Mary Lou Ralls Newman, P.E.
ABC-UTC Director of Technology Transfer
Principal, Ralls Newman LLC
P: (512) 422-9080
Ms. Ralls Newman is the principal of Ralls Newman, LLC, a structural engineering consulting firm in Austin, Texas. She joined the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) in 1984. In 1999, she became the State Bridge Engineer and Director of the Bridge Division. Under her direction, the division oversaw and provided assistance in program and project development; structural and geotechnical design; standards and plan development; plans, specifications, and estimates review; safety inspection including in-house fracture critical and underwater inspections; and bridge construction and maintenance support to the 25 districts for the 50,000 on-system and off-system bridges in the state. Following her 20-year career at TxDOT, Ralls Newman began her consulting career with a focus on accelerated bridge construction. She has been the ABC-UTC Director of Technology Transfer since the ABC-UTC was created in 2013. She is active in the Transportation Research Board and other professional organizations and has authored a number of publications on innovative bridge technologies. Ralls Newman holds an MS in Engineering, Structures, and a BS in Civil Engineering with Highest Honors from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas.