40 under 40 — Anthony Richardson
Pi Tau, 2009 — Recognized in: 2020
Anthony Richardson graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He served various roles during his time at WPI at the Pi Tau Chapter, starting early as the role of Steward, then moving onto Rush Chairman, Secretary, and eventually President in his senior year. Anthony also was a member of WPI’s Rugby team and served as Captain of the team his senior year. After graduation, Anthony took a position at Zeta Psi IHQ and served as a Chapter Consultant for one year, visiting Chapters mostly in the Northeast and Midwest and assisting on staff during the 162nd Annual Convention in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University. After his time at IHQ, Anthony served multiple roles on the Pi Tau Elders Board, including two years as Alumni President. He, and his Chapter, pride themselves on their Chapter’s strong network and continued connections after college, with the Chapter having a large Alumni network that meets frequently for events and offers support to Brothers throughout their lives after college.
Anthony has lived in the Boston area since departing his role at Zeta Psi IHQ. Anthony currently lives in Somerville, MA with his wife Margaret (Peggy). He is an avid Boston sports fan and frequently attends games in Boston, especially the Celtics, of which he has season tickets. He also has recently purchased a summer home in Hampton, NH and enjoys renovating the property during weekends and the winter months and spending time at the beach during the warmer months. He enjoys exercising and is a skier in the winter and enjoys running in the warmer months.
Anthony started his civil engineering career shortly after his time at IHQ. In 2009, he began a role at his father’s engineering firm, Green International, in Westford, MA. Anthony worked as a staff engineer at Green for three years, first starting out in the civil site design department, and eventually taking a role in the structural department, where he discovered his professional passion of inspecting and designing bridges and structures. After three years working with his father and gaining valuable experience, Anthony took a role at a large engineering firm in Boston, MA, Jacobs Engineering, to work in the structural engineering department, assisting as a lead for inspecting bridges and as a project engineer for design projects. Jacobs Engineering is a world-renowned engineering firm, with over fifty thousand employees and offices across the world. Jacobs is currently ranked No. 1 on Engineering News-Record (ENR)’s Top 500 Design Firms and is considered a leader for Safety and Diversity in the engineering industry.
Anthony’s career at Jacobs has seen him realize numerous professional accomplishments. In 2016, he passed the Professional Engineering license exam, and is now licensed in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island to practice engineering. He has designed or assisted in the design of several iconic bridge structures in Massachusetts, including portions of the Whitter Bridge, Longfellow Bridge, and Eliot Bridge. Anthony currently serves the role of project manager at Jacobs, managing the bridge inspection group and serving as the lead design for several bridge rehabilitation projects. He is an expert in bridge inspection services and has assisted with bridge inspections across the United States and the world. He has assisted in infrastructure inspection after disasters such as Hurricane Irene in 2011. He is certified for all types of bridge inspection and manages two large task order contracts with MassDOT and RIDOT. Outside of his office, Anthony is involved in several professional societies and currently serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the Boston Society of Civil Engineers as well as being an active member of the society’s Younger Members Group, for engineers in the Boston area who are under 35 years of age.
Anthony contributes his professional success to numerous influences in his life, but his strong family upbringing, especially the guidance of his father, and his time at the Pi Tau Chapter are two of the most important aspects of his character. His father’s success provided him both a personal and professional role model who could always advocate for him in the industry and offer advice when needed. His time at Pi Tau though, was the biggest benefit to his development as a professional and as a leader. At Pi Tau, Anthony developed skills that he still uses to this day, such as risk assessment, crisis management, and delegating tasks. As one of his Elders once told him after his Chapter dealt with a major crisis involving serious accusations against one of its Brothers, “there is nothing you will ever deal with at work that will be as stressful and serious as this, and the skills you develop to deal with this will make any work task seem easy by comparison.” This advice has proven true throughout Anthony’s career and he still is influenced by it to this day.