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Younger Member Forum (YMF)
Timothy Abel, PE
Timothy is a Senior Engineer in the Engineering Production department at Amtrak. In this role, he is responsible for assisting with the day-to-day management of the New York Division - Structures Production group, comprised of a 70+ employee workforce with structures maintenance and construction projects spread throughout the territory inclusive of the New Jersey Line (Philadelphia to New York), Empire Line (New York to Albany), and including Penn Station and Sunnyside Yard. Previous to Amtrak, Tim spent seven years as a Staff Engineer at Pennoni, working on the design and plan review of transportation improvement projects in the greater Philadelphia region. Tim is a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering Degree, together with a Sustainable Infrastructure & Built Environment Graduate Certificate from Villanova University. In addition to being ASCE Philadelphia Section Younger Member Forum President, Tim serves as a volunteer with the Uplift Center for Grieving Children, a peer support group for Philadelphia-based children and teens in grades K-12 who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives.
Technical Group Chairs
Delaware Valley Geo-Institute (DVGI) Chair
James (Jim) Beideman, P.E.
Kleinfelder, Inc. – Program Manager
Jim is a Program Manager for the Geotechnical Engineering Team of Kleinfelder’s Exton, Pennsylvania office. He have over 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and project management on various types of energy, commercial and infrastructure related projects. Jim earned a BS in Geological Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a MS in Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering from Northeastern University. Jim resides in the Pottstown area with wife and 2 children. When he is not working as an engineer, Jim enjoys coaching youth sports, fishing, skiing, and home improvement projects.
Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) Chair
Robert Wright, P.E.
Bob Wright is a Project Manager with McMahon Associates at its offices in Center City. He joined McMahon in May 2017 after previous positions 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. He serves as the Vice Chair of the University of Pennsylvania Transportation Systems Engineering Alumni Club and Chair of the Construction Tech 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, 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.
Utility Engineering and Survey (UES) Chair
Nha Truong, P.E.
Nha Truong has over 12 years of experience working in the water, gas, and electric utility sectors. He is currently a Corporate Strategy Program Manager for American Water, the largest water utility in the US. He is responsible for managing workstreams to define and develop successful strategies to enhance business, drive the corporate vision, and meet other high priority corporate objectives.
Prior to joining American Water, he started his career working at the Philadelphia Water Department as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. His work focused on capital projects from feasibility studies to design. Additionally, he performed technical and scenario-based analysis which were integrated with the organization strategic decision-making process.
Later, he joined Ernst & Young as a Senior Consultant in the Advisory Practice. His responsibilities included executing complex, large scale system integration and business transformation programs for utility and energy clients. These programs required leading teams of client personnel, vendors, and internal teams to successfully meet program objectives.
Nha holds B.S./M.S. in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Villanova University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and a certified Project Management Professional.
Engineering Management Chair
The Engineering Management Group is currently looking for a chairperson. Please contact ASCE at [email protected] if you are interested or would like more information.
Environmental & Water Resources Chair
Michael Baker International
Transportation & Development
William Thomsen, P.E.
Urban Engineers, Inc.
A career veteran of Urban, throughout Mr. Thomsen’s career he has had increasingly responsible positions now overseeing all the firm’s offices and regions nationally, additionally serving on the firm’s executive committee and corporate board. He has a BS in Civil and Environmental from Clarkson University and a MS in Engineering Management from Drexel. He leads the oversight of Mega projects in NYC on Eastside Access, the Second Ave Subway and the LACMTA subway expansion program as well as other major national program initiatives. When Mr. Thomsen is not traveling nationally for Urban, he enjoys not taking himself ‘too seriously’ and spending time with his wife Kim at the beach, running family marathons, playing golf and playing pond hockey with his son and friends.