|Metropolitan Section Civil Engineer of the Year Award|
The Section's highest award recognizes a civil engineer who
has rendered exceptional service to the civil engineering
profession, to the Met Section and to the Society. The first award was presented to Emil H. Praeger on May 20, 1953 in the Engineering Societies Building for his design of Pier 57, the only pier in New York City built on floating concrete caissons. A former chief of the Navy Bureau of Design, Praegar also designed a floating concrete breakwater for the invasion of Normandy during World War II.
2013 Recipient:Paul Nietzschmann, P.E.
Vice President and Senior Engineering Manager
Paul Nietzschmann has been a Civil Engineer for 35 years, concentrating in project management, design, inspection, and seismic and structural analysis in the rehabilitation, design and construction of bridges and transit structures. He has been with Parsons Brinckerhoff for 10 years, serving as a Vice President and Senior Engineering Manager on major projects. Paul is also Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Structures Manager for the Northeast Region. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey.
Paul has managed or co-managed numerous projects, including Raising the Bayonne Bridge, Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, Queensboro (Ed Koch) Bridge, Metro-North’s Park Avenue Viaduct, Rehabilitation of the Madison Avenue (Swing) Bridge, Randall’s Island Junction Structure of the Triboro (RFK) Bridge, Biennial/Cable Inspections and/or seismic evaluations of the Queensboro, Triboro, Verrazano-Narrows, Robert Moses Causeway and George Washington Bridges as well as the Corbin Street Flyover.
Previously, Paul worked at Steinman Boynton Gronquist and Birdsall (later part of Parsons Transportation Group) for 25 years, starting as a bridge inspector and design engineer, working his way up to Project Manager and Manager of Structures for the NYC Area.
Paul has managed many major, high profile and important bridge and transit structure projects over his 35-year career, with most of them located in or near New York City. In addition to his involvement with ASCE he is also a member and past president of The Municipal Engineers of the City of New York.
Paul was born and raised in Queens, NYC, and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. He studied at City College of New York for his B.E. and received his M.S. at Columbia University. Paul is married to Maureen for 35 years, and they have twin 26-year-old daughters Maureen and Kathleen. They currently reside in Queens, NY.
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