group of alumni

The Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni was established to recognize the professional achievements and contributions of our graduates. The members of the academy also serve as leaders and role models among alumni and students.

Twenty-seven charter members, all Distinguished Graduates at the Cockrell School of Engineering or CAEE departmental level, were inducted into the Academy on November 7, 2003. Every fall since, eight to ten additional members are inducted into the Academy.

Each active member holds a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. from the department and is outstanding in his or her field, a leader of community affairs and worthy of emulation.

NOMINATION FORM - return to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The nomination period has closed.

OUTREACH & GIVING -  information for Academy members on outreach and giving opportunities.

The names of Academy of Distinguished Alumni members are listed below in alphabetical order, linking to photos and detailed information on their engineering contributions.

Academy of Distinguished Alumni
Hong Kong convention center
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Hong Kong Convention Convention and Exhibition Centre - Wan Chai North, Hong Kong Island
Image Caption #1: During his time at SOM in Chicago, Abdelrazaq was engaged in all aspects of structural engineering from planning and feasibility studies to construction administration on international projects.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Millennium Park - Chicago, Illinois
Image Caption #2: Abdelrazaq’s extensive project portfolio includes the fixed-seating area known as the Great Lawn, and Frank Gehry’s stainless-steel bandshell, the centerpiece for Chicago’s 17-acre Millennium Park.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: Burj Khalifa - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Image Caption #3: Abdelrazaq was involved in all aspects of construction planning, pre-construction services, and structural design of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Inducted October 9, 2009

Ahmad Abdelrazaq has extensive experience in the design of buildings ranging from complex low-rise buildings to ultra high-rise, and long span structures. He is Senior Executive Vice President of the Highrise Building and Structural Engineering Divisions at Samsung C&T Corporation and has been associated with some of the firm's most complicated projects.

aerial view of petrochemical plant being built
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Formosa Chemicals- Mailiao, Taiwan
Image Caption #1: Adams has developed and invented patented advanced industrial wastewater treatment technologies such as the AIS System, that are installed all over the world.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Vatva Industries - Ahmedabad, India
Image Caption #2: World-class regional advanced wastewater treatment facility that treats 600+ combined industries related to dyeing and textile production.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: Marathon Petrochemical Corporation - Garyville, Louisiana
Image Caption #3: Adams designed an advanced wastewater treatment facility for a petrochemical refinery along the Mississippi RIver. He has completed nearly 1,000 industrial wastewater management projects.

Inducted October 21, 2005

Dr. Carl Adams, Jr. is considered one of the leading international experts on industrial wastewater management. He has consulted on more than 900 U.S. and international projects in nearly 40 countries and major clients have included GE Plastics, ExxonMobil, MarathonAshland, Olin Corporation, Monsanto, Solutia, DuPont, Huntsman Chemicals, Nova Chemicals, Formosa Chemcials and 3M.

bridge over blue water and ice
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Nordhavn Metro Extension - Copenhagen, Denmark
Image Caption #1: Helping to improve Copenhagen's already excellent transportation network, Akmansoy was one of the engineers and architects for the new Cityringen and Nordhavn Metro projects, creating new connections in Copenhagen with 19 new stations.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Roskilde Fjord Bridge - Frederikssund, Denmark
Image Caption #2: Akmansoy has participated in a major infrastructure project, the Fjord Link Frederikssund, which consists of a new fixed link across the Roskilde Fjord in Denmark. It will relieve severe congestion on an existing bridge built before World War Two in Frederikssund.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: Kastrup Airport - Copenhagen, Denmark
Image Caption #3: Akmansoy helped to develop a long term master plan for Denmark's most important airport, Copenhagen Airport. The international airport serves Copenhagen, Denmark and the Øresund Region. It is the largest airport in the Nordic countries, and one of the oldest international airports in Europe.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Sandra Akmansoy is a Director and the Group Leader for Arup in Denmark, responsible to Arup’s Europe Region Board with the responsibilities for staff and projects in Denmark. Since being appointed Group Leader in June 2012, she has doubled the Danish business adding many prestigious projects and client’s to Arup’s portfolio, including: the Nordhavn metro extension to Cityringen Metro line in Copenhagen, the Roskilde Fjord Bridge, terminal development plans at the Copenhagen Kastrup Airport, and a laboratory building at the Bispebjerg Hospital.

grey box
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Al Marawani Dam - Makkah Region, Saudi Arabia
Image Caption #1: Khatib & Alami (K&A) is one of the most highly respected consulting engineering firms in the Middle East. Alami’s firm has improved the health and well-being of the populations in the West Bank and Gaza, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Hamad International Airport - Doha, Qatar
Image Caption #2: As co-founder, Alami helped build K&A, starting with a handful of engineers. The firm now employs over 3,000 people and is a multidisciplinary architectural and engineering consulting company with an extensive international portfolio.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: Damascus Master Plan - Syrian Arab Republic
Image Caption #3: Alami and his firm have developed “Master Development Plans” for the cities of Damascus and Baghdad as well as environmental, transportation and infrastructure projects.

Inducted October 9, 2009

Zuheir Alami was born in Gaza, Palestine in 1935 and currently splits his residence between Beirut and Dubai. He is Senior Partner of Khatib & Alami, a multidisciplinary urban and regional planning, architectural and engineering consulting company. Throughout the years, he helped grow the company into one of the most highly respected consulting firms in the Middle East and in the world.

Four men sitting at podium during superbowl
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: UT Football - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Allegre was a kicker for the Texas Longhorns football team while he studied civil engineering. He was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys and later returned to UT to complete with degree with honors.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Giants Kicker - East Rutherford, New Jersey
Image Caption #2: Allegre played football for two years for the Indianapolis Colts and later six more with the New York Giants, where he was a member of two Super Bowl champion teams. He practiced civil engineering during two off-seasons, working for the Indiana Department of Transportation.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: ESPN Deportes - Doral, Florida
Image Caption #3: After a career-ending injury, Allegre earned an MBA and was at the forefront of Spanish-language NFL programming. Since 2006, he has been an analyst on ESPN Deportes and ESPN International’s Monday Night Football. He also serves as president of the NFL Alumni in Austin, overseeing the local “Caring for Kids” national charity program.

Inducted October 26, 2012

Raúl Allegre was born in 1959 in Torreón, México and came to the U.S. as an exchange student in 1977. Originally a soccer player, he received a football scholarship to attend the University of Montana where he studied for two years before transferring to The University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in civil engineering. He excelled in the classroom and as a kicker on the football field, and went on to build a career in Spanish language sports broadcasting and marketing.

brick building with construction workers
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Our Lady of Los Angeles Church - Mexico City, Mexico
Image Caption #1: Alcocer has dedicated his career to improving structural safety and seismic design in Mexico and other developing countries.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Masonry Structure - Mexico City, Mexico
Image Caption #2: Some of Alcocer’s early research focused on dynamic response of scaled models of confined masonry structures, a building technology that offers an alternative to unreinforced masonry and reinforced concrete frame construction.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: UNAM Engineering - Mexico City, Mexico
Image Caption #3: In addition to a key position at the National Center for Disaster Prevention in Mexico City, Alcocer was a Research Professor in structural engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He eventually became UNAM’s Secretary General.

Inducted October 21, 2010

With a distinguished career in engineering research, higher education and public service, Sergio M. Alcocer is a Research Professor at the Institute of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the former undersecretary for North America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering for improvements to the seismic safety of buildings in developing countries through improved design standards and government policies.

King Fahd University at dusk
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: King Fahd University – Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Image Caption #1: After graduating from UT, Al-Rashid taught at King Fahd University and oversaw campus construction projects. He was later dean of both business affairs and engineering
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Growth of Cities – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Image Caption #2: Rashid Engineering played a major part in the rapid development of Saudi Arabia and was the kingdom’s largest engineering firm, designing more than 100 major projects and grossing over $2 billion a year.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: Dedication of Research Center - Coral Gables, Florida
Image Caption #3: Al-Rashid is best known for international philanthropy. He gave a transformative $10M gift to build a facility at the University of Miami that offers training in eye care, vision research, and ophthalmology education.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Nasser I. Al-Rashid is the founder and chairman of Rashid Engineering, a full-service consulting engineering firm based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which oversees major government construction projects in Saudi Arabia. He is best known as an international philanthropist, providing large gifts for a variety of causes, many of them directly linked to experiences in his own life. His deep, lasting attachment to UT is reflected in generous gifts to the Cockrell School of Engineering: a chair in civil engineering, a regents chair, a professorship, scholarships, and a sponsored laboratory. He also supports numerous programs in psychology, athletics, ophthalmology, and engineering at other institutions.

Minneapolis Treatment plant
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Pilot Plant - Pretoria, South Africa
Image Caption #1: Simultaneous biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal was discovered by Barnard in this pilot plant. He is known globally as the pioneer of biological nutrient removal, a non-chemical means of water treatment to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from used water.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Wilson Creek Treatment Plant - Allen, Texas
Image Caption #2: Barnard has done process design for more than 100 nutrient removal plants and extensions around the world and introduced BNR to North America. This BNR plant located north of Dallas is removing nitrogen and phosphorus.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: BNR Plant - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Image Caption #3: Barnard’s has helped develop many plants such as this one that is tackling phosphorus problems in the Upper Mississippi river. The plant removes about 87% of the phosphorus in the influent.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Dr. James L. Barnard is known globally as the pioneer of biological nutrient removal (BNR), a non-chemical means of water treatment to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from used water. He is recognized internationally for developing the BarndenphoR Process and Phoredox, the basis for all biological and nutrient removal process configurations in use today. He has designed over 100 innovative installations throughout the world by successfully adapting the BNR principles to a broad range of locations and environments including developing and industrialized countries. He also designed and supervised the construction and activation of the first BNR system in the U.S. in Palmetto, Florida in 1978.

UW Architectural Hall exterior
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Hewlitt-Packard Building Seismic Upgrade - Corvallis, Oregon
Image Caption #1: Bartoletti was part of an $10.8 million seismic upgrade of this 168,900 SF fully occupied office building. The foundation includes pin piles and concrete grade beam. The lateral Bracing System includes a new longitudinal and transverse unbonded braces.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: University of Washington Architecture Hall - Seattle, Washington
Image Caption #2: As an industry expert in seismic engineering, Bartoletti has done much work on seismic upgrades for historic buildings, including Architecture Hall at the University of Washington, and several facilities for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: 2010 Chile Earthquake Team - central Chile
Image Caption #3: Earthquake engineering has been a part of Bartoletti’s career and technical focus since his days at UT. He has visited several countries post-earthquake in the Degenkolb culture of “chasing earthquakes” including Taiwan and Chile.

Inducted October 16, 2015

Stacy Bartoletti is President and CEO of earthquake and structural engineering firm Degenkolb Engineers, headquartered in Silicon Valley and is known for his technical expertise in methods of assessing and upgrading the seismic safety of existing buildings. He has implemented techniques to improve the safety of countless buildings on the West Coast and led a multi-year effort with the Washington State Seismic Safety Committee to develop a framework and recommendations to achieve earthquake resilience in the state. The effort brought together professionals, government officials, and stakeholders to address seismic threat.

Benson working in the field
Alumni Image #1:

Inducted October 9, 2009

Craig H. Benson is the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA) and a renowned geoenvironmental engineer with a distinguished record of research. Recognized worldwide for his expertise in waste containment systems, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His work is the interface of the built and natural environments and is focused on environmental containment of solid, hazardous, radioactive, and mining wastes;  beneficial  use  of  industrial  byproducts;  and sustainable infrastructure.

aerial view of water treatment plant
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: South Austin Regional WWTP - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Bhattarai was Project Manager for the full-scale demonstration of biological nutrient removal at the South Austin Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. He has also been involved with several seminal research efforts, including award-winning work on sludge thickening and biological nutrient removal. His work on biological nutrient removal was the first full-scale demonstration of the Step-BNR process anywhere in the world is now widely used throughout the US.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Austin Water Treatment Plant - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: Throughout his career, Bhattarai has been extremely active in volunteer work with the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and more.He has held many leadership positions in professional organizations including serving as President of the Water Environment Association of Texas and the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies and has been recognized with awards for his extraordinary personal service.

Inducted October 16, 2015

Raj Bhattarai currently manages Austin Water Utility’s Environmental and Regulatory Services Division where he directs the regulatory programs required for the city's drinking water plants, wastewater collection and treatment plants as well as the reclaimed water and biosolids treatment systems. In this key role, he has become a national and international leader in the water and wastewater field and in water quality and environmental protection efforts.

two tanker ships with shore in foreground
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Bonaire - Rincón, Bonaire
Image Caption #1: Blandford designed the Bonaire terminal in South America which is used as a storage and transshipment facility for crude oil and derivatives. It has two “T Head” jetties with shore tanks.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Alyeska Terminal - Valdez, Alaska
Image Caption #2: As a young engineer, Blandford worked on the Alyeska Terminal in Valdez Harbor, Alaska. This terminal marks the end of the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System and is the northernmost ice-free port in the U.S.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: SeaHorse - Gulf of Mexico
Image Caption #3: Blandford’s patented SeaHorse suite of platforms are the most widely used shallow water platforms (under 650 feet water depth) in the Gulf of Mexico and have been installed all over the world.

Inducted October 14, 2004

Joe Blandford improved oil and gas recovery efforts through innovative technology that he developed while leading Atlantia Offshore in Houston for more than two decades. He has more than 60 patents to his credit for creating and advancing offshore technology in shallow and deepwater marginal fields.

Bonaparte speaking at lectern
Alumni Image #1:

Inducted October 13, 2006

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Rudy Bonaparte has served as engineer-of-record and/or project manager for many major projects in the areas of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering; contaminated site and waterway assessment and remediation system design; and solid, hazardous, and radioactive waste disposal facility design, permitting, and performance evaluation. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a licensed professional engineer in 17 states, and has made many contributions that have been adapted by practice.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: JFK Causeway - Corpus Christi, Texas
Image Caption #1: Breen’s research contributed to segmental bridge technology and was first applied on the Intercoastal Waterway on the JFK Causeway in Corpus Christi, the first-of-its-kind in the United States.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Storebaelt West Bridge - between Sprogø and Funen, Denmark
Image Caption #2: Breen chaired the Independent Design Board for the Storebaelt West Bridge in Denmark. The bridge has one of the world’s longest main spans and it crosses the Great Belt strait between the Danish islands of Zealand and Funen.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: Sunshine Skyway Bridge - Tampa Bay, FL
Image Caption #3: Breen has been a worldwide leader in the development of design and construction standards and a consultant for both structural and concrete buildings and bridges. He was a consultant on a number of bridge projects including this bridge, which crosses over four miles.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Dr. Jack Breen is an acclaimed civil engineer and educator who has influenced the principal design and construction standards for concrete bridges and buildings nationally and internationally. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is the Nasser I. Al-Rashid Chair Emeritus in Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he has served as a member of the faculty since 1959 and has been active in the development of new and innovative reinforced and prestressed concrete bridge and building systems.

cars on highway
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Connected Vehicle Eco-Lanes
Image Caption #1: As an expert in intelligent transportation systems and their implementation in the US, Briggs is leading the charge towards dedicated eco-lanes, similar to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, on freeways that are optimized for the environment. Low emission, high occupancy, freight, transit, and alternative fuel vehicles would be encouraged to use these lanes.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Hurricane Rita Traffic Jam
Image Caption #2: Briggs helped lead institutional changes at the federal, state and local levels, fostering a new more collaborative environment focused on better operation of the transportation system. In the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricanes, Katrina and Rita, numerous states saw firsthand the need to start or expand their own activities in transportation operations and security, and relied on the programs she oversaw to help make this happen.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Valerie Briggs is a visionary leader who has worked on the cutting edge of transportation research and directing critical transitions in improving and modernizing transportation services in the United States. She brought to the nation’s attention the need for comprehensive collaboration and coordination of transportation operations programs and led large-scale efforts to successfully apply technology to enhance personal mobility, safety and transportation system performance.

view of UT football stadium with stands filled
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Broaddus oversaw the completion of seven projects valued at $93M at the football stadium as Director of Planning & Construction at UT System. The Stadium Master Plan, developed under his direction in 1995, led to the north end zone expansion.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Texas Woman’s University Health Science Center- Houston, Texas
Image Caption #2: Broaddus & Associates served as the Project Manager for this $34 million health science center in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. Among the several degree programs offered, this facility has become a major source of nurses for Texas. Over the last several years, approximately 60% of the firm’s work has been in healthcare and research projects.

