Dennis W. Petersen

Dennis W. Petersen, PE

PRESIDENT 713.821.2100


Mr. Petersen is president of LEO A DALY. He joins us from our subsidiary, LAN, where he started in 1980 as a project engineer, and was named president and CEO in 1997.

Under his results-oriented leadership, LAN managed such major projects as Houston Surface Water Transmission Program, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Light Rail, NFL Texans Reliant Stadium (in association), San Antonio Aquifer Storage and Recovery Pipeline, Houston Hobby Airport Redevelopment and a 75-Mile Corridor Study for I-69. These and other critical projects in transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, and research and development benefited from Mr. Petersen’s technical expertise and his proven ability to focus a vast network of resources on achieving a specific goal.

In addition to his professional commitments, Mr. Petersen has a strong interest in community service and is active in many local associations. As past chair of the Clear Lake Economic Development Foundation, he implemented a strategic planning process focused on strengthening the Foundation's direction and relationships with local governments, municipalities, and area agencies. Mr. Petersen led a recent major reorganization and redevelopment effort as chair of the North Houston Association – a regional business organization – and continues to serve on the executive committee of both organizations as well as the executive committee of the Design Professionals Coalition.

Mr. Petersen contributes his time to the University of Houston-Cullen College of Engineering leadership board to help gain well deserved recognition for the College and to guide graduates in preparing for the workforce. As a member of the Texas Space Leadership Council, he works with honorary chair Governor Rick Perry to promote and integrate new space technology.

Other board service includes the Greater Houston Partnership Government Relations Advisory Committee and Chair of the Texas Council of Engineering Companies (TCEC). Mr. Petersen served as past chair of the State Legislative Committee of the TCEC.

In recognition of his expertise and leadership, several mayors and county commissioners have appointed Mr. Petersen to serve on transition teams charged with bringing the newly elected officials up to speed on current conditions and chart improvements and initiatives for the future in infrastructure and transportation.


Master of Business Administration, Business Administration, University of Houston

Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering, University of Houston


American Management Association (AMA)

Design Professionals Coalition (GCP)

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Texas Council of Engineering Councils (TCEC)

Urban Land Institute (ULI)