C. Michael Gillam, P.E., F.ASCE, a leader in the field of rail transportation project design and management, and currently a program director with Patrick Engineering Inc., has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Gillam has over 40 years of engineering and engineering management experience. He has worked on numerous projects in the United States and Asia, notably in the area of rail transit and high-speed guided ground transportation projects. Most recently, he worked on Boston’s Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s (MBTA) Red Line / Orange Line rehabilitation program. His efforts will soon be focused on the MBTA’s Green Line Transformation Program. Earlier, he held a senior management position on the California High-Speed Rail (HSR) Program, the largest ongoing infrastructure project in the United States.
Previous to these stateside endeavors, he held senior management assignments on the Taiwan HSR project and on one of China’s HSR projects. He was one of only two Americans to work on the initial high-speed rail line design and construction in the People’s Republic of China.
In 2008, Gillam and his wife began a nonprofit ministry called Just for Asia, and started up a medical clinic in a Cambodian village of about 3,000 very poor people outside Phnom Penh. This village had no medical care at the time, and disease was rampant. They hired local doctors, nurses, and other staff, raised funds, and began to provide free medical care. Since that time, they have provided free medical care to over 33,000 people, and the illness and disease experienced in the village have decreased markedly since the start of the clinic.
Gillam is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Civil Engineering and holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.