2019 Engineer of the Year

Harold Cobb, P.E., is an Executive Vice President and the Central Operating Group Manager at Terracon, an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 4,000 employees providing environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials services with services available in all 50 states. He is responsible for 46 offices in 11 states, with gross revenues of $245 million annually.

Harold’s professional career has spanned over 35 years in the consulting engineering field, starting as an engineering technician and progressing to senior management. He has a civil engineering degree from Texas A&M University and a MBA from LeTourneau University. He became a licensed professional engineer in 1989 and currently maintains his license in Texas and Florida. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, he joined Law Engineering working in various roles in Texas, Florida and Georgia. In 1997 he joined HBC Engineering in Houston, which was acquired by Terracon Consultants in 1998.

Among his significant accomplishments is building a strong Terracon name brand for quality geotechnical, environmental, materials testing and facilities engineering services. Harold enjoys building high performance work teams by developing and growing co-workers who are motivated, engaged and focused on providing excellent client service. He has served in various positions within Terracon including construction materials engineer, project manager, regional manager, and corporate executive.

Giving back personally and professionally is very important to Harold. He has served in different leadership roles in several professional/technical associations in ASCE, TSPE/NSPE, SAME, ACEC, and SMPS. In 1994, Harold was recognized by the Northwest Houston Chapter as the Young Engineer of the Year. In 2010, he was recognized as a Distinguished Engineer of the Texas Engineering Foundation. In 2010, he was named SAME Fellow and NSPE Fellow in 2014. He has mentored and developed future engineers and supports and promotes MATHCOUNTS, Future Cities and Chapter scholarship programs.  He currently serves on the Texas A&M Civil Engineering Advisory Council and is Chair of the Texas Engineering Foundation Board of Trustees.

Harold and his wife Mindy live in Houston and have two remarkable sons and an amazing daughter-in-law.