ASCE Central PA Section Members,

We invite you to participate in our prestigious tradition of recognizing outstanding individuals and projects through our award nominations process! Whether you have someone in mind for an individual award or want to highlight a remarkable project, we encourage you to submit your nominations. Our Award Nomination Chair, Joseph Bracken III, is readily available to address any inquiries you may have and assist with the submission process for any ASCE Central PA member.

Let's celebrate excellence together!

Awards Categories:

  • Students Awards

The Student Awards, generously funded by the ASCE Geo-Institute with proceeds from the Central PA Geotechnical Conference, are a prestigious recognition of academic excellence. These awards are open to students who either attend one of the six colleges/universities within the boundaries of the Central PA Section - Bucknell University, Penn State University – Harrisburg Campus, Penn State University – Main Campus, Penn College of Technology, Messiah College, and York College - or reside within our Section’s geographical boundaries. Each year, four outstanding students, including three undergraduates and one graduate student, have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 gift in recognition of their achievements.

  • Central PA Engineering Year Council (CPEWC)
  1. Engineer of the Year
  2. Young Engineer of the Year
  3. Educational Outreach
  4. Technical Achievement
  • Regions 2 Awards
  1. Outstanding ASCE Student Award
  2. Lifetime Achievement Award
  3. Outstanding Faculty-Practitioner Advisor
  4. Outstanding Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
  5. Younger Member Award
  • ASCE Fellow
  • ASCE Central PA Life Members
  • Hans Albert Eistein Award

Congratulations to all award recipients over the years! Your hard work, dedication, and contributions to the field of civil engineering are commendable. 

Students Awards Recipients 

2023 Students Awardees
Megan Gouldy (Villanova University)
Sara Pique (York College)
Sofia Costagliola (PSU - Harrisburg)
Tracy Kinzer (PSU - Harrisburg)
2022 Students Awardees
Brennan Smith (Bucknell University)
Isabella Lee-Hauser (York College)
Melanie Macioce (University of Arizona)
Zhanzhao Li (PSU Main)
2021 Students Awardees
Charles Blenko (PSU - Main)
Miles Book (Bucknell University)
Taslim Hossain (York College)
Daniele Paulino (PSU - Main)
2020 Students Awardees
Claudia Tolley (Messiah College)
Ena Haltigan (York College)
Spencer Smith (York College)
Min Loew (PSU - Main)
2019 Students Awardees
Regina Peluzzo (Penn College)
Nathan Myers (Messiah),
Isabelle Macioce (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown)
Peter Collins (Penn State-Main)
2018 Students Awardees
Erin Brenneman (Messiah)
arcos Espinosa (PSU-Harrisburg)
Alexis Gawelko (PSU-Main)
Derek Grose (Penn College)
2017 Students Awardees
Dalton Stewart (Bucknell)
Emma Clement (PSU-Main)
John Taylor (PSU-Harrisburg)
Juliana Neves (PSU-Main)
2016 Students Awardees
Drew Bechtold (PSU-Main)
Erin Schwab (Bucknell)
Mary Taylor (PSU-Main)
Sarah Folk (PSU-Hbg)
2015 Students Awardees
Danielle Berman (PSU - Main)
Laura Searles (PSU - Main)
Eric McCall (PSU - Main)
Dane Dewire - (PSU - Main)


Central PA Engineering Week Council (CPEWC) Awards Recipients 

Loujin   Loujin Daher, P.E. CPEWC Young Engineer of The Year- 2024

Michelle  Michelle E. Madzelan, P.E. is CPEWC Engineer of The Year- 2023

Dani  Danielle Schroeder, P.E. is CPEWC Young Engineer of The Year-2022

Bill  William Kingston, P.E. is CPEWC Young Engineer of The Year- 2018

paul  Paul Lewis, P.E. is CPEWC Engineer of The Year - 2016

ASCE Fellow Members Awards

Michelle E. Madzelan, P.E. Elevated to ASCE Fellow

Michelle E. Madzelan, P.E., F.ASCE, a transportation engineer has over 20 years of transportation, traffic and civil engineering experience.

Madzelan currently serves as a Senior Transportation Manager for ELA Group, Inc. in Lititz, PA focusing on traffic engineering for land development and municipal projects. Madzelan’s career path has evolved from engineering design to project management and construction for a variety of projects, including traffic analysis, local roadway design, roundabouts, stormwater conveyance, water distribution, sanitary sewer collection systems, heliports, airports and bridges. Her expertise focuses on excellent project design, management and quality control from small to large scale infrastructure projects throughout the area.

Starting as a student member in ASCE, Madzelan was active and involved in ASCE. Once in Pennsylvania, she became an active Central Pennsylvania Section Board member in 2005, serving as several officer positions, including the Central Pennsylvania Section President in 2013. Currently, she is the Director of Member Services, Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council representative, Transportation Technical Group Co-chair, and York College Practitioner Advisor. Nationally, she serves on the National Convention Technical Planning Subcommittee. She also serves as Chapter Liaison for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar. She also served as Past Chair of the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council and remains on the Executive Board of the Council.

Madzelan was the recipient of the John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award that recognized her significant efforts and contributions to educating students in science, technology, engineering, and math.

She earned a bachelor degree in civil engineering from the University of Dayton. She is a licensed professional engineer since 2004 and is registered in four states.

The Central Pennsylvania Section would like to congratulate Ms. Madzelan on this prestigious honor.

Snyder Elected ASCE Fellow

At the Section’s Dinner Meeting on September 9th, on behalf of the Section, President Christopher Smith, proudly presented Jason Snyder, P.E., with a certificate, lanyard and lapel pin to commemorate being elected to the grade of Fellow. ASCE’s Fellows are eminent engineers who have made significant technical or professional contributions and have demonstrated notable achievement in the practice of engineering during their ASCE membership. It is a prestigious honor held by fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members. There is no direct admission to the grade of Fellow; Fellow status must be attained by professional accomplishments via application and election by the Membership Application Review Committee. Applicants for the grade of Fellow must satisfy the following requirements:

  • A current ASCE member
  • Be a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Land Surveyor for a minimum of 10 years
  • Be nominated by an organizational entity of the Society, in this case the Central PA Section
  • And have had responsible charge for not less than 10 years, of important work in engineering or surveying and be qualified to direct, conceive, plan, or design engineering works OR have had responsible charge for not less than 10 years, in the grade of Member, of important industrial, business, construction, educational, editorial, research, or engineering society activity, requiring the knowledge and background gained from engineering training and experience.

Mr. Snyder joins 46 other members of the Central PA Section who have been elected to the grade of Fellow dating back to 1955.  Jason joins the following recently elected members from the Central PA Section:  Ali Memari, Ph.D., P.E. (2013), Michael Walsh, P.E. (2013), Jeffery Evans, Ph.D, P.E. (2014), Partick Fox, Ph.D.,P.E., D.GE (2014), and William Frost, P.E., D.WRE (2015).

Jeffrey C. Evans, Ph.D., P.E. Elected ASCE Fellow

Jeffrey C. Evans, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell University and specializes in the field of geotechnical engineering with a focus on environmental geotechnics. A member of the University's faculty since 1985, Evans has received many honors and awards, including the Class of '56 Lectureship in 1997, the Award for Inspirational Teaching, the Bucknell University Presidential Professor in 2001 in recognition of his contributions to the University, and an Overseas Fellow at Cambridge University (Churchill College) in 2012. In addition, Evans has been a visiting academic in the Department of Engineering at Cambridge University (2012/2013) and the University of Nottingham (1998/1999), and a senior scientific officer at the Warren Spring Laboratory in Stevenage, England (1991/1992). Prior to joining Bucknell University he spent over 10 years as a consultant with Woodward-Clyde Consultants (now URS Corporation), where he was named Young Professional of the Year in 1984. Evans, who served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Reserves and he retired at the rank of Captain, is co-author of the book Hazardous Waste Management, which is widely used by both universities and practitioners. In addition, he has authored and/or co-authored over 100 publications in the areas of geotechnical and geo-environmental engineering.

Walsh Elected ASCE Fellow

Michael P. Walsh, P.E., F.ASCE, who has enjoyed a 35-year career as a civil engineer, an engineering manager, and who currently serves as a vice president of engineering in the air pollution control industry, was recently elected an ASCE Fellow. Throughout his career, Walsh has designed and supplied innovative capital air-pollution-control systems in 22 countries, thereby reducing particulate and acid rain pollution to the benefit of uncounted hundreds of millions of people.

Central PA Section Members Elected to Life Member

Advancement to Life Membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers is an honor and unique accomplishment reserved for individuals who have made a long time contribution and commitment to the Society and the profession. Furthermore, these members have reached the age of 65 years and have paid dues in any membership grade for a number of years such that when added to their age, the sum equals or exceeds 95. From now on, the dues are waived with the exception of the life member service fee to cover mailing of publications.

The following members of ASCE Central PA Section have achieved Life Member Status in 2016:

  • Robert Hasemeier, P.E., M.ASCE *
  • Edward Buchan, P.E., M.ASCE *
  • Jeffrey Evan, P.E., Ph.D, F.ASCE *
  • Stephen Grimme, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Donald Mowery, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Raymond Robbins, P.E., M.ASCE
  • Robert Grubic, P.E., M.ASCE

Dr. Peggy Johnson Awarded 2016 Hans Albert Eistein Award

Peggy Johnson, Ph.D, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, has been selected by the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute (COPRI) and Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Einstein Committee to receive the 2016 Hans Albert Einstein Award for her substantial contributions in the use of sediment transport for evaluation and design of in-line control structures and stream restoration projects. The committee was particularly impressed with her work to lay the foundation for the use of Uncertainty and Risk Management for scour analyses.

The award will be presented during the World Environmental and Water Resources Congress in West Palm Beach, FL, May 22-26.