Brown and Caldwell Appoints First Woman to Design Chief Engineer Role

Tracy Stigers (pictured) was recently named the first woman chief in the 75-year history of Brown and Caldwell. Photo courtesy of Brown and Caldwell.

Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, California, USA), a full-service, nationwide environmental engineering and construction services firm, announced that current Vice President Tracy Stigers has been appointed as design chief engineer in recognition of four decades of exceptional technical leadership and client service. Stigers is the first woman in the firm’s 75-year history to hold the esteemed title. 

Stigers will lead all design from a technical and delivery expertise perspective across all of Brown and Caldwell’s design initiatives, implementing innovation, quality control, and project delivery through North America and the Pacific. 

Since joining the firm in 1980, Stigers has progressed from junior engineer to one of its top technical and delivery experts. She has vast expertise in the design and construction of large-scale wastewater conveyance, treatment, and reuse facilities, including serving as project manager on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s $2.3 billion Biosolids Digester Facilities Project, the largest value design job in Brown and Caldwell’s history. 

Early in her career, Stigers worked alongside her mentor, company co-founder Dave Caldwell, helping shape its tradition of solving the most challenging water and environmental challenges. Her dedication to upholding Brown and Caldwell’s reputation for project excellence and innovation was noteworthy, according to CEO Rich D’Amato. 

“Tracy is the epitome of quality, commitment, and technical prowess,” D’Amato says. “Her leadership, knowledge, and legacy of delivering solutions to clients perfectly embody our heritage and is a shining example for tomorrow's aspiring engineering leaders.” 

Throughout her career, Stigers has held numerous leadership roles at industry organizations, including sitting on the board of trustees for the Water Environment Federation and the California Water Environment Association. She is a current member of the Clarkson University Engineering Advisory Council. 

Source: Brown and Caldwell,