Pat Dougherty was elected
the Delaware Valley Engineer of the Year
Past National President, Pat Dougherty was elected the Delaware
Valley Engineer of the Year by all of the Engineering Technical
Societies in the Philadelphia Area. Pat takes over as Chairman
of the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council in February and
is charged with directing the events included in the celebration
of Engineers Week in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Pat was
nominated by the Delaware Valley Section of ASHE and won the
election on the first ballot.
Goals for Engineers Week include:
- Informing the community of the contributions Engineers make
to the quality of our lives.
- Acquainting young people and guidance counselors with the
opportunities and rewards of a career in engineering.
- Recognizing exceptional engineering achievements, outstanding
math and science teachers and students and a Young Engineer
and Engineer of the Year.
Pat has over 34 years of experience in both the public and private
sector working in the field of civil/transportation engineering
in the Delaware Valley.
Born and raised in West Philadelphia, Pat attended St. Thomas
More High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree
from Villanova University in 1968, followed by a Master's degree
in Transportation Engineering in 1975. He began his career working
as a summer co-op for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways.
After graduation, he continued working for the state Department
of Transportation (PaDOT) in the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania
Pat left government service in 1976 and served in positions
of increasing responsibility at several local consulting engineering
firms. He is currently the manager of the Highway Design Division
of McCormick, Taylor & Associates, a Philadelphia based
firm, where he is responsible for numerous projects with a total
estimated construction value of over $100 million.
In addition to his notable professional career, Pat is an active
member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE),
the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Institute
of Transportation Engineers (ITE). He is a George Washington
Associate Member of the Engineers Club of Philadelphia.
Pat was appointed to ASHE's Delaware Valley Section Board of
Directors in 1981 and became Section President in 1985. He was
appointed to ASHE's National Board of Directors in 1990 and
served on numerous committees, chairing the Technical Committee
and assisting in the development of the National Long-Range
Plan for 1995-2000. In 1997, he was elected National President
of ASHE. He continues to serve on several Board Committees.
He was presented with ASHE's National President's Award for
his outstanding and continuing service to the Society at the
2000 National Conference.
Pat was responsible for providing ASHE's initial support and
participation in Engineers Week Council. As a representative
of ASHE he has served on the Council in various roles including
Chairman of the Events Committee, Council Secretary and Assistant
Secretary. He currently serves on several Council commitees.
Pat has served the community in many ways, most notably by
volunteering his time and engineering skills for community projects.
On one such effort, he served as the Engineer for the reconstruction
of the fire-damaged historic Schofield Ford Bridge in Tyler
State Park. The project was cited by both the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania and the ASHE Delaware Valley Section for the Project
of the Year honors.
Pat and his wife of 33 years, Elizabeth, reside in Upper Darby.
They have raised three children, all of whom have graduated
from local universities and are now pursuing productive careers
of their own (one of Pat's sons has also chosen civil engineering
as his career). Pat and Liz remain strong supporters of their
community and St. Pius X Church.
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