Patricia Galloway

Patricia D Galloway PE

President and Chief Executive Officer and Principal
Pegasus Global Holdings, Inc.
1750 Emerick Road
Cle Elum, WA 98922
United States
Patricia Galloway
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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.

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BS-Civil Engineering, Purdue University MBA-NY Institute of Technology PhD-Kochi University of Technology, Japan
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Answers by Dr. Patricia D Galloway PE

First, my sincere apologies for not getting back to you sooner.  I got married in August and my life has been a whirlwind!  I am pleased that you are thinking about construction management!  That is the area that I spend most of my time.  I have a dual degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management.  I believe both areas will offer you several opportunities.  However, a combination of both a civil engineering degree and a construction management degree will provide you with the largest opportunities as you will have the technical background in addition to the project management background.  Thus, I would encourage you if you are willing to pursue both.  However, as a young woman, the doors of opportunity if you like to travel would be open to you with any of the larger contractors such as Kiewet, Fluor, Bechtel, etc.  They are all looking for fine young women to join their teams.  Good luck!   

I apologize for my late reply.  I have been involved in so many exciting things this year that the time has slipped by all too fast!  Congratulations on studying the history of engineering.  Engineering is an exciting career for anyone as it builds the quality of life for all of us.  Traveling the world in my job has made me realize how important we, as engineers, are to the world’s population and to the world-our planet!  It is inspiring to know that whatever we do, we do it knowing we make the world a better place to live.  I wish you all the very best in your careers and encourage you to continue to pursue engineering and be proud that you are doing so.  The world will love you for it!  

First, my sincere apologies for taking so long to reply to your question.  I got married in August and this year has been quite a year for me.  I am trying to now catch up on all the wonderful questions that young women are asking. Your question is one that many young women ask. I, too had some difficulties starting out with men who simply did not see why women should be in the engineering field-and for me-in construction. However, the message my Mom told me as a young girl that I have lived by my entire life is, “You can do anything you really want to if you put your mind to it and never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.”  If you believe in yourself, you will be amazed how you can overcome any possible apparent discrimination that you may be confronted with. Self confidence is so critically important and I would encourage you to feel confident in all that you do.  Women are just as competent as their male counterparts and have many instilled qualities that can give you an advantage. One is the ability to build teams and to keep a level head. It is a trait that has been instilled into women over hundreds of years and one that can play to your advantage.  Relative to looks, I have also believed-be yourself.  If you enjoy looking nice-there should be no reason not to do so.  Never change because you “believe” it will somehow make you appear to be more professional.  Always simply be who you are and that will in turn build your self-confidence.  Engineering is an amazing career and offers a wide range of opportunities for young women.  We do build the quality of life for those around us, those around the world, and for the world itself. Life would be so different if engineers were not a part of it.  I hope that you will continue on your engineering career path as we need you!   

First, my sincere apologies for not responding to your question sooner.  I got married in August and my life has been a whirlwind this year! Thank you for your question. My simple response is that I love my job and consequently I never get tired of what I do.  I have learned over the years to develop a work-life balance and thus have plenty of time for both my family and for my job and my clients. I do love at times to be at home eating a pizza and watching a good movie.  But then I love the times when I get to travel around the world on exciting new adventures and engineering projects where I get to see some of the world’s largest projects and meet some of the most wonderful people.  It is an opportunity that I never dreamed of when I was a young girl. I always tell folks that if you don’t like your job-you should find a new one because you will be unhappy if you don’t love what you do. Life is too short to do things we don’t enjoy.  Engineering to me is a wonderful career as it is one that helps people and our planet. It is a career like no other in that you can visually see how you can make a difference and see the enjoyment it brings to others when we can improve their quality of life.  I hope you will consider staying with engineering and that your dreams will come true for you and your family.   

First, my sincere apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I got married in August and this year has been a whirlwind!  I hope I’m not too late in responding.  When I was in high school, I actually did not even know what engineering was and it was not a career I was considering. I was going to be an interior designer or major in languages. However, it was a professor from the University of Kentucky who changed my mind one day at a career day workshop. I never considered changing from engineering ever since that day. However, what I did change was the field of engineering. I began in civil engineering for a majors in structures. I soon realized that I enjoyed working around people so much that I feared this would limit my ability to be with people.  So I continued with my structural engineering, but I got another major which was in construction and where I am still today.

Making choices in one’s career is never easy. I always look at the pros and cons of every decision I make before I decide. I would encourage you to do the same. The one thing I have learned in life is that no one can make a decision for you-you must do that on your own. However, your question regarding a mentor is a good one. A mentor can be extremely helpful and can provide you guidance and assistance in identifying those pros and cons to the decision you are considering. I had 3 primary mentors over my career-all men as women simply did not exist at the time in my field, but men who believed women could do just as much as their male counterparts. Look for someone that you can actually meet with from time to time as face to face discussions are so much more valuable than email. It is that personal connection that can really make a difference for you.

I wish you the best in your career. There are never any easy answers, but the one thing we do know is that engineers improve the quality of life for everyone and our planet.  You are making a difference and I would encourage you to continue making that difference. It’s a great feeling to go home every day and know that someone has benefited from what you were able to do.  

