KCI is pleased to welcome Thomas Zurat, Jr., PE, and Michael Keiser, PE, to the firm as senior advisors.
With long-standing, esteemed careers in the transportation industry, Zurat and Keiser will leverage their experience to continue expanding KCI’s depth of expertise while upholding the firm’s reputation for successful project completion and client relations throughout the state of Pennsylvania. In these roles, both will utilize their experience and skillset to ensure projects successfully reach fruition while building secure and prosperous relationships with clients.
Having spent over 30 years working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Zurat brings to KCI extensive experience in the transportation industry garnered through numerous successional positions including plans engineer, portfolio manager, and district executive. While holding these titles, he accumulated many accomplishments, including managing the district’s highway and bridge design activities, overseeing plans development/project management functions, and directing design, construction, and maintenance divisions of over 800 staff with an annual budget of approximately $200 million.
With over 35 years of experience in the transportation industry, Keiser’s most recent role as deputy secretary for Highway Administration with PennDOT included overseeing all aspects of the design, construction and maintenance of innumerable transportation facilities across Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was responsible for supervising 11 engineering districts and six central office bureaus, setting and reviewing policies and all corresponding updates, and coordinating with the governor’s office and elected officials.
“Tom Zurat and Mike Keiser bring strong career experience in agency leadership, project development, and industry knowledge to KCI, benefitting all our projects. We are excited to have such high caliber professionals joining our team.”Barry Schoch, Transportation Design North Service Line Leader
Zurat graduated magna cum laude from University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and received PennDOT’s Star of Excellence Award in 2006. Keiser earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Pennsylvania State University, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania and earned his own Star of Excellence Award from PennDOT in 2009. He was additionally named Central Pennsylvania Engineer Week Council’s (CPEWC) Engineer of the Year and received the Ray LaHood Award for Promoting Diversity in Transportation in 2020.