Inducted October 9, 2009

With three degrees in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, Jim Broaddus has had distinguished careers as a military officer, public servant and owner of a firm providing facilities planning, project management and construction. He is a national leader in promoting and deploying the use of Building Information Models (BIMs) in the architecture, engineering, and construction industries to create more sustainable and efficient processes.

Biloxi Bay Bridge
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Biloxi Bay Bridge - Ocean Springs, Louisiana
Image Caption #1: Brown was the foundation consultant on the replacement of the U.S. 90 bridge connecting Ocean Springs to Biloxi that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. It was completed with driven prestressed pile foundations.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Christopher S. Bond Bridge - Kansas City, Missouri
Image Caption #2: Brown was lead geotechnical designer for this cable-stayed Missouri River crossing that utilizes drilled shaft foundations socketed into rock. The bridge, which opened in 2010 is a replacement for the Paseo Bridge.

Inducted October 26, 2012

Dan Brown has had a distinguished career of practice, research and instruction in the field of deep foundations, a critically important area in civil engineering.  He is recognized as a leading, world-wide authority on the design, load testing and construction of deep foundations for transportation structures. He has had an outstanding career in both academia and consulting engineering and his broad base of experience includes many large, complex geotechnical engineering projects.

DFW airport exterior
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: DFW International Airport
Image Caption #1: Brown says that his primary claim to fame is that he co-authored the computer software (along with Larry Walker, another UT grad) used to design the drainage system for the 18,000 acre Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. To date, some 50 years later, the airport has never flooded.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Energy Industry Airborne Sensing
Image Caption #2: After joining Atlantic Richfield in the late 1970’s, he pioneered the marriage of computers to airborne remote sensing, data automation and both surface and subsurface data storage and analysis. A great engineering talent, Brown’s acumen for the budding use of computers in engineering landed him in the position of managing and developing IT departments at large engineering firms and later computer applications in the construction industry.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Crozier Brown has been a leader and early adopter in the use of information technology to find civil and petroleum engineering solutions. When Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite imagery were new technologies, he was an early adapter who learned how to apply these tools to the engineering discipline, demonstrating their value and guiding users.

crushed concrete plant
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Big CIty Crushed Concrete - Dallas, Texas
Image Caption #1: For nearly 30 years, Mason Brown’s company has been recycling clean, concrete rubble into TxDOT Grade rock materials in the heart of Downtown Dallas.His business became an instrumental part of local construction recycling procedures as this Texas megaregion experienced a landfill crisis.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Telescoping Stacking Conveyer
Image Caption #2: The location of Brown’s recycling plant, which is close to the central business district, means that it is accessible to many contracting companies with refuse to get rid of. In the recycling business, the cost is not so much in processing the used materials, but in moving them around.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Mason Brown is the founder and president of Big City Crushed Concrete, a family business that operates three concrete crushing facilities in Dallas, Texas.  For nearly 30 years the company has been recycling clean, concrete rubble into TxDOT Grade rock materials. By using crushed concrete products, anyone from homeowners to landscapers  to general contractors can help reduce land-filled concrete waste, conserve natural resources, and gain significant economic savings on materials and disposal costs.

concrete slabs being poured
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Construction of Concrete Slabs
Image Caption #1: An expert in the area of prestressed concrete, Burns was the first to test the concept of banded tendons that is now standard industry practice for the construction of slabs. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2000 “for contributions to development and education in prestressed concrete including unbounded tendon building slabs and high-performance concrete bridges.”
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Prestressed Concrete Beam Fabrication
Image Caption #2: Along with T.Y. Lin, Ned co-authored the textbook, "Design of Prestressed Concrete”, a source book in the industry for the analysis and design of prestressed structures for many decades. At the end of each class that he taught at UT, he would give his students his philosophy of engineering and life: "The truly great man is he who plants shade trees that he will never sit under."

Inducted November 7, 2003

An expert in the area of prestressed concrete, Ned Burns was the first to test the concept of banded tendons that is now standard industry practice for the construction of slabs. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2000 “for contributions to development and education in prestressed concrete including unbounded tendon building slabs and high-performance concrete bridges." An outstanding teacher, administrator and structural engineering researcher, he served UT for nearly 40 years.

oil and gas development
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Erha FPSO - Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria
Image Caption #1: Canning is a highly experienced and respected technical manager of international deepwater projects for ExxonMobil. He gained significant international experience working on streamflood, horizontal drilling and FPSO projects in Germany, Angola, France, Nigeria, and Russia. Ezra FPSO has a liquids storage capacity of 2.2 million barrels, making it one of the biggest of its kind in the world.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Sakhalin-1 Oil and Gas Development - Sakhalin Island, Russia
Image Caption #2: Canning has worked and lived in Angola, France, Germany, Iraq, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, and Russia. One of his most recent assignments involved progressing the future phases of development on Russia's Sakhalin Island.This included concept screening and selection, facilities design, schedule and cost estimates, economic analyses, government and co-venturer interaction and project funding and Approvals.

Inducted October 21, 2010

Jimmy Canning, a native of Lockhart, Texas, joined ExxonMobil as a reservoir engineer after graduation.  He quickly established himself as an effective leader in the oil and gas industry and served the company for nearly 40 years. The bulk of his career has focused on the upstream, with assignments covering engineering, operations, planning, acquisitions, quality, project management, external interfaces, and socioeconomics.

illustration of Starfix satellite
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: STARFIX
Image Caption #1: Chance and his team developed STARFIX high performance positioning services, which was up and running before GPS was useful. Its services are used for offshore construction, survey operations, pipelay and cable lay activities, seismic surveys, dive support, FPSO installation and monitoring.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Sea Surveyor
Image Caption #2: Innovation was always a hallmark for John E. Chance and Associates. He and his company had a survey boat built to specification for offshore oil exploration, starting Survey Boats, Inc. in Louisiana.

Inducted November 7, 2003

John E. Chance is known as a pioneer in the critical areas of offshore positioning and navigation, geophysical surveying and seabed mapping, and geodetic and land surveying. His company was the leader in positioning offshore drilling rigs, production platforms and pipeline lay-barges. The incredibly accurate repository of information on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico that he developed over the years has been of incalculable value to the industry, providing such things as coordinates for moving a rig in deep water, location of subsurface hazards, and precise guidance for placement on-site.

truck and plane on runway
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Development of Airport PMS
Image Caption #1: As a faculty member at National Taiwan University, Chou has been active in scholarly research in areas related to highway and airport pavements, and motor vehicle sizes and weights for over two decades. She enjoys an international reputation for her research and service to her government.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport - Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Image Caption #2: Chou helps her government advance highway and airport pavement facilities in Taiwan through international research collaborations. She has been a leader in the development of airport pavement management systems and runway skid resistance survey specifications.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Chiapei Chou is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of inspection, evaulation, and management of highway and airport pavement facilities, and motor vehicle size and weight studies. Taiwan's heavy vehicle size and weight regulations were revised based on her research findings and recommendations.  A Distingiushed Professor at National Taiwan University (NTU), the country’s top-ranked university, Chou is an exceptional transportation engineer who serves her govenment and excels in scholarly pursuits.

two people inspecting broken structure
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Structural Engineering at University of Alberta
Image Caption #1: Cheng served as Chair of the University of Alberta’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, one of the largest civil engineering departments in North America. In this role, he promoted the use of new tools in engineering education, helped to develop state-of-the-art curricula and laboratories, and promoted undergraduate research and a culture of collaboration.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Structural Health Monitoring
Image Caption #2: Cheng is an award-winning expert in structural stability, connections, fiber-reinforced polymers, and structural health monitoring. He is currently involved with structural health monitoring using fiber optic sensors and has instrumented several bridges and buried pipelines in Alberta for data acquisition and management.

Inducted September 29, 2017

Roger Cheng is a visionary leader in civil engineering education and research, and an internationally recognized structural engineer. He served as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta for 15 years while maintaining an active and diverse structural engineering research program in traditional steel structures,energy steel pipelines, and innovative and intelligent structures. Under his leadership, the department transformed into a progressive, research-intensive department that attracts world-class talent and top students. 

drinking water treatment plant
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Treatment of Drinking Water
Image Caption #1: Sarah Clark is regularly called upon by the EPA to serve on technical advisory committees where she can apply her expertise on the development of the Disinfection By-Products rules.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Durango Water Treatment - Durango, CO
Image Caption #2: Sarah and her team at HDR, Inc. provided improvements to the City of Durango’s water treatment facilities that included treatment responses to major water quality changes resulting from forest fire impacts.

Inducted October 13, 2006

Sarah Clark is a national drinking water regulatory expert, who maintains close relationships within the drinking water regulatory arena and works on several national technical committees. Currently a Senior Project Manager at HDR, Inc., her two decades of committee work have allowed her to have direct input into national drinking water regulations. She also has extensive experience in water treatment process engineering, water treatment plant operations, and full-scale and pilot plant research studies with innovative and advanced treatment processes.

Grasse River
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Grasse River Remediation
Image Caption #1: Connolly’s expertise lies in solving environmental problems related to contaminated sediments and water quality of natural systems. He has served as leader of the technical teams responsible for the assessment and remediation of some of the largest sediment remediation problems facing the nation including the Housatonic RIver, the Grasse RIver, the Hudson River, and the Passaic RIver.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Lake Tenkiller
Image Caption #2: Connolly is the founder of preeminent environmental and consulting and modeling firm, Quantitative Environmental Analysis (QEA), now AnchorQEA. One of his past projects involved investigating the role of poultry litter application and other sources of nutrients on water quality in Lake Tenkiller and the Illinois River. This area is known as Oklahoma’s “clear water paradise.”

Inducted October 21, 2010

A National Academy of Engineering member, John Connolly has developed integrated water-quality models used for remediation and management planning for large, contaminated water bodies. He has worked as lead technical consultant on some of the largest and most complex contaminated sediment sites in the U.S., including the Hudson River, Grasse River, and Fox River Superfund sites. His expertise is widely recognized and sought after and he is considered one of the preeminent engineers in the nation. 

fallen highway sign
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Fallen Highway Sign
Image Caption #1: Cook has made many important contributions to research and standards in the areas if connections to concrete and wind engineering. His research on on cast-in-place and adhesive anchors led to the development of ACI 318 & ACI 355 standards for connections to concrete.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Improving Safety of Signal Structures
Image Caption #2: Cook specializes in the effects of wind loading on structure anchoring and the effects of windblown debris on structures. Through his research, he has determined the cause of countless sign pole and signal failures. He also has identified structural design changes that could improve safety, lower the incidence of failure, and reduce post-storm recovery costs.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Ronald Cook is a Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Florida in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, where he taught for 25 years. An expert in the area of connections to concrete and wind engineering, his academic career allowed him to educate many students on concrete, timber, and masonry behavior and design.  He has also led the U.S. effort in evaluating and designing adhesive bonded anchors in concrete.  

aerial view of large trucks over bridge
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge - Pharr, Texas
Image Caption #1: Covarrubias feels that his greatest professional accomplishment is the design and construction of this international bridge, a 3-mile long structure crossing the Rio Grande River in Pharr, Texas. One of the most important ports of entry for the U.S.-Mexico border, it connects two countries for commercial and passenger vehicles, serving nearly 200,000 vehicles a month.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: World Trade International Bridge - Laredo, Texas
Image Caption #2: Covarrubias was project manager and structural designer of the World Trade International Bridge, a commercial traffic only, 14-lane bridge that presented special design challenges. He coordinated the work of all of the design team members for this award winning project, including the roadway engineer, surveyor and hydraulic engineer.

Inducted September 29, 2017

For nearly 30 years, David Covarrubias has excelled in the field of structural engineering, on both bridge and building projects. As CEO of Structural Engineering Associates (SEA), Inc., the leading bridge design firm in Texas, he is an outstanding and inventive engineer and business manager.  Under his guidance, the firm has received national bridge design awards. 

blank placeholder image

Inducted October 13, 2006

Jesse Covarrubias had a 40-year career as a structural engineer, always striving to excel in the field of structural engineering, on both bridge and building projects. One of his proudest accomplishments was building a reputation as the leading international bridge design firm in Texas.

deep water horizon oil rig on fire
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Waste Containment
Image Caption #1: Daniel is an internationally recognized expert in waste management planning, engineering and design. His work protects human health and the environment and has taught thousands of engineers and scientists through continuing education courses and journal articles.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Deepwater Horizon- Gulf of Mexico
Image Caption #2: In 2010, Daniel was appointed by the National Academy of Engineering to a committee that investigated the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: UT Geotechnical Engineering Program - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #3: Daniel has advocated widely for developing and cultivating world-class research universities. He is a frequent speaker on landfills and waste containment systems in our geotechnical engineering classes.

Inducted November 7, 2003

David E. Daniel is the Deputy Chancellor of The University of Texas System and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, recognized for leadership in developing the geoenvironmental engineering field.  He is internationally known for his major contributions to engineering practice involving landfills and waste containment systems, and widely recognized for his contributions to higher education in Texas.

Darby teaching at wetlands preserve
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Teaching at UC Davis
Image Caption #1: Darby’s teaching record is outstanding – her teaching and course ratings are impressive, she has instituted a number of new undergrad courses, and was instrumental in revising the environmental engineering curriculum. She has received national and college level honors for her excellence as an engineering educator. Here, she is pictured teaching denitrification using a constructed wetland.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: UV Light Disinfection
Image Caption #2: At UC Davis, Darby established a top-notch research program in water treatment. Her research on the use of UV light for disinfection of microorganisms in wastewater and drinking water has become the foundation of a technology now widely used in the field. Her seminal work was cited by the USEPA in developing industry guidelines.

Inducted October 21, 2010

Jeannie Darby has distinguished herself in all aspects of academic life including teaching, research, and university, public, and professional service. She is nationally recognized for innovations in engineering education and her research on UV disinfection has been seminal with regard to the critical factors controlling the disinfection process.

roller coaster at Six Flags
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Six Flags Fiesta Texas - San Antonio, Texas
Image Caption #1: Founded in 1965, Pape-Dawson has grown into one of the largest and most respected engineering firms in Texas, with offices in Austin, Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth. Some of Pape-Dawson’s more notable projects include the AT&T Center, Toyota Tundra Assembly Plant, Sea World of Texas, resort and golf courses for The Westin La Cantera Hill Country, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country and Hyatt Regency Hill Country, and the Valero and Tesoro Corporate Headquarters.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Sea World of Texas - San Antonio, Texas
Image Caption #2: Co-founder of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Eugene Dawson has been a part of successful, high profile projects throughout the state of Texas. The company gives back by funding endowed scholarships at several Texas public universities and donates significantly to a number of nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Gene Dawson is the co-founder of Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc., one of the largest and most respected civil engineering firms in Texas, with more than 450 employees in Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Fort Worth. Now Chairman of the Board Emeritus at the firm, he has decades of engineering project experience, including planning and constructing storm drainage systems; wastewater treatment plants; wastewater collection systems; industrial, commercial and residential sites; resort developments; and water supply and distributions systems.

aerial view of the AT&T Center in San Antonio
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: AT&T Center - San Antonio, Texas
Image Caption #1: Track San Antonio’s major growth projects in the last 50 years — from subdivisions to transportation systems, from corporate campuses to amusement parks — and chances are Pape-Dawson Engineers was involved. The company has been designing San Antonio since 1965, working on many high-profile projects such as the AT&T Center.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Wurzbach Parkway - San Antonio, Texas
Image Caption #2: In addition to leadership for financial and human resources management, corporate planning, and overseeing day-to-day operations at Pape-Dawson Engineering, Dawson’s technical activities center on public transportation and water resources development issues along with private land development.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Sam Dawson serves as chief executive officer of Pape-Dawson Engineers, Inc. and has guided the company's growth into one of the largest and most respected firms in the state. Throughout his career, Dawson has also made a mark on Texas and education. His record includes hours of volunteer service, which support many professional, charitable and community organizations.

blank placeholder image

Inducted November 7, 2003

Luther DeBerry was born in Bogota, Texas on May 7, 1914. He finished high school in Bogota in 1931 and entered the University of Texas at Austin engineering school in September 1931. Mr. DeBerry worked part-time while a student at UT Austin and received his BS in Civil Engineering in 1937. He then became employed with the Texas Highway Department in the Paris District, working in various counties in that district until 1942. He took a leave of absence from his job and worked for the U.S. Corp of Engineers for two years, and then served two more years as a deck officer in the U.S. Navy.

green planted fields and mountain in Peru
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Class of 1970
Image Caption #1: de Jordan is pictured as an undergraduate of the Class of 1970 - she was often the only female in her classes. She also completed her MS in 1974, advised by Dr. Clyde Lee. Her thesis was entitled “The Generation of Driver and Vehicle Characteristics for Traffic Simulation”.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Sustainable Agriculture Peru
Image Caption #2: After practicing transportation engineering in Peru, de Jordan pursued advanced degrees in business. She spent 24 years in various executive roles within Eli Lilly, the international pharmaceutical corporation before becoming an entrepreneur and CEO of RAIS VIDA, a company that researches, develops and commercializes natural beauty and skin personal care products from the Peruvian Andes and Amazon.

