Gerry Dawes - Why I Am a Donor

Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association Vice President, Gerry Dawes ‘84EE ‘89EE, discusses the impact of his Poly experience on his professional and personal life.   

As Director, Government Liaison, for the Construction Management department at Con Edison, Mr Dawes is responsible for managing all aspects of Con Edison’s relationship with the New York City and New York State Department of Transportation. Throughout his professional career, he has been recognized by various organizations for his outstanding company and community work. He has been the recipient of Con Edison’s highest honor – the “Living Our Values” (LOV) award; and has also received the Con Edison/YMCA “Black Achiever of the Year” award. He is an active member of the New York chapter of the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE – NYMAC) where he previously served as President and currently serves as an advisor to the Executive Board. He currently serves on the National Board of Directors for AABE (where he chairs the National Scholarship Committee) and is a Trustee with Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly).

Mr. Dawes holds a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, New York. He has attended advanced professional programs offered by organizations such as the Gas Technology Institute (GTI), General Electric (GE), Power Technologies Incorporated (PTI), and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He also participates as a volunteer with the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP) and, he performs community service work with an organization called New York City FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) – an organization that encourages high school students to pursue math, engineering and science careers.