Cullen College of Engineering alumnus Daniel Wong, Ph.D., P.E., was recently appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. The Board is responsible for licensing qualified engineers, enforcing the Texas Engineering Practice Act and regulating the practice of professional engineering in Texas.
Wong graduated from the University of Houston with a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1983, 1985 and 1988, respectively. He currently serves as an at-large city councilman for the city of Sugar Land, as well as president and CEO of Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc.
Wong completed his Ph.D. under Cumaraswamy (Vipu) Vipulanandan, professor and civil engineering department chair. As his first Ph.D. student, Vipulanandan recalls Wong’s many attributes that may explain his professional success. “He was very outgoing,” he said. “ He always maintained the attitude of getting things done.”
Following graduation, Wong took a position at McBride-Ratcliff and Associates, Inc. before partnering with colleague Zeki Tolunay to form Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc., a company that specializes in geotechnical studies to evaluate structure interaction, soil dynamics, modeling of earth materials and the design of foundation and earth retaining structures. The company has completed several projects in the Houston area for the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDot), the Harris County Tollroad Authority and the University of Houston. In addition, they have been involved in shallow- and deep- foundation design, urban development and waste-management projects.
Wong’s success as an entrepreneur and civil engineer earned him the honor of being named the Distinguished Young Engineering Alumnus by the UH Engineering Alumni Association in 2000.