Rocco Palmieri, PELS, of Barnegat, New Jersey, was honored as the 2017 NCE Outstanding Alumnus by New Jersey Institute of Technology at NJIT’s 19th Annual “Salute to Engineering Excellence” held at the Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, New Jersey. The Outstanding Alumnus Award recognizes alumni for exceptional accomplishment in their chosen field of endeavor which brings honor to NJIT and for their contributions to social, educational or technological progress and/or distinguished leadership in the individual’s chosen profession, industry or public service.
Mr. Palmieri is a professional engineer and land surveyor. He received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in civil and environmental engineering from NJIT. His 45 year engineering career has been dedicated to both the public and private sectors. He was the municipal engineer and Director of Public Works for the Township of Fairfield in Essex County for many years. He was the owner/managing partner of Harper & Palmieri, Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors in Rockaway and was also a senior vice president and board member for Schoor DePalma/CMX, Consulting Engineers, a national engineering firm formerly based in Manalapan. Presently, Mr. Palmieri is affiliated with Partner Engineering and Science in Eatontown.
Rocco is a former elected official who served as a councilman and Mayor of the Township of Fairfield for 15 years. Among his numerous awards, he was selected as the “Young Engineer of the Year” in 1980 by the Essex County Society of Professional Engineers and he also earned a 1st Place award for his design of the Beverly Road Recreational Facility in Fairfield from the NJ Society of Municipal Engineers. Mr. Palmieri currently serves as a member of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board at NJIT. He has been a Knight of Columbus for over 30 years and is an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist at St. Mary’s Church in Barnegat, administering the Eucharist to patients at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford Township.
He and his wife, Carole, reside in Barnegat, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees in the community he lives in. They are the proud parents of Dr. Amy Palmieri-Cohen of Moorestown, New Jersey and Peter Palmieri of Ellicott City, Maryland. They also have five grandchildren.