Ronald Hudson

Ron Hudson

Ph.D.C.E. 1965
Dewitt C. Greer Centennial Professor Emeritus in Transportation Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

For his contributions to improving transportation systems in Texas and around the globe through teaching, research and professional leadership, Dr. Ron Hudson has been described as an “engineering role model.” The benefits of his research in pavement engineering span the globe, with more than 20 countries tapping his expertise to develop reliable transportation systems.

Dr. Hudson worked for the National Academy of Science and the Texas Department of Transportation before completing his Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1965. At that time he joined the faculty at UT Austin, and began a career where he evolved into a sought-after keynote speaker, project organizer, leader and award winner among the many professional organizations he joined.

In 1973, he founded the Texas Research and Development Foundation and directed a $15 million materials and pavement research project in Brazil sponsored by the Brazilian government, the United Nations and the World Bank. Later within the College of Engineering, he served as associate dean for advanced programs and director of the Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, now the Center for Transportation Research, the state’s premier resource for highway and transportation advances.

Along with his recognition as an able administrator, Dr. Hudson’s teaching abilities continue to be recognized-- he was recently awarded Educator of the Year by the American Concrete Pavement Association

As further evidence of his lifelong support of engineering education he has contributed to numerous scholarships and professorships including the Hudson Matlock Professorial Excellence Fund, the Lymon Reese Endowment and the Clyde Lee Professorship.

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