Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) - Lehigh Valley Chapter's Young Engineer of the Year: Chris WIlliams, E.I.T.
This award is presented to an individual (no more than 35 years-old) based on their scholastic achievements, technical and professional society activities, technical papers and/or patents, engineering experience and accomplishments, and civic/humanitarian activities.
Chris Williams, EIT, LEED AP, joined the Civil Engineering Department of Barry Isett & Associates (BIA) in 2007, having served internships the three previous summers with the full service Lehigh Valley based engineering firm. He has been a key team member on scores of projects for many of BIA’s long-term and high profile clients such as Lehigh University, East Penn Manufacturing, and the School District of the City of Allentown, to name a few. Recent project examples include:
• Liberty Properties/Amazon.com – 944 car parking lot designed and constructed on a fast-track schedule to achieve the lease-required opening date of the million-square-foot warehouse to meet the holiday sales season
• Gambet Center at DeSales University – site design for a new building designed to LEED specifications
• William Street in Pen Argyl – design of roadway improvements to a residential street
Chris is the Secretary of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the PA Society of Professional Engineers (LV PSPE) and is the volunteer coordinator for the 2012 Mathcounts Competition, responsible for scheduling the activities of more than 70 volunteers in a dozen activities throughout the event, ranging from set up, to test proctoring, to test scoring, to running the countdown round. This is the second year of his Mathcounts involvement.
A LEED Accredited Professional, Chris will be taking the Principles and Practices of Engineering examination in April of 2012. While at BIA he has taken advantage of continuing education opportunities. Coursework has included Civil 3-D training; DEP Chapter 102 training; Draft DEP E&S manual training; DEP Riparian Buffer Training and Project Team Capabilities.
A Lehigh Valley native who grew up in Hellertown, PA, Chris developed an early interest in engineering, inspired by the career of his father, who worked in the construction industry for the Alvin H. Butz Company and Allied Building Corporation, and of his grandfather, who worked for Bethlehem Steel. He graduated from West Virginia University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2007. As an undergraduate, Chris was active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
Chris lives in Topton with his wife, Amanda, a first grade teacher in the Pennridge School District.