Global Capabilities

    Our full range of services is available globally with specific knowledge and project experience in more than 90 countries.

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    Our integrity, ethics, and professionalism are tightly woven into who we are and the quality of work we produce every day.

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  • Thomas White

    Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

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    Thomas White took over the leadership of Sargent & Lundy in January 2014, having served previously in executive positions as the president, executive vice president of Sargent & Lundy’s fossil power business, and senior vice president & project director.

    During his 10-year tenure as project director, he led numerous complex power projects for multiple utilities. These projects encompassed new greenfield and brownfield natural gas-fired and coal-fired power plants and major coal plant modification programs, including emission control systems retrofits and repowering. He also served as the firm’s executive committee member for major project joint ventures.

    He joined Sargent & Lundy in 1985 after several years as a field engineer and rose rapidly in the company through the project management ranks. As an engineer and project manager, he was engaged in diverse new generation and modification projects, system planning studies, and environmental compliance planning.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    • Board of Directors Nuclear Energy Institute
    • Board of Directors Construction Industry Roundtable
    • National Coal Council 2009-2014 (Federal Advisory Committee to the U.S. Secretary of Energy)
    • United Way Tocqueville Advisory Committee
    • Advisory Committee for the Sargent & Lundy Scholarship Endowment Fund at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    EDUCATION

    B.S. Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    Licensed Professional Engineer – Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and North Dakota

  • Delfo Bianchini

    Executive Vice President & Director of Nuclear Power

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    Delfo Bianchini is an executive vice president with more than 37 years of experience with Sargent & Lundy, focused primarily on nuclear power projects. He is the director of the firm’s nuclear power business, responsible for the overall management of all nuclear new generation and nuclear services work performed by Sargent & Lundy.

    During his tenure as a project director, Bianchini led the firm’s execution of major nuclear projects for multiple clients in the United States and internationally. These projects spanned the detailed design and engineering management for new-build projects under development, restart and recovery programs for BWR and PWR units, and fleetwide modification and improvement initiatives.

    Bianchini joined the firm in 1979 as a mechanical engineer involved in engineering and analysis for both nuclear and coal-fired power plants.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    • Nuclear Energy Institute’s Nuclear Strategic Issues Advisory Committee (NSIAC)
    • Elected a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2013
    • American Nuclear Society member
    • Northwestern University Otto Graham Society member

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Northwestern University, Chicago
    • MBA from the University of Chicago

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    Licensed Professional Engineer – Illinois, Michigan

  • Michael Helminski

    Executive Vice President, Finance & Legal

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    Michael Helminski has more than 38 years of experience at Sargent & Lundy, including more than 10 years as general counsel and five years as chief financial officer. He is responsible for the overall management of the financial, legal, human resource, and corporate communication areas of the company.

    Previous leadership positions include serving as the firm’s commercial manager. In this position he was responsible for all contracts that the company entered into, including EPC contracts and joint venture agreements. He was also responsible for the business insurance and risk management process.

    Helminski joined Sargent & Lundy in 1982. Early in his career, he was involved in various engineering projects primarily on nuclear power plants.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    • Association of Corporate Counsel member
    • Marquette University Engineering Alumni Scholarship Fundraising Supporter
    • Science Olympiad Middle School Event Coach
    • Boy Scouts of America Local Troop

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • MBA from Loyola University, Chicago
    • JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law – Illinois Institute of Technology

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    Member of the Bar in Illinois and Wisconsin and with the United States Patent and Trademark Office

  • Karen Himmel

    Vice President & Chief Information Officer

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    Karen Himmel is responsible for Sargent & Lundy’s enterprise information technology program. Her role encompasses corporate information technology, computer operations and infrastructure, information security, content management, and leadership of software development teams for both business and engineering applications.

    Himmel joined Sargent & Lundy’s payroll department in 1985 and successfully grew a multi-faceted career at the firm. She worked in multiple areas of finance before transitioning to information technology in 1995 as a software developer. Since then, Himmel has led several large IT solution implementations and upgrades, numerous new software development initiatives, and continuous infrastructure improvements. Himmel manages Sargent & Lundy’s IT budget, projects, and resources. She works closely with colleagues across the company, including the director of engineering and innovation, to strategize, promote, and implement new technologies.

