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Delaware River and Bay Authority Selects New Chief Engineer
By JSalmon on 02/27/2019:  

 Delaware River and Bay Authority Selects New Chief Engineer
David A. Hoppenjans to Lead Engineering and Construction Efforts

New Castle, Del. – Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced that David A. Hoppenjans, P.E. of Landenberg, PA, was promoted to be the bi-state agency’s next Chief Engineer. Mr. Hoppenjans began his official duties in late January and reports to Vincent Meconi, Chief Operations Officer.

“I appreciate the confidence that the Commissioners and Executive Leadership have in my abilities and I’m honored to have been selected as the agency’s next Chief Engineer,” said David A. Hoppenjans, P.E. “Throughout my career, I’ve been fortunate to gain years of valuable design and construction experience while earning the respect and trust of peers, partners and stakeholders. I’m eager to begin the next chapter of my career here at the DRBA.”

Serving as the Chief Engineer, Mr. Hoppenjans is responsible for Authority-wide infrastructure engineering and construction activities, including developing and directing strategic planning of construction and renovations at all DRBA facilities. The Chief Engineer is also a key player in the development of the agency’s Capital Improvement Program.

“Dave’s engineering expertise and leadership abilities made him an outstanding candidate to lead our engineering and construction efforts,” said Vince Meconi, Chief Operations Officer. “We’ll be undertaking significant infrastructure investments in our network of transportation facilities over the next five to ten years. His in-depth knowledge of our facilities, collaborative leadership style, and project management capabilities make him the right person to develop and implement our capital improvement program.”

Mr. Hoppenjans joined the DRBA as an engineering intern in 1995, working for then Director of Engineering Rick Volk. He worked his way up the ranks in department, serving as Project Engineer I, II, III prior to his selection as Assistant Chief Engineer in December 2013.

A licensed professional engineer, Mr. Hoppenjans earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science degree in strategic leadership from Neumann College. He is a member of both the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers -two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit

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