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Alumnus Receives National U.S. Corps of Engineers Award

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – JUNE 25, 2013 A graduate of The University of Texas at Brownsville was recently named the national Ronald J. Ruffennach Communicator of the Year by the U.S. Corps of Engineers.
Eduardo Irigoyen
UTB alumnus Eduardo Irigoyen, a construction manager for the U.S. Corps of Engineers in Galveston, was recently awarded the Ronald J. Ruffennach Communicator of the Year.
Eduardo Irigoyen, 33, a native of Brownsville and now a resident of League City, Texas is a Construction Manager for the Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Construction Branch in Galveston and has worked full-time for the agency since fall 2006. He works with the design and implementation of dredging projects for navigation channels from Matagorda Bay to the Rio Grande on the Texas coast.
“My most memorable job was the beach renourishment on South Padre Island,” said Irigoyen. “It was nice to be of a mission that restored segments of the beaches that I went to as a kid. The beach renourishment efforts help storm surge, prevent coastal erosion and provided a beautiful beach for the locals and tourists.”
Irigoyen was honored for his more than 200 hours of volunteer work the past year with the Corps of Engineers’ Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Program. The non-profit program focuses on generating interest in Hispanics to take these kinds of classes and pursue the career fields.
“Through this program, I get to inform kids, parents and teachers of all the possibilities that are out there by choosing a STEM field and I also get to mentor future engineers and teach them how to succeed in college,” he said.
Irigoyen was born in Brownsville and lived briefly in Monterrey, Mexico before attending Brownsville schools and graduating in 1998 from Lopez High School.
“I was always good with math and enjoyed science,” he said. “As a kid I always enjoyed doing puzzles and was always curious about discovering how things worked.”
He has memories growing up riding his bicycle and playing baseball with other Southmost neighborhood children and visiting Isla Blanca Park.
“My favorite place to eat in Brownsville is Yolys,” said Irigoyen. “I am a big fan of their tacos.”
He graduated in 2004 from UTB with a bachelor’s degree in engineering physics with a concentration in mechanical engineering. While at the university he was a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
“I liked UTB because it wasn’t too big,” said Irigoyen. “The program was fairly new. I think I was in the program’s second graduating class. I liked the fact the classes were not too big. It was pretty personal with the teachers and the students there.”
After graduation, Irigoyen worked for PMC Solutions, a process and project management firm, which had a contract with the U.S. Corps of Engineers’ Galveston District.


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