Patrick M. Coullahan, P.E., F.ASCE, whose nationally significant engineering career spans over 40 years in the government and private sectors, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Coullahan was most recently chief of construction, Operations Division, for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District. He directed a workforce of 140 engineers, technicians, environmental, construction representatives, project managers, claims specialists, negotiators, schedulers, dam operators, and analysts; and the construction oversight team managed between $400 and $600 million annually in projects statewide – providing new hangars, shelters, corrosion control, fuel, railroad, operations, ranges, power and utility plants, utilidors, missile defense facilities, hospital/clinics, dormitories, and more for the F-22 and C-17 Bed downs and the Grow the Army initiative. Coullahan ensured the Alaska District successfully operated the Chena Flood Risk Mitigation Project / Moose Creek Dam, and navigational dredging for more than 60 ports and harbors in rural and metropolitan areas.
He was senior vice president and manager of URS Corporation’s Alaska Operations, directing a full-service engineering and environmental team. He was, as senior engineer for Earth Tech, seconded to supporting the Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Midcourse Defense in Alaska – successfully providing senior-level engineering, construction, real estate, and environmental oversight for Alaska Test Bed and Initial Missile Defense Capabilities construction, a DoD imperative completed ahead of the demanding schedule despite working in remote and austere Alaskan DoD locations.
He is a retired Air Force colonel, serving in the civil engineer career field for 29 years. His military assignments in Alaska at Elmendorf AFB included deputy commander, 611th Air Support Group/11th Air Force civil engineer; commander/base civil engineer, 3rd Civil Engineer Squadron; 5099th civil engineer squadron commander; and industrial engineer and chief, Maintenance Management Division, Headquarters, Alaskan Air Command. He served as base civil engineer, 5072d Air Base Squadron, Galena Airport, Alaska. He was chief, Environmental Division and chief, Readiness Division, Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Among his Air Staff positions were contingency plans staff officer; chief, Product Management & Acquisition; and team chief, Project IMAGE at the Air Force Engineering and Services Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, in Florida. He was 3202nd CES deputy chief of operations & maintenance, and chief industrial engineer at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.
Coullahan has authored many publications and spoken at professional gatherings. He is the recipient of the Army Engineer Association deFleury Medal, the Society of American Military Engineers Wheeler and Sverdrup Medals, the Air Force Civil Engineer Meritorious Achievement Award, and the Air Force Civil Engineer Senior Manager of the Year Award. One of his military awards is the Legion of Merit (with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster). He was 2014 Alaska Engineering Societies Engineer of the Year and was honored by the 29th Alaska State Legislature in 2016 for his service and leadership.