Phyllis Pelzer, P.E.


Phyllis Pelzer, P.E.
Name:
Phyllis Pelzer, P.E.
Designation:
Emeritus
Email:
r2pebemeritus@nsbe.org

Phyllis Abraham Pelzer is a leader and a trailblazer in her field becoming the first
African-American female to receive an engineering license in the state of South
Carolina in 1996. While this was a great accomplishment, due to the laws at the time,
her license to practice was restricted. After twelve years of challenging the laws of SC,
Phyllis received her full unrestricted license to practice engineering in 2008.

In 2009, in large part because of her own tumultuous experience with her license,
Phyllis became an engineering teacher in OCSD5 in order to help create a vast new
pool of young and talented engineers. Pelzer has established a winning record both in
and out of the classroom. Since 2010, her students have matriculated to such
engineering schools such as South Carolina State University, Clemson University,
University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh, Stanford University and Case
Western Reserve University to name a few. As Advisor for the Technology Center
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Pre-College Chapter, her students have
won NSBE Chapter of the Year, regional math and science competitions, and have
visited such cities as Toronto, St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, and
Greensboro. They have earned over $1 million in scholarships to major in engineering
and science fields at colleges such as South Carolina State University, Morehouse
College, Clemson University, University of Pittsburgh, Case Western University,
Hampton University, and Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. She has also been
instrumental in raising over $125,000 to support student activities since October 2009.

Phyllis’s mission as a teacher was to provide students an educational environment that
would develop a student’s critical thinking skills and abilities to solve real-world
problems while fostering a love for life-long learning. Phyllis continues to serve this
mission as a volunteer and regional officer with NSBE.

Phyllis is the principal owner of PRM Engineering Group, LLC. She is also a licensed
Residential Builder and owner of JPS Construction, LLC. She currently works with local
homeowners and contractors to provide residential and commercial construction plans.
Phyllis is the daughter of Milton (deceased) and Dorothy Abraham Cobbs of
Orangeburg, SC and the proud mother of four children: Latoya, Steven, Robert and
Maia; and the grandmother of five, Mozae, Makyla, Milan, Semaj and Rae’Lynn. She
was educated in Orangeburg School District 5, graduating from Orangeburg-Wilkinson
High School in 1983; a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology in
1987 and a Master of Science degree in Transportation in 2008 from South Carolina
State University.

Phyllis espouses the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, “We make a living by what we get, but
we make a life by what we give.” She believes that and continues to strive for success
both professionally and personally.