Inducted October 26, 2012

Elia King is recognized for her creative, innovative, and transformative leadership in multinational, high-performance organizations. She has utilized the project management skills and business acumen she acquired as a civil engineer to become an entrepreneur. She leads an international company that researches, develops and commercializes natural beauty and skin personal care products from the Peruvian Andes and Amazon.

ship turned on its side
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: 2010 Chile Earthquake
Image Caption #1: In 2010, de Solminihac was sworn in as the Minister of Public Works and soon after taking the office, Chile was hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake. He immediately took charge of repairing the most urgently needed elements of civil infrastructure. His expertise in infrastructure management was critical to restoring damaged roads, bridges, airports, ports, drinking water in urban and rural areas, public buildings and more.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Minister of Mines
Image Caption #2: de Solminihac was promoted to Chile’s Minister of Mines in 2011. In this role, he realized that continued growth of the mining industry brought new challenges for the country, including continued attention to optimal labor safety and sustainable growth, as well as evaluating impacts of mine closures. After the San Jose mining accident, he more than doubled the mining inspection staff.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Hernán de Solminihac is an engineer, academic, researcher, consultant and former public servant for the government of Chile. He illustrates how civil engineers can combine their abilities in human relations and business acumen for to fill a number of important roles in society. Currently, he is Director of the Construction and Engineering Management Department at the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). He is also a researcher at the university's Latin American Center of Economic and Social Policies. 

group standing on shake table in warehouse
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: E-Defense Shake Table
Image Caption #1: Deierlein is recognized for the development of advanced structural analysis and design techniques and their implementation in design codes. He collaborates with some of the most renown international earthquake engineers in the world, utilizing Japan’s E-Defense, the world’s largest earthquake simulator.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Earthquake First Responders
Image Caption #2: A hands-on engineer, researcher and technical leader, Deierlein has also worked as a consultant for One Concern, a start-up company that uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to advise fire departments about how to plan for earthquakes and respond to them.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Greg Deierlein's transformative research has influenced the development of national codes and guidelines related to stability and collapse of buildings and other structures. A National of Academy Engineering member, he is an leader and international collaborator in the development of computational and experimental methods for stimulating nonlinear structural performance and characterizing structural material and component behavior.

blank placeholder image
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Interim Upper Stage
Image Caption #1: Dunn was an engineering leader in the U.S. space program and led the work on a number of space vehicle systems, including medium launch vehicles, the Interim Upper Stage, Centaur, Titan rocket motors, system integration, and launch systems analysis.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Aerospace Corporation
Image Caption #2: He held a variety of technical assignments at this federally funded space enterprise research and development center. The organization provided critical support in the development and operation of the space shuttle. As this ambitious project ramped up, data obtained in some of the analyses Dunn and his team performed was incorporated into the design specifications.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Paul Dunn was a leader at the interface of aerospace and civil engineering whose technical expertise contributed to the success of the U.S. space program. He led objective technical analyses and assessments for a variety of government, civil and commercial organizations. He worked on a number of space vehicle systems, including medium launch vehicles, the Interim Upper Stage, Centaur, Titan rocket motors, system integration, and launch systems analysis.

Hong Kong convention center

Inducted September 28, 2018

Richard Easley has taken a leading role in the planning and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems or ITS on a national scale. His advancement of ITS has benefited the travelling public, Department of Transportation agencies, toll authorities, the freight industry, law enforcement and travel information providers. As founder and president of his own firm, E-Squared Consulting, he is currently growing his international reach and celebrating 20 successful years in business.

Atakule Tower
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Atakule Tower - Ankara, Turkey
Image Caption #1: Over the past fifty years, Ugur Ersoy has been involved in experimental research on the behavior of reinforced and precast concrete structures, concentrating on seismic behavior and rehabilitation. he outcome of these research projects have been used in the rehabilitation of hundreds of earthquake-damaged buildings in Turkey.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: METU Structural Engineering - Ankara, Turkey
Image Caption #2: After graduation, Ersoy joined Middle East Technical University (METU), where he founded the first structural research laboratory and initiated experimental research in structural engineering in Turkey. He served as Assistant President, Dean and Department Chairman at METU.

Inducted October 21, 2005

Ugor Ersoy is a leader in the development of earthquake engineering in Turkey.  He has been involved in the post-earthquake investigations following devastating events in his home country and organized research efforts that led to improvement in design codes and building construction procedures. He was also instrumental in the development of Middle East Technical University (METU) as a world-renowned institution of higher education and research, and helped assemble a distinguished structural engineering faculty.

view of the Fremont Bridge across the water
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Fremont Bridge - Portland, Oregon
Image Caption #1: Erzurumlu is an accomplished technical consultant to industry and government and award-winning researcher in structural fatigue. Erzurumlu was a consultant in the erection phase of the 900-ft long center arch span of this tied-arch bridge. It has an orthotropic upper deck and spans 1256 ft. between it’s piers. This unique erection scheme involved off-site assembly and transportation to the job site by two barges. The 6000-ton center arch was raised vertically 160 ft. into position with 32 hydraulic jacks.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Portland State University Engineering Tower - Portland, Oregon
Image Caption #2: Erzurumlu is the Founding Dean of the College of Engineering at Portland State University. In this role, he was instrumental in proposing the initial conceptual design of the tower, tirelessly promoting its construction and assisting with its design and fundraising. The $71M complex provides state-of-the-art facilities for the growing engineering and computer science programs at PSU.

Inducted October 21, 2010

Chik Erzurumlu is the Emeritus Dean and Professor of Civil Engineering at Portland State University (PSU). As the founding dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, he has provided a guiding influence in transforming a pre-engineering program at PSU into a comprehensive college of engineering that now enrolls over 2,000 students in BS, MS, and Ph.D. degree programs. He has made lasting contributions to students through his dedication to engineering education.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Waller Creek - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: A half a century after studying Waller Creek as part of his dissertation, Espey lead the $144 million Waller Creek Tunnel project to divert flood waters from downtown Austin.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Lake Michigan Sleeping Bear Dunes - Glen Arbor, WI
Image Caption #2: Espey holds appointments to several important committees, including the Lake Michigan Diversion Technical Committee, for which he was the committee’s first chair, a role that he continues to this day.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Bill Espey came to The University of Texas at Austin on a football scholarship and has had an exemplary 50-year career as a researcher, consultant, educator, and mentor in the field of water resources engineering. He has contributed notable advancements in urban watershed analysis, storm-water management, and hydraulic modeling.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: HIDECK Installation Concept
Image Caption #1: Larry Farmer holds U.S. and foreign patents on the HIDECK installation concept for offshore oil and gas platforms. This was an important contribution to the evolution of new deck-building technology, cutting a typical job from 10 months to less than two months.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Invensys Control Systems
Image Caption #2: Farmer utilized his engineering, business and project management skills to serve as director of a British-based control systems company, Invensys, before it became Schneider Electric. Throughout his career, he also served in executive roles for Brown and Root Energy Services and Halliburton Brown and Root Limited.

Inducted October 21, 2005

Larry Farmer has been a teacher, researcher, entrepreneur, designer, project manager and engineering/construction executive. He is a pioneer in developing and marketing structural analysis design software and holds patents in offshore platform design. He is a true civil engineer who became highly successful in management and business. 

construction on a highway interchange
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Interchange Construction
Image Caption #1: In the 1990’s, straight out of graduate school, Flanagan spent four years planning and designing an interchange on I-35 in Kansas. She currently Erin leads and manages research and analyses projects related to state and federal transportation programs in the the U.S.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Large Scale Intelligent Transportation Systems
Image Caption #2: As Principal at Cambridge Systematics, Inc., Flanigan is a leader in research and analysis of transportation operations, intelligent transportation systems, and planning/program development. In 2008, she led a study to develop a Report to Congress on the feasibility of installing fiber optic cabling and wireless communication infrastructure along multistate Interstate System Corridors for improved communications services to rural communities.

Inducted October 16, 2015

A pacesetter in the area of transportation engineering, Erin Flanigan leads and manages research and analyses projects related to state and federal transportation programs in the the U.S.  Her project experience includes large scale intelligent transportation systems deployment projects, including a 600+ signal system integration, corridor deployments utilizing closed-circuit television television, fiber optic communications and dynamic message signs.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Saprobic Water Status Austria 1979 versus 1993
Image Caption #1: Hellmut Fleckseder helped pave the path for biological wastewater treatment in AustriaFleckseder’s study on water pollution control of the Danube River introduced the mandatory requirement for biological wastewater treatment.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Vienna Wastewater Treatment
Image Caption #2: From applied academia to public administration, Fleckseder spent 15 years in two differing administrative structures. He is internationally recognized for his research and management of wastewater treatment and pollution control for Danube River and waters of Austria.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Hellmut Fleckseder helped pave the path for biological wastewater treatment in Austria. His 1976 report to Austria’s Administration showed that favorable water quality status under the Danube River’s low flow conditions can only be achieved if all wastewater is treated biologically. He participated in the design of many of the country’s wastewater treatment plants, among them Vienna’s main wastewater treatment plant.

interior of UT Life Sciences Library
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: UT Life Sciences LIbrary - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Committed to furthering the field of architectural engineering, Flynn founded Flynn Construction, Inc., a diversified general contracting firm with expertise in commercial building construction. The company has long list of completed projects on the UT campus, including the Cryo-Electron Microscope and X-Ray Crystallography Lab in the Norman Hackerman Building, and Computer Lab Renovation at the McCombs School of Business.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Cleanroom Construction
Image Caption #2: As the semiconductor industry grew in Central Texas in the 1990’s, Flynn Construction emerged as the leader in advanced technology microelectronic labs and cleanroom construction. With the recent emergence of the life science industry in Central Texas, the company is again leading the field as the expert in highly complex technical projects in genetic research and life science. During his career, Flynn and his company have completed the design and construction of over 100 labs and cleanroom facilities.

Inducted September 29, 2017

Patrick Flynn has been at the forefront of Austin’s development for more than three decades of rapid growth and expansion. Throughout his career as a general contractor and dedicated volunteer, he has helped build Austin. Committed to furthering the field of architectural engineering, he has built  his own firm that has a first-rate reputation for excellence in safety, green building and ethics in business.

Inducted November 7, 2003

John A. Focht, Jr. received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1944; he received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Harvard University in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army as a Captain in 1944-1946, and again from 1950-1952. He worked at the U.S. Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi from 1947-1953, and at McClelland Engineering, Inc. from 1953-1991 before retiring as Executive Vice-President and Chief Engineer.

flooded river going underneath road
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: California Central Valley Case Study
Image Caption #1: Ford is the owner and president of David Ford Consulting Engineers, a water resources engineering firm in Sacramento, California. Recently, he was principal-in-charge of the consulting team working with the California Department of Water Resources and US Army Corps of Engineers on the Central Valley Hydrology Study. The study has produced information to characterize flood hazard throughout the Sacramento and San Joaquin River basins, where flood risks are among the highest in the nation.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Real-Time Forecasting
Image Caption #2: Ford is an internationally recognized expert in water resources engineering, planning and management. His technical specialties include watershed engineering analysis, river hydraulics analysis, reservoir system analysis, real-time forecasting, flood warning systems, decision support systems, training and software development to support water resources engineering analyses.

Inducted October 16, 2015

David Ford is an outstanding leader and prominent contributor to water resources engineering, planning, and management, especially in the application of risk-based analysis for flood damage mitigation and real-time flood response decision making. He is responsible for pioneering research that is directly applied to engineering practice and is an exemplary mentor of young engineers. He is also one of the most trusted figures in California's flood control arena.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Westerly Treatment Plant - Cleveland, Ohio
Image Caption #1: Ford has worked with over 150 industries and municipalities and ten foreign governments in the areas of water pollution control, solid waste management and environmental litigation support. One example is the wastewater treatment design for the City of Cleveland’s Westerly Treatment Plant which serves over 100,000 residents.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Valdez Terminal - Valdez, Alaska
Image Caption #2: A world-wide recognized expert and consultant in the problems associated with special water pollution control issues, Ford conducted treatability and process engineering work for the Alaska pipeline terminal in Valdez, Alaska.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Davis L. Ford is an environmental engineer with approximately forty years of experience in the field. He has worked with over one hundred and fifty industries and municipalities, and ten foreign governments in the area of water pollution control, solid waste management, hazardous waste remediation and environmental litigation support.

exterior of the Oklahoma Museum of Art at night
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Oklahoma City Museum of Art - Oklahoma City, OK
Image Caption #1: This museum, housed in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center, was built around, inside and above the original 1947 Centre Theatre. Steve Ford is often sought out for structurally difficult projects, many of which involve renovating existing buildings and design repairs.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Oklahoma University Children’s Hospital - Oklahoma City, OK
Image Caption #2: Ford has designed the structural systems for some of Oklahoma CIty’s most prominent and award-winning buildings including OU Children’s Hospital Medical Office Building, Education Center and Atrium, and the Civic Center Music Hall renovation.

Inducted November 11, 2011

Steve Ford is a technical leader in the design of structural assessments, failure investigations, and large, complex buildings who has made significant contributions to the built environment. He has been involved in the design of buildings, structural research, full-time university teaching, forensics engineering, and authoring nationally-recognized structural engineering papers.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Concrete-Polymer Materials
Image Caption #1: Fowler’s research and pioneering development in the field of polymer materials has been integral to its widespread applications in bridge, structures and pavement systems. He was worked extensively with repair materials, repair of concrete pavements and bridge decks, bonded concrete overlays, and aggregates in concrete.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Big Dig Engineering Failure - Boston, Massachusetts
Image Caption #2: Fowler has lectured around the world on forensic engineering and has developed an internationally recognized annual short course on the subject. He has shared his case studies on the Big Dig Ceiling Panel Failure with countless engineers to prevent such mistakes in the future.

Inducted October 15, 2004

David Fowler has many years of experience in teaching, research and consulting. He served the department for more than five decades. From the beginning, he has consistently performed above and beyond the expectations of a faculty member for teaching, research and service. His induction into the National Academy of Engineering in 1998 formally recognized his indelible influence on the professional community.

oil and gas development

Inducted September 28, 2018

Professor Emeritus Karl Frank has had an enormous impact on the structural engineering profession through his teaching and research UT. He served on the faculty for over 35 years and is recognized as an honorary member of the Academy of Distinguished Alumni for making a profound impact on substantial numbers of students, and for his significant research and administrative contributions that have enhanced the department. Outside of the university, his breadth and depth of knowledge in the field of structural engineering in so many areas have made him a world expert.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Reinforced Concrete Design
Image Caption #1: From 1958 - 1995, Furlong was a structural engineering professor and researcher at UT Austin. His contributions to the development of standards and design aids (he created software) for reinforced concrete structures directly improved civil engineering practice.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Inverted T-Beam
Image Caption #2: Professor Richard Furlong’s studies at UT of inverted T-beam bent caps, earned the Ray Reese Award from the American Concrete Institute. The caps are devices used around the country in order to remove some of the visual clutter from beneath bridges at interchanges.

Inducted October 21, 2005

Richard Furlong joined the University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1958 after a six-year apprenticeship designing bridges and building structures in St. Louis. During his distinguished career, many of his contributions to the field of structural engineering have been widely recognized. Dedicated to improving design practice, he has given more than 200 seminars and has created numerous design aids for structural engineers.

