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Douglas Wood



B.S. Civil Engineering, Univ. of Alaska, Fairbanks 1974, M.S. Civil Engineering, Ohio State Univ. 1980, M.S. Environmental Quality Engineering, Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage, 1995



Wife, Lisa


Current Occupation:

West Palm Beach Resident Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


How many years were you with the University of Alaska Fire Department?

 4 ½ years from the summer of 1969 until December 1973, 2 ½ years as Captain


What is your favorite memory, story, experience, etc. while at the University Fire Department?

I believe my first fire run was in the summer of 1969 when the Malamute Saloon in Ester burned down.


Brief History/Biography:

Just out of college I worked for the Alaska Dept. of Highways (later D.O.T.) for several years, most memorably working on the Yukon River to Prudhoe Bay Highway (Dalton Highway) on the section from the Continental Divide to Galbraith Lake.  When work at D.O.T. slowed down, I went back to college at Ohio State to get my first Masters Degree.


I then worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for several years as a Sr. Quality Assurance Engineer traveling the pipeline regularly.


I went to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1985, first at Shemya Air Force Station to help build up the facilities in the heat of the cold war, then  stationed at Ft. Richardson as the Office Engineer for the Area Office.  In 2003 I transferred to West Palm Beach, Florida to take the position of the Resident Engineer.  I currently administer construction contracts varying from dredging and beach renourishment to everglades restoration projects.   I am also an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College teaching Hazardous Materials/Hazwoper.