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Willie A. Spencer, MSCE

Title: Architect and Engineer I
Company: Old Dominion University
Location: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Willie A. Spencer, MSCE, an architect and engineer at Old Dominion University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of architecture and engineering. 

Drawing on more than four decades of expertise in the fields of architecture and engineering, Mr. Spencer has distinguished himself as a capital outlay engineer at Old Dominion University since 2004. In this capacity, he specializes in design and capital construction. 

Mr. Spencer previously served as vice president and senior project manager for the TAF Group between 2001 and 2003, during which time he held complete responsibility for all managerial and engineering functions at the company. In this role, he supervised a number of construction projects, including for the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Clark Transfer trucking company. Prior to this period, Mr. Spencer worked in various positions of high leadership at the Chianelli Building Corporation, the Snap Contracting Corporation, the Curtex Construction Corporation, Smoot Construction and Turner Construction. He took his first steps into the field at the Gilbane Building Company, where he rose from an assistant to a senior office engineer between 1983 and 1986, having initially embarked upon his career as a field supervisor and estimator at the Youngblood Construction Company in 1981. 

Mr. Spencer was first drawn to the field of engineering due to the influence of his father, who was a masonry contractor. After earning a Bachelor of Science in construction management at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 1980, he went on to receive a Master of Science in civil engineering, construction engineering, and management at Ohio State University in 1982. To remain aware of developments in the field, Mr. Spencer maintains his affiliation with the Associated General Contractors of America. 

Among his most cherished achievements, Mr. Spencer is proud to have recently participated in the successful renovation of a football stadium. In accounting for his success, he largely credits the mentorship and guidance of his teachers in high school, who did much to prepare him for college. Most notably, their efforts led to him receiving a fellowship while in graduate school. Looking toward the future, Mr. Spencer looks forward to such post-retirement activities as traveling and spending more time with his friends and family. 

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