ASCE has honored Roger M. Millar Jr., P.E., F.ASCE, with the 2017 Outstanding Public Official Award for his sound, innovative application of engineering principles and ethics to transportation problems, with an emphasis on quality of opportunity, sustainability, and the improvement of quality of life for the residents of Washington State.
Millar is a second-generation civil engineer with 38 years of experience in the transportation arena. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, a registered engineer in six states, and has worked in both public and private sectors. He currently serves as the secretary of transportation for the State of Washington, a position that is not normally filled by a civil engineer.
In 2016 he received the ASCE President’s Medal, and from 2000 to 2014 he served on ASCE’s Committee for Infrastructure, which produces the nationally recognized Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. He has also served as president of the Oregon Section of ASCE.
Millar currently oversees the statewide multimodal transportation system in Washington, including the largest ferry system in the U.S. His collaborative and solutions-oriented leadership style, challenging his engineers to work closely with community partners, has helped increase public confidence and advanced partnerships by fostering a culture of trust. His “Practical Solutions” initiative has empowered employees to use the latest tools and performance measures to seek improved cost efficiencies in operating the state’s transportation system, to reduce travel demand to save money, and to reduce the need for costly new infrastructure expansion.
The Outstanding Public Official Award (formerly known as Civil Government Award) recognizes those members of the engineering profession who have rendered meritorious service in elective or appointive positions in government.