Jeff Collins Recognized as Texas A&M Distinguished Alumni

Jeff Collins, PE (Class of ’80) was recently honored as a 2019 Distinguished Alumni by the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Jeff began a more than 40-year career in civil engineering after graduation from Texas A&M and now serves as the executive vice president on the board of directors for LJA Engineering, a large, multi-disciplinary firm that was named ENR TX & LA 2019 Design Firm of the Year. From the beginning, he was inspired to build a firm that allows success and growth for both employee-owners and clients. He currently focuses on leading the Public Infrastructure Sector, which includes public works and transportation. [Read more on the Distinguished Alumni award at]

“Jeff continually makes significant contributions to the profession of civil engineering. He has held numerous leadership roles in professional societies, advocacy groups, and community groups. Starting with being awarded Young Engineer of the Year with the Texas Society of Professional Engineers to holding leadership roles with the Houston Transportation Advocacy Group and the Houston chapter American Council of Engineering Companies. As Executive Vice President and Board Member of LJA Engineering, he has been instrumental in the company’s growth and success including the recognition of being #90 of the ENR Top 500 Design Firms in the nation and the being part of the Aggie 100 including the #1 firm in 2018.” ~Daniel J. C. Copps III (Class of ‘83), Senior Vice President

Earlier this year, Jeff and his wife Alicia (Class of ’82) established the Alicia ’82 and Jeff Collins ’80 Scholarship to provide financial support to full-time students in good standing pursuing an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University. [Read more on his and Alicia’s generosity at]

“We are so proud of Jeff, his leadership, accomplishments, and philanthropy. He sets a great example and a very high bar. It is a privilege to know him and work with him.” ~Calvin T. Ladner (Class of ’80), President