Engineer of the Year
2024 Houston Engineer of the Year
Melvin G. Spinks, P.E.
President and CEO, Spinks Solutions LLC
Melvin recently retired as President of CivilTech, A Woolpert Company. He was the founder and President/CEO of CivilTech Engineering, Inc., established in 1997 and acquired by Woolpert, Inc. in January 2021. During the 25 years leading CivilTech, Melvin grew the firm from a water resources engineering firm to a multi-disciplined firm in transportation, structures, and construction engineering with offices in Houston and San Antonio. Melvin is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and other states.
Melvin has continuously served the engineering profession through leadership in many professional and technical organizations. Melvin served as ASCE Houston Branch President, ASCE Texas Vice President Professional, ACEC Houston Chapter President, and currently serves on ACEC Texas Board of Directors. He served on the Harris County Flood Control District Task Force, the Bayou Preservation Association, and many other professional organizations.
Melvin’s professional career has focused on stormwater and flood risk management projects in Texas and the United States. Melvin is recognized nationally as a subject matter expert in hydrology and hydraulics, engineering, economics, and risk analysis. Melvin has managed over 400 engineering projects including the most significant federal flood reduction projects in Houston. He has served as a testifying expert in district and federal courts including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Harvey and other notable flood disaster and drainage civil cases.
Melvin is a native of Victoria, Texas and has been a resident of Cypress, Texas for over 36 years. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Civil/Water Resources Engineering.
Melvin and his wife, Melissa, reside in Cypress, Texas and have four adult children and are expecting their first grandchild.