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Tom Quintero


Associate, Austin

“In preliminary design, it’s a game of mental gymnastics to approach a fresh set of architectural drawings and put the pieces of the structural puzzle together.”

While the focus of structural engineering is often about looking ahead to ensure the safe performance of a structure, sometimes it requires an ability to look back at the things that failed. Shortly before joining DCI, Tom pivoted his engineering focus to forensic engineering where he gained invaluable experience on structural failures and building evaluations.

Since then, he’s helped the Austin office standardize their field equipment for site walks to better serve their clients on evaluations – for new and existing builds. He’s also provided engineering design for several DCI project types, ranging from single-family residences and multi-family housing to healthcare, office and community spaces.

Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University Kingsville, along with a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas Tech University.

Where is your hometown?
Corpus Christi, Texas

If you weren’t an engineer, what would you be?
I love art and make it a goal to visit an art museum when I visit a particular city for the first time. I think I would have enjoyed being an art historian or curator in another life.

What was your favorite class in college?
As an undergrad, I took an incredible Chicano Literature course as an elective. The assigned texts exposed me to more about my own Latino culture that I either hadn’t appreciated or hadn’t recognized.

Favorite projects

Scott & White Clinic

Scott & White Clinic

Austin Bergstrom International Airport - Million Air

Austin Bergstrom International Airport - Million Air