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Maria Lehman

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Maria Lehman, P.E., ENV SP, NAC, F.ASCE

Maria Lehman






  • BS, Civil Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, SUNY Buffalo, 1981
  • Professional Engineer NY, PA, MI, FL (ret.)
  • FEMA National Training Center, Integrated Emergency Management Course L930, Managing Traffic Incidents and Roadway Emergencies NHI Course 133048
  • NYS SEMO Incident Command System I-300 certified
  • Edward Deming School of Total Quality Management, 1993


  • 38 years of diverse, increasingly responsible, multi-disciplinary experience in transportation and facilities
  • Expertise in economic development, quality assurance, highway, transportation and facility planning, environmental assessment, design, management and construction management
  • Expertise in Homeland Security, emergency management, operations and maintenance
  • Experience on over 700 projects ranging in value from $10,000 to $4 B from Project Engineer to Project Executive
  • Focus on delivery by expertise in complex element coordination, well-developed project communications, government relations, public relations, and fast track implementation of complex projects
  • Successfully led alternative delivery projects including design build, best value and public private partnerships
  • Experience has been both in the public and private sectors, ranging from running profit/loss centers to business development
  • Parsons, Vice President Critical Infrastructure NE, Strategy and BD for the NE for all modes of Transportation, 2018-present
  • Ecology & Environment Director of Strategic Initiatives, 2017-2018
  • Governor Cuomo Appointed Official, New York State Thruway Authority, Interim Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer, Project Executive Mario Cuomo Bridge ($4 B DB), Program Manager Peace Bridge U.S. projects, Risk Manager & Internal Controls Mario Cuomo Bridge, 2011-2016
  • Bergmann Associates, Transportation Business Leader, 2007-2011
  • Chazen Companies, Chief Operating Officer, 2006-2007
  • URS Corporation, Vice President NE Business Leader for Public Sector Projects, 2005-2006 
  • Erie County Commissioner of Public Works, appointed official confirmed by Erie County legislature, 2000-2005
  • URS Corporation, Corporate Director of QA, Transportation Business Leader, Project Manager, 1994-2000
  • Parsons (DeLeuw Cather) Regional QA, Project Manager, Project Engineer, 1981-1994



  • Assistant Treasurer, 2018-2020
  • Zone 1 Vice President, 2001-2003
  • District 1 Director, 1993-1996
  • EWRI Board of Governors, 2004-2006
  • Industry Leaders Council, 2015-present
  • Committee for America’s Infrastructure, 2019-2021; 2011-2013
  • Vice Chair, Program and Finance Committee, 2018-2020
  • Chair, State Government Relations Committee, 1995-1996
  • Chair, Committee on Professional Practice, 2003-2005
  • Committee on Government Affairs, 2007-2010; Chair, 2008-2010
  • Chair, Committee on Pre-college Outreach, 2004-2007; Member, 2008-2014
  • Chair, Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, 2003-2006
  • Committee on Critical Infrastructure, 2005-2006
  • Transportation Policy Committee, 2000-2002
  • Communications Committee, 1993-2000; Chair, 1997-1998
  • Publications Committee, 1993-1997, 2000-2001; Chair, 1997, 2000-2001
  • Technical Activities Committee,1997, 2010-2013
  • Committee on Women in Civil Engineering, 1998-2001
  • Environmental Policy Committee, 1993-1996; Chair, 1996
  • Chair, Sustainable Development Committee, 1997-2000
  • Executive Committee, 2001-2003
  • Task Committees:
  • Committee Restructuring, 2011-2012
  • Political Involvement, 2005-2006
  • Meetings, 2003-2004
  • Section Option for Total Dues, 2003-2004
  • Institute Re-engineering, 2001-2003
  • Employee Benefits 2002
  • TD&I Formation, 2000-2002
  • ASCE Foundation Cabinet 1994-1997
  • State Public Affairs Grants 1996-1999
  • Section Allotments, 1997-1998
  • Public Involvement, 1994-1995

Local Level

  • Delegate NYS and District 1 Councils, 1988-1992, 1996-2002
  • Northeast Regional Younger Member Council, Founding member, 1983-1987; Co-chair, 1984
  • Buffalo Section
  • President, 1990-1991
  • President-elect, 1989-1990
  • Vice President, 1988-1989
  • Secretary, 1987-1988
  • Treasurer, 1986-1987
  • Various local committees


  • Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard – Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory Board Member, 2017-present
  • Fair Appropriation of Infrastructure Revenue Coalition – Executive Committee
  • ACEC NY:  Policy, NYSDOT, and Legislative Committees
  • ACEC NJ: Women Executive Committee
  • WTS, member Metropolitan New York Chapter
  • Explore & More Children’s Museum Capital Campaign Advisory Board
  • Buffalo and Erie County United Way
  • SUNY Buffalo Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council
  • Erie Community College President’s Advisory Council
  • Elected Trustee Orchard Park School District, 2005-2011; Vice President 2008-2011
  • Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (Metropolitan Planning Organization) PCC member, 2000-2005
  • American Association of Engineering Societies, Co-chair, 1998-2000
  • National Council of Federal Procurement for Architectural and Engineering Services, ASCE delegate, 2009-2012


  • ASCE President’s Medal for accomplishments and contributions to the Society and the profession through services as Director and Vice President and for dedicated leadership on public policy and on the issues of women and diversity in civil engineering, 2004
  • ASCE Edmund Friedman Young Engineering Award for significant service to the advancement of the profession
  • University of Buffalo Engineering Alumna of the Year, 2002
  • Featured in the book “Changing Our World – True Stories of Women Engineers”, 2006
  • Buffalo Business First Top 100 Women of Influence, Top 250 Most Influential People in Western New York, 2015, 2016
  • United Way Leadership Award
  • Women Making History in Erie County, 2002 Inaugural class
  • Buffalo Business First 40 under 40, 1994
  • New York State Governor’s Award for Women – Excellence in Business, 2002
  • ACECNY New York State President’s Award, 2004
  • NYSSPE Erie/Niagara Chapter Manager of the Year, 2003; NYS Engineering Manager of the Year, 2004
  • Who’s Who 2001, 2002, 2005, 2012, 2014, 2019
  • Western New York APWA Public Works Leader of the Year, 2003
  • AmPol Eagle Citizen of the Year in Government, 2003
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Chi Epsilon
  • Quoted in magazines including USA Today, Engineering News Record, Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE News, and Composites News
  • Published in “Professional and Business Issues between the U.S. and Canada,” ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, January 1997
  • Published Demonstration of Rapid Bridge Construction in Erie County, NY, Proceedings 22nd Annual International Bridge Conference, 2005
  • Made hundreds of presentations on topics such as: Professionalism, Ethics, Leadership and the Civil Engineer, Sustainable Development, Registration, Professional and Business Issues between the U.S. and Canada, The Future of Civil Engineering, Global Issues in Civil Engineering, Women Engineering the Future, Quality Improvement: The Road Ahead, Innovations in Deployment of Civil Engineering programs in County Government, the Importance of Engineering Outreach for Math & Science improvement, and numerous project specific technical presentations.
  • Testified to Congress on three occasions and several times to various state legislatures.