The Toledo Society of Professional Engineers is pleased to announce that Nicholas M. Savage, E.I has been named the 2017 Toledo Area Young Engineer of the Year in recognition of his commitment to the profession.
Born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Nick spent his youth in the City of Wauseon where he attended Wauseon High School. After graduating in 2007, he went on to study civil engineering at Tri-State University. During his high school career, he was president of the National Honor Society and participated in Mock Trial and Quiz Bowl, along with his commitments to tennis, football, and band.
Savage always showed a penchant for science and mathematics growing up. In high school, he particularly enjoyed his industrial arts classes with his instructor Jerry Huber. The process of going from concept to design to construction is what sparked his interest in engineering.
In 2011, Nick graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Trine (formerly Tri-State) University. He was actively involved in various areas of college life, including varsity tennis, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter, and Tri-State’s first Geo-Institute MSE wall competition team, which was selected to participate in the national competition in Dallas, Texas. While pursuing his degree, he worked as an intern at the Defiance County Engineering Office as well as the Mannik & Smith Group (MSG) within the Structures team.
In four years as a structural design engineer at MSG, Savage has had the opportunity to cultivate and develop his skills in civil engineering—cultivating positive, professional relationships with clients and regulatory officials during his work on projects relating to bridge design and inspection. Savage currently works as a structural engineer in the MSG Structures group. His position involves design and coordination between the various teams that comprise the multi-disciplined firm – always aiming to serve clients to the best of his abilities for projects requiring structural engineering components.
Notably, Savage has been involved with multiple high-profile projects, including serving as a design engineer for the State Route 64 Maumee River Crossing project in Waterville, Ohio and the Central Avenue & I-475/US 23 single point urban interchange (SPUI) in Toledo; the first of its kind in Northwest Ohio. He has also supplemented his design experience with numerous construction inspection projects within Northwest Ohio and southern Michigan. One such example was serving as Project Engineer on a major rehabilitation project of four bridges on the Ohio Turnpike.
Savage appreciates being involved in his profession outside of his duties at MSG by serving as a Trustee for Toledo Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE). He is also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). For the past four years, Savage has enjoyed the experience of representing MSG in the “Engineer for a Day” program that occurs during the annual National Engineers Week celebration. The program supports high school students interested in engineering and offers them an introduction to the field.
“I’ve always had a passion for design and construction. As a child, I spent countless hours with my Lego sets trying to see what unique creations I could imagine and build. This desire to build evolved into a woodworking hobby that I still enjoy today. I consider myself lucky to have been able to find a career that incorporates these passions into my daily work,” said Savage.
Nick and his wife of 2 years, Jackie, reside in Delta. They enjoy traveling and spending free time with friends and family.