Walter A. Zimmerman P.E. was recently honored and received The New York State Society of Professional Engineers Certificate of Excellence for his distinguished career as a professional engineer in official positions of several agencies of the City of New York, including his service as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction, Director of Roadway Design at the NYC Department of Transportation and Supervising Engineer of the Bureau of Topography at the office of the Borough President of the Bronx. Mr. Zimmerman was also honored for his exemplary dedication in supporting the engineering profession as past-president of the Rockland and Bronx Chapters of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE).
The Certificate of Excellence was presented by Mal McLaren P.E., Trustee of the Foundation for Engineering Education (FEE) and by Rudi O. Sherbansky P.E., New York City’s Regional Vice President of NYSSPE and Chair-elect of the PE’s in Construction Group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). The Certificate which is issued annually by NYSSPE’s Professional Engineers in Construction Group (PEC) to distinguished members of the engineering society, was also endorsed by the Chair of PEC, Kaitlin Sajduk P.E. and presented to Mr. Zimmerman on March 15, 2016.
As Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (1996 – 2002), Mr. Zimmerman developed design schedules for in-house capital projects; represented the department at meetings involving City and State agencies, community boards, private companies, etc., regarding policies and programs; performed review of capital projects for completeness; maintained training manuals for the design of highway projects; prepared the Street Design Procedures Manual and periodically gave training courses to new engineers; assisted new engineers on a one-to-one basis to develop, layout and estimate capital projects; prepared traffic detours for construction, street realignments; answered utility and community concerns.
As Director of Roadway Design at the NYC Department of Transportation (1990 – 1996), Mr. Zimmerman reviewed consultant work, set standards and monitored design projects; acted as hearing officer for DOT’s EDPI; represented DOT to public, community boards and other agencies; prepared legal documents relating to acquisition and advised Law Department on engineering matters; Mr. Zimmerman also assisted the Bureau of Bridges in setting up and training a specialized section of bridge design engineers in the mapping and acquisition of property and easements for various bridge projects, as well as generated reports and documents for specific assigned projects.
At the NYC DOT’s Department of Highway Operations (1977 – 1990), Mr. Zimmerman was in charge of two design sections and coordinated consultant programs, reviewed work, set standards and monitored section engineers; he prepared acquisitions, grade changes and re-mapping in the City, as well as prepared specific project reports and studies. Mr. Zimmerman was a designated DOT Hearing Officer; trained DOT personnel on a one-to-one basis; worked on standardization and DOT directives; represented DOT to public, community boards and other agencies; supervised preliminary design, as well as unified contract drawings, specifications and estimating from five different NYC borough criteria.
Mr. Zimmerman graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York and obtained a Master’s in Civil Engineering from the City University of New York. He received his professional registration of a New York State Professional Engineer in 1962.
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