By Jennifer Nelson
Some successes begin with a sketch.
Growing up, Patricia Galloway’s (M.B.A. ’84) passion for art earned her numerous awards. But it was a civil engineering professor from the University of Kentucky who showed her how to turn a talent into a career. During a high school lecture, the professor displayed renderings of buildings to demonstrate his field of study.
“The renderings caught my eye because one of the things I sketched most was buildings,” she says. When she learned about the exciting opportunities in engineering for women—not to mention the attractive salaries—Galloway knew she had found her calling.
After earning her undergraduate degree at Purdue University, she chose NYIT for her Master of Business Administration because of its combination of experienced professors, course selections, and small class sizes. Like thousands of other female NYIT graduates who work in the fields of science, technology, and business, Galloway uses her education to bring a trained academic eye as well as practical, real-world wisdom to every aspect of her career. “NYIT has contributed to my success, allowing me to rise to the top,” she says.
Today, Galloway lives in Cle Elum, Wash., where she serves as CEO of Pegasus Global Holdings, a global leader in risk management and strategic consulting for the energy, infrastructure, and transportation industries. When she’s not horseback riding or, in some cases, dog sledding in Alaska or scuba diving in Australia, she teaches clients about industry best practices of project and organization management as well as managing risk of civil engineering projects. The NYIT graduate also serves as an arbitrator on engineering and construction matters.
Her consulting work typically involves “megaprojects”—the $1 billion-plus jobs primarily associated with the energy, power, and infrastructure industries. Through her work, Galloway has been involved in some of the world’s largest projects across more than 100 countries, including the Columbia Crossing Bridge, the Panama Canal, the Venice Lagoon Project, the London Crossrail Project, the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong, and the City Link Project in Melbourne, Australia.
She hopes her accomplishments serve as an inspiration to young students, especially girls, who may not be initially interested in the field of engineering. In addition to receiving Glamour magazine’s Top Ten Women in Business Award, Galloway is the second woman and the youngest nominee to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from Purdue University and was named one of the Top Ten Women in Construction by Engineering News-Record. Her proudest achievements, however, are being named the first woman president in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 152-year history and being appointed to a six-year term on the National Science Board by President George W. Bush in 2006.
“People think engineers are geeks who walk around in white lab coats with pocket protectors and thick, dark-rimmed glasses,” says Galloway. “I’m dedicated to changing that image and helping young women see that engineers solve some of the world’s biggest problems.”