The NJIT Newark College of Engineering (NCE) will hold its 15th annual Salute to Engineering Excellence on April 16, 2013 in the NJIT Campus Center Atrium. The event will celebrate the 94th anniversary of NCE, NJIT’s flagship institution. Honorees, who hail mostly from New Jersey, will include nine students, seven faculty and staff and two alumni with notable careers in technology and engineering. The U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), Dover, will receive the Outstanding Industry Partnership Award. For more information about attending the event, contact Angela Vega-Irvin at 973-596-3223.Patrick J. Natale of Flemington, executive director of The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), will receive an outstanding alumnus award. Natale received his bachelor’s degree (1970) in civil engineering and master’s degree (1985) in engineering management. ASCE is the nation’s oldest national professional engineering society and represents 140,000 civil engineers. Natalie directs a staff of 250 employees and 6,000 volunteers. ASCE develops codes and standards; publishes journals, magazines and books; runs continuing education classes and lobbies the federal government on how to maintain the nation’s infrastructure. Every four years, the society also publishes its Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.
“Civil engineers design the buildings and bridges, the roads and reservoirs, the tunnels and airports as well as the water and sewer systems without which our economy could not function,” he said. “The public only notices infrastructure when it fails.”
Natale explains to the public, and to Washington, the importance of investing in infrastructure. It’s also his role to explain that civil engineers possess the technical and design skills to watch over the infrastructure. Maintaining the nation’s infrastructure is somewhat like maintaining the roof on your house, explained Natale. Until the roof leaks, you don’t notice it. But if your roof springs a leak and you ignore it, the roof goes and your house is hurt. “Civil engineers can tell us when our infrastructure needs attention,” he said. “They are the stewards of our environment.”
Before joining ASCE, Natale was executive director of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Before that, he was an engineer and manager at the Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) of NJ. During his 28-year career there, he managed sales, marketing, strategic planning and customer service. He also led PSE&G’s effort to develop the systems required for deregulating New Jersey’s energy market.