Inducted October 21, 2005

William Garbade was born in Shiner, Texas in 1942. He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1965 and began his 38-year career with the Texas Highway Department as an Engineer Assistant in the Seguin Residency. A year later, Mr. Garbade was drafted into the U.S. Army for a two-year tour in Vietnam as a Terrain Analyst.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: U.S./Mexico Border Environmental Task Force
Image Caption #1: Garza is a member and past national director of the Water Environment Federation and served as chairman of a U.S./Mexico Border Environmental Issues task force from 1995 to 1997.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Wastewater Transport
Image Caption #2: For over 3o years, Garza ran his own civil and sanitary engineering firm with branches in San Antonio, Edinburg, Laredo and Corpus Christi. He was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Division for Water Supply and Pollution Control and performed field investigations in several Central American countries.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Severiano A. Garza is recognized for his expertise in water treatment and transmission and for sharing his knowledge with public health agencies in the U.S. and Latin America.  He has received honors for developing innovative technologies, establishing programs for the transportation of wastewater at state and national levels, and for his civil service to the community.

breezeway in front of ECJ building with people walking
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: ECJ Building - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Construction of modern facilities was a major activity during Gloyna's years as dean, with the building of Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall, the Engineering Teaching Center II and the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering building. He also ushered in the Equal Opportunity in Engineering program. During his years of leadership, the school saw a dramatic rise in the number of minorities and women who enrolled in engineering programs at UT.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Environmental Engineering at UT - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: Gloyna started and developed the environmental engineering program at UT Austin in the late 1940’s. The Center for Water Research in Water Resources (now Center for Water and the Environment) was established in 1963 under his direction. During the mid 1960s through mid 1970s the emerging petroleum and petrochemical industry in Texas called on environmental engineering faculty and graduate students to conduct studies to establish the treatability of the industrial wastewater effluent.

Inducted November 7, 2003

The teaching, research and professional practice of Earnest F. Gloyna have touched an unusually large number of students, educators, engineers and public leaders. His early interests in water resources and public health has led him to expand his educational base in civil engineering to include an emphasis in environmental engineering and supporting studies in chemical engineering, chemistry, biological sciences, and public health. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is recognized for being an outstanding leader in engineering education, vital water resources management, and solving society's environmental problems.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: NRG Arena - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #1: Griffis overcame structural engineering challenges to help usher in a new era of sports stadiums with retractable roofs and fields. NRG Stadium can be configured to utilize a 125,000 square foot space for general sessions, catered functions, exhibits, concerts, and much more.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Chevron Tower - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #2: Griffis pioneered the design of an innovative perimeter “tube” composite frame system in the Three Houston Center/Chevron Tower (a 52-story high-rise tower in downtown Houston that led to a long career in advancing the art of composite frame construction.
Alumni Image #3:
Image Caption Title #3: University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, AZ
Image Caption #3: As President of the Structures Division of Walter P Moore, Griffis has been the designer of record for a large number of notable structures including landmark achievements like the Arizona Cardinals’ stadium. He is the structural engineer for the stadium’s 500,000 square foot retractable roof.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Larry Griffis is a nationally award-winning structural engineer with over 40 years of experience contributing structural design to more than 80 major buildings throughout the U.S. and internationally. In 2003, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to the structural design and wind engineering of composite buildings and open, covered, and retractable-roof sports arenas.

large machinery inside warehouse
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Water Pollution Control
Image Caption #1: Gromiec spent most of his career at Poland’s National Research Institute which continuously provides the state authorities, general public and national economy with current information on the state of the atmosphere and hydrosphere, forecasts and warnings both in normal as well as in emergency situations. He has made countless technical contributions in the areas of urban wastewater plants and water quality.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Baltic Sea
Image Caption #2: During his 49 years of experience in the field, Gromiec’s research interests have been concentrated on water quality modeling integrated with geographic information systems. He has served his native country of Poland and the world at large as a consultant for the United Nations who has participated in a number of international projects and contributing to water pollution control of the Baltic Sea.

Inducted October 16, 2015

Marek Gromiec, born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, is an environmental engineer with decades of experience in the field. He has been a monumental contributor to water pollution control in Poland and to the protection of the Baltic Sea. His research interests are focused on water quality modeling integrated with geographic information systems. He has served his native country of Poland and the world at large as a consultant for the United Nations, paticipating in a number of international projects. 

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: DART Light Rail - Dallas, Texas
Image Caption #1: One of Grubbs’ proudest achievements was his role as Co-Chair of a committee that reworked DART’s light rail plan. The Dallas area rail system comprises 93 miles among its four lines and is the longest light rail system in the United States.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, TX
Image Caption #2: Founder of Terra-Mar Consulting Engineers, Grubbs’ firm provided geotechnical, construction testing and environmental services for notable Texas mega projects such as the Texas Motor Speedway, which has a 1.5 mile oval racing surface.

Inducted November 7, 2008

Sponsored by five major oil companies, the field tests that Berry Grubbs performed as master's student were used to develop criteria which is still in use today for offshore platform foundation design. A leader in offshore geotechnical engineering, he has also provided geotechnical, environmental, and construction testing for major public infrastructure projects in Texas. 

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium - Austin, TX
Image Caption #1: Guerra and his firm worked on the north end zone expansion and utility relocations of the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium result in 90,400 + seating capacity. The project was constructed in multiple phases over three years, and both the building and stadium remained actively used by the athletics department and the football team throughout the duration of construction.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: BELO Center for New Media - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: The Moody College of Communications’ state-of-the art facility reflects the changing nature of broadcast journalism. Guerra and his firm provided complete mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection programming, engineering design and construction administration services on this project.

Jose I. Guerra was born and raised in Mission, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. Mr. Guerra earned a B.S. in Architectural Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1957 and has had an exemplary career spanning more than 40 years. After founding a successful engineering firm in 1973, he has gained the respect and admiration of fellow engineers and young aspiring graduates in the engineering field.

interior gallery of Crystal Bridges museum
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Crystal Bridges Museum - Bentonville, Arkansas
Image Caption #1: A Senior Vice President at Linbeck Group, Hahn is a specialist on innovative, complex construction methods and construction productivity improvement. Some of his most notable and award-winning projects include Houston’s Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, Federal Reserve Bank-Houston Branch, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Baylor College of Medicine Hospital and Clinic - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #2: Hahn and his team provided pre-design, pre-construction and construction services to complete the shell and core of this medical clinic. Over the years, he has experienced and embraced advances in the use of computers in construction such as advanced project management and scheduling software, Lean construction techniques, BIM, and sustainable building methods.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Dewayne Hahn has been responsible for the construction of unique projects that incorporate engineering elements to withstand earthquakes, terrorist blast, large spans and exacting tolerances. He was an early adopter of technology on the job site and implemented LEAN construction techniques in some of the earliest applications in the United States.

Saida International stadium with beach in the foreground
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Saida International Stadium - Saida, Lebanon
Image Caption #1: Hamad and his consulting firm, CODE, provided the structural design and structural execution drawings for this stadium, a 22,600 capacity multi-purpose stadium. Built over the sea, it is the closest stadium to the sea in the world.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Lebanon Infrastructure
Image Caption #2: Hamad is responsible for the design, supervision and construction of reinforced concrete structures throughout Lebanon, Jordan, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and other Arab Gulf states. His strength of character and accolades as an engineer, teacher and researcher led to his election as Mayor of Beirut.

Inducted November 11, 2011

Bilal Hamad is the former Mayor of Beirut, a role he served for a six-year term. He is also a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the American University of Beirut (AUB). In Lebanon and beyond, he has played a significant role in promoting concrete quality, and enforcing international standards, specifications, general safety rules in the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures.

children gathered around large metal water tanks
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Vietnam Alternative Water Resources
Image Caption #1: A professor at Seoul National University, Han is conducting creative, innovative work on dissolved air flotation and rainwater harvesting, sharing his knowledge with the public and helping underserved communities gain access to clean water. As a response to growing water problems due to climate change, he also initiated a rainwater harvesting and management specialist group through the International Water Association.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Rooftop Garden
Image Caption #2: Han thought that rather than building sufficiently large piping networks to quickly carry water downstream of cities, rain should be captured and used where it falls. As a result, he first worked on "rainwater harvesting," a process where rainwater is captured from rooftops, and collected for beneficial use, such as gardening, toilet flushing or treating drinking water.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Otherwise known as Dr. Rain, Professor Moo Young Han is leading the “rainwater revolution.” A professor at Seoul National University, he is recognized for his creative, innovative work on dissolved air flotation and rainwater harvesting, sharing his knowledge with the public and helping underserved communities gain access to clean water.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas
Image Caption #1: At Texas Tech University (TTU), Haragan has served as Professor, Department Chair, Dean, Provost and President since 1969, the same year he completed his doctoral studies in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas. One his proudest accomplishments of university president was creating and growing the TTU Honors College.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Wind Tunnel - Lubbock, Texas
Image Caption #2: Haragan founded the Atmospheric Science Program in 1970 and was instrumental in the creation of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech. Over the years, testing at the center has included wind-induced vibration of cables on cable-stayed bridges, traffic signal support structures and evaluation of wind loading on sign structures.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Dr. Haragan’s combination of broad interests with an engineering education has led to an enormously rich, diverse and productive career in the academic world. After receiving his B.S. in meteorology through the College of Engineering, quickly followed by an M.S. in meteorology from Texas A & M, he returned to UT Austin, where he spent nine years in several positions: research scientist in the electrical engineering research lab; instructor in the College of Engineering’s atmospheric science group; and civil engineering graduate student.

Minute Maid Park
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Minute Maid Park - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #1: Harper formed HBC Engineering with ten employees in three offices and grew the company to more than 250 before merging with Terracon Consultants in 1998, where he served as Vice President until retirement. He managed numerous major projects such as the construction of Minute Maid Park, Hardy Toll Road, Jesse Jones Bridge and numerous Houston high rises.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Williams Tower - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #2: During his career, Harper became a recognized consultant in the field of construction materials engineering. He worked on numerous geotechnical studies for various projects including, port facilities, airports, roads, bridges, and high rise buildings such as the Williams Tower, a 64-story, 1.4-million-square-foot class A office tower located in the Uptown District.

Inducted November 7, 2008

Bill Harper has distinguished himself in his technical field as well as by serving his community and profession. With over 40 years of experience as a geotechnical and materials engineer, he has managed numerous major projects in the Houston area and demonstrated his commitment to the civil engineering profession by sharing his technical knowledge to better the profession and assuming major leadership roles  in the National Society of Professional Engineers and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. 

view of baseball field with crowd in the foreground
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Disch Falk Field - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: While Harrod’s project experience has been varied, from municipal utilities to county roads to transit stations, she is particularly proud of her site design work for educational clients. For her alma mater, she was the civil projects manager and project engineer for the Almetris Duren Residence Hall, and she provided civil engineering design work at Disch Falk Field, the Library Storage Center and the Texas Advanced Computing Center at JJ Pickle Research Campus.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Texas State University Round Rock Campus - Round Rock, Texas
Image Caption #2: Harrod’s project work at MWM DesignGroup over the years include clients such as the City of Austin, Capital Metro, Austin Community College and Texas State University working on large site projects as well as utility and transportation engineering improvements. She also gives back to the engineering community in many ways including serving as Treasurer for the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Inducted October 16, 2015

Julia Harrod is the President and CEO of MWM DesignGroup, a multi-disciplinary firm providing civil engineering, architecture, land surveying, landscape design, and permitting services throughout Texas.  She is recognized for excellence and leadership in her profession and in technical and civic programs. She is also an avid volunteer, from STEM outreach to serving as national treasurer for National Society of Professional Engineers and advocating for the professional engineering community.

truss tests inside warehouse
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Truss Buckling Tests
Image Caption #1: Todd has been active in developing and teaching continuing education short courses on the design and behavior of building and bridge systems. Well over 5,000 engineers have attended his short courses over the last 20+ years. A majority of the material for these courses is derived directly from his own research program.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Field Studies
Image Caption #2: Helwig finds himself at home at Ferguson Structural Engineering Lab, an impressive test facility that enables large-scale studies on structural behavior. It is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world and he has set up some unique test setups for testing steel structures. His research also includes field monitoring of bridges under construction, and parametric FEA studies.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Professor Todd Helwig is an international expert on the stability aspects of bridge construction with a focus on the design and behavior of steel structures. He is a talented, hands-on researcher and teacher who trains his students to become outstanding engineers, and creates practical solutions for practicing engineers. His ability to educate others on the applied technology that comprises the built environment better is exemplary.  

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: I35W Replacement - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Image Caption #1: Homsi provided engineering and technical guidance on the emergency replacement of the the I-35W Mississippi River bridge, which collapsed in 2007. The planning, design, and construction processes were completed more quickly than normal because Interstate 35W is a critical artery for commuters and truck freight. The bridge opened September 18, 2008, well ahead of the original goal.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Port Mann Bridge - Vancouver, BC Canada
Image Caption #2: Elie Homsi contributed to the the design and construction of the $2.5 billion Port Mann Bridge project. Some of his patented approaches to construction were utilized on this 10-lane, 37 km cable-stayed bridge that opened to traffic in 2012.

Inducted October 26, 2012

Elie Homsi has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and is one of North America’s outstanding bridge constructors. As senior VP at Parsons Corporation, he provides construction engineering support to the different business units. He helps provide technical support to all operations in estimating, project development and the construction phases by providing innovative means, methods and construction engineering support to the project teams. His brainchild, the pile-driving, girder-launching gantry system, first went to work on the $192 million Washington Bypass.

aerial view of highway intersection
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Freeway Management System
Image Caption #1: During his first job out of college, a Federal Ministry of Works project in Nigeria under sponsorship from the World Bank, Hudson helped to develop a pavement evaluation unit. This sparked an interest in pavement instrumentation and software development. He saw opportunities for entrepreneurship and went on to create infrastructure management systems that are used around the world.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Transportation Asset Management
Image Caption #2: Hudson is the founder and Chief Engineer of a successful systems engineering company which develops, supplies and updates asset management technology and software to transportation agencies and public works groups worldwide.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Stuart Hudson blends new systems technology with the sound engineering principles he learned at UT Austin. He has combined civil engineering, entrepreneurship and information management technology to create infrastructure management systems used in the U.S. and worldwide. As President and CEO of Agile Assets, Inc., he manages billions of dollars of transportation assets.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Grooving in Progress - Brazil
Image Caption #1: In 1973, Hudson founded the Texas Research and Development Foundation and directed a $15M materials and pavement research project in Brazil sponsored by the Brazilian government, the United Nations and the World Bank.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Asset Management
Image Caption #2: Hudson pioneered the concept of pavement management systems, which introduce a systematic process to manage highway infrastructure. This process has also been applied to include the entire system of transportation infrastructure assets encompassing total quality management, economics, life-cycle analysis, and maintenance, rehabilitation, and reconstruction programming.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Ronald Hudson has made groundbreaking contributions to transportation engineering education and practice. He pioneered the concept of pavement management systems, which introduce a systematic rational process that emphasizes modern statistical and systems analysis techniques to the management of the highway infrastructure. The concepts have since been generalized and adopted beyond the pavement realm to include the entire system of transportation infrastructure assets.

aerial view of highways next to river channel
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Puente Hills Landfill - City of Industry, California
Image Caption #1: Hyde managed the re-permitting of Puente Hills Landfill, one of the largest landfill in the US, rising 500 feet high and covering 700 acres. The significance of this project was not only the size of the facility and the critical capacity it provided, but also the complexities of satisfying technical and regulatory requirements as well as active community and political opposition.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant - Whittier, California
Image Caption #2: Grace Hyde has been in a leadership role at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LACSD) for over 30 years. The district is recognized as one of the most progressive agencies in the country in the area of innovative wastewater and solid waste management programs. She is the agency’s first female Assistant Chief Manager and General Manager.

