Michael Ahern, P.E.
Michael has a strong technical background and the 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. Two repair projects that he managed received International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) awards: Courthouse Square Complex in Salem, OR earned an Award of Excellence and The Austonian in Austin, TX received the Project of the Year Award and an Award of Excellence.
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 involved in the American Concrete Institute (ACI), including Chair of ACI-ASCC Committee 117 Tolerances; Chair of the ACI Financial Advisory Committee; and member of ACI Subcommittee 318A. 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 External Advisory Council for the Civil Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin.
When Michael is not focused on clients and projects, he is spending time with his wife and daughters, biking, or tinkering around the house.