Jim Martin named ASCE Honorary Member

  Jim Martin

Former APWA President Jim Martin, P.E., has been selected as an Honorary Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Martin, former Public Works Director for the City of Fresno, California, APWA President in 1983-84, and Public Works Historical Society President in 1990-91, joins such past national presidents as Roy Morse, Herb Goetsch, Sam Baxter and Jim McCarty as recipients of ASCE Honorary Membership.

"I am deeply appreciative of being named an Honorary Member of ASCE," Martin said recently from his home in Fresno. "I believe the many opportunities for professional service that I enjoyed through APWA were a major factor in receiving this award. I trust these two fine organizations will continue to maintain a strong relationship."

According to ASCE's Honorary Membership Citation, Martin's professional record "exemplifies his expert diversified technical and management engineering skills and experience that expressly qualifies him as an outstanding manager in the public works field." ASCE's rationale regarding the selection of Martin was as follows:

  • "The significance of Mr. James Martin's contribution to Civil Engineering can be seen in the breadth of his work, particularly in books to his credit. They are:  Management of Public Works Construction Projects; Guidelines for Action: Public Works' Role in Emergency Management; and Selection and Use of Engineering and Architectural Consultants, a Guide for Public Agencies. His career encompasses a unique and important array of accomplishments and interests which significantly furthered the effectiveness of public agency management. His leadership in the public works and engineering fields has been well recognized through the receipt of prestigious national and local awards, including awards by the American Public Works Association of which he is an Honorary Member. These awards are: the Harry S. Swearingen Award; Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year; Presidential Leadership Award; and Fellow, Institute for Municipal Engineering.

  • "He has made use of personal appearances and authored publications to share his ideas and experiences with professional colleagues. Mr. Martin has lectured at 37 workshops and seminars for the American Public Works Association on construction project administration, public works emergency management and general public works management. He has also lectured on effective management of public works and improving public works inspection skills at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension. Mr. Martin has also lectured on public works in emergency management at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and served on the Committee for the Study of Geometric Design Standards for Highway Improvements for the Transportation Research Board.

  • "Mr. Martin's later work in continuing education provided excellent opportunities for younger professionals to broaden their knowledge and engineering perspectives. His activities in the area of the history of public works engineering have been significant in preserving important records for use by future generations."

APWA salutes Jim Martin on this noteworthy achievement and lifelong commitment to advancing public works.