The Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge

October 15, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Stewart Theatre in Talley Student Union, NCSU Main Campus.

Image courtesy HDR

Image courtesy HDR

ken wright, PE

Northeast Area Principal Bridge Engineer

Ken Wright’s 36-year career is built on design and management of major bridge and highway projects including concrete and steel bridges from small overpass structures to major river crossings. Planning and conceptual design of economical bridge structures is a definitive strength of his background, and he has taught seminars on economical bridge design as well as design of tall piers and curved girders. He is an HDR Senior Vice President and Principal Project Manager who in 2001 was granted the title Senior Professional Associate to recognize professionalism, superior technical development and individual accomplishments that are essential to HDR’s success. HDR grants this title to extraordinary professional staff who through their creative efforts and dedicated commitment to personal excellence has obtained exceptional levels of technical and professional achievement. 

Ken served as Design Manager for the New NY Bridge Project. He was responsible for the technical management and direction of the HDR-led design team that at peak included 30 firms and over 300 full time staff who produced more than 750 submittals and 8,000 drawings during an intense 18-month design period. Ken focused on producing an efficient, constructible design that made extensive use of prefabricated elements and repetitive structure types to meet the project’s performance requirements.

Ken has been the Lead Engineer for the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Program, leading the design of 558 bridges around the Commonwealth over a period of 22 months.  He was also the Independent Design Quality Manager for the Cleveland Innerbelt CCG1, which upgraded  about 1.5 miles of I-90 in downtown Cleveland highlighted by a 3100’ curved, skewed and variable width bridge over the Cuyahoga River valley.  Ken is a licensed professional engineer in six states. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree from Baker College and his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Lehigh University.