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Personnel moves announced by Oates Associates

Oates Associates, based in Collinsville, this month announced a series of personnel moves.

Sarita Melendez (near left) joined the firm as a project manager with 14 years of overall experience in civil site design and a specialty in storm and sanitary systems.

As a project manager at Oates Associates, she will manage and design municipal, federal and private civil site and water projects and provide technical guidance to junior engineers.

Izabela Czernikiewicz is the firm’s newest building structural engineer. She has more than 30 years of experience in project management, design and assessments of structural systems, and field engineering. She manages building infrastructure assignments and serve as a technical resource to junior staff.

Chris Zimmermann (left, below) and Nicholas Bowers (right, below) also have joined the staff.

Zimmermann is a recent Southern Illinois University Carbondale graduate who began at Oates Associates as an intern over the summer of 2021. He provides flexibility to support the firm’s Transportation Group having assisted with bridge and roadway design as well as infrastructure inventories.

Bowers, also a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, has joined the Transportation Group and is focusing within the firm’s bridge structural discipline. He has been assisting with the design of a new steel beam bridge along Illinois Route 145 for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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