JUNEAU - Alec Venechuk joined R&M Engineering, Inc. in October 2009. Venechuk was born in Petersburg and grew up in Healy, Alaska and obtained his B.S. degree in geological engineering from University of Alaska Fairbanks in May 2009. His past experience includes working for Usibeli Coal Mine in Healy, where he was responsible for writing and reviewing drilling contracts; managing an exploration program and drill crew; performing borehole logging; monitoring and sampling piezometric wells; compiling geotechnical drilling data and designing and staking of exploration roads. Venechuk has also worked as a geology intern for Kensington Gold Mine in Juneau. He married Kelsey Sturrock, a JDHS graduate, in August 2009. Venechuk's role at R&M has included working as a surveyor and doing materials testing at the Kensington Gold Mine. He is projected to work on geotechnical and civil engineering design projects for the State of Alaska, the City and Borough of Juneau and private sector projects in Southeast Alaska.