Engineer, Kaw Valley Engineering
With a master’s degree in public administration, Austin thought he might go into government.
Instead, for much of his career, he has helped clients work with government.
“I pretty much specialize in real estate development, working with developers on permitting and zoning,” Austin said.
Austin earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University before getting his master’s from Wichita State University. After a stint as a construction engineer with the Kansas Department of Transportation, he worked for private engineering and consulting firms, including one he headed.
Last year, he opened a Wichita office for Junction City-based Kaw Valley Engineering, which also has offices in four other cities.
Austin said he has been involved in “a lot of community issues that pertain to engineering,” serving in roles with the Kansas Society of Engineers, the Wichita Area Builders, the Wichita Art and Design Council, and the Wichita Airport Advisory Board.
In July, he was installed as president of the 33,000-member National Society of Professional Engineers during its convention in Seattle. Austin said he has been active in the organization for years. He will serve through next June.
“Right now, it’s requiring quite a bit of travel,” he said, adding that his employer has been “very supportive.”