Steve Theno

Steve Theno

PDC Alumni, PDC Engineers, US

Steve Theno is a lifelong Alaskan. He was raised in McGrath (Interior Alaska) and Sitka (Southeast Alaska), and graduated from Sitka High School in 1973. He earned his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington in 1978, and was licensed as a professional engineer in Alaska in 1980. Steve has been practicing professional engineering now for nearly 40 years. He currently resides in Homer, Alaska.

Steve began his professional engineering career with PDC Inc. Engineers in Anchorage Alaska. Over his tenure he has held the positions of staff engineer, project manager, senior engineer, department head and principal. Ultimately Steve assumed key leadership for the firm, as its President, leading PDC successfully for over a decade. Today, Steve enjoys pursuing engineering interests as a PDC Alumni (and personal passions which include flying, fishing, travel and adventure).  

Throughout his engineering career, Steve helped shape design philosophies and solutions in a broad range of applications in cold regions environments, including laboratories and research facilities, health care facilities, schools and universities, energy facilities and systems, infrastructure development, public and institutional facilities and a host of special application facilities.

He served a broad range of both public and private-sector clients in project locations throughout Alaska, as well as Greenland, the Pacific Rim, Europe and Antarctica. Within Alaska he helped deliver projects in literally every “corner” of the State, from Metlakatla to Kaktovik to Barrow to Shemya.

Notable project participation includes: the Maniilaq Health Center, a general-service hospital located above the Arctic Circle in Kotzebue, Alaska; the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station, a self-contained research station located at the geographic South Pole, Antarctica; and the Clear Long Range Discrimination Radar, a technologically leading edge radar facility for the US Air Force located at Clear AFS in Interior Alaska. 

During his professional career Steve has been active in a number of professional and community organizations including ASHRAE (American Society of Heating Refrigeration Air-Conditioning Engineers), serving as Alaska Chapter President; NSPE/PEPP (National Society of Professional Engineers/Professional Engineers in Private Practice), serving as National PEPP Chair; ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers), ASHE (American Society of Hospital Engineers), and Campfire Alaska, serving on the Board of Directors.

Throughout Steve’s professional career, his focus has been on remote cold regions facilities and infrastructure in locations throughout the Arctic as well as Antarctica and Greenland. He has acquired significant depth of experience with remote cold regions facilities design, logistics, construction, and maintenance and operations challenges. Today, Steve’s interest lie in the challenges of achieving sustainable infrastructure, facilities and communities in the changing Arctic.