Faces in the Crowd - Sean Gehin

Name: Sean Gehin

Employer: City of Wausau      How Long:  5 years

Education: Bachelor‘s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech University. Emphasis in Transportation and Water Resources

Special Certifications, Awards, or Honors: I am a Licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. I’ve had the opportunity to work on many interesting projects over the years. For example, the 400 Block Reconstruction Project in the City of Wausau received an APWA Project of the Year Award as well as an ACEC Award.

What about Public Works is exciting to you? What drives you to serve the public?  As a Project Engineer for the City, I enjoy being involved in a large variety of projects such as roadway reconstructions; extension and replacement of utilities; parking lot and multi-use trail improvements; as well as oversite of the City’s MS4 stormwater permit. I grew up in Wausau so it is an honor to serve my home town. I enjoy being involved with improving and maintaining the City’s infrastructure in an efficient manner.

What is the best Public Works innovation you’ve seen in your career?  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a number of design software packages; however, Civil3D has been one of the best innovations that I’ve seen. Civil3D has really help complete projects efficiently with limited staff.

What has been the biggest challenge – or – what do you see as the biggest challenge going forward? One of the biggest challenges is maintaining and repairing aging infrastructure with limited budgets. Municipalities just don’t have the fund to keep up with the required maintenance of roads, utilities, etc. It will be important for all communities to work together to find innovative ways to fund these projects.

How do you spend your free time when you’re not serving the public? I spend my free time coaching football, basketball, and soccer for my two kids Noah and Ava (10 years and 8 years old). When I’m not coaching, I like to spend time fishing, boating, and hunting at my family’s cabin on the Willow Flowage located in Oneida County.

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