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CE Alumni Receive Career Service Awards

April 28, 2005

This year seems to be a banner year in the amount of awards presented to graduates of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. In addition to the three people named earlier this month, two more CE graduates have also received awards from professional societies.

Michael M. Shiflett, P.E. (BSCE, ’73; MSCE, ’74) was presented with the 2005 Professional Service Award by the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Shiflett is a Principal with Kleinfelder, an employee-owned geotechnical, materials and environmental consulting firm. He started his career with Freese and Nichols in 1975, and then moved to TETCO before forming his own firm, Baker-Shiflett, with Tom Baker in 1980. He returned to TETCO in 1998 after selling his firm; TETCO was purchased by Kleinfelder a year late

The Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers named Shiflett its Young Engineer of the Year in 1982 and Engineer of the Year in 1999. Shiflett has served as a member and officer with several professional organizations and advisory boards, including the College of Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board, and has represented the College with the UTA Alumni Association. A dedicated alumnus, he frequently spoke at commencement ceremonies, reminding graduates of the importance of their continuing support of UTA.

Jimmy B. Foster, P.E. (BSCE, ’70) has been named one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The award recognizes the career service accomplishments of public works professionals and officials. Foster is Director of Public Works with the City of Plano, an “All-America City” north of Dallas with a population of more than 240,000. He is responsible for the administration of three divisions (Public Works Operations, Environmental Waste Services and Equipment Services) comprised of more than 300 employees and having combined budgets totaling in excess of $70 million annually.

Foster was honored with the 2001 Chapter Service Award given by the Texas Chapter of APWA. In 2004, he was selected as one of the “Top Three Public Works Leaders of the Year” by the Texas Chapter of APWA. Foster has served as the Chairman of the APWA International Affairs Committee. In April 2001, he was a member of a five-person delegation representing APWA to the public works officials in Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic.

Foster is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Virginia.