Donald G. Wittmer, P.E., M.ASCE
Region 3 Director Nominee
I have been involved in ASCE since my days in college at the University of Iowa in the late 1980’s. I wanted to become a civil engineer since I was young after being fascinated seeing signature bridges that cross the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities as we visited family. I got my degree with an emphasis in structural but started my first job in transportation and have loved my work ever since.
I learned from my mother at an early age the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. She volunteered for many organizations in my hometown in southeast Iowa and that instilled in me this same ethic. That is why I have remained active and involved at various levels within ASCE for the past 20 years.
ASCE is the premier organization for civil engineers and I believe that everyone should be a member. I think that ASCE is on the right track but that does not mean that there aren’t areas that could be improved. I want to build on the work our past Region 3 Directors Ludins and Walther have done and use them as a resource while serving on the Board. I will use the leadership skills and training that I have learned throughout my 22 year career to provide leadership to the members of the organization and to help inspire others to become more actively involved with the organization. I truly believe that we all have a lot to give back to our profession and our community.
I would be an independent voice on the Board of Direction and know that I would be your voice in Region 3. I will reach out to all Sections and Branches in my first year to understand their thoughts and challenges and work to address them.
One of my main focuses during my term will be on the government relations issues that we are continually addressing. I served on the State Government Relations committee for five years and am completing my second year on the Public Policy Committee that combined the Public Policy and Government Affairs committee two years ago. The GR staff at ASCE does a wonderful job of being our voice on legislative issues and tackling the problems that continually arise at the national and state level. I worked with them on some state legislative issues we had in Illinois eight years ago and with their support, the bills were never even called to a vote. Without their support, things could have been different. I look forward to continuing to work with them and to support them while on the Board.
I look forward to being given the opportunity to serve as the voice of Region 3 on the National Board. I want to have a positive impact on our profession and I believe this is the best opportunity to be able to do that. I want to close by thanking all ASCE members for all that you all do to make ASCE the great organization that it is today.