William Gorlin of McLaren Engineering Group named Engineer of the Year

by Stage Directions
William Gorlin with Engineer of the Year award from The New York State Society of Professional Engineers
William Gorlin with Engineer of the Year award from The New York State Society of Professional Engineers

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 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.

Engineer of the Year award from the NYSSPE for William Gorlin of McLaren Engineering“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.

Further information from McLaren Engineering Group: www.mgmclaren.com