Luke Nelson, PE

Managing Principal, Austin Office

Luke builds strong bonds with staff and clients alike, demonstrating his enthusiasm, commitment and positivity in his approach to life and work.   Luke has worked on a wide variety of prominent structures, including significant projects well over $100M in size. Early in his career, he was the Lead Design Engineer for the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, and since then has served as Project Manager and Engineer-of-Record for many of Datum’s institutional projects. These include UT Dell Medical School Health Transformation Building and Health Center garage, the Austin Central Library, the UT East Campus parking garage, and now the Austin State Hospital overhaul. Clients appreciate his can-do attitude and team success approach. He leads with gusto both inside and outside the firm in his role as Managing Principal of the Austin office.

He received his bachelor’s in civil engineering from The University of Tennessee, and his master’s in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.



Why do you work at Datum?

"I work at Datum because of the people, the projects, and the culture.  When I was looking for my first full-time job after graduation, I noted the high percentage of senior staff who started their careers at Datum.  And now 15 years later, despite some retirements & changes in leadership, this theme still holds true.  Many of the structures we design are challenging from a technical perspective - which I enjoy - but my real fulfillment comes from closely collaborating with talented architects, on interesting buildings that are shaping their community and the world with what goes on inside.  Datum embraces a "One Company" culture where knowledge & resources are openly shared, and all employees are respected, empowered, and rewarded."