September 2013


Richard D'Ambrosia has been working in the Engineering field for more than forty years, most of which has been in the public sector. He is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and completed four additional advanced degrees in Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He also received an MBA from DePaul University. As an undergraduate, he also took time off from school to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was honorably discharged.

After working for a few years in design at the Illinois Division of Highways, he then spent most of his career at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. He started there at the entry level and progressed through the ranks until reaching the position of Assistant Chief Engineer and retired after 35 years of service. As an Assistant Chief Engineer, he was in charge of the District's Construction Division and Capital Improvement Construction Program which included the Chicago Deep Tunnel project (TARP) and for numerous sewer, wastewater treatment plant, Stormwater, and waterway construction projects. He headed the District's Construction Division; Capital Improvements Construction program and was at the helm of construction of the Chicago Deep Tunnel project for over ten years.

After retiring from the Water Reclamation District, he worked as a Civil/Structural Project Engineer and Project Manager in the Facilities Engineering Department at Argonne National Laboratory and continues working in Private Practice and under part-time employment assignments where responsibilities include performing the duties of Geotechnical Program Manager for the Public Building Commission of Chicago, performing various design and inspection/assessment projects, various forensic investigations and working as a liability consultant and expert in support of litigation.

Mr. D'Ambrosia has been and remains a member of various Professional Associations including the American Society of Civil Engineers where he actively participated on the Paraprofessional Task Committee and volunteers as a Career Mentor.