Terry M. Donovan Sr., P.E., F.ASCE, a design engineer with more than 45 years’ experience in design and management, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Donovan’s work has been with highway design and rehabilitation projects as well as bridge design, replacement, and rehabilitation projects in Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, and Virginia. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1971 as an electronics instructor, he began his engineering career with the Ohio Department of Transportation. He worked as a design engineer, and in the then newly developed field of environmental documentation. In 1976 he left ODOT to work in the private sector for several consulting engineering firms.
In 1985 he joined Finkbeiner, Pettis & Strout Ltd. as director of transportation engineering, becoming a partner in the firm in 1990. In 2012 he established Terry M. Donovan PE, LLC as a sole proprietor. Since then he has served the City of Stow (OH) as a consulting engineer, performing a variety of engineering-related duties. He has been the city’s traffic engineer since the late 1970s.
Donovan has been a member of ASCE’s Cleveland Section since 1972. He is one of its past presidents, and has received the Cleveland Section Engineer of the Year Award. For many years he has served as chair of the Cleveland Section T&DI Chapter. He is a past president of the Transportation and Development Institute and is currently a member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.
He was also director of the American Society of Highway Engineers, Cuyahoga Valley Section. He was active in the National Partnership for Highway Quality, where he served on the Steering Committee and as chair of the Awards Committee. He served as an Ohio and National Transportation Committee member for the American Council of Engineering Companies, and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Order of the Engineer.
Donovan holds a BCE and MSCE from Cleveland State University. He is currently a registered professional engineer in Ohio; earlier in his career he was also registered in Michigan and North Carolina.