Ms. Ralls is principal of Ralls Newman, LLC, a structural engineering consulting firm in Austin, Texas. Ralls 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.
Ralls retired from TxDOT in 2004. As a member of the consultant support team for the FHWA Highways for LIFE Program, she has developed Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) project descriptions, fact sheets, and other resource materials to advance the implementation of ABC. As a member of the FIU ABC Center’s executive board and steering committee, she assists with the development and coordination of the monthly webinars. She has coordinated, moderated, and facilitated ABC workshops for various bridge owners.
She was a member of SHRP2’s Renewal Technical Coordinating Committee and several of its Expert Task Groups and the Committee for SHRP2 Implementation Report to Congress. She is active in various engineering organizations and has authored a number of publications on innovative bridge technologies. Ralls 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.