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Alumnus Dr. Shawn Kelley named Vermont's 2017 Engineer of the Year

Shawn P. Kelley

Dr. Shawn P. Kelley, Ph.D., P.E., has been named as Vermont’s 2017 Engineer of the Year.  A civil engineer specializing in geotechnical engineering, Dr. Kelley is a member of the board of directors of GeoDesign, Inc., based in Windsor, VT.  He received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he was inducted into Chi Epsilon, the civil engineering honor society and has received the College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Alumni Award.  He is the author of over twenty-five technical publications, reports, and presentations.  Dr. Kelley is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Vermont.

Dr. Kelley serves as a senior associate-in-charge of projects for the Vermont offices of GeoDesign and is currently responsible for managing the firm’s geotechnical laboratory, IT department, and technical library.  Dr. Kelley’s professional experience has included the Cross Street Bridge project in Middlebury, complex rail bridge replacements in Chester and Cavendish following Tropical Storm Irene, and novel geotechnical solutions in road repair in Weybridge.

He is active in the Vermont section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), having served as the section’s president, among other offices; he is a member of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and he is a member of the Vermont Society of Engineers.  On a regional level, Dr. Kelley served as ASCE Region 1 Governor representing Civil Engineers from New England, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico.  Currently he is serving as a member on the ASCE national Leadership Training Committee, a group that develops training programs for leaders within the organization across the U.S. 

Dr. Kelley is a board member of the Conservation Commission for the Town of Hartford and has served as vice chair of the Hartford Solid Waste Committee.  He as also volunteered his time with COVER, a home repair service for local folks in need.  Dr. Kelley lives in Quechee, VT with his wife and son.  He will be recognized for his accomplishments at the annual Engineers Week banquet to be held at the Doubletree Inn in South Burlington on February 24.