Michael Paddock

Michael Paddock
  • BS Surveying 1987
  • BS Civil Engineering 1988

After graduating with bachelor degrees in surveying (‘87) and civil engineering (‘88), Paddock took a position with CH2M HILL in Milwaukee where he managed transportation megaprojects. Examples of those large projects included: the Zoo Interchange reconstruction, the Mitchell Interchange reconstruction, and the Marquette Interchange reconstruction all in Milwaukee; the State Trunk Highway 29 reconstruction in Wausau, Wisconsin; and projects in New Mexico and Virginia. The three Milwaukee projects alone totaled $5 billion and were delivered on time and on budget.

Michael Paddock has used his degrees from Michigan Tech to make an impact both at home and abroad. After years of volunteering with Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) while holding a demanding full-time position, Paddock now volunteers full-time doing engineering work while currently serving as a Senior Technical Advisor for the United Nations Development Program Crisis Bureau.

In 2009, he was honored with the EWB-USA Founders Award as the outstanding member of the year. He has also garnered many other awards for his full-time work including Wisconsin Engineer of the Year in 2006 and the State of Wisconsin Governor’s Award, which was bestowed for his work on the Marquette Interchange. In 2020 Michigan Tech recognized him with the Humanitarian Award.

Mike and Cathy Paddock have been long time supporters of Michigan Tech and recently sponsored an $80,000 scholarship fund in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department that will provide $5000 renewable scholarships for four students.  The Paddock’s generous gift to the department will also sponsor the CEE Student Success Center to provide student coach funding and student organization travel and leadership opportunities.

From CEGE Academy Induction Fall 2023