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Derek Donnelly, P.E.

Director of Structural Engineering

Bachelor of Science
Civil Engineering Technology
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

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Derek Donnelly, P.E. serves as the Director of Structural Engineering at Carney Engineering Group (CEG), a multi-discipline, forward-looking engineering firm located in York, PA. Derek oversees the firm’s Structural Engineering department and structural projects. With 13 years’ experience, Derek has been responsible for managing projects (including scope, budget and schedule), performing and/or overseeing structural building design and preparing construction documents. Derek has held various leadership roles within his career, ranging from Structural Designer, Project Manager and currently Director of Structural Engineering.

Specifically, Derek’s project expertise lies within the engineering of steel buildings; he has worked with various building types including: schools, office buildings, warehouses, museums, hotels, apartment buildings, dormitories, municipal buildings, churches and industrial facilities. Derek’s experience also includes structural steel connection design, wastewater treatment plant structures, structural assessments and feasibility studies.

York College of Pennsylvania Freshman Dormitory, York, PA

Project Manager for the structural design of a new freshman dormitory. The five-story, 80,000-square-foot facility houses more than 250 students, and was designed and constructed within a 12-month period.

Fieldside Commons Corporate Office Campus, Aberdeen, MD

Project Manager for the structural design and steel detailing of a new, 120,000-square-foot, four-story building. Steel frame design with steel joists and beams and concrete floor slabs. Highly aggressive schedule allowed only six weeks for design.

Landis Run Intermediate School, Manheim, PA

Project Manager for the structural design of a new, three-story, 200,000-square-foot school housing fifth and sixth grade students. Designed with a hybrid structural system of steel and load bearing masonry. Project is seeking LEED Silver certification.

Middleburg Elementary School, Middleburg, PA

Project Manager for the structural design of a single-story 43,000-square-foot addition to a 57,000-square-foot existing facility. Features exposed steel framing throughout the building and is seeking LEED certification.

In a previous engagement with another firm, Derek has served as the Project Manager on many notable projects including:

Metso Minerals Office Building, York, PA

Project Manager and Engineer of Record for a new three-story, 75,000-square-foot office building featuring a steel framed floor, structural steel wide flange beams, and chevron braces utilizing structural steel tubes for the lateral load resisting system.

The Hershey Story: The Museum on Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA

Structural design for a new, 50,000-square-foot museum in downtown Hershey that celebrates the life of Milton Hershey. The building features exposed decorative steel roof trusses and built-up steel columns.

Lower Windsor Township Building, Wrightsville, PA

Structural design, project management and client coordination for a 35,000-square-foot LEED certified municipal building. This was the first LEED certified municipal building in the state of Pennsylvania.



University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering Technology (emphasis on Structural Engineering)
Johnstown, PA

Professional Licenses

Professional Engineer in PA, MD

Professional Associations
  • American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), 2006 - Current
  • Adams County Uniform Construction Code Appeals Board, 2005 - Current
  • Certified LEED-Accredited Professional

About Derek


  • Charity:

    United Way, because they help many, many good causes.
  • Music:

    Rock, classic rock—that's just what I like.
  • Movie:

    The Blind Side, because it's based on a Baltimore Raven's Player.
  • Book:

    Artie Lange's “Too Fat to Fish.”—I’m a huge Howard Stern fan.
  • Sport:

    Football, because It's the most exciting pro sport.
Why do you do this for a living?
Because I enjoy structural engineering, it makes me think hard every day, and I am good at it.

What are your hobbies?
Boating, wakeboarding, water-skiing. Because I live at Lake Meade, and it’s a lot of fun.

How would your friends and family describe you?
Easy-­going, quiet.

If you had the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
Hawaii – I've never been there and it looks really, really nice.

What would your perfect week consist of?
To vacation anywhere fun with my family – Vegas, the Beach, Hawaii, etc.

What is the one thing that you do that drives other people nuts?
Cracking my knuckles.

What three items would you want to have if you were stranded on a desert island?
My family, a boat, and a computer with internet access.