Insights from Peter J. Zipf, Chief Engineer, The Port Authority of NY and NJ

October 3, 2013

In this episode of Insights, Peter J. Zipf, P.E., F.ASCE, shares his perspectives on civil engineering today, including challenges and opportunities, how he’s seen the profession evolve over the years, and where he sees its future. Hear about the work experiences that prepared Peter for his current responsibility, overseeing a massive infrastructure network serving the nation’s largest metro region.


zipf-headshotAs Chief Engineer at The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Zipf is responsible for managing the Engineering Department’s day-to-day operations that provide the design, structural integrity, construction management and quality assurance services for the Port Authority’s Capital and Operating programs. The programs involve major projects at the Port Authority facilities, which include airports; tunnels, bridges and terminals; ports; and the PATH rail system.

Mr. Zipf has been with The Port Authority for twenty-seven years and has worked on a wide variety of large capital and operating programs, in addition to implementing several technology applications that enhanced the Engineering Department’s overall operation. Mr. Zipf served on the MTA Blue Ribbon Panel for Construction Excellence and serves on the Port Authority’s Ethics and Safety Board.

Prior to The Port Authority, Mr. Zipf worked for six years at Gibbs and Hill, Inc. where he was a Structural Engineer and Project Engineer on several major power and transportation projects.

Mr. Zipf received his Civil Engineering degree from Manhattan College and his Masters Degree in Construction Management from Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He mentors students at Manhattan College and Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of The Moles, the National Society of Professional Engineers, Project Management Institute and the Society of American Military Engineers. Mr. Zipf has published several articles on Engineering Technology.


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