ENR MidAtlantic's 2015 Top Young Professionals
Anthony R. Fitzpatrick
Distinguised naval career leads to private sector success
33, Project Manager
Michael Baker International
Fitzpatrick's career began when he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps from 2003-2008, holding various positions at naval bases worldwide. As a Naval Facilities Engineering Command operations manager, Fitzpatrick oversaw two Base Realignment and Closure construction projects at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington, Tenn. He joined Michael Baker International in 2010 and currently is a construction project manager for SEPTA's Catch Up Program, in which Baker is supporting the delivery of major capital construction projects in Philadelphia for the transit authority. In January 2014, Fitzpatrick was one of 25 team members, selected by COO Jeff Hill from over 5,000 employees, to join a process workgroup. This group was tasked with identifying opportunities to streamline company business processes and further differentiate Baker as a leader within the industry. Fitzpatrick has received many professional accolades, including being named the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers' 2013 PA State Young Engineer of the Year.
Career change helps engineer and his employer improve opportunities
33, Instrument and Controls Engineer
In 2011, after 10 successful years supporting the design and construction of powerplants, Hole decided to risk a major move by entering the petroleum pipeline industry. This career change paid off, not only for Hole, but for STV's energy services division, which has grown steadily over the last decade. Today, he is one of the company's most promising instrumentation and control engineers, taking the reins on large projects for clients like Sunoco, ExxonMobil Pipeline, Valero, and Colonial Pipeline. Hole's work has been critical to the expansion of one leading oil and gas company's ethane and ethylene pipeline system, a multibillion-dollar project that will increase volume by 100,000 barrels per day at the client's Texas chemical plant. It was the largest project the client has ever undertaken.STV turned to Hole for his ability to keep track of the many sites and modifications that the project requires. He also has served as a point person for bringing on board STV's new Denver office, which opened in February 2014 .
Biotech specialist known for novel approaches to problems
38, Associate/Process Specialist
Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Early in his engineering career, Kennedy worked on design-build projects related to pharmaceutical water and clean utility systems, which led to a project engineering role on other similar contracts. Continuing to work on related project types eventually generated opportunities for him to work on several overseas projects. With this international experience, Kennedy was picked by his previous employer to start a Puerto Rico office, which grew to a staff of 30 in its first year. After returning stateside, Kennedy's interest in emerging technologies led him to focus on process engineering for biologics manufacturing facilities. The timing was fortunate: Kennedy was able to work with a team of top process specialists and world-renowned biotechnology thought leaders. That helped influence him to develop his own novel approaches to this industry's complex engineering problems. Kennedy belongs to the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization Pennsylvania Chapter. He also has been published in Pharmaceutical Engineering magazine.
Career comes full circle as he mentors recent graduates
32, Project Manager
A year before his 2006 graduation from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, Kotarski accepted a position with Richmond, Va.-based Timmons Group. Ten years after joining the firm, Kotarski still works there as a project manager, with a wide-ranging portfolio that includes work on municipal, K-12, higher education, residential, commercial and public-safety facilities. Over that period, he has served as either lead designer or project manager for hundreds of projects. In addition to his project management responsibilities, he handles business-development duties. Over the last several years, Kotarski has stepped up to mentor other young engineers who are recent graduates, using his recent experiences to guide them to their own successful careers. He also has helped establish the well-known ACE Mentor program at several area schools.