Inducted October 21, 2010

Grace Hyde has distinguished herself in both professional and public service, and is a technical expert in metropolitan sanitation planning, operations, and research. She has 27 years of experience working in the public sector at the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (LASCD), which provide solid waste and wastewater management services to over 5.5 million people throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan region.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Offshore Platform
Image Caption #1: Fabrication of the first offshore platform designed by Ingram circa 1968. The platform was installed in 1969 at the cost of approximately $4 million. He was lead designer on a number of offshore drilling and production platforms.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Shell TLP Auger - Gulf of Mexico
Image Caption #2: Ingram was responsible for the foundation investigation for Shell’s first TLP, Auger, in almost 3,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. The Auger TLP once claimed the gulf's water depth record for a permanent drilling and production platform and the world water depth record for TLPS.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Since graduation Wayne B. Ingram has been a practicing engineer in the international offshore oil-field industry with a focus in the areas of foundations and soil mechanics. His expertise is in the performance of axial and lateral foundation elements in marine sediments.

aerial view of Red River lock and dam
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Port of Lavrio - Lavrio, Greece
Image Caption #1: Isenhower served as consultant while the Port of Lavrio terminal was under construction and upgraded from a passenger terminal to a cruise industry terminal. He also designed the passenger berthing structure.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Red River Lock and Dam - Marksville, Louisiana
Image Caption #2: Isenhower is a recognized as an expert in design and construction of foundations in addition to a breadth of experience in other geotechnical engineering projects including reliability analysis of pole-supported navigation structures for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Inducted October 9, 2009

Over the years, William Isenhower has had a varied career working for private consulting firms, government, and academia. He is recognized by industry as an expert in design and construction of foundations and for his breadth of laboratory and field experience as an analyst and measurement expert.

aerial view of large road intersection
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: US 290 and WIlliam Cannon Continuous Flow Intersection - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Islam developed the innovative concept of Continuous Flow Intersection for this once-notorious intersection which is the gateway to the Texas Hill Country. A Vice President at HDR, Inc., he is developing sustainable multimodal transportation infrastructure solutions to meet 21st century safety and mobility challenges.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Mueller Redevelopment - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: Islam was Project Manager for this mbitious effort to redevelop Robert Mueller Municipal Airport into a mixed-use urban village in the heart of the city. He also led master planning efforts for several Central Texas cities and has provided professional traffic engineering and transportation planning services to many signature Austin development projects including Mueller, Domain, Hill Country Galleria, and Crestview Station TOD.

Inducted September 29, 2017

Passionate about enhancing the transportation system, Rashed Islam has been instrumental in implementing innovative, congestion-relieving ideas in Central Texas, some of which are the first of their kind in the state. He is a Vice President at HDR Inc., a global architectural, engineering and consulting firm where he manages the company’s traffic engineering program in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana and oversees the firm’s Central Texas Business Operations.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Seto Ohashi Bridge - Okayama and Kagawa, Japan
Image Caption #1: One of of Kashima’s Honshu–Shikoku Bridge Projects was the “Great Seto Bridge”, series of double deck bridges connecting Okayama and Kagawa prefectures across a series of five small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. At 13.1 kilometers (8.1 mi), it ranks as the world's longest two-tiered bridge system.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Akashi Kaikyo Suspension Bridge - Awaji Island and Kobe, Japan
Image Caption #2: Kashima planned, designed and constructed the longest suspension bridge in the world and also crossing the busy Akashi Strait. Before the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was built, ferries carried passengers across the strait, a dangerous waterway that often experiences severe storms.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Satoshi Kashima came to UT Austin as a Fulbright Graduate Student from 1968 to 1973. Along with his supervisor, Dr. Jack Breen, he tested to destruction a highly realistic model of the first post-tensioned concrete segmental bridge built in the U.S., the the JFK Causeway Bridge in Corpus Christi. He is best known as the lead designer/engineer of the longest suspension bridge in the world, which was completed in Japan in 1988.

aerial view of large road intersection

Inducted September 27, 2019

Ali Khataw has distinguished himself in both professional and public service. Serving as the President/CEO of Encotech Engineering Consultants, he has dedicated himself to giving back to his community in terms of education, workforce development, economic development and social justice.

NY stock exchange floor in a flurry of activity
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: New York Stock Exchange
Image Caption #1: After working as an engineer for Exxon Chemicals Americas, Koederitz later earned a master’s degree in business administration at Harvard Business School. There, she was introduced to the world of finance and Wall Street and never looked back.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Morgan Stanley Asia
Image Caption #2: She joined Morgan Stanley, where she started out in product development. After rising through the ranks, she spent four years as Managing Director and CEO of Morgan Stanley Asia, managing the Singapore office and business in Southeast Asia.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Candice Koederitz grew up in San Angelo, in West Texas, as the second oldest of four girls, and the daughter of an engineer who introduced her to the field at an early age. Throughout her professional career, she utilized her outstanding analytical skills honed as a civil engineer to become a corporate finance expert and innovator. She spent over 30 years at Morgan Stanley, rising to be the Head of Capital Markets, coordinating global capital management.

aerial view of Houston ship channel
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Houston Ship Channel - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #1: Kornegay began his career with the Port of Houston Authority in 1972, rising through the ranks of the engineering department before becoming managing director. He was instrumental in the completion of $700M Houston Ship Channel deepening and widening project.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Bayport Container Terminal - Seabrook, Texas
Image Caption #2: Kornegay’s oversaw the construction of the Bayport Container Terminal which helped propel the Port of Houston Authority into a leader in global containerization. His deep knowledge of port operations is also recognized well beyond the borders of Texas through his affiliation with the International Association of Ports and Harbors.

Inducted October 9, 2009

Tom Kornegay served as the longest serving Executive Director in the history of the Port of Houston Authority. He held numerous positions at the Port Authority during his 37 year career, working his way through the ranks. Throughout his career, Kornegay also served in a leadership role in many of the maritime industry’s most prominent policy-making organizations.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Weigh-in-Motion System
Image Caption #1: Lee’s research activities include innovative work in the development and application of Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) systems that are designed to capture and record the axle weights and gross vehicle weights as vehicles drive over a measurement site.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Center for Transportation Research - Austin, TX
Image Caption #2: Lee was the founder of the Center for Highway Research (CHR) in 1963 and served as the center’s Director until 1980, when it became the Center for Transportation Research (CTR). His pioneering efforts in traffic simulation starting with the TEXAS Model for Intersection Traffic in 1968.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Clyde Lee is responsible for the growing and developing the tranportation engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin into one of the highest rated programs of its kind in the United States. He was also the first director of the Center for Highway Research, now the Center for Transportation Research. His research activities include pioneering work in the development and application of highway Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) systems, simulation of traffic control and vehicular flow at intersections, automated traffic data collection and analysis, and traffic monitoring for pavement and bridge research.

street corner with brick building collapsed from earthquake
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Northridge Earthquake - Los Angeles, California
Image Caption #1: León tested full-scale steel welded non-composite and composite connections that led to clarification of the role of floor slabs on the many brittle failures observed in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake in California’s north-central San Fernando Valley region.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Forensics Engineering
Image Caption #2: Following the I35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, a large analytical and experimental program at Georgia Tech, where León was formerly a professor, was carried out to determine the strength and failure modes of large bridge gusset plate connections.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Roberto León is the David H. Burrows Professor in Construction Engineering at Virginia Tech and is one of the leading researchers in the field of steel-concrete composite structures and earthquake engineering. His work has affected numerous national and international design codes and he has made original contributions in the areas of steel bolted connections, partially-restrained composite frames, composite joists, unreinforced masonry behavior, composite columns and innovative steel structural systems.

Lew standing in front of rubble from a building
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: 1988 Armenian Earthquake
Image Caption #1: Lew evaluated the performance of engineered structures after this 6.8 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the northern region of Armenia in an area which is vulnerable to large and destructive earthquakes and is part of a larger active seismic belt that stretches from the Alps to the Himalayas.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: NIST Structural Engineering - Gaithersburg, MD
Image Caption #2: As part of the Structures Group of the Materials and Structural Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Lew is part of the laboratory that serves as a world-class resource for developing and promoting innovations in building materials and construction technology, as well as safety and security of the nation’s built environment.

Inducted November 11, 2011

H.S. Lew is Senior Research Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he carries out a broad range of research programs in the fields of structural, earthquake and materials engineering. He is a international leader in evaluating structural performance and construction safety, as well as failure investigations of structures. His collaborative efforts have advanced the state-of-the-art in the structural engineering field.

heat map showing spectral response acceleration across the U.S.
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Building Codes
Image Caption #1: Leyendecker led the USGS team that developed the ground motion perimeters and seismic design maps.The results of these efforts are included in the International Building Code, ASCE 7, and the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specification.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse - Kansas CIty, MO
Image Caption #2: After receiving his Ph.D., Leyendecker joined the National Institute of Standards and Technology where he investigated major structural failures and earthquake damage including the tragic collapse of walkway at Kansas City’s Hyatt Regency which was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S. history until the collapse of the World Trade Center towers 20 years later.

Inducted October 9, 2009

E.V. Leyendecker is a Scientist Emeritus at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) as well as a consultant on earthquake ground motion. He is known as one of the leading research structural engineers in the nation and has played a critical role in the improvement of engineering practice in the design of earthquake-resistant structures.

Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth - exterior at dawn
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth - Fort Worth, Texas
Image Caption #1: At Aquinas Companies, a privately-owned family business, one aspect of Linbeck’s position is providing executive management for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas, as well as the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Fannon Innovation Studio - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #2: Linbeck is a distinguished business leader and supporter of organizations devoted to improving education and entrepreneurship. He is part of the leadership team at Fannon Innovation Studio which is identifying, developing and managing early-state life science ventures.

Inducted November 11, 2011

Leo Linbeck III is a husband, father of five, and President and CEO of Aquinas Companies, LLC, which has three main business lines: construction management, life science pre-venture technology development, and real estate development. In addition, he teaches MBA students as an Adjunct Professor at the Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where he serves as Lecturer. He is also the Chairman and Founder of the Fannon Innovation Studio.

Inducted November 7, 2003

George C. Love earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1951 from the University of Texas at Austin. The first professional experience he gained was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an instructor at its engineering school. In 1953 he joined Bovay Engineers as a design engineer and in 1965 he became vice president. While with Bovay he was chief engineer for a U.S. Atomic Energy project in Washington and project manager for four Johnson Space Center facilities designed by his company. He joined Limbaugh Engineer Inc., in Albuquerque in 1965 as vice president and chief engineer. At Limbaugh he was project engineer on the Very Large Array site selection project for National Radio Astronomy.

foundation for building showing post tension slab
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Highway Pavement
Image Caption #1: Lytton developed a method of analyzing ground penetrating radar signals to help extend the useful lives of pavements. His ideas have been put to use commercially with radar vans. This is the first of its kind to use four radar antennas to provide a lane-width, project-length view of the current condition of a pavement.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Post Tension Slab
Image Caption #2: In the soils area, Lytton’s interests and research have been in expansive soils theory and design and unsaturated earthquake constitutive testing and modeling. Lytton has developed design procedures for slabs, pavements, drilled shafts, retaining walls and slopes. He has published hundreds of technical papers and continues to serve on engineering advisory boards and professional committees.

Inducted October 21, 2010

Bob Lytton is recognized internationally for work in foundations on expansive soils and nondestructive testing and has played a vital leadership role as teacher and researcher in infrastructure engineering for over 40 years. He is an expert on expansive soils and fracture mechanics.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Urban Traffic Signal Network
Image Caption #1: Randy Machemehl’s research interests span a wide range of topics but are concentrated in transportation system operations. Much of his recent work has dealt with optimization of large scale transportation systems including urban traffic signal networks and bus transit route networks.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Ground Transportation Simulator
Image Caption #2: An admired mentor to students and early career engineers, Machemehl has developed a variety of general and special purpose computer simulators of ground transportation systems. He has also recently conducted a series of human factors studies in which he has examined vehicle driver responses to traffic control systems using instrumented vehicles and experimental driver monitoring systems.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Randy Machemehl is the Nasser I. Al-Rashid Centennial Professor of Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. He has previously served as Director of the Center for Transportation Research (CTR). Under Machemehl’s leadership, CTR’s annual funding has doubled and working relationships have been established with several other U.S. and international universities and agencies. A successful researcher who has worked on more than 300 research projects for TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration, he is most passionate about teaching and mentoring students.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Joe Malina joined the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin as an assistant professor in 1961. In this capacity, he supervised more than 150 M.S. students and 25 Ph.D graduates. He also served as department chair from 1976 to 1988.

Maruyama standing in concrete walled room
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Civil Engineering Laboratory
Image Caption #1: Maruyama is an expert on the seismic design of concrete structures and has conducted pioneering research into continuous fiber-reinforced concrete structures. A professor emeritus at Nagaoka University of Technology, he taught for more than 35 years and also served as the university’s Executive Director and Vice President. Soon after graduating from UT, he helped his new university design a new research building similar to Ferguson Lab.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Toppled Reinforced Concrete Building
Image Caption #2: Maruyama also played a key role in the study of earthquake and tsunami damage due to the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and to the recovery work following the event. He has been an active member of both the Japan Concrete Institute (JCI) and the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), and has been a major contributor to code revision in his home country.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Kyuichi Maruyama has made tremendous contributions to Japan’s civil engineering sector in the fields of design, construction and maintenance management of concrete structures. He is an expert on the seismic design of concrete structures and has conducted pioneering research into continuous fiber-reinforced concrete structures.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Hudson Matlock received his B.S. in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1947, followed by his M.S. in 1950. He began his teaching career at UT Austin in 1947 as an Instructor, and served as Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering from 1972-1976. He retired as a Professor in 1976 and is currently Professor Emeritus in Civil Engineering. Matlock taught courses in Materials, Experimental Mechanics, and Soil Mechanics; his research and consulting work were primarily applicable to offshore structures and their foundations.

bottle of micropollutants
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Micropollutants in Water
Image Caption #1: Matsui’s water pollution control research includes waste-water treatment, ecological sanitation, eutrophication control of lakes, and micro-pollutant control. His recent research includes probiotics environmental farming.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: United Nations Ecuador Meeting
Image Caption #2: Matsui has served as chair and holds membership on a number of Japanese and international committees and panels such as the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) subcommittee of UNESCO, the Japan Society of Civil Engineers, the Scientific Committee of Stockholm Water Symposium and more. He is pictured here at a United Nations meeting of Scientific and Technical Panel of Global Environmental Facility with Directors of UNDP, UNEP and other distinguished scientists of environmental sciences.

Inducted November 7, 2008

Saburo Matsui has been conducting research on micro-pollutants in water for more than 30 years. A distinguished scholar, engineer and scientist, he is currently an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Technology and Ecology at Kyoto University. His widely recognized research in water pollution control includes industrial wastewater treatment, sewage treatment, ecological sanitation, eutrophication of lakes, and micro-pollutants of heavy metals, DNA damaging and endocrine disturbance. He is recognized for global contributions to advancement of aquatic sciences.

Inducted October 15, 2004

Dr. Frank McCullough is known nationally and internationally as the "Father of Continuous Reinforced Portland Cement Concrete Pavement" for his pioneering and continuing development work in Continuous Reinforced, Post Tensioned, and Precast Concrete pavements. His research and design in the area of pavement has led to numerous specifications, design methods, and construction procedures for concrete pavement used by the Texas Department of Transportation and countless transportation agencies around the United States and the world.

wind tunnel
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Wind Tunnel - Lubbock, Texas
Image Caption #1: The Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel is a closed-circuit wind tunnel capable of generating wind speeds up to 110 mph. Mehta is co-founder of the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University. The institute has 40 years of research and education on the impact of wind on structures and human life.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Meteorologic Tower - Lubbock, Texas
Image Caption #2: Mehta has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), focusing on the impact of wind during tornadoes. He provided technical expertise of loads for above-ground tornado shelter design in residences and for community shelters in schools and public building.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Kishor Mehta is a worldwide authority on wind engineering. His studies of structural damage caused by windstorms and leadership in the development of structural design standards for wind loads have been ground breaking. He is Horn Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering at Texas Tech University and co-founder of the National Wind Institute.  He is the first member of the National Academy of Engineering at the university.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Dr. Wilbur L. Meier, Jr., a leader in developing innovative engineering programs, has served as professor of Industrial Engineering and engineering dean at North Carolina State University, program manager for ABB, Inc., division director at the National Science Foundation, chancellor of the University of Houston System, engineering dean at Penn State University, head of the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue, chairman of Industrial Engineering at Iowa State, and faculty member at Texas A&M.

high speed train stopped at station
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: KTX High Speed Rail - Seoul, Republic of Korea
Image Caption #1: Meinheit was part of a quality audit of all transportation facilities for the high-speed rail system, Korea Train eXpress (KTX), which is South Korea's high-speed rail system. The South Korean government, in an effort to build a superior rail system, retained Meinheit’s firm, WJE, to perform a quality audit of its structures. WJE inspected a variety of civil structures, including bridge foundations, bridge piers and spans, tunnels, and earthwork structures.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Wiss, Janney and Elstner (WJE) Associates Research
Image Caption #2: Meinheit has been a major contributor to WJE’s research and product evaluation services. As a result of result on-site investigations and research testing, he has published articles on fatigue of steel connections, bearing walls, box girder bridge behavior, parking structure repair, expansion anchor behavior, head-stud anchor behavior, and manufactured housing foundations under both static and simulated seismic conditions.

