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2013 NYSSPE Outstanding PE in Management Award Recipient

Congratulations are extended to Walid S. Najjar, PE, PhD, Quality Manager/Vice President, Transportation & Infrastructure, recipient of the 2013 New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) Outstanding PE in Management Award. Dr. Najjar accepted his award during the NYSSPE Conference in Lake Placid, NY on Friday, June 7.


On February 22, 2013, Dr. Najjar was awarded the Outstanding Engineer of the Year in Private Practice at the Annual Engineer’s Week Award Dinner and Dance by the Westchester/Putnam Chapter of the NYSSPE. Local winners were invited to participate in the statewide awards.

Dr. Najjar is a Manager at WSP, in charge of Quality Assurance and the Department of Education and Research. He has 31 years of combined academic and professional experiences, including 18 years at WSP in highway and railway bridge projects. WSP is a sponsor organization for continuing education, on behalf of the Practicing Institute of Engineering in NY, and Dr. Najjar is WSP’s representative to this Institute. He provides his colleagues timely technical training on project related topics and helps them resolve complex design issues. He planned and supervised the innovative project “Maturity Testing for Bridge Deck Rapid Replacement” that won the top diamond award for research from the 2009 ACEC-NY Engineering Excellence Awards. He is actively in charge of a scoping study project from investigating Alkali Silica Reactivity (ASR) in concrete skewbacks (large foundations) for a long-span steel arch bridge. Also, he developed the quality management system manual of WSP transportation & infrastructure, and is certified as an ISO 9001 internal auditor.

Previously, Dr. Najjar worked at Northeastern University (1987-1992) as a civil engineering faculty and at Cornell University as a visiting faculty (1992-1993) and post-doctoral associate (1987). At Cornell University, he developed neutron radiography as a non-destructive test method for detecting micro-cracking in concrete. Also he taught a graduate course on advanced structural mechanics and undergraduate courses on construction materials and structural analysis. At Northeastern University, he developed and taught graduate courses on non-destructive evaluation, fracture and fatigue, and concrete materials, and taught undergraduate courses on civil engineering materials, materials laboratory, concrete design, and structural analysis. Further, he worked at LZA Technology/Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers (1994-1995) on structural evaluation and investigation of buildings and stadiums.

Dr. Najjar, a licensed Professional Engineer, has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil/Structural Engineering (both) from Oklahoma State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy, Civil/Structural Engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Najjar works out of the firm’s Briarcliff Manor, NY office.