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Cullen College of Engineering Executive Leadership Board

Executive Leadership Board Member

 D. Wayne Klotz
D. Wayne Klotz ('76)
President, Klotz Associates

D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, ENV SP is currently President of Klotz Strategies, LLC and was President of Klotz Associates, Inc., a full service civil engineering firm based in Houston, Texas for 32 years. His 49-year career began with a BSCE from Texas A&M University in 1974 and an MSCE from the University of Houston in 1976. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

In 2011, Wayne was appointed by the mayor of Houston to the Coastal Water Authority Board of Directors and serves as Board President. He has served on the Community Resilience Task Force for the Department of Homeland Security. He chaired the Public Works Transition Teams for two consecutive Houston mayors.

He served as National President of ASCE in 2008 - 2009. Wayne is a founder and Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Wayne was a cofounder and board member of TAG Houston Region. He has served as Officer for ASCE, HCEC, ACECTX, Harris County Flood Control Task Force, the C Club, and the University of Houston and Texas A&M Civil Engineering Advisory Boards. He started the Klotz Associates Endowed Scholarships in Civil Engineering and the Karen and Wayne Klotz Endowed Fellowships in Water Resources at both universities. Wayne served 12 years on the Board of Directors of the Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District.

Wayne became a fellow for the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) in 2014. Among his awards are the 2012 Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award from the University of Houston where he was also inducted into the University of Houston Academy of Distinguished Civil & Environmental Engineers. UH has named him a prestigious Bridge Builder award. In 2004, he was named a Texas A&M Distinguished Graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering. Other awards include the 2011 Texas Engineer of the Year Award, 2011 Houston Engineer of the Year Award, ASCE National 2005 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award. He has also been awarded the Texas Section and Houston Branch ASCE Awards of Honor. Wayne received the Texas ASCE Lifetime Achievement Award. Wayne is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) and received the AAWRE 2018 Water Resources Practitioner of the Year award. In 2008, he was named Honorary Professor by Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru

He married Karen Wilson in July of 1974, and they have four children and eight grandchildren. They are active in ministries at Tallowood Baptist Church.