Engineer of the Year


Bradley J. Heigel, PE has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2017 Engineer of the Year Award.  Brad is a member of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE) – Harrisburg and currently serves on their Board of Directors and a former member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Bradley J. Heigel, PE was born December 22, 1965 to the late Edward “Skip” and Janet Heigel, in St. Marys, PA.  He graduated from Elk County Christian High School in St. Marys in 1984.  Following high school, Brad attended the Pennsylvania State University in University Park where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1988.  At Penn State, he was a member of Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society) and Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society).  Brad is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.  With more than 28 years of experience, Brad is currently the Chief Engineer for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in Harrisburg, PA.  Brad and his wife Nancy reside in Lewisberry, PA.  They are the proud parents of three children, Dustin, Jessica (son-in-law Brian) and Samantha.

Brad began his career at Boswell Yule Jordan Engineering in 1988 as a traffic engineer.  He worked on a variety of private and public sector projects including PennDOT District 4-0’s technical basis studies associated with the Lackawanna Valley Industrial Highway in Scranton.  He also worked on various sections of the PA Turnpike’s Amos K. Hutchinson (Greensburg) Bypass.  During these early years, he had the fortune of working under the leadership of Mel Bittenbender, PE.

In April of 1990, Brad joined the PA Turnpike Commission as a traffic engineer.  Upon obtaining his Professional Engineering license in 1993, he moved into a Project Manager position and oversaw a number of complex projects including the Schuylkill River Bridge project in Montgomery County, PA.  From 2000 to 2010, he filled the roll of the Commission’s first Total Reconstruction Program Manager including overseeing the Right-of-Way/Utility Units from 2004 to 2010.  To date, the Commission has invested over $3.5 billion in reconstructing and widening over 125 miles of America’s First Superhighway.  During the majority of these years, he worked under the guidance of his career mentor, Barry L, Troup, PE.

From 2010 to 2012, Brad was a Vice President with Michael Baker, Jr. overseeing their Harrisburg operations.  In April 2012, he returned to the PA Turnpike as their Chief Engineer.  In this capacity, Brad is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Engineering (Design and Construction) and Facilities and Energy Management Operations (FEMO) Departments, with annual Capital Plans of $475 million and $30 million respectively.    The Capital Plan includes multiple highway, total reconstruction, facility and bridge projects including the I-95 Interchange project and the Commission’s conversion to a cashless tolling system.  He is also responsible for the delivery of the Commission’s Independent Plan which finances the design and construction of the Southern Beltway and Mon-Fayette Expressways in southwestern PA.  As Chief Engineer, Brad is a member of the Statewide Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) and a former member of the Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) Steering Committee.

Brad has shared his career experiences with local students as a career day speaker at Trinity High, a judge for Project SHARE’s “Can”struction competition and is a frequent presenter at various professional organizations across the Commonwealth.  He is a former member of the St. Joseph Mechanicsburg Parish Council and the Upper Allen Park and Recreation Board having served as the Chairman from 2008 to 2010.  From 1989 to 2000, he was a boys’ basketball coach at various levels at Mechanicsburg High School and served as the Assistant Varsity Coach during their 1994-1995 District III Championship season.  Likewise, he was involved at various levels of coaching from 2005 to 2012 with the St. Joseph girls’ basketball program and was the Assistant Varsity Coach during their 2010-2011 Harrisburg Diocesan Championship season.