Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Yassmin
Gramian today recognized 32 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance
with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition. Two employees
from PennDOT’s District 1 which represents Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango,
and Warren counties were among the honorees.
represent the incredible people on the PennDOT team,” Gramian said. “With a
focus on innovation, customer service, mobility and connectivity, they work
tirelessly each day to provide safe and efficient transportation for
Gramian and other department executives honored winners
Mark A. Nicholson, P.E., and Zachary Miles during a virtual ceremony.
serves as the District 1 Bridge Engineer. His work accomplishments include
championing costing saving bridge programs such as link slab bridge and deck
waterproofing innovations. Prior to becoming the Bridge Engineer, he managed
the Bayfront Parkway Central Corridor Improvement Project, the largest design
project in District 1. His comprehensive community and stakeholder engagement
are recognized by the state as a best practice. In his current position,
Nicholson led the response to two major bridge hits on Interstate 90 in less
than a year.
his colleague, Mark is known for his strong work ethic, willingness to help
others, and partnerships with the communities throughout the northwest region,”
McNulty said. “PennDOT is lucky to have someone with his knowledge of bridges
and focus on good stewardship of the limited financial resources allotted to
resides with his family in Titusville, where he is a volunteer coach of the
high school football team and an active member of the Free Methodist Church in
an assistant county manager, Miles is an integral part the success of PennDOT’s
Mercer County facility. His leadership helps the county maintenance motivate
and empower employees, provide a safe environment for staff and the public, and
manage and balance its funding to give Pennsylvania residents the best value
possible for their transportation dollars.
achieve this, he participates in local transportation planning organization
meetings, contributes to the PennDOT county safety committee and training days,
and plays a major role in Mercer County maintenance’s agility program. He
frequently tries to integrate new technology into his daily work activities,
such as working with the bridge unit to develop an improved dewatering process
for a major box replacement using an aquadam.
is known for his professionalism when handling customers and his knowledge when
discussing Mercer County transportation efforts,” McNulty said. “He is
well-versed in the maintenance needs of the communities he serves and is as a
great ambassador for the department.”
resides in West Middlesex with his wife Hillaree and their children Kameron and
Carter. He volunteers as a youth baseball and football coach.
The Star of Excellence
Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s
values of service, performance, and integrity. The recipients represent a
variety of organizational positions, spanning from highway maintenance and
driver and vehicle services workers, to traffic control specialists,
communications staff and design and engineering specialists.
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Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango, and Warren counties at www.penndot.gov/District1.
Information about infrastructure in District 1, including
completed work and significant projects, is available at www.penndot.gov/D1Results. Find PennDOT’s planned and active construction projects
PennDOT’s northwest region on Twitter
PennDOT District 1 is hiring for variety
of positions, including CDL operators, mechanics, highway maintenance workers,
civil engineers, construction inspectors, and transportation technicians. Apply
online at www.employment.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jill Harry, 814-678-5035
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