Byron D. Williams serves as the acting deputy district engineer for Programs and Project Management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, a position he assumed September 2020.
A 24-year Corps veteran, Williams currently oversees concept to delivery of projects and services in an area spanning 50,000 square miles of the Texas coast from Louisiana to Mexico, encompassing 16 congressional districts. He oversees programs valued at approximately $550 million annually to advance navigation economics that are vital to the nation; manage coastal risk reduction; restore unique and significant coastal ecosystems; and support regulatory functions, emergency operations, military construction and international and interagency services mission areas. He leads a $4.5 billion program of feasibility studies, assessments, and construction projects under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 for reducing flood risks in Texas on America’s Energy Coast. He also supports a $650 million Border Infrastructure engineering and construction program in the Rio Grande Valley.
Williams has served as the Chief of Project Management in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District since December of 2016. His background consists of extensive experience within Corps of Engineers ranging from quality assurance/quality construction field engineer, planning lead, continuing authorities program manager, senior project manager and his current position as the acting deputy district engineer for programs and project management. During his tenure in project management, he was responsible for construction completion of several projects relating to navigation, estuary, and ecosystem restoration. His feasibility management includes projects sponsored with the Port of Houston, which is the second largest port in the United States, and the completion of three Chief’s Reports; the largest being a $1.2 Billion effort on the Sabine Neches Waterway. His most recent duties as chief of project management, included the efficient and effective coordination and accomplishment of the planning, scope, development, design, construction, and direction of all major projects within the assigned programs in Galveston’s Programs Civil Works and International and Interagency Support.
Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Southern University in 1995. His career path led him through planning and project management to his current position. He is a Certified Project Management Professional, graduate of Army Management Staff College, and a strong believer in the service the Corps provides to the Nation. He is also a small college and Texas High School Basketball referee. He enjoys most sports, but it most passionate about New Orleans Saints and LSU Football. He has two kids (12th grade and college Junior) and spends most days at home doing yard work and catching up on recorded shows with his wife.