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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.

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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

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

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

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.

Hamad International Airport interior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

San Antonio water recycling plant

Inducted October 9, 2009

Born in China, Wen-Jo “Walter” Chiang grew up in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is a recognized leader in the improvement of the water environment throughout a distinguished career in the wastewater treatment industry. He has nearly 50 years of design and project management experience in both environmental and civil engineering projects and is a Board Member and Founder of Chiang Patel & Yerby, Inc. (CP&Y).  He also has an unmatched passion for education and is former adjunct faculty member of the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington.

truck and plane on runway

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.  

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Inducted November 7, 2003

Charles Machemehl received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT Austin, where he played varsity football and completed ROTC. Upon graduation, he spent three years of active duty as a civil engineering officer with the U.S. Air Force.  Over the years he became an expert on using crushed stone to its best advantage in the construction of pavement, structures and drainage facilities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Inducted October 15, 2004

Edmund Segner, Jr., an Austin native, is recognized for his contributions to engineering education in the U.S.. He has grown industry and academic research relationships in multiple states thus creating more opportunities for students to have hands-on engineering experiences in the classroom and lab. He is also a respected teacher and administrator who has held leadership roles at several large universities.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.