Attar Engineering, Inc. is a civil, structural, and marine engineering firm located in southern coastal Maine.
We offer civil, structural and marine engineering services to municipalities, residential and commercial developers. The firm was established in 1988 and employs about ten technical staff members. Our design professionals have total control of their projects from the ground up and are involved in the fieldwork, design, permitting and construction phases. At Attar Engineering, Inc., we are dedicated to turning our clients’ dreams into successful developments.
Attar Engineering, Inc. is based in Eliot, Maine (10 miles from Portsmouth, NH). The majority of our workload is in York and Cumberland counties in Maine and Rockingham and Strafford counties in New Hampshire. We are licensed to practice engineering in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Attar’s president and founder, Kenneth A. Wood, is a licensed professional engineer, a certified wetland scientist and a subsurface disposal system designer in New Hampshire.
Most of our projects are done entirely in house, from the field to the final plans and specifications. We start with a native piece of property, conduct all fieldwork, accomplish preliminary through final designs, obtain all permits and approvals and often provide construction management services. We also foster the design team approach on more involved projects in which we coordinate our efforts with architects, landscape architects, golf architects, design-build contractors and other design professionals.
Kenneth A. Wood, P.E.
Kenneth A. Wood, P.E. has served as the president of Attar Engineering, Inc. since founding the civil, structural and marine engineering company in 1988. Today, Attar Engineering, Inc. employs about ten technical staff members and designs, permits and manages projects of up to $50 million in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts for municipalities, residential and commercial developers.
Ken has held the position of district engineer for the York County Soil and Water Conservation District since 1990; He authored the initial Stormwater Management for Maine manual for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Recently, Ken was responsible for managing the replacement of over 800 feet of seawall for the Town of Wells, Maine in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. He also was instrumental in obtaining a thirty-year Tax Increment Finance District (TIF) for Sea Dog Realty, LLC, owner of the Eliot Commons, for the economic development of a new hotel, function facility and business and office spaces. Ken is a partner in Real Property Resolution Corporation (RPRC); a firm he formed with other business associates.
Ken holds professional engineering registrations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts and a National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) certificate. He is a certified wetland scientist (NH), a Title V Inspector (MA) and a certified National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) SCUBA Diver. He belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS), the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA), the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Maine Woodland Owners. Ken has been a member of the Eliot Conservation Commission for over twenty years, is a past director of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and is a past chairman of the Maritime Heritage Commission. He is also a Director and Shareholder of Cape Neddick Country Club.
From 1978 to 1982, Ken was a naval architect at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and was responsible for the design of primary and secondary hull structures. He was a supervisory mechanical engineer and branch head at the shipyard until 1987 and managed up to 32 engineers and technicians responsible for the design and construction of naval refueling facilities. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of New Hampshire and has received certificates in program management from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and in wetland science from the University of New Hampshire’s continuing education division.
Ken lives in Eliot with his wife and daughter on a small farm and enjoys fishing, skiing and boating.
Lewis Chamberlain, P.E.
Lewis Chamberlain, P.E. joined Attar Engineering, Inc. in 1995. Since receiving his professional engineering license in 2001, Lewis has served as a senior project manager, responsible for the design, permitting, and management of various civil, site, and structural projects.
In the past few years Lewis has managed the engineering and permitting of several large projects including; additions to Mitchell and Shapleigh schools (Kittery, ME), expansions for Spencer Press (Wells, ME), Wells Storage Solutions, Sanford Storage Solutions, York-Ogunquit Storage Solutions, Wells Medical Facility, Wells Medical Office Building, Berwick Medical Office Building, and Punkintown Place (South Berwick, ME). He has also designed and managed several commercial site projects including Summer Village in Wells, ME and Seaglass Village in Wells, ME each a 200+ unit seasonal cottage facility, and Chapel Road Crossing in Wells, ME a mixed-use development consisting of retail space and 117 dwelling units. He recently was pleased to witness the completion of Old Marsh Golf Course in Wells, ME a project he has worked on in various capacities, for several developers, since the beginning of his tenure at Attar Engineering. Lewis was also involved with The Links at Outlook Farm golf course and function facility in South Berwick and Berwick, Maine and Cape Neddick Country Club in Cape Neddick, Maine.
Lewis was also instrumental in obtaining approval from State and Federal agencies for the 525-acre Fenderson Brothers Compensation parcel in Wells, Maine – the first parcel approved for off-site compensation to meet the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s In-Lieu Fee program; Woodlot Alternatives, Inc. (now Stantec) provided all environmental services for this effort.
Lewis recently became certified as a Third-Party Inspector (3PI) for the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) in the fields of Commercial Building, Residential Building, Commercial Ventilation, Residential Ventilation, Commercial Energy and Residential Energy. He is also a Maine DOT Local Project Administrator. Lewis maintains a professional engineering license in Maine and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Lewis enjoys working with clients and also with fellow members of project teams including attorneys, architects and environmental consultants. He also enjoys serving as a resource to younger engineers in the Attar office and contributing to the development of the business. Lewis became interested in the engineering field while working as an intern at International Paper (Androscoggin Mill, Jay, Maine) during summer breaks in high school and college. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Vermont in 1992. His lifetime interest in skiing led to two post-collegiate years working and skiing in the Pacific Northwest; he is also an accomplished long-distance runner.
Lewis currently resides in Eliot, Maine, with his wife and two children.
Michael J. Sudak, E.I.T.
