Young Engineer of the Year

Eric Gogola 2015

Eric M. Gogola, P.E. has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year Award.  Eric is a director for the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) and is a member of the American Society of Steel Construction (AISC).

Eric was born to Walter and Debbie Gogola in Hazleton, Pa. He attended Hazleton Area High School and upon graduation in 2003 he was happily accepted to the Pennsylvania State University. After five years of hard work and determination, Eric graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specifically structural engineering. While at Penn State, Eric began his professional career with an internship in the design unit at PennDOT District 4-0. Most notably, he assisted in the assessment of damage done during the flood of June 2006 to northeast PA.

Upon graduation from Penn State, Eric was immediately hired as an entry-level engineer at HNTB Corporation in Harrisburg, PA. During his 6½ years with HNTB, Eric worked on a variety of structural design tasks. Notable projects in which he was involved in include the Schuylkill River Parks Connector Bridge, the Portal Bridge Capacity Enhancement Project, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) 20.25 Bridge, and the Fort Hill Casselman Bridge.

Educational outreach is extremely important to Mr. Gogola and it shows in how much he volunteers. Eric spends a lot of his spare time to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities. He has been a mentor for the Future City Competition over the past five years along with being involved on the Future City Steering Committee. Eric has also been involved in the Mathcounts competition, both as a volunteer and a coordinator for the past three years. He has also been a judge at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in which PSPE donates two scholarships to the winners.

Outside the realm of STEM activities, Eric is also a member of the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club (CVATC) and a volunteer at the Bethesda Mission. Every year he attends and donates to the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual fundraiser Bowl for Kid’s Sake. Eric leads an active lifestyle including hiking, biking, sports, and bird watching.

Eric would like to sincerely thank his extremely patient girlfriend, family, friends, and employers for facilitating an environment that nurtures personal and professional growth. Their love and support is critical to his success and greatly appreciated.