Region 6 Director Official Nominee

Portrait of Sean P. Merrell

Vision statement

ASCE’s 2025 Vision is to be “entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the quality of life, civil engineers serve competently, collaboratively and ethically…”

My vision aligns with this vision as I strive to help our members develop the sustainable world and enhance the quality of life through job opportunities, research, and collaboration through professional endeavors. ASCE is the leading organization serving civil engineering professionals. ASCE global leaders are entrusted to building a better quality of life.

My vision is also to provide essential value to our members, their careers, our partners, and the public through developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning, and promoting the Civil Engineering profession.

My vision for the responsibility of the Region 6 Director is to:

  1. Work with Branches, Sections and Student Chapters in Region 6 to support and encourage civil engineering in the communities where they are located;
  2. Work with Sections and Student Chapters to grow and improve the newly created Region 6 Student Symposium;
  3. Keep ASCE members within Region 6 informed on ASCE Societal news and issues;
  4. Work with the Region Governors to adopt goals and work to achieve them;
  5. Review requests from Branches, Sections and Student Chapters; and
  6. Represent Region 6 on the ASCE Board of Direction.

Based on my observation of our past ASCE leaders who are very passionate about our profession and its future, and with a commitment to carrying out the will of the ASCE Board of Direction, my vision is that ASCE:

  1. Continues to be an organization of the future;
  2. Sustains financial vitality and stays relevant for the foreseeable future;
  3. Attracts the best and brightest to the profession;
  4. Fights marginalization of ASCE membership by helping our members enhance and demonstrate ASCE’s value to their employers, clients, and communities;
  5. Supports faculty and practitioner advisors in keeping students engaged;
  6. Keeps Younger Members actively engaged by providing opportunities and platforms that help shape the future of our profession; and
  7. Recognizes and rewards innovation and sustainable infrastructure.

My 23 years of continuous ASCE involvement and serving in leadership positions at the Student Chapter, Branch, Section, Region and Society levels have well prepared me to serve as the ASCE Region 6 Director. I look forward to continuing to serve ASCE members located in the Oklahoma, New Mexico, Mexico and Texas Sections.

Biographical statement

Education

  • Master of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2001
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2000

Certification and licenses

  • Professional Engineering License: State of Texas 2005; State of Arkansas, 2020; States of Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, 2022
  • Professional Traffic Operations Engineer, Transportation Professional Certification Board, Inc., 2006
  • Registered Accessibility Specialist, Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation, 2014

Work experience

  • BGE, Inc., Director – Traffic Engineering, 17 years
    • Corporate Associate Program, Inaugural 2020 Class
    • Leads Traffic Engineering Practice for North Texas
  • City of Frisco, Senior Traffic Engineer, 3 years
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Student and Graduate Researcher, 3 years
  • U.S. Army, Aeroscout Observer, OH-58 Helicopter, 6 years

ASCE involvement

Society-level

  • Member, Membership Committee, 6 years
  • Member, Student Transition Implementation Task Committee
  • Corresponding Member, Leader Training Committee, 6 years
  • Corresponding Member, Student Competitions Task Committee
  • Region 6 Governor, 2 terms

Local-level

  • Region 6 Webmaster
  • Texas Section
    • President-Elect, President, Past President, 2020-2022
    • Senior Director at Large
    • Director at Large
    • Chair, Membership Committee
    • Chair, Centennial Celebration, 3 years
    • Chair, Transportation & Development Institute
    • Member, CECON Site Selection Committee
    • Chair, Intra-Society Relations Committee
    • Scholarship Trustee, John B. Hawley Memorial Fellowship
    • Representative, Texas State Transportation Innovation Council
  • Dallas Branch
    • Vice President, President-Elect, President, Past President, 2011-2014
    • Chair, Programs, 3 years
    • Chair, Honors, 5 years
    • Chair, Communication Committee, 3 years
    • Member, Scholarship Committee, 2 years
    • ASCE Civil Engineering Club Speaker
    • ASCE Student Chapter Speaker on Networking for Young Engineers
    • ASCE Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe Judge, 15+ years
    • Habitat for Humanity (Centennial House)
    • TSPE E-week Partner Society Liaison
  • Houston Branch
    • Treasurer
    • Branch Director
    • Chair, Transportation Technical Committee
    • Chair, Membership
    • Webmaster
    • Co-Chair, Communications Committee
    • Chair, Younger Member
  • ASCE Liaison to TSPE E-week Awards Luncheon Committee
  • ASCE Student Chapter President, Texas A&M University

Other volunteer activities

  • Class Co-leader, Leadership Frisco, Class XIX
  • Collin County Planning Board, 2015-2022
    • Board Chair, 2020-2022
    • Public Works Review Committee Chair
  • City of Frisco
    • Parks and Recreation Board, 3 terms
      • Chair, 2021-2022
      • Vice Chair, 2020
      • Board Secretary, 2019
      • Parks Naming Committee, multiple terms
    • Charter Review Committee
    • Red Light Enforcement Camera Citizen Committee, 2 terms
    • Neighborhood Design Strategy Committee
    • US 380 District Design Strategy Advisory Committee, Vice Chair
    • Citizens Fire Academy
    • City Hall 101
  • Frisco Education Foundation
    • Mindbender Academy Committee
    • Scholarship Reviewer
  • Member and Supporter of 100 Men Who Give a Damn – Frisco Chapter
  • Boyscout Troop 216, Adult Leader, Merit Badge Counselor
  • Cubscout Pack 298, Cub Master, Den Leader
  • Frisco Safety Town - Trick or Treat Traffic Coordinator
  • Perot Children’s Museum
  • North Texas Food Bank
  • Adopt-a-Family Program
  • E-week Volunteer
  • Earthday Texas
  • Future Cities Judge
  • Canstruction
  • Mathcounts Judge
  • Completed MS 150 (Houston to Austin bike ride)
  • ACEC Dallas (American Council of Engineering Consultants), Public Relations Committee
  • TexITE (Texas District - Institute of Transportation Engineers)
    • Traffic Bowl Coordinator
    • Poker Tournament Coordinator
  • Dallas ITE Section
    • Professional Development Chair
    • Golf Tournament Assistant Coordinator
    • Tellers Committee
  • Houston ITE Section
    • Created TexITE Houston Scholarship Program 

Awards

  • BGE Pat Brown Corporate Leadership Award, 2021
  • ASCE Texas Section Professional Service Award, 2018
  • ASCE Texas Section Recognition for serving as Region 6 Governor, 2017
  • ASCE Texas Section Professional Service to Student Award, 2015
  • ASCE Dallas Branch Engineer of the Year, 2014
  • ASCE Texas Section Government Engineer of the Year, 2013
  • ASCE Texas Section Special Recognition Award of Meritorious Service, 2013
  • Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award (National ASCE YM Award), 2008
  • ASCE Houston Branch Young Engineer of the Year, 2007
  • Allen C. Ludwig Award at TAMU for Outstanding Senior Civil Engineering Student, 2001