Jensen, Schroeder nominated for WASHTO Hewes Award

Dennis Jensen and Amy Schroeder

Two ITD employees have been nominated for one of the highest awards bestowed by the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (WASHTO).

Amy Schroeder and Dennis Jensen have each been nominated for the Dr. L.I. Hewes award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the highway development program by an individual actively engaged in highway development in the West with a WASHTO state organization.

Schroeder was nominated from District 3 for her innovative leadership skills, dedication to engineering, and her volunteer activities sharing her enthusiasm for engineering and education with public school students.

Jensen, from Headquarters, was nominated for his innovative thinking and creative leadership in developing the department's award-winning Winter Performance Measurement system.

"Both Amy and Dennis have demonstrated a unique ability to improve important processes and make major changes to the way things are done. These are changes that significantly improve the safety of the transportation system and the public. Their outstanding efforts not only improve the way we do things on a daily basis, they also save lives," said Chief Deputy Scott Stokes.

Western Construction Magazine, a journal devoted to engineering and construction in the western states, created the Hewes Award in 1951. The award honors Dr. Laurence Isley Hewes, who was part of the old Bureau of Public Roads before it became the FHWA.

Hewes was one of the WASHTO organizers and an important contributor to every phase of highway engineering that gave "great impetus to western highway development."

The award now is sponsored solely by WASHTO and is presented during the WASHTO annual meeting. This year's presentation will be made in New Mexico during the organization's annual meeting, July 17-20.

Idaho has only four previous Hewes Award winners: A.J. Sachse, 1956; Hugh Lydston, 1980; Ray Mickelson, 1991; and Thomas S. Baker, 1998.t

Published 3-14-14