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Metropolitan Section Civil Engineer of the Year Award Print E-mail
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
Parsons Brinckerhoff

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.

Past Recipients:

2012 Samuel Weissman
2011 John F. Spencer
2010 Hugh S. Lacy
2009 Michael J. Cuddy
2008 Samuel I. Schwartz
2007 Neil Lucey
2006 John M. Dionisio
2005 Ken Serzan
2004 Robert Warshaw
2003 Mysore L. Nagaraja
2002 Peter Rinaldi
2001 Joseph M. Englot
2000 Bernard A. Grand
1999 M. Leland Caldwell
1998 Milo E. Riversa
1997 Francis J. Lombardi
1996 Joel A. Miele, Sr.
1995 Satoshi Oishi
1994 James P. Gould
1993 Fletcher "Bud" H. Griffis
1992 Michael Haratunian
1991 James L. Lammie
1990 Charles Thornton
1989 Man-Chung Tang
1988 Ira Hooper
1987 Frank L. Stahl
1986 Edward Cohen
1985 Anthony R. Ameruso
1984 Brother B. Austin Barry
1983 George Shoepfer
1982 Raymond M. Monti
1981 Bernard Haber
1980 George A. Fox
1979 Michael R. Pender
1978 Joseph R. Ward
1977 Roger H. Gilman
1976 Colonel John T. O'Neill
1975 Arthur J. Fox, Jr.
1974 Jewell M. Garrelts
1973 Alfred C. Maevis
1972 Martin Lang
1971 Sidney M. Shapiro
1970 LeRoy Ericson
1969 Charles E. Schaffner
1968 Richard H. Tatlow III
1967 Arne Lear
1966 William D. Alexander III
1965 Milton Brumer
1964 James Ruderman
1963 Boyd G. Anderson
1962 No Award
1961 Waldo G. Bowman
1960 John Kyle
1959 William H. Mueser
1958 Othmar H. Ammann
1957 Howard L. King
1956 Jacob Feld
1955 Shortridge Hardesty
1954 Richard H. Gould
1953 Emil H. Praeger