Longtime Dallas Engineering Leader Named ASCE Fellow

July 23, 2018


Peter D. Fitzwilliams, P.E., F.ASCE, a registered professional engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Fitzwilliams retired as the Capital Services Program Manager at the Dallas Water Utilities, where he undertook the responsibility of coordinating engineering/construction capital improvement projects valued in excess of $300 million annually. He led the City of Dallas’ effort to obtain the Clean Water Act–required National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System part II permit in the early 1990s. This led to the development and establishment of numerous stormwater runoff pollutant mitigation programs, including Best Management Practices for appropriate disposal of hazardous materials; stormwater utility; construction site runoff controls; commercial/retail runoff discharges; and general household waste management.

Fitzwilliams’ experience broadens to include capital planning, design, procurement, and construction. He was design engineer at West Virginia Highway Department, and in the City of Dallas served as private consultant as well as construction engineer, project manager, program manager, and contracts manager for Dallas Water Utilities. He was also municipal planning and zoning commissioner for the City of Grand Prairie, TX, and non-profit board executive at the Irving Healthcare Foundation, raising funding to support healthcare systems in the community of Irving, TX.

He is a recipient of several municipal and civic awards and honors. He has co-authored publications and presented on items covering civil engineering capital improvements, sanitary sewer evaluation studies, and stormwater pollution best management practices. He served on the American Water Works Association Research Foundation (AWWARF) Project Advisory Committee that developed the publication Assessment and Renewal of Water Distribution Systems for the Water Utilities Infrastructure Sustenance methodology guidelines.

Fitzwilliams is a member of ASCE, AWWA, and is active in the promotion of engineering career track development for high school STEM programs through ASCE voluntary services.

He is a member of the Dallas Rotary Club, District 5810, his various positions and engagement activities including the Foundation Trustee Board and Board of Directors. In addition, he has been the District 5810 Chairman for Water Projects. In these positions and as International Services Director, he coordinated and led efforts for several years with Rotary International partners in Africa to build rural water well and latrine projects in Ghana, West Africa.

Fitzwilliams has a B.S. in civil engineering from the West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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