Elected Region 8 Governor

Portrait of J. Darren Burton

Vision statement

To approach any ASCE opportunity or challenge, I use a three-point mantra:

  • We are here to serve others,
  • Service should be fun,
  • Serving is more fun with friends.

Volunteering time and resources to serve ASCE members fulfills a sense of duty to give back to an organization and profession that has given much to me. These opportunities include guiding the future of the profession through leadership and committee involvement, as well as service to local communities. Fun through service has helped me form bonds of friendship and mentorship that extend well beyond a professional organization or term of service. I’ve made lifelong friendships through spending focused time with people who, like me, care deeply about advancing the civil engineering profession. Bringing friends, colleagues, mentees, and students into such a rewarding organization not only facilitates personal and organizational growth, but it also provides opportunities for potential members to experience the same benefits that I have enjoyed.

This mantra serves as a foundation to guide me through all opportunities and challenges within ASCE, to serve in my elected and appointed offices with dignity and integrity, and to ultimately to help ASCE accomplish its goals and mission.

Biographical statement


  • BS Civil Engineering, University of Utah, 2008
  • AS Pre-Engineering, Salt Lake Community College, 2006

Certification and licenses

  • Civil Engineer, Utah
  • Civil Engineer, Colorado
  • Civil Engineer, California

Work experience

  • Senior Project Manager, Michael Baker International, Midvale, Utah, 2007-present

ASCE involvement


  • Utah Section
    • Past-President, 2021-present
    • President, 2020-2021
    • President-Elect, 2019-2020
    • Membership Committee, Chair, 2019-2020
  • Wasatch Front Branch
    • Past-President, 2018-2019
    • President, 2017-2018
    • President-Elect, 2016-2017
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 2015-2016
    • Community Giving Committee, 2015-present
  • Utah Section Younger Member’s Forum
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 2012-2013
    • PE Review Course Committee, 2012
  • University of Utah Student Chapter: Board Member at Large, 2006-2007

Other volunteer activities

  • Engineers Without Borders, Member, 2013-present
  • ACEC, UDOT Liaison Committee, 2020-present
  • UDOT, Committee to Revise Roadway Manual of Instruction, 2019-2020
  • West Valley Fastpitch Girls Softball, Nonprofit, Board Member, 2014-2020


  • ASCE Utah Section, Council of Individuals Valiantly Improving Live (C.I.V.I.L) Award, “for service beyond what is normally expected”, 2021
  • University of Utah, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society Inductee, 2007
  • Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout, 1995


  • “Utah’s Mountain View Corridor”, Civil and Structural Engineer Media, 2018