MORRISTOWN, N.J. – As the company celebrates its 60th anniversary, April 12 will mark the 100th birthday of its founder, Dr. Louis Berger. Today, the company founded by Dr. Berger has continued his legacy to become one of the world’s most technically and geographically diverse engineering firms.
Known to his friends and colleagues as ‘Doc’, Dr. Berger was a visionary who not only demanded technical excellence, but also recognized the importance of combining state-of-the-art engineering practices with the local training required to further develop and maintain infrastructure systems in developing countries. This approach to business became the hallmark of Louis Berger’s practice and helped to pioneer the concept of capacity building.
“My father’s vision as an engineer was to improve lives by developing an understanding of the communities in which he worked, and then providing the best solutions by implementing them on site in partnership with local professionals,” said Fredric S. Berger, P.E., chairman of The Louis Berger Group and Dr. Berger’s son. “In his words, ‘Doing good engineering is not enough; we need to eliminate the need for us to perform the same thing a second time.’ Celebrating his 100th birthday allows us to remember his leadership, inspiration and passion.”
Born in 1914, Dr. Berger lived modestly with his parents and four siblings in Lawrence, Mass., where his father had a small glazing business. However, his modest beginnings were in sharp contrast to his professional achievements. After receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, Dr. Berger founded Berger Associates, Inc., in 1953, a twelve-employee consulting firm in Harrisburg, Pa., that would become a billion-dollar global enterprise.
In addition to his professional successes, Dr. Berger was an avid supporter of education. He gave generously to several educational institutions and was a lifelong academic and dedicated teacher. Louis Berger has continued this commitment to education throughout the years, with dozens of corporate-sponsored fellowships supporting undergraduate and graduate student education at: Northwestern University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Tufts University; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the University of Panama; American University of Afghanistan; and Kabul Polytechnic University.
About Louis Berger
Louis Berger is a $1 billion global professional services corporation that helps infrastructure and development clients solve their most complex challenges. We are a trusted partner to national, state and local government agencies; multilateral institutions; and commercial industry clients worldwide. By focusing on client needs to deliver quality, safe, financially-successful projects with integrity, we are committed to deliver on our promise to provide Solutions for a better world.
Louis Berger operates on every habitable continent. We have a long-standing presence in more than 50 nations, represented by the multidisciplinary expertise of nearly 6,000 engineers, economists, scientists, managers and planners.