Hamid Afghan, P.E., S.E.
Principal - Structural Engineer
Hamid Afghan is the founding and managing Principal of AAI Engineering. Hamid is licensed to practice in several states including Oregon, Washington and Hawaii amongst others. He has 40 years of structural experience and holds a Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering and Applied Science from Portland State University.
Hamid possesses a unique quality that resonates with many AAI clients. His ability to calmly address any project issue or constraint has proved invaluable. He routinely takes a difficult situation or problem, breaks it down into digestible pieces and produces a creative and economic solution without deviating from his calm demeanor. Hamid often develops a close working relationships with his clients which allows him to streamline and personalize a project.
Craig Harris, P.E.
Principal - Civil Engineer
Craig Harris heads up the Civil Engineering Department at AAI Engineering. He is a professional Engineer, licensed to practice in Oregon and Washington. He holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Portland Community College and has more than 24 years of experience in the field.
Craig excels in project management due primary to his logical and ‘cut to the chase’ attitude. His designs are clear and well-thought-out, which translates to on-time and within budget. However, Craig’s ability to find common ground between clients and jurisdictions may be his most valued skill. His reputation for being able to obtain permits before the rain starts is practically legendary, and makes many AAI clients loyal and repeat customers.
Derek Larsen, P.E., S.E.
Associate - Structural Engineer
Derek Larsen has been an integral and solid member of the AAI Structural Department since 2003. Another native Oregonian, Derek grew up in Sweet Home, before calling Portland home. He attended Oregon State University and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Derek is amazingly proficient at organizing drawings and calculations into concise and easily understood packages. Clients working with Derek are often surprised to find that they gain a comprehensive understanding of the work, process and intricacies of their project and jurisdictional review staff are thankful to see Derek’s stamp on a drawing.
Chemelle Stark, P.E., S.E.
Associate - Structural Engineer
Chemelle was born in California, but found her home in Oregon. She attended Pacific Northwest College of Art and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She also graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science. Chemelle has 14 years of experience in the field of structural engineering and is licensed in the states of Oregon, Missouri, Maine, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Montana.
Chemelle is one of those people who can take a project from concept to permits without a hitch. Her structural understanding is comprehensive. Her ability to work independently is surpassed only by the organizational skills she uses to do so. Her clients find her very accessible and responsive. She also possesses the valuable skill of identifying and understanding clients’ individual/project specific needs.
Ugo Costa, P.E., S.E.
Associate - Structural Engineer
Ugo comes to the Pacific Northwest via Buffalo, New York. He attended the State University of New York, Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and the University of California, Berkley, earning a masters degree in Structural Engineering. Ugo is licensed Structural Engineer in the states of Oregon and California, with 21 years of experience in the field.
Ugo has been with AAI since 2010. During that time he has established a reputation for reliable, on schedule, project delivery and consistent quick response to client questions and needs.
Associate - Civil Designer
Norm is an east coaster, originally from Rochester, NY. He attended Monroe Community College and graduated with an Associate of Science degree with a Landscape Architecture emphasis. Norm has been with AAI since 2004 and has 19 years of experience in the field of civil engineering.
Norm understands and is willing to do what it takes to get a project done, on time. His focus on the end result eliminates missteps and revisions and his ability to work through or avoid road blocks is unsurpassed. Norm ‘s projects are always managed with the utmost foresight and efficiency.
Beth Zauner, P.L.A.
Project Manager – Land Use Planner
Beth attended Auburn University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture and Louisiana State University, earning a Masters of Landscape Architecture. Beth been in Portland since the mid 1990s and has been working with AAI since 2005. She is a licensed Landscape Architect in Oregon and Louisiana.
Beth has a diverse background with experience in Site and Master Planning, Landscape and Urban Design, and Land Use Feasibility and Application preparation. This unique skill set allows her to understand and present complicated pieces of a project in a comprehensive manner.
Teresa Long, P.L.A.
Project Manager – Landscape Architect
Teresa attended Virginia Tech University, attaining a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After practicing Architecture in northern Virginia for 14 years, Teresa’s interest in Landscape Architecture led her to pursue a Certificate in Horticulture from the USDA Graduate School in Washington DC. Upon arriving in the Pacific Northwest, she obtained her license to practice Landscape Architecture, and completed course work at PSU in Project Management, Environmental Permitting, and Wetland / Watershed Development.
Teresa is a licensed Landscape Architect in Oregon and Washington, bringing over 20 years of Architecture and Landscape Architecture experience to her position. AAI enjoys and fully utilizes the diversity that her background and experience allows.
Clinton is another of AAI’s born and raised Oregonians. He attended the ITT Technical Institute and holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science. A long time AAI employee, Clinton has witnessed the technological revolution first hand and does his best to makes sure AAI is at its forefront.
Clinton’s ability to problem solve is what holds AAI together. His calm response to employees’ occasional state of panic is one of his greatest assets. Another is his ability to resolve technological issues quickly and efficiently. He also provides CAD support for the Structural Department.
CAD Technician II
Erik is a native Oregonian, with more than 20 years of experience in his field. He has been with AAI since 2004.
Erik is a versatile employee, working with both the Structural and Civil Engineering Departments of AAI. His time is always in demand here at AAI because the turn around is always swift and his work is spot-on.
John Megrditchian, P.E.
John was born in California but moved to the Portland area in his early teens. He attended the University of Portland and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He has 5 years of engineering experience and is licensed in the State of Oregon.
