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2007 Engineer of the Year: Joseph J. Viscuso, PE, PLS

Joseph J. Viscuso is Partner-in-Charge of Vollmer Associates’ offices in Aston, Kennett Square, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wilmington, Delaware and Elkton, Maryland. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in ten states and a Licensed Land Surveyor.

Joe earned a Bachelors Degree in Engineering (Widener, 1973) and a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering (Villanova, 1977). In 1979, Joe founded Brandywine Valley Engineers, Inc. (BVE). By 1996, BVE had grown to 45 employees with offices in Delaware and Chester Counties. In 1997, Joe merged BVE with Vollmer Associates LLP, a New York based firm seeking a Pennsylvania office to complement its northeastern region presence. The Wilmington, Philadelphia, and Elkton offices have been established since then. The firm employs approximately 650 personnel over 24 offices in 10 states throughout the Northeast. Joe has direct management responsibility for approximately 100 staff employed throughout the five offices located in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Together, these offices produce roughly $12 Million in revenue for the firm.

Throughout his career, Joe has contributed to a variety of projects involving roadway design, utility design, survey and mapping, traffic signalization, planning and environmental studies, municipal engineering, cost estimating and contract administration. He has served as municipal engineer or special consultant for a number of municipalities and currently serves as Municipal Engineer in Pennsylvania for Aston Township and as Authority Engineer for the Southwest Delaware County Municipal Authority.

Aside from his career, Joe is the past Chairman for the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. Other Boards/Committees on which he is serving/has served include:

  • Chester County Economic Development Council
  • Chester County Planning Commission
  • YMCA of the Brandywine Valley
  • HBA of Chester and Delaware Counties
  • First Financial Bank – Advisory Board (Kennett Square)
  • Delaware County Community College Educational Foundation Board
  • Widener University School of Engineering Advisory Board and Adjunct Professor
  • Political Action Committee for Business Leaders in Southeastern PA (SEPAC)
  • Pennsylvania Ambassador

While serving as Delaware County Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman (1993-1994), Congressman Weldon appointed Joe to represent Delaware and Chester Counties as a delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business. Joe was then elected to serve as the Eastern Pennsylvania Delegation’s State Chairman.

Honors that Joe has received for his work with the local community include the “Engineer of the Year” award (Delaware County Chapter of the PSPE, 1996), the “Distinguished Small Business Person of the Year” award (Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, 1991), and The “Man of the Year” award (Columbus Society of Delaware County, 2002).