Rachel R. Hayden, P.E., is president of Hayden Consultants, Inc., which she founded as a sole proprietor in March 2000.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989 and spent the first three years of her career with Halff Associates’ land development department. In 1992, she joined the roadway design team of PB/MK at the Superconducting Super Collider project, and has since focused her career on transportation engineering.
In 1996, Rachel joined MK Centennial, the transportation division of Morrison Knudsen Corp. (now a part of URS). Her work at MK Centennial involved preparation of plans, specifications and estimates for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the City of Dallas, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Most recently in her career, Rachel served as Deputy Project Manager for Section 1 of the Trinity Parkway, overseeing design of freeway ramps and direct connectors from IH 35 and SH 183 to the new Trinity Parkway.
In 2015, Rachel was awarded the national American Society of Civil Engineers Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Rachel previously served as the ASCE Dallas Branch President from 2009-2010. In 2001, she was honored as the Young Engineer of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, of which she is an active member. Rachel also served as 2009 Secretary for the American Council of Engineering Companies. She is also active in several other professional organizations, including the Women’s Transportation Seminar and Entrepreneurial Women Presidents.
Rachel is at the forefront of sustainable design for projects within the public right-of-way. She is a Co-Chair of the Sustainable Public Right-of-Way committee through the North Central Texas Council of Governments, representing the interests of transportation engineers on the panel. The SPROW committee is tasked with compiling best practices for sustainable design within public rights-of-way, placing the group at the leading edge of research and innovation for greener communities in North Texas.
Additionally, in 2008, Rachel completed a four-day certificate course, “Green Infrastructure,” through Colorado State University in Denver and the American Council of Engineering Companies. The same year, in her role as President-Elect of the Dallas Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Rachel created a Sustainability Committee to offer technical training to ASCE members.