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Mr. Burkett served 25 years at TxDOT – the majority of his career as a Senior Lighting Engineer. He Chaired on the AASHTO committee, the NTCIP committee, and on the illuminating Engineering Society N.A. Section.

He has developed and written policy, design guidelines, design standards and specifications for outdoor lighting systems. He specializes in lighting, Intelligent Transportation Systems, and Electrical Engineering.

He co-founded the engineering firm MBITS-Group with Ramon Maldonado.


September 1997 to 1998 – Karl A. Burkett and Associates, Inc.

A Lighting and Electrical Engineering consulting company. We perform lighting and electrical engineering design work, develop training courses, and provide expert opinions to legal professionals.

May ’85 to Nov 2004 – Texas Department of Transportation.

Roadway lighting design and secondary electrical distribution design group, Traffic Engineering Section. Senior Lighting Design Engineer since January 1991. Group supervisor since March 1989. My major function is the design guidelines, design standards and specifications for outdoor lighting systems and secondary electrical distribution systems. I am responsible for standard designs, design guidelines, policy development, research supervision, research implementation, and design oversight in accordance with the National Electrical Code, the Texas MUTCD, AASHTO design guidelines and department policies. I write and update design training manuals and training courses.

My position with the Department involved directing, planning, budgeting and managing a group of technical personnel and technical programs. I have represented the Department on numerous public forums including the Texas State Legislature, Committees and Sub-committees of AASHTO, and numerous State, national, and international conferences as a guest speaker. I provided affidavits, expert opinions, and depositions on numerous lighting and electrical matters.

July 1980 to May 1985 – Texas Department of Transportation.

Building Maintenance Section. I became supervisor in April of 1984. I supervised HVAC and electrical personnel engaged in the maintenance of a large office complex (300,000+ sq. ft.) including a large main-frame computer facility equipped with 400 Hz. Power generation equipment.

June 1974 to May 1980 – US Navy.

Nuclear Power Plant Electrical Operator and Interior Communications Electrician. I reached the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. Majority of duty was in the Submarine Service on board the USS George Bancroft (SSBN 643). Honorably discharged.


BSEE University of Texas at Austin, 1988.

Many management development courses, technical continuing education courses and military education; list of courses available upon request.

Graduated from Westlake High School, Austin, Texas 1974.

Professional Memberships, Societies, and Committees:

Registered Professional Engineer in Texas, License No. 68910.

Past Chairman, American Association of State Highway Transportation Official’s (AASHTO) Task Force for Highway Lighting

Past Chairman, AASHTO/NEMA/ITE/NTCIP Electrical and Lighting Management Systems (ELMS) Work Group

Past Chairman, Electrical and Lighting Management Systems (ELMS) Subcommittee of IESNA

Co-Chairman Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)/AASHTO International Scan of Highway Lighting Technologies. (April 2000)

Past President, Texas Capitol Section, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)

Member, Roadway Lighting Committee, Standard Practice Subcommittee, Interchange Subcommittee, and Tunnel Lighting Subcommittee of IESNA

Past Member, National Academy of Sciences, Panel of lighting experts. (Two projects: Sign Visibility, and Lighting for Work Zones and Roadways in Construction Areas.)

Director of the following State funded research projects:

  • Evaluation of Roadway Lighting Systems Designed by Small Target Visibility Methods
  • Fiber Optic Applications for Traffic Signals and Roadway Illumination Systems
  • Evaluation of Structural Strength Characteristics for Light Pole Transformer Bases
  • Tightening Procedures for Large-Diameter Anchor Bolts
  • Preliminary Analysis of Transformer Bases
  • Development of Iso-Footcandle Curves for Highway Lighting
  • Development of Automated Illumination Test Equipment
  • Wind Loading: High Mast Area Floodlights


Co-author of the final report for Texas Tech University Research Project 1704. (not yet officially published) entitled “Evaluation of Roadway Lighting Systems Designed by Small Target Visibility Methods” with Gransburg, et al., 1999

Co-author of TxDOT Traffic Operations Manual, Highway Illumination Volume, April 1995, and revision 2003