Welcome to ASCE Philadelphia Section's Website! On June 4 1913, the Philadelphia Section was officially recognized by National ASCE, following an effort and petition submitted to ASCE National in December of 1912 to form the Section. For over 100 years, the Section have been serving a community full of Civil Engineering professionals, younger members, students, and other Civil Engineering supporters in Philadelphia and surrounding regions.
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Section Board Responsibilities
As outlined in our Section Bylaws, our elected and nominated board members are responsible for administering the Section, managing and awarding the Richard L. Humphrey Memorial Scholarship, membership recruitment, student outreach, educational programming, and event planning and coordination with other professional societies. You can also view our Section Constitution!
Officers: 2023 - 2024
Joe Natale, P.E.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
Joe is a Senior Project Implementation Engineer at DVRPC, and has 14 years of experience as a civil engineer in the Pennsylvania and Delaware transportation industries. Joe received his Bachelors and Masters of Civil Engineering at the University of Delaware. Prior to joining DVRPC, Joe was a structural engineer in private and public transportation organizations. In his spare time, Joe is a developer, woodworker, and board gamer. Joe and his partner Janine live in Bucks County with their first baby Meadow and first human baby Avery.
Kevin Brown, Jr, PE
Kevin is a Construction Services Manager at TranSystems and serves as the Practice Leader for the CM/CI group in Eastern Pennsylvania. In this role, he is responsible for business development as well serving as project manager for all CM/CI agreements in his region. Prior to his role at TranSystems, Kevin was a construction inspector for Urban Engineers where he worked on high-profile projects such as the I-95/PA Turnpike Interchange in Bristol, PA, and the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia. Kevin is also an Adjunct Professor at The College of New Jersey where he teaches the Construction Plans and Estimates course to sophomores and juniors. In addition to being an ASCE Philadelphia Section Board Member, Kevin serves as Practitioner Advisor for several local student chapters, including, Widener, Temple, and Swarthmore College and he serves on two Society-level committees. Outside of ASCE, he volunteers for the ACE Mentor Program and is a member of NSBE, ASHE, and PSPE.
Jesse Gormley, PE, ENV SP (he/him)
Jesse (he/him) is a structural engineer for Pennoni with more than 10 years of experience in bridge design and rehabilitation. He has worked on several local bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects, including 20th Street over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, I-95 Section MB4, and the ongoing design of the park structure over I-95 and Christopher Columbus Blvd as part of I-95 Section CAP. Jesse received his BS in Architectural Engineering and MS in Civil (Structural) Engineering from Drexel University in 2010. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in PA and NJ, a PennDOT-certified Bridge Safety Inspector, and a certified Envision Sustainability Professional. In his free time, Jesse is an avid ultimate (frisbee) player and runner. He resides in Havertown, PA, with his wife and two children.
Tom Kulesher, P.E.
Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc.
Tom is a Project Engineer in JMT’s Structural Transportation group in their Philadelphia office. He has over a decade of experience designing various transportation focused structures for a variety of different clients, including PennDOT, the city of Philadelphia Streets Department and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering From Villanova University and his M.S. in Structural and Civil Engineering from Villanova University. Tom resides in South Philadelphia and enjoys outdoor activities including cycling and hiking.
Dennis Wilson, PE (he/him)
Dennis works for McCormick Taylor as a Project Manager in Transportation Engineering and has more than 10 years of highway and traffic engineering experience. Dennis is a registered Professional Engineer in both Pennsylvania and Florida, leading design efforts on projects in both the greater Philadelphia area and the southwest Florida area. Dennis graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his senior design project in Ecuador, in 2012 with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a concentration in Structural Engineering. Dennis is also the Past President for the Philadelphia Section YMF, and is the Chair for the Society’s Committee on Younger Members. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys traveling, cheering on the Philly sports teams (and Pitt Panthers - Hail to Pitt!), playing sports (ice hockey, golf, softball), and checking out new restaurants around the city with friends. Dennis lives in Ridley Township with his wife, Bridget, and their two cats, Maci and Miles.
