Fri, March 3, 2017
The Quad City Engineering & Science Council has named KJWW's Richard Vedvik, PE, the QCESC 2017 Senior Engineer of the Year.
The award is one of several different awards given annually to recognize engineering and science professionals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and their profession.
Rich has been with KJWW for 12 years and is a senior engineer working out of the firm’s Quad-Cities office. His electrical engineering and acoustics engineering skills have been critical in the development of the tools and methods the firm uses for outdoor mass notification system design, computer modeling and field testing. He also has been instrumental in developing and maintaining in-house software tools and creating custom acoustics test equipment.
Because of the impact engineers had on him as a teenager, Rich makes it a point to be available for students interested in engineering. He has participated in career days at local middle schools and colleges, and has been a guest speaker at area high schools and colleges.
He also has been very active at his college alma mater, the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. He has been a guest speaker for UW-P’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) section, an annual judge for the engineering expo, a guest speaker for several classes, a member of the advisory board for the electrical engineering department, and a presenter for a professional development day. As an advisory board member, he pushed for the college to offer professional development classes to broaden the relationship between the college and industry.
Rich also has volunteered at QC STEM for kids events (leading Lego Mindstorms activities), and for the past 11 years has volunteered for KJWW's train exhibit at the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees, serving as lead electrical volunteer on the project for the past 10 years.