First, my sincere apologies for taking so long to respond.  It was embarrassing to me to see how long it has been since you wrote to me. You see, I got married this summer and my life before and after has been a whirlwind!  Hopefully things are now settling down and life is slowly getting back to normal. Your question as to whether construction management or environmental engineering are good ones and hard for me to advise which is the more appropriate route as both open doors of possibilities for young women. I work primarily in the construction field as I love to see things get built!  It always seems that I even have a personal construction project going on every year at my own home!  Having said that, environmental engineering is also taking high marks in where young women wish to go. Why? Because our planet is in such dire straits that we need engineers to help put us back on track for a sustainable life. Engineering is all about improving the quality of life and environmental engineering does just that. It is a great career opportunity and one which should offer several job opportunities. Construction may open some additional doors as it is a world-wide job opportunity with women being sought after to ensure diverse teams.  In your consideration, why not list out on a piece of paper the reasons why you want to do both and then list the items which you may not want to do.  Sit back and look at your lists when you have completed them.  Often you will find this exercise will assist you in making your decision.  I wish you the very best and am so pleased to see that you have chosen engineering as a career path. The world thanks you for it! 

First-my apologies for taking a month to respond!  I am getting married on August 28 (at 58 years old!) and thus my life has been a bit turned upside down in all the things I have to prepare for plus my normal work activities!  Yes-my advice to you-GO FOR IT!!!  You are NEVER too late to change careers and do what you love to do!  In fact, at age 55 I decided to do a change in what I did.  While still in engineering, I gave up my career as an expert witness of over 25 years and decided I wanted to be an arbitrator.  I went back to school at Pepperdine Law School to get a Certificate in Dispute Resolution.  I then went to Oxford to get my Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration!.  You should always pursue your dreams and you should dream for the rest of your life!  Construction has no age barriers and you as a woman have so many potential opportunities.
I would be interested in your specialties that you are interested in and maybe I can potentially guide you. I wish you the very best and please let me know what you decide to do!”


Oh-there are several options for you!!! Most engineering companies do not necessarily require their engineers to go onto a job site and I am sure if you noted that request in your interviews, it would not be a problem.  There are several government agencies that employ engineers where you would also not be required to go onsite.  Companies, such as Boeing, or Ford Motor Company, etc.  Also have offices where you spend your time designing and do not have to be on a construction site.  So many options!!!  I am so pleased you are choosing engineering as the profession needs young girls like you!!!!  Good luck with your career path and please keep in touch when you land that perfect engineering/design job.  Best wishes.

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 any thought that women in the field are either not respected, or that it is difficult to become a woman civil engineer working in the field. simply not true!!! Large contractors these days are actively seeking young women engineers whom they can employ, teach, and move into their management positions. It is not just about gender diversity, but the fact that women offer and contribute to the team from different perspectives, thus making the team stronger and better posed to completing the project on time and on budget. Owners, too, are employing more and more women engineers and those designing and constructing projects are also actively involving their women engineers in the field. I have been in the construction industry for 32 years and LOVE IT!! I would highly encourage you to do the same. You might also consider getting a specialty in construction management or a masters degree in construction management, You should also become actively involved in professional organizations like ASCE and become a member of the Construction Institute, or Project Management Institute, getting certified as a Project Management Professional. There are so many opportunities out there for you. But be sure to always learn. Continuing education and certification is very important to your career and you want to continue to do this as well as volunteer for leadership positions within your local professional societies. I wish you the best of luck!

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 home to be at the job site. However, as a designer, there are several firms who are looking to employ women and who have flexible work packages that would potentially allow you to work either a reduced work week, and/or do some of your work from home. I had an employee who wanted to raise a family and still wanted to work, but recognized that she would not be up for promotion if she was not working at the firm full time. Understanding her personal desires and trying to blend them with our company requirements, we worked out a package that allowed her to work a 32-hour work week, thus allowing her to still maintain her benefits, and allowed her to work one day of this time at home. She has been with the company since this very day and 20 years later, she had completely raised her family and came back to the firm full time. 3 years ago she was made a Vice President. Thus-anything is possible when employers recognize the value you can bring to them. There is also an option to work with a government entity that typically has either reduced hours available, or at least set hours at a 40-hour work week. This may also allow you the comfort of knowing that you can indeed set the right amount of time aside for your family. There are no right or wrong answers to this question. The solution comes down to the individual and the individual situation. You should discuss your personal and career goals with your potential employers. Together, you can design a work environment that works for everyone. Good luck with your future!! Civil Engineering is a career that helps people and our world could not exist without it. I applaud you on your efforts and desires to pursue civil engineering.

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 sincerely believe that engineers of the 21st Century should be trained with more than technical subjects including project management, leadership and public policy, among others. I would encourage you to continue to complete your education with Architectural Engineering. I also would suggest you consider looking into the areas of green design and construction and sustainability, which are already considerations every engineer should take into account in today's environment. When you are looking at potential employers, be sure to point out that you have skills that go beyond those learned in architecture and engineering and that you understand the management aspect of the work to be performed, including the financial and accounting side of things. This will be very attractive to future employers. Regarding how you should go about this really depends on what area you wish to work, both from a industry perspective as well as location, including whether you have an interest in international work. However, a good source of information is Engineering News Record which has information on most all design and construction companies in the world and the industries and areas of the world in which they work. Their website is I happen to be a weekly blog writer for ENR so I hope you will enjoy mine as well as others who share their experiences. Again, my congratulations to you for having the enthusiasm and passion for engineering. We need more young women in the profession. Pat