University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering


Civil and Environmental Engineering Inducts Two New Academy Members


Esmeralda Fisher
C. Rick Coneway (BSCE '73, MSEE '76)
Kenneth E. Tand (BSCE '72, MCE '76)

The Academy of Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineers will welcome two members next month at the third annual Induction Ceremony. C. Rick Coneway (BSCE '73, MSEE '76) and Kenneth E. Tand (BSCE ‘72, MCE ’76) will be honored at the May 2 event, hosted by the UH Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

C. Rick Coneway, P.E. is the executive vice president of development and operations at Doucet & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering design, consulting, land planning and surveying firm. Coneway is responsible for expanding the firm’s client base and enhancing operational efficiencies. He is board-certified in both environmental engineering and water resources engineering by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers, respectively. He was honored by being named as a Fellow member of both the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers, and recently received a Lifetime Membership from the Water Environment Federation. In 2012, he received the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the UH Engineering Alumni Association. In 2010, he received the ASCE Austin Branch Civil Engineer of the Year Award. He was named TSPE’s Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year in 1978 and in 2000 he was named TSPE’s Engineer of the Year. Coneway retired from the US Air Force Reserve at the rank of Colonel with 31 years of decorated service. After 20 years in aviation, he completed his service as a Civil Engineer Officer. As a community leader he has served in a variety of volunteer organizations including Leadership Austin, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Lake Travis Advisory Panel, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, Lost Creek MUD and Travis County ESD No. 3.

Kenneth E. Tand, P.E. is the founder, president and principal engineer of Kenneth E. Tand & Associates, Inc. Since 1981 he has been responsible for the technical and financial management of the company. Projects include geotechnical engineering studies for multi-story office buildings, office/warehouse complexes, and petrochemical units. From 1975 to 1981 he served as the manager of the Houston Geotechnical Engineering Department at Southwestern Laboratories, Inc. In 1973, Tand joined Harding Lawson and Associates as a project engineer, responsible for technical aspects of geotechnical engineering studies and engineering inspection. From 1965 to 1973, Tand worked for Houston Lighting & Power Company as an engineering technician performing design calculations for general civil projects, preparation of specifications and field inspection, and later as a construction project engineer responsible for monitoring schedules and budgets, field inspection, and review of construction drawings. Tand has published numerous technical papers and articles, and has taught courses at the University of Houston on case histories in civil engineering. He is a member of several professional societies, including American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Council of Independent Laboratories, American Society for Testing and Materials, and the Chi Epsilon Honor Society.

The Academy of Distinguished Civil and Environmental Engineers is dedicated to recognizing outstanding alumni who bring honor to the department of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Houston 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.



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