RECON’s staff members bring depth and breadth of expertise to the company’s core services. Employees train together regularly to hone skills that support remote field work in Alaska, such as wilderness survival, first aid, and firearms handling.
Steve Rowland, PE
Steve is president and majority owner of RECON with more than 35 years experience in civil and geological engineering. His extensive experience working in undeveloped and remote areas of Alaska has afforded him the opportunity to study and evaluate a wide variety of terrain and ground conditions as they relate to infrastructure development. This knowledge base has been applied to road and trail route location and design, airfield location, school site selections, industrial facilities location, and general land use recommendations.
Steve provides guidance and oversight for all RECON projects. Most notably, he has had key leadership roles in investigating site access alternatives and facilities location for proposed resource development projects throughout Alaska. He has conducted site reconnaissance for a state-wide grid of seismometer installations and has been involved in planning and constructing multiple mining and drilling sites and access routes in Alaska’s interior. Steve doesn’t hesitate to ground-truth a remote route or site to provide an in-depth initial assessment of feasibility.
A lifelong resident of Palmer, Steve acquired his Alaska Professional Civil Engineering License in 1986 (CE-7241) after receiving his BS in Geological Engineering from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1980.
Isaac Rowland, PE/PEng
Isaac joined RECON in 2009 and oversees RECON’s base of operations in Fairbanks. He became a partner in the business in 2017. His experience includes short- and long-range mine planning, mine reclamations, permafrost stabilization, project management and remote logistics. He specializes in off-grid projects and has worked in remote locations ranging from Baffin Island to the western Brooks Range, Ketchikan and the Alaska Peninsula.
Isaac’s recent and current projects include project management for access routes to oil and gas exploration sites, design of quarries and material sites, site reconnaissance and logistics planning for seismograph installations statewide, and logistics management for a remote drill program. He’s always in his comfort-zone on any back-country Alaska project.
Isaac is a registered Professional Mining and Mineral Processing Engineer in Alaska (No. 13667) and a registered Professional Engineer in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Nunavut (No. L2102). He received his BS in Mining Engineering from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2004.
Mick Ewing, PLS
Mick joined RECON in 2010 as a professional land surveyor and became a business partner in the company in 2017. With over 20 years in the surveying profession, his experience encompasses control, construction, hydrographic, subdivision, and engineering support surveys.
Mick’s work has involved surveying and project management with land and hydrographic surveyors, landscape architects, geophysicists, wetland biologists, archaeologists, GIS specialists, and engineers of all disciplines.
His accomplishments include planning and implementing many large-scale GPS control networks and supporting many engineering projects throughout Alaska. He led a team of surveyors from two other companies while working on the largest of these networks, which spanned 3,500 kilometers. Engineering support has included route reconnaissance, topographic acquisition, boundary surveys, as-builts, as-staked, quantities, and construction staking of all types. Survey work has brought Mick to all the extremes of Alaska’s geography and climate. He enjoys the unique challenges found in each.
Mick is an Alaska Registered Professional Land Surveyor (No. 11794). He received his BS in Surveying and Mapping from University of Alaska Anchorage in 1998.
Heidi Whipple, GIS/Logistics Specialist
Heidi grew up in Palmer and joined RECON after returning to her hometown in 2013. She provides GIS, logistics, and administrative services. As a GIS specialist, her experience includes spatial database management, data analysis, and cartography. She also offers cost estimating and control, logistics support and accounting for the IRIS EarthScope state-wide installation of seismographs and other projects, and assists with RECON’s office administration as needed. Heidi has always had a diverse array of tasks with RECON and can be counted on to keep the work progressing forward.
Heidi received her MS in GIS from University of Washington in 2016 and her BA in International Studies from George Fox University in 2008.
David Durst, Survey Technician
David joined RECON in 2017 as a survey technician. As a lifelong Alaska resident with a background in the geology field, and a can-do attitude, he is a natural fit for the RECON team.
David’s experience in the oilfields of the North Slope of Alaska includes two years as a Logging Geologist for Halliburton and environmental monitoring and cleanup with Environmental Resources Management. While a student at UAF, he worked one summer at Pogo Mine as a Geological Technician.
David received his BS in Geology from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the University of Alaska Anchorage Geomatics Program.
Maria Sanders, Engineering Technician
Maria joined RECON in 2016 as a civil engineering technician. She supports operations from the Fairbanks office including cost estimates, field inspections, ACAD drafting, and logistics support. In the summer season of 2016 and 2017 she traveled extensively in Alaska as a field technician for the IRIS EarthScope seismic monitoring study. She has previous work experience as a seasonal geotech at Pogo and Fort Knox mines.
Maria received her BS in Geological Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016.
Alison Craig, Logistics Coordinator
Alison began working with RECON as a seasonal logistics specialist in 2011. She served as Logistics Coordinator for the IRIS Earthscope seismic monitoring installations and supported the study of a natural gas pipeline for a mineral resource in SW Alaska. She is well versed in camp management, freight coordination, schedule control, and flight following. RECON counts on Alison as a high-level logistics problem-solver. Previously, Alison worked as an environmental field technician in aquatics surveys. During the school year, she teaches high school biology in Anchorage.
Alison received her MA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Colorado in 2007 and her BA in Biology from University of Vermont in 2004.
Zack Steer, Logistics Manager
Zack Steer joined RECON in June 2017 to assist the Donlin Gold drill program in SW Alaska. He managed the logistics of re-opening and running a remote camp for 40 people with 3 operating drill rigs. Zack supervised the camp contractor, provided communications, and scheduled flights for crew change-outs, and VIP and manager site visits. He was responsible for maximizing the efficiency of 15 Herc cargo charters, supplying fuel for helicopters, drill rigs and camp, fast-track expediting and completing the shut-down of camp at the end of the season. Zack spends his winter months managing logistics for the Iditarod Trail Committee where his hard work and skills are also highly valued.
Zack received his BA in Political Science/Economics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs in 1995.
Anne Fink, LSIT
Annie has served RECON as a seasonal engineering and surveying technician since 2010. Her experience includes topographic and boundary surveys, civil drafting and plat preparation, and field route recon. She enjoys Wilderness First Aid training and firearms classes, and is an asset to any team on a remote job.
Annie received her BS in Geomatics/GIS from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2014. She resides in Newhalen during the school year where her husband teaches.
Andrew Rowland, LSIT
Andrew has provided seasonal support for RECON as an engineering and surveying technician for more than a decade. He has conducted constructability surveys across hundreds of miles in SW Alaska and assisted with control surveys in the Alaska Range and Iliamna areas. He provides support for remote route reconnaissance with the boots-on-the-ground method. As with the rest of the RECON crew, his back-country skills make him at home in the most remote areas of our state.
Andrew received his AAS in Geomatics from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2007. He resides in Port Alsworth on Lake Clark.
Debbie Rowland, Office Administration
As the office manager, Debbie has been holding down the fort for as long as Rowland Engineering has been in business. She oversees all aspects of RECON’s business management, accounting, and bookkeeping. Trained in civil engineering technology and drafting, she has the background for the details of RECON’s operations.
Jodi Sweeney, Administrative Assistant
Jodi joined RECON in September 2017 to assist with the day to day office bookkeeping, invoicing, and administrative management. She brings a keen eye for detail and organization and keeps things moving behind the scenes. Previous experience has included residential elder care, personal assistance, early childhood education, and restaurant management.
Jodi received her BA in Educational Ministry from Seattle Pacific University in 2006.