Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Wiesholzer heads the Design, Operation and Environment Department at the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) where she is the deputy head of the Infrastructure Procedures and Road Safety Group. The tasks of the native of Upper Austria include the design, construction and operation of federal roads as well as the management of Austrian road tunnels. After graduating from university, the civil engineer worked for Austrian consulting engineering firms focusing on railways before she joined the BMVIT in the fields of roads and environmental protection. From 2006 to 2019, Wiesholzer was in charge of the refurbishment of Austrian tunnels. Moreover, the consulting engineer is also senior risk manager and chairs several working groups of the Research Association for Roads, Railways and Transport.
She is a member of the advisory board of the Austrian Geomechanical Society and of the Technical Committee “Road Tunnel Operations” of the World Road Association (PIARC) and the Road Tunnels Safety Committee of the European Commission. In addition to taking care of her two children, the trained tramway driver still finds time to drive a vintage tramway through Vienna. Wiesholzer authored numerous publications on tunnel safety and also gives presentations on this topic. “Standardization has to be the foundation for digitizing the design, operation and maintenance of transport infrastructure,” the goal-oriented manager says with conviction. Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Wiesholzer has been a member of the Presidential Council of Austrian Standards International since May 2019.