“We congratulate Tom on being recognized for his advocacy for women both at our company and in the transportation industry,” said James Thomson, PE, HNTB Northwest Division president. “Throughout his career, Tom has demonstrated a commitment to equity and inclusion, mentoring, and advocating for young engineers. He continually demonstrates HNTB’s core values of integrity, respect for others, and commitment to professional excellence.”
Schnetzer has been an active member of WTS since 2007 and was instrumental in the launch of the office’s first internship and mentoring programs as well as spearheading a pay equity analysis in the HNTB Bellevue office. He currently is the Co-Chair of the WTS Puget Sound Mentoring Committee and continues to actively mentor numerous protégés in the transportation industry.
“It is an honor to be recognized by WTS Puget Sound for my commitment to the promotion of women and minorities in the transportation industry,” Schnetzer said. “To ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion in this industry, we must actively work to fill the leadership gaps through mentoring and sponsorship of women.”
Schnetzer has spent most of his civil engineering career focusing on large bridge, highway, and airport projects. Since joining HNTB in 2002, some of his roles have included being the Deputy Project Manager on the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s Third Dependent Runway, Bridge Lead on the retrofit and modifications to the existing Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and the Design Manager for I-495 Capital Beltway HOT Lanes Design-Build project. In 2011, he became the Bridge and Structures Department Manager at HNTB. In 2013, he became HNTB’s Northwest District Operations Manager, while being the I-405 GEC Structures Lead, and he recently was promoted to Northwest Division Delivery Officer.