2018 ASCE Philadelphia Section Community Outreach and Service Award

Tim Abel, EIT, ENV SP

Tim Abel, EIT, ENV SP is a highway engineer at Pennoni. He has worked for Pennoni for three years, with much of his experience involving the design and review of highway access improvements as well as traffic control planning. Tim is an Engineer in Training and Envision Sustainability Professional, holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree and a Sustainable Engineering Certificate from Villanova University.

This past May, Tim was nominated by his peers and selected by the ASCE Philadelphia Section’s Board of Directors to receive the Section’s Community Outreach and Service Award. Tim was recognized at the Section’s Spring Social for, most notably, his service co-chairing the ASCE Philadelphia YMF’s Chester A. Arthur School Civil Engineering Club in southwest Philadelphia.

Beyond the CivE Club, Tim volunteers as a member on ASCE's Committee on Sustainability, and has previously volunteered with Future City Philadelphia and the University of Delaware College of Civil and Environmental Engineering "E-Week" Program. He has also taken on several volunteer roles outside of the civil engineering world.

Tim believes that the most rewarding opportunity afforded by a career as a Civil Engineer is the opportunity to serve our communities. His outreach efforts and service throughout his professional career are a testament to that belief.

What has meant the most to you over the past few years being an active YMF board member?

The relationships created through my involvement with the YMF Board have been invaluable to my success, drive, and sanity as a young civil engineer. There are several board members whom I consider to be lifelong friends and mentors, and I owe them a great deal of thanks.

Chester A. Arthur School students working on their “Marshmallow Challenge” towers with Tim during a CivE Club meeting.

Chester A. Arthur School students on their way to the Cira Green at Cira Centre South, an urban park spanning over one acre in size and elevated 95-feet above street-level in University City, during a CivE Club field trip.

Chester A. Arthur School students and CivE Club members attending an ASCE Philadelphia Section dinner meeting alongside the Philadelphia YMF’s current and former CivE Club Co-Chairs.

A Chester A. Arthur School student presents his water filtration system design to Tim and CivE Club co-chair John Doyle during the CivE Club’s 2016 Engineering Fair.

Above, main photo of Tim receiving his award alongside 2017-2018 Section President Cathy Farrell, Section Awards Chair Bob Wright, and fellow recipient John Doyle, taken by Kazi Hassan at the ASCE Philadelphia Spring Social in May.