Cal Poly Alum Named Director of California Department of Transportation

June 23, 2009

Contact: Amy Hewes
College of Engineering

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced the appointment of Randell H. Iwasaki (CE '82) as director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Cal Poly Alum Named Director of California Department of Transportation

"Randy brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and practical experience at Caltrans to this position and I am confident he will be an effective director. He shares my commitment to updating and investing in our state's infrastructure to meet California's growing needs and to create jobs at a time when we need them most."

Iwasaki has held several engineering and managerial positions at Caltrans over the past 26 years, including chief deputy director since 2005. For the first year in this position, he also was program manager for the $8.6 billion toll bridge seismic retrofit program. Other positions in Caltrans held by Iwasaki include director for maintenance and operations, and director of transportation for several Caltrans districts.

He is the recipient of the Charles H. Purcell Award, given annually by Caltrans in recognition of managerial excellence; the Thomas H. McDonald Award, considered the highest award presented by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials for "rendering continuous outstanding service over an extended period of time or have made some exceptional contribution to the art and science of highway engineering;" and most recently recognized as one of twenty-five people recognized nationwide as a 2009 Doer, Dreamers & Drivers by Government Technology Magazine.

"I am incredibly honored Governor Schwarzenegger has asked me to take on this position and lead Caltrans," said Iwasaki. "I look forward to continuing to work with the Governor and his Administration to advance the state's leading position in global commerce and enhance the quality of life of all Californians."

During his Caltrans career, Iwasaki has spearheaded a number of transportation engineering innovations in California including the use of old tires in rubberized asphalt, the installation of LED red lights saving the state taxpayers more than $2 million a year in power costs, and conversion of the Caltrans equipment fleet to clean burning fuels.

In addition to his Cal Poly bachelor's degree, Iwasaki earned a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from Cal State Fresno.