November 2011


Mr. William P. Henry, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE has spent his career in the private sector.  His work has involved assignments as a technical specialist, project manager, branch office manager, marketing manager, corporate planner and corporate officer.  He served as president and chairman of the consulting engineering firm he co-founded. His area of technical expertise is water resources planning and engineering.

Bill has been active in firms of all sizes nationwide.  More than half his career has been with large firms – Bechtel, PB and CH2M Hill.  The remainder has been split between mid-sized firms and small businesses.  Bill co-founded the small business Aqua Resources Inc. and served as marketing manager for the Seattle office of Schaaf & Wheeler Consulting Civil Engineers.

Bill has filled key positions in different geographic areas of the U.S.  He has led engineering efforts in San Francisco, Denver, Fairfax (VA), and Seattle.  His projects were located in 17 states and 4 foreign countries. Upon completion of his Bachelors in Civil Engineering, Bill was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and spent 18 months with an Engineer Maintenance Company in the Republic of Korea.

Mr. Henry has been an active and life member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), serving as ASCE’s President from 2004-05, President of San Francisco ASCE Section and served as Chair for various ASCE national committees. This includes Committees on Professional Practice (1997-1999), Committee on Govt. Affairs (2002-2003), Committee on Policy Review (1994-1997), State Government Relations Committee, Ad-hoc Committee on Professional Issues, and Committee on Public Involvement.

Bill also served as Vice Chair for Committee on Diversity and Women in Civil Engineering and served as member on Congressional Fellow Selection Committee, Government Affairs, State Public Affairs Grants Committee, and the National Water Policy Committee.

Among some of the notable awards and honors Bill has received are the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer, the H.J. Brunier Award from the San Francisco Section of ASCE, the G. Brooks Earnest Lecture Award from the Cleveland Section of ASCE, and California Water Environment Association’s Order of the Silver Cover.

Bill is an inaugural AAWRE founding Diplomate since 2005 and in this feature, he reflects on his career and life path, time spent in Korea, his love for civil engineering, advice for future leaders, and the story behind his famous quote "It's great to be a Civil Engineer!".