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Project Manager, Department of Program Management MTA Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Education: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, B.S. in construction management
Career highlights: Heimowitz joined LIRR in 2008 as a project management trainee. Over six years, he advanced to project coordinator, then to assistant project manager and then to project manager in the Department of Program Management. He now serves as project manager for design and construction of the Jamaica Capacity Improvement project.
Why rail? "I grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, one block from the Long Island Rail Road's mainline. ... I love New York and grew up admiring the city's transportation system. In college, I was lucky enough to have interaction with an LIRR HR representative and used the opportunity to start working with the railroad."
Making a difference in rail transportation by ... bringing construction management skills to the railroad industry. "A lot of people come into my position with a civil engineering, mechanical engineering or administrative management background. I can offer the railroad industry a fresh mindset to managing projects."
Active in: Construction Management Association of America; American Society of Civil Engineers; volunteer with ACE Mentor Program for high school students interested in pursuing careers in architecture, construction or engineering.
Five-year goal: To obtain certified construction manager designation.
His philosophy: "If you don't wake up looking forward to going to work every day, you're doing something wrong."
Interesting fact: Plays electric bass and guitar.
Nominator's observation: "Jesse's dedication doesn't end at the office or field site. He frequently volunteers for special assignments such as during extreme weather events that impact railroad operations. ... During Hurricane Sandy, Jesse was so effective at manning the control desk for the customer assistance program that they wouldn't let him go home for three weeks." — Ted Matthews, LIRR