ENGINEER'S WEEK BANQUET
Celebrate the Engineering Profession
The 2020 Engineers Week Banquet was held on Friday, February 14 at Hotel Van Zandt. We acknowledged and celebrated the 2020 TSPE and ASCE Engineer and Young Engineer of the Year Award recipients, and heard from our esteemed speakers.
Stay tuned for photos and highlights from this year's banquet, and for early announcements about Engineers Week Banquet 2021.
2020 Discussion Moderator
KUT Public Media
Samuel King, Transportation Reporter at KUT Public Media, is a Reporter and news Anchor, Mr. King has frequently covered transportation and mobility issues in cities large and small. He reported on Missouri state politics at Kansas City station KCUR, and worked in television news in Minneapolis, New York City and Tyler, Texas for 14 years. Samuel has earned Associated Press awards for spot news coverage and his investigative reporting.
A native of Queens, New York, Samuel also spent time growing up in Alabama. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University.
2020 Featured Speakers
Newly Elected CAMPO Chair,
Williamson County Commissioner
Cynthia Long is the Williamson County Commissioner for Precinct Two, elected in November 2006. Commisioner Long is currently the longest serving member of Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Transportation Policy Board, was twice elected Vice-chair, and now serves as the first female Chair of CAMPO.
She represents Williamson County on the Capital Area Planning Council of Government (CAPCOG) Executive Committee and serves on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the 10 County CAPCOG Emergency Services District.
CTRMA Executive Director
Mike Heiligenstein leads the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority as Executive Director, appointed at its beginning in 2003. Mr. Heiligenstein has worked in Policy and Executive-level infrastructure development in utilities and transportation, serving Central Texans for 38 years. As an elected official, Mike served on the Round Rock City Council, as Mayor Pro-Tem and as Williamson County Commissioner, and was a member of Austin Public Transit and Clean Air Taskforces, and Vice-Chair of the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council.
He is currently a member of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force, and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts Committee on Toll Road Recommended Bests Practices.
TxDOT Austin District Engineer
Tucker Ferguson serves as TxDOT Austin District Engineer overseeing the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the state transportation system for the eleven-county Austin District.
Mr. Ferguson has held a variety of engineering positions over a 22-year career at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, also serving as the district engineer in the Harrisburg and Allentown districts and statewide directorships in the Bureau of Construction and Materials and Bureau of Maintenance and Operations. Tucker also worked as the district engineer for the Beaumont District for 8 years, where he led the response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey in 2017.