Sunday, May 20, 2018

Richard "Rick" Fosse, lecturer in civil and environmental engineering, has been named a 2018 Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). He joins nine other national leaders being recognized with the award.

Fosse has served on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty since 2015. Previously he was public works director of the City of Iowa City from 1984 until 2014, and environmental engineer at the Iowa Natural Resources Council from 1982 until 1984.  He also has been a mentor for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center's Bedell Entrepreneurship Learning Laboratory.

APWA’s Top Ten Public Works Leaders are recognized for the career service achievements of public works professionals. This year marks the 58th anniversary of the Top Ten Leaders Awards, which is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards presented by APWA.

The Top Ten Public Works Leaders program focuses on outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials from both the public and private sectors in North America. The Top Ten Leaders are recognized for their accomplishments in federal, state, provincial, county or municipal engineering or administration including career advancement, contribution to technology or job knowledge, commitment to the profession as evidenced by education, training, certification or registration and continuing education, as well as professional excellence and service to the community in large and small municipalities.

The American Public Works Association ( is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members in the field of public works.  APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge. APWA is headquartered in Kansas City, MO, has an office in Washington, D.C. and 63 chapters in North America.