William Bennett, P.E., M.ASCE

Lifetime Achievement Award
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Lifetime Achievement Award
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ACEC Honorary Lifetime State Director
ACEC OC 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
Mobility 21 2013 Private Sector Leader of the Year
ASCE OC 2010 Engineer of the Year
ASCE LA 2010 Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Sector
Orange County Engineering Council 1999 Outstanding Engineer of Merit Award
ASCE OC 1998 Engineer of Merit

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William Bennett, P.E., M.ASCE
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Retired. Previously with HDR Engineering as Southern California Regional Manager and Senior Vice President.


Bachelor of Sciences, Civil Engineering – University of California, Davis, 1977.
Bachelor of Sciences, Biological Sciences – University of California, Davis, 1974.
Certificate in Management Practice for Engineering and Technical Professionals– University of California, Irvine, 1984.


Bill Bennett retired from HDR Engineering in 2013 as HDR’s Southern California Area Manager and Senior Vice President; culminating a 36 year career working as a Professional Engineer, business professional/owner, and private sector engineering consultant developing and promoting public infrastructure development, the engineering profession, and effective partnerships between public and private sector infrastructure providers. As HDR’s Southern California Area Manager Bill was responsible for nearly 300 employees and seven offices located in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, San Diego, Riverside, and Claremont. HDR’s Southern California team experienced 300% growth under Bill’s leadership between 2004 and 2013.

Bill began his professional career in 1977 as a designer at Alderman, Swift and Lewis (ASL). He enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with the ASL Principals and industry leaders Frank Alderman, Frank Swift and Bill Lewis at a time when Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego and Orange Counties were building large infrastructure improvements to meet rapidly growing population demands. Bill obtained his professional registration in California (1980) and Arizona (1990); and continued his education completing the Certificate in Management Practice for Engineering and Technical Professionals from the University of California, Irvine in 1984. Bill found success at ASL and was promoted to Project Engineer, Project Manager, Associate, and Principal. He ultimately assumed the responsibility of Senior Principal, Senior Vice President, and Secretary of the Board of Directors.

Bill worked to deliver major infrastructure improvements throughout Southern California. He enjoyed a wide variety of project types and project success. He enjoyed the challenge and privilege of working for and with some of the best agencies and people in the industry. He worked successfully with municipal, county, State and Federal agencies including each of the five Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPA) in Southern California, Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Caltrans, Corps of Engineers, and TCA.  He worked to deliver projects of regional significance including the preliminary concept studies for raising Prado Dam for the Corps of Engineers; conceptual development and design of the Oak Street Debris Basin as part of the Santa Ana River Main Stem Program and the Mockingbird Canyon Dam Spillway Modification for the City of Riverside.  Bill served as principal-in-charge, project director and/or project manager for many transportation infrastructure improvement projects and programs including the SR-57 Mainline Widening; SR-15/ Jurupa Interchange; and several key projects developed as part of the Alameda Corridor and Alameda Corridor East Programs. Bill had the honor to serve as one of the executive members of the Silverado Design Build Team selected to design and build the Eastern Transportation Corridor (SR-241) for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA). Bill’s responsibility as part of the SR-241 design build leadership team was to represent design interests regarding project status (schedule and budget), staffing, and contract issues. He also led the project’s overall drainage leadership team and was the PIC for Segments 6 and 9. Bill considers the SR-241 project to be one of the most interesting, successful, and professionally rewarding projects of his career.


William Bennett is the Senior Vice President and Southern California Area Manager for HDR. He has served as principal-in-charge, project director, and/or project manager for many infrastructure development projects including the SR-57 Mainline Widening in Anaheim, SR-241 Design Build, Mockingbird Canyon Dam Spillway in Riverside, Orchard Estates Retarding Basin in Irvine, and the Ortega Highway Widening Improvements. He has been an ASCE member since 1975 and has supported PWA, AWWA, OCWA, OCBC, and ACEC throughout his career.

Contribution to the Profession:

Bill was a student member of ASCE and continued his ASCE membership after graduation, joining the Los Angeles/Orange County Chapter of ASCE in 1977. Bill participated in ASCE throughout his career and is currently a member. Bill’s first represented ASCE OC as a member of the 1982 County of Orange Standard Plans Committee. He most recently served on the ASCE OC Executive Committees for the 2008 and 2012 Orange County Infrastructure Report Card Updates. Bill was recognized by the Los Angeles Section of ASCE as the 2010 “Outstanding Civil Engineer in Private Sector” and was honored to receive the ASCE 2010 Orange County Chapter Engineer of the Year Award. Bill was also an active member of ACEC California. He served as President of the ACEC Orange County Chapter in 1999; Chairperson of the statewide ACEC Caltrans Liaison Committee (1999-2003); and Chairperson of the statewide ACEC Political Action Committee Board of Governors (2009-2012). Bill was recognized as an “Honorary Lifetime State Director” by the ACEC State Board of Directors in February, 2013 “in recognition of long, meritorious, dedicated and valuable service”. He also received the 2013 ACEC Orange County Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to ASCE and ACEC, Bill served as an advisory board member for Mobility 21(2009-2013) and was recognized by Mobility 21 as the 2013 Private Sector Leader of the Year.

Bill has always enjoyed strong family support and has built a lifetime of great memories with his wife Patti. Bill and Patti have been married for 42 years. They are proud parents of three adult children and spouses; Katie and husband Ryan, Cari and husband Bryan, and Rob and fiancé Loren. Bill and Patti spend some of their favorite time visiting their four grandchildren; Kyla, Preston, and Sylvie in Fort Worth, Texas and Charlotte in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Bill and Patti are enjoying retirement. They serve together as part of a community life group at Ocean Hills Mariners Church in San Juan Capistrano. They also enjoy traveling and recently explored Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont on a “fall color” trip. Bill continues to network effectively, however his networking venues have changed to include a halibut fishing boat in Yakutat Bay, Alaska; a Mackenzie fly fishing drift boat on the Snake River in Swan Valley, Idaho; or a ski slope in Fraser, Colorado. He still very much enjoys getting together with good friends and associates for an early breakfast or “catch-up” lunch meeting.

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