Our Team

The foundation of ATS Consulting is a wealth of experience with an active approach to problem solving. ATS combines technical know-how, an understanding of overall project needs, and practical solutions for tackling noise and vibration and other strategic project issues. Collectively, our team's experience provides a full range of noise and vibration consulting services for the environmental review, design, construction, and operation of surface transportation, infrastructure, and development projects.



The ATS Consulting team has detailed knowledge of acoustics, environmental regulations, and transit system design. In addition, each team member brings unique skills and insights, including expertise in vibration control, materials, and programming. Partnered with our clients, ATS is fully committed to minimizing the potential noise and vibration impacts from a project while meeting the project schedule and budget.



A particular strength of ATS Consulting is the ability to work with other experts to address problems that require a multi-disciplinary approach. Examples include a recently completed study of long-distance propagation of highway noise, TCRP Projects D-10 and D-12 which require studies of human response, and several evaluations of the acoustics and safety implications of audible warnings at light-rail grade crossings.

Dr. Hugh Saurenman, President

M.S., Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, Boston, MA

B.S., Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering

A nationally known expert in issues related to transportation noise and vibration control, Dr. Saurenman has over forty years experience in the field. He has played an integral role in the development of transit systems nationally and internationally, including light rail, subway, commuter rail, freight rail, bus rapid-transit projects, and railroad mergers and acquisitions. In addition, Dr. Saurenman has been responsible for the creation of many standard procedures used to predict rail noise and vibration and has both authored and been a key contributor to reference documents that are widely used by rail systems and their consultants to evaluate noise and vibration impacts.



With his experience in acoustical consulting, Dr. Saurenman has an unparalleled depth of understanding of transit and environmental noise and vibration, advanced measurement techniques and equipment, and methods to minimize impacts and improve operations.

Dr. Christopher N. Layman Jr., Principal Associate

Ph.D., Materials Science, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

B.A., Physics, The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

 

Dr. Layman comes to ATS from his position as a research physicist with the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C. At the US NRL, he studied acoustic and stress-wave propagation in anisotropic structutal materials. He also designed and modeled cellular materials for vibration control.

 

Dr. Layman not only brings his research and design background to ATS, he also brings solid modeling and finite element analysis experience. His varied capabilities will assist in ATS's continued growth and innovation in working with clients to find solutions to their noise and vibration concerns.

 

Shawn Duenas, Senior Associate

B.S. General Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Engineer-In-Training (EIT), California


Shawn Duenas graduated from Harvey Mudd College after studying solder joint fatigue, the properties of photosensors, and the various devices employed by rocket scientists to analyze flight. At ATS, he distinguished himself as an intern by writing Matlab scripts which streamlined the firm's analysis of field data. Representative areas where Shawn has made important contributions include field measurements of noise, vibration and rail roughness, analyzing and summarizing measurement data, preparing technical reports, and preparing sophisticated MATLAB programs for general data analysis and for project-specific tasks.

Leisa Pedro, Accounting Manager

Ms. Pedro joined ATS in March of 2019. Prior to joining ATS, she was the Accounting Manager for a construction management company that specialized in renovating historic properties throughout southern California. She also spent several years with the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) where she was responsible for managing a portfolio of mortgage-backed securities for clients in the western region.

 

At ATS, Leisa will use her impressive financial experience to head the accounting department. As the new Accounting Manager, she will oversee all financial operations including accounts payable, payroll, and expense reporting. She will work closely with our team to monitor project-specific timesheets and maintain a highly demanding invoicing schedule and process while ensuring we are compliant with all applicable client regulations.

John (Jack) Meighan, Associate

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

 

Mr. Meighan was an intern at ATS during the summer of 2014. He returns to ATS after completing his studies at USC in Mechanical Engineering. As an intern, Mr. Meighan used his skills in robotics to help steamline ATS's measurement procedures. He will use his experience in robotics along with his ability with MATLAB and Labview to help ATS provide our clients with the best, most efficient testing protocols. We expect Mr. Meighan to participate in the full range of ATS projects ranging from designing and implementing field testing and analysis procedures to preparing technical reports that present project results and recommendations to clients. 

 

 

Keith Yoerg, Associate

B.S. Astronautical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Engineer-In-Training (EIT), California

 

Mr. Yoerg joined ATS Consulting in 2017 after graduating from USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering. His coursework laid the foundation for a successful career in acoustics, including an introduction to LabVIEW for data acquisition and substantial experience programming in MATLAB and Excel to process that data. At ATS, Mr. Yoerg has drawn on this experience by coding scripts to analyze vibration data and generating reports to present to clients. He is also expected to help further advance ATS’ field measurement procedures.

Roberto Della Neve, Associate

B.S. Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

 

Mr. Della Neve joined ATS Consulting in October of 2017. Before joining ATS, he worked as a researcher at Princeton University investigating the effects of digital audio filters on humans’ perception of sound. This experience developed his ability to write scripts in MATLAB for data collection and processing.

 

At ATS, Roberto will utilize his research and programming skills, along with his data collection and processing experience to streamline data processing in our measurements. Furthermore, he will be participating in field measurements, analysis and preparing technical reports.

Jonathan Mabuni, Associate

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 
Engineer-In-Training (EIT), California

 

Mr. Mabuni joined ATS Consulting in August of 2018. Prior to joining ATS, he worked as a member of Cornell's Engineers without Borders chapter in Calcha, Bolivia where he and his team designed and built a 51-meter span hanging pedestrian bridge. In addition to his international experience in engineering, he comes from a mechanical and aerospace background, having worked on projects in robotics and mechanical design.

 

At ATS, Jonathan will utilize his comprehensive experience and technical skills to participate in field measurements and provide data analysis. He will be an integral part of the team when it comes to preparing reports and supplying project results and client recommendations. 

Amanda Troisi, Associate

BFA Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, NY

 

Ms. Troisi joined ATS Consulting in May of 2018. Prior to joining ATS, she worked as an event planner, personal chef, business administrator, designer, sound engineer and performer in the entertainment industry. Her creative background will be utilized at ATS to develop company outreach and design marketing materials. 

 

Amanda will also be an integral part of the ATS team when it comes to writing and preparing proposals and developing new relationships to expand the company's partnerships and cultivate new opportunities going forward.