Maria Lehman

New York State Program Manager for the Peace Bridge, New York State Thruway Authority

Maria Lehman, P.E., BS ’81, is currently the New York State Program Manager for the Peace Bridge. She is a registered professional engineer in several states with over 32 years of multidisciplinary experience in highway and facility planning, environmental assessment, design, management, construction monitoring, and on-going operations and management of facilities.

Formerly she has served as the Project Director for Risk Management on the new Tappan Zee Bridge Project for the New York State Thruway Authority, Vice President and Business Segment Director of Transportation of Bergmann Associates, Vice President and northeast regional business line leader and Corporate Director of Quality for URS Corporation, and Commissioner of Public Works for Erie County, New York.

She has managed hundreds of infrastructure projects which ranged from $20,000 to $3,900,000,000. She is the recipient of many awards, including: the National American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) President’s Medal 2004 for service to the profession and contribution to public policy, New York Governor’s Award for Women - Excellence in Business 2002, American Consulting Engineers Council New York President’s Award 2004, New York State Society of Professional Engineers 2004 Engineering Manager of the Year, 2003 State University of New York at Buffalo Engineering Alumna of the Year, APWA Western New York Public Works Leader of the Year, and Buffalo Business First - 1994 “40 under Forty.”

Maria has been elected a national board member and then vice president of ASCE, and was a member of the board of governors of the Environmental & Water Resources Institute. Maria has her civil engineering degree from UB.