UI Researcher Receives National Public Works Leadership Honor

Thursday, December 8, 2011

University of Iowa Press Release

Wilfrid Nixon, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and an internationally known authority on winter highway maintenance, was recently named a Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association.

As a Leadership Fellow, Nixon will mentor public works professionals enrolled in the association's Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence during 2012. Nixon is among 53 public works professionals from across North America who were recently inducted as Leadership Fellows.

The association notes that its members in leadership positions average 51 years of age, and as that group heads toward retirement, there is a critical need to bestow their accumulated wisdom on the next generation of leaders through a focused mentoring program.

Nixon has taught an international online course on winter highway maintenance and has presented talks on the subject in Europe, Asia, and the United States. He is also a faculty research engineer in the UI College of Engineering's IIHR -- Hydroscience and Engineering Research Center and a researcher in the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.