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Jennings Randolph International Fellows

The Jennings Randolph International Fellows (JR Fellows) are more than just a group of impressive public works professionals. APWA’s JR Fellows have worked to share public works expertise around the world.

Every year APWA selects the “best of the best” to further advance international public works.

Past Fellows include: 

Evan Pratt photoEvan Pratt, PE

2017
Evan focused on linking funding with asset management in Australia and New Zealand, and his public works study tour resulted in a stronger story to share with APWA and legislators about legislative mechanisms, administrative structure, and government's role in technical support to link funding with asset management.

Aaron Putnam photoAaron Putnam, PE

2017 
Aaron conducted a public works study tour to compare winter maintenance practices between Ankeny, Iowa and three cities in southern Sweden. The study looked at the entire winter maintenance realm from city planning to material and equipment usage, goals and priorities, staff scheduling, and public relations.

Joanne Zhang photoJoanne Zhang, PE, CCM

2017
Joanne studied the ways that Australia fosters a culture of innovation in public works and its effect on attracting and retaining talent on capital project delivery. Her goal was to provide insight on how Australia has implemented successful initiatives to foster a culture of innovation with limited resources and to inform an effective innovation strategy for American public works.

Bruce Kaplan photoBruce L. Kaplan, AICP CTP

2016
Bruce studied the waterfront redevelopment experience of Auckland, New Zealand, specifically concerning its central rail terminal, the Britomart Transport Centre, to compare and contrast the waterfront renaissances in Boston and Auckland.


Tom Jacobs photoTom Jacobs

2015
Tom assessed how the New Zealand Resource Management Act of 1991 facilitates the integration of watershed and natural resource management into the everyday practice of public works.

Travis Greiman photoTravis Greiman

2014
Travis conducted a study tour to provide insight on how Mexican project managers interact with citizens, other agencies, and politicians to offer a contrast with how project managers operate with similar groups in the United States. Specifically, he studied four techniques: right-of-way acquisition, public outreach, interagency coordination, and winning political favor to examine how they are employed in Mexico.

Matt Rodrigues photoMatt Rodrigues, PE, ENV SP

2016
Matt conducted a public works study tour in Malmö, Sweden relating to Sweden’s implementation of the Vision Zero Initiative to eliminate transportation related fatalities and serious injuries. In addition, Matt extended his study tour to Copenhagen, Denmark to learn about Denmark’s Road Safety Action Plan, which is similar in goals and successes to Sweden’s Vision Zero Initiative.

Frank Pandulo photoFrank Pandullo

2015
Frank explored the Czech and Slovak Republic about waste collection and disposal, handling of recycled materials, funding of their operations, and the sociological impacts on their citizens in dealing with the spectrum of waste collection and disposal.

Amanda Millirons photoAmanda Millirons

2014
Amanda visited New Zealand to compare the roles of United States public works professionals as first responders with those of New Zealand. In addition, she studied firsthand the response efforts and public outreach programs regarding emergency management best practices, more specifically the emergency response and recovery after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes.

Sujit Ekka photoSujit Ekka

2013
Sujit concentrated his public works study tour on advanced stormwater treatment techniques and watershed management plans between Melbourne and Durham, Australia, and to evaluate the functionality of existing regulations in implementing positive changes to protect water resources.

Ray Funnye photoRay Funnye

2013
Ray visited the Czech Republic and Slovakia to study the best practices for the management of electronic waste collection and disposal in European countries.



Elia Twigg photoElia Twigg

2013
Elia focused her study tour in Australia on collaboration of public works professionals. Her intent was to learn how other professionals around the world reach out to their communities and advocate public works.

Kevin ChangKevin Chang

2012
Kevin visited New Zealand to study school zone safety and to make a comparative review of New Zealand and US signage, markings, walkways and other safety improvements.

no photo availableGreg Chartier

2011
Greg studied in Australia to evaluate the state of practice in developing sustainable infrastructure plans based on the triple bottom line, and assess the suitability of the Australian National Asset Management (NAMS.PLUS) training and certification programs for building asset management capacity in North America.

Tyler Palmer

2011
Tyler visited Mexico to study methods and materials used to design, build and, most importantly, maintain streets with limited resources in an effort to see how US public works professionals can enhance our ability to see alternatives to established norms.

John Daly

2010
John synthesized a strategy based upon usRAP and asset management information that would, through the development and execution of a local public information plan, get the public, particularly in rural areas in Mexico, “more engaged” in roadway safety.

Catherine Chertudi

2009
Catherine studied water conservation and management practices in Australia to learn how the country has addressed limited supplies and impacts of drought, growth, or overuse and contamination in providing safe and adequate water for needed municipal, industrial, and agricultural uses in Australia.

Tricia Aragon

2008
Tricia studied the public works role in mitigating construction impacts of private development in New Zealand.

Willard A. Bruce

2007
Willard studied waste management and waste disposal legislation, regulation, and practices in the Slovak & Czech Republics, and identified management practices that would be transferable from US systems to theirs.

Paul Hindmann

2007
Paul studied how the Slovak and Czech public works professionals have managed floods and how they have protected their citizens and property.

Julio Fuentes

2006
Julio studied transportation innovations in the United States and Mexico.

Tammy Qualls

2006
Tammy studied sewer collection systems in various parts of Mexico.

Larry Lux

2005
Larry studied the disaster preparedness, response, and recovery methods currently used in Australia for natural and man-made disasters, with a focus on the public works role in terrorism.

Carla Dillon photoCarla Dillon

2012
Carla studied how New Zealand implements its national odor policies and regulations. She studied the design and operation of odor treatment facilities and techniques for monitoring and assessing odors.

Dan Hartman photoDan Hartman

2011
Dan studied in Australia gathering and sharing information about how new applications, social media and smartphone technology can improve communication and notification to make cities more responsive and more efficient.

Ram Tawari

2011
Ram visited the Czech Republic to study waste management and to evaluate transferability of successful waste management programs in the Czech and Slovak Republic, European Union, and the US.

David Zelenok

2010
David studied the status of traffic and transportation system design and management throughout New Zealand.


Mark Whitfield

2009
Mark studied the removal and composting of organic waste from the municipal solid waste stream in the Czech Republic.









mo photo availableJim Close

2007
Jim went to Australia where he studied the issue of municipalities facing an increasing waste management problem, particularly with organic waste, and sought ways to link municipalities and farms in a mutually beneficial system.

Keith Reester

2007
Keith studied how Australia is building the future workforce by replacing Baby Boomers in the public works arena.

no photo availableJohn Lisenko

2006
John studied the provision of public works infrastructure for suburban development in the Slovak and Czech Republics.

no photo availablePatricia Bugas Schramm

2006
Patricia studied asset risk assessment and stakeholder tradeoffs in New Zealand.

Brian Pettet

2005
Brian studied involvement practices of public works in the land development application and approval process, and methods and tools that are used by public works agencies to mitigate the cost of development on public infrastructure in Australia.

George Crombie photoGeorge Crombie

2004
George studied techniques and policies being used to manage solid waste in the Slovak and Czech Republic.

no photo availableJose Gamboa

2004
Jose studied ISO certifications in public works in Mexico.

no photo availableBrad Kutzner

2004
Brad studied techniques and policies of public works efforts in the Czech and Slovak Republic.