Pennoni Vice Chairman Awarded ASCE OPAL Award

Mar 30, 2015
Philadelphia, PA
Pennoni Vice Chairman Tom Rust

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Pennoni, an award-winning multidiscipline engineering, science, and design consulting firm, is pleased to announce that Pennoni Vice Chairman Tom Rust received the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) Outstanding Project and Leaders (OPAL) Award in Government on March 26, 2015 at the annual Opal Awards Gala in Arlington, Virginia. The OPAL Award honors outstanding civil engineering leaders whose lifetime achievements contributed in one of five categories: construction, design, education, management and government.

Rust holds more than 40 years in Virginia politics, serving two terms as mayor of his hometown, Herndon; five years on the Herndon Town Council; and since 2002, he has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates as representative of the 86th District. His main focus when elected and throughout his sessions in the General Assembly has been transportation and education, and he has dedicated his position in politics to improving the two.

Rust joined Pennoni in 2011 through a merger with Virginia-based firm Patton Harris Rust & Associates, where he served as chairman and senior principal. A first-generation college student, Rust holds a diverse engineering and planning background, holding an engineering degree from Virginia Tech and graduate degrees in engineering and environmental and urban planning from George Washington University and the University of Virginia respectively.

Rust recently announced his retirement from the Virginia General Assembly, but he plans to continue his commitment to the public sector. He will complete his term until January 13, 2016, but will not seek reelection.

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