Katrina Budischak, P.E., AICP
Katrina works for McCormick Taylor as a Project Manager in their Transportation Planning Office. Prior to McCormick Taylor, Katrina has worked for Pennoni Associate as the Assistant Project Manager for the I-95 CAP project in Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) as a Consultant Project Manager for PennDOT District 6, and the Georgia Department of Transportation as an Urban Planning Engineer. Katrina received her bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2010 and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Delaware as well as a Certified Planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners . She served on the ASCE Philadelphia YMF Board for 7 years and was the 2020-2021 President. In her spare time, Katrina enjoys cycling, traveling, and attending sporting events (Go Yankees!) with her husband Nathan, family, and friends.
Mohamed Elghawy, P.E., NICET IV (he/him)
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
Mohamed earned his BS in Civil Engineering, with a minor in Construction Management, from Drexel University in 2009. He is a Senior Construction Manager at Traffic Planning & Design’s Pottstown office and is currently managing inspection staff on all field related matters, and providing project oversight and training for inspection staff throughout the Commonwealth. Mohamed’s noteworthy projects include the 2018 Villanova Pedestrian Bridge project in Radnor Township, the 2011 SR 8018 Sec CAS Commodore Barry Bridge Ramp Project and is currently providing CM services on I-95 Section MB4 in various locations of Bucks, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. Mohamed has 14 years of Construction Management & Inspection experience in Pennsylvania and Maryland and is a licensed Professional Engineer in PA, DE, NJ & MD. Mohamed and his family reside in Upper Macungie, Lehigh County..
Assunta Daprano, EIT (she/her)
Ms. Daprano is a Deputy Project Manager in AECOM's Philadelphia office. She currently serves as the project lead for the CSXT Public Projects GEC, reviewing public improvement projects to assess and mitigate impacts on CSXT facilities in Virginia and the District of Columbia. She also has experience in community engagement, planning, design, and construction of railways, yards, transit facilities, and site inspection for wide-ranging projects, including railroad structures, transit stations, and utility relocations. Assunta graduated from Drexel University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a concentration in Construction Management. She also holds a Graduate Certification in Railroad Engineering from the University of Delaware. Assunta is an active member of the America Society of Civil Engineers, serving as a Director of the Philadelphia Section, the Secretary of the Philadelphia YMF Section, and a Practitioner Advisor for the Drexel ASCE Chapter. Assunta is also a member of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), Engineer's Club of Philadelphia, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), and American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA). Assunta enjoys collecting model trains in her spare time, gardening, spending time with family, friends, and her cats, and baking. She is also an avid railroad enthusiast and hopes to learn how to operate a diesel locomotive one day.
Director ('22 - 24')
Archie Filshill, Ph.D., ENV SP
Aero Aggregates of North America
Archie is the Founder and CEO of Aero Aggregates of North America. Archie has over 25 years of international experience in the geo-environmental market, focused on design/build and value engineering. Over the last 15 years his research and projects have been focused on beneficial reuse of recycled glass and plastics as well as industrial by-products for civil and environmental applications. He is also the Vice Chair of Geo-Institute’s Continuing Education Committee, the Past Chair of the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute, the 2021 Civil Engineer of the Year of the Philadelphia Section of ASCE and serves on the Geo-Institute Sustainability Committee.
Director ('22 - 24')
Michael DeVuono, P.E., CPESC, LEED AP
Arcadis, U.S., Inc.
