2010 News and Updates


Mark W. Frei Promoted to Chief Operating Officer

December 31, 2010

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Mark W. Frei has been promoted to serve as Chief Operating Officer of the company, effective January 1, 2011. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Mr. Frei joined L&A in September 2008 as a Vice President, and was promoted to serve as Senior Vice President of Eastern Operations in November 2009. Mr. Frei has more than 35 years experience in the field of energy, with multi-faceted experience in managing programs in the Department of Energy at Headquarters and in the field. Mr. Frei’s experience includes serving in the Office of Environmental Management (EM) as Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Program Planning and Budget; Director, Office of Cleanup Technologies; DAS for Project Completion; Manager of Idaho Operations Office; DAS for Waste Management; and Director, Office of Waste Management Projects.

In this position, Mr. Frei will work in coordination with the President on overall management of the company with a specific focus on day to day operations.

In announcing the selection, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Mark has excelled as a Vice President and Senior Vice President of our company. This promotion will allow our team to better manage growth and provide even more responsive service to our clients.” [/read]


L&A Establishes Engineering Scholarships at Penn State University

November 23, 2010

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. has established the Longenecker & Associates Scholarship in Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

These scholarships, to be awarded annually for five years, will provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students, pursuing or intending to pursue, degrees in Engineering Science, Engineering Mechanics, or Engineering Science and Mechanics in the College of Engineering at Penn State University Park.

In establishing the scholarships, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “My path to the energy industry was started with a scholarship that I received while at Penn State. Our team’s goal with this contribution is to provide financial assistance during these difficult economic times to promising engineering students who might otherwise not be able to complete their degrees.” [/read]


L&A Provides Support to Wounded Warriors Via Contribution to Walter Reed Society

October 14, 2010

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced a contribution of $10,000 to the Walter Reed Society, Inc. of Washington, DC to provide support to the Wounded Warriors returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The donation was made in honor of Nelson LeHardy and all veterans of the Viet Nam war. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

The Walter Reed Society was founded in 1996 to benefit Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and its educational, patient, treatment, and research activities. The membership has grown to over 725 members who share a high regard for Walter Reed, the man and the institution named in his honor. For its contribution, L&A was awarded a lifetime membership in the society.

In presenting the contribution to the Wounded Warriors at the WCM Environmental Management Forum at Amelia Island, FL, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Today our team is proud to recognize the bravery, commitment and sacrifice of our troops in protecting our nation’s freedom.” [/read]


Dr. Oliver Hemmers Joins L&A, Inc. Board

September 1, 2010

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Dr. Oliver Hemmers has been named to the company’s strategic advisory board. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Dr. Hemmers is a Research Professor and the Executive Director of the Harry Reid Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Hemmers earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in Physics from the Technical University Berlin (Germany) in 1988 and 1993, respectively. In his current position, Dr. Hemmers is restructuring and leading the Harry Reid Center to better meet the demands of interdisciplinary research across campus and is orchestrating campus-wide renewable energy related efforts including research, education and outreach.

Furthermore, Dr. Hemmers is the UNLV managerial point of contact for the Nevada Renewable Energy Consortium and the state-wide Task Leader for Solar Energy Research projects within the Consortium. His research interests include new materials for solar energy conversion; hydrogen fuel storage with a focus on glass-ceramic composite materials; optimization of biodiesel production processes with a focus on sodium methoxide production and applications of x-ray spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation on gas-phase, solids and surfaces to probe electronic structures, correlations and processes as well as material science for the synthesis and characterization of surrogate substituted fluorapatite for long-term nuclear waste storage.

In announcing the selection, L&A’s President, John Longenecker noted “We value our association with UNLV and other universities, and will benefit greatly by having Oliver’s experience and insights on key energy issues.” [/read]


Tyler Przybylek Joins L&A Board

July 1, 2010

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. announced today that Tyler Przybylek has been named to the company’s strategic advisory board. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Mr. Przybylek is a senior executive with more than 30 years of experience in both the government and the private sector. Since 2008, Mr. Przybylek has served as President of Wilton Road, LLC, a company that provides business consulting services to a range of clients.

