Patricia D. Galloway

For her outstanding leadership in engineering management and construction-dispute analysis, the Schools of Engineering are proud to present the Distinguished Engineering Alumna Award to Patricia D. Galloway.

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Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer
The Nielsen-Wurster Group

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Having earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Purdue in three years, Ms. Galloway joined CH2M Hill, one of the country's largest engineering firms, in 1978 and began work on the Milwaukee Water Pollution Abatement Program. Appointed as Master Program Scheduler, she became responsible for ensuring that the entire program was performed in accordance with court-imposed deadlines.

In 1981 Ms. Galloway joined the Nielsen-Wurster Group-an engineering consulting and management consulting firm-as a senior consultant, working primarily in the analyses of disputes. She received an MBA with distinction from the New York Institute of Technology in 1984 and in that same year became an executive vice president of Nielsen-Wurster, serving as Chief Financial Officer. In 1991 Ms. Galloway became Chief Marketing Officer.

Ms. Galloway, an authority both domestically and internationally in project controls and dispute analyses, is a leading expert witness in schedule-delay analysis.


  • "When I decided to become an engineer, I was determined to get the best education possible. After struggling between MIT and Purdue, I settled on Purdue. It was an extremely demanding and hard school."


  • "Purdue teaches you the fundamentals. The construction industry is always changing. Knowledge of the fundamentals allows you to build on your foundation."

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Advice for the engineering student:

"Ethics is a very important element of engineering. The single most key element that engineers walk away with after graduation is the knowledge that their work could have life-or-death consequences. If you're a designer, the Order of the Engineer-the ring ceremony at graduation-means a great deal. It's critical to know what you're doing. You can't put your stamp on a drawing that you know is not correct."