On January 25, Harris County Commissioners Court appointed Tina Petersen, Ph.D., and Milton Rahman, Ph.D., as Director of the Harris County Flood Control District and Harris County Engineer, respectively.
“The roles of flood control district director and county engineer are integral to Harris County’s regional leadership in developing drainage and transportation infrastructure, including the implementation of the 2018 Flood Bond as well as hundreds of millions of dollars of investments in flood mitigation projects along the county’s waterways and roadways,” said a press release from the Harris County Office of Administration.
Petersen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Environmental Engineering. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas and has over 15 years of experience working with local city governments as well as water authorities, cities, and State agencies across Texas to deliver complex water supply and water quality projects. Dr. Petersen joined the Subsidence District in 2019 and oversees the Subsidence District’s Regulatory Planning, Scientific Research, and Water Conservation Programs.
Rahman previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Engineering for Harris County Precinct 2, after serving as Director of Public Works for the City of Stafford in July 2016. Milton is also a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) and previously served as the designated Floodplain Administrator of City of San Antonio. Milton managed several high profile drainage projects for the City of San Antonio Stormwater Engineering team. Milton also worked as a ‘Lecturer’ at University of Texas San Antonio where he taught Water Resources Engineering. Milton has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering, a Masters in Civil Engineering from University of Texas San Antonio, and a Bachelor of Science in Water Resources Engineering.
“I have worked with Tina Petersen and Milton Rahman. Both are highly-educated, thoughtful, and practical public servants. Harris County was well served by their predecessors, and I think that Tina and Milton will also serve Harris County well. I hope everyone welcomes them to their new, critical positions.” said Auggie Campbell, AWBD Executive Director.