Kim Nielsen, PE Retires; John Daley, PE Promoted

June 29, 2020


Kim Nielsen, PE recently retired from her position at R&M as Group Manager of Waterfront Engineering. In the wake of her departure, John Daley, PE will step into the position of Group Manager of Waterfront Engineering.

Kim joined R&M in 2012 and spent the last nine years building and expanding the firm’s waterfront work, bringing in new clients and challenging projects. Her career has spanned 26 years of work throughout Alaska on significant port and harbor projects, such as the Valdez New Harbor, Seward Marine Industrial Center Harbor Impovements, Kodiak Ferry Terminal and Dock Improvements, and Sitka Crescent Harbor.

“I’d like to say a special thank you to Kim for bringing her expertise, leadership and commitment to inspire us all to be better,” said Len Story, PLS, R&M’s Chief Executive Officer. “It was a pleasure working with her and her departure will be greatly felt. Kim’s guidance to the firm has been a big part of our success and has helped us be who we are today.”

John brings a wealth of experience to his new position as Group Manager of Waterfront Engineering. In this role, he will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Group and overseeing and developing designs for port and harbor facilities and upland support facilities.


“The Alaskan coastline is over 6,000 miles long and has more than 40,000 miles of shoreline. These distances are greater than all other states coastlines and shorelines combined,” said John. “It is sometimes both daunting and humbling to be able to provide engineering services to communities and facilities in this vast area. I look forward to continuing to work on challenging waterfront projects with the R&M team.”

John joined R&M in 2013 as a Senior Project Engineer and has more than 27 years of experience in waterfront and coastal engineering design, construction and inspection. His work has included a wide variety of coastal, arctic and waterfront engineering projects, including breakwaters, harbors, float systems, various types of docks and wharves (sheet pile bulkheads, pile supported docks, fender systems, floating docks), bridges, flood control projects, erosion control projects, and bridge, dock and harbor inspections. Over his career, John has led numerous port and harbor projects, such as the Biorka Island Dock Replacement, Homer Deep Water Dock Feasibility Study, Cold Bay Dock Rehabilitation and Homer Ferry Terminal Improvements.

John holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Civil Engineering, both from the University of Alaska Anchorage, as well as an A.S. in Diving Technology from Highline Community College. He is a professional civil and structural engineer, registered in Alaska; a NACE Corrosion Technologist; and certified in Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges and Confined Space Entry. John is actively involved with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), ASCE – Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI); ASCE COPRI Committee for Seismic Design Standards for Piers and Wharves; ASCE COPRI Committee for Waterfront Facilities Inspection Standards; and National Association of Corrosion Engineers.

Outside of work, John likes to travel and enjoy nature. Most of his activities, such as skiing in the winter and fishing in the summer and fall, are essentially vehicles to get him outside and immersed in the natural world.