AASHTO President Carlos Braceras, Utah

Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Mr. Braceras executive director of the Utah DOT in May 2013. Prior to this Mr. Braceras served as UDOT’s deputy director and chief engineer for 12 years and prior to that as the director of Region 3. Mr. Braceras also worked on the Legacy Parkway/I-15 North Project, where he was responsible for development of the environmental documents, design-build contracts and construction of both facilities. Since joining UDOT in 1986, Mr. Braceras has served as the chief geotechnical engineer, the chief value engineer and the Region 2 roadway design engineer.

In 1998, he was named “State of Utah Governor’s Manager of the Year” and received the “UDOT Leader of the Year” award.

At AASHTO, Braceras currently serves as the chair of the Committee on Design and Chair of the Technical Working Group for the AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence.

Prior to joining UDOT, Braceras received a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Vermont and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah.

President Braceras's Areas of Emphasis

  • Workforce development is a major concern for AASHTO and its member departments of transportation. There is a growing awareness within the transportation community generally, and state DOTs specifically, that the ability to build, maintain and manage an increasingly sophisticated transportation system depends on a highly skilled workforce.
  • Reauthorization. Funding and policy reform are critical issues for AASHTO and its member departments. The current federal surface transportation authorization expires in 2020.
  • Transportation serves a vital role in the overall economic vitality and quality of life for communities throughout the nation. Unfortunately, most people only recognize the role that transportation plays in their lives when the system fails to meet their needs and they cannot get to where they want to go.

Read the full statement of President Braceras’s emphasis areas.