B.S. Civil Engineering – 1979
Jeff Bayer was born in Covington, Kentucky, and spent much of his youth in Houston, Texas where he graduated from Westchester High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1979.
After graduation, Bayer joined CRS, Inc., an international architectural/engineering company in Houston where he worked as a structural engineer. While at CRS, he assisted with engineering for office buildings in Texas and Georgia as well as U.S. Air Force base support buildings in Saudi Arabia.
In 1983 Bayer left CRS and joined Curtain Wall Design and Consulting, Inc. (CDC) in Dallas as a structural engineer. In 1993 when the company transformed to second generation ownership, he became a principal owner. In 1993 CDC had less than 30 employees and today has 20 offices in eight countries and more than 150 employees. CDC is one of the largest, independent exterior wall consulting companies in the world. In 2005, under Bayer’s direction, CDC Manila was formed in the Philippines and has grown to a 35-person office.
Bayer is registered professional engineer in 17 states and the District of Columbia and has served as engineer-of-record for the exterior veneer on hundreds of projects. The buildings include office towers in many cities around the country as well as courthouses, federal buildings, airports, hotels, hospitals, condominiums, stadiums, and performance halls. CDC has also been very active abroad in Southeast Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. His list of projects abroad include the Hong Kong Convention Center, Ayala Triangle Tower in Manila, the Fubon Bank Tower in Taipei, Emirates Tower, and the International Airport in Dubai and One Newbridge in London. Bayer has spoken at multiple national and international symposiums and conferences benefiting the technical advancement of the curtain wall industry. In 1995 he filed for and received two U.S. patents for curtain wall anchors.
Bayer recently completed six years as a Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Advisory Council member at Texas Tech and is a past chair. He is also a member of the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy. His company is active in the Dallas community and supports many local charities including Salesmanship Club, Wednesday’s Child, Make A Wish, the North Texas Food Bank, and Scottish Rite Hospital. He is a member of Christ the King Catholic Church and the Lake Highlands Exchange Club. The Exchange Club raises money for the benefit of local underprivileged and abused children.
Bayer enjoys gardening, golf, biking, snowskiing, and hiking. He married his wife, Chris in 1981, and has three children, Lindsey, Courtney and Travis. The Bayers currently live in Dallas, Texas.
It is a privilege and an honor for Texas Tech University’s Whitacre College of Engineering to select this outstanding alumnus for recognition.