John enjoys working with clients and addressing specific project needs. He is equally comfortable working with a group or independently. John excels at the eternal balancing act between solving unique or unexpected problems while maintaining project deadlines.
Kelly Youngberg, EIT
Senior Civil Designer
Kelly was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She attended the University of Portland where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2010. Kelly is a natural mentor, regularly seizing opportunities to expand the knowledge base and spirits of her team members. She pairs the big-picture awareness with a sharp attention to detail that is necessary to produce high-quality, well-rounded, projects.
In her free time, Kelly loves playing volleyball, spending time in nature, experiencing live music and comedy, and exploring what “keeps Portland weird.” She enjoys DIY projects that range from making custom roman shades, essential oil “perfumes”, homemade butter and pickled vegetables to replacing the brakes on her car.
Avi Singh, E.I.T
Avi is originally from Fiji. He spent 10 years in Portland, attending Portland State University, obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters in Structural Engineering. Due to family affairs, Avi works remotely. He is however, an irreplaceable member of the AAI family and we simply refuse to let him go. Avi intends to return to the office full-time in the near future.
AAI clients love working with Avi. His work ethic, sense of responsibly and humor allow him to provide a refreshing project management style, as well as deliver an exemplary project.
Mary Ryan, E.I.T.
Mary comes to us via Chicago, and has been in the Pacific Northwest since 2005. Mary attended the University of Portland and holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structural/Geotechnical. Her experience and interests are wide ranged, including Geotechnical, Structural and Construction Engineering. One of Mary’s favorite parts of her job is working and problem solving with Contractors. Her understanding of the final product and the best way to get there routinely catches contractors by surprise and then results in her number being entered on their speed dial.
Reza Foulad, E.I.T
Reza was born and raised in Iran. He moved to the US in 2015. Reza holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of Central Florida in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. Reza currently holds an EIT license in the state of Texas.
Reza’s experience has focused on design and retrofit of concrete and steel frame buildings in Iran and new construction in the U.S. His work is always precise and exemplary due to his ability to focus on and resolve challenging issues.
Matt Yosefani, E.I.T
Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, Matt is a valuable member of the structural department. After earning a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Science from the University of Technology – Baghdad, Matt moved in 2012 to the United States. After landing in Portland, Matt also earned a Masters of Engineering and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Portland State University, specializing in research regarding design provisions for reinforced concrete beams made with high-strength concrete and high-strength reinforcement.
Outside of work, Matt has a passion for travel. His favorite sport is soccer. He is a real fanatic, watches soccer games and plays soccer both on the pitch outside and online with friends. Matt is a piano hobbyist and enjoys playing Arabic songs on his keyboard.
Land Use Planner and Permit Specialist
Andisheh is a Portland native and a relatively new addition to the AAI team. He studied Mathematics at Portland State University and holds Minor degrees in Business Administration and Farsi.
Andisheh’s diverse interests and talents have allowed him to fill a niche within the firm. He applies his excellent people skills and common sense approach to planning, permitting and management efforts which has resulted in positive results in all areas.
Dave Ross, E.I.T.
In July of 2019, Dave turned the page on his life and packed his truck up to the gills and moved out west from Upstate New York. Dave earned his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Since earning his B.S., he has also become a certified EIT.
At 22 years of age, Dave is the youngest addition to AAI. He engages in all of the great outdoor activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer and is a member of the Portland mountaineering club, the Mazamas. When he is not on the trails, you will find him playing the guitar and keyboard in his free time.
AAI’s diversity continues to grow. Tyler comes to AAI from the multicultural Bayou state of Louisiana. An AAI civil designer, Tyler recently graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors in Civil Engineering. Tyler brings with him strong interpersonal skills and a dedication to improving his engineering abilities daily. He enjoys working with people inside and outside of the office and strives to form strong relationships with everyone he comes in contact with.
Outside of the office, Tyler enjoys the outdoors, (perfect for the great Northwest) hiking, fishing, backpacking, and hanging out with his wife and their two family dogs.
Ty recently returned to his stomping grounds in Portland, Oregon after spending several years in North Carolina where he worked as an Athletic Trainer. That experience, while valuable, made him eager to return to his original line of work in civil engineering. To this end, Ty joined the AAI team as a civil designer in 2019.
In his free time, Ty and his wife love to travel and have visited 14 countries! Ty loves all that Portland has to offer and is looking forward to replanting his roots in our beautiful city. He also just adopted a dog, Raleigh, to join him on his outdoor adventures!
Serena has lived in Southern California most of her life where she attended the University of California, Riverside. She recently moved to Oregon looking for a slower pace and more opportunities for a better quality of life. Serena’s experience has focused on the management of small to medium size companies for over fifteen years, so she is a perfect fit for AAI. She is very family focused, loves to spend time outdoors, and travels as much as possible.
Serena is dedicated to the AAI company culture and our employees’ success. She works diligently to improve workplace organization and efficiency while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Her experience in accounting and human resources, as well as her formidable multi-tasking abilities, keep the company running smoothly on a daily basis.
Alison was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and moved to Portland ten years ago. after 14 years in the veterinary field, she discovered an interest and proficiency in the business and management. Alison currently attends PSU and is working on a Bachelor’s in Business Management & Leadership.
Alison credits her meticulous attention to detail and follow-through as her greatest asset, however, she is equally known for her friendly, and compassionate nature.