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2010 Young Engineer of the Year

Jeffrey S. MacKay, P.E., CPESC 2010 Young Engineer of the Year

Jeffrey S. MacKay, P.E., CPESC has been named Young Engineer of the Year for 2010 by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council. Mr. MacKay is a principal of Newell, Tereska and MacKay Engineering, Inc. (NTM Engineering) headquartered in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.

Mr. MacKay was born and raised in Hampden Township, Pennsylvania.  He is the son of Barbara and Robert S. MacKay.  Jeff MacKay earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Minor in Business from Drexel University.  He also earned a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel University, where he wrote his thesis on the effects of siltation on stream-subsurface exchange in sand bed streams.  Mr. MacKay is a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).

Over his ten year career, in addition to six trimesters of co-op work as an undergraduate, Mr. MacKay has been involved in various aspects of engineering design, research and education.  In graduate school, he performed various experiments in laboratory and outdoor flumes, including biofilm research at the Stroud Water Research Center, and cryptosporidium research for the Philadelphia Water Department.  As a co-op at ACT One Consultants in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, he developed skills in drafting, surveying, and land development design.  In his five years at Erdman Anthony Associates of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. MacKay was responsible for the design of highway and land development projects.  He was named an Associate in 2005.  It is there that he gained extensive experience in hydrologic and hydraulic studies, and stormwater management design.  He also began developing and instructing technical courses for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). 

As a principal at NTM Engineering, which he co-founded at the end of 2006, Mr. MacKay manages projects, performs engineering design on projects, and instructs seven different technical design courses for PennDOT.  He advises PennDOT’s Central Office on policy related to drainage, stormwater, and erosion and sediment control.  He has also provided expert testimony on stormwater-related cases. 

Besides his work at engineering firms, Mr. MacKay instructs courses for the School of PE and ASCE all over the country.  He teaches a review of the Water Resources and Environmental portion of the PE exam for the School of PE, and a course called Low Impact Development Applications for Water Resources Management for ASCE.  Mr. MacKay has also instructed a PE review course for Penn State University. 

Mr. MacKay has presented papers at academic and industrial conferences, and has been an invited speaker at various professional organization meetings.  He has presented on topics such as thermal degradation, NPDES permitting, and stormwater best management practices for highway projects.  He currently serves on the board of the recently created PA Stormwater Technical Work Group.

At times more challenging than work itself, Mr. MacKay manages to balance his work responsibilities with family time and community activities.  He has volunteered for various recreation programs and assists with coaching his daughter’s softball team for the Dillsburg Lions Club Association.  Mr. MacKay has also participated in the “Gear Up” program, which involves speaking with junior high students to encourage interest in Civil Engineering. 

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