Stuart G. Walesh, practicing as an independent consultant, provides management, engineering, and education/training services to private, public, academic, and volunteer sector organizations. Current and past clients include the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Blue Sky Financial Partners, Bonar Group, Boston Society of Civil Engineers, BSA Life Structures, California State Polytechnic University, CDM, Castilla La Mancha University, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Clark Dietz, DLZ, Daimler Chrysler, Donohue & Associates, Earth Tech, Harris County (TX) Flood Control District, Hinshaw & Culbertson, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, J. F. New, Leggette-Brashears-Graham, Midwest Geosciences Group, MSA Professional Services, National Precast Concrete Association, PBS&J, Pennoni Associates, Purdue University/
Indiana Department of Transportation, Rust Environment and Infrastructure, Taylor Associates, Transportation Learning Network, University of New Haven, University of Wisconsin Engineering Professional Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Wright Water Engineers, and the communities of Evansville, Pendleton, and Valparaiso, IN.
After earning a BS in Civil Engineering at Valparaiso University, Stu obtained a MSE at The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a licensed professional engineer in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Stu has over 40 years of engineering, education, and management experience in the government, academic, and private sectors and has worked as a project manager, department head, discipline manager, author, marketer, sole proprietor, professor, and dean of an engineering college. As an employee of various organizations, Stu enjoyed mentoring and coaching junior professionals in areas such as communication, team essentials, and project planning. Prior to beginning private practice as an independent consultant, he was employed full time by Valparaiso University, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and Donohue & Associates and served on a part-time basis as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and taught part-time at Marquette University.
Water resources engineering is Stu’s technical specialty. He led or participated in watershed planning, computer modeling, flood control, stormwater and floodplain management, groundwater, dam, and lake projects. His experience includes project management, research and development, meeting planning and stakeholder participation, and expert analysis and witness services.
Areas in which he provides management and leadership services include reengineering, technical and nontechnical education and training (on-site, distance learning, asynchronous modules), mentoring and coaching, corporate universities, writing and editing, marketing, meeting planning and facilitation, project planning, and team essentials.
Stu authored Urban Surface Water Management (Wiley 1989); Flying Solo: How to Start an Individual Practitioner Consulting Business (Hannah Publishing, 2000); Managing and Leading: 52 Lessons Learned for Engineers (ASCE Press, 2004); Managing and Leading: 44 Lessons Learned for Pharmacists (co-authored with Paul Bush, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, 2008); Engineering Your Future: The Professional Practice of Engineering (Wiley and ASCE Press, 2012 -- the first and second editions were published in 1995 and 2000); and Introduction to Creativity and Innovation for Engineers (Pearson, 2017). Stu Walesh’s most recent book is Engineering’s Public-Protection Predicament: Reform Education and Licensure for a Safer Society (Hannah Publishing, 2021). He is author or co-author of hundreds of publications and presentations in the areas of engineering, education, and management and has facilitated or presented hundreds of workshops, seminars, webinars, and meetings throughout the U.S. He has spoken at engineering education and practice conferences in eight countries outside of the U.S., two times as the invited keynote speaker.
Stu is a member of ASCE and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and has chaired state and national committees and groups. For example, he was Chair of the ASCE Urban Water Resources Research Council and the ASCE Hydraulics Committee, President of the Wisconsin Section of the American Water Resources Association (AWRA), served on and was editor for the ASCE Task Committee on the First Professional Degree, was Special Issues Editor for ASCE’s Committee on Publications, served on National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposal Review panels, chaired the first ASCE Body of Knowledge Committee and was editor for the second, served on and was editor for the ASCE Task Committee on the Summit on the Future of Civil Engineering, and was a member of the ASCE Committee on Academic Prerequisites for Professional Practice. He served on the Indiana Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and was a member of the External Advisory Board of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Tyler. Stu has also contributed to community affairs. For example, he chaired the wellhead protection plan committee for Valparaiso, IN and was a member of the school superintendent selection committee in Waukesha, WI.
Stu was elected to Tau Beta Pi as an undergraduate student and to Sigma Xi as a graduate student. In 1995, he received the Public Service Award from the Consulting Engineers of Indiana; in 1998, the Distinguished Service Citation from the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin; in 2003, the Excellence in Civil Engineering Education Leadership Award presented by the ASCE Educational Activities Committee; in 2004, he was elected a Distinguished Member of ASCE; in 2005, he was elected a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers; in 2007, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers and received a Distinguished Service Award from NSPE; in 2008, he received the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award from ASCE for leadership in promoting civil engineering as a profession; in 2009, he received the George K. Wadlin Distinguished Service Award from the Civil Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education; in 2010, he was named a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers; in 2013, he received the Alumni Achievement Award from Valparaiso University; in 2014, he received the Thomas A. Morris Leadership Award from the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers, and, in 2016, he received the Glen L. Martin Practitioner Service Award from the Civil Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education..
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