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Alumnus Tapped to Lead National Engineering Society

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Erin D. McKenzie
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D. Wayne Klotz (1976 MSCE) has been named president of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the oldest national engineering society in the United States.

Klotz was installed as ASCE president Nov. 8 at the organization’s annual conference in Pittsburg, Pa. He accepts the position following a yearlong commitment as ASCE president-elect, and more than three decades in posts on ASCE committees and boards at the local, state and national levels.

“I have served ASCE at every level,” Klotz said in his vision statement. “I identify with leaders at the branch and section level because I’ve been in your chair. I served on national committees as we grappled with complicated issues. I served on the board of directors when decisions were made that literally changed the direction of the organization. All of these positions have prepared me for the ultimate privilege of leading ASCE in 2008-09.”

Throughout his one-year term as president, Klotz will oversee some 143,000 members. He intends to dedicate his presidency to examining the society’s priorities to ensure all activities related to ASCE deliver benefit to its members. In addition, Klotz has plans not only to advocate for the profession, but also develop a committee of 20-somethings to assess ways to cater to the next generation of engineers, a program he’s already implemented among his company’s nearly 130 employees.

For more than 20 years, Klotz has served as president of the Texas-based Klotz Associates, Inc., a consulting engineering firm with offices in Houston, Austin, Lufkin and San Antonio. Among the firm’s major projects are work on Interstate 45, Westpark Tollway and most recently, the uptown line of Houston Metro’s light rail system.

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