Calvin T. Ladner President of LJA

LJA is what it is because of Calvin.


His Lasting Legacy

After a courageous and hard-fought battle with complications related to the coronavirus, Calvin T. Ladner, PE, President of LJA Engineering, Inc., passed away on August 18, 2020. As a constant presence in the life of LJA for over 33 years (23 as President), the loss of our founder and leader will be profoundly felt by all who knew him.

Calvin fostered a deeply rooted sense of family; he mentored a culture where we can all thrive and be the best of ourselves; and most importantly, he leaves a legacy of immeasurable strength and success that we can proudly carry on.

Lasting Legacy

A True LJA Leader

It is absolutely impossible to separate our President from our firm’s legacy, stability, and integrity. Native Texan Calvin T. Ladner, PE, was President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of LJA Engineering, Inc.–one of the largest and most successful employee-owned, multi-discipline, civil engineering firms in the US. He loved our company and its people – employees and clients – with everything he had; and was a driving force of employee-ownership.

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A Visionary for the Community

After graduating from Texas A&M University, Calvin started his engineering career as an intern for the Texas Department of Transportation, then went to the small firm Winslow & Associates after graduating. The year was 1982, and the first project Calvin worked on was a new master-planned community called The Woodlands.

Fast Forward to 2019.

After 23 years at the helm, Calvin led LJA to top with 1,200+ employees in 40 offices in three states and to be the 65th largest engineering design firm in the United States.

The LJA Engineering Calvin Ladner ‘80 Memorial Scholarship

Keeping his legacy alive, the Calvin Ladner ‘80 Memorial Scholarship was established at the Texas A&M University for eligible students who are pursuing a degree in civil and environmental engineering.

Memorial Scholarship

If you would like to contribute

Any monetary amount will be accepted.Please see methods of donations:


Mail a check payable to the Texas A&M Foundation to:
Texas A&M Foundation401
George Bush Drive College Station,TX 77840

Note: Please include “04-37058 LJA/Ladner Scholarship” on the memo line

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Credit Card donations via txamfoundation.com/give.
On the first drop-down menu, select “An Unlisted Account (Enter Manually),” and enter 04-37058.

Note: Visa/Mastercard will get a 3% fee for online transactions