Engineer of the Year

EOY Imholte 2015

Thomas J. Imholte, PE has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2015 Engineer of the Year Award.  Tom is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Clearfield Section of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), the Central Chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania (ACEC/PA) as well as the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council (CPEWC).  Tom is a Past President of ASCE Central PA and Past Chair of CPEWC.  Currently he is Geotechnical Committee Chair for the ASCE Central PA Section, an ASCE Region 2 Governor, the Chair of the ASCE PA State Council and the Second Vice-President of the ASHE Clearfield Section.  He is the Business Unit Leader of Geotechnical Services for Modjeski and Masters, Inc.

Thomas J. Imholte, PE was born August 15, 1962 to the late Ralph and Rosemary Imholte in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is the fifth of six siblings and the uncle to ten nieces and nephews.  Mr. Imholte graduated in 1989 from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with a BSCE.  He later earned his MSCE, with a geotechnical emphasis, from the same institution in 1994.  He is a geotechnical engineer with more than 25 years of experience.  Tom resides in Carlisle, PA with the love of his life, his wife of 26 years, Debbie.  Debbie and Tom have four children, Tom, Julia, Catherine and Joseph.  Tom and Debbie are faithful members of St. Patrick Parish in Carlisle, PA.

While earning his BSCE, Tom was a member of the ASCE Student Chapter at NJIT and worked at Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor as field technician and Louis Berger & Associates as an engineering technician.   In 1989, Tom began working for Leon S. Avakian, Inc. (LSA) of Neptune, NJ as an EIT staff engineer.  He mentored under Leon and Peter Avakian, supporting their work as municipal engineers in a dozen NJ townships and boroughs.  Later, as a new Professional Engineer, he led one LSA’s largest projects – a $1M mapping and outfall monitoring project mandated by the Clean Water Act.

In the early 1990’s, after earning his MSCE, Tom moved with his growing family to Central Pennsylvania and began working for Gannett Fleming in their Camp Hill Office.  At Gannett Fleming, Tom worked with many notable geotechnical engineers including Jim Langer, Jack Diviney, Sara Frailey and Paul Lewis.  He was privileged to be able to work on several major transportation projects as a Project Engineer including the Meyersdale Bypass in PennDOT District 9-0 and the Milroy Bypass in PennDOT District 2-0.  He also designed the foundations for the SEPTA Market Street Elevated Project in Philadelphia, PA.

Later on in the 1990’s, Tom moved to GTS Technologies, Inc. as a Senior Engineer and afterward began to transition to project management.  While at GTS Tom designed or managed the geotechnical facets of many notable transportation projects including Corridor “O” and the Lewistown Narrows in PennDOT District 2-0, the Trexlertown Bypass and Marshalls Creek Bypass in PennDOT District 5-0, and the Freehold Bypass for NJDOT Central Region. In the early 2000’s Tom moved to Dawood Engineering as their Director of Geotechnical Engineering Services.  Tom worked his way to become a Vice-President while working on several important transportation projects such as the PTC Bridges over the Lehigh River and Pohopoco Creek and the I-95 Section GIR Project in Philadelphia, PA. 

In the 2010, Tom began working with Modjeski and Masters as their Business Unit Leader of Geotechnical Services.  Tom was fortunate to work with the esteemed Dr. John Kulicki on such notable projects as the Gilmerton Lift Bridge in Virginia and the I-74 Mississippi River Bridge in Iowa and Illinois. Most recently he led the team of nine consultants and ten drilling subcontractors that provided the upfront subsurface information for PennDOT’s P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.  In 2012, Tom was honored to be named a Modjeski and Masters Associate.

Tom was a former Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisburg and Assistant Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 168.  He currently serves as an Overnight Volunteer and Bus Driver for the Carlisle CARES Emergency Homeless Shelter and is an Hour Captain for the St. Patrick Perpetual Adoration Chapel.