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Distinguished Engineer Photo: Walter T. Winn Jr., P.E.
Walter T. Winn Jr., P.E.

Walter T. Winn Jr., P.E.

Distinguished Engineer



B.S., M.S., Civil Engineering – 1972, 1973



At Time of Nomination in 2011

Terry Winn grew up in the Houston area. He and his wife of 39 years graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, Texas. They were married and their daughter Holly was born while they were students at Texas Tech. After they both graduated, they moved back to Houston where he worked for Brown & Root, Inc. for five years. There, he worked with oil and gas industry cooperatives to lead EPA in development of wastewater effluent guidelines for the petroleum refining and offshore oil and gas production industries, designed environmental systems for two offshore supertanker unloading terminals, and designed wastewater treatment systems for industrial facilities. Their son Tim was born while they lived in Houston.

The family moved to Longview in 1978, where Winn was one of the founders of KSA Engineers, Inc. There, he continued his environmental engineering work for industrial clients, and widened his practice to serve municipalities, counties, utility districts, and state and federal agencies. His project experience broadened, too, designing water supply, municipal and hazardous solid waste systems, and air emissions control systems. He worked on a new regional water supply for three independent water utilities, a pump station and pipeline to supply reclaimed municipal wastewater as supply for a new power plant, the first municipal solid waste incineration and heat recovery system in East Texas, the first municipal groundwater desalination system in East Texas, a new wastewater interceptor, a treatment plant and outfall to the Brazos River for Texas A&M University in College Station, and many others.

In 2004, he and three of his staff left KSA to form Winn Professional Engineers and Constructors, LLC in Longview. They have worked on a new Trinity River intake and water treatment plant for a rural water supply corporation, expansion of a municipal wastewater treatment plant, and many others - mostly water system supply, storage and distribution improvements projects.

Winn has been actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers since he was a student at Texas Tech. He served in all of the offices of his local Northeast Texas Branch and advanced through the various state offices to be Texas Section President. He is currently the vice-chair of the Region 6 Governors representing Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. He is a trustee of the Texas Civil Engineering Foundation and of the J. Walter Porter Graduate Fellowship in Water Resources. He has been president of his local Rotary Club, a 20 year president of Glenwood Water Supply Corporation, and a six year secretary/teasurer of the Northeast Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region D). He is very active in his church having served in numerous leadership and teaching roles over 30 years of membership. He is currently vice-chair of the Board of Trustees for Newgate Mission, serving the homeless of Longview.

He recently completed his last term as a member of the Texas Tech Whitacre College of Engineering Dean's Council, having served as president for two years. He is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy and a former chair of the Civil Engineering Advisory Council.

He is licensed to practice engineering in four states and holds diplomate status in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

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