Podwal 3/3/20

Bruce Podwal Seminar Series


Best Practices for a Successful Career in Engineering


Michael J. Kaleda, P.E., LEED AP O+M

Senior Vice President and Program Executive (retired)

MTA Capital Construction, East Side Access project

12 – 1 pm, Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Exhibit Room, GSOE first floor, Steinman Hall

Light Lunch will be served


Abstract:  Career opportunities in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry are plentiful and expected to remain robust in the foreseeable future.  Your ability to grow and advance is dependent on your approach.  How are you going to position yourself to realize your potential and make the contributions you know you are capable of?  What are the key elements necessary to chart a path leading to professional achievement?  Now is the time to think about how to you are going to accomplish that.  With that in mind this presentation will cover the speaker’s top ten best practices for a successful career in engineering.

Biography:  Michael J. Kaleda is a career construction executive with federal, state and local government experience.  He is currently providing advisory services on the Moynihan Train Hall project – the conversion of a portion of the James A. Farley U.S. Post Office into a world-class transportation hub.  Prior to that he served as Senior Vice President and Program Executive for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Capital Construction Company’s $11B East Side Access project – the largest active transportation improvement project in the United States.  In that capacity he was responsible for the construction of over $1B of railroad infrastructure improvements in Harold Interlocking – the busiest 2-mile railroad corridor in North America.  During his 30-year career Kaleda managed military, school and transportation construction programs.  He is a Professional Engineer in New York and is a certified LEED AP, O+M.  He graduated from Manhattan College with a BE in Civil Engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA in Management and from the University of Illinois with an MS in Civil Engineering.  He is a military veteran, serving on active duty in the United States Air Force from 1981 to 1988.