Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award

George J. Pierson
Class of 1984
2010 Award Recipient


Congratulations, George J. Pierson.

You attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1984, graduating summa cum laude with the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree. You continued your studies as a Graduate Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, earning the Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree in 1985. You undertook further studies and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1990, and later a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary's College of California in 1995.

Since your graduation from Bucknell, you have distinguished yourself professionally and have provided noteworthy contributions to the University and the College of Engineering.

In 1990, you joined Farella, Braun, & Martel, a San Francisco law firm, where you represented clients in complex construction disputes. In 1992, you joined Kvaerner E & C, a global engineering and construction services company, and were ultimately named Senior Vice President and General Counsel. With Kvaerner you structured and negotiated billions of dollars of construction projects around the world including in the United States, Thailand, the Philippines, Chile, Brazil, India, China, Russia and Australia. From 2003 to 2006, you were Partner and Director of the International Practice Group at Peckar & Abramson, one of the nation's leading construction law firms. While there, you represented the Government of Turkey on disputes arising out of a $1.3 billion, 1,700 km crude oil pipeline. You were named a leading construction lawyer by Chambers USA.

In 2006 you joined Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) as a Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Founded in 1885, PB is a global leader in the development of infrastructure to meet the needs of communities around the world. In January 2008 you became the President and Chief Operating Officer of PB's Americas division and were later elected to the firm's Board of Directors. In January 2010 you were promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer of PB and are now responsible for overseeing the efforts of more than 14,000 PB employees working on infrastructure projects from more than 150 offices throughout the world. While at PB you were elected as a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and a member of The Moles. You serve on the national Executive Committee and Board of the ACE Mentor Program of America and were recently featured on the cover of ENR magazine.

The length and depth of your commitment to Bucknell has been extraordinary through your service to our students by returning to Bucknell to speak in the classroom on numerous occasions, your development and presentation of a university-wide seminar on International Business Ethics, your placement of students in internships, and as the driving force to develop the Engineering Success Alliance that provides an academic support structure for diversity students studying engineering.

Your accomplishments, service, and dedication to your profession, to society, and to Bucknell University have earned you the respect and gratitude of Bucknell University's engineering alumni.

It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on October 30, 2010, the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to George J. Pierson, Class of 1984, the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.