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Release: Nov. 5, 2001

Engineer elected to professional post, keynotes transportation conference

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Wilfrid Nixon, professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering department of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected to serve as vice president of the Iowa Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for a one-year term. Founded in 1852, ASCE, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2002, represents more than 123,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

In addition, Nixon was an invited keynote speaker at the 13th Argentine Congress on Roads and Transportation held Oct. 1-5 in Buenos Aires, Argentine where he presented a paper, "Developing a Long Term Strategy to Enhance Winter Mobility in Argentina and across the Andes." While in Buenos Aires, he also met with senior government members of the Vialidad Nacional -- the Argentine equivalent of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration -- as well as senior engineers in the various Vialidad Provinciales, the equivalent to individual state departments of transportation. The topic of discussion was the improvement of winter maintenance on the critical roads over the Andes that provide vital trade links between Argentina,
Chile, and other countries in South America.

One result of his visit is a likely February and March 2002 "scanning tour" by various Argentine highway engineers to examine how winter maintenance is handled in the United States. In addition, Nixon and his Argentine associates are planning an October 2002 workshop version of Nixon's web-based class, "Winter Highway Maintenance."

Nixon, chair of the winter maintenance committee of the Transportation Research Board, a branch of the National Research Council (NRC), says the trip is an example of growing international cooperation in sharing knowledge of winter highway maintenance.

PHOTO: Wilfrid Nixon