    In 2014, Himmel was promoted to director, vice president, and assistant chief information officer. She was named chief information officer in 2019.

    EDUCATION

    B.S. in Systems Analysis and Design from Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, Indiana

  • Jill Liska

    Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Director of Legal Services

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    Jill Liska is the leader of Sargent & Lundy’s commercial, procurement, and legal teams. Her expertise guides the firm’s successful management of risk, corporate insurance, litigation, contracts, and outside counsel. Her direction of the legal department influences Sargent & Lundy’s overall strategy.

    Liska served as an associate attorney at Robbins Schwartz and an engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation prior to joining Sargent & Lundy’s legal team in 2006. She was promoted to vice president in 2013, at which point she became responsible for the firm’s legal, commercial, and procurement groups. Sargent & Lundy named her a senior vice president in January 2020.

    Liska monitors developing legislation at local, national, and international levels. She develops internal policies and procedures for Sargent & Lundy, including use of intellectual property, unmanned aircraft, and conflicts of interest and ethics. She interprets various domestic and international regulations and license requirements, negotiates leases, supports acquisitions and due diligence efforts on commercial matters, advises HR, and manages the legal team’s budget. Liska, an ardent supporter of diversity issues, played a pivotal role in helping the firm launch an internal professional network for female employees in 2015 and a diversity council in 2020.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    Avenues to Independence Governing Board

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Minnesota
    • MBA from the University of Notre Dame
    • JD from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    • Licensed Professional Engineer – Minnesota
    • Admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Illinois and the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Tom Meehan

    Executive Vice President & Director of Energy & Industrial

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    Tom Meehan is an executive vice president and director of the firm’s non-nuclear power generation, oil & gas, and industrial businesses. He is responsible for the overall management of the firm’s efforts in areas that include coal and gas power generation, waste-to-energy, air/water/solid waste environmental, CO2 carbon sequestration, mid-stream and down-stream oil & gas, and multi-discipline industrial projects for both domestic and international clients.

    Meehan joined Sargent & Lundy as a structural engineer in 1983. Early during his career with the firm, his project work encompassed structural engineering activities that included domestic and international field assignments involving the full array of power generating technologies and fuels.

    During his tenure as a project director, Meehan was responsible for a diverse client base on a wide array of projects that included new power generation and major environmental control retrofits. He also served on the executive committee for various EPC projects.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    • Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
    • American Society of Civil Engineers
    • United Way Tocqueville Society
    • Sargent & Lundy Scholarship Fund for the University of Illinois at Chicago

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. in Structural Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Executive Business Management Program (KMI), Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Chicago

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    • Licensed Structural Engineer – Illinois
    • Licensed Professional Engineer – Illinois, Michigan

  • Pamela Petrich

    Vice President, Human Resources

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    Pam Petrich is the vice president of Sargent & Lundy’s human resources division. She oversees all human resource functions at Sargent & Lundy, including talent management, benefits, and compensation. She is the firm’s officer responsible for equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and privacy law compliance. Additionally, she manages Sargent & Lundy’s employee concerns program.

    Petrich joined the firm in 1978 as a recruiter in the Human Resources Division. She advanced through the division, taking on college recruiting and assuming responsibility for the firm’s co-op and summer intern programs, employee audits and claims, and international human resource management.

    In 1991, during Sargent & Lundy’s nuclear technology transfer program with the Republic of Korea, Petrich accepted a two-year assignment in Seoul as the firm’s HR manager supporting expatriate employees and their family members.

    Sargent & Lundy named her Vice President in 2008. She currently serves on Sargent & Lundy’s Safety Council as well as its Nuclear Safety Culture Council.

    EDUCATION

    BBA from Loyola University, Chicago

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    • Senior Professional in Human Resources – Human Resources Certification Institute
    • Senior Certified Professional – Society for Human Resource Management

  • Mark Santschi

    Senior Vice President & Director of Operations & Innovation

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    Mark Santschi is responsible for the overall coordination of Sargent & Lundy’s infrastructure groups, including IT and all of the engineering and design tools employed by the company. He provides strategic leadership for Sargent & Lundy’s construction management and electrical analytical services, as well as the firm’s project controls and cost estimating groups. He oversees the engineering process and project controls groups, the firm’s engineering and technical standards, and development of technical staff proficiency to serve the needs of the electric power industry.

