Innovations and Creative Solutions to Challenges Right Here in South Bend
Gary Gilot                                                                                                                         
Retired Public Works Director and Current President                                             
of the Board of Public Works, City of South Bend, IN

September 13, 2012
3:30 - 4:45pm
102 DeBartolo                                                     

Practicing Engineering in South Bend is Challenging and very rewarding work.
Elected leadership encourages innovative and creative engineering projects in South Bend.
• We are big enough to have big city infrastructure and other challenges and small and entrepreneurial enough to pilot some new ideas—the collection of which begin to forge an economic differentiation for South Bend as a beta City.
• No coincidence that this emergence of South Bend as a beta city coincides with Notre Dame shifts in local engagement and in embracing a new vision of UND as preserving its global reputation as a world class academic institution while also setting serious targets to be a world leader in commercialization of research
• We have many opportunities for community engagement/internship opportunities to make a difference during your time in South Bend, gain experience that would make you more attractive to future employers and who knows, maybe find your niche in South Bend as a future innovator who uses this entrepreneurial ecosystem to launch new products or services or help local government with new smarter approaches to getting things done better.
• From Safe Drinking Water to Wastewater Treatment to CSO Technology to Green Solutions; From LED signals to Metronet to high performance computers as innovative Park Conservatory Greenhouse Heating Solutions—we have great stories of local collaboration and innovation to share
• Will your innovation be the next great story to share?

Gary A. Gilot is the retired Director of Public Works for the City of South Bend. He continues volunteer service to the City serving as President of the Board of Public Works. Gary earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Clarkson University in Upstate New York (1978), and an MBA from Indiana University at South Bend (1985). He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Indiana (since 1982). As Public Works Director for the City of South he was responsible for water, sewer, street and other public infrastructure. Gary has been engaged in applied research and commercialization of research through his years in public service. He has an aggregate of 28 years of municipal environmental stewardship experience. Gary gained prior knowledge and experience as an Environmental Engineering consultant for 6 years. Gary is a recipient of the Ivan H. Brinegar municipal management award through the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Gary was selected as the nation’s 2010 “Public Works Leader of the Year.” for innovation in local government by American City & County magazine.