Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has promoted Shan Gunawardena to director of Public Works. He has served as city engineer since 2012 and began his service with the city in 2007 and has held positions of traffic engineer and assistant city engineer. Gunawardena also has experience as senior transportation engineer and project manager with Bonar Group and seven years of service with the Indiana Department of Transportation in leadership positions. He has also served as a guest lecturer for IPFW’s Department of Engineering.
Under Gunawardena’s leadership in the Public Works Division, the city has invested record amounts in neighborhood infrastructure enhancements. From 2014 through this year, there has been $100 million in street, road, sidewalk and curb enhancement projects in neighborhoods throughout Fort Wayne. In addition, another $30 million in improvements is planned for 2018.
He has overseen 30 projects that have improved safety and drivability in neighborhoods and arterial streets and roads in all quadrants of the City. Gunawardena has also led innovative approaches to using new technologies and best practices to position Fort Wayne as a leader in proactive transportation strategies to benefit motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
He earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Purdue University and is registered as a professional engineer and professional traffic operations engineer. He will serve as chairman of the Fort Wayne Board of Public Works, is a member of the Fort Wayne Plan Commission and chairs the Urban Transportation Advisory Board.