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2007 Young Engineer of the Year: Keith S. Yamatani, PE

Keith Yamatani is a Professional Engineer (registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) with more than six years of geotechnical and civil engineering experience, and three years of construction estimating experience. Mr. Yamatani brings additional construction management, and environmental and structural engineering expertise to the fossil and nuclear power plant projects he works on for Washington Group International, Inc., in Princeton, NJ. 

With Washington Group, Mr. Yamatani has worked on nuclear and fossil power plants and chemical disposal facilities throughout the U.S. and elsewhere around the world, including Iraq and Qatar. With primary responsibilities including managing subsurface investigations, preparing calculations, drawings, engineering reports and studies, contract specs and schedules, and, cost estimates and material take-offs, he is also responsible for inspecting soil boring operations, excavations, pile load testing, and pile installation.

In 1999, Mr. Yamatani earned his Bachelor of Science, and in 2000, his Master of Science degrees (both in Civil Engineering), from The University of Pittsburgh.  A member of the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Geo-Institute, and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), Mr. Yamatani was inducted into the Order of the Engineer in 2006.  Also in 2006, he presented “Design and Installation of Deep Foundations in Sedimentary Rock with Selected Case Studies” at the annual GSA Conference, in Philadelphia. 

Immediately prior to joining Washington Group, Mr. Yamatani served as geotechnical engineer for American Geotechnical & Environmental Services, Inc., in Bridgeville, PA; and, prior to that, as sitework estimator for Mascaro Construction Company, in Pittsburgh. He previously interned with Baker, Mellon, Stuart Construction, Inc., in Coraopolis, PA, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in St. Davids, PA.