Inducted November 11, 2011

Donald Meinheit is a Principal and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associations, Inc. (WJE), where he has served as project engineer/manager on numerous collapse and failure investigations, laboratory test programs, and a variety of high-profile structural and material and evaluation projects. He is a highly-respected technical advisor and mentor in the areas of concrete properties, design and behavior of precast/prestressed concrete and anchorage to concrete. 

Exxon gas station
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Exxon Service Station
Image Caption #1: Metcalf began her career as a field engineer responsible for managing the contracting, building and start-up for Exxon service stations in Central Texas. She later held negotiating, planning, technical, and managerial roles in Exxon’s Gas & Power Marketing Company and also obtained her MBA while working full time.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Odoptu Field
Image Caption #2: Metcalf is part of the process that turns ships into production vessels. As a supervisor, she works with employees based in Spain, Singapore, Africa, and the Middle East who are managing construction. She is pictured at the Odoptu field at the Sakhalin-1 project offshore northeastern Russia.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Patricia Metcalf is a Business Manager at ExxonMobil who is a project controls professional in the oil and energy industry. She has made significant international contributions in engineering and management, and is dedicated to the advancement of women and minorities in the workplace. She has helped many women and minority students go into engineering, stay in school and become successful professionals.

exterior view of End Hunger warehouse
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Johnson Space Center - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #1: During his early career as Construction Engineer for C.H. Leavell & Co., Metzler managed nine of the first thirteen buildings as well as additional site work at the manned NASA Space Center.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: End Hunger New Offices and Warehouse - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #2: During the 1986 economic downturn in Texas, Metzger established his own construction firm. Since its inception, Metzger Construction has completed over 200 major projects and numerous tenant build-outs and smaller projects, all with a total volume of more than $850 million.

Inducted October 26, 2012

A native of Fredericksburg, Texas, Jim Metzger is a highly-respected leader and contributor to the commercial and industrial construction industry. Now the President and CEO of Metzger Construction Company, he paid for his college tuition by working on pipeline construction while he was out of school for the summer. His company is a Houston-based general contractor with over 35 years of experience in the Greater Houston area and across the nation.

workers on concrete and steel beams inside warehouse
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Structural Safety
Image Caption #1: Mirza invented confined capping system for compressive strength testing of high-performance concrete for which he holds American and Canadian patents. Pictured is one Mirza’s research projects at Lakehead University of a slender composite concrete-encased steel column after failure from another project.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Structural Codes of Practice
Image Caption #2: Mirza has distinguished himself through his technical and professional contributions through to civil engineering learned societies. In his lab, reinforced concrete specimens were tested to study the development of reinforcing bars in high strength concrete.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Six hundred miles northwest of Toronto and 400 miles east of Winnipeg, Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario is somewhat isolated on the northwest edge of Lake Superior. Within that vast community, Professor Emeritus Sher Ali Mirza is a leader in engineering and education who has made outstanding contributions to structural engineering research and practice and to his community. His research on structural safety and frame stability has made a significant impact on engineering codes of practice in the U.S. and Canada.

oil rig on the water with fire
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Jubilee Oil Field
Image Caption #1: Work to date has included the Jubilee oil development offshore Ghana, LNG projects in Papua New Guinea and Mozambique, deepwater drilling projects in Brazil and the US Gulf of Mexico, and upgrading a major oil field in Kazakhstan. Clients range from ExxonMobil to Anadarko Petroleum to IFC.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Deepwater Rig Visit
Image Caption #2: Motherwell has over 30 years of professional experience in the U.S., Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia working on major engineering projects including oil and gas developments, offshore structures, power plants, coal and metal mines, and hazardous waste facilities.

Inducted October 25, 2013

Jonathan Motherwell is a consulting engineer with more than 35 years of experience in the environmental and geotechnical engineering fields. He has worked on numerous projects around the world related with the oil and gas, mining, power, and chemical manufacturing industries and is recognized for his leadership contributions related to the permitting of numerous major projects by integrating civil, environmental and social considerations.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Exxon Baytown Coker
Image Caption #1: Mullen served as lead civil/structural/architectural engineer on this project, where she incorporated a delayed coking unit into a large, established refinery near Houston. The unit consisted of a four-drum coker with two heaters, a fractionation system, a wet gas compressor, and a gas plant.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: LNG Tanks
Image Caption #2: During her career, Mullen was Brass LNG project manager responsible for site work and building contracts at this grass roots LNG plant in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria valued at $8 billion. A certified Six Sigma Champion, she has improved company wide work processes at Bechtel, and helped lead the oil and gas industry forward.

Inducted November 7, 2008

Susan Mullen is a pioneer in lead the implementation of automated design work processes in the oil and gas industry. She lead corporate chiefs in the development of automation tools and best practices across the globe. The physical modeling, analysis and design, and steel detailing in one manufacturing design became an industry standard, and her expertise of this work process helped to dramatically improved efficiency and final products.

exterior view of the Long Center at dusk
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: The Long Center for the Performing Arts - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Naeve is an expert in integrated building behavior and composing structures that support architectural aesthetic and sustainable building design. Austin’s 1950s-era Palmer Auditorium was recycled by his firm AEC in the true spirit of sustainable design the city’s home for symphony, opera, and ballet.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: United States Courthouse - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: Now complete, the new federal courthouse was designed under the General Service Administration’s Design Excellence Program with rigorous security and blast resistance requirements. The building includes a special proceedings courtroom, three magistrate courtrooms, four district courtrooms, judges’ chambers, U.S. Marshals Service offices and facilities, and supporting public spaces.

Inducted October 26, 2012

Chuck Naeve is a founding member and Managing Principal of Architectural Engineers Collaborative (AEC), a consulting structural engineering firm based in Austin, Texas. Under his leadership, the firm has a long history of innovation and sustainable structural design of buildings and is recognized as a leading structural engineering consultancy in the Southwest. Naeve and his team have made design contributions in concrete, steel, wood and masonry structures to nearly every building in Austin's recent history.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Water Recycling
Image Caption #1: Nellor has been a predominant figure in promoting and researching water recycling or reclaimed water in the U.S. Water recycling is reusing treated wastewater for beneficial purposes such as agricultural and landscape irrigation, industrial processes, toilet flushing, and replenishing a groundwater basin.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Soil Aquifer Treatment
Image Caption #2: She is a nationally recognized expert on clean water issues dealing with the development and implementation of water quality standards, soil aquifer treatment, total maximum daily loads, and pretreatment regulations.

Inducted October 15, 2004

Margaret Nellor grew up in Austin, Texas and has been instrumental in promoting water recycling nationwide. Throughtout her career, she has managed landmark research studies that have significantly impacted the recycling field for the last two decades. She has also been recognized nationally as an expert on clean water issues dealing with the development and implementation of water quality standards, total maximum daily loads, and pretreatment regulations.

satellite map view of explosion on land
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Map of Fertilizer Plant Explosion - West, Texas
Image Caption #1: Nelson has developed investigation techniques and technical expertise that has contributed to forensic engineering advancements. His team arrived within a week of the 2.1 magnitude chemical plant explosion to evaluate blast distress.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Collapsed Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility - Irving Texas
Image Caption #2: Nelson and his firm are often involved in high-visibility projects such as the cause and origin of failure of the Dallas Cowboys Practice Facility which collapsed during a severe thunderstorm in 2009. Other projects include damage assessment feasibility of repair studies after major U.S. tornadoes and hurricanes such as Katrina, Rita and Harvey.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Erik Nelson is founder, president and chief executive officer of Nelson Forensics, a multi-disciplined engineering and forensics firm headquartered in Plano, Texas. The firm is one of the fastest growing forensics firms in the nation, with nearly 100 employees who provide nationwide consulting services.  All the while, he has been a great friend and supporter of the CAEE Department, always eager to share his knowledge and expertise with students. 

aerial view of San Antonio river walk with a boat
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: San Antonio Riverwalk
Image Caption #1: Neumann is an award-winning manager of the planning, design and construction of municipal capital programs in a major metropolitan area. Under her leadership the city learned to turn wastewater into valuable resources and is the only U.S. city to reuse all three wastewater treatment process byproducts. Water features on the riverwalk add high-quality recycled water to supplement the river’s natural flows.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: San Antonio Infrastructure Expansion
Image Caption #2: As SAWS’ Senior Vice President of Strategic Resources, she has overseen a large infrastructure renewal effort and the construction of water supply projects and wastewater system expansions. A long range plan to meet the city’s 50-year water needs was also developed under Neumann’s leadership.

Inducted October 26, 2012

Kelley Neumann graduated from The University of Texas at Austin as a Distinguished Military Graduate and was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers. She spent over five years on active duty in the Army where she was often the first female officer to be assigned to her unit. Later as an an executive leader for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), she managed the planning, design and construction of the utility's large capital programs, and has been involved with the development of San Antonio’s long range water management plans. 

Texas State Capitol building
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Texas State Capitol - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Nicastro is one of the most respected forensics engineers in the area of cladding and exterior envelope analysis in the country. And he not only investigates failures but designs remedies for problems - in fact, he and his company, Building Diagnostics, Inc. (BDI) try very hard to prevent failures. The firm prides itself on years of successfully analyzing and remedying construction failures: from historical structures to highrise commercial office towers, residential properties, hospitals, and institutional facilities.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: The Durability Lab - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: Nicastro stays informed of technological advancements and industry developments through his professional society committee activities and relationships with both contractors and manufacturers.. To pursue original research, the created The Durability Lab, a testing center at Pickle Research Center, to study the durability of building components, identifying factors caused in premature failure.

Inducted September 29, 2017

David Nicastro is the founder and CEO of a building-failure analysis firm, Building Diagnostics, Inc. with branches in four cities who contributes to standards development with insight gained by analyzing building failures. His work has set the standard for other companies both nationally and internationally and is a leader in advancing the field of forensics engineering related to building systems and closures.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Dallas HOV Lanes - Dallas, Texas
Image Caption #1: As the TxDOT District Engineer for Dallas, Oliver oversaw the design and planning of the city’s first High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes. The lanes ran five miles into the downtown in the morning and three miles out of the city center for evening commuters.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Port Aransas Ferry - Port Aransas, Texas
Image Caption #2: In keeping with tradition, the Arnold W. Oliver, a ferry boat in the Port Aransas fleet, was named in honor of the former TxDOT executive director, recognizing his steadfast service to the state. In this role, he reported to the Texas Transportation Commission and oversaw all agency functions and responsibilities.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Arnold Oliver’s 33 years of distinguished public service at the Texas Department of Transportation - culminating in four years at the helm as Executive Director - began with an engineering education at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the years, he became an well-known innovator and leader in the Texas transportation industry.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Jefferson Memorial - Washington, D.C.
Image Caption #1: Some of Larry Olson’s noteworthy projects include preservation studies of the concrete substructure and marble of the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials and impact echo testing of an air shaft in the Cheops Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt using a concrete thickness gauge on an iRobot tracked robot.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Impact Echo Scanning
Image Caption #2: Larry saw the need for user-friendly engineering equipment like field portable apparatus and created Olson Instruments in 1995. The company has sold its ultrasonic, sonic, seismic and structural health monitoring instruments in over 40 countries.

Inducted October 13, 2006

Larry Olson embarked on his career as a nondestructive and destructive testing specialist in 1980, when he began working for CTL/Thompson, Inc. in Denver, Colorado as a Geotechnical Project Engineer. He was initially responsible for conducting geotechnical and materials investigations for residential, commercial and industrial sites.

group of snowmobiles and people on snowy plain
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Snow Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment (SIPRE)
Image Caption #1: Throughout his higher education, Olson worked summer jobs for organizations such as the U.S. Army Snow Ice and Permafrost Research Establishment where he conducted basic and applied research in snow, ice and frozen ground. His research and instruction have always focused on application to practice - whether it is the settlement of an embankment of the design of the foundation for an offshore oil platform.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Thank You, Professor Olson
Image Caption #2: He has taught a broad cross section of leaders in geotechnical engineering - from oil industry executives to distinguished consulting engineers and engineering educators - many of them are also members of the National Academy in Engineering. His former students say that they still use the practices that Professor Olson taught them each and every day.

Inducted October 26, 2012

Roy Olson is a leading international scholar on soil behavior and its relevancy to geotechinical engineering practice, and a deeply dedicated engineering educator.  A member of the National Academy of Engineering, he is considered by many to be the catalyst behind the success of the geotechnical program at The University of Texas at Austin. A highly-recognized engineering researcher and technical leader, his greatest pride is the accomplishments of his former students; many have become influential leaders in geotechnical engineering.

Dixilyn Fields Rig
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Dixilyn Fields Rig
Image Caption #1: Ortwein joined ExxonMobil as a drilling engineer immediately following graduation from UT. As a young engineer, she designed this well that was drilled by the Dixilyn Fields rig. She later held a variety of positions within U.S. Production operations working in New Orleans, Midland and Houston, and later went to Exxon Ventures, CIS as the Reservoir Evaluation and Planning Manager where she worked on new venture capture in Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Piceance FIeld - Colorado
Image Caption #2: From 2004-2006, while Ortwein was the Production Manager for Exxonmobil’s US business, she managed a team that was responsible for developing the Piceance Field in Colorado, a basin that contains reserves of coal, natural gas, and oil shale.

Inducted November 7, 2008

Over the span of her career, Sara Nall Ortwein has held numerous technical, operations, planning and key leadership assignments within upstream oil and gas sector. In 2016, she became president of XTO Energy Inc., which handles all of ExxonMobil's unconventional operations, which includes all of North America and Argentian. She is a breakthrough leader in the energy field. 

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: King William District - San Antonio, Texas
Image Caption #1: As a General Manager of the San Antonio River Authority (SARA), he oversaw a major RIver Walk improvement south toward the King William Historic District. The project was completed by Bexar County, SARA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: San Antonio Tunnel Outlet - San Antonio, Texas
Image Caption #2: Under Pfieffer’s leadership, SARA projects have attained four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Awards, three Chief of Merit Awards, and once Excellence Award for the Flood Bypass Tunnel. The tunnel prevents major flooding and destruction in San Antonio.

Inducted October 21, 2005

Fred N. Pfeiffer, an engineer and lawyer, melded his professions into recognized service on the local, state and national levels. After graduating from the University of Texas, he served three years in the Texas Air National Guard before being commissioned in the Navy Reserve and serving as commanding officer.

Trinity River Water Supply
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Trinity River Water Supply
Image Caption #1: Plummer has planned and designed multiple water and wastewater systems, a particular area of focus being the Trinity River Basin where he has helped his clients greatly improve the river’s water quality.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Ten Mile Creek Regional Wastewater Plant - Ferris, Texas
Image Caption #2: The Ten Mile Creek Regional Wastewater System is recognized by state and federal regulatory agencies as one of the best wastewater treatment plants of its size in Texas. In order to continue in this tradition, the Trinity River Authority of Texas retained their services of APAI, Plummer’s firm services to design a new solids dewatering facility in addition to other rehabilitation projects at the facility.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Alan H. Plummer, Jr. has dedicated his career to conserving, developing, protecting and utilizing water resources in Texas for beneficial purposes. He has been a pioneer and leader in Texas in the use of recyled water and is the founder and chairman emeritus of Alan Plummer Associates, Inc. (APAI). The Fort Worth-based firm, which has become a national business that protects and develops water resources for clients and customers, employs more than 100 people in offices in Austin, Dallas, Corpus Christi and Oklahoma City.

exterior of Guggenheim Museum under construction
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Fred Hartman Bridge - Baytown, Texas
Image Caption #1: Poston and his team evaluated and repaired of “rain vibration” stay cables on the Fred Hartman Bridge. This type of vibration is of concern to bridge engineers and owners because the vibration can lead to fatigue damage of structural elements and to serviceability problems. Additionally, the vibrations are worrisome to passing motorists.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Exterior Restoration - New York, New York
Image Caption #2: As part of the restoration team, Poston received the 2009 ICRI Award for Excellence in recognition for his work on the original landmark Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - designed by America’s famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.

