Barry J. Schoch, P.E., was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to be Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation in January 2011.
Schoch has 30 years’ experience in the engineering field and has been heavily involved in either consulting, managing or playing a key role in many of the pending or completed transportation projects in Pennsylvania over that time.
For the past 15 years, prior to becoming Secretary of Transportation, Schoch worked for McCormick, Taylor & Associates as vice president and manager of their Harrisburg office transportation department. His portfolio ran the gamut from concept planning to finance strategies to project designs. A few of his projects include the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Southwest Pennsylvania; the proposed interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95; the South Central Centre County Transportation Study in Centre County; the I-83 master plan for the Harrisburg region; the widening and reconstruction of U.S. 30 in Lancaster County; and the rebuilding of the interchange of U.S. 15 and Route 581 in Cumberland County. He played key roles in improving PennDOT’s approach to context sensitive design and training for environmental quality efforts. He also managed engineering for studies of Mag-Lev in the Washington-Baltimore corridor and was the project director for Pennsylvania’s proposed Mag-Lev project from Pittsburgh to Greensburg.
Schoch was elected president of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association in April 2010, served as the chair of Pennsylvania Consulting Engineers transportation committee, and the Design Professionals Coalition Transportation Committee.
He graduated from Penn State University in 1982 with a degree in civil engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.).