Beaver alumna will be December commencement speaker

October 26, 2012

Donna M. Newell will be the speaker at Penn State Beaver’s fall commencement ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Student Union Building auditorium. Newell, principal owner and president of NTM Engineering, Inc. in Dillsburg, Pa., attended Beaver campus from 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 HEC-RAS 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 PennDOT’s Bureau of Project Delivery as a water resources consultant, instructional course developer, and instructor.

She has held her current position since 2007. Prior employers included Erdman Anthony & Associates, Mechanicsburg, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Camp Hill; Penn State University Park, State College, 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