Gary K. Trietsch, P.E.(BS CE ’70, MS CE ’74)
Dannenbaum Engineering Corp.
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, UT Arlington Department of Civil Engineering, 2008
Distinguished Alumni, University of Texas at Arlington, 2005
M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 1974
B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 1970
Gary Trietsch retired from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in 2008 after 40 years of service, with the last 13 years as the Houston District Engineer. Trietsch joined TxDOT’s Fort Worth District in 1967, working summers and part time while attending the University of Texas at Arlington. He became assistant district design engineer in 1985. Two years later Trietsch became director of the safety and traffic operations section in the Safety and Maintenance Operations Division in Austin. He continued to hold positions of increasing responsibility, becoming the director of the Maintenance and Operation Division in 1992. He became the Houston district engineer in October 1995.
Several major freeway projects were initiated or completed during Trietsch’s tenure in Houston, plus the development of designated truck lanes, Houston TranStar, one of the largest freeway traffic management systems in the U.S., and the Green Ribbon Project. This landscape and aesthetics plan was the first of its kind in the state and one-of-a-kind in the country. More than 600,000 trees have been planted along freeways in the district since 1999. In August 2008, the Harris County Commissioner’s Court named a park in honor of Trietsch and his wife, Bonnie.
Trietsch received many honors for his contributions in the field of engineering and to the State of Texas, including the 1996 Transportation Engineer of the Year from the Texas Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the 1997 Dr. L.I. Hewes Award from the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the 2004 American Public Works Association’s Visionary Public Servant Award. Founding President of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) of Texas from 1993 to 1994, Trietsch is also a member of both the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers.
In 2009, Mr. Trietsch joined Dannenbaum Engineering Corp., a 60+ year old Texas engineering company, as Vice President.