During his 30 years of DOE service, Mr. Przybylek served as:

  • General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of NNSA (2001 – 2008);
  • Chief Counsel, Acting Deputy Manager, and Acting Area Office Manager (LANL), for the Albuquerque Operations Office (1994 – 2001);
  • Chief Counsel, Oak Ridge (OR) Operations Office (1985-1994);
  • Senior Counsel, Project Management Office, Strategic Petroleum Reserve
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (1977 -1985)

In announcing the selection, L&A’s President, John Longenecker noted “We are honored to have Tyler join our board. He is one the most creative, ethical and practical people that I have ever worked with. Tyler will be instrumental in helping our team plot a profitable business plan for the years ahead.” [/read]


James Turi Joins L&A Team

May 17, 2010

James Turi has joined the Longenecker & Associates, Inc. (L&A) team as a Senior Associate. Prior to joining L&A, Mr. Turi served as Manager of the Department of Energy’s Site Office at the Jefferson Lab where he is the senior on-site Department representative. As Site Office Manager, Jim directed day-to-day office activities. The Office negotiates and administers the contract for operation of the laboratory; and provides technical and administrative direction, enabling support, oversight, and evaluation. Additionally, the Office represents the Department with regulators and stakeholders; and serves as the Laboratory’s advocate within the Department and with others. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Mr. Turi began his federal career in 1968 with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. He has held a variety of positions involving research and development, engineering and construction, facility operations, and environmental cleanup. His program experience spans nuclear and magnetic fusion energy to environmental management to the deployment of radioisotope thermoelectric generators for the NASA Galileo and Ulysses missions.

Jim joined the Office of Science in 2000 as Associate Director for Laboratory Operations and Environment, Safety and Health in Science’s Germantown, Maryland office. He also served as Office of Science’s acting Deputy Director for Operations and acting Chief of Staff. Jim’s most recent experience before joining the JLab Site Office was Acting Manager of the Oak Ridge Operations Office. Previous DOE assignments included the Office of Environmental Management and the Office of Nuclear Energy, and their predecessor organizations.

Jim holds a Master’s in Nuclear Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), and is a registered Professional Engineer (nuclear engineering).

As part of the L&A team, Mr. Turi will be supporting a range of management assessments and strategic planning activities for commercial and government clients.

In announcing the selection, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “We are excited to have Jim join our professional family. His experience, intellect and integrity are a perfect fit for our team.” [/read]


L&A Awards Two Scholarships at WM 2010 Symposium

March 15, 2010

Longenecker & Associates, Inc. awarded scholarships at the March 2010 Waste Management 2010 Symposium in Phoenix, AZ. to Jamie Warburton and Christina Leggett. Both scholarships were presented in memory of Wayne Booth, a long time member of the L&A team. [read more=”Click here to Read More” less=”Read Less”]

Christina Leggett is a Ph.D. candidate in Nuclear Engineering at the University of California – Berkeley. Her research area is in separations (reprocessing) and her career objective is to combine her knowledge of separations science with radioactive waste management in an academic setting.

Jamie Warbuton earned a B.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering from MIT in 2007 and is currently a Nuclear Forensics Fellow in her third year as a Radiochemistry PhD candidate at UNLV working with Professor Ken Czerwinski. Jamie’s career objective is to contribute to the closing of the US nuclear fuel cycle, and her dissertation work aims to facilitate this goal by making SNF reprocessing more proliferation resistant through the use of online monitoring techniques which allow confirmation of process chemistry and the tracking of nuclear materials.

In presenting the scholarships, John Longenecker, L&A’s President stated “Helping the best and brightest students like Jamie and Christina to enter our industry is one of the most important things that we can do to make nuclear energy a sustainable power source for the future. It is a pleasure and honor to present these scholarships in memory of a great friend and former colleague, Wayne Booth.” [/read]