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Higgins, Jay H.

 Higgins, Jay H

Jay H. Higgins, P.E., F.ASCE
Region 9 Director Official Nominee

Vision Statement 
 Endorsement List  

Biographical Statement


  • Associate in Architectural Engineering Technology, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
  • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  • MBA, University of Chicago 

 Work Experience 

  • Licensed professional civil engineer in California and Illinois with 40 years of experience in the design and construction management of water, wastewater, stormwater, transportation, building, and earthwork projects.
  • Recently retired as a Senior Project Manager after 22 years with URS Corporation in the Construction Services Division.
  • Currently a Consulting Civil Engineer specializing in construction dispute resolution and construction claims analysis. 

 ASCE Involvement 

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers since 1973
  • Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch, Los Angeles Section
    o Treasurer, 2002-2003
    o President-elect, 2004-2005
    o President 2005-2006
    o Past President 2006-2007
  • Los Angeles Section:
    o Secretary, 2006-2008
    o President-elect, 2008-2009
    o President 2009-2010
    o Past President 2010-2011
  • National Student Steel Bridge Competition: Regional Judge 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; National judge 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,
  • National Concrete Canoe Competition, National Judge, 2010
  • Los Angeles Section Centennial Celebration, Chair Fundraising Committee and Treasurer
  • Los Angeles Section, Region 9 Governor and Vice Chair
  • Recipient of several ASCE awards including 2009 Outstanding Section Officer/Region 9; 2008 and 2013 President’s Award/Los Angeles Section; 2012 Carl Blum Award/Younger Member Forum/Los Angeles Section; and the 2014 Robert W. Bein Lifetime Achievement Award/Life Member Forum/Los Angeles

Other Volunteer Activities 

  • Director, Chicago Post, American Society of Military Engineers,1994-1996
  • President, Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals, 1995-1996
  • Board of Directors and Vice Chairman, ACE Mentor Program, Los Angeles Affiliate, 2009-present 


  • Jay's two daughters are his most significant lifetime achievement: Emily Higgins who recently finished an MBA program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Laura Higgins, a graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and, is currently a music therapist at the Cleveland Clinic.
  • He has sailed in twenty-eight “Chicago-Mac” races, a three hundred fifty mile sailboat race on Lake Michigan from Chicago to Mackinac Island located between the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. After participating in twenty-five of these races, he was inducted into the “Island Goat Society” (some say “Old Goat Society”) in May, 2011. He plans to sail with a friend across the Atlantic in 2015 on his friend's 48-foot sailboat.
  • Jay lives with his lovely wife Judy Lea in Burbank, California.