2017 Jennings Randolph International Fellows announced by EI and the APWA



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American Public Works Association Announces 2017 Jennings Randolph International Fellows

KANSAS CITY, MO. – February 8, 2017 – The American Public Works Association (APWA), in association with the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College (EI), announces today the selection of the 2017 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 three 2017 APWA Jennings Randolph International Fellows will conduct public works study tours and provide presentations at international partner associations’ annual membership meetings in Perth, Australia in August, 2017 and in Gothenburg, Sweden in September, 2017.

The APWA 2017 Jennings Randolph International Fellows include:

Evan N. Pratt, P.E., Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner, Director of Public Works, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mr. Pratt will conduct his public works study tour with travel through Australia, and will focus on trading asset management knowledge during his travels and at the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) conference to be held in Perth, Australia. He will specifically study sustainable infrastructure funding by gathering information about how they have achieved this through national policies, legislation and standards. He plans to share the legislative mechanisms, administrative structure and government’s role in technical support to link funding with asset management. He will also research specific public works agency examples focusing on two technical areas, case studies on maintenance optimization and specifics about asset management methods for underground utilities, which differ from methods for roads. Pratt plans to present his legislative story while attending the IPWEA conference, in addition, he will also share what his home state has done legislatively and on the ground.

Joanne Zhang, P.E., CCM, Council Liaison, Executive Division, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles, California

Ms. Zhang has been selected to travel throughout Australia to study the ways that the country is fostering a culture of innovation in public works along with its effect on attracting and retaining talent and capital project delivery. Through her travel experience and research, she plans to gain insight on how Australia has implemented successful initiatives to foster a culture of innovation with limited resources to learn an effective innovation strategy for APWA members. Zhang will meet with officials from the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) to determine engineering resources, policies, standards and contacts. In addition, Zhang also plans to interview local staff with range of experience and attend a Switch Your Thinking event, which is a local government initiative to promote sustainable action in Perth. She will also tour project sites, different modes of transportation and public spaces while in Australia. Zhang’s presentation at the IPWEA conference will focus on the Millenial Perspective and the study results will be used in areas of recruitment, succession planning, gender equity and project delivery.

Aaron Putnam, Public Works Administrator, City of Ankeny, Iowa

Mr. Putnam has been selected to travel through Sweden to conduct a study tour to compare winter maintenance practices between Ankeny and three cities in Southern Sweden. His study will look at the entire winter maintenance realm from city planning to material and equipment usage, goals and priorities, staff scheduling and public relations.

Putnam will study three communities in Sweden, including Orebro, Gothenburg, and Stockholm. He will be exchanging information to improve relations, share perspectives, and advance winter service currently provided in our cities. He will also meet with public works peers in Sweden in their work environment to discuss successes and challenges, seeing tools and equipment and being immersed in their environment. He will make a presentation while attending the SKT Annual Congress in Gothenburg, Sweden in September that will include information about the City of Ankeny’s weather, equipment, pre-season preparation, pre-snow event activities, snow event operations and post snow event wrap up.

For more information about the APWA Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, contact the APWA International and Outreach Manager Lillie Plowman at lplowman@apwa.net. For APWA media queries on the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, contact Laura Bynum, M.A., APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager at lbynum@apwa.net.

About APWA

The American Public Works Association (www.apwa.net) is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 29,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.