Engineer of the Year

EOY Imholte 2015

Paul J. Lewis, PE has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2016 Engineer of the Year Award.  Paul is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI), and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).  Paul is a past Treasurer of ASCE Central PA and is currently Co-chair of the Geotechnical Committee.  Paul is also an active member of DFI’s ground improvement committee.  In 2012, he was inducted into the West Virginia University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Academy of Engineers, and is an active member of that organization.

Paul J. Lewis, PE was born September 30, 1960 to the late Clarence and Marie Lewis, in Harrisburg, PA.  He graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg in 1979.  Following high school, Paul attended Harrisburg Area Community College and then West Virginia University where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1983.  At West Virginia University, he was a member of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society).  He is a geotechnical engineer with more than 32 years of experience and is currently a Senior Vice President with Gannett Fleming, Inc.  Paul and his wife Dona have been happily married for 25 years and reside in Mechanicsburg PA.  They are the proud parents of four children, Jessie, Bill, Joe, and Connor.  Paul and Dona are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Paul began his career at Gannett Fleming, Inc. in 1983 as a staff geotechnical engineer.  At that time, the geotechnical section consisted of only 13 employees.  He conducted geotechnical exploratory investigations, supervised laboratory testing programs and performed geotechnical analyses and foundation designs for highway, bridge, dam, landfill, water, wastewater and other heavy civil projects throughout the northeast U.S.  Under the leadership of Messrs. Jim Langer, Jack Diviney and David Wilson, the geotechnical practice grew and Paul eventually became the leader of Gannett Fleming’s Geotechnical Practice with more than 100 professionals nationwide.

Throughout his career, Paul has worked on projects throughout the U.S. and is licensed in seven states.  He has also worked on international projects.  Most notably, he led a large groundwater inflow remediation project for an oil sands mining project in northern Alberta, Canada.  He has conducted workshops on geophysical applications for engineering in the Middle East, and is currently serving as an independent geotechnical expert regarding claims litigation for the $5B Panama Canal, Third Set of Locks Project, in Central America.  Paul has presented at numerous conferences, workshops and short courses and is the author of 12 technical publications. 

Paul has been an instructor for the Penn State University, Professional Engineer’s Exam Review Course responsible for teaching sessions including Soil Properties and Testing; Shallow Foundations; Rigid Retaining Walls; Piles and Deep Foundations; Temporary Excavations; and Special Soil Topics.  He has also been an invited guest lecturer at Bucknell University.

Paul shares his career experiences with local students as a career day speaker at Mechanicsburg Area High School and has been a volunteer tutor for the Harrisburg Area Math and Science Academy.  He was a member of the MS Leadership Class and received the MS Leadership Award in 2001.  He has been a volunteer leader for the YMCA Indian Guides program, volunteer coach for the YMCA youth sports program, and assistant troop leader for Boy Scout Troop 80.