March 09, 2007
Hardy, 59, worked for 35 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is currently the chief of the Civil Works Division responsible for planning, design and investigations of projects affecting flood protection, storm damage reduction, maritime navigation investigations, stream bank and coastal erosion.
"Dennis is exactly the guy I was looking for to lead the Alaska Marine Highway System as it faces many challenges to its economic efficiency and long-term sustainability," Von Scheben said. "Dennis has excellent management skills, is data driven in his decisions and works well with the public and stakeholder groups."
As Deputy Commissioner of Marine Operations, Hardy will be responsible for a fleet of 11 ferries serving 32 ports from Unalaska in the Aleutians Islands, Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska to Bellingham, Wash.
Hardy holds Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering (Arctic) and Environmental Engineering from the University of Alaska and a Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.
Hardy has served as adjunct professor in the Engineering Department at the University of Alaska, volunteer instructor for the Professional Engineering Refresher course as well as guest lecturer and author of several technical papers.
Hardy currently lives in Anchorage.
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