Here are the winners of the Central Pa. Engineers Week Council's annual awards
The Engineers Week awards include four categories: Engineer of the Year, Technical Achievement, Young Engineer of the Year and the John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award. Here are the 2019 winners appear.
Engineer of the Year
Donna M. Newell, president and co-founder, NTM Engineering Inc.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Penn State University; master’s degree in environmental engineering, Penn State University.
In Central Pennsylvania, Donna Newell is known as one of the four founders of NTM Engineering Inc., which now employs more than 50 people. But her reputation extends throughout the state, where she is known as a specialist in water resources, permitting, and technical training.
It is a reputation based on more than two decades of experience, which includes work on some of Pennsylvania’s largest projects, including the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project, the P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and the Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River.
Before co-founding NTM in 2006, Newell worked for Westinghouse Electric Co., Gannett Fleming Inc. and Erdman Anthony Associates. Her business acumen led her in 2012 to a seat on the board of ACNB Corp., the Gettysburg-based parent of ACNB Bank.
Newell also is involved in professional and educational activities that advance the field of engineering. She is on an advisory committee for Penn State’s department of civil and environmental engineering. And since 2010, she has been a member of the Women’s Transportation Seminar. Last fall, Newell participated in a panel on women business owners at the WTS Commonwealth Connections Conference, which was the first-ever conference hosted by the three Pennsylvania chapters of WTS.
Newell and her husband, John, live in Gettysburg and are the parents of two teenage children, Morgan and Logan.
Technical Achievement Award
John M. Bachman, senior project manager, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, District 8
Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil and water resource engineering, Penn State University, Capitol Campus.
If you drive around Central Pennsylvania, you have seen firsthand the work of John M. Bachman, who has been a project manager in the region for more than three decades.
His more notable projects include the Route 22/322 Dauphin Bypass, the Interstate 81 reconstruction projects in Dauphin and Lebanon counties, the Route 30 bookend widening projects around Lancaster, several I-81 interchange improvements, the Route 283 reconstruction project and the Interstate 83 widening projects along the Capital Beltway.
Bachman joined the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 1986 after graduating from Penn State University, Capitol Campus. A project manager since 1987, he has won numerous awards, including the PennDOT Engineering District 8-0 Semi-Annual Award in 1992, the PennDOT Star of Excellence Honoree Award in 1997 and the PennDOT Star of Excellence Award in 1999.
Several of his projects are award winners themselves. A project on I-81 won the 1995 Excellence in Transportation Design/Construction Award, Cost Savings Initiatives-Rural interstate. The 22/322 Dauphin Bypass project won a safety award in 2001, as well as several others.
Bachman and his wife, Nancy, live on an 11-acre farmette in Lebanon County where they grow soybeans. They have two children: Mark, a Penn State engineering graduate, and Meredith, who is studying biomedical engineering at Penn State.
Young Engineer of the Year
Bethany A. Kavulich, engineer, NTM Engineering Inc.
Education: Associate degree in science, Northwest Missouri State University; bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla; master’s degree in civil engineering, Villanova University.
After joining NTM Engineering Inc. in 2012, Bethany A. Kavulich dove in to more than a job. From the start, she has been an advocate for engineering.
Kavulich has been the Women’s Transportation Seminar liaison with the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council since 2013 and spearheaded the development of the popular roller coaster activity held annually at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts during Engineers Week.
Last year she was the technical programs coordinator for WTS and a vice chair for the first-ever joint conference held by the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Central Pennsylvania chapters of WTS. This year she will be serving WTS as the programs committee chair. She is also active with Transportation YOU, a program that introduces careers in transportation to girls aged 13 to 18.
At NTM, Kavulich focuses on hydraulics, hydrology and waterway permitting. She has performed hydrologic and hydraulic analyses for numerous culvert, bridge, slope repair and stream restoration projects and has performed hydrologic modeling for the Wissahickon Creek and Allegheny County Act 167 plans. She was recently a technical advisor for development of the Keystone Electronic E-Permitting System and provided technical content related to waterway permitting for the PennDOT Environmental Permitting Manual.
Kavulich and her husband, Chris, live in Carlisle with their two children, John and Mark.
John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award
Aldo Morales, professor, electrical engineering, Penn State Harrisburg
Education: Bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering, Northern University, Arica, Chile; master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; doctorate in electrical and computer engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo.
A native of Peru, Aldo Morales has been a faculty member at Penn State Harrisburg since 2001 and has focused his research on topics such as signal integrity, mathematical morphology, digital image processing, computer vision and neural networks.
A strong advocate of volunteerism and professional activities, Morales is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a nonprofit professional association. He has held several leadership roles in the association’s Susquehanna Section and is currently in charge of educational activities. In that role, he has spearheaded outreach to middle and high school students and held eight robotics competitions.
Since 2007, Morales has been chapter chair of the Consumer Electronic Society and has co-organized 12 symposia on signal integrity for the benefit of local engineers. The symposia boasted top-notch speakers who discussed the latest in connector technologies.
His teaching career includes a stint as a teaching assistant and research assistant at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also taught at Penn State DuBois before coming to Harrisburg.
He lives with his wife, Elena, in Hummelstown.