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Civil engineer honored with Alumni Achievement Award

A civil engineer who is serving as a project manager for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s $670 million Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project was honored with an Alumni Achievement Award at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Fall 2018 commencement ceremonies, held Dec. 22 at the Community Arts Center.

Margaret A. “Maggie” Jackson, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Penn College in 2008, is co-managing PennDOT’s CSVT project, a long-anticipated initiative to enhance the busy Route 15 corridor in Central Pennsylvania. Expected to be completed in the mid-2020s, the project comprises nearly 13 miles of a new four-lane, limited-access highway crossing three counties and a massive, 4,545-foot-long bridge over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River south of Lewisburg.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour (left) presented the Alumni Achievement Award to Margaret A. Jackson at the college’s Fall 2018 commencement ceremony Dec. 22.
Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour (left) presented the Alumni Achievement Award to Margaret A. Jackson at the college’s Fall 2018 commencement ceremony Dec. 22.

Jackson began her employment with PennDOT as an engineering, scientific and technical intern for the eight months leading up to her December 2008 graduation. Her role at the organization evolved to civil engineer trainee and, later, civil engineer–bridges. She moved into her current position in January 2014.

Jackson’s career was highlighted in a cover feature in the Fall 2015 issue of the college magazine. In addition to detailing the CSVT project, the article offered insight into Jackson’s childhood inspirations, including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which her family crossed en route to her grandparents’ home on Maryland’s eastern shore. She had a single request on each five-hour trip: that her father wake her before crossing the expansive bridge.

“As a young child, it was exciting to cross over the bay and see the boats below,” she shared in the publication. “As I got older, I became more interested in the architectural components, and later, I was curious how the bridge was able to stay up and service the large amount of traffic.”

With strong math and science skills, Jackson initially enrolled in electrical engineering at Penn State, but two years later, transferred to Penn College and its civil engineering technology major.

As an alumna, she has been active on campus, volunteering her time on the Women in STEM Panel and serving as a member of the Alumni Task Force.

A graduate of Troy Senior High School, Jackson is the daughter of Margaret M. and the late Gregory W. Powers, of Granville Summit. She resides in Montoursville with her husband, Justin, also an alumnus of Penn College’s civil engineering technology major, and their four children.

Penn College’s Alumni Achievement Award is bestowed upon graduates from the past 10 years whose postgraduate life includes noteworthy professional accomplishments or dedicated volunteer service to the college or community. Recipients also must demonstrate the importance of their Penn College education and continually support the mission of the college.

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