Airport Development Engineer – WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics
Published in Midwest Flyer – April/May 2018 issue
Mark Graczykowski joined the Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Aeronautics (BOA) in October 2017. As an airport development engineer, Mark is responsible for managing projects at 10 airports around Wisconsin. His duties include helping airports develop a realistic and achievable capital improvement plan; contracting with consultants for planning, design and construction engineering services; conducting plan reviews; and working as a liaison between local sponsors and state and federal agencies.
Mark, a Manitowoc native, earned two bachelor of science degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2004 in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He worked in consulting for 13 years before joining the BOA and is registered as a Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. Mark is very passionate about helping airport owners succeed with their development projects and looks forward to the new challenges at the BOA.
Right before joining the BOA, Mark spent eight weeks as a volunteer at Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. There, he participated in the “Concrete to Canyons” program which brings underserved 5th graders from Nevada (including Las Vegas) to the park for three days and two nights filled with educational programing, hiking, camping and most importantly, a chance to have fun. Being ‘Ranger Mark’ for eight weeks was a life-list highlight, along with living in the park and getting to learn many of its secrets. Since returning to Wisconsin, Mark has fueled his desire to contribute to society by becoming actively involved with the Ice Age Trail Alliance in Dane County.
In his free time, Mark enjoys reading, listening to music and producing artwork. He also takes multiple yearly trips to visit various National Parks to hike and camp. Unlike most engineers, Mark is fond of writing and hopes to start a blog or publish a book in the future. He will be getting married in July to his longtime girlfriend, “Sarah.”