Known for his leadership in producing the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) Urban Mobility Report, TTI Research Fellow Tim Lomax received the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Brazos Chapter 2019 Engineer of the Year Award Feb. 18. Founded in 1936, TSPE is a state society and part of the National Society of Professional Engineers. TSPE encourages and supports engineers across the Lone Star State in 24 local chapters and 8 student chapters. The Brazos Chapter serves the Bryan-College Station community and holds monthly meetings from September through May.
Lomax received the award for his efforts scoping and implementing the Kyle Field Football Game Transportation Plan and assisting local agencies to communicate the status of several large, ongoing local transportation projects.
“I’ve been lucky to work with many great professionals across a range of disciplines at our excellent local partner agencies — Texas A&M Transportation Services, the Cities of College Station and Bryan, the Texas Department of Transportation, the Bryan-College Station Metropolitan Planning Organization and Brazos County,” says Lomax. “My TTI research colleagues have been very supportive in these efforts — particularly David Schrank, Bill Eisele and Shawn Turner.”
Lomax’s career in urban mobility research spans more than 35 years. He contributes to regional and statewide congestion analyses and often contributes to generating solution strategies. In his research and presentations, Lomax embraces the analysis and decision-making processes of an engineer while also demonstrating the communication skills essential to effectively sharing the story of the engineering profession.
David Schrank, program manager of TTI’s mobility analysis program, notes: “I have had the honor of working with Tim since he hired me over 30 years ago. In that time, I have witnessed, and been inspired by, his tireless dedication to our profession, community, and Texas A&M University. His commitment and innovative approaches to transportation research have shaped TTI as we know it, and I cannot think of a more deserving candidate for this award.”
As a TSPE Engineer of the Year Award recipient, Lomax walks in the footsteps of other TTI engineers recognized with the Engineer of the Year Award over the years:
- Fred Benson (1954)
- Chuck Samson, Jr. (1966)
- Bob Gallaway (1968)
- Teddy Hirsch (1970)
- Don Ivey (1977)
- Jon Epps (1979)
- Hayes Ross (1982)
- Gene Buth (1987)
- Byron Blaschke (1999)
Lomax is the first TTI engineer to receive the TSPE Engineer of the Year Award in two decades. “The Brazos Chapter of TSPE is excited to present this award to such a deserving member of our local engineering community,” says Susan Monnat, vice president of TSPE’s Region II.