Mackinac Bridge Director Honored by Women’s Transportation Seminar MI Chapter

Kim Nowack, WTS Michigan Woman of the Year,
Photo Courtesy of Mackinac Bridge Authority.

Mackinac Bridge Director Kim Nowack has been named Woman of the Year by the Michigan Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS).

The award, according to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, “honors a woman who is an outstanding role model and has contributed to the advancement of women and minorities in transportation.”

The award was presented to Nowack on Thursday during the WTS Michigan Chapter’s 2022 Scholarship and Recognition Awards Banquet in Howell.

Past Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) member Barbara Arens, who is also a WTS Michigan Chapter past president, WTS Central Region Council member and WTS International Foundation Board member, assisted in Nowack’s nomination.

“I have admired Kim Nowack for her professionalism, her technical knowledge, her leadership, and commitment to share her knowledge with future generations about careers in engineering,” Arens stated. “She is a humble and admirable leader, representing women and our industry well as the executive secretary of the MBA and our iconic bridge. The WTS Michigan Chapter is proud to honor her as WTS Michigan Chapter Woman of the Year.”

“This award is wonderful acknowledgment of Kim’s reputation as a very skilled and knowledgeable engineer. We’re so proud of her many accomplishments,” said MBA Chairman Patrick “Shorty” Gleason. “Kim has done so much for the Mackinac Bridge and is a terrific role model for youth who are considering careers in engineering.”

Nowack was the chief engineer at the bridge beginning in 2002. She was named to her current post in 2019.

A Grand Rapids native and a St. Ignace resident, Nowack is a member of the International Cable Supported Bridge Operators Association, and is a 1985 graduate of Michigan Technological University.

Before her tenure at the Mackinac Bridge, Nowack held several positions with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), including stints as a general engineer with the department’s construction division in Kalamazoo; project design, construction and assistant resident engineer in St. Ignace; and delivery engineer in MDOT’s Newberry Transportation Service Center (TSC).