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MCEER Welcomes New Program Officer

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MCEER is pleased to welcome Jerome S. O'Connor, P.E., F-ASCE, as Senior Project Manager for Transportation Research. He will assume responsibility for coordination of the Center's Highway Project, sponsored primarily by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Jerry joins us with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in bridge engineering, having been an employee of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) for 20 years. Most recently, he served as Bridge Management Engineer in Region 6 (Southwestern New York) and became known for his advocacy of advanced technologies.

During his tenure at NYSDOT, Jerry served on several research oversight panels and worked jointly with the Federal Highway Administration on a number of projects and workshops. He initiated one of the first projects awarded by FHWA under its Innovative Bridge Research and Construction Program and led two projects that received national recognition. The first project involved replacing a deteriorated bridge with an innovative composite bridge that offered more weight capacity and allowed for quick and economical installation. In the second project, a bridge scheduled for replacement was instead rehabilitated by removing much of its dead load. This extended the service life of the bridge, and the project received the 2000 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation from the Civil Engineering Research Foundation (CERF).

Contact at (716) 645-5155.

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