Manhattan College to Host Spring Commencement

Manhattan College will award more than 200 degrees at its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Draddy Gymnasium. George J. Tamaro ’59 will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering.

Manhattan College will award more than 200 degrees at its Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. in Draddy Gymnasium. George J. Tamaro ’59 will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary Doctor of Engineering. The College will present students from the adult degree completion program with bachelor’s degrees along with master’s degrees to those in the schools of education and engineering, and professional diplomas to students in the school of education.

Tamaro, a structural engineer, has more than 50 years of experience in foundation engineering and has served as a partner at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers for over 25 years, and still works as a consultant. Working in design and construction for a range of agencies and international firms, he is a leader in the field of complex foundation problems and slurry wall construction, lecturing internationally on the subject. He holds several U.S. and Canadian patents in slurry wall construction, and also has considerable experience in more conventional foundation and marine construction, sheeting, bracing and underpinning.

A few of his notable projects include: the World Trade Center reconstruction projects — Freedom Tower, World Trade Center 7, Towers 2, 3, 4, 5 and Memorial; the World Trade Center and the below grade recovery after Sept. 11, 2001; and Battery Park City Site 26 Tower; Toree Major in Mexico City, Mexico; Times Square Tower, 4 Times Square and 5 Times Square; JFK Light Rail Transit System; Central Artery/ Third Harbor Tunnel; World Financial Center; Financial Square; and MesseTurm Tunnel in Frankfurt, Germany. In addition, Tamaro has authored and co-authored more than 75 works with book chapters on foundation engineering, caissons and slurry wall construction, as well as articles for leading engineering and construction publications, journals and conference proceedings.

Throughout his career, Tamaro’s service in the engineering industry has been praised by: the Department of the Army when he was honored with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal in 2007; he received the Concrete Industry Board (CIB) Leader of Industry Award in 2007; and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Ernest E. Howard Award in 2006 to name a few. He is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), an honorary member of ASCE, and member of the ASCE GeoInstitute and ASCE Structural Engineering Institute.

Tamaro graduated from Manhattan College in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and went on to receive his master’s from Lehigh University in structural engineering in 1961. Soon after, he graduated from Columbia University with a master’s in architectural engineering in 1969.

Members of the media who would like to cover the event should call Liz Connolly at (718) 862-7232 or e-mail elizabeth.connolly@manhattan.edu.