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Strategic Staff Additions Expand Our Communications and Traction Power Expertise


We are excited to announce that Frank Lally, PE, Kevin Thuer, and Fatos Gjakova have joined The Burns Group, further enhancing our commitment to technical excellence and client satisfaction.

Frank Lally, PE

Frank joins Burns as a Senior Communications Engineer, and will help lead Burns’ special systems services across all markets, continuing to expand our expertise and deepen our telecommunications capabilities for all our clients.

With over 35 years of experience, and a Masters in both Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and in Computer Science, Frank brings unparalleled knowledge and telecommunications engineering expertise. Over the past few years, Frank has worked closely with Burns, most recently on Newark Liberty International Airport’s New Common Use 45-gate Terminal A design project. As a member of Burns’ team, Frank will spend most of his time on-site in Newark with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). He is currently leading PANYNJ’s efforts to upgrade their 800MHz trunk radio system, a complex system that covers the entire New York City area. This project will upgrade a system that includes a central system control site, seven above-ground simulcast radio transmitter sites, and fiber below ground auxiliary receiver sites.

Kevin Thuer

Kevin joins Burns as a Signals and Communications Associate, and will focus on radio frequency and communications network design for Burns’ transportation clients.

Kevin has over 9 years of experience in design, analysis and testing of complex radio frequency (RF) systems spanning a wide range of applications from UHF to Ka band. He has extensive experience interfacing with multidisciplinary teams and RF hardware manufacturers to ensure overall system compatibility and compliance. He also has experience with defect root cause analysis and identification of preventative and corrective actions. Kevin’s specific technical expertise includes systems analyses, RF power handling, noise characterization, RF filters and switches, antenna radiation patterns, signal propagation delay, systems integration, environmental testing, and requirements flow down and derivation.

Fatos Gjakova

Fatos joins Burns as a Traction Power Associate, and will focus on AC & DC traction power design. He will coordinate the traction power design efforts for railroads, transit operators, and automated people mover projects.

Fatos has over 7 years of experience with project planning and design of electrical AC and DC power and lighting systems, studies for electric power systems including load flows, voltage drop, short circuit, and arc flash, design analyses, budgets, cost estimates and project schedules.

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