Michael J. Sudak, E.I.T. joined Attar Engineering, Inc. in 2015. He received his E.I.T. in 2010 and is employed as a project engineer working on several aspects of project design, permitting, management, and inspection. Michael’s design responsibilities include small to large site projects, municipal facility construction and improvements, stormwater management, and erosion/sedimentation control plans.
In the past few years Michael has managed the engineering and permitting of the following notable projects: Eliot Commons Senior Housing (Eliot, ME), Kittery Storage Solutions, Kittery Medical Facility, McCloud Drive Development (Kittery, ME), Oak Ridge Terrace Development (York, ME), Bittersweet Lane Development (South Berwick, ME), Coulson Farm Development (Wells, ME), Beryl’s Way Development (Kennebunkport, ME), Weeks Farm Development (Windham, ME). Mike has experience with the stormwater management regulations of the Maine DEP and New Hampshire DES, and is familiar with the site rules, regulations, and permitting processes. He regularly presents projects before town Planning Boards in the Maine communities.
Michael has 6+ years of experience in the engineering and design softwares AutoCAD Civil 3D, HydroCAD, and Solid Edge. Working for Attar Engineering, Inc. he is responsible for production of alignments, profiles, surfaces, corridors, pressure pipe networks and all forms of layout management and dynamic/visibility states.
Michael earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Maine of Orono in 2011, and M.S. coursework in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire during his employment with the Naval Shipyard from 2011 thru 2013. He holds an Engineer Intern Certificate in the state of Maine and is an active participant in the Deep Foundations Institute engineering society.
Michael lives in Epping, New Hampshire and enjoys staying active through seacoast social sports and disc golf.
Brian Nielsen, E.I.T.
Brian Nielsen, E.I.T. has been employed by Attar Engineering, Inc. since July 2017. Brian works as a project engineer and is involved with the design and inspection of projects.
Brian has experience with large and small site projects including subdivisions and municipal improvements. Brian has extensive experience with computer software including AutoCAD Civil 3D; HydroCAD; Adobe Acrobat; and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
He has experience with the stormwater management regulations of the Maine DEP and is familiar with site rules and regulations.
Brian was employed from 2013 to 2017 as an MEP design engineer in Old Town, ME. There he primarily designed commercial HVAC and plumbing systems. His other duties included developing specifications, assisting with third party inspections as well as working directly on-site with contractors. From 2015 to 2016 Brian worked in the company field office at the Bangor International Airport providing engineering support for the first floor and Gate 3 renovation projects.
Brian earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in 2012 and holds an Engineer Intern Certificate in the state of Maine.
Currently Brian is living in South Berwick, Maine and enjoys all things martial arts related. He is currently an assistant Karate instructor at the Kittery Community Center.
Judy (JP) Wood
Judy (JP) Wood joined Attar Engineering, Inc. in 1994 as the Vice President and first Office Manager. Her responsibilities include overseeing the company overhead, accounting, retirement, insurance, and legal programs. She is also responsible for company, client, and sub-contractor services and the company’s overall well-being.
Judy has extensive knowledge in managerial and personnel issues. Her previous experience comes from 10+ years in the hospitality and catering industry; she was a partner in one of the Seacoast’s premier catering firms. Judy graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology.
She also volunteers her time at her daughter’s theatrical events; she is a Past President of the MSAD 35 Parent Teachers Organization (PTO) and has been directly involved with Eliot Festival Days for the past 15 years. She enjoys singing and is a long-standing member of Con Tutti. She resides in Eliot with her husband and daughter where she raises ducks and sheep. She enjoys skiing, swimming, sailing and kayaking.
Daysha Dowd has been with Attar Engineering, Inc. since 2015 serving as the Administrative Assistant/Office Manager; Daysha is responsible for all accounting and business development. In addition she prepares all permits and project submittals. Daysha graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art (AS) with an Interior Design concentration and also holds administrative and medical certificates from New England School of Business and MacIntosh College.
Daysha lives in South Berwick with her husband and two children; she is also involved with the Girl Scouts of America.
Nathan Amsden, P.L.S.
Nathan Amsden, P.L.S. is an independent contractor and has been working with Attar Engineering, Inc. since 2005. Nathan’s expertise in surveying is used on all of the company’s projects. He serves as the land surveyor and takes jobs from a vacant piece of land to a finished project. Nathan has over 30 years of experience in construction layout, hazmat location, condo conversions, subdivisions, and litigation preparation.
Nathan graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1986 with a B.A. in Education. He studied at Leslie University and graduated with his Masters in Education in 2001. Nathan is also a certified SCUBA Diver (PADI). He is an accomplished musician and former music teacher of Berwick Academy, a private school located in South Berwick, Maine. He also enjoys tinkering with his electric car.
He comes from a family of land surveyors as his father started the family business Amsden & Sons Land Surveyors in 1976. His brother Randall has also worked alongside him on some of the jobs he has accomplished at Attar Engineering, Inc.
Nathan lives in Eliot with his wife and two children.
Sarah Wood assists the office staff as an Interim Administrative Assistant during our summer season. Currently a senior at Roger Williams University majoring in Economics and Political Science, Sarah is responsible for our QuickBooks accounting and preparing project applications in addition to the day to day operations.
Honey of High Pasture Farm, our “Always in a Good Mood” mascot, came to us from Franklin, Maine in 2009. Honey’s sire and dam lineage include the famous (in Maine, at least) Harley Davidson Ellsworth and Snowypaw’s Twleve Point Buck. Honey is responsible for maintaining office morale; she frequently attends staff and client meetings, enjoys a treat or two and can usually be found lying in the sun. Above all Honey maintains a positive attitude under all conditions.