Inducted November 7, 2008

An internationally recognized expert in structural engineering and National Academy of Engineering member, Randy Poston has established himself as one of the preeminent structural consultants in the United States. He readily relates that he has never met a structure that cannot be repaired and has dedicated his career to advancing the state of structural engineering knowledge.

night view of toll road overpass
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: ABIA Terminal Bridge - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: On this project, Powell and her firm P.E. Structural Consultants utilized TxDOT’s newly developed precast concrete U-Beam sections in an innovative way to provide and aesthetically enhanced structure to replace the original design after completing a feasibility study.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: 183A Toll Road - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: Powell led aesthetic design, and was the senior structural advisor for bridges and toll gantries on the 183A Toll road. This 11-mile toll road that includes 21 bridges and other structures such as retaining walls, drainage structures, sign supports and toll gantries was completed in 2007.

Inducted October 21, 2010

Lisa Carter Powell is Principal Engineer, President and majority owner of P.E. Structural Consultants, Inc., an Austin-based structural engineering consulting firm co-founded by her in 1992. With over 25 years of experience in research, development and design of bridge structures, she is an expert in prestressed, post-tensioned, and segmental concrete construction, high performance concrete, accelerated bridge construction, and aesthetic design. She has designed numerous bridge projects across the state of Texas.

Inducted October 13, 2006

Dr. Bobby E. Price, P.E. has made a life-long commitment to engineering. His demonstration of excellence in the practice and teaching of civil engineering has earned him national recognition. In addition, he has assumed leadership roles in key engineering organizations.

stadium under construction
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Khalifa Stadium Renovation - Doha, Qatar
Image Caption #1: Qaddumi’s firm, PROJACS International, is responsible for the Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, a national institution for sports history and heritage, at the reconstructed Khalifa Stadium. Pictured is the existing concrete structure which was strengthened along with the skeleton of the new stadium is now complete.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: NBK Headquarters - Kuwait City, Kuwait
Image Caption #2: Projects International was Project and Construction Manager of this capital project, a 62-floor National Bank of Kuwait building that is a significant addition to the city skyline . This bank branch offers full commercial banking services across a broad spectrum of areas including trade, contractor, corporate, retail and treasury.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Nabil Qaddumi has combined academics and business ingenuity throughout his successful career. He is Chairman of Projacs International, the region's leading Arab project management firm and Chairman of Safwan Petroleum Technologies Co and Safwan Enviro-Chem Technologies Co. He has distinguished himself as an exceptional leader in global project management, consulting, public service and philanthropy.  

overhead view of men working in lab with steel beams
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Laboratory Development
Image Caption #1: Franz has had a keen interest in engineering education administration, effective teaching, and laboratory and program development. During his tenure as the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Head at Portland State University, the department expanded significantly in terms of faculty size, student enrollment, and research productivity.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Seismic Assessment - Portland, Oregon
Image Caption #2: For nearly a decade, Rad was the PI of sponsored research projects on the assessment of earthquake damage in urban areas. The projects involved field inspection of over 50,000 commercial buildings in the Portland Metropolitan Area and development of computer models for earthquake hazards assessment.

Inducted October 25, 2013

A recognized leader, academician and researcher, Franz Rad is the Arthur M. James Professor of Structural Engineering at Portland State University (PSU), where he has served as Department Head for 23 years. During that time the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department expanded significantly in terms of faculty size, student enrollment, and research productivity. He also actively participated in pioneering research focused on earthquake-resistant structural engineering and forensic engineering that has been applied to practice.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Precast Beams
Image Caption #1: Ralls Newman has been at the forefront of the development and implementation of modern technology such as high-performance concrete bridge girders and totally prefabricated bridge systems. She emerged as one of the strongest influences in highway bridge innovations on the national level and has received numerous national and regional awards.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Port of Miami Tunnel - Miami, FL
Image Caption #2: After her career at TxDOT, Ralls Newman started a consulting company with her husband, Terry Newman, that advances bridge technologies and high-performance transportation structures. She served as Project Manager for Expert Panel to evaluate technical qualifications of proposing teams for Port of Miami Tunnel and Access Improvement Project.

Inducted October 15, 2004

Mary Lou Ralls was born and raised in central Texas, and became a trailblazer in bridge engineering. She was the first female structural engineer in the bridge division of the Texas Department of Transportation and went on the become Bridge Division Director, the highest-ranking bridge engineer position in the state.  She also led the development of one of the most attractive and efficient new precast bridge systems, the Texas U-Beam, and was at the forefront of the development and implementation of modern technology such as high-performance concrete bridges and totally prefabricated bridge systems.

satellite view of Los Angeles
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: City of Los Angeles Inventory
Image Caption #1: One of the initiatives of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) that Ramirez oversaw as center director was mitigation of collapse risk in vulnerable concrete buildings. The city of Los Angeles was the testbed for their project.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Infrastructure Lab
Image Caption #2: Civil engineering professors Antonio Bobet and Julio Ramirez (right) are heading up the NHERI NCO, headquartered at Purdue. In the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research, researchers in the Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Lab use a technique called hybrid simulation to test large- and small-scale structures like the one shown.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Julio Ramirez has had an outstanding career as a university educator, researcher, and National Science Foundation Center Director. He has received numerous national awards for his teaching, research and service to professional organizations.  He has made many lasting contributions to the structural engineering profession, particularly in the field of earthquake engineering.

dirt road with pipes
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Amaco Engineering Project
Image Caption #1: Randall worked for Amaco for 14 years serving in various engineering operations and management positions where he was responsible for numerous onshore and offshore energy projects throughout the US. His last position with the company was Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A).
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Energy Industry Mergers and Acquisitions
Image Caption #2: Randall went out on his own and started his own firm Randall & Dewey, Inc. to provide the energy industry with new approaches and methods to M&A transactions. Prior to being acquired in 2005 by the New York Investment Company, Jeffries & Company, his firm had grown to include over 100 engineers, geoscientists, and financial professionals with offices in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Africa.

Inducted October 21, 2010

Jack Randall became a leader in mergers and acquisitions for the global energy industry by utilizing his engineering skills. Under his management, his advisory firm significantly transformed the mergers in acquisitions business in oil and gas and pioneered the transaction business as it is now conducted worldwide.  He comes from a long line of engineers - his grandfather was a civil engineer, and both his father and younger brother are graduates of the department. 

Scharbauer Sports Complex building
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Midland Scharbauer Sports Complex - Lubbock, Texas
Image Caption #1: Rapier is President and CEO of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper (PSC), a full-service design firm that provides engineering and architectural design primarily in the public sector or with public entities, such as municipal infrastructure, education, healthcare and transportation.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Texas Tech University Student Union Building - Lubbock, Texas
Image Caption #2: PSC has designed multiple award-winning structures on the Texas Tech campus including a health sciences center, business administration building, chapel and more. Under Rapier’s leadership, the company has a strong community and strives to stay innovative in building science, technology, materials and operations that promote the green building concept.

Inducted October 16, 2015

Joseph Rapier is President and CEO of Parkhill, Smith and Cooper (PSC), a full-service design firm primarily working in the public sector on municipal infrastructure, education, healthcare and transportation. Since becoming president of this west Texas-based firm, it has grown in size while continuing to have the reputation of being one of the best places to work in the region.

water tank in desert landscape
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Elevated Water Storage Tank
Image Caption #1: Early in his career, Ratliff was the design engineer on the expansion and modernization of the Riverside Water Treatment Plant in Waco, TX. He was also lead engineer on the design of the Hutton Road elevated water storage tank. At the time it was built, it was one of the tallest composite water tanks in North America at 210 feet.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Automobile Dealership
Image Caption #2: Ratliff currently serves as President of The Ratliff Group, LLC, the firm he founded in 2002 specializing in construction management for the private sector. He has grown the firm into one of the top one hundred nationally recognized firms in the design and construction of automobile dealerships. His career also includes significant community service with his local school district and the Texas State House of Representatives.

Inducted October 16, 2015

Bennett Ratliff currently serves as President of The Ratliff Group, LLC, the firm he founded in 2002 specializing in construction management for the private sector. He has grown the firm into one of the top one hundred nationally recognized firms in the design and construction of automobile dealerships. His career also includes significant community service with his local school district and the Texas State House of Representatives.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Texas State Senate - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #1: Ratliff had a distinguished dual career in civil engineering and politics. The former Texas Lt. Governor and state senator had a bipartisan reputation for rock-solid integrity and fair-mindedness.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Texas Public Schools
Image Caption #2: Ratliff built a reputation for tackling critical issues from public education to the state budget. He served as chair of the Texas Senate education and finance committees, and of his legislative service, he says he is most proud of his work on public school finance.

Inducted November 7, 2003

After graduating from public school in the small West Texas ranching town of Sonora, Texas, Bill Ratliff earned a degree in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He worked as civil engineer for 30 years before serving as a member of the Texas State Senate for 15 years. He also served as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Texas. Of his legislative service, he says he is most proud of his work on public school finance.

swimming pool set up for astronaut training
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Sonny Carter Astronaut Training Center- Houston, Texas
Image Caption #1: Gene says one of the most unusual projects, he has ever completed is the neutral buoyancy laboratory. It is the largest “swimming pool” in the world where astronauts learn to adapt their movements to the weightless environment of space. The project included a 6.2 million-gallon zero-gravity simulation tank; supporting control center, medical center, scuba service, and hyperbaric chamber.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Energy Towers - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #2: Gene and his firm, EE Reed Construction, a diverse general contractor, have built many commercial buildings in the Houston area including the Energy Tower I, II, III & IV in the West Houston Energy Corridor. All buildings are LEED Gold-certified office buildings.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Edward Eugene "Gene" Reed, has been a true leader in the fields of construction and engineering. He has made many contributions to the construction industry in Houston and many other parts of the country and has been generous with his time and treasure to many civic and charitable organizations in the U.S.

Inducted October 13, 2006

Bob Reed was born and raised in Leon County, Texas. He enrolled at the University of Texas in 1943 as a member of the Navy V-12 program, graduating in 1946 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a commission in the Navy.

bridge being built
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Quintana Beach Bridge - Freeport, Texas
Image Caption #1: In 1995, Reese started his own structural engineering consulting firm, Summit Engineering, which specializes in bridge design and construction. One of the firm’s first projects was the Quintana Beach Bridge which crosses the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and connects the inland industrial towns of Brazoria, Lake Jackson and Clute with the port town of Surfside Beach.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: FasTracks West Rail Line Corridor - Denver, Colorado
Image Caption #2: The signature steel-arch bridge for RTD’s West Corridor light rail over the Sixth Avenue Freeway was rolled into place over the highway from its temporary perch on a platform at the Denver Federal Center. This innovative construction method saved time and money for the traveling public and taxpayers. The arch was launched across the freeway using heavy load trailers and a track system.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Gregg Reese is a leader in the design of advanced bridges and has developed many novel methods that are used in the design and erection of various types of bridges. Among his peers, he is known for not fearing challenges. Over a 35-year career he has been involved in the design and construction of numerous concrete bridges in the North America.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Dr. Lymon Reese has done extensive research in the field of geotechnical engineering, principally concerning the behavior of deep foundations. He has conducted pioneering work in performing field studies with instrumented piles and drilled shafts, and has developed analytical methods now widely used in the design of deep foundations. He has authored over 400 technical papers and reports, and presented numerous invited lectures and talks around the world.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: U.S Census Bureau Headquarters - Suitland, Maryland
Image Caption #1: At HKS, Inc., Richardson helped manage the planning, design, and construction of the Census Bureau’s new headquarters, a state-of-the-art workplace. The building has won the GSA Design Excellence Award and has achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver rating.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Pinellas County Forensic Science Center - Largo, Florida
Image Caption #2: Richardson was principal-in-charge of the Pinellas County Forensics Science Center, a 46,800-square-foot facility that includes an administrative area for the medical examiner, an investigation unit, an autopsy and morgue facility and a toxicology laboratory.

Inducted October 13, 2006

John Richardson began his career in Dallas with HDR, a top-10 architectural and engineering firm. During his 16 years at the firm, he advanced to regional vice president for the southern United States as the firm grew from a staff of 25 in Texas to 250. He was part of the engineering team working on numerous innovative water, wastewater, solid waste and civil planning and design projects.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Alaska LNG Kenai Facility - Kenai, Alaska
Image Caption #1: Rigsbee worked in Alaska as a construction engineer assigned to Phillips’ liquefied natural gas plant. He oversaw nearly 30 projects around the plant and the state.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Natural Gas - Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Image Caption #2: As project manager at Phillips Petroleum Company, Rigsbee managed the conversion of the interstate portion of a 500-mile, 30-inch pipeline from oil service to natural gas service in Oklahoma.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Ken Rigsbee is a fourth-generation Austinite and son of an engineer. A proud UT architectural engineer, he worked at Phillips Petroleum Company for over 35 years, managing natural gas construction projects all over the U.S., and later served on legislative committees of oil and gas associations. Throughout his engineering career, he remained active in state and national civic and professional societies, sharing his technical expertise and leadership skills.

interior of academic building
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Mason Civil Engineering Building at Georgia Tech - Atlanta, Georgia
Image Caption #1: Following graduation from UT, Rix was a faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology for over two decades. During that time, he helped educate more than 2500 undergraduate and graduate students, led numerous research projects, and was active in professional service. He also led the $12M renovation at Georgia Tech that resulted in a facility well-suited for engineering education in the 21st century.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Seismic Hazard Assessment and Mitigation
Image Caption #2: After a 24-year career in academia, Rix joined Geosyntec Consultants in as Senior Principal. His practice includes seismic hazard assessment and mitigation for civil infrastructure including dams, power plants, and ports and harbors, as well as advanced near-surface geophysics investigations and interpretations across a range of applications. He is pictured in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

Inducted September 30, 2016

Glenn Rix has had two very successful careers: a highly-regarded teacher and researcher at Georgia Tech, and a leading geotechnical earthquake engineering consultant at Geosyntec. He has also distinguished himself as an active member in the National Science Foundation’s Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association, the pre-eminent organization in the world coordinating geotechnical investigations after extreme events, such as earthquakes and floods.

nuclear power plant towers with smoke coming up
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Nuclear Power Plant
Image Caption #1: Upon graduation, Sacre was a geotechnical engineer at D’Appolonia Consulting Engineers in Brussels and Paris, specializing in soil and rock mechanics and dynamics, and designing foundations for nuclear power plants and offshore structures.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Live Positively Conference
Image Caption #2: After earning an MBA, Sacre joined the Abela Group of Companies, an international food series and management company. He later joined Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, one of the largest bottlers and vendors of the company’s products in the world, and he managed the operations in Bulgaria, and then Romania and Moldova as Country General Manager.

Inducted November 11, 2011

Born and raised in Lebanon, Alexis Sacre is the former President of the Middle East Business Unit of the Coca-Cola Company. The values of education and tolerance that were instilled into him by his family at a young age enabled him to have a rich and diverse career and to gain insight from many people around the globe. He had two distinct and successful careers, first as a geotechnical engineer and then as a global business executive.

highway at night, raining
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Evacuation Route
Image Caption #1: As TxDOT district engineer in the Pharr District, Saenz was a key developer of the department’s NAFTA and hurricane evacuation route construction programs. In 2001, he was promoted to the state level of TxDOT leadership and was named the Assistant Executive Engineering Director, serving in this position until late 2007, when he was named Executive Director.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Queen Isabella Causeway - South Padre Island, Texas
Image Caption #2: Saenz oversaw the Pharr District’s emergency response when the Queen Isabella Causeway reconstruction of the Queen Isabella Causeway, connecting Port Isabel to South Padre Island was hit by a barge. Under his charge, the bridge he rerouted traffic and the bridge was rebuilt in three months.

Inducted November 7, 2008

Amadeo Saenz, Jr. is the former executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the agency he served for 33 years. From 2007-2011, he managed, directed, and implemented TxDOT policies, programs and operating strategies in this role under Texas Transportation Commission direction.  He served his state with honor and integrity, protecting the lives of countless Texans by developing hurricane evacuation routes over overseeing coastal causeway reconstruction efforts. 

scientist in lab coat looking at vats of bright green liquid
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: University of Iowa Power Plant - Iowa City, Iowa
Image Caption #1: At the heart of Schnoor’s engineering career is his pioneering work using mathematical models in science policy decisions for environmental protection. At his own university, he was part of a project to sustainably retrofit the University of Iowa Power Plant to burn waste oat hulls instead of coal.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Biofuels Production Nexus
Image Caption #2: One of Schnoor’s research areas focuses on water quality issues related to biofuels. Since there are two main areas in the production of biofuels that involve water, each has implications for water quantity. He is examining the questions “How much water does it take to grow the feedstocks for biofuels? And how much water does it take to produce the biofuels for industry?”

