Growing up in Arlington, Mindy Gowdy Carmichael had no doubt where she would go for college.
“UTA was the logical choice,” says Carmichael, who graduated in 1990 with a degree in civil engineering.
Her coursework prepared her well for her engineering career, which includes almost 20 years with the City of Arlington. In August, she was the first woman to be named Arlington’s director of public works and transportation.
“Women are in engineering and we’re making an impact,” she says. “It’s a great profession. I wouldn’t do anything else.”
Carmichael previously served as operations assistant director, managing the city’s $16 million Street Maintenance Sales Tax Program, the multimillion-dollar Capital Improvement Program, and about 175 full and part-time employees in traffic engineering, traffic operations, and street maintenance.
As part of her duties, Carmichael is preparing Arlington’s transportation infrastructure for self-driving cars.
UTA is a family tradition for Carmichael—her son, Cody, graduated in May and her daughter, Callie, is a sophomore.
“It means a lot to me that they want to follow in the tradition, and I hope their children eventually will follow in the tradition as well,” Carmichael says. “Arlington is in our blood.”