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Texas Section Officer Election

Instructions

Please read through the nominees below and cast your vote using the form at the bottom of the page.

In order to vote in the Texas Section Election, you will need to provide your ASCE Member ID so we can verify your Texas Section Dues status is current.

If you would like to vote via a paper ballot, please email [email protected] to request one be sent to you.

2021-2022 Nominees

President Elect – Travis N. Attanasio PE

Travis currently serves as City Engineer at the City of Haslet, population 1710, located North of Fort Worth near the Texas Motor Speedway. One might wonder why such a small City needs a full time City Engineer; yet, but when you realize that the position serves as the head of the streets department, water and wastewater department, parks and recreational department, Floodplain manager, TxDOT responsible “person in charge”, and the list goes on.  Despite all the responsibilities Travis has at work, he manages to devote a good amount of time to ASCE.

In 2017 while Travis was serving as the Vice President of Professional Affairs for the Texas Section, the Texas Infrastructure Report Card Update was released. The release of the report card was a culmination of two years of hard work from a committee of over 30 people that Travis oversaw. The most challenging time for the report card release came when just as the card was ready to go to the printers, Hurricane Harvey hit the state. It would have been absolute ethical violation of ASCE Canon 3. Issue True Statements if the committee released the report card without updating it to include real, on-the-ground, as reported, lived through, and more often than not suffered through by fellow ASCE members, conditions of how the Texas Infrastructure was fairing.

Travis’ many accolades for his continuous service include 2008 ASCE and TSPE (Texas Society of Professional Engineers) Young Engineer of the Year, the 2008 Citizen Engineer National ASCE award, the 2009 Outstanding Young Civil Engineer in the Private Section for the Central Region of ASCE, and the 2014 Professional Service Award recipient from the Texas Section ASCE.

Mr. Attanasio holds a B.S. degree in Engineering – Civil Specialty from the Colorado School of Mines graduating in 2002.

VP for Educational Affairs Elect – Heather Guillen PE, ENV SP

Heather is a Principal in the civil engineering services group at Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc. in Houston, TX. She has over 19 years of experience in civil engineering and project management. She has worked on a variety of infrastructure projects, including planning and design for educational, institutional, healthcare, commercial, and park projects. Ms. Guillen is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas.

Ms. Guillen has been an active member of ASCE for over eight years and currently serves as the Student Activities Committee Chair for the Texas Section. She has previously served as the Houston Branch VP Administration, Treasurer and Secretary. She also served as Communications Director for the Texas Civil Engineering Conference CECON.

Ms. Guillen has also been active in community organizations. Heather is alumni of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Professional Engineer Leadership Institute (PELI) Class 6 and Leadership Houston Class XXXIII. Heather currently serves a board member for the City of Sugar Land Parks, Art, Recreation, Culture, and Streetscapes Board (PARCS). She is also involved with the University of Houston as a member of the advisory board for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Ms. Guillen is a graduate of the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. She received the 2016 Rising Stars Award from Civil + Structural Engineer and was selected into ENR Texas & Louisiana 2016 class of Top 20 Under 40. Ms. Guillen and her husband Wesley have been married for over 15 years and have three sons, Jordan, Jonah and Jalen. They reside in Sugar Land, Texas.

VP for Professional Affairs Elect – Augustine Verrengia III PE

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Augustine is a professional engineer with over 10 years of experience in civil engineering design, project management and construction duties gained through assignments in mixed-use, residential, municipal, and commercial projects. In his current role as a project manager at Stantec, Augustine manages a team of engineers to design and construct large-scale mixed-use real estate developments such as the ACC Highland Campus as well as the Domain.

Highlights of his professional career include features in Civil Engineering magazine for his work on memorializing the Space Shuttle Independence at Space Center Houston, working on Park West (the largest P3 Student Housing project ever built in the US), and various monumental assignments including the Holocaust Museum in Houston. Augustine’s professional values lie in his dedication to his career, accountability to his associates, and his commitment to his clients.

In addition to his employment, Augustine is active in several organizations where he is devoted to working with others, acknowledging a diverse set of opinions, and following through on his commitments to ensure tasks arrive at timely solutions. Augustine has been involved with ASCE since his enrollment at University of Texas – San Antonio where he served as Vice President of the student chapter. After graduation he served on the Education Committee for the ASCE Houston Branch.

