Walker appoints new state railroads commissioner

Governor Scott Walker has appointed Yash Wadhwa as the Commissioner of Railroads. The appointment is effective Jan. 11, 2016, pending Senate confirmation. Former Commissioner Jeff Plale submitted his resignation effective January 4.

Wadhwa has over 44 years of consulting experience in numerous engineering fields including civil, environmental, and transportation engineering. He has worked on infrastructure projects for various municipalities in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area. In addition, Wadhwa has served as a board member for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and president of the Wisconsin Association of Consulting Engineers, as well as the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers. 

Wadhwa has a M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.