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Great Lakes District Administrator
Patrick O'Connor,
P.E., PTOE (M)
Project Manager,
American Structurepoint, Inc.
Education
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering,
Purdue University
Professional Affiliations/Certifications
A member of IMSA, he also holds
the Traffic Signal Level 3 Senior
Field Technician certification.

In celebration of its 90th anniversary, ITE is recognizing each of its District
Administrators throughout the year in a series of profiles. Each month this
column will also feature historical facts and figures on the various Districts,
including important dates and people throughout their history.

Since graduating from Purdue in 2002, Patrick O'Connor, P.E., PTOE (M) has lived and
worked in Dallas, TX, USA and Tampa, FL, USA. When his wife, Alicia, had the opportunity to
move to Indianapolis, IN, USA a few years ago, Patrick was thrilled to be going "back home
again" and is currently a project manager for American Structurepoint, Inc., specializing in
traffic operations.
O'Connor was appointed to the role of ITE Great Lakes District Administrator (DA) in 2015
by Hardik Shah (M) who was serving as the Great Lakes District Chair and International
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Director at the time. He succeeded fellow Indiana Section member Tony Jones (M).
Patrick was awarded Young Engineer of
"My path isn't unlike that of many of my colleagues," O'Connor says. "I was good in math
the Year in 2011 by ITE's Florida Section.
and science, and took an Engineering 101 class where different professionals came in each
The award recognizes outstanding
week and talked about the kind of engineering they did. I thought I might like civil engicontributions to the Section and
neering if I could be outside and around construction. After my sophomore year I interned
at-basically-a one-man shop, and that's where I got my real education-baptism by fire, as
to the transportation profession.
they say. And I realized that I really did want to be an engineer-dirt and water don't interest
me, but if I can be around cars, I am happy."
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Since graduation, O'Connor has served various client types throughout a wide range of
Great Lakes District Administrator
2020 Midwest + Great Lakes Joint Annual
specialties as the market and his job required. "The latter portion of my career I have focused
Meeting Local Arrangements Committee
on traffic operations where I really enjoy problem solving in real time," he says. "There is nothing like an upset motorist honking and sharing their sometimes-explicit thoughts with you
"New" Great Lakes Transition Team
while fine-tuning signal timings in a cabinet
to motivate you to find a safe solution!"
O'Connor's role as District Administrator
(DA) is different from the other DAs throughout ITE. Great Lakes' District leadership is
"lean and mean" as they do not have elected
officers. The District board is comprised of
current elected Section presidents and past
presidents who, in addition to their Section
duties, also serve on the District board.
Furthermore, Scott Knebel (M) is the only
International Director that also serves as
International District Director/Chair, keeping
him extremely busy with his ITE responsibilities. O'Connor says he spends a lot of
time communicating with Board/Section
leadership and committee chairs. "At the end
of the day our current structure gives us a
lot of freedom of movement to get things
done and serve our members and District
Patrick shares a Great Lakes District update at the February Indiana Section Technical Lunch at the
Rathskeller Restaurant in Indianapolis, IN.
efficiently," he notes.
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