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2009 Young Engineer of the Year: Joseph A. Platt, Jr., PE

JPlattJoseph A. Platt, Jr., PE, Project Manager with Traffic Planning and Design, Inc. (TPD) has been selected as the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council’s 2009 Young Engineer of the Year.

Joe graduated from Widener University in Chester, PA in 2001 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as an IMSA Level II Traffic Signal Field electrician and an IMSA Traffic Signal Inspector.

At TPD, Joe serves as Project Manager for transportation planning, traffic signal modernization, and highway design projects. He is involved with all aspects of the project development process from the proposal stage to the local and state approval process, to project completion and construction assistance. Joe manages the growth and development of his design team comprised of junior engineers and CAD designers.

While Joe is considered to be an outstanding technical engineer, it can be said that his dedication to the profession and to his community are perhaps his strongest attribute. Professionally, he is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Philadelphia Chapter, serving currently as Treasurer. He plays a vital role in the organization’s Younger Member Forum, having served for the last five years in various positions, most recently as President. He participated in the 2008 ASCE Eastern Regional Younger Member Council Leadership Conference in Baltimore as the Business Session Chairperson, and will participate in 2009 as the Conference Chairperson. He is a member if the United States Sign Council, the International Municipal Signal Association, and was inducted into the Order of the Engineer in 2006.

Joe is no less active in his community than in the Technical Societies that support his profession; at a very young age, Joe learned the value of community service from his family. Joe grew up in Chester and Brookhaven, PA, and is the oldest of three children. He is a third generation firefighter, and a fourth generation member of the Knights of Columbus. After moving to Phoenixville, PA, Joe still finds time to return home to participate in Fire Company training seminars and remains committed to volunteering at Saint Katherine Drexel Church.

With his technical expertise, commitment to the profession, and service to his community, Joseph A. Platt, Jr., PE, is an exemplary representation of the Delaware Valley engineering community and is well deserving of recognition as the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council’s 2009 Young Engineer of the Year.