University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) civil engineering ’81 alumnus, Raymond J. Wilke, PE, ENV SP, CFM, CPESC, M. ASCE, is the recipient of the 2016 Georgia Engineer of the Year in Government Award. Boasting more than 35 years of experience in a wide array of civil engineering, environmental, water resources, and transportation projects, Wilke is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare and humankind.
“Our communities depend on and need professional engineers who are passionate about their work. Wilke’s professional innovation and cost saving projects, and his ethical leadership in civil engineering ensures that the citizens of Georgia receive the best engineering services that help protect our communities and keep our environment healthy, safe, and thriving for future generations,” says Jo Ann J. Macrina, PE and past winner of the Engineer of the Year in Government Award.
Wilke currently serves as Senior Watershed Director of the Department of Watershed Management for the City of Atlanta, GA. He previously held the roles of deputy commissioner, principal, senior director, chief engineer, chief building official, city engineer, program manager, lead designer, design project manager, and construction project manager as both a consultant and owner’s engineer.
Wilke reflects, “For me, receiving this award affirms my ability to demonstrate that service to the public is an honor and requires every bit as much knowledge, skill, and energy in the public sector as it does in the private sector where I have spent most of my career. Government service is noble and very rewarding when we can perform to our given talents. It also makes me proud to say that I am a UC Bearcat as I can attest to the strength of the engineering programs at UC.”
Wilke has managed and designed numerous projects for municipal, state, federal, and industrial owners across thirteen states and DC. He is currently registered in three states and his expertise spans from large and small projects in the commercial/industrial to municipal/government sectors. He states his proudest projects include the design of Beltline Freeway for the Oregon Department of Transportation; the design of CA Hwy 237 widening in San Jose, CA; the design of a bike path along the Columbia River for Clark County, WA; the design and construction of the Loudon Oil Field Tertiary Recovery Facility in Effingham, IL; and the design of constructed wetlands for Fulton County, GA.