2021 CEI Annual Awards Luncheon

Dr. Cerasela Cristei, Chair of the Civil Engineering Institute

Sam Salem, Executive Director of the Civil Engineering Institute

Paul Wiedefeld, Winner of Engineering Excellence and Leadership Award

You’re Invited!

Thursday March 25th 2021

Sign In begins at 11:30 AM with Student Research Showcase.

The Annual Meeting will take place from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

 

2021 GMU CEI Annual Meeting

Engineering Excellence & Leadership Award

George Mason University Zoom Platform

 

Please join

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

CIVIL ENGINEERING INSTITUTE 

 

For the Annual Meeting and awarding the Engineering Excellence and Leadership Award to

Paul J. Wiedefeld
General Manager and CEO, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

After 35 years in the transportation industry, Paul accepted the challenging assignment of leading Metro in 2015 as General Manager/CEO.  Under his direction, Metro has turned the corner on safety, service reliability and financial management; rail ridership has begun to increase after a lengthy decline; and, for the first time in the Authority’s history, Metro secured dedicated capital funding from local, state and federal governments. 

This progress was made possible through a series of hard choices to put safety first. In 2016, Paul launched SafeTrack, an aggressive maintenance program that achieved three years of critical track work in just over a year. Following SafeTrack, Metro transitioned to its first-ever preventive maintenance program with longer work hours to improve safety and service reliability for customers. And in 2019, with dedicated revenue bolstering the capital program, Metro started the multi-year Platform Improvement Project to repair crumbling platforms and modernize 20 of Metro’s oldest outdoor stations. 

Through his Back2Good program, Metrorail is delivering nine out of every 10 customers to their destinations on time. Customer satisfaction has reached the highest levels in recent years, and Metro has received a clean, on-time financial audit for four consecutive years.  Paul has focused on improving the customer experience, introducing new customer amenities, such as the Rush Hour Promise—the first service guarantee of its kind in the transit industry. As Paul continues working to make Metro the transit provider of choice in the Nation’s Capital, he is also focused on becoming an employer of choice in the region.

Please save the date!

Thursday March 25th 2021

11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Please RSVP to spearce4@gmu.edu to receive a link to the event

The Civil Engineering Institute members work with the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. Front row, left to right: Helman Castro, Cerasela Cristei, Kurt Thompson, James Patteson, Sam Salem, Michael Post, Terry Suehr, and Howell Simmons. Back row, left to right: Rich Benton, Hardeep Rana, Chris Reseigh, Doug Kennedy, Joe Manous, Brian Chromey, William Haight III, and Jaime Bain Hedges.
Civil Engineering Institute Board

The Civil Engineering Institute members work with the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering. Front row, left to right: Helman Castro, Cerasela Cristei, Kurt Thompson, James Patteson, Sam Salem, Michael Post, Terry Suehr, and Howell Simmons. Back row, left to right: Rich Benton, Hardeep Rana, Chris Reseigh, Doug Kennedy, Joe Manous, Brian Chromey, William Haight III, and Jaime Bain Hedges.

Paul Wiedefeld Plaque Award