Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers announces that Ralph Tompkins, P.E., F-ITE, has received the Life Member Certificate from the Institute of Transportation Engineers. Tompkins has been an active ITE member for more than 25 years. The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. ITE promotes professional development of its members, supports and encourages education, stimulates research, develops public awareness programs, and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information. 

Tompkins has 41 years of experience in the engineering industry, 28 with the City of DeKalb, Illinois Public Works Department culminating in his appointment as Public Works/City Engineer. Tompkins’ most notable accomplishments include development of a state-of-the-art Geographic Information System, development of the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport into one of the leading general aviation airports in the state, development and implementation of the annual five-year capital improvement plan, and establishment of the engineering division of the public works department of the City of DeKalb.

Baxter & Woodman is an employee-owned design firm that provides planning, design, construction, and technology services for water, wastewater, stormwater, and transportation facilities for municipalities, counties, and state agencies. Environmental, geographic information systems (GIS), water and wastewater operations, and advanced technology needs complement the firm’s civil engineering expertise. Clients are served from nine regional offices in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.