Governor Gary R. Herbert appointed Mr. Braceras executive director of the Utah DOT in May 2013. Prior to this Mr. Braceras served as UDOT's deputy director and chief engineer for 12 years and prior to that as the director of Region 3. Mr. Braceras also worked on the Legacy Parkway/I-15 North Project, where he was responsible for development of the environmental documents, design-build contracts and construction of both facilities. Since joining UDOT in 1986, Mr. Braceras has served as the chief geotechnical engineer, the chief value engineer and the Region 2 roadway design engineer.
In 1998, he was named "State of Utah Governor's Manager of the Year" and received the "UDOT Leader of the Year" award.
At AASHTO, Braceras currently also serves as the chair of the Subcommittee on Maintenance and is a member of four other committees. He is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the AASHTO Center of Environmental Excellence. He also serves as a member of the Steering Committee on Context Sensitive Design.
Prior to joining UDOT, Braceras received a bachelor's degree in geology from the University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Utah.