January 21, 2021
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Puerto Rico’s Governor-elect Pedro Pierluisi has appointed Eileen Vélez Vega (at left above) as the first female secretary of Puerto Rico’s Department of Transportation. Meanwhile, newly installed Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) named Malcolm “Mack” Long (above at right) to lead the Montana Department of Transportation.

Eileen Vélez Vega

According to news reports, Vélez Vega has more than 18 years of experience in the management, design and construction of airfield paving, as well as in project management, design and development of technical paving specifications.

She worked for the North Carolina-based Kimley-Horn design and planning firm from 2006 until she returned to Puerto Rico in 2014, when she became the vice president of business development on the island.

Prior to that, she worked for four years for the Army Corps of Engineers as a civil engineer and as a NASA fellow at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

Malcolm “Mack” Long

Vélez Vega has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UPR Mayagüez and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University.

Long – Montana DOT’s new director – spent his 25-year career in construction; work that encompassed airports, highways, and utilities.

According to news reports, after retiring from the Billings-based construction company JTL Group, Long – a Billings native – owned an oil field services business that did work in Montana and Wyoming.

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