National U.S. Corps of Engineers Award
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.
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.”
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.
was born in Brownsville and lived briefly in Monterrey, Mexico before attending
Brownsville schools and graduating in 1998 from Lopez High School.
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
has memories growing up riding his bicycle and playing baseball with other Southmost
neighborhood children and visiting Isla Blanca Park.
favorite place to eat in Brownsville is Yolys,” said Irigoyen. “I am a big fan
of their tacos.”
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.
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
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.