In recognition of his many years of service and contributions to the water industry, Thomas M. Kiely, Sr., PE, was honored with a Special Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania Section of the American Water Works Association (PA AWWA) on May 7, 2014. Kiely is a senior project manager in Gannett Fleming’s Water/Wastewater Practice and is based in the firm’s Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, office.
Kiely was presented with the award at the 2014 PA AWWA Annual Conference, held in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His 43 years of professional service to the water industry in southeastern Pennsylvania, coupled with his volunteer efforts and leadership roles in the Southeast District of PA AWWA, made him an outstanding candidate to receive this honor.
An employee of Gannett Fleming for nearly 13 years, Kiely has been instrumental in providing the public with clean, safe drinking water through his successful management of water main, tank, pumping station, and treatment projects in the eastern U.S. During his tenure with the firm, he has managed numerous projects for water utilities throughout Pennsylvania, including clients in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, as well as in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia, Illinois, and Ohio. He previously spent 30 years at the Philadelphia Suburban Water Company (now Aqua Pennsylvania), including eight years as chief engineer.
In his acceptance speech, Kiely credited his success to the support he has received from his colleagues and family. The award was presented by Bob Naef, former Chester Water Authority executive director, and Herb Spencer, Shannon Chemical Corporation technical services director.
Kiely earned his bachelor of science in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his masters of business administration from Drexel University.