Michael D. DeVuono is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the civil engineering and land development industry. Michael assists both public and private-sector clients from coast-to-coast with the design and implementation of sustainable stormwater practices and effective erosion and sediment control designs. Locally, Michael provides technical oversight for the engineering design of Green Stormwater Infrastructure in conjunction with Green City Clean Waters, an initiative of the Philadelphia Water Department that seeks to meet EPA-mandated water quality standards. Michael is a United States Marine Corps Veteran and a lifelong resident of the City of Philadelphia. Michael earned his BA in Geographic Information Systems and Geospatial Analysis from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and his MS in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Director ('22 - 24')
Danielle Schroeder, PE, ENV SP (she/her)
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Danielle Schroeder, PE, ENV SP currently works as a Transportation Staff Engineer for Gannett Fleming, Inc. in their Philadelphia office. She graduated from Drexel University in 2017 and received her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering through their accelerated degree program. Danielle has been active with ASCE since 2012 when she joined her first year of college. At the society level for ASCE, Danielle is the Chair for the Committee on Developing Leaders and is the ASCE representative on the Board of Directors for the Renewable Natural Resources Foundation. She has held several leadership roles at the ASCE Younger Member level culminating in the role of Younger Member President. Outside of ASCE, she serves as an elected director for the Drexel Alumni Board of Governors. For her work with these organizations and her extensive outreach work, Danielle was honored as one of ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering in 2021. Danielle focuses on the rehabilitation of the physical infrastructure of our past through her job and inspires the minds of our future through STEM Outreach. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys traveling, snowboarding, playing tennis, and taking long walks with her partner, Doug, and their rescue dog, Nemo.
Director ('23 - 25')
Caroline Voigtsberger, EIT (she/her) (she/her)
Caroline Voigtsberger is a Staff Engineer at Pennoni Associates with six years of experience in site civil and green stormwater infrastructure design. She has worked with city and federal agency clients in the design of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) systems, urban drainage studies, and public and private sector redevelopment projects throughout Southeast Pennsylvania. Caroline earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from Temple University in 2016. Outside of ASCE, she volunteers for the ACE Mentor Program and is a member of the Bella Vista Neighborhood Association Zoning Committee. Caroline lives in South Philly where she enjoys running, traveling, reading, and exploring new restaurants in the city.
Director ('23 - 25')
Ajin Fatima, PE (she/her)
Ajin is a Senior Structural Engineer at Amtrak with more than eight years of experience in both public and private sectors. She has experienced in various aspects of designs and reviews of bridge rehabilitation and reconstruction projects. She is currently working on the Susquehanna River Bridge replacement project, which is the longest moveable bridge and a critical link on the Northeast Corridor. She manages design efforts by consultants for Amtrak infrastructure projects and coordinates with Amtrak’s other core disciplines. Her role as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) is to provide technical expertise to other departments and assist Amtrak’s Division Engineers and their staff in supporting rail infrastructure projects. She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Drexel University in 2015 and M.S. in Structural Engineering from Villanova University in 2023. In her spare time, Ajin likes to travel, hike, read, and spend time with her husband, siblings, family, and friends.
Editor of "The News"
Robert Wright, P.E. (he/him)
Bowman Consulting Group
Bob Wright is a Project Manager with Bowman (formerly McMahon Associates) at its office in Center City. He has been with the firm for the past six years following previous service at two consulting firms and the City of Philadelphia Department of Streets.
Bob graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Urban Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in four states. In addition to his activity in ASCE, where he served as Section President in 1993-94, he is an active member of the American Public Works Association, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the American Society of Highway Engineers, the Women’s Transportation Seminar, the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia, and the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee. In addition to handling “The News” he chairs our Section’s Awards Committee and the Construction Management & Engineering Technical Group.
Bob was born and raised in Philadelphia. When he is not working or editing newsletters, he enjoys exploring the history of the city and its transportation network (mostly through reading), gardening, minor home improvements, walking, bowling, attempting to golf, managing his model railroad, and following the City’s major sports teams. He remains a fan of Big Five college basketball, something he has closely followed since he was a young child.
Honorary Board Members
Robert Wright, P.E.
Ruben David, P.E.
Retired, City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Property
Angelo Waters, P.E.
Kazi Hassan, P.E.
Troy Illig, P.E., PTOE
WSP - Senior Transportation Engineer / Project Manager
Subsidiary Groups and Institute Group Chairs
Visit our Contacts page to view profiles of our YMF and Institute leaders.
View our Past Presidents page to see a list of leaders that shaped the Philadephia Section of ASCE.