Tom Bogard

Lifetime Achievement Award
Nominated Categories
Lifetime Achievement Award
Other Categories

Engineer of the Year, 2009, ASCE OC
Excellence in Leadership, 2011 BDA OC
Outstanding Engineering Merit, 1998, ASCE OC
Project of the Year, ASCE, ACEC, CMAA, DBIA (various)

Additional Files
2009 ASCE Engineer of the Year notification
2011 BDA Excellence in Leadership notification
2011 OCTA Board of Directors Resolution of Appreciation
1997 OCTA Board of Directors Resolution of Appreciation
Additional Information

Tom concluded his active civil engineering career in 2015. A recognition of his lifetime achievements would be a fitting honor considering his reputation and impact on engineering firms,  professional groups, and the community in Orange County.

Candidate Information

Tom Bogard
ASCE Member?:

Hill International, Inc.
18100 Von Karman Avenue
Suite 700
Irvine, CA 92612
949 282-3709 cell



Registered Professional Civil Engineer, California
Registered Professional Civil Engineer, New Mexico


Director of Highway Projects, OCTA - Renewed Measure M projects, 2007-2011
Director of Projects, OCTA - Measure M projects, 1991-1997:
Planned, organized, and implemented two countywide transportation programs involving scores of projects worth over $8 billion. Managed an annual capital budget of over $250 million involving hundreds of supporting firms and thousands of professional staff. Established strategic plans, developed professional staff, and defined the management procedures and protocols for successful delivery of projects. Worked with many federal, state, and local public agencies to build partnerships to meet the public’s demand for responsible and effective management of projects. Successfully delivered projects within established budget and schedule goals. The program was well received by the public; which approved a renewal for Measure M tax program at 70% - in a very fiscally conservative community.


Tom has a unique history of leading the management of capital projects for engineering firms, for construction firms, and for public agencies. He was successful at translating his experience managing projects in the private sector to large public sector programs and delivered uncommon success in meeting public project budgets and schedules.

Contribution to the Profession:

Active member of ASCE, WTS, ACEC, and CMAA for over 40 years. One of the founders of the Orange County Branch of PMI. Formed and lead a select steering group of transportation leaders in Orange County. Organized and coordinated a number of Focus on the Future conferences for the SHCC. Formally mentored young professionals for ASCE and WTS.

Given presentations to scores of professional groups throughout Orange County and California to explain the management and delivery of complex public transportation projects. Helped to build a trusting relationship between OCTA and the professional firms that support its programs.


Conducted hundreds of community meetings and presentations on transportation issues affecting Orange County residents. Mentored and spoken to scores of student groups thinking of pursuing engineering careers. Presented the positive role civil engineers have in the development of public infrastructure and the built environment to many individuals and organizations in the community.

Suggested Award Summary:

Tom Bogard has been a leader of public and private engineering projects for over 40 years. Starting as a structural engineer, he went on to plan and manage capital projects throughout the world. He has worked and lead projects for engineering firms, construction firms, and public agencies. During his career, Tom has planned, designed, and directed multibillion-dollar public works projects and lead the business operations of private engineering and construction firms. He has had a special role in Orange County with his leadership of the Measure M transportation program - that has impacted us all.

Tom was the Director of the Highway Program for the Orange County Transportation Authority, one of the ten largest transportation agencies in the nation. He was responsible for managing projects under both the original and renewed Measure M programs, the half-cent sales tax programs that will generate $12 billion for transportation improvements. Tom has influenced the planning and implementation of improvements to Orange County’s freeway system for over 20 years.

In addition, Tom has been a leader and manager for four major private engineering and construction firms. He also has taught engineering management courses at two universities.

Tom has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in business administration. He is a registered professional engineer in California and New Mexico.

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