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2006 Engineer of the Year: Eric L. Flicker, PE

Growing up in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Eric Flicker learned early that it takes more than just technical skills to develop public works projects. Eric’s father served as a member of the Borough Council in Fleetwood, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and Eric watched as his father and other community leaders struggled to bring to fruition public improvement projects to support and serve their growing community. Seeing these projects develop and better the lives of those around him led to an interest in engineering from an early age, and seeing the way his father worked with the people of Fleetwood towards the betterment of the community made Eric committed to continue that legacy. 

During high school and while studying engineering at Lehigh University, Eric worked during summer and vacation breaks at Spotts Engineering (now known as Spotts, Stevens and McCoy). His job there confirmed what he already knew: he had not only a love for engineering, but also for non-technical project development, in particular project financing, that helped to improve the world around him. It was also at this time that Eric began his long-time association with the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers, becoming an active member of the student chapters at Lehigh. This early experience helped to sow the seeds for a 40-year career of service to the engineering community. 

Having experience in engineering that runs the gamut from project design to project management, from serving as a principal engineer to his current position as CFO of Pennoni Associates Inc., Eric is a true engineering “Jack of all Trades.” While his involvement in the day-to-day practice of engineering has given him years of satisfaction, it is his work in promoting the profession that is his proudest 

When accepting the state Presidency of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers in 1990, Eric promoted the theme of “Proud to be a P.E.,” seeking to gain recognition for the profession. In this role, he initiated joint meetings with other technical and professional societies in an effort to find ways to cooperatively serve the public and the profession. As the Elected National Chairman of HWAC, Eric gave Congressional testimony on issues of hazardous waste practices. Working with ACEC-PA, PSLS, and PSPE, Eric served as the Founding Chairman of the Board for the Pennsylvania Design Association Center, designed as a single joint