Luke Nelson, 



Luke is a Principal at Datum. He joined our firm in 2003 and has since then worked on a wide variety of structures, ranging from high-end residences to $200-million projects. His project experience includes the UT Engineering Education and Research Center, the city of Austin's Central Library, Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, St. Edward’s Natural Sciences Facility, and Lake Travis’ high school and middle school.

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.