Kleinschmidt Associates, an engineering, regulatory, and environmental consulting firm, has welcomed Aled Hughes, P.E., as its new Principal Consultant. With over 32 years of experience in civil/structural engineering, Hughes will play a key role in leading dam safety projects and providing technical input to dam and hydropower initiatives. His appointment is set to bolster Kleinschmidt's project portfolio in the Western US.

Hughes is a FERC-approved Independent Consultant with a wealth of experience in the design, construction, and inspection of over 150 dams worldwide. His expertise spans all phases of project engineering, from feasibility studies to detailed design and engineering during construction. His background includes significant involvement in dam raising projects, as well as the design of structural and civil components for hydroelectric power plants.

Expressing enthusiasm about the new addition to their team, Paul Larson, regional vice president of Kleinschmidt Associates, stated: "We are very excited to welcome Aled Hughes to our team. His extensive experience and expertise in dam engineering will enhance our capabilities and help us continue to deliver best-in-class service to our clients."

In response to his appointment, Hughes said: "I am excited to join Kleinschmidt Associates and look forward to contributing to the company’s success. The company’s culture and commitment to innovation, collaboration, and technical excellence align perfectly with my own values."

Hughes holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University of Technology and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), the United States Society of Dams (USSD), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in Nevada, Washington, Alaska, and Colorado.