Ned Paschke's interests are in the analysis, improvement, and management of water related facilities and systems. He has 30 years of experience in this field, as an engineering manager, educator, and consultant. As a Program Director with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development, Ned directs a series of nationally known courses for water and wastewater professionals. More than 3,000 water professionals, from all 50 states, have participated in Ned's courses. Prior to joining the university, Ned’s career included many years of service as Director of Engineering for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), Hydraulic Engineer at Harza Engineering Company (now MWH Global) in Chicago, and Senior Consultant with Mead & Hunt, Inc. Ned also serves the UW-Madison Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a Professor of Engineering Practice.
As MMSD’s Director of Engineering, Ned and his colleagues led the planning, design and construction of major upgrades of the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant and many large pumping stations and interceptors throughout the area. The system collects and treats an average flow of 42 million gallons per day and provides service to more than 330,000 people. Ned and his team also authored the MMSD Collection System Facilities Plan which organized and initiated $84 million of key capacity and condition improvements throughout the system, and which still helps to guide MMSD today.
At Harza Engineering Company (now part of MWH Global) in Chicago, Ned provided hydraulic design and consulting work for major river projects, tunnels, spillways, dams and water projects to be constructed in many parts of the world. Examples included the 10,000-megawatt Guri Hydroelectric Project (Venezuela), the proposed 800-foot high earthfill Watana Dam on the Susitna River (Alaska), the Bath County Pumped Storage Project (Virginia), and the deep Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (Chicago). Each of these projects, at that time, was the largest of its type in the world.