Grounds John

John S. Grounds, III, PE, PhD, D.WRE, CFM

Vice President, Public Infrastructure: Flood Control and Drainage, Houston

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Houston

John has mastered the planning, analysis, and design of flood control projects, water resource systems, water supply, conveyance systems, site grading and drainage, and hydraulic structures over the span of 30 years. He has served the public in pivotal ways as the past president for both the Texas Floodplain Management Association and the American Water Resources Association, and was a key member managing the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project for the Harris County Flood Control District. He is active in the development of policy and criteria for drainage and flood control at the local, state, and national levels. John has authored more than 30 publications and given presentations relating to extreme rainfall events, floodplain management, and GIS. John teaches basic and advanced floodplain management workshops alongside FEMA and TWDB personnel. He is regarded as an expert in his field and has been an adjunct faculty member at Rice University, lecturer at the University of Houston, and a longtime member of SMU’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Board. He is the Track Director for Area VI Special Olympics and was the catalyst for starting Science Nights at elementary and middle schools.