BLOOMFIELD, N.J. — Gary Neuwerth, Ph.D., P.E., an engineer who has directed many civil infrastructure and building projects and leads one of the nation’s largest teams of engineers and environmental specialists, recently marked his 40th anniversary with Dewberry, one of the nation’s top consulting firms. Neuwerth is president of the northeast operations of Dewberry, with nine locations and nearly 500 employees.
Neuwerth’s 40-year career with a single firm reflects his strong commitment to the engineering profession and to Dewberry, a privately held company that provides design and a host of consulting services to public- and private-sector clients nationwide. He began as a computer programmer in the firm’s New Jersey office in 1969. He rose steadily through the Dewberry organization, assuming the management of the company’s New York City office in 1989, and serving as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the entire northeast operations beginning in 1999. By the year 2000, he had been named president of the northeast operations, where he continues today to oversee the work of diverse professional teams in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.
Neuwerth holds a bachelor of engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology and masters of science and doctorate degrees from Rutgers University.
Through the years he has managed many landmark projects for the firm, including the following:
- Rehabilitation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
- Inspection of 450 Bridges for the New York State Department of Transportation
- Rehabilitation of Long Island’s Northern State Parkway
- Rehabilitation of Seven Bridges over the Cross Bronx Expressway
Neuwerth cites bridge inspection work in New York as among his most interesting projects: “We were responsible for bridge inspections in Tompkins and Seneca Counties,” he says. “The project involved inspecting and inventorying a wide variety of bridge structures. The logistics were tricky, and it was challenging to schedule the field inspections and maintain quality control among so many inspection teams.”
Neuwerth credits the opportunity to work with some of the profession’s top engineers as instrumental to his success—among them, former Dewberry CEO John P. Fowler, II, PE, and the late Donald Goldberg, PE, former senior vice president and chief engineer for the northeast operations.
“I was fortunate to have two outstanding mentors, Don Goldberg and John Fowler,” he says. “Don Goldberg taught me the importance of quality and doing the right thing. John Fowler offered tremendous business insights regarding client focus, and reinforced the importance of honesty and integrity.
“I’ve never considered any other career,” adds Neuwerth. “My engineering career began at this firm and I’ve remained loyal because of the opportunities presented to me. I’ve been able to see a correlation between my efforts and the firm’s success, which is rewarding, and I’ve had the chance to help other engineers grow in their careers as well.”
Dewberry is a 2,000-person professional services firm, specializing in infrastructure engineering, architecture and building engineering, and management and consulting services. Established in 1956, the firm has more than 40 locations nationwide, with headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.
The firm’s major clients include several state departments of transportation, turnpike authorities, transit and railroad agencies, port authorities, and major government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Naval Facilities Engineering Command. Dewberry also serves many clients in higher education, development, healthcare, and private industry.
For more information, visit www.dewberry.com.