BYU civil engineering alum elected to National Academy of Construction

Tom Warne was the Ira A. Fulton College's 2011 honored alumnus.

The National Academy of Construction (NAC) has elected Thomas R. Warne, the 2011 honored alumnus of the Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology, as a member of its 2016 class. A civil engineering graduate from BYU, Warne was inducted at the NAC Annual Meeting in Napa, Calif. at the Silverado Resort and Spa. Three hundred industry leaders were considered for the NAC’s rigorous nomination and election process and the 2016 class includes 30 new inductees.

“The new members of the National Academy of Construction represent the best of the best of those who have distinguished themselves through stellar careers and contributions to the engineering and construction industry,” said Wayne Crew, general secretary of NAC, in a press release. “Our mission is to recognize these leaders and to share the academy’s reservoir of expertise in all facets of the built environment in service to our nation.”

Warne’s firm, Tom Warne and Associates, LLC, engages in design-build, strategic planning, dispute review boards, partnering facilitation, succession management, legislative initiatives, market analysis, government relations, process improvement initiatives and client interventions. Major projects have included the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the John James Audubon Bridge, the Columbia River Crossing and many others.

“Obviously, to be inducted into a prestigious organization like the NAC is a huge honor,” said Warne. “It’s a virtual who’s who of the construction industry and the acknowledgement represents the efforts of so many others who’ve worked alongside me in my career. It’s far from an individual honor.”

Warne has provided individual consultation on projects such as the replacement of the collapsed I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minn. He also has chaired numerous dispute review boards. Additionally, he served as executive director of the Utah Department of Transportation and earlier as deputy director of the Arizona Department of Transportation. Early in his career, Warne also served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

Warne has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) with an OPAL Award for Management, by The Beavers with its Golden Beaver Award for Management and by ENR Magazine as a Top 25 Newsmaker. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from BYU, Warne also holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University.

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