Patricia Galloway
Dr. Patricia D Galloway
President and Chief Executive Officer and Principal, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
Cle Elum, WA
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  • Describe what you do in your current work situation.
    I am the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc., an international management consulting firm. My consulting engagements typically involve megaprojects which are defined as over $1 billion, and are primarily concerned with projects in the Energy and Infrastructure industries. I also serve as an arbitrator on construction matters, resolving disputes that arise between the various parties that design and construction a project. Our main office is in Cle Elum, Washington, with representative offices in Australia, Brazil and Japan. I am a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in 14 U.S States, Manitoba, Canada and Australia. I am also a certified Project Management Professional (P.M.P.). In addition to my responsibilities as CEO of Pegasus-Global, I am the Vice Chair of the National Science Board, appointed by the President in 2006 and Senate confirmed for a 6-year term.
  • Why did you choose engineering?
    Art was the love of my life and I won several awards for my pencil sketches. I was sure I was going to be either an interpreter for the United Nations or a lawyer! Then I attended a mandatory lecture at my high school on engineering. The professor, from the University of Kentucky, was a structural civil engineer and had brought along several renderings of buildings. These renderings caught my eye because one of the items that I sketched the most was buildings. The professor added that, as a woman, I would have wonderful opportunities in the engineering field and would command a nice salary. I was sold!
  • Where did you go to school and what degree(s) do you have?
    I have a Civil Engineering degree from Purdue University, an MBA in Finance from New York Institute of Technology's Executive MBA program, and a PhD from Kochi University of Technology in Japan in infrastructure systems engineering (civil).
  • What kinds of activities have typically been part of your work?
    My responsibilities include activities as CEO and assisting clients in executing their projects more efficiently and effectively through best practices of project management, project controls and organization management. I also serve as a Risk Manager and assist my clients in recognizing and understanding the risks they might face on a civil engineering project that could result in additional time and money if not carefully monitored. I have also worked on many engineering and construction related lawsuits, appearing in court to testify and also as an arbitrator, helping to resolve similar types of disputes. In addition, I am often retained as a speaker by both companies and professional organizations on issues of leadership, management, women in engineering, the image of the engineer, and ethics and professionalism.
  • What do you like best about being an engineer?
    I love the fact that I can be creative and make dreams come true. It is a real rush knowing that what I do helps people and our planet.
  • Which of your career accomplishments are you proudest of?
    Becoming the first women President of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 152 years was truly the most awesome achievement of which I am very proud. Having achieved this accomplishment allowed me to pave the way and shatter that glass ceiling, serving as a role model to both young girls and women to be whatever they want to be and knowing they can achieve anything they desire to do. I am also honored that I was appointed to the National Science Board, one of 24 people appointed by the President to be involved some of the nation’s most amazing science and engineering research projects which will continue to make our world a better place to be.
  • What challenges have you met and conquered in your pursuit of an engineering career?
    Keeping fit (it’s tough to work all day and continue to assure you eat well and work out) and wanting to maintain my “feminine” look, while at the same time being able to rise above the perception that I am “too young” to know what I am doing and the perception that if you look young (despite being over 50!) you should not be taken seriously as you “don’t have the experience”. It is a difficult balance. The challenge is to have enough confidence in yourself and refrain from trying to be more like your male counterparts.
  • Please tell us a little about your family.
    I have a wonderful husband to whom I have been married over 22 years, Kris Nielsen, with whom I work directly in my company. I have four stepdaughters and a wonderful Border Collie dog named Rings, who travels with me whenever he can!
  • What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term (10+ years) goals?
    My long-term professional goals are to 1) serve as a role model that young women can look up to and 2) write books. I have already written my first book, The 21st Century Engineer, which is about the skill sets an engineer needs to survive in the 21st Century. I would like to write another book that will describe what I believe it takes to succeed as a woman in the engineering and construction industries. The other book will be about Emily Roebling and her role in building the Brooklyn Bridge. This later book will be based on my one-woman act play that I produced and have acted entitled So Mrs. Roebling-What's Your Side of the Story?
  • What (or who) had/has the greatest influence on your life choices?
    The first person who had the most influence on my life decisions was my mother. I always remember what she said to me when I came home and said I want to be an engineer: Well, if that is what you want to do, go for it. You can do anything you want to if you really want it and put your mind to it. I follow her advice to this day. The second person to have most influenced my life is my husband who has supported everything I have done and enthusiastically encourages me to pursue my goals.
  • What advice would you give to a young woman considering a career in engineering?
    Remember the 4 C’s: Communication, Confidence, Commitment and Credentials. To be successful, it is extremely important to be able to communicate effectively to everyone, not just your technical peers. Communication includes writing, talking and listening. Having the confidence in yourself is equally as important as it provides assurance to your peers, your employer and your client that you can and will deliver what you say you can and will do. Both communication and confidence are base premises to commitment. Once you tell someone you will do something, you must follow through. Once you fail to do so, doubt will always exist in the other person’s mind and your potential opportunities may be passed on to someone else. Finally, you are never too old to stop learning. It is a lifelong process. As such, advanced degrees, researching and writing papers and studying to obtain licenses and certifications such as a Professional Engineer’s license and a Project Management Certification will be a key to getting your foot into the door. The rest will be up to handle yourself and what you know about your subject. Homework never goes away and understanding the subject more that your client will always work in your favor!
  • Any other stories or comments you would like to share with EngineerGirl visitors?
    I am proud to be an engineer. We live in an opportune time to make a difference in the world and to really make the world a better place to live, both for people and the environment. We need solutions to world problems that require engineering skills, creative minds and energetic teams to address. Now is the time to want to be an engineer. Never let anyone tell you it can’t be done.
  • Describe something about your life outside of work: your hobbies, or perhaps a favorite book.
    I love the outdoors-hiking and horse riding. In the winter I love snowmobiling and living at 3000 feet in the mountains, I have a lot of opportunity to do so! I also enjoy reading. It keeps the mind young. My favorite book is A. Rand’s book Atlas Shrugged.
Biography
I am the President and CEO of Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc., a 100% woman-owned and an international management consulting firm. In 2004 I was the first woman President of the American Society of Civil Engineers in its 152 year history at that time. From 2006-2012, I served on the US National Science Board, appointed by President Bush and Senate confirmed. I currently sit on several for-profit and non-profit boards including the Pacific Science Center Board in Seattle, WA. I serve as both a management consultant in the Energy and Transportation industries and as an international arbitrator. I have traveled to over 100 countries and have been fortunate to work in over 60 on some of the world's largest projects. Projects have included the $30 billion Cross Rail project in London, the Venice Lagoon Flood Gate Project in Italy, The Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong, The City-Link road project in Melbourne, Australia, the world's largest cobalt-nickel mine in Western Australia, the Panama Canal, an off-shore platform and refinery in Mexico, an oil-depot project in Kuwait, a pharmaceutical plant in Singapore, and over 50 nuclear power plants. I am currently Chair of the Independent Review Panel of the Alaskan Way viaduct removal project in Seattle, WA where the world's largest tunnel boring machine is being used to bore a deep tunnel under Seattle. I am a certified Project Management Professional and a Chartered Surveyor and a licensed professional civil engineer in 14 US States, the province of Manitoba, Canada and Australia. I have written a book published by ASCE Press on the 21st Century Engineer and am one of the editors and authors of another ASCE published books, "Managing Gigaprojects From Those That Have Been There Done That." I have published over 150 papers, including 50 peer-reviewed articles and have lectured on over 200 occasions. Watch my TED talk that I gave for TexManhattanBeach !
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Education
BS-Civil Engineering, Purdue University MBA-NY Institute of Technology PhD-Kochi University of Technology, Japan
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
Latest Questions
  • Chrissy, Simsonville, SC asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 3:57 AM

