Paul Hazel has over 40 years of Electric Utility Experience specializing in substation design. He is an Oregon State University graduate and has lived in Corvallis since 1964. He worked in for CH2M HILL for 23 years prior to being a founding partner of TriAxis in 1996. He spent many months in the Pacific and Alaska working on diesel fired generator installations and substation upgrades. Since starting TriAxis, he has worked mainly on substation designs and interconnections for electric utilities, large wind farms and solar installations. His specialty is substation retrofits and rebuilds and making things fit in less space than would normally be allotted for new construction. Many of his repeat clients go back more than 30 years. In his spare time he likes to fly fish for Oregon's elusive Stealhead.
Mark Petrie, P.E. Vice President, TriAxis Division Senior Project Mananger
Mr. Petrie has over thirty years of electrical utility design, engineering, and construction experience in the electric utility industry and renewable energy industry. His experience includes over twenty-five years at an electric utility and nearly ten years as a consultant serving electric utility clients and renewable energy clients. He is experienced in transmission line design, up to 500kV, and distribution line design of all voltages. He is currently serving as Senior Project Manager for transmission line design projects, substation design projects, medium-voltage collection system design projects and renewable energy development projects. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Board of Directors for TriAxis Engineering, Inc., an electric utility engineering consulting firm headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon.
Mike Beanland has been an electrical engineer forever; raised in a family of PG&E lifers, falling in love with electricity in high school: being active in the radio club, building Tesla coils, repairing tube-type radios. He spent six years at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo getting his BS in electronic engineering (in the days before integrated circuits) and then his Master of Engineering with a concentration in control and power systems. Since then he has gained a wide range of experience working at Pacific Gas & Electric, the City of Palo Alto Utilities, Emerald Peoples Utility District, Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative and TriAxis Engineering (since 2001). Mike lives in Vancouver, WA, where his Mother, five grown kids and three grandkids, and a wife who works harder than he does. Mike can be seen zipping to client offices in his MINI Cooper and when not working, spends time reading, in the garden, and doing around-the-home construction projects.
Aaron Abts has been with TriAxis since 2015 and has over a decade of experience in Electrical Engineering design work related to large, commercial scale wind farm and PV farm design. His involvement in the renewables industry includes working on over 8,000 MW's of wind/solar generation projects. This includes being very familiar with the different aspects of electrical collection system and substation design work, and being very proficient at developing system models and performing necessary system studies with multiple power system software platforms. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (with a focus in Electrical Power) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in 7 states. He has 3 wonderful children and an incredible wife that make the family life a joy. And in his free-time he enjoys spending time with good friends, camping & enjoying the outdoors, and spending WAY too much time involved with fantasy sports.
Ward Olson is a graduate of nowhere perpendicular and has worked for TriAxis as a Senior Designer since December 2000. He has been in the business since 1981. In addition to working on Distribution & Transmission Line design, he enjoys a challenging Sudoku or Crossword puzzle (health permitting) and playing the Uke. He has also been known to golf in the 90s... if it gets any hotter than that he won't go. His fishing background is for 50% fish and 50% golf balls from the course.