Civil engineering graduate named ALDOT chief engineer

By Virginia Speirs

Published: Oct 21, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Ed Austin Ed Austin

Edward “Ed” Austin, ’91 civil engineering, was recently named chief engineer for the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT).

“My first position at ALDOT was as a graduate civil engineer in our design bureau,” Austin said. “I’ve been at ALDOT for almost 30 years. Getting this new position has been kind of overwhelming, as you can imagine, but I’m very honored by the opportunity.”

Austin has worked with ALDOT for the majority of his career, only briefly pausing to work under Gov. Robert Bentley with the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program. 

Austin credits much of his success to his alma mater.

“Auburn has always had a strong civil engineering program and still does,” Austin said. “Transportation-wise, it is very strong. The asphalt test track was there when I was in school, still is. Many of the professors that I recognize from my time at Auburn are still teaching and conducting research that has been very beneficial to the student body and helped further the success of the program.”

Many Auburn Engineering graduates begin their career at ALDOT soon after graduation, same as he did, Austin said. He hopes the trend will continue.

“To any of the engineering students that aren’t sure which way to go, ALDOT is a great place to go with a variety of opportunities,” Austin said. “We have a lot of Auburn engineers over here and across the state. It’s a great place to begin your career and learn what your passion is.”

Media Contact: Jeremy Henderson, jdh0123@auburn.edu, 334-844-3591

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