Joseph Stanley was recently named an Outstanding NCE Alumnus.
The best thing about civil engineering is that you can see the results of your work, says Joseph Stanley.
Civil engineers also do work that has a positive impact on society, adds Stanley, who was recently named an NCE Outstanding Alumnus. He, for instance, designed a water supply facility that is cited by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for its efficiency and effectiveness. Helping to improve society like that makes him proud to be a civil engineer.
“I am fortunate to be involved in a field -- drinking water supply -- that really wants to protect the public’s health," he says. "You can’t say that about every industry, unfortunately."
Stanley, who has a bachelor’s (1978) and a master’s (1985) in civil engineering from NJIT, is a vice president at Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM), a major engineering consulting and design firm. HMM has 70 offices in North America with 2,400 employees and ranks 35th in the Engineering News Record’s list of top 500 U.S. design firms. He’s a principal in HMM’s Water Supply Group, where he specializes in water treatment processes and pumping station design. He has also been involved in non-water related projects in Newark; he has designed a trenchless rehabilitation of brick sewers for the city and also designed the Newark Police Firearms Range.
Stanley likes to help young people, and at HMM he manages the Young Professionals Committee, which gives talented young employees (aged 35 and younger) the chance to do research and provide input into the operations of the company.
He is also in charge of HMM’s international aid efforts. Working with the United States Agency for International Development, he has helped developing countries such as Afghanistan, Mali and Tanzania improve their infrastructure and transportation systems.
Stanley has also helped to hire many NJIT graduates: HMM has a total of 85 NJIT alumni working at the firm. Many of the firm’s senior managers also graduated from NJIT.
“NJIT is known for producing graduates with a practical education who are ready to start working productively right out of school,” he says.
Stanley has another close tie to his alma mater: He’s President of the Alumni Association of NJIT. It’s a job he loves and excels at. Over the last five years, he’s worked to engage NJIT alumni by offering wine tastings, socials, dinners and networking events. He’s also working with fellow alumni officers to form an Alumni Council, which will provide more opportunities for alumni to assume leadership roles.
He gives back to NJIT because it gave him so much, he says. His NJIT education laid the foundation for his career, which has “has provided a reasonably comfortable life for me and my family.”
"What more can I ask for, especially when my last semester tuition was only $425,” he adds. “An NJIT education was then and is now a great value and an almost guaranteed significant return on one’s investment. I’m forever grateful for the education that I received at NJIT.”
By Robert Florida