Academy of Distinguished Alumni

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William H. Espey, Jr.

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1965
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1963
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1960

Dr. William H. Espey came to the University of Texas at Austin in 1955 on a football scholarship, and completed his B.S. in 1960, M.S. in 1963, and Ph.D. in 1965 in Civil Engineering. In 1986, Dr. Espey was honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the College of Engineering, at the University of Texas. As an outgrowth of Dr. Espey’s Ph.D. dissertation, his  Urban Unit Hydrograph methodology has found application in both state and city drainage design manuals and is published in several textbooks, including the "Civil Engineering Reference Manual" for the PE exam. Dr. Espey, as a visiting professor, has taught several courses and participated in seminars at the University of Texas.

Dr. Espey started his career with the U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Division and later joined TRACOR in 1965. In 1972 he co-founded Espey Huston & Associates Inc. (EH&A) and served as President and Chairman of the Board until 1993. EH&A provided engineering and environmental consulting services employing over one thousand people in several offices in the U.S., as well as England and Mexico. EH&A was ranked No. 53 of the top 500 engineering firms in the United States by Engineering News Record in 1986.

Dr. Espey has served as the chairman, since 1980, of the Lake Michigan Diversion committee that was mandated by the modified Supreme Court Decree of 1980. The committee is convened approximately every five years.

In 1993 he founded Espey Consultants, Inc. which now has offices in Austin and Houston, providing engineering and environmental services.

Inducted November 7, 2003