    Santschi joined Sargent & Lundy in 1986 and began his career performing I&C engineering activities for nuclear, coal, oil, and gas plant projects. His numerous project experiences include new generation and betterment services for both international and domestic clients and sites. During his tenure as a project director, he was responsible for diverse projects that included environmental retrofit, combustion turbine, and fossil and nuclear plant betterment projects, as well as for multiple client relationships throughout the United States.

    In 2014, Santschi was appointed director of engineering with strategic responsibility over Sargent & Lundy’s engineering knowledge and capabilities infrastructure, and over the firm’s specialty engineering groups. In 2019 he was appointed director of operations.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    • ASME Industry Advisory Board
    • ACE Mentor Chicago Board of Directors

    EDUCATION

    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    Licensed Professional Engineer – Illinois, Michigan

  • Ejaz Shameem

    Executive Vice President & Director of Energy Business Consulting

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    Ejaz Shameem is the executive vice president and director of Sargent & Lundy’s energy consulting business. He is responsible for the overall management and direction of the group’s various global engagements spanning development planning, oversight, and operations and maintenance support for all power technologies.

    Shameem joined Sargent & Lundy in 1985 as a structural engineer and later made the transition to mechanical engineering, then into project management. During his career with Sargent & Lundy, he has been involved at increasing levels of responsibility in the design of power plants encompassing an array of power generating technologies including coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear.

    During his tenure as a project director, Shameem was responsible for developing new international clients and led several large, gas-fired and coal-fired new generation projects overseas. He also led a substantial technology transfer and collaboration agreement with a major overseas client.

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. in Physics from University of the Punjab, Pakistan
    • B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    Licensed Professional Engineer – Illinois, Michigan, and Arizona

  • Victor Suchodolski

    Executive Vice President & Director of Electric Grid Infrastructure Services

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    Vic Suchodolski is the executive vice president and director of Sargent & Lundy’s electrical grid infrastructure services. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of the firm’s efforts related to power transmission and distribution, substation design, battery energy storage, renewable interconnects, and grid modernization.

    Suchodolski joined Sargent & Lundy in 1997 as an electrical project engineer and has held roles of increasing levels of responsibility in power plant and electrical grid design, engineering, and project management.

    Early in his career at the firm, Suchodolski supported Sargent & Lundy’s nuclear power business through multi-disciplined project work including power uprate, security, and reliability-focused modifications. In 2011, he was promoted to senior vice president with oversight of both power delivery and nuclear power projects. During that period, he managed the firm’s regional offices in Wilmington, Delaware, and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    During Suchodolski’s tenure as a project director, he was responsible for managing relationships with a diverse client base who teamed with Sargent & Lundy in pursuit of projects in the transmission, distribution, substation, renewable energy, and nuclear power space. Suchodolski was promoted to executive vice president in January 2020.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    • Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
    • United Way Toqueville Society

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania
    • MBA from Villanova University

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    Licensed Professional Engineer – Connecticut, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Virginia

  • Dave Wright

    Executive Vice President & Director of Government Services

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    Dave Wright manages Sargent & Lundy’s business efforts in public sector energy, defense, and environmental markets. With his oversight, the firm provides advanced technology solutions to these clients. Wright is responsible for the firm’s government services business, which includes engineering and environmental management and national security operations services. Core competencies for this portion of the business include engineering and design; facility operations, management, and maintenance; specialty equipment design; project management; and safety, security, and risk management.

    Wright joined Sargent & Lundy as a mechanical engineer in 1982. His initial assignments involved mechanical engineering activities for the firm’s backlog of new generation nuclear power projects. Early in his tenure, Wright transitioned to Sargent & Lundy’s burgeoning nuclear services business, where he has spent most of his career.

    As a project director, Wright was responsible for a diverse client base on a wide array of projects related to operating nuclear power plants, such as facility modifications and upgrades, modernization, capacity uprates, licensing support, and design and analysis. He has developed facilities for commercial nuclear power generation, nuclear fuel fabrication, and spent fuel storage. Sargent & Lundy named Wright executive vice president in January 2020.

    INDUSTRY AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

    • American Nuclear Society
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    • United Way Tocqueville Society
    • Sargent & Lundy Scholarship Fund for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    EDUCATION

    B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS

    Licensed Professional Engineer – Alabama, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Virginia