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John H. McCormick Educational Outreach

Stephen Roman 2014 Educational Outreach

Stephen J. Roman, PE, PTOE has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2014 John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award. The award focuses on his dedication and considerable efforts exposing students to the world of engineering, science and technology through school visits, career days and volunteering at local competitions.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer. He is a transportation engineer at Whitney, Bailey, Cox & Magnani, LLC, where he has been employed for eighteen years.

Steve has been a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) since 1998. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Harrisburg Section. In the past, he has served as the Regional Director and was the representative for Education Outreach. It was in this capacity where he was encouraged to serve on the Central PA Engineers Week Council (CPEWC). In 2004, he began to serve on the Council Board and had the pleasure working alongside John McCormick. John has a strong commitment to promoting engineering and science to students through school visits, career days, shadow programs and competitions. The CPEWC committee began serving as a clearinghouse for all member societies, by combining resources to meet the needs of local teachers and students. Steve served on the Council from 2004 to 2012.

Steve has also served as a judge for the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair and the Technology Student Association (TSA). He has participated in career days and Engineers Week activities at the Whitaker Center. He has also conducted over thirty classroom visits, speaking with students from kindergarten through undergraduate college students.

Steve's greatest commitment to students can be seen in his work with the Future City program. He has been a member of the Central Pennsylvania Region's steering committee since its inception. Along with a dedicated group of young engineers, Steve has fostered interest in science and technology in over 600 students. The local region recently celebrated its eighth competition in Harrisburg. The local winners are afforded the opportunity to go to Washington, DC and compete for the National title during Engineers Week. Steve has served as the Event Coordinator for the past three years and the Judging Coordinator for all eight years, where he has had the opportunity to meet like-minded volunteers who want nothing more than to convey the benefits of science technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The effectiveness of his Future City efforts can be seen in the notes passed along to him from students and teachers, such as "That was SO MUCH FUN! Wow!!. . . Thank you for helping to make learning so much fun!!" and "Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of such a well-run, beneficial event. I'm already looking forward to next year's competition!"

Steve resides in East Pennsboro Township with his wife Elizabeth, who is also a civil engineer. They have four children - two sons and two daughters – ranging in age from two to eleven. He is a sports fan who enjoys coaching his sons and daughters in his free time. Other hobbies include running and photography.

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