Rachel L. Govelovich, P.E., assistant project manager at Gannett Fleming Inc., and a 2000 University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown civil engineering technology graduate, has been named Young Engineer of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council.
Mrs. Govelovich is in the planning and management section of the environmental resources group and is responsible for assisting in the development, initiation, planning, execution, and closing of water system projects. She also is responsible for water system planning and feasibility studies, water and sewer systems financial aid applications and administration, developer-prepared water system design reviews, and attendance and consulting engineering duties at water authorities’ monthly meetings.
Since 2000, she has been involved in the initiation, planning and execution of several water- and wastewater-related projects. Her current projects include the construction of a 1,500,000 gallon elevated water storage tank; 16-inch transmission mains; and a 3,000,000 gallon per day pumping station. The projects resulted from planning and preliminary design studies for which she was integral in the preparation. The projects involved coordination with municipal, state, and federal agencies; financial aid applications and administration; while existing facilities were removed to construct new facilities in that location. She is responsible for coordination of the project from planning phases through construction and project closeout and PENNVEST loan administration.
Mrs. Govelovich is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Water Works Association, and Society of Women Environmental Professionals. With the Central Pennsylvania Section of ASCE, she currently holds the positions of newsletter editor and annual Knoebels picnic organizer, and was previously the president of the younger members group.
She has participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters School-Based Mentoring program since 2002, and has followed her current fifth grade little sister since second grade. She is a member of the committee coordinating the first annual Central Pennsylvania Future Cities Competition in which teams of seventh and eighth graders work with an engineering mentor and teacher to design a future city using SimCity Software, construct a model, prepare a paper, and present the city at a regional competition. She also participates in the ASCE Younger Member Adopt-a-Highway, employee family Easter Egg Hunt, and engineering mentoring and shadowing programs.
She and her husband, Alexander, reside in Oberlin, Pa.
Founded in 1927 and celebrating 80 years, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.