McLaren’s Entertainment Division Chief honored with prestigious award
The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) awarded McLaren Engineering Group’s Vice President and Entertainment Division Chief, William Gorlin, PE, SE, the “Engineer of the Year” award at its annual ceremony Friday, June 15. With experience that includes some of the world’s largest live theaters, concert touring sets and amusement attractions, Gorlin is among the top global experts in entertainment engineering.
“From Broadway to Macau to Las Vegas, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on some of the most innovative entertainment projects around the world,” says Gorlin. “As an engineer for more than 30 years, it is an honor to be recognized for my contributions to the field.”
Gorlin’s standout projects include the Dancing Cranes in Singapore, the world’s largest animatronic structure; the two flying stages for Cirque du Soleil’s Ka at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas; work at theme parks including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld; and productions and/or renovations in every Broadway theater in New York City.
“A primary focus in our work is the interactions of people, including performers and the audience, with the entertainment environment and features. Gorlin is at the forefront of using engineering to promote safety,” says Laura Pellizzi, PE, NYSSPE President. “He is presently actively involved in writing the industry standards for entertainment rigging and amusement rides, and it is our pleasure to name him 2018’s Engineer of the Year.”
Most recently, Gorlin led a team that fully renovated the antique Helen Hayes Theater and its neighboring St. James Theater on West 44th Street in NYC as one unified project, as well as substantial renovations and alterations for the current show at the Lyric Theater on West 43rd Street.
“As the driving force leading our flourishing Entertainment Division, Bill is well-deserving of this prestigious award,” says Malcolm G. McLaren, President and CEO, McLaren Engineering Group. “This award is a testament to the thousands of world-class entertainment projects he has overseen over his 30-year career.”
A graduate of Cornell University, Gorlin has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a master’s degree in Structural Engineering.
About McLaren Engineering Group
For over 40 years, McLaren Engineering Group has provided innovative, customized engineering solutions for more than 15,000 projects. With over 200 employees in 11 offices, McLaren is licensed in 49 states and serves 10 key markets. With experts in numerous engineering disciplines – and a passion for creativity and out-of-the-box thinking – McLaren can address any project’s specific range of design requirements with technical excellence. McLaren has offices in Woodcliff Lake, NJ; New York City, NY; Albany, NY; West Nyack, NY; Lehigh Valley, PA; Middletown, CT; Baltimore, MD; Roswell, GA; Orlando, FL; San Luis Obispo, CA; and Oran, Algeria. www.mgmclaren.com
About the New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE)
The New York State Society of Professional Engineers (NYSSPE) represents the interests of professional engineers, totaling more than 25,000 licensees in New York State, practicing in all disciplines (civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical, environmental, etc.) and practicing in all practice settings (private sector consulting, industry, government, and education). NYSSPE members consist of engineering professionals, engineers in training and engineering students from all disciplines and employment sectors that advocates licensure, promotes the ethical, competent and lawful practice of engineering, and enhances the image and interests of its members and the engineering profession. The dues paid by members allows NYSSPE to protect the engineering license as well as the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of New York State. https://www.nspe.org/