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HVJ Associates® takes great pride in sharing the news of Frank Carmichael named 2021 Engineer of the Year by Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Travis Chapter. It is the highest honor given to an individual TSPE member, and eligibility is restricted to engineers whose sustained and unusual contributions have improved the public welfare and the advancement of his/her profession.
As HVJ’s Austin Civil Branch Manager since 2000, Frank is a respected leader for professional, technical and operational expertise in pavement engineering. He is no stranger to recognitions for his professional contributions, which include Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Distinguished Alumni of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering (CAEE) at the University of Texas at Austin, and graduate of the Leadership Austin Program.
With beginnings in Brady, Texas, Frank graduated in the top 10 of his class, where he developed a strong foundation for success participating in the National Honor Society, golf team, band, and Boy Scout Troop 402 as an Eagle Scout. Frank’s interest in building things and understanding how things worked facilitated a strong desire to improve the quality of life for his community, which led him to the field of engineering.
In 1972, Frank witnessed initial construction of the new DFW Airport while a member of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers during a field trip that he organized. This along with his early work at the Brady Residency (Texas Highway Department) and the Center for Highway Research at UT Austin are just a few of the early opportunities Frank took advantage of, which helped form his strong foundation in theoretical and practical aspects of highway design.
Frank has spent his career focused on transportation engineering having completed pavement design projects for street, road, highway, toll road, airport, and port projects. He has also completed project designs for mass transit authorities in the area of alternative fuels for compressed natural gas refueling stations. He has continued to develop pavement evaluation and design systems with several award-winning projects.
Frank has been an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and the American Public Works Association. He has also been active with the Capital Area Boy Scouts of America as a Boy Scout Leader and Scoutmaster of Troop 5 and volunteer at 3 National Jamborees. He is a 30-year member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Austin, and graduate of the Leadership Austin program.
HVJ Associates® is proud to have Frank Carmichael on our team. Please join us in congratulating Frank for a well-deserved honor and a great career that is still going strong.