Senior Vice President and Regional Director of the Pennsylvania Headquarters Region
H. Daniel Cessna, P.E., is Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Michael Baker’s Pennsylvania Headquarters Region, which includes the firm’s offices in Allentown, Fort Washington, Harrisburg, Middletown, Moon Township, and Philadelphia. In this role, he is responsible for leading all engineering, business, marketing and financial operations across the state and leveraging Michael Baker’s capabilities and talent base to maximize outcomes for clients.
Mr. Cessna brings 24 years of industry experience in transportation, planning, design, construction management, asset planning and management, and public involvement to his new role. During the last 12 years, he served as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) District Executive for District 11, serving the Pittsburgh metro, one of the largest and most complex districts in Pennsylvania. With PennDOT, he led a team of 800 professionals and tradespeople and was responsible for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of the state’s transportation system, including: 1,802 bridges; 2,576 miles of highway; and four tunnels in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence Counties.
His experience also includes the delivery of a $3.7 billion capital program, construction management of new alignment highway projects, and leading community-based infrastructure enhancements and statewide asset management and materials testing teams.
Mr. Cessna is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering in Pittsburgh, Pa. Mr. Cessna also is President of the Engineers Society of Western Pennsylvania, a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society of Highway Engineers, Pittsburgh Section, and Vice-Chair of the Industrial and Professional Advisory Council for the Department of Civil Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University.
He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pa., and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business in Pittsburgh, Pa.