George A. Ghareeb, P.E., F.ASCE, vice president of TERRA Engineering Ltd., in Peoria, IL, and a 30-plus-year veteran in various aspects of transportation, traffic, and structural engineering, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Ghareeb is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and Missouri. Prior to joining TERRA, he worked 10 years at the Illinois Department of Transportation Bridge Section, as well as overseas with Dar Group, where he practiced engineering in several countries including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, Dubai, the United Kingdom, and Italy. As a calculated risk-taker with deep engineering and industry knowledge, he has championed multiple projects successfully, working closely with all his local, regional, and international clients.
At TERRA he is responsible for administration, operations, and business development. He is recognized for leading efforts to collaborate with multiple firms on projects such as TIGER II/Washington Street (Peoria), On-Call Traffic Services (Champaign), and Main and University Intersection (Peoria), as well as I-74 reconstruction throughout the Peoria area. His award-winning projects include the American Planning Association’s Wisconsin Chapter Best Planning Tool Award for the City of Milwaukee’s Streetscape Guidelines and “Complete Streets” project, the American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Honor Award for the Red Gate Bridge in St. Charles, IL, the American Council of Engineering Companies Illinois Special Achievement Award for the Ping Tom Memorial Park Boathouse in Chicago, and the American Public Works Association Public Works Project of the Year for the City of Elmwood Downtown Streetscape project.
Ghareeb is also a certified facilitator for large and small groups and has led public involvement activities for IDOT’s Eastern Bypass project throughout Greater Peoria, where attendance at public meetings has reached more than 800 people. He has also worked closely with IDOT’s multiple districts on numerous contracts to perform construction engineering services which have received “excellent” evaluations.
He received the ASCE Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award and has been Director for the Region 3 of ASCE for several years. He has also served as a President for both the Central Illinois Section and the Illinois Valley Branch. Additional civil engineering involvement includes the advisory board of the Civil Engineering and Construction Department and director of the Center for Emerging Technologies in Infrastructure, Bradley University; the ACEC-IL IDOT Committee and ACEC Chair Program and Education Committee; City of Peoria Race Relations Committee; City of Peoria Sustainability Commission; Rotary Club of Peoria; APWA Membership; ACEC Board of Directors; and ASCE Board of Direction.
Throughout his career, Ghareeb has built a reputation for developing business allegiances with all his clients, often incubating new strategies and seeking potential funding opportunities, allowing clients to reach their objectives. Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and growth, he consistently mentors and leads TERRA’s effort to deploy these ideals throughout the organization to positively impact the region and the world.
He attended Bradley University in Peoria, IL, receiving a B.S. in 1985 and an M.S. in civil engineering in 1986.