In recent years, Alden has been growing steadily to accommodate increasing demand in the energy and environmental fluid dynamics industry, and to better meet existing client needs. Most visible among the changes that have come with this growth is the opening of Alden’s first satellite office.
This summer Alden opened the doors to its new location in Fort Collins, Colorado. Located 60 miles north of Denver, Fort Collins is centrally located in the Western United States. The city was founded as a military outpost of the US Army in 1864 and is now the fifth most populous city in Colorado. Fort Collins was named Money magazine's Best Place to Live 2006, and nearby Colorado State University provides cultural and intellectual flair along with a continuous supply of engineering talent.
Being centrally located in the Rocky Mountains, the new office benefits our customers in western North America by giving them easier face-to-face access to our staff. Furthermore, it gives Alden the flexibility to take on additional computational modeling projects, and presents an opportunity for Alden to acquire high caliber employees who prefer Western living.
The new office is being headed by Dr. Dan Gessler. He brings with him more than 15 years of experience in modeling hydraulic structures, hydroelectric power plants, nuclear power plant cooling water systems, and erosion and sedimentation. His expertise also extends into hybrid modeling –a powerful combination of computational and physical modeling. Dr. Gessler holds a PhD in Civil Engineering/Hydraulics from Colorado State University.
As Director of Colorado Operations, Dr. Gessler will manage Alden’s Colorado office and be responsible for hydraulic modeling using CFD models and one and two dimensional models. In addition to working on numeric models, he will provide technical expertise on physical models involving sediment transport.