Our Engineering Team

Meet our Engineering Team. Our engineers represent the finest in engineering development and design in the industry and are always available to assist you with your most complex issues.

Bob Whitney, PE - Engineering Team

Bob Whitney, PE
Innovations Engineering Director
(315) 768-4855 ext. 110
Bob Whitney, PE

Bob is responsible for managing engineering research and development projects. Bob has five patents. He has contributed to two papers for the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium. He regularly travels to customer sites to advise and train customers and support product applications. Bob has been with Riverhawk since 1996; he joined the team as a Principal Engineer and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Prior to joining Riverhawk, he worked at Lucas Aerospace and Emerson Power Transmission. He has served as Chair for the Mohawk Valley section of the American Society of Engineers and has sat on the local committee of the American Society of Metals. Bob has served as Adjunct Lecturer at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

 

Dan Lauzon - Engineering Team

Dan Lauzon
Principal Engineer and Technical Lead
(315) 768-4855 ext. 155
Dan Lauzon

Dan is a Principal Engineer and Technical Lead for Riverhawk Company, with over 25 years of mechanical engineering experience. Dan is responsible for coupling design, hydraulic tensioned products, and product development. He also works with junior engineers to expand their product knowledge and increase their engineering skills. Dan joined Riverhawk in 2008 as a Principal Engineer and holds both a M.S and a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University. Prior to joining Riverhawk, he was employed at Goodrich as a Project Engineer, working on the Industrial Couplings Team.

 

Gary Wileczka - Engineering Team

Gary Wileczka
Principal Engineering Program Manager, Instrumentation
(315) 768-4855 ext. 337
Gary Wileczka, PE

Gary is responsible for managing instrumentation development projects. Gary has been with Riverhawk since 2002, when he joined the team as Director of Engineering, Marketing, and Sales. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering form Clarkson University. Prior to joining Riverhawk, he was a Product Manager at Infrared Components Corporation, responsible for evaluation of new product ideas, product definition, project management, and worked with end users and on company-to-company projects. At the Partlow-West Company, he held various marketing, product management, and engineering management positions and often worked directly with major customers on new customized products and specials. At International Computers, Ltd., he rose to manage Test Engineering, being responsible for designed-in-testability, test development, and manufacturing test support. Gary initially worked for Westinghouse Electric Company, Computer and Instrumentation Division, as a Software Systems Engineer.

 

Todd Walker - Engineering Team

Todd Walker
Sr. Instrumentation Engineer
(315) 768-4855 ext. 341
Todd Walker

Todd is responsible for the design and support of Riverhawk’s instrumentation product line. Todd joined Riverhawk in 2005 as an engineering technician and holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining Riverhawk, he worked as an Electrical Engineer/Designer in the architectural industry.

 

Jason Saleeba

Jason Saleeba
Electronics Technician
(315) 768-4855 ext. 154
Jason Saleeba

Jason is responsible for the testing and engineering support of Riverhawk’s instrumentation product line. Jason also provides worldwide on-site technical service for instrumentation. Jason joined Riverhawk in 2001 as an electronics technician and holds an A.S. degree in Electronics Technology from New England Institute of Technology.

 

Josh Suppa

Josh Suppa
Flex Pivot Engineer
(315) 768-4855 ext. 241
Josh Suppa

Josh is responsible for design and development of Riverhawk’s Flex Pivot line. In addition, Josh provides support to the instrumentation product line engineers. Josh joined Riverhawk in 2011 as a Drafter. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute and currently working towards a second degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

 

David Albright - Engineering Team

David Albright
Hydraulics Engineer
(315) 768-4855 ext. 135
David Albright

David is responsible for the design and support of tools in the hydraulic tensioning product line. David joined Riverhawk in 2017 as a Hydraulics Engineer and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. Prior to joining Riverhawk, he was employed at Remington Outdoor Company, working as a Test Engineer with the handgun team in the Product Development division.

 

Rick Donegan - Engineering Team

Rick Donegan
Applications Engineering Director
(315) 768-4855 ext. 136
Rick Donegan

Rick is responsible for managing engineering projects and personnel. He regularly travels to customer sites to advise and train customers and support product applications. Rick has been with Riverhawk since 2004; he joined the team as a Senior Engineer and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Prior to joining Riverhawk, he worked for Goodrich Company in Rome, NY where he was a Mechanical Engineer on the Flexural Pivot and Aircraft Shafts product lines.

 

Charlie Heysler

Charlie Heysler
Senior Project Engineer
(315) 768-4855 ext. 119
Charlie Heysler

Charlie works in the Innovation Engineering Department. Charlie is responsible for customization work on bolt tensioning, hydraulic tooling, and hydraulic pump applications. He regularly travels to customer sites to support product applications and make technical presentations on Riverhawk capabilities. Charlie also works with our junior engineers to help expand their knowledge of Riverhawk technology and develop their engineering skills. Charlie joined Riverhawk in 2010 as a Project Engineer and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. Prior to joining Riverhawk, he was employed at RER Power Services, working with turbine components and was responsible for the review and improvement of the product repair process.

 

Bob Starrs
Senior Project Engineer
(315) 768-4855 ext. 120
Bob Starrs

Bob is responsible for customer-specific engineered stud, nut and bolt designs and their related hydraulic tooling used in the power generation and petrochemical industries. Previously, Bob has worked on a number of product lines for Riverhawk Company including hydraulically fitted coupling bolts, shaft end technology for the high performance coupling industry, hydraulic tensioners, and hydraulic pump kits & accessories. Bob has been with Riverhawk since 1999.

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