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Bill Cesanek, AICP

Vice President, Senior Infrastructure Planner

Bill Cesanek is a CDM Smith vice president specializing in sustainable infrastructure planning, smart city utility technology, and geographic information systems. His experience extends across many sectors, including water resources, infrastructure, and environmental planning and permitting, water reliability, and web development. A relentless champion for water in the planning community, Bill is the current Chair of the Water Task Force of the American Planning Association, where he's played a crucial role in establishing the importance of water as a central organizing element in healthy urban environments. With a steady focus on driving innovation, Bill has also developed a number of complex web applications, including an Early Warning System addressing surface water pollution for the Philadelphia Water Department.  

What inspires you? The conviction that I (and my many talented colleagues) can help to create a smarter and more sustainable future through better infra­struc­ture and city planning efforts. 

years at CDM Smith
years in industry
projects completed

What does “listen. think. deliver.” mean to you? Too often, con­sul­tants are accused of molding their client’s chal­lenges to a pre-es­tab­lished model or past project so that earlier work can be recycled. So really lis­ten­ing to the chal­lenge and getting into the client’s shoes is critical in the be­gin­ning, middle and end of a project life cycle. Our clients ask for our ex­per­tise to help them solve their problems, so thinking in­ten­sively and cre­atively can result in shared so­lu­tions that really deliver for everyone involved.  

What is the best part of your work day? Having the op­por­tu­nity to interact with so many talented pro­fes­sion­als at CDM Smith, working on projects, men­tor­ing staff, ad­vanc­ing pro­fes­sional and market strate­gies and thinking across dis­ci­plines. 

What are your 3 non-work passions? Music (lis­ten­ing to live and recorded music and record­ing my own music), biking and enjoying good wine and food. 

Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on in­ter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and com­mu­ni­ties. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of re­sources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex chal­lenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do ex­cel­lent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next chal­lenge. I love wit­ness­ing that positive re­in­force­ment and synergy build with each as­sign­ment.


What’s some­thing you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then put­ter­ing around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s some­thing that people might be sur­prised to know about you? I was once an avid com­pet­i­tive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on in­ter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and com­mu­ni­ties. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of re­sources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex chal­lenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do ex­cel­lent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next chal­lenge. I love wit­ness­ing that positive re­in­force­ment and synergy build with each as­sign­ment.


What’s some­thing you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then put­ter­ing around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s some­thing that people might be sur­prised to know about you? I was once an avid com­pet­i­tive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on in­ter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and com­mu­ni­ties. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of re­sources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex chal­lenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do ex­cel­lent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next chal­lenge. I love wit­ness­ing that positive re­in­force­ment and synergy build with each as­sign­ment.


What’s some­thing you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then put­ter­ing around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s some­thing that people might be sur­prised to know about you? I was once an avid com­pet­i­tive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on in­ter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and com­mu­ni­ties. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of re­sources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex chal­lenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do ex­cel­lent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next chal­lenge. I love wit­ness­ing that positive re­in­force­ment and synergy build with each as­sign­ment.


What’s some­thing you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then put­ter­ing around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s some­thing that people might be sur­prised to know about you? I was once an avid com­pet­i­tive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on in­ter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and com­mu­ni­ties. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of re­sources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex chal­lenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do ex­cel­lent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next chal­lenge. I love wit­ness­ing that positive re­in­force­ment and synergy build with each as­sign­ment.


What’s some­thing you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then put­ter­ing around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s some­thing that people might be sur­prised to know about you? I was once an avid com­pet­i­tive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
Why CDM Smith? It’s a company where you can work on in­ter­est­ing, chal­leng­ing, high-profile projects that have a positive impact on clients and com­mu­ni­ties. CDM Smith is filled with great people who phave a lot to offer and the depth of re­sources makes it all the more fun to tackle big, complex chal­lenges.

  

What’s your favorite part of your job? Seeing our teams do ex­cel­lent work that results in clients coming back to us for help with their next chal­lenge. I love wit­ness­ing that positive re­in­force­ment and synergy build with each as­sign­ment.


What’s some­thing you enjoy doing on your day off? Going on a hard bike ride with friends in the morning and then put­ter­ing around the yard for the rest of the day. I’d cap it off with a great dinner or evening on the beach.

 

What’s some­thing that people might be sur­prised to know about you? I was once an avid com­pet­i­tive sailor and competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials.

 
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Bill teaches a course on Infrastructure Planning to graduate students at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. 

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APA's Water Task Force: An Interview with Bill
The APA sits down with Bill, co-chair of the Water Task Force, to discuss why the task force was created and the important priorities it is tackling.
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Launching the Water and Planning Network
Bill and his colleagues highlighted One Water planning at the recent APA National Planning Conference, and launched a new forum for interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and planning methods.
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