Madison Wisconsin: 11:04:13: The newly constructed, super-large, Engineering Hall at the University of Wisconsin was a standing-room-only crowd for the Dire States talk. This thanks largely to the intense crowd sourcing efforts of Professor David A. Noyce, Ph.D., P.E. The academic is renown moving traffic with intelligent systems. I didn’t know that besides trucks, buses and autos his traffic directing included: powerful appointed officials, multi media sources, curious students. My friend, Professor Mark Meyers, knew this however, when he introduced us late this summer when the idea of a University of Wisconsin at Madison talk was first discussed. “Mrs. Martin,” he assured me after our initial meeting, “will be parked here” as he pointed to a busy sidewalk in front of Engineering Hall. This became truth the moment we pulled onto campus. Science Writer Scott Gordon, who doubles as a music critic,backed us into our parking spot before introducing himself. Scott successfully scheduled a Dire States appearance on Wisconsin Public Radio’s At Issue with Larry Meiller. Professor Noyce deftly worked with Case Construction Equipment out of Racine, Wisconsin, my partners on the Dire States tour, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Governor Scott Walker’s Secretary of Transportation Mark Gottlieb, the secretary’s staff, and Professor Noyce’s esteemed colleagues on the university’s faculty. Audio visual support, simulcasting online, and most importantly people in the seats – thank you professor – thank you all.
About the Author: Dan McNichol
Dan McNichol is a number-one bestselling author and an award-winning journalist. His published books, articles, thought-leadership papers and speaking events focus on mega construction projects in the United States and The Peoples Republic of China. McNichol recently contributed to a front page story in The New York Times titled, “Trump-Sized Idea for a New President: Build Stuff”. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) / Boston Chapter named McNichol as one of nation’s outstanding journalists in 2014 and again in 2003. McNichol contributes to worldwide media outlets including: The New York Times, Engineering News Record (ENR), ABC World News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) network, China Central Television (CCTV), TV Tokyo, MSNBC and PBS’s The NewsHour, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel. McNichol is a frequent voice on National Public Radio (NPR). ENR Magazine recently tapped McNichol as the magazine’s national correspondent for a cross country tour. McNichol and Aileen Cho, ENR’s senior transportation editor, drove in a 1949 Hudson Commodore with the tagline, “America’s infrastructure is as old, rusty and energy defunct as our original Detroit lead-sled.” The journalists wrote ENR print and online cover stories about the nation’s ailing infrastructure. A former White House appointee, McNichol served the President on US policy issues surrounding transportation and infrastructure between 1991-1993. McNichol has worked in official capacities on the nation’s largest infrastructure projects: California High Speed Rail (2017), San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Replacement (2013) and The Big Dig, a.k.a. The Central Artery / Third Harbor Tunnel Project (2000).