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Meet your Past President Patrick Mudd


Posted December 13, 2017

A simple, if mysterious, recommendation propelled Patrick Mudd into an engineering career.

“When my high school guidance counsellor suggested I think about engineering, I had no idea what engineering was or what engineers did, but I took a leap of faith,” he said.

Mudd’s interest in civil engineering was fueled by engineering courses at the University of Missouri and the University of Texas combined with summers spent working for Shell Oil. Through positions as a consulting engineer in Houston, Austin and New Orleans, Mudd worked on flood studies for federal and local agencies, and land development projects including a 7,000-acre multi-use development in Houston.

In the mid-1980s, Mudd became an entrepreneur and founded his own company in Austin. The business grew steadily.

“But in 1988, the economy of Austin fell through the floor and my company went from 35 employees to two in about 30 days,” Mudd said. “I kept saying, it can’t get any worse and it kept getting worse. Everybody was shutting down development projects because they were scared of what was happening.”

Mudd filed for bankruptcy the same week he turned 30.

Eventually, Mudd decided to relocate to the thriving market of Greater Washington, D.C. He worked on the grading, roads, stormwater management and other infrastructure for the new Internal Revenue Service headquarters in New Carrolton, the expansive First Colony shopping center in St. Mary’s County and other development projects. He also founded two engineering firms in St. Mary’s County and increasingly specialized in large, complex developments.

“I love big projects – shopping centers, multi-section developments or projects with different kinds of housing,” he said. “I love projects that you can sink your teeth into that have challenges with sites and multiple layers of bureaucracy. It gives you flexibility to explore options and come up with innovative solutions.”

A member of the MDSPE board for more than a decade, Mudd is the society’s past president and the newest inductee into its College of Fellows. 

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