Rachel Hayden, P.E.
Rachel Hayden is President and founder of Hayden Consultants, Inc., a civil engineering consulting firm in Dallas, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989 and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas. Prior to starting her firm, Rachel designed public infrastructure projects specializing in transportation design.
Rachel launched Hayden Consultants as a sole proprietor in March of 2000, working out of her dining room during the startup phase. The company has grown steadily over the past 18 years to a current staff of over 40 employees. For five years Hayden was an Aggie 100 honoree, a list of the 100 fastest growing Texas A&M Aggie-owned companies in the world, and for two years Hayden was included in the Dallas 100 list of the fastest growing privately held companies in Dallas. Hayden Consultants received the Employer of the Year award in 2013 from the Women’s Transportation Seminar DFW Chapter.
Throughout her career, Rachel has been dedicated to advancing and promoting the engineering industry through her involvement in professional organizations and volunteer boards. She is currently the Chair of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Texas and serves as a Trustee on the ACEC Business Insurance Trust. She was ACEC Dallas President from 2011-2012, and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Dallas Branch President from 2009-2010.
Rachel also currently serves on the Texas A&M University Civil Engineering Advisory Council and Engineering Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, and since 2013 has served on the Urban Design Peer Review Panel for the City of Dallas. In 2015 Rachel was awarded the national Civil Engineer Entrepreneur of the Year from the American Society of Civil Engineers and in 2001 was honored as the Texas Society of Professional Engineers Dallas Chapter Young Engineer of the Year. A fifth generation Texan, Rachel has lived in Dallas with her husband David for over 25 years and they have two children.