Modjeski and Masters Appoints New Chairman

Zolan PruczModjeski and Masters has appointed Zolan Prucz, Ph.D., P.E., as its new Chairman of the Board, effective immediately. In this new role, Prucz will help guide strategic direction of the firm following the retirement of John Kulicki (the 2012 recipient of AISC’s J. Lloyd Kimbrough Award for his significant achievements in bridge analysis and design.)
Prucz began his career with Modjeski and Masters in 1983 and has become an authority on engineering aspects related to bridge vessel collision and bridge protection design. Other areas of expertise include an understanding of the effects of corrosion and fatigue on steel bridges, deterioration of timber bridges, seismic evaluations, and bridge damage and collapse investigations. He served as principal investigator and project manager for a statewide study for Louisiana DOTD, whose scope was to evaluate vulnerability to vessel collision of 28 bridges in the state.  As a follow up to study, Prucz helped to develop vessel collision design criteria for movable bridges – the results of which are contained in the AASHTO LRFD Movable Highway Bridge Design Specifications. He was also instrumental in the development of a system-wide bridge fatigue damage and timber bridge rating assessment methodology for several first class railroads.
“I have always felt honored to be part of a company that holds technical excellence and superior client service above all else,” said Prucz. “I look forward to this new position and the opportunity it brings to work so closely with the firm’s leadership team to provide our clients with high quality engineering services and help employees reach their full potential through professional growth and development opportunities.”