Members of IPAC, group shot

Industrial and Professional Advisory Council

The Industrial and Professional Advisory Council (IPAC) is a select group of representatives from industry, government agencies, academia, and the profession who advise the Department on academic issues and on current trends and future directions in engineering. IPAC is a forum where ideas are exchanged and recommendations are made. IPAC provides direct linkage and communication between the Department and the engineering profession.   

Current Membership

Mr. Robert E. Alger, P.E.
Member since 2019
President, Infrastructure Projects
SNC - Lavalin

Ms. Saundra Johnson Austin
Member since 2014
President and CEO
Charis Consulting Group, LLC

Dr. William G. Buttlar
Member since 2013
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mr. H. Daniel Cessna, P.E. (Chair)
Member since 2013
Senior Vice President and Regional Director
Pennsylvania Headquarters Region
Michael Baker International

Ms. Robyn Schilling Colosimo
Member since 2010
Assistant for Water Resources Policy
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

Mr. Joaquim (Jack) DaSilva
Member since 2020
Senior Vice President
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Mr. Darin P. Johnson, P.E.
Member since 2014
Senior Staff Civil Engineer
Vito Civil & Marine Lead
Shell International Exploration & Production, Inc.

Ms. Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, P.E. (Vice Chair)
Member since 2018
District Executive
PennDOT District 11-0

Mr. Casey A. Moore, P.E.
Member since 2017
VP & Regional Manager - Mid-Atlantic
McMahon Associates, Inc.

Mrs. Donna Newell
Member since 2013
NTM Engineering, Inc.

Dr. Jessica Newlin
Member since 2020
Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Bucknell University

Mr. Domenic Rocco, P.E.
Member since 2017
Acting Environmental Program Manager
Department of Environmental Protection



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