Howard Ressel '80

  • Howard Ressel, who graduated from Rush-Henrietta in 1980, played an important role in designing the Douglass-Anthony Memorial Bridge, which is part of Route 490 in Rochester.

    Since replacing the Troup-Howell Bridge, the Douglass-Anthony Memorial Bridge has become a popular city landmark and redefined Rochester’s landscape. Howard was the Project Design Engineer who worked with the community and a design consultant to develop the design for the 38-million-dollar bridge. The project received numerous awards and has been embraced by the community. Readers of City Newspaper named the bridge as the "best use of public funds" two years in a row.  

    As a squad leader with the New York State Department of Transportation, Howard is responsible for the supervision of a Highway Design Squad including designers and technicians. A graduate of the University of Buffalo, he earned his Professional Engineers License in 1989.

    As a member of the New York State Association of Transportation Engineers, Howard also serves as a volunteer with the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. In this capacity, he works alongside engineering professionals nationwide who are devoted to solving transportation problems.

    Howard is involved with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, where he served as a member of the board of directors for six years. He is also involved with Temple Beth El of Rochester and the 19th Ward Community Association. He also has been a Cub Scout leader. He and his wife, Amy, have three children.

    We congratulate Howard Ressel on his induction into the Rush-Henrietta Alumni Council Hall of Fame.