Campus & Community

Stevens VP Wins Engineer/Constructor of the Year Award from NJPEC

Hoboken, N.J. – Henry “Hank” Dobbelaar, Jr., P.E., vice president of facilities and community relations at Stevens Institute of Technology, has been chosen as the Engineer/Constructor of the Year by the New Jersey Professional Engineers in Construction (NJPEC), which recognizes a construction engineer who has made a significant contribution to the industry.

In addition, Stevens junior Tyler Burgasser will receive the Sol Seid Engineer Student Award from NJPEC, an annual $10,000 scholarship given to a third-year engineering or engineering technology student at a New Jersey college or university based on academic and extracurricular excellence.

NJPEC is a practice division of the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers and a nonprofit organization that supports and promotes the professional, social and economic interests of New Jersey’s engineering professionals.

Dobbelaar established the Stevens graduate program in Construction Management to develop master’s-level civil engineering and construction students’ technical and leadership skills, graduating 50 to 75 construction professionals each year. Now in his 18th year at Stevens, he has overseen more than $100 million worth of campus improvements as VP of Facilities. He continues to oversee the Construction Management graduate program and also serves as advisor to the Stevens Chapter of Chi Epsilon, the Civil Engineering Honor Society, which Dobbelaar established in 2000.

Prior to joining Stevens, Dobbelaar played semi-professional baseball and worked as chief engineer, executive vice president and chief operating officer at R.A. Hamilton Corporation, a heavy transportation firm specializing in utility, water, paving and large concrete construction which is one of the state’s most well-respected construction firms. He is a member of numerous engineering and civic associations and holds professional licenses in four states and a New Jersey Planner’s license.

“Throughout my career, advancing the construction engineering profession has always been my passion, and it is a real honor to be recognized for my impact in this area,” Dobbelaar said. “I look forward to continuing to build students into the industry leaders who will design and build tomorrow’s infrastructures.”

One of those students is Burgasser, who was chosen to receive the Sol Seid Engineer after a lengthy selection process involving nomination by a professor, submission of a resume, transcript and letter of recommendation, and an in-person interview with the NJPEC Scholarship Committee. A Civil Engineering major who hopes to one day work in heavy construction management, Burgasser is a defender on the nationally-ranked Stevens men’s lacrosse team and a member of the President’s List, which honors student-athletes who maintain a GPA above 3.75. He will soon begin an internship designing bridges on the New Jersey Turnpike.

“I’m extremely humbled to receive this award,” Burgasser said. “There are so many bright young engineers from across the state – even from right here on the Stevens campus – who could have been selected.”

Both awards will be presented at the 38th Annual Bonhag Awards Dinner Dance at Il Villaggio in Carlstadt, N.J. on March 23, 2012.

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