Raymond J. Wilke, P.E., ENV SP, F.ASCE, senior watershed director with the Department of Watershed Management for the City of Atlanta, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
He has worked for over 35 years in a broad range of civil engineering, environmental, water resources, and transportation projects, incorporating elements of planning, design, and construction for sitework, treatment works, wetlands, stormwater management, bikepaths, stadiums, pipelines, landfills, railroads, streets, bridges, and highways. His experience includes large and small projects in the commercial/industrial and municipal/government sectors. He has managed and designed numerous projects for municipal, state, federal, and industrial owners.
Wilke is a former president of ASCE’s Georgia Section, which named him 2004 Civil Engineer of the Year.
In 2009, he was principal-in-charge for the Snapfinger Creek Streambank Stabilization and Constructed Wetlands project at Pine Lake, GA, which was awarded the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award for the Natural Environment by the Georgia Section. He is also an Envision Sustainability Professional, a certified floodplain manager, a certified professional in erosion and sediment control, a certified NPDES trainer in Georgia, and serves on the Georgia State Water Well Standards Advisory Council. He is currently president of the Georgia Engineering Foundation, and recently was named 2016 Georgia Engineer of the Year in Government by the Georgia Engineering Alliance.
At the City of Atlanta since 2011, Wilke was recently asked to serve as deputy commissioner of the Office of Engineering Services, Department of Watershed Management. As a senior watershed director, he leads the Strategic Asset Management Division.
In 2005 Wilke was the first city engineer and deputy director of development for the new, privately operated City of Sandy Springs, GA. As a principal of GeoRay Inc., he has provided consulting on permitting, regulatory, and stormwater and erosion issues, primarily with local governments, school boards, and program and construction managers.
Wilke led the Trammel Crow Park Wetlands Project for Fulton County, GA, awarded the Best Development project by the Citizens Commission on the Environment in 2004. In addition, he has served as chief engineer of development for Fulton County as a private consultant. His efforts there culminated in the Fulton County Government naming May 22, 2000, as Raymond J. Wilke Appreciation Day.
He has recently authored several papers and presented at six national engineering conferences on the topics of stormwater, floodplains, asset management, and utility management.
Wilke holds a B.S. in civil engineering, cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. He has practiced in 13 states and Washington, DC.