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Academy of Distinguished Civil & Environmental Engineers


The Academy of Distinguished Civil & Environmental Engineers (Academy) is dedicated to recognizing outstanding alumni who bring honor to the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) department at the University of Houston (UH) and have sustained distinguished contributions to the profession, field, the university, or society at large. Academy members represent an elite group of alums who have achieved greatness all starting with the same set of tools obtained at UH.


When selecting candidates, the Academy seeks out alumni who received their degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering from the University of Houston at least twenty years prior to nomination. During those years, candidates must have become an outstanding engineer, practitioner, scientist, researcher, and/or possess recognized expertise in one or more fields of civil or environmental engineering. While focused on Civil & Environmental Engineering, the Academy also recognizes alums who have become an outstanding and recognized leader and achieved distinction in a field other than civil or environmental engineering.

Academy members are leaders in their communities or businesses and have achieved outstanding success. They are active in professional or career organizations, recipients of honors in their profession, and active in the community. Many are known by their involvement in public service, service organizations, and/or charitable causes, or are lecturers or writers on subjects related to their chosen field.


The Academy is evidence of the success available to current students. Recognizing these well-decorated alumni will help the University achieve national prominence in civil or environmental engineering education and strengthening students’ understanding of the engineering profession through the personal and professional example of their predecessors. The Academy will be a distinguished group of alums to provide expert advisory guidance and counsel to the department chair, faculty, and students and advance the objectives of the development program.


2017 Elected Members

Quincy D. Allen
Quincy D. Allen, P.E.
District Engineer, Texas Department of Transportation
Dewey H. Brunt III
Dewey H. Brunt III, P.E.
Senior Project Manager, Huitt-Zollars, Inc.

2015 Elected Members

Delvin L. Dennis
Delvin L. Dennis, P.E.
Vice President at OTHON, INC
Dale Rudick
Dale Rudick
Retired; Director, City of Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering

2014 Elected Members

David Collins
David Collins, P.E.
Senior Civil Engineer, FCM Engineers
Joe Zimmerman
Joe Zimmerman, P.E.
Vice President, Klotz & Associates

2013 Elected Members

C. Rick Coneway
C. Rick Coneway, P.E.
Executive Vice President of Development and Operations, Doucet & Associates, Inc.
Kenneth E. Tand
Kenneth E. Tand, P.E.
Founder, President and Principal Engineer of Kenneth E. Tand & Associates, Inc.

2012 Elected Members

John Odis Cobb
John Odis Cobb, P.E. (Retired), R.P.L.S. (Retired)
Retired; Founder, Cobb, Fendley & Associates Inc.
Billy M. Cooke
Billy M. Cooke, P.E.
Retired; Former Senior Vice President at RPS Klotz Associates, Inc.
D. Wayne Klotz
D. Wayne Klotz, P.E.
President, Klotz Associates, Inc.
Jimmie Schindewolf
Jimmie Schindewolf, P.E., R.P.L.S.
General Manager, North Harris County Regional Water Authority

2011 Elected Members

Bill Callegari
Bill Callegari
Representative, Texas House of Representatives
David A. Eastwood
David A. Eastwood, P.E., C.A.P.M
President, Geotech Engineering and Testing
William F. Fendley
William F. Fendley, P.E., R.P.L.S. (Inactive)
Founder, Cobb, Fendley & Associates, Inc.
Jesse G. Gonzalez
Jesse G. Gonzalez
The Gonzalez Group
Rafael Ortega
Rafael Ortega, P.E.
President, Aurora Technical Services, LLC.
Arup K. SenGupta
Dr. Arup K. SenGupta
Professor, Lehigh University
Steven E. Simmons
Steven E. Simmons, P.E.
Vice President, Huitt-Zollars
Daniel O. Wong
Daniel O. Wong, Ph.D, P.E.
President and CEO, Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.