John H. McCormick Educational Outreach


Michelle E. Madzelan, PE, has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2017 John H. McCormick Educational Outreach Award. This award recognizes her significant efforts and contributions to educating students in science, technology, engineering, and math throughout the Central Pennsylvania region.

Ms. Madzelan is a practicing civil engineer with almost 20 years of experience.  She graduated from University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering.  She worked in the Dayton area as a civil engineer for a few years before moving to York PA in 2001.  Since then, Ms. Madzelan has worked primarily as a municipal and transportation engineer.  Currently, Ms. Madzelan is a Highway Project Manager at Herbert, Rowland, and Grubic in Harrisburg, PA.

Ms. Madzelan has been an active Board member of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers since 2005. She started as a Younger Member and held several committee and officer positions, including the Section's President from 2013 to 2014. She is currently the Director of Member Services for the ASCE Central Pennsylvania Section. Since 2013, Ms. Madzelan has served as the ASCE representative to the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council.  Ms. Madzelan served the CPEWC as the Council Chair from 2014 to 2015 and currently is CPEWC Events Committee Co-Chair.  Also, Ms. Madzelan is an active Board member of Women’s Transportation Seminar since 2014, serving as the Chapter Liaison for the WTS Central Pennsylvania Chapter.

Throughout her engineering career, Ms. Madzelan has promoted and shared the exciting impact that engineering has on society.  As a young engineer, she shared the challenges and rewards of being an engineer with upper class Honors students at her alumni high school.  She continued educating students by serving as the civil engineering mentor in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentoring program.  She also had the opportunity to explain engineering as a career to area high school girls during the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day event and was the Engineering Panelist to local high school students at the HACC York Campus Career Day.

  In addition, Ms. Madzelan has been the engineering judge during several student competitions, including the Keep York Beautiful Poster Contest, the York County Science and Engineering Fair, and the ASCE Mid-Atlantic Regional Student Conference. Ms. Madzelan was integral to the first mock interview session and resume review for the ASCE student chapter at Penn State Harrisburg.  During mock interviews, she shared interview skills and challenges they may encounter as an engineer and answered questions to help the students become successful engineers.

Ms. Madzelan resides in Manchester Township with her husband Joe and their two children, Emily who is 14 and Carter who is 8. She uses every opportunity to connect engineering concepts to things that they see on a daily basis.  She regularly encourages them to investigate science interests, which led her daughter to consider robotics / mechanical engineering as a possible career choice.  In her free time, Ms. Madzelan serves as Secretary to her daughter’s softball organization’s Executive Board.

Ms. Madzelan was nominated for this award by fellow members of the ASCE Central Pennsylvania Section, who said that “Ms. Madzelan truly embodies a solid engineering role model and mentor to students.”