Civil Engineering – 1968
Mary Jo Lammon Poindexter received her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 1968 from Texas Tech University. The Mobile, Alabama, native earned her Master’s degree from Tulane University in 1973. In addition, she completed business management programs at the Wharton School of Business and Rice University.
Ms. Poindexter credits her father, A. M. "Tag" Lammon, who spent his career in the construction industry, with her dedication to the engineering field and her strong work ethic. Ms. Poindexter has had more than 25 years of experience in domestic and international construction management. In 1968, she joined Chevron Oil Company, New Orleans, as a Design Engineer of Offshore Platforms. From 1971 to 1974, she was a Field Project Engineer for the Baton Rouge–based Crown Builders before working as an estimator for heavy engineering projects at Bellamy Bros. of Atlanta, Georgia. In 1974, she was instrumental in developing Permian Constructors of Katy, Texas, and served as the company’s Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer and Chief Mechanical Estimator.
In 1983, Ms. Poindexter cofounded Poindexter Constructors in Katy, Texas, a firm specializing in the maintenance of manufacturing facilities and industrial construction. She became Senior Construction Manager for Brown & Root USA Inc. in Houston in 1985, helping that company expand markets in wastewater treatment and within the government sector. In 1990, Ms. Poindexter left Brown & Root to join Interface Consulting International in Houston, where she currently is Vice President of Operations and Principal Consultant for this leading international construction consulting company. Her responsibilities include managing multimillion dollar projects and management teams; claims and litigation support; and executive sales and marketing. In particular, she has been successful at ensuring repeat customers and at executive sales, where she enjoys the respect of her clients.
Her dedication to the engineering profession extends to her support of education. Ms. Poindexter is a founding member and current President of the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy. She also is a founding member and officer of the civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board. In addition, she served as President and a member of the first Board of Directors of the Texas Tech Houston Area Engineering Alumni.
Ms. Poindexter’s professional affiliations include memberships in the Texas Associated General Contractors, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Houston Contractors Association and the Houston Business Roundtable–Construction Contracts Committee. She is former Vice President of the Katy chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of the Founders Family Center in Katy. As an active member, leader and volunteer council member of Girl Scouts of America for more than 14 years, she now participates on the On the Go Committee as the liaison with the engineering and construction community. A strong role model, she has worked in the PTA and with drug awareness programs and college nights at Lamar High School.
Ms. Poindexter and her daughter, Leonor, now a college freshman, live in Houston.
It is indeed a great pleasure to name Mary Jo Lammon Poindexter DISTINGUISHED ENGINEER.