Kathy Caldwell, P.E. (’85)

Category: Alumni Professional Achievement | Awards

2013 Alumni Professional Achievement Award Winner

Kathy Caldwell graduated from the University of Tennessee with high honors in civil engineering in 1985. Upon graduation, she worked as a structural designer with Lockwood Greene in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Caldwell moved to Austin, Texas, in 1987 and joined Parkhill Smith and Cooper as a design consultant to the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation.

Caldwell joined Jones Edmunds and Associates Inc., in Gainesville, Florida, in 1989. During her 19 years with the firm, she served public works clients as a design engineer, project manager, and senior construction resident engineer. She became a division manager, vice president, and partner.

She led the successful establishment of a new market sector for the firm, ultimately resulting in her being named president of JEA Construction Engineering Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Jones Edmunds. Caldwell retired from her position at JEAces in May 2008 and is now self-employed as president of a private consulting firm.

Caldwell served on the board of directors of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for six years and was the organization’s president in 2011. Her local ACSE service included tenures as president of the UT student chapter, the Gainesville branch, and the consolidated Florida section. Caldwell is a longtime passionate proponent of ASCE’s Student Member program and has been a practitioner and faculty advisor for the University of Florida Student Chapter for more than 20 years.

In 2005, the UT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering honored Caldwell as an Outstanding Alumna. In 2017, she was inducted into the department’s Hall of Fame.

Caldwell has served on the boards of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB), where she held the position of board president in 2016. She also met President Barack Obama while serving the White House as a Champion of Change for Transportation and has testified on Capitol Hill.