Session No. 1F

Emerging Professionals: Into the Looking Glass

This session is geared towards younger professionals. Tips related to the crucial conversations needed for your professional success will occur, as well as insights and thoughts related to setting your career up for success. Seasoned professionals welcome to attend to share their insight in the comments and chat boxes! 

Moderator: Eileen Collins, Dewberry Engineers    

Crucial Conversations

  • Lisa Cochran, Regional HR Manager, Dewberry Engineers

What I Would Tell My 25-Year-Old Self

  • Donna M. Newell, MS, PE, CFM, President, NTM Engineering, Inc.            


Lisa Cochran, PHR is the Regional HR Manager at Dewberry, a nationwide firm of planning, design and construction professionals. In this role, she partners with leadership on retention strategies and recruiting and developing talent. Cochran has extensive experience impacting each stage of the employee life cycle and partnering with leaders on employee relations, performance management, career development, customized training and succession planning. Her best days are when she can help employees through difficult situations and knowing they felt heard, understood and valued. As a mom of two young children, Cochran is passionate about supporting moms as they return to work and navigate the joys and challenges of being a working mom. Cochran earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from James Madison University. She is a Certified Everything DiSC® facilitator and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Donna Newell, MS, PE, CFM is President and co-founder of NTM Engineering, Inc., a women-owned business that specializes in water resources, structural engineering, transportation, and course development and instruction. Newell earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Penn State, holds a Professional Engineering license in Pennsylvania, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager. She has more than 25 years of experience performing hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, bridge scour analysis, waterway permitting, and floodplain studies. She has managed studies and investigations for numerous projects across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its surrounding states and has been involved in some of the largest projects in the state including the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation (CSVT) Project, the P3 Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, and the Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River. Newell also served seven years on the Industrial and Professional Advisory Committee for the Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and was Chair of the Committee from 2016-2018. In 2012, Newell was elected to the ACNB Corporation Board of Directors. ACNB Corporation, headquartered in Gettysburg, is the financial holding company for the wholly-owned subsidiaries of ACNB Bank, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Russell Insurance Group, Inc., Westminster, Maryland. Newell is involved in several community organizations and a member of numerous technical organizations including ASHE, WTS, PAFPM, ASFPM, ACEC, and ASCE.





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Dec. 8, 2021

1:00 to 2:15 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891