Indiana native Steve Magnusen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Purdue University. He served as a registered professional municipal engineer and public works director for Winnetka and Libertyville, Illinois, the latter for twenty-eight years. Steve later joined an engineering consulting firm, assisting many suburban Chicago communities, prior to relocating to Indianapolis. He has been active in the American Public Works Association, serving as president of the Chicago Metro chapter, and chairing APWA’s leadership and management committee. He was named a Top Ten Public Works Leader of the Year in 1997. Steve was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army through the Purdue ROTC program and served in the reserve component as an infantry and armor officer for fifteen years, leaving service with the rank of major.
A lifelong interest in the American Civil War and the Union army’s Iron Brigade has led him to research the inspiring life of Rufus R. Dawes, the dauntless commander of the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment. To My Best Girl is his first book.