Michael Ahern, P.E.
Michael is a seasoned structural engineer with a strong technical background and ability to understand client priorities. He breaks down complex problems to the level needed for general understanding and requested action, such as repair. He prides himself on project management, effective communication, and working with other parties to solve problems.
Prior to starting Pivot, Michael initially worked in structural engineering design, and later moved into forensics. When practicing structural design, Michael worked for a nationally recognized firm performing design and held construction administration responsibilities. His projects included a college football stadium expansion, retractable roof stadiums, hospitals, and industrial facilities. During this time, Michael spent 16 months as the site structural engineer for a large complex project, which further developed his ability to solve problems and work with different parties to solve a common problem. Building on his site experience, Michael later joined a forensic firm focused on investigations, repair design, consulting, and litigation support. Michael has developed a reputation for his problem solving, communication, and project management abilities, including repair and strengthening of the Courthouse Square Complex in Salem, OR, which earned an Award of Excellence from the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI).
Michael earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering with honors (Cum Laude) from the University of Florida; M.S. in Structural Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin; and M.B.A. at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Committee 117 Tolerances and accepted a Board appointment to the ACI Financial Advisory Committee. Michael is a past President, Vice President, and Secretary of the Structural Engineers Association of Texas (SEAOT) Austin Chapter. Michael is also serving on the Longhorn Engineering Advisory Delegation (L.E.A.D.), an alumni advisory group to The University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering.
When Michael is not focused on clients, he is spending time with his wife and daughters, biking, or tinkering around the house.