Governor Abbott names Beaumont engineer chair of state board




  • Sina Nejad, D.Eng, P.E.
    Sina Nejad, D.Eng, P.E.

Governor Greg Abbott announced Jan. 10 that he has reappointed Beaumont engineer Dr. Sina Nejad to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for a term set to expire on September 26, 2025, and named Nejad chair of the board.

The Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors licenses qualified engineers and land surveyors and regulates the practice of professional engineering and professional land surveying.

Nejad is the president of Sigma Engineers Inc., and received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Engineering from Lamar University in Beaumont. He is a structural engineer licensed to practice engineering in Texas and the Province of Alberta, Canada, and an excepted engineer approved to engage in the practice of architecture in Texas.

Nejad is a member of numerous Texas and national professional societies, including a charter member of the Structural Engineering Institute, founding member of the Architectural Engineering Institute and president of the Sabine Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He was named the Engineer of the Year in 2008. He is member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers and a founding member of the Architectural Engineering Institute. Nejad is also an advisory board member of St. Elizabeth Hospital, director and past president of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and a trustee and past president of the Lamar University Foundation.

Additionally, Nejad's community involvement includes serving as the chairman of both Planning and Zoning Commission and the Building Code Board of Adjustment & Appeals for the City of Beaumont, and as a member of the Lamar University Civil Engineering Advisory Council. He is past president and a board member of the Anayat House, a member of the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, and he was named Small Business Person of the Year 2004 by the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

Nejad is married to Soheila Nejad, who is the acting CFO of their company. They have two children: Layla, who is a science student at the University of Texas in Austin, and Amir, who is studying at the University of Texas Dallas.