Augustine became involved at the ASCE Texas Section level through the Government Affairs Committee and has been directly involved in assignments such as assisting in the preparation of the Texas Infrastructure Report Card and planning the Texas Legislative Drive-in. Most recently, he worked with the ASCE Austin branch to establish a branch-level Government Affairs Committee, severed as the Sponsorship Chair in 2019 and currently serves as the Committee Chair for the Texas Section’s Government Affairs Committee as well as Membership Chair for the ASCE Austin Branch.

VP for Technical Affairs Elect – Mark K. Boyd PhD, PE, D.WRE

Mark has been a member of ASCE since signing up as an SMU undergrad in 1982. He is a Chi Epsilon lifetime member. Along with extensive ASCE leadership experience over the past 15+ years, Mark brings considerable professional experience and education to the VP Technical position. He holds a BS, MS and PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering with 30 years of professional experience.

His lifetime body of work included academic accomplishments earning his PhD while publishing seminal research about North Texas storm water pollution processes. He has also produced multiple technical papers, some award winning, to Texas ASCE meetings. After almost 20 years, he continues to serve on the SMU engineering faculty teaching graduate courses in surface and groundwater contaminant fate and transport mechanics, and most recently engineering microbiology. His leadership service has included work for the Dallas ASCE Branch as the SMU Student Chapter Advisor and as TSPE Dallas Chapter board member and program chair. He has supported the Boy Scouts of America with distinction (Your Extraordinary Service Award), TSPE’s engineering scholarship programs, and ASCE at Branch and Section levels, including 5 years as a Dallas ASCE Board Officer. He is currently the Section’s 2021 Infrastructure Report Card Chair.

Mark has been honored to receive Engineer of the Year Awards from TSPE Dallas Chapter (2010), TSPE Texas (2012), and Dallas Branch ASCE (2015). In 2012 he received the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer.

It’s been a long and exciting trip for Mark since being born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1961. By the time he graduated from High School (1980, La Paz, Bolivia) Mark had attended 14 schools in seven different countries, mostly in Latin America. Mark is equally fluent in Spanish and English and would be excited to bring this attribute to bear if ever the opportunity arose to collaborate on technical programs with ASCE’s Mexico section.

Director at Large – Michael P. Gurka PE

Michael joined Jones|Carter in January 2011 and currently serves as a Senior Project Manager for the Conveyance and Transmission Division in the Water Practice. Michael has more than nine (9) years of experience in Water and Wastewater conveyance and transmission projects and provided design and construction oversight on $45+ Million Dollars of public infrastructure projects while at Jones|Carter.

His experience as a project manager and lead designer includes the following project types: surface water canal systems, distribution and large diameter transmission waterlines, wastewater transmission and collection lines, lift stations, reclaimed water systems, water and wastewater utility relocation and rehabilitations, water distribution system modeling and analysis, asset management and capital improvement planning.

Michael also serves as the District Engineer for a Municipal Utility District in the Greater Houston Region providing on call civil engineering services and support.

Director at Large – Marita Moya PE

Marita serves as a water resources engineer at Halff Associates in Austin, Texas. After completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering at Texas Tech University, she moved back to Austin to join the Halff team in early 2017.

For the past four years, Marita has been engaged in a broad range of water resources projects. She has performed watershed-wide risk evaluation studies, analyzed local drainage needs, designed transportation drainage infrastructure, and assessed and designed flood mitigation projects in Central Texas. Living in Central Texas, many of the surrounding communities face complex flood challenges due to the intense rainfall events that frequently occur the area, giving it the nickname Flash Flood Alley. Marita values working as a civil engineer to serve these growing communities and to help community leaders be prepared for intense rainfall events. She sees the importance in determining and communicating flood risk and exploring mitigation solutions to protect lives and property.

Marita has served on the ASCE Austin Younger Member Forum (YMF) the last four years fulfilling a variety of roles including social media chair, secretary, vice president and president. ASCE has given Marita the opportunity to grow professionally and to engage with people who are similarly passionate about making an impact in the communities we serve. She is currently serving as the YMF Director on the Austin Branch Board.

Cast Your Vote Below

Voting closed on Monday, July 5, 2021.