2020 Engineer of the Year

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Steve Fitzgerald, P.E., D.WRE is currently a part-time consultant after retiring from the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) after 37 years of service. At HCFCD, Steve was the first Capital Improvements Department Manager, the first Chief Engineer, and also held the position of Watershed Coordination Department Manager. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked at Turner Collie and Braden, Inc. in Houston for 2 years prior to joining the HCFCD.

Through Steve’s leadership and technical expertise, several flood risk reduction accomplishments in Harris County were achieved due to improved watershed management and the implementation of high quality and effective infrastructure. Specifically, he developed the HCFCD Policy, Criteria, and Procedure Manual in coordination with staff and engineering consultants, led the flood monitoring and warning team, and managed the execution of hundreds of successful flood risk reduction projects. Steve was also instrumental in the eventual federal funding and implementation of several Corps of Engineers-HCFCD partnered federal projects.

Steve currently serves on the Industry Advisory Council for the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Prairie View A&M University. He served on a municipal utility district board for 14 years and also served as a Scout leader for 14 years.

Steve and his wife, Gina, live in Montgomery County, and have two outstanding children. His daughter Kelsi lives in Dallas and his son Kirk lives in New York City.