    I am in school and am pursing my Associates in Architectural Engineering and have no experience in either field. I have worked in Accounting and Financial positions for the most part but would like to find a job in a related field while I finish school. Are there any entry level jobs in these fields? How would you suggest going about this? Also, although I am a very good student thus far, I am one of very few women in this field at my school, do you think this will have a major effect on my job ...
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 3:57 AM
    Chrissy, I think it is wonderful that you are pursuing a career in Architectural Engineering. I also think it is ideal that you have both an accounting and finance background, a combination that is rare to find with someone interested in engineering! I ...Read More
    Danielle Forget Shield, SCC Americas
    Answered Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 3:57 AM
    There are entry level positions in Architectural Engineering but they require a certain level of knowledge. Have you learned CADD? Starting at a firm as a CADD Designer is a good way to learn a lot about practical design techniques. Utilize the ...Read More
  • Rose asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:03 AM

    Hello, I was wondering for what type of person engineering is NOT for. I was thinking about pursuing Civil Engineering, but don't know if this job will provide me with enough time to spend with my family. Will I a spend a significaantly large amount of time at work or will I be able to set my own hours because engineers are in such demand?
    Related to Civil, Internships & Jobs, Work Environment
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:03 AM
    Rose, you ask a very good question. The fun thing about civil engineering is that there is a place for everyone!!! Given your inquiry as to family, you might not want to consider a job in construction which would require a significant time away from ...Read More
  • Gena asked Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.

    Added Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    Hi! :) I am about to go to college this year, and I am about to take up civil engineering. It has been a long time dream for me to become one. I am really enjoying buildings being constructed, and I definitely love houses, especially their interiors, but lately I became unsure of my course. People are telling me that civil engineers would have to work in fields and because I am a girl I would have the hard time finding a job. I am really confused right now. I really want to be like you ...
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    Patricia Galloway, Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
    Answered Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10:36 PM
    Gina, first, I apologize for the late reply to your question. My husband and best friend passed away from a 3-year long battle with cancer just recently and now trying to get life back to normal, which is exactly what he wanted me to do! Second, dispel ...Read More
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