HDR’s Rashed Islam Elected to UT-Austin Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni
Rashed Islam, P.E., PTOE, has been elected into the University of Texas at Austin’s Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni. The school honors graduates each year for their professional achievements, and for contributions to their fields and communities. Islam received a master’s degree in civil engineering from UT Austin in 1996. He now serves as managing principal of HDR’s downtown Austin office and interim Central Texas transportation business group manager.
“It is an amazing feeling to be recognized by the school that helped shape my career,” said Islam. “I am truly humbled to receive this tremendous honor, and to be in the company of my academic mentor Dr. Randy Machemehi and graduates who have continued to embrace new challenges and benefit society with creative engineering.”
Islam also serves on the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce board, and holds a similar role in the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce after serving as its board chair from 2013 to 2015. A tireless leader and advocate for Asian Texan communities, Islam was selected as the recipient of UT Austin’s Asian American Community Leadership Circle Award in 2016.
Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Islam’s father was a civil engineer in water resources, inspiring his interest in engineering at a young age. The country’s transportation infrastructure presented opportunities for advancement and sparked his interest in transportation. Islam helped develop transportation frameworks for Bangladesh that he provided to local elected officials to stimulate economic vitality and enhance quality of life.
An out-of-the-box thinker, Islam lists introducing innovative intersection concepts to central Texas, especially diverging diamonds and continuous-flow intersections, among his most rewarding accomplishments. He was instrumental in successfully working with Texas DOT and local municipalities to adopt HDR’s analysis and recommendations.
Islam's trusted persistence is exemplified in the 712-acre Mueller Municipal Airport Redevelopment project that he helped create over the last 20 years. Collaborating with the developer, planner and stakeholders, he created a multimodal transportation network that provides equal opportunity for all modes of travel. It is now one of the most sought-after places to live in the heart of Austin.
“Rashed has proven his ability and commitment to improving people’s lives through unique transportation solutions time and time again,” said Charles O’Reilly, HDR transportation group president. “The industry is set to change dramatically with automated vehicles, smart highways and other technological advances. Rashed’s drive to innovate will be invaluable as communities continue improving their transportation systems to solve mobility challenges and meet future needs. ”
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.