Section 9 Transportation Professional of the Year

Section 9 is is proud to honor Bill Miller as our Transportation Professional of the Year.  Bill has been a fixture in Section 9 and at NYSDOT for as long as most current members can remember and has served both organizations with distinction and his own unique brand of humor. 

Bill started his career at NYSDOT as a TCI while earning his Associates Degree in Civil Engineering Technology from Broome Community College.  After graduation, he was hired as a permanent employee in January 1986 serving initially a Senior Engineering Technician and then as a Principal Engineering Technician in the Regional Construction Group.  During his early career he worked on the I-88 connector project.  

In 1998 Bill was promoted to Civil Engineer 1, in the Planning & Program Management Group where he served as a Project Manager overseeing dozens of projects.  After nearly a decade in that role Bill moved to the Regional Design Group, where he worked in the Consultant Management Unit as a Job and Project Manager.  In that position, Bill was an important member of the Prospect Mountain Project team helping to deliver the largest projects in Region 9, which reconfigured the I-81/Route 17 Interchange and replaced major Interstate bridges over the Susquehanna River.  He earned both a  Recognition of Employee Excellence (REEP) and a Region 9 Dedication Award for his efforts on Prospect Mountain.  In 2016, he took on the role of Regional Deputy Emergency Manager in addition to his Consultant Management duties. 

In 2012, while working full time, Bill earned a bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology from SUNYIT graduating summa cum laude.   

In 2018, Bill transitioned to the Operations Department where he took over as the Regional Emergency Manager.  In that role he can be counted on to rise to any challenge and has often volunteered for out of region assignments.  He was honored with REEP awards for his work in Emergency Management including on COVID-19 Response. 

Bill has been an active member of NYSATE throughout his career serving as the secretary/treasurer for many years and as the State Board Director, before “retiring,” from NYSATE office.  He is still an active member of the section and continues to help recruit and mentor newer members and the current officers.  Bill has helped execute at least three conferences.  He was a committee chair for Conference 67 in Binghamton when the conference committee had to deal with literal floodwaters that inundated the venue less than a year prior to the event.  Bill and his fellow committee chairs made sure the conference went on and it was one of the best attended.  In 2018, Bill stepped up again and served as conference co-chair in Cooperstown.  Bill has also volunteered at the Dicks Open and Spiedie Fest events, which serve as fundraisers for the Sectional scholarships.  Since 2018, Bill has coordinated all of Section 9’s Dicks Open volunteers. 

Bill raised two sons, Tyler and Nicholas, and helped support their activities including coaching little league and building sets for high school musicals.  He continues to serve as a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 83 and has served in  a number of leadership roles within the Scouting at the Troop and Council levels and beyond and his efforts have been recognized with numerous scouting awards.  Bill is also a member of the Conklin Presbyterian Church serving as a sunday school co-superintendent and on the church buildings and grounds committee.

Bill’s dedication to professional excellence, education, and community exemplify the mission and ideals of NYSATE.  

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