Fred Wismer Recognized as Oregon APWA 2016 Young Leader

It is with great pride that we announce our very own Fred Wismer (pictured in center) has been awarded the Oregon APWA 2016 Young Leader Award. He was honored recently at the American Public Works Association (APWA) conference in Bend, Oregon. Below is the nomination letter that was submitted on Fred's behalf. It outlines Fred’s passion for public works and the positive influence he provides to those around him to embrace Publics Works. His devotion to his career, his family, and APWA have made this a truly deserved award. Congratulations Fred!


August 22, 2016

RE: Oregon APWA Young Leader Award Nomination

Dear Evaluation Committee,

I am extremely proud to nominate Fred Wismer, PE for the APWA Young Leader Award. Fred has been an active member of APWA’s Oregon Chapter since April of 2011. He is currently the chair of the Portland Luncheon committee, hosting bi-monthly luncheons and arranging for a variety of speakers. He has been thoughtful about engaging speakers on topics that are moving the profession forward in new and innovative ways. Using the knowledge and momentum gained through the Portland committee, he was also instrumental in establishing a Central Coast luncheon committee, which has held 3 quarterly luncheons between Newport and Lincoln City. For our biannual conferences, Fred has used his young-member enthusiasm to co-chair the First-Timers program, helping integrate close to 50 first time attendees into the Oregon Chapter, strengthening the Chapter’s membership.

As a professional, Fred has proven time and again that he is wise beyond his years. Licensed in 3 states, he is the engineer others turn to with complex design challenges. He is a gifted leader and he truly collaborates with colleagues and clients to create solutions. A recent comment from one Public Works Director summed this up well when he said, “Fred understood that we had very tight budgets and was able to find significant cost savings related to reuse of on-site material. He delivered well beyond my expectations.” In his 12-year career, he has worked on transportation and infrastructure projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, California and as far away as Australia; including the 2013 Oregon APWA Project of the Year (<5M) Cornelius Pass Road Widening project.

Fred has a proven ability to determine the most efficient design to satisfy the public and agency needs for a project. Throughout his 12 year career, he has capably assessed project alternatives, created conceptual layouts, facilitated public involvement, and coordinated all permitting requirements. His experience includes preparing final roadway construction plans, special provisions, quantity take-offs, and engineering estimates. For multidisciplinary projects, he integrates all aspects of design; leads coordination efforts; and provides construction engineering support. His collaborative approach has helped deliver millions of dollars’ worth of road improvements such as the 2016 Project of the Year nominations: Hocken Avenue at Beaverton Creek Bridge Replacement Project and the Baseline Road Complete Street Improvements.

As an AutoCAD Civil 3D Certified Professional and Autodesk Certified BIM Specialist, Fred embraces technology and uses his knowledge of design software to provide efficient and accurate designs. Additionally, he uses visualization tools to identify critical areas sooner in the design process to illustrate the project to the design team, client, agency, utility providers, and neighborhoods.

He has a strong desire and drive to mentor young engineers, and is always looking for opportunities to teach. This passion to grow our professional ranks has led him to become an adjunct professor at his alma mater George Fox University where he teaches Engineering Design Drafting and is also the Senior Class Advisor. “I am genuinely impressed with Fred’s commitment to give back to the profession” says David Pollock, GFU Professor of Civil Engineering, “we particularly appreciate his desire to train the next generation of engineers” Fred’s passion for Public Works, specifically Transportation and Infrastructure, is ingrained in his soul. He truly understands that Public Works professionals develop and maintain the systems that make our communities great. Mark Vandehey, CEO of Kittelson & Associates, sums this up well, “What really sets Fred apart as a young leader in the industry is his outward focused approach and overall willingness to think beyond himself and grow the profession by investing his own time and effort in others.” Thank you for considering Fred for the APWA’s Young Leader Award for the Oregon Chapter.