“Carlos’ experience planning and managing environmental projects and programs, his knowledge of NEPA requirements, procedures, and related laws will be invaluable as our clients endeavor to clear the way for transformative transportation projects,” said Mike Inabinet, PE, HNTB Central Region President.
Working from HNTB’s Austin office, Swonke will serve transportation agencies in the region and across the country. He is responsible for providing support and technical assistance to the environmental planning team and lending his expertise in project pursuits and client interaction.
“Carlos led TxDOT through environmental review process improvements, facilitated the environmental clearance of some of the largest projects in the DOT’s history, and was instrumental in Texas becoming only the second state to receive NEPA assignment,” said Chris Price, PE, HNTB Central Division President. “He is among the leading environmental experts in the region if not the country.”
Swonke’s career includes experience in the private sector as a consultant for a variety of clients, including the Department of Defense, the National Park Service, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Swonke’s counsel is sought by industry trade organizations such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the Transportation Research Board.
“Carlos is known throughout the country for his leadership and expertise in successfully advancing complex projects through the environmental review process,” said John Barton, PE, HNTB Professional Services Chair. “This experience and expertise will be of great value to communities and public agencies across the country.”
Swonke earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from Sul Ross State University and a master’s degree in geography/environmental resources from Texas State University.