The American Public Works Association (APWA) has chosen civil engineering alum and current Institute for Transportation (InTrans) program director Paul Wiegand as one of their top 10 “Public Works Leaders of the Year.” Wiegand chose to come to Iowa State to study engineering after a childhood of “tinkering with things” on a farm. He graduated in 1972 and spent time working as an assistant to a city engineer in Charles City before beginning 31 years of work for the city of Ames, including 17 years as the public works director.
Wiegand’s accomplishments as the public works director include the development of the 13th Street bypass between Stange Road and Hyland Avenue as well as Ada Hayden Park. In 2005, Wiegand moved to his current position as the program director for the Iowa Statewide Urban Design and Specifications program at InTrans. His award will be presented at a reception in Ames on May 18 and the National APWA meeting in Minnesota in August.
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