National Engineers Week was established in 1951 to help increase public understanding of the engineering profession. In the Delaware Valley, Engineers Week program have been held since 1953. The programs are sponsored by a collaboration of engineering societies, government agencies, universities, and major corporations representing thousands of engineers. Engineers Week is a strong venue to inform our citizens of the value of engineers, celebrate engineering technology and innovation, and cultivate interest in math, science and engineering among the nation's youth - tomorrow's work force.
The Philadelphia Business Journal Supplement for Engineers' Week 2020 can be found
Bill Thomsen serves as the senior vice president and COO of national services for Urban Engineers, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the operations of all offices and services throughout the firm’s national geography. He also serves as the President and CEO and an owner of our related company in New York. Additionally, he serves as principal for overseeing “Mega Projects” program management services.
Mr. Thomsen has special expertise concerning track, catenary, signal, and communications for transit systems. He is familiar with all aspects of civil engineering as they relate to transportation, and is well-qualified in the special requirements for coordination of engineering projects with active railroads and systems of public transportation. He has performed project management, design, construction, value engineering, construction claims support, and expert witness services. Mr. Thomsen served as the quality assurance officer and chaired the Executive Advisory Committee for the Schuylkill Valley Metro program, providing support through team leadership. He has significant national experience with major capital improvement projects from planning through construction for SEPTA, MARTA, Tri-Rail, MDTA, Lynx, DART, FWTA, RTD, RTC, Md MTA, WMATA, MBTA, LACMTA, NJ Transit, and MTA.
Mr. Thomsen has represented ASCE on the planning committee for the Area Coalition for Transportation in support of permanent funding for SEPTA and is active in legislative affairs. He is a former adjunct professor for Temple University, lecturing on transportation engineering, and has taught a professional engineering registration review seminar, and as an instructor on Risk Assessments for the National Transit Institute (NTI). He is also serving on the national executive committee for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) . He earned his bachelor’s degree in civil/environmental engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s degree in engineering management from Drexel University.
He has been an active member of the Philadelphia Section of ASCE for many years and has served in numerous capacities as a Section officer and Board member, culminating in his term as Section President in 1994-95. He continues to lead our Transportation and Urban Development Technical Group (now the T&DI, Philadelphia Chapter) He was awarded the 2018 Civil Engineer of the Year by the section.
Congratulations to Kevin Brown ! He was elected Young Engineer of the Year for 2021! He was nominated by Urban Engineers. Click here to learn more about Kevin