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APWA Announces the 2021 Jennings Randolph International Fellows

The Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program is a unique international study and professional exchange opportunity that promotes collaboration and sharing of public works best practices, knowledge and innovation, both internationally and with public works colleagues in North America.

John Milne
Design Engineer, Clark County Public Works
Clark County, WA

Mr. John Milne, PE, Design Engineer for Clark County Public Works, Washington, has been selected to travel to Australia. His tour will focus on how Australian cities are incorporating environmental and economic sustainability strategies within their land use planning and capital infrastructure programs, while also taking early steps to bring driverless car and Smart City technology into their cities and public infrastructure.

“Climate change is making our sustainability needs more immediate,” said Mr. Milne. “It’s clear that we can no longer push ‘externalities’, such as ozone levels, to the back of the queue in our planning. Calls for public works agencies to ‘do more with less’ are not going away, and so we need to find even more efficient ways to help manage our resources. When bringing exciting new technologies, like ‘smart infrastructure’ and driverless cars, into our cities, we need to be careful that their implementation actually adds to the quality of all our lives, with no ‘unintended consequences’.”

Mr. Milne will visit Engineering and Planning Departments in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney, to assess how those cities are dealing with sustainability and climate resilience in their planning and public infrastructure. Adelaide is building two separated bikeway routes, giving its citizens good commuter and recreational access throughout the city. Melbourne’s ongoing smart city development is “adopting useful innovation that folds seamlessly into how we live our lives to improve our day-to-day experiences”. Sydney’s Community Strategic Plan is moving them steadily towards achieving a “green, global and connected city” by 2030.  American engineers can learn much from Australian and New Zealand expertise and experiences with those initiatives. “Just as the Wallabies and All Blacks can teach us a thing or two about rugby, our mates down under can also provide many other examples of innovative strategies and practices that can help us greatly in the mutual quest for a sustainable economy and environment,” he said.

Mr. Milne will also attend the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA) Conference in Adelaide from August 15-18, 2021, where he will present Part 2 of “Sustainability? Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Negative Entropy”, a technical paper outlining the “entropy-based resource management” organizing principle for the development of sustainability strategies.

Mr. Milne holds a BSc. In Civil Engineering from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, a MS in Water Resource Engineering from the University of Colorado, and is a registered PE in Washington State. He has over 40 years of experience in civil and water resources engineering in Great Britain and the United States.

Yuejiao Liu
Project Manager Supervisor, City of Austin Public Works
Austin, TX

Ms. Yuejiao (Amy) Liu, PE, PMP, Project Manager Supervisor for the City of Austin Public Works, Texas, has been selected to travel to Denmark. The APWA Texas chapter has also generously awarded Ms. Liu a grant to support her study tour, which will focus on zero-waste and waste to resource technology.

Rated #1 on the vitality of their ecosystems by the World Economic Forum in 2020, Denmark has a well-functioning environmental governance and management system. National legislation has provided a suite of strategies, policies and investments that ensure a high rate of recycling and waste to energy. “Both Copenhagen and Austin are C40 Cities that are leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future,” said Ms. Liu. “Austin champions sustainable development but faces strong headwinds in implementing waste to resource projects. The exchange in information through the study tour will help promote effective and innovative waste to resource best practices.”

Ms. Liu will visit multiple cities in Denmark. The City of Kalundborg is best-known for its Eco-Industrial Park, an industrial symbiosis network in which companies in the region collaborate to use each other's by-products and otherwise share resources. The City of Amager’s Amager Resource Center is a combined heat and power waste-to-energy plant and sports facility in the Capital Region of Denmark. The Regional Municipality on the Island of Bornholm shares a similar but more progressive waste reduction goal with Austin: it plans to become a zero-waste society in 2032.

Ms. Liu will attend the Association of Technical Directors in Danish Local Authorities (KTC) Annual Conference from October 28-29, 2021 and present on the centralized project management governance model at the City of Austin and notable capital improvement projects delivered under this governance model which have successfully incorporated waste to resource and other sustainability elements.

Austin aspires to be the Best Managed City in the country and sets a vision to be the national Zero Waste leader in the transformation from traditional integrated waste collection to sustainable resource recovery. Ms. Liu’s study tour in Denmark will bring valuable information to help Austin realize the zero-waste vision.

Ms. Liu holds a MS in Civil Engineering and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Texas & Ohio. She holds a PMP certification and is the current President of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Austin Chapter. She has more than 15 years of experience in managing a variety of infrastructure projects in multiple cities.

About the program

The Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program was established by APWA in 1987 and is administered by APWA's International Affairs Committee. The Fellowship is named after former West Virginia Representative and Senator Jennings Randolph, known as the "Dean of Public Works Legislators," who served as the Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee from 1966 through 1981.

Through the Jennings Randolph International Fellowship Program, APWA strives to further these international principles:

  • To provide an opportunity for individuals to broaden their knowledge and exchange experiences and information on technologies and advances in public works through contact with APWA's international partners
  • To promote friendship and understanding among public works professionals on an international basis
  • To provide a venue for the exchange of information between APWA and APWA's international partner countries
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"Public works is a powerful instrument for understanding and peace."
- Jennings Randolph (West Virginia Senator, 1932-1985), known as the "Dean of Public Works Legislators"