WKU alumnus receives national award
- Lacey DiPietro-Bell
- Monday, August 29th, 2022
Dylan Ward, PE, MPA, alumnus of Western Kentucky University, is a co-recipient of the 2022 New Professional of the Year Award sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. This national award seeks to recognize a young engineer who has made outstanding contributions to the engineering profession and their community.
Ward received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2013 from WKU. While at Western, he received the Ogden Foundation Scholar award, an academic award which recognizes one graduating senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement as well as outstanding university and civic engagement.
While studying at WKU, Ward also served in many organizations, including Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society as vice president, the 2012-13 National-Qualifying ASCE Steel Bridge Team as co-captain, and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity as both president and treasurer.
Ward also served as an ambassador for the university as a Spirit Master and as an ambassador for the WKU Ogden College of Science and Engineering.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Ward went to work for the City of Henderson and obtained his PE license in 2018. He also completed his Master of Public Administration degree, also from WKU.
Ward is currently serving as a Project Manager with the City of Henderson in Kentucky where he has been employed for the past eight years. He currently oversees the Engineering, Mass Transit, and Safety/Training divisions. He also serves as the project manager for numerous community projects, including a new headquarter fire station and a new sports complex.
Ward remains involved with various professional and charitable organizations, including NSPE-KY as vice president of the western region and president of the Green River Chapter, the Southern Branch for the Kentucky Chapter of the American Public Works Association as the president, and the Gathering Place Senior Center in Henderson as the board chair.