On September 1, 2003, Hans became only the third CII Director, following Ken Eickmann (1998-2003) and the original Director, Dr. Richard L. Tucker (1983-1998). As Director of CII, VanWinkle now leads a collaborative effort by almost 100 organizations from the engineering and construction industry in funding research to improve one of the nations largest industries. More than 700 individuals are involved in CII research, implementation, and education projects involving more than 30 of the nations top universities.
Prior to joining CII, VanWinkle (Maj. Gen., U.S. Army, Retired) was Deputy Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. He oversaw the Corps’ military construction and real estate services for the Army and Air Force, the Armys national water resources program, and the design, construction management, and real estate services for other Defense and Federal agencies. The Corps’ annual budget of $14 billion makes it one of the largest public engineering organizations in the world. VanWinkle, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is a Registered Professional Engineer (Virginia). In addition, he holds a Master of Science degree in public policy from the University of California-Berkeley.