Inducted November 11, 2011

Professor Jerry Schnoor is the Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering and the Co-Director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research at the University of Iowa. A National Academy of Engineering member, he was one of the first individuals to investigate the ability of plants to take up toxic organic chemicals and other pollutants and to apply the phytoremediation process, to clean up contaminated hazardous waste sites; thus initiating a new green technology for the treatment of contaminated soils and improving and protecting the quality of groundwater.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Hsuehshan Highway Tunnel - Taiwan
Image Caption #1: Shen led RSEA Engineering Corp, the largest construction firm in Taiwan in the building of highway systems, construction of water resources projects, and the world’s fourth longest highway tunnel connecting the west to the east of the island in Taiwan. Under his leadership, the firm also has many governmental international construction projects involving power generation and water resources for agriculture.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Taipei 101 Tower - Taipei, Taiwan
Image Caption #2: At RSEA, Shen also helped complete construction on The Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center – is a landmark supertall skyscraper in Xinyi District. The building also represents a worldwide precedent for sustainable skyscraper development.

Inducted November 7, 2008

During Ching-Peng Shen's 25+ years of service for RSEA Engineering Corporation, many important civil infrastructure projects in Asia were completed: rapid transits, tunnels, hydraulic power plants, highways, bridges, buildings and more. An internationally-acclaimed geotechnical and construction engineer, he is currently on the Board of Directors for Radium Life Technology Company, one of the major developers in Taiwan.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Prudhoe Bay Production Facility - Alaska North Slope
Image Caption #1: Smith has helped define and develop design solutions in the oil and gas industry for thaw movement and freeze back problems that occur around hot production wells through thick permafrost.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Bohai Bay Platform - China
Image Caption #2: As an engineering consultant, Smith reviewed the conceptual design and ice resistant platforms for structural optimization on many offshore projects including many in Bohai Bay, a major offshore oil and gas production area in China.

Inducted October 21, 2005

Robert Smith's 35 year career in soil mechanics and structural engineering has centered around drilling, production, and transportation groups in the oil and gas industry.  He made special contributions by finding solutions to unique design problems in frontier areas, such as onshore and offshore artic Alaska and mudslide areas on the modern Mississippi Delta.

view of patio at UT Permian Basin
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: UT Permian Basin - Odessa, Texas
Image Caption #1: Sorber was appointed as the fourth president of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) where he served from 1992 until 2001. He is considered one of those responsible for the success of creating UT Rio Grande Valley - he moved himself and his family to help advance excellence in the Valley.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Image Caption #2: After stepping down as president at UTPB, Sorber remained with The University of Texas System offices, involved in various aspects of developing relationships between the System and Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Charles Sorber’s distinguished career in academia spans three decades. He was a veteran academician and administrator who successfully served as the chief administrative officer of three University of Texas System academic institutions. His research in environmental and water resources engineering was also widely recognized. 

aerial view of the Alamodome
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Lydia Ann Lighthouse - Port Aransas, Texas
Image Caption #1: Douglas Steadman had an impressive career and was mentor to many engineers. The H.E.B. Grocery Company entrusted their complete site development and structural engineering to his oversight for over 30 years, including the restoration of the Lighthouse Station on Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas owned by Charles Butt.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Alamodome - San Antonio, Texas
Image Caption #2: During his 50 years in consulting engineering, Steadman has been in responsible charge for the structural and civil engineering of numerous significant projects, including the Alamodome, Lila Cockrell Theater for the Performing Arts, San Antonio International Airport Development, Hays Street Bridge re-development, San Antonio Municipal Auditorium and many, many more.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Douglas Steadman was one of the most respected structural engineers in the city of San Antonio. He has been involved in key projects associated with San Antonio civil engineering landmarks such as the Riverwalk, Brooks Air Force Base, the historical Hays Street Bridge and more. The San Antonio Airport’s expansion project as well as the Alamodome’s design was completed under Steadman’s leadership. Additionally, the Texas grocery store goliath, H-E-B, entrusted its complete site development and structural engineering to his oversight for over 30 years.

Thanks-Giving Square Chapel
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Dallas Police Memorial - Dallas, TX
Image Caption #1: A key project of Taylor’s the Dallas Police Memorial is a captivating and unconventional monument designed to memorialize Dallas’ fallen officers. It features a massive cantilevered canopy clad in steel with cut-outs for the individual badge numbers of every fallen Dallas officer. In direct sun, light shines through these cut-outs, projecting the badge numbers onto the ground below the monument.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Thanks-Giving Square Chapel - Dallas, TX
Image Caption #2: Taylor brings a sense of excitement, creativity, and can-do attitude to architectural engineering, but always tempered by sound judgement. His vast project experience includes the nondenominational Thanks-Giving Square Chapel, whose design takes its inspiration from the Great Mosque in Samarra, Iraq and the ancient spiral of life. The entrance to the chapel is at the end of a 125-foot bridge that runs over a cascading waterfall.

Inducted November 9, 2007

Since graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1959, Thomas Taylor has been a leader and innovator in the building industry throughout his career as he has practiced "the art of structural engineering" for over 50 years. He joined Frank Chappell & Associates after graduating and assumed leadership of the company in four years. Taylor incorporated the company as Datum Engineers and has helped it grow into a nationally recognized firm of 60 people.

gas tanker in harbor at dusk
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Qatargas
Image Caption #1: Grant has worked on major developments in the oil and gas industry including the HIbernia gravity based structure in Canada. He also served as Project Executive for Qatargas II Joint Venture between Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Bull Arm Fabrication Site - Bull Arm, Newfoundland
Image Caption #2: Thompson is a leader in designing and building offshore structures in challenging environments such as the Arctic Sea where sea ice is often not stationary, but moving. An offshore structure has to be capable of initiating a failure mechanism in the incoming ice while remaining stable.

Inducted November 11, 2011

Grant Thompson is a masterful technical manager of deepwater and offshore production system design. During his career, the oil and gas industry was rapidly expanding into new frontiers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, offshore Eastern Canada, and the Arctic. Starting out as a geotechnical engineer in a small group of offshore specialists, he advanced up the career ladder and helped build a staff capable of designing and building production systems that could safely produce hydrocarbons in these new regions.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Sakhalin-1 - Russia
Image Caption #1: At ExxonMobil, Tillerson was responsible for the corporation’s holdings in Russia, the Caspian Sea, and the Sakhalin I Consortium Operations, an offshore development in Russia's remote Far East.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Kizomba B - Angola
Image Caption #2: Tillerson oversaw the The Kizomba deepwater project, an oil drilling project owned and operated by ExxonMobil, situated off the coast of northern Angola. It is named after the Kizomba Angolan dance. The Kizomba B is one of two floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels located at the development.

Inducted October 13, 2006

As former Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp., Rex Tillerson oversaw the global operations of the world’s largest non-government energy company.  A civil engineer by background and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, he has been influential in many of the world’s major oil and gas exploration and development projects. He also served as the 69th United States Secretary of State.

aerial view of streets in a green landscape
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Parque Industrial TecnoTam - Ciudad Victoria, Mexico
Image Caption #1: As Governor of Tamaulipas, Torre-Cantú helped establish and build this 314- acre research and technology park that hosts technology firms who are seeking scientific collaboration. Economic development, strategic investment in infrastructure and safety were central priorities of his agenda while in office.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Energy Infrastructure
Image Caption #2: A loyal supporter of UT, Torre-Cantú engaged with the university on energy research exchange programs throughout his term. For Tamaulipas, the opening of Mexico’s energy sector presents new opportunities to expand and strengthen relations with Texas. He is committed to continuing to foster collaborative exchanges that will allow Tamaulipas and Texas to work in stronger partnership to advance common goals.

Inducted October 24, 2014

The former governor of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, Egidio Torre-Cantú, has utilized his engineering and project management background to provide state leadership and a strategic blueprint for energy infrastructure. He is deeply committed to transforming Tamaulipas and raising the standard of living for its citizens as a public servant and engineer. 

oil and gas development

Inducted September 27, 2019

Víctor Torres-Verdín has become a leader in pavement engineering technology in Mexico. Throughout his professional career, he has been instrumental in modernizing pavement evaluation and design processes in his native country. He is currently serving as the CEO of the Torres Group, the largest pavement engineering consultant in Mexico, where he has been responsible for the implementation of a series of pavement management systems.

railroad line going off into distance
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: North South Railway
Image Caption #1: RGME performed site investigation and materials testing on the 1,709 mile North-South Railway which traverses Saudi Arabia. The company has worked in virtually every corner of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia deriving its specialized expertise from more than 200 engineers, scientists, geologists and hydrogeologists, surveyors, chemists and technicians.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Riyadh Skyline
Image Caption #2: Touma’s firm, Rashid Geotechnical and Materials Engineers (RGME) comprises a geotechnical and environmental consulting company, a site investigation and materials testing company, and a ground engineering and piling company. He worked on the two notable buildings in the Riyadh skyline, the Al Mamlaka Tower (left) and the Al Faisaliah Tower (right).

Inducted October 13, 2006

Fadlo Touma is the founder of Rashid Geotechnical and Materials Engineers, a sizeable group of geotechnical engineering companies in the Persian Gulf.  He has managed major infrastructure projects throughout the Middle East for over three decades and helped establish building codes for Saudi Arabia.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Construction Benchmarking & Metrics
Image Caption #1: One of Richard Tucker’s technical contributions includes development of methods for improving construction productivity and industry benchmarking and metrics. An organizational leader, he established UT’s Construction Industry Institute along with engineering and construction contractors and served as its Founding Director.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Robotics in Construction
Image Caption #2: Tucker was a founding officer of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction. An award winning engineer, his work on automated construction planning and methods for evaluating design effectiveness helped stimulate future research and analysis, and the modernization of today’s construction site.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Richard Tucker’s career has been wide-ranging - he has worked as an project engineer, administrator, teacher and researcher. In his career, he blended academic research interests with construction industry data and his practical experience in the field. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996 for developing management improvement practices in construction.

flooded landscape
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Remote Sensing
Image Caption #1: Uddin is a pioneer in evaluating laser remote sensing terrain scanning technology and geospatial analysis for infrastructure development and environmental application. His transportation and flood inundation mapping products were implemented for 2005 Hurricane Katrina impact assessment on Mississippi Gulf Coast, post 2010 floods in Pakistan, and 2011 floods in Thailand.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: 2011 Bangkok Flood Damage Assessment - Bangkok, Thailand
Image Caption #2: Uddin and his research team performed flood damage assessment following the severe flooding during the 2011 monsoon season. The team used pre-flood and post-flood 1-m satellite imagery scenes to create an imagery-based inventory map of Asian Institute of Technology campus infrastructure assets, post-flood geospatial mapping and flood defense strategy.

Inducted October 24, 2014

Waheed Uddin has had distinguished careers in both consulting and education. He is currently a Professor of Civil Engineering at The University of Mississippi and the Founder and Director of Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology (CAIT) at The University of Mississippi. He has 40 years of professional and research experience in highways, airports, air quality, traffic management, infrastructure, and environmental sustainability. 

pedestrian bridge over water
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: West 7th Street Bridge - Fort Worth, Texas
Image Caption #1: His design of the West 7th Street Bridge in Ft. Worth is the world’s first precast concrete network arch which was completed in 2013. As a designer, Van Landuyt was drawn towards improving the appearance of Texas bridges, advocating and lecturing on behalf of a more thoughtful approach to bridge aesthetics.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Waller Creek Pedestrian Bridges - Austin, Texas
Image Caption #2: An associate principal at Architectural Engineers Collaborative, Van Landuyt has collaborated on the design of eight pedestrian bridges over Waller Creek in downtown Austin. For 31 years, he was a senior design engineer at the Texas Department of Transportation working on notable projects all over the state.

Inducted November 11, 2011

Dean Van Landuyt had a 31-year career at the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as an innovative bridge designer and creator of thoughtful, aesthetic treatments to enhance the visual beauty of structures in the built environment. Now an associate principal at Architectural Engineers Collaborative, his medium and long span concrete bridges have earned numerous design awards for both architectural and structural innovation.

loading supplies onto a helicopter
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts
Image Caption #1: Holguín-Vera is a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a world-leading expert on humanitarian logistics. He and his team worked to develop a series of models to help with Puerto Rico’s supply chain struggles to disperse aid after Hurricane Maria.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: New York City Delivery Congestion
Image Caption #2: Holguín-Veras work on sustainable freight systems studies the interactions between agents involved in freight activity, to define ways to exploit these interactions to foster sustainable development and operations. The application of principles has resulted in more than 400 companies in Manhattan to switch operations to the off-hours, an idea that has had a significant impact on easing traffic congestion.

Inducted October 16, 2015

José Holguín-Veras is the William H. Hart Professor, and Director of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment; and the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is one of the most widely published and cited freight researchers and humanitarian logistics experts in the world and his research group pioneered the multidisciplinary study of post-disaster response logistic operations.

building damaged by strong winds
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Windstorm Inspection Program
Image Caption #1: Wheat served as the department’s undergraduate advisor while continuing to teach classes and conduct research. He maintained a strong, close relationship with the Texas Department of Insurance Windstorm Inspection Program, serving on committees, presenting short courses; and traveling on field investigations for Hurricanes Claudette, Rita, and Ike.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Research at Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory
Image Caption #2: Wheat led a team to provide test data regarding the performance of wood shoring towers for the Department of Homeland Security. The project involved the investigation of two types of wood shoring systems under non-ideal loading conditions and the design is now used in urban search and rescue.

Inducted September 30, 2016

A skilled professor and researcher in structural analysis and wood structural design, and a dedicated and caring undergraduate advisor, Dan Wheat provided high quality service that contributed to this department’s success for 35 years. He made numerous contributions to the area of behavior and design of wood structures, helped countless students succeed at UT Austin, and keenly introduced students and families to our department for the first time.

aerial view of Miller Park roof
Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Crane Collapse - Houston, Texas
Image Caption #1: Wiethorn is at ground zero after every high profile crane collapse including the LyondellBassell Versa-Crane 36000 collapse in Houston. At the time, it was the largest mobile crane in the world, capable of lifting 2500 tons. It was fitted with 360 ft. of boom and 240 ft. of live mast when it overturned and Wiethorn was retained to determine cause of overturn and evaluate procedures involved at time of accident.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Miller Park Roof Collapse - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Image Caption #2: During the erection of the moveable roof system for Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewer’s, one of the largest cranes in the world collapsed resulting in long schedule delays, extensive structural damage and loss of life. Wiethorn performed wind analysis and determined cause of collapse.

Inducted November 7, 2008

Throughout his career, Jim Wiethorn has been involved in the design, construction, and evaluation of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. His experience has included evaluation and assessment of damage and failure of all construction types and systems, in particular, crane accidents. He is the principal engineer and chairman of Haag Engineering Co. with over 31 years of experience dealing with damage and failture analysis.

Inducted September 27, 2019

David is a leader in implementing safe drinking water treatments for many municipalities. Currently serving as a senior vice president at O’Brien & Gere and a leader of the company’s water business. He has designed and managed a variety of water treatment and water quality projects for new, expanded, and rehabilitated water treatment plants ranging from 5 to more than 500 mgd.

Alumni Image #1:
Image Caption Title #1: Tubular Joint
Image Caption #1: To this day, Yura’s research on the design of steel tubular members and connections for offshore oil platforms is the basis of design specifications used in the U.S. and abroad. At UT, Yura taught over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students during his career, and is most proud of his excellence in teaching awards he received.
Alumni Image #2:
Image Caption Title #2: Steel Bracing
Image Caption #2: Yura is a leading authority in the world on bracing for stability. He developed a very popular short course for practitioners on bracing and stability that has been presented to over 4,000 engineers in the US and Canada. The course was based on his 30 years of his research.

Inducted October 9, 2009

Throughout his career of 40+ years, Joe Yura had an enormous impact on the structural engineering profession through dedicated teaching and in the areas of steel design, stability, structural connections and offshore structures. A National Academy of Engineering member, his research contributions are wide-reaching and have impacted design specifications for buildings, bridges and offshore oil platforms.