Director of Project Planning and Development

Lauren Garduño

Lauren Garduño, P.E., serves as Director of Project Planning and Development, which includes oversight of the Transportation Planning and Programming, Right of Way, Environmental Affairs and Professional Engineering Procurement divisions.

Garduño began his TxDOT career in 1987 and has held a variety of positions, rising through the ranks to his current assignment. He has spent most of his career in West Texas, including Amarillo, Odessa and Abilene, serving for 14 years as a district engineer and three years as chief of procurement integrating TxDOT’s support services.

Along the way, Garduño held several interim assignments, serving as district engineer in San Angelo and Brownwood and as West Region Director. On his watch, the Odessa District saw major build-outs of key projects including the Midland reliever route, the John Ben Shepperd interchange, Holiday Hill road and the Midkiff to interstate expansion. In Abilene, Garduño took the Big Spring reliever route through planning and design and was involved in initial planning for one-way frontage road conversion projects within the city of Abilene. He has also led award-winning process improvement teams in the areas of highway design and paperless offices.

Garduño has received peer recognition with awards such as Young Engineer of the Year and Engineer of the Year through the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. In 2001, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Civil Engineering Academy.  

He holds a master's degree in management and human relations from Abilene Christian University, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas Tech University.

Contact Garduño by phone at (512) 463-8483 or by email.