NJIT alum Patrick J. Natale recently announced his retirement as executive director, chief staff officer and secretary of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). His retirement will become effective Dec. 31, 2014.A New Jersey native and resident of both Flemington, N.J. and Reston, Va., Natale has served as executive director since November 2002. In this role, he represents 145,000 civil engineers, directs a staff of more than 250 employees, oversees 6,000 volunteers, and manages an annual operating budget of more than $50 million.
During his tenure, Natale has engaged with engineering organizations globally, traveling to more than 40 countries on behalf of the society. He also provided compelling leadership during the release of ASCE’s 2005, 2009 and 2013 Report Cards for America’s Infrastructure, which provide a comprehensive assessment of the nation’s major infrastructure sectors. ASCE’s visibility in the media and the public sector has also expanded dramatically during Natale’s time with the organization, including the mention of ASCE by President Obama during his 2011 State of the Union Address and his 2013 visit to the Port of Miami.
“Pat is not only the consummate leader dedicated to serving ASCE’s members, but he is also a visionary who has helped raise the profile of ASCE and the civil engineering profession around the globe,” said Gregory DiLoreto, president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. “Having expertise as both an engineer and an association executive who began as a volunteer leader, Pat brings a unique perspective that makes him a tremendous asset to ASCE. I’m deeply grateful to him for his hard work and commitment to make our organization what it is today.”
Natale serves on the Board of Visitors of NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE). He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from NCE and an M.S. in engineering management.