Beaver alumna will be December commencement speaker


Donna M. Newell will be the speaker at Penn State Beaver’s fall commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Dec. 21, in the Student Union Building auditorium. Newell, principal owner and president of NTM Engineering Inc. in Dillsburg, Pa., attended Beaver campus for two years before graduating from Penn State.

She has 17 years of civil engineering experience, specializing in hydrology and hydraulics (H&H). Her background includes designing hydraulic structures, performing H&H analysis and modeling, performing bridge scour analysis, investigating safe yields and developing in-house computer programs for water resources engineering applications.

Newell has provided quality assurance and quality control checks of Hydrologic Engineering Centers River Analysis System analyses for projects in Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. She has also instructed collegiate level courses and professional development seminars on water resources related topics. She works extensively with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Bureau of Project Delivery as a water resources consultant, instructional course developer and instructor.

She has held her current position since 2007. Prior Pennsylvania employers included Erdman Anthony & Associates, Mechanicsburg; Gannett Fleming Inc., Camp Hill; Penn State University Park; and Westinghouse Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin.

Newell and her employees volunteer time with the Red Horse Family Support Group, which conducts fundraising and provides care packages for deployed military members and their families. In 2010, NTM Engineering was one of 36 Pennsylvania companies to receive the Seven Seals Award from the Pennsylvania Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves in honor of the company’s efforts on behalf of the military. The firm has also been nominated for the prestigious Freedom Award, presented annually to the Top 15 companies in the United States whose employees provide volunteer assistance to the military.

Newell holds a master’s degree in environmental engineering and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Penn State.

For information about the fall commencement program, contact the Beaver campus Office of Academic Affairs at or 724-773-3571.


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Last Updated November 12, 2012