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Engineer of the Year

Timothy Scanlon 2014 Engineer of the Year

Timothy M. Scanlon, PE has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2014 Engineer of the Year Award.  Tim is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of PA (ITSPA).  Tim is a Past President MASITE and has served three terms on the Board of Directors of ITSPA. He is the Director of Traffic Engineering and Operations for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Timothy M. Scanlon, PE was born November 11, 1965 to the late Eugene F. Scanlon, PhD and Shirley L. (Hoover) Scanlon in Indiana, Pa.  Mr. Scanlon graduated in 1987 from the Pennsylvania State University with a BSCE.  He is a traffic engineer with more than 27 years of experience.  Tim resides in New Cumberland, PA with his son Reed, who is a senior at Cedar Cliff High School and his daughter Hanna, who is a freshman at Penn State majoring in engineering.

In his first job with Benatec Associates, Inc., Tim worked on a variety of projects ranging from transportation planning studies, military housing, surveying, and sanitary sewer system designs.

In 1988, Tim began his career with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission where he started as an Engineer Trainee and progressed to a Civil Engineer.  In 1996, he became the Commission's Traffic Engineer Manager.  Currently, Tim is the Director of Traffic Engineering and Operations where he manages more than 60 employees.  This includes the Commission's Operations Center which is a combined emergency dispatch and traffic management center.

In the early 1990's, Tim became involved with a group known as the Intelligent Vehicle Highway Society of America.  This group is now known as the Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America.  This group provided him with the education to better manage and operate a toll highway.  As a result of this, Tim began developing the Commission's Intelligent Transportation System, which led to the implementation of Dynamic Message Signs, Closed Circuit Television, Highway Advisory Radios, Roadway and Weather Information Systems, and an Integrated Traffic Control System and enhanced communications.  The integrated Traffic Control System and enhanced communications led to the construction of a state-of-the-art Traffic Operations Center for the Commission that began operation in 2012. 

One project that Tim has been involved with while at the Commission is the Electronic Toll and Traffic Management (ETTM) system, which is now known as the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system.  On this project, Tim along with a team of professionals from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, laid the foundation for E-ZPass, which is now used by 20 toll agencies with over 22 million active tags and generates almost $7 billion in annual revenue. 

In the 2000, with the pending implementation of E-ZPass, the Commission was provided the opportunity to better manage traffic at the interchanges.  Tim was provided the unique opportunity of helping plan and design new, cost effective, All Electronic Tolling (AET) interchanges.  He helped to create this concept, along with planning and implementing the interchanges.  Currently, there are three operational AET interchanges with an additional AET interchange under construction.  In addition to the AET interchanges, Tim was a participant on the design team for the five Express E-ZPass toll plazas and their implementation and was the principal engineer for the Express E-ZPass signing.

Tim has been the Traffic Engineer on a number of major projects undertaken by the Commission.  These projects include the Mon-Fayette/Southern Beltway transportation project, Allegheny Tunnel Improvement Project, the total roadway reconstruction projects, and the I-95/I-276 Interchange and Interchange Reconstruction Projects.  He has also been the project manager for traffic and revenue studies for all existing turnpike roadways and expansion projects since 1996.  He also coordinates with other agencies such as the Federal Highway Administration, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Central Office and Individual District Offices.  

Tim currently serves on the board of the Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club (HAVOC) which raises money for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank through its annual car show.


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