Gary F. Goodheart, P.E., F.ASCE, a vice president and senior project leader with Patrick Engineering Inc., in Greater Chicago, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Goodheart oversees the water resources team at Patrick and provides leadership for many significant projects, including design and construction of a new rail yard, dumping pit, and conveyor system for a Pennsylvania power plant; design of an inland port facility in South Carolina; and design and construction support of ADA and other improvements to 19 Amtrak rail stations in the Pacific Northwest.
His career spans over 42 years of professional experience executing and managing a diverse portfolio of civil engineering projects, geotechnical investigations, and environmental and water resources endeavors in more than 35 states and in a dozen countries. He has been a registered professional engineer since 1977, and is currently registered in 15 states.
Goodheart has been actively involved in ASCE since college, and active in the Illinois Section since 1996. He is past Chair of the Illinois Section Geotechnical Group (now Geo-Institute), a past Director of the Illinois Section, and has served on several local and national ASCE committees. He was the 2016 ASCE Illinois Section Civil Engineer of the Year.
As a young engineer, he worked on multiple segments of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s rapid rail system, as well as on the design, permitting/licensing, and construction of numerous nuclear and fossil-fuel power plants. In the early 1980s, he was employed on industrial projects in Europe and the Middle East, and spent almost 18 months in Saudi Arabia.
Goodheart attended the University of Houston, where he received his BSCE in 1974.