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AKF provides a full range of professional engineering services to support and enhance the built environment. This includes HVAC, electrical, plumbing & sanitary engineering, and fire/life safety engineering. The firm has continued to evolve and expand our services and reach throughout the United States and abroad.

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Susannah Gilbard

Susannah Gilbard

Partner

Susannah Gilbard
Partner

Susannah has over 35 years of lighting design experience and has been the Partner in Charge of lighting design at AKF for close to 20 years. She believes that lighting is a collaboration of architecture, interior design, engineering and aesthetic vision. Most importantly, Susannah takes pride in producing meticulous and creative work, where all team members are heard and represented. Susannah excels at problem solving and creative thinking. She is a Certified Lighting Professional Consultant and an accredited Lighting Efficiency Professional. She has worked on lighting design projects for multiple WELL Building Standard and LEED® accredited facilities, combining aesthetics, sustainable design, and cost effective solutions.

EDUCATION:
  • BFA in Lighting Design,
    Carnegie Mellon University
EXPERTISE:
  • Accreditations/Certifications:
    CLD, IALD, IES, LC, CLEP, LEED AP
  • Professional Affiliations:
    IALD, IES, AEE, IESNA Lumen Awards (Past Chair)
  • IESNA Lumen Awards of Merit & Excellence
Tom Ruggiero

Thomas Ruggiero, PE

Principal

Thomas Ruggiero, PE
Principal

Tom is a vital member of the AKF New England region. As a project manager, he specializes on ensuring that client’s needs are exceeded through every phase of the project. His outgoing personality, collaborative attitude, and skills at organizing a multitude of details have led to his success as a project manager for a broad range of both new construction and renovation projects. Tom uses his excellent communication skills to keep clients well informed and to build lasting relationships of trust. He also serves as the team leader for AKF's New Haven office, leveraging his past experience to mentor other members.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton
EXPERTISE:
  • Engineering Licenses:
    CT, NY
  • Professional Affiliations:
    ASHRAE
Vic Guzman

Victor L. Guzman

Victor L. Guzman

Victor serves as the leader of the Hamilton office and is valued for his ability to seamlessly mange projects while anticipating the dynamic needs of ever-evolving clients and spaces. Victor is driven by a proven process-oriented approach and is adept at managing complex projects and providing clear and actionable information and mission critical guidance for project stakeholders. He consistently develops the most appropriate solutions for clients’ business drivers, budget, and overall project schedule. Victor also believes in collaboration across offices, and serves as the Team Leader of the MEXUS team which is a team that integrates AKF’s US and MX members.

EDUCATION:
  • BS in Engineering Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Associate in Applied Science, Mercer Community College
victor lee

Victor Lee, PE

Victor Lee, PE

Team Leader of AKF’s Fire & Life Safety team, Victor is a skilled Fire Protection Engineer with a wealth of technical expertise in fire alarm and life safety design and consultation. Victor specializes in field investigations for evaluation of existing fire protection and life safety systems, designing new systems, conducting integrated system testing for new/upgraded fire protection systems, fire safety evacuation plans, in-building radio communication systems, and FDNY coordination. His knowledge of NYC DOB and NFPA codes allow him to parse complex project documentation and system design for conformity with applicable codes and industry standards.