COOS BAY -- The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay has hired a chief engineer.

Charles "Chuck" Steffensmeier joined the Port staff as chief engineer last month. His primary responsibilities include engineering oversight for rehabilitation and upgrade of the Port's Coos Bay rail line.

Steffensmeier has more than 25 years of experience in rail engineering, having worked for various engineering firms and railroads during his career. He served in engineering roles with the Union Pacific Railroad, the Alaska Railroad, Metrolink-Southern California Regional Rail Authority and most recently with SANDAG in San Diego.

His specialties include railroad design and construction, with a focus on rail-related structures, such as bridges. He has an extensive background in maintenance, permitting, project management and value-added engineering. In addition to working on rail projects, he will be involved in a number of marine structure projects the Port is pursuing in its Charleston facilities and elsewhere.

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