Lehigh Valley 
Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers

2019 Awards

 

2019 LVPSPE Engineer of the Year:  Sean Dooley, PhD, PE

This award recognizes a PSPE member who has made significant achievements in the area of: professional society activities; civic, fraternal, religious or humanitarian activities; professional and/or technical publications, papers, or patents; and the field of engineering during their professional career.

Sean Dooley has a unique professional profile. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus in structural engineering. The day he graduated, Sean flew to Switzerland where he interned with the Swiss engineering firm of Conzett Bronzini Partner AG for six months.  Sean went on to complete his doctorate at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he researched the historic development of structural materials.  In Switzerland, Sean was the Owner’s Representative for the church he attended during various restoration projects of the 19th Century stone building they occupied.

While finishing his doctoral work, Sean and his wife Lucienne became involved in a project in Sierra Leone (Africa) with the NGO Mercy Ships. Sean and Lucienne oversaw the design and construction of a 33,000 square foot rehabilitation and occupational training facility.  This experience inspired Sean to change his focus to land planning and development.  Upon completion of his doctorate and return to the United States in 2005, Sean started work in the land development and municipal engineering field.

Sean is currently a Project Manager at Keystone Consulting Engineers, Inc. (KCE) in their Bethlehem, PA office.  He provides various subdivision and land development projects.  Other work includes environmental permitting and various services to several utility companies.

From 2013 through 2018, Sean was a professor at Lafayette College’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering where he taught the Department’s Senior Capstone Design course, as well as core curriculum classes to first and second year engineering majors.  During this time, he continued professional work at KCE and returned to full-time professional status after the 2017-18 school year.

Sean is a founding member of the Lehigh Valley Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-LVP). In 2010, he helped the chapter start work at a secondary school campus in Mattru, Sierra Leone.  Through 2016, the Chapter established a clean water supply with campus-wide distribution system, sanitary facility improvements, rehabilitation of several school buildings, and a limited solar-generated electric supply. EWB-LVP continues its work in Mattru at the local hospital where Sean just returned from helping to put a roof on a hospital building.  The Chapter had previously constructed new toilet facilities at two locations of the hospital.  On the most recent trip, the team outfitted a training room with communications equipment to facilitate web-interfaced training partnerships with hospitals in the United States.  This facility will assist the Mattru Hospital staff improve their knowledge and skills.  Sean encourages you to visit the Chapter’s website at http://ewb-lvp.org/ to see the great work they are doing both in Sierra Leone and the Dominican Republic and consider getting involved and/or donating. 

In addition to his professional work, Sean is Chair of the Stockertown Borough Planning Commission, serves on the Nazareth Area Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, is a member and past-Secretary of ASCE’s Lehigh Valley Section, serves on the Development Committee of the Community Action Development Corporation-Bethlehem’s Southside Vision Program, and is an Advisory Committee Member of LVEDC’s Land Recycling Initiative.


2019 LVPSPE Young Engineer of the Year:  Minal Amin

This award is presented to an individual (no more than 35 years-old) based on his/her scholastic achievements, technical and professional society activities, technical papers and/or patents, engineering experience and accomplishments, and civic/humanitarian activities. It is awarded to a young candidate who is a licensed Professional Engineer or Engineer-In-Training.

Minal Amin has been named the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers – Lehigh Valley Chapter Young Engineer of the Year. She is being honored at the 40th Annual Engineer’s Week Banquet on February 21, 2020.

Minal earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU).  During her junior and senior years, she was actively involved in the PSU Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), including participation on the Chapter’s Concrete Canoe Team.  Minal’s other activities included serving as a member of the Rules and Regulations Committee to coordinate fundraising and event safety/security during Penn State’s THON weekend; serving as a Volunteer Host at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts; and active involvement in the South Asian Student Association.

Seeking an opportunity to accelerate her profess-sional development, Minal relocated from her home in the Harrisburg area to the Lehigh Valley to join a start-up engineering company, Civitas Regio.  In spite of the uncertainty associated with relocation and leaving employment with a long-established firm, Minal sought the unique opportunity to gain exposure to literally every aspect of the new company’s projects along with the potential to actively participate in building the organization from the ground up.  In addition, she recognized the potential personal and professsional benefits to be derived from the firm’s emphasis on local community engagement.

As an Assistant Project Manager at Civitas Regio, Minal is responsible for special studies, design, and permitting associated with land development projects.  Her responsibilities focus on site/civil engineering, engaging in all facets of a project from initial proposal and site visits to design, permitting, and recording of final plans. Her responsibilities also include coordinating directly with state and local reviewing agencies, utility providers, owners, other engineering, environmental, and planning professionals to facilitate projects.  In the course of her responsibilities, Minal continues to assume greater independence, expand her technical skills, and cultivate the engineering judgment necessary to advance in the engineering profession.

Minal’s current work includes urban redevelop-ment projects such as the Seville, a $16 million mixed-use project in downtown Easton; Grand Plaza, the redesign and reconstruction of the former PPL Plaza in downtown Allentown; and a $7.5 million mixed-use project in downtown Bethlehem.  In addition, her projects currently include a 387,000 square foot warehouse and logistics center, and the expansion of a waste-to-energy resource recovery facility in the Philadelphia region.

Minal’s professional development and community service efforts include earning a Certified Citizen Planner certificate for completion of three courses at the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Government Academy including:  Community Plan-ning, Subdivision and Land Development Review, and Zoning Administration.  She is a member to the Society of Women Engineers and also recently served as a panelist for a Lehigh University International Student Women’s Career Develop-ment Forum to relay her own experiences to international students considering a career in STEM fields.  Minal has volunteered extensively with the Hindu American Religious Institute (Hari) Temple, organizing events for elderly members and assisting with Indian language instruction for children.


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