Region 5 Governor Official Nominee

Portrait of Chris Rader

Vision statement

Engineers are problem solvers and Civil Engineers help to build the fabric of society. I recall when my parents told me I would be an Engineer, and at a young age, that involved some dreams about the train I would get to drive. I did not yet know, but they recognized a young, analytical, problem-solving mind and helped to guide me to success as a member of the Civil Engineering community. My involvement with ASCE goes back to the mid-90’s as a student at Tennessee Tech, and my recent stint in leadership for the Society began in 2008, when I volunteered to serve as the local newsletter editor. Since then, my service to the Society has been continuous in one form or another.

A common theme I’ve championed throughout my professional career is to remind my fellow engineers that Civil Engineers help to provide every aspect of what makes CIVILization great. With that realization comes great responsibility, and I strive to serve as an ambassador for our Civil Engineering profession and look forward to the opportunity to continue my service with ASCE through advancement of the Society’s mission and vision as a Region Ambassador.

Biographical statement

Education

  • BS, Civil Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1997
  • MS, Information Technology Management, Naval Postgraduate School, 2002
  • MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida, 2011

Certification and licenses

  • California Professional Engineer, 2002
  • Georgia Professional Engineer, 2006
  • Florida Professional Engineer, 2008
  • Envision Sustainability Professional, 2018

Work experience

  • Atkins, Senior Division Manager, 2018-present
  • City of Altamonte Springs, Deputy Director of Public Works & Utilities, 2012-2018
  • Orange County Utilities, Senior Engineer, 2008-2012
  • Arcadis, Project Engineer, 2006-2008
  • City of Fort Oglethorpe, City Engineer, 2005-2006
  • US Navy, Civil Engineer Corps Officer, 1997-2005

ASCE involvement

Local-level

  • Florida Section
    • President, 2015-2018
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 2013-2015
    • Webmaster, 2016-2021
  • East Central Branch
    • President, 2011-2013
    • Vice-President, 2010-2011
    • Treasurer, 2009-2010
    • Secretary, 2009
    • Newsletter Editor, 2008-2010

Other volunteer activities

  • Council Member, City of Edgewood, 2019-present
  • Planning & Zoning Board Member, City of Edgewood, 2015-2019
  • Association President, Legacy at Lake Jessamine HOA, 2014-2020
  • Florida Engineering Society, 2019-present
  • American Water Works Association, 2008-present

Awards

  • Florida Engineering Leadership Institute
  • Government Engineering of the Year, ASCE East Central Branch
  • Rear Admiral Grace Murry Hopper Award for Excellence
  • Department of Defense Joint Commendation Medal
  • Department of Defense Joint Achievement Medal
  • Department of the Navy Commendation Medal
  • Department of the Navy Achievement Medal