2018 Jennings Randolph International Fellows announced by EI and the APWA

Helena Sullivan (left) and Jason Waldron (right)
 Helena Sullivan (left) and Jason Waldron (right)

KANSAS CITY, MO. – The American Public Works Association (APWA), in association with the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College (EI), announced today the 2018 Jennings Randolph International Fellows. Administered through the APWA International Affairs Committee, the Jennings Randolph International Fellows are accomplished public works professionals who study public works topics and projects internationally in association with APWA’s international partner organizations. The Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, which was established in 1987, is a unique international study and professional exchange opportunity that promotes collaboration and sharing of public works best practices, knowledge, and innovation.

The two 2018 APWA Jennings Randolph International Fellows will conduct public works study tours and provide presentations at international partner associations’ annual membership meetings in Rotorua, New Zealand in June 2018 and in Uppsala, Sweden in September 2018.

The APWA 2018 Jennings Randolph International Fellows include:

Helena E. Sullivan, Construction Engineer III, McHenry County Division of Transportation, Woodstock, Illinois

Ms. Sullivan plans to meet with the Swedish roadway agency Trafikverket to learn more about their bridge repair and inspection program. Several consulting/entrepreneur firms are contracted for bridge maintenance and repair work and assigned to geographic “regions” in Sweden. Ms. Sullivan’s goal with the study trip is to compare the bridges in regions similar in topography and population to McHenry County, which is mostly rural with a total of 52 County-owned bridges and 82 Township bridges. She would also like to visit several ongoing as well as recently completed bridge construction sites to learn about typical construction materials and methods.

Jason Waldron, P.E., Kansas City Streetcar Program Manager, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Public works departments across the nation are developing strategies to manage the increased transportation demands placed upon the public right-of-way and to use data to better city services and improve the citizen experience. Two cities that have similar experiences are Kansas City, Missouri, and Sydney, South Wales.

Mr. Waldron’s study proposes to study each city’s approach to the implementation of modern streetcar systems within the public right-of-way and the development of a smart city policy. This “comparing of notes” will result in shared lessons learned for streetcar programs and what it means to be a smart city.