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Young Engineer of the Year

Melody Matter, 2012 Young Engineer of the Year

Melody A. Matter, P.E., PTOE has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2012 Young Engineer of the Year Award. Melody is employed by McCormick Taylor, is the Second Vice President for the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (MASITE) and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania (ITSPA) and the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE).

Melody was born and raised in Hagerstown, MD.  She is the daughter of Patricia Matter and the late Lawrence “Crockie” Matter.  Melody resides in New Cumberland with her husband, Timothy Scanlon, and her two step-children, Hanna and Reed. 

Melody Matter earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University at University Park.  During her graduate work, she was a teaching assistant for Civil Engineering Measurement (Surveying) and a research assistant for the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), which is part of the Pennsylvania Local Roads Program.  Upon graduation Ms. Matter worked as a traffic engineer for Sear Brown in Rochester, NY and after relocating to Harrisburg, PA in 2002 joined McCormick Taylor’s transportation group.   

Ms. Matter has worked on several planning studies, preliminarily engineering and final design transportation projects.  Her roles in these projects have extended from coordinating and conducting the collection of traffic data, performing intersection capacity analysis, modeling roadway networks, preparing signing and pavement marking plans, designing traffic signal plans, and completing traffic control and detour plans.  Over the years, Melody has learned topics beyond her specialty of Traffic Engineering.  Through projects with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC), including the I-80 Toll Conversion Study and the All-Electronic Tolling Feasibility Study, Melody has expanded her knowledge base to include tolling operations, challenges of toll conversion and impacts of toll diversion.  For the last year and a half, Melody has been on special assignment in the Bureau of Maintenance and Operations at PennDOT’s Central Office working on addressing the roadway/transportation impacts of Marcellus Shale.  In working on the Marcellus Shale Project, Melody has developed an in-depth knowledge and understanding of PennDOT’s Posted and Bonded Road Program and the roadway impacts associated with the Marcellus Shale Industry. 

As Melody has been successful in introducing creative solutions to complicated projects such as the ones listed above, she has been requested several times to present her approach and findings to different engineering groups including the Virginia Section of ITE, MASITE, ITE District 2, the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference, PSATS Township Engineers and the PTC Construction Management Conference.  

Melody volunteers her time to several professional societies but focuses her service to MASITE where she been elected onto the board and currently serves as the Second Vice President.  Melody also volunteers for groups outside her profession.  She supports the ice hockey club that her step-son plays for by developing the Ice Hockey Program and serving as Treasurer on the Cedar Cliff Ice Hockey Club board.  In addition to supporting the ice hockey club, Melody also supports her husband’s passion for Volkswagens and volunteers for Harrisburg Area Volkswagen Owners Club (HAVOC) Volksfest car show.  Melody also enjoys running, biking and loves to travel.  Melody applies her enjoyment of running by participating in several charitable fund raising running events.  One of Melody’s favorite races to support is the Fort McHenry Tunnel Run in Baltimore Maryland.  Melody loves this race because it sponsors one of her favorite charities, the Special Olympics, and her love for Transportation Engineering as the entire race is in Bore Four of the Fort McHenry Tunnel.  Besides running races, Melody also volunteers to guide races and for the past five years Melody has volunteered for the Capital City Adventure Challenge which supports the YMCA Daycare System.

Melody is blessed to have a wonderful family, group of friends and employer.  She would like to thank them for their support and their part in making her the person and engineer she is.







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