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Friday, March 16, 2012

RESTON, Va. –Francis J. Lombardi, P.E., the retired chief engineer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will be honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers for his lifetime accomplishments in government and public service during the Society’s Outstanding Projects and Leaders Awards dinner in Washington, D.C., March 22, 2012.

Lombardi, of Howard Beach, NY, worked his entire career at the Port Authority, starting in 1971 as an engineer trainee. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College and a Civil Engineering degree from NYU’s College of Engineering. He also has earned a Master’s of Science degree in Structures from Columbia University.

During his career, Lombardi managed the preliminary design phase of the $2 billion redevelopment program for Newark Liberty International Airport. In 1998, he began managing all design phases of the $3 billion redevelopment program for John F. Kennedy International Airport, including a new control tower.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Lombardi was instrumental in restoring Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) service which provides mass transit between New York City and New Jersey. This included the rehabilitation of a temporary World Trade Center PATH station.

His many honors and awards include the Engineer of the Year award from the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Distinguished Mentor Award from Manhattan College and the Distinguished Member Award from ASCE.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit