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List of notable or famous civil engineers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top civil engineers born in the United States and even some popular civil engineers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American civil engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These civil engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known civil engineer from the United States is included when available.

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Alan Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1922-2005)
Alan Manners Voorhees was a transportation engineer and urban planner who designed many large public works in the United States. Voorhees was born in Highland Park, New Jersey.

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Albert Fink is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1827-1897)
Albert Fink was a German-born civil engineer who worked in the United States. He is best known for his railroad bridge designs, which helped revolutionize the use of iron for American railroad ...more

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Alfred Giles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 79 (1816-1895)
Alfred Giles was a British civil engineer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1878 and 1892. Giles was born in London, the second son of Francis Giles canal ...more

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Alfred P. Boller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1840-1912)
Alfred Pancoast Boller was a civil engineer and bridge designer. He was the chief engineer on several bridge building projects during the late 1800 and early 1900s. Born in Philadelphia, ...more

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Anthony Cannella is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
age 49
Anthony Cannella is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. He is a Republican representing the 12th district, encompassing Merced and San Benito counties, as ...more

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Archie Alexander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1888-1958)
Archie Alphonso Alexander was an African-American mathematician and engineer. He was an early African-American graduate of the University of Iowa and the first to graduate from the University of ...more

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Austin Belknap is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1819-1902)
Austin Belknap was a Massachusetts businessman and politician who served as a member, and last Chairman, of the Board of Selectmen of Somerville, Massachusetts, and as the third Mayor, of

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Benjamin Morgan Harrod is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1837-1912)
Benjamin Morgan Harrod was an American civil engineer who from 1895 to 1902 directed the construction of the water and sewerage systems in his native New Orleans, Louisiana. The son of Charles ...more

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Benjamin Wright is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1770-1842)
Benjamin Wright was an American civil engineer who was chief engineer of the Erie Canal and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. In 1969, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared him the ...more

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Bill Ratliff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
age 82
William Roark Ratliff, known as Bill Ratliff, is a Texas politician who served as a member of the Texas State Senate from 1988 to 2004. Between 2000 and 2003 he served as the 40th Lieutenant ...more

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Bob Lyon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Bob Lyon, an American politician, is a former Kansas State Senator from the city of Winchester. A civil engineer, Lyon is a graduate of the University of Virginia and George Washington ...more

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Cecil Ashford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Cecil Ashford
Cecil Ashford is a civil engineer and the father of Matthew Ashford.

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Charles Arthur Broadwater is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 52 (1840-1892)
Charles Arthur Broadwater was a wealthy and influential Montana railroad, real estate, and banking magnate. Broadwater was born in St. Charles, Missouri. He was president of the Montana Central ...more

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Charles E. Spahr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 96 (1913-2009)
Charles E. "Charlie" Spahr is the youngest person to be appointed President in Sohio history. He was then appointed as CEO of Sohio from 1959 to 1977, and was instrumental in the ...more

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Charles Ellet, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 52 (1810-1862)
Charles Ellet, Jr. was a civil engineer and a colonel during the American Civil War, mortally wounded at the Battle of Memphis.

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Charles K. Graham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 65 (1824-1889)
Charles Kinnaird Graham was a sailor in the antebellum United States Navy, attorney, and later a brigadier general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. As a civil engineer, he helped ...more

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Clarkson Nott Potter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 57 (1825-1882)
Clarkson Nott Potter was an New York attorney and politician who served in the United States House of Representatives.

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Claudius Crozet is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1789-1864)
Benoît "Claudius" Crozet was an educator and civil engineer. Crozet was born in France. After serving in the French military, in 1816, he immigrated to the United States. He ...more

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David McKinley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
age 71
David Bennett McKinley is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for West Virginia's 1st congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. McKinley ...more

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Ed Foreman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
age 85
Edgar Franklin "Ed" Foreman, Jr., is a motivational speaker in Dallas who served one term in the United States House of Representatives from Texas's 16th congressional district from ...more

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Edwin Harrison McHenry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 72 (1859-1931)
Edwin Harrison McHenry was the fourth vice-president of the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad and first vice-president of the Consolidated Railway of Hartford, Connecticut. Prior to ...more

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Fazlur Khan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1929-1982)
Fazlur Rahman Khan was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect who initiated important structural systems for skyscrapers. Considered the "father of tubular designs for ...more

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Fob James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
age 84
Forrest Hood James, Jr., known as Fob James, is an American politician, and civil engineer. He served two terms as the 48th Governor of Alabama, from 1979 to 1983 as a Democrat, and again from ...more

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Frank Baron is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1914-1994)
Frank Martin Baron served as professor of civil engineering at University of California, Berkeley and held an international reputation as an expert in the fields of bridge and roof-structure ...more

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Frank Crowe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 64 (1882-1946)
Francis Trenholm Crowe was the chief engineer of the Hoover Dam. During that time, he was the superintendent of Six Companies, the construction company that oversaw the construction project. ...more