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What inspired me to become an engineer

DALLAS—Growing up, I didn't really have a family member or role model that influenced me to pursue an engineering degree. I was blessed with wonderful parents that stressed education and I inherited their math genes. I was most inspired by my 8th grade math teacher, Ms. JoAnne Perpich who saw I had a talent and encouraged me to make the most of it. It was the power of the positive feedback I received at a young age that led me to pursue not only solving math problems, but later engineering problems and organization effectiveness challenges. One of the greatest things we can do as parents, teachers, mentors, and adults is, if we see children with a talent for STEM, then praise them and encourage them! [Read More]
Published: Feb-22-17

What inspired me to become an engineer

DALLAS—Growing up, I didn't really have a family member or role model that influenced me to pursue an engineering degree. I was blessed with wonderful parents that stressed education and I inherited their math genes. I was most inspired by my 8th grade math teacher, Ms. JoAnne Perpich who saw I had a talent and encouraged me to make the most of it. It was the power of the positive feedback I received at a young age that led me to pursue not only solving math problems, but later engineering problems and organization effectiveness challenges. One of the greatest things we can do as parents, teachers, mentors, and adults is, if we see children with a talent for STEM, then praise them and encourage them! [Read More]
Published: Feb-22-17

SWD Black History Month Spotlight: Ernest Burford

New Orleans, Louisiana native Ernest Burford serves as Assistant Division Counsel for the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Dallas, Texas, a position he’s held since 2009. [Read More]
Published: Feb-22-17

Engineer Week Spotlight: Miles Waldron

Engineer Week Spotlight: Miles Waldron is an Electrical Engineer with the Southwestern Division’s Operations and Regulatory Branch. He started working for the Corps in 1987. Before working for SWD he worked in the Mobile District as an Operations Project Manager, overseeing Carters Lake, and in the Little Rock District as a Hydropower Superintendent over Bull Shoals and Norfork powerhouses. [Read More]
Published: Feb-22-17

SWD Black History Month Spotlight: Dyron Jolly

Dyron Jolly serves as a human resource specialist in the Southwestern Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Dallas, Texas, a position he’s held since May 2008. In this position, he is responsible for assisting the director of human resources in establishing and managing a comprehensive civilian human resources program and providing staff advisory and consultant services to the division commander, district commanders, subordinate district offices and all organizational elements. [Read More]
Published: Feb-21-17

SWD Black History Month Spotlight: Frederick Olison

Born in Selma, Alabama in 1964, Olison shared his mother’s experience as a protester in his hometown. During a peaceful protest, police were called in to disperse the crowd. As the clash escalated and protesters ran for safety, Olison’s mother fell. As a mounted officer was about to strike her with a cattle prod, he realized she was pregnant and chose not to and let her go. The knowledge of that event has led Olison to a call to service and give back to his church, community and nation as a military and civil service member. [Read More]
Published: Feb-21-17

Statement Regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Army informed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Energy Transfer Partners, and Dakota Access, LLC, that it has completed the review that it launched on September 9, 2016. The Army has determined that additional discussion and analysis are warranted in light of the history of the Great Sioux Nation’s dispossessions of lands, the importance of Lake Oahe to the Tribe, our government-to-government relationship, and the statute governing easements through government property. [Read More]
Published: Nov-14-16

Army Corps of Engineers waives day use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day

DALLAS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11. [Read More]
Published: Nov-02-16

SWD Command Week highlights organizational culture

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division met for its biannual Command Week at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma from Oct. 17 to Oct. 20, 2016. [Read More]
Published: Oct-25-16

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers launches second year of Every Kid in a Park program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today it will continue its support of President Obama’s initiative Every Kid in a Park pass program, which officially begins its second year today. Launched last year, the initiative gives fourth grade students and their families free access to federal lands and waters as well as some state parks for a full school year. [Read More]
Published: Sep-23-16
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