September 2022


D. Wayne Klotz, P.E., D.WRE, BCEE, ENV SP, Pres.09.ASCE, F.EWRI is currently President of Klotz Strategies and was President of Klotz Associates, Inc., a full-service civil engineering firm based in Houston, Texas for 32 years.  His 50-year engineering career began with a BSCE from Texas A&M University in 1974 and an MSCE from the University of Houston in 1976.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

In 2011, Wayne was appointed by the mayor of Houston to the Coastal Water Authority Board of Directors and currently serves as Board President. He spent 12 years on the Board of Harris Galveston Subsidence District as a County Judge appointee. He has served on the Community Resilience Task Force for the Department of Homeland Security.

Mr. Klotz served as the American Society of Civil Engineers National President in 2008-2009.  Wayne is a founding member and Past Chair of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).  He also helped launch the Transportation Advocacy Group - Houston Region (TAG) and served on its Board for 5 years. He has served as an officer for ASCE, HCEC, ACEC-TX, Harris County Flood Control Task Force, the C Club, and the University of Houston and Texas A&M Civil Engineering Advisory Boards.  He started the Klotz Associates Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering at both universities. He and his wife endowed fellowships in water resources at both schools in 2021. Mr. Klotz served as PAC Treasurer for Moving to the Future PAC, an organization supporting transit in the Houston area.

Mr. Klotz has been bestowed notable honors in his career: 2012 University of Houston Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award, UH Academy of Distinguished Civil & Environmental Engineers, The Bridgebuilder Society of UH, 2004 Texas A&M Distinguished Graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering, 2011 Texas Engineer of the Year Award, 2011 Houston Engineer of the Year Award, ASCE 2005 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award, 2018 Texas ASCE Lifetime Service Award, Texas Section and Houston Branch ASCE Honors. Wayne was bestowed an Honorary Professor by Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru in 2008, became a Fellow of the EWRI in 2014, and was the recipient of the AAWRE Outstanding Practitioner in Water Resources Engineering Award in 2018.

He married Karen Wilson in July of 1974, and they have four children and eight grandchildren.  They are active in their ministries at Tallowood Baptist Church.  Wayne served on the board of the West Houston Assistance Ministries from 2017 to 2020.

In this interview feature, Wayne shares with AAWRE on his early influences, his career path, love of civil engineering, leadership, ASCE, launching the ISI, his interests and memorable stories.