Kazi M. Hassan named 2017 Delaware Valley Young Engineer Of The Year

02/15/2017

Philadelphia – The Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia announced that Kazi M. Hassan ('05 C E), Highway Supervisor and Project Engineer at Pennoni Associates in Philadelphia, has been selected as the 2017 Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year. The annual award recognizes an outstanding engineer who is age 35 or under, has demonstrated leadership capabilities and has made a recognized contribution to the engineering profession within the Philadelphia region. Beyond the field of engineering, the recipient must also have contributed to and participated in charitable, civic and technical affairs. Hassan will be honored during Delaware Valley Engineers Week, Feb. 17-25, 2017, which is part of a national engineering observance.

“Kazi’s contributions to the engineering profession this early in his career are remarkable. Not only has he excelled in undertaking numerous transportation design projects, but he has also demonstrated an understanding and willingness to promote engineering as a necessary and rewarding career path to his younger peers. From increasing awareness of the field among middle school students, to helping potential civil engineers prepare for their PE exams, Kazi remains committed to educating and developing the next generation of engineers,” said Bob Wright, Co-Chair, Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee.

In his roles as a Highway Supervisor and Project Engineer, Hassan helps manage both public and private transportation-oriented initiatives in the region. Over his 11 years at Pennoni, he has worked on a diverse mix of projects that have helped him progress in the early stage of his career. To supplement his work experience, Hassan became involved in the Younger Member Forum of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Philadelphia Section, which he credits for his professional development. As a leader of this group, Hassan helped start Pennsylvania’s first Civil Engineering Club™ at Chester A. Arthur School in South Philadelphia.

“Introducing middle school students to new concepts and ideas can really make an impact on what they decide to do in the future. Because of this, Jesse Gormley, the YMF and I introduced engineering—both the field itself and specific civil engineering disciplines—to these young students in hopes of increasing their awareness of the field. I truly enjoyed seeing the intrigue on some of their faces while we were speaking to them,” said Hassan.

One of Hassan’s most notable projects at Pennoni was the reconstruction of Germantown Avenue in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. This included the design of trolley tracks, water mains, sanitary and storm sewers, landscaping and roadway realignment plans. He is currently working on the Vine Street Expressway Bridge rehabilitation project.

In response to being recognized as the Delaware Valley Young Engineer of the Year, Hassan said, “It’s very exciting—not only because I grew up in the Delaware Valley, but also because this award is not limited to just civil engineers. In knowing the number of talented and qualified engineers in the Delaware Valley, I feel really honored to have been selected for this award.”

Hassan holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Drexel University, where he helps students prepare for their PE exams, and currently serves as a Director on the Philadelphia Section ASCE Board.

Apart from his career, Hassan enjoys traveling, both domestically and internationally with his wife, Ria. He also spends his time rooting for the Sixers, Eagles and Phillies. Residing in West Philadelphia, Hassan bikes to work every day and enjoys exploring the Circuit Trails around Philadelphia.

About Delaware Valley Engineers Week

A part of National Engineers Week, the Delaware Valley Engineers Week has been held since 1953 and honors the approximately 100,000 engineers locally and 1.6 million engineers nationally who work to protect our health and safety, restore and defend the environment, make factories run and contribute to our economic future and more.  Engineers Week informs the public on the value of engineers, celebrates engineering marvels, technology and innovation, and works to inspire youth to consider a career in engineering. 

About the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia

The Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia was formed in 1877 to provide a means for engineers to network and share information. The Club’s vision is to be the unifying club for engineers and related professionals in the Greater Philadelphia Region. It is dedicated to relationship building and networking among technical professionals, communication and collaboration among engineers, raising the awareness of engineering in our society, and the professional development of its members. The Club has been organizing the celebration of Delaware Valley Engineers Week since 2008.

 

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Hassan will be honored during the 2017 Delaware Valley Engineers Week, February 17-25, 2017.

“Kazi’s contributions to the engineering profession this early in his career are remarkable. Not only has he excelled in undertaking numerous transportation design projects, but he has also demonstrated an understanding and willingness to promote engineering as a necessary and rewarding career path to his younger peers,” said Bob Wright, Co-Chair, Delaware Valley Engineers Week Committee.

 
 

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