Title: Chief Structural Engineer, Tunnels and Bridges
Company: Gall Zeidler Consultants (GZ Consultants)
Location: Ashburn, Virginia, United States
John Rudolf, Chief Structural Engineer at Gall Zeidler Consultants, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in structural engineering.
Growing up, Mr. Rudolf realized that he had a knack for mathematics and physics. Eventually, his math teacher suggested applying for an admission exam at the Polytechnic Institute instead of the Medical Academy, which was always his original interest. Furthermore, he attended Wroclaw University of Science and Technology in Poland, where he first earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering before concluding his academic efforts with a Master of Science in civil engineering.
At the start of his career, Mr. Rudolf obtained excellent civil/structural design experience while contributing to many projects with the large New York City engineering firm HNTB for more than a decade. Soon thereafter, he became a registered professional engineer in the States of New York, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
Mr. Rudolf utilized the experience later for 30 years as the Civil/Structural Chief Engineer on the Metro construction management team for building the original 106 miles of Washington, D.C.’s Metrorail infrastructure, focusing on the design, construction and field engineering aspects of the projects since its inception in 1970. After retiring from Metro in 2003, with accrued specialization in design and construction of bridges and tunnels and stations, he became a prominent figure on the Design-Builder team as a chief project engineer for the Metro Silver Line extension Ph-1 through Tysons Corner to Washington International Airport at Dulles in Virginia.
Since 2013, Mr. Rudolf has flourished as the chief structural engineer for Gall Zeidler (GZ) Consultants while serving Metro again as the structural engineering manager during construction of the last part Metro Silver Line extension, and still happy contributing to GZ team on designs of future Metros, Railroads and Highway tunnels projects.
Outside of his primary endeavors, Mr. Rudolf has been an invited speaker and author of technical presentations at numerous conferences and symposia on tunnels and pre-stressed concrete aerial structures design and construction. For his accomplishments in the field, he has been the recipient of a Meritorious Achievement Award and a Letter of Appreciation from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. In five years’ time, Mr. Rudolf plans to be working full-time and helping his grandchildren while still contributing his experience for good causes. He also hopes to somehow retire in a warmer climate and perhaps write a book.
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