Randall W. Poston

Scott Sheffield

B.S. Civil Engineering 1978, M.S. Civil Engineering 1980, Ph.D. Civil Engineering 1984
Senior Principal, Pivot Engineers

Randall Poston will deliver the keynote address at the Cockrell School’s Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremony. He is the founding senior principal of the Austin-based consulting engineering firm Pivot Engineers.

Poston earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin in 1978. He then began his graduate training in the school’s Phil M. Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory, receiving his master’s degree in civil engineering in 1980 and his Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1984.

As a structural engineer, Poston has executed numerous notable projects, including the repair and seismic strengthening of the Marina del Rey seawall in Los Angeles, which was originally constructed in the late 1950s. By repairing the seawall instead of replacing it, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works saved $200 million. Poston was awarded the International Concrete Repair Institute Project of the Year in 2002 for his role in the project.

From 2006 to 2014, Poston chaired the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 318, which was responsible for the first comprehensive reorganization of building code for structural concrete in 45 years. For his work leading the effort, ACI recognized Poston with the 2014 ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award and the 2015 Delmar L. Bloem Distinguished Service Award.

Poston has served on the External Advisory Committee for the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering (CAEE), and, in 2008, he was elected to the department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Every semester, he lectures on “The Business of Engineering” to graduating CAEE seniors in CE 171P – Engineering Professionalism. He was named a Distinguished Engineering Graduate of the Cockrell School in 2014 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2017.

His wife, Bonnie, and daughter, Genevieve, are graduates of UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences, and his daughter, Emily, holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the Cockrell School and is receiving her M.S. in environmental and water resources engineering this spring.