Barry J. Schoch, P.E.
Secretary of Transportation
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Barry Schoch, P.E., was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to be Secretary of Transportation in January 2011.

Barry J. Schoch, P.E. - Secretary of Transportation
Schoch has 28 years' experience in the engineering field and has either managed or played a key role in many of the pending or completed transportation projects in Pennsylvania over that time.

For the past 15 years, Schoch has worked for McCormick, Taylor & Associates and most recently was vice president and manager of its Harrisburg office transportation department. His portfolio ran the gamut from concept planning to finance strategies to project designs. His projects included the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Southwest Pennsylvania; the proposed interchange between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 95; Corridor O between Port Matilda, Centre County, and Woodland, Clearfield County; the South Central Centre
County Transportation Study in Centre County; the Intestate 83 master plan for the Harrisburg region; the U.S. 30 widening and reconstruction in Lancaster County; and the U.S. 15 and Route 581 interchange rebuilding in Cumberland County. He also played key roles in improving PennDOT's approach to context sensitive design and training for environmental quality efforts. He also managed engineering for studies of Mag-Lev in the Washington-Baltimore corridor and was the project director for Pennsylvania's proposed Mag-Lev project from Pittsburgh to Greensburg.

Schoch was elected president of the Pennsylvania Highway Information Association in April 2010 and is the chair of Pennsylvania Consulting Engineers transportation committee and the Design Professionals Coalition Transportation Committee.

A native of DuBois, Pa., Schoch, 50, grew up in Delaware, but his family moved to Adams County when his father was named superintendent of the Upper Adams School District. Schoch graduated from Biglerville High School in 1978 and graduated from Penn State University in 1982 with a degree in civil engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.). During his Penn State years, he worked two summers for the Delaware Department of Transportation and after graduation worked for two engineering consulting companies before joining McCormick, Taylor & Associates in 1995. He is married and lives in Camp Hill.