STEM Professional of the week

Dennis E. Garcia      
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dennis E. Garcia is passionate about his career and team, which is evident throughout his 23 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "I love what I do and dig the people I work with," is how he describes his time with the Corps and it continues to be the motivation behind his well appreciated dedication and leadership.

Dennis started his career with USACE as an engineering Intern and shortly thereafter graduated to Structural Engineer, where he designed aircraft hangars, flight simulator buildings and various base facilities. Seven years later, he began working on the water management side as an Engineer in the Operations Division's Reservoir Control Branch. Dennis is a registered Professional Engineer and is currently the Chief, Reservoir Control Branch, where he oversees the District's water management team and administers flood and water operations to the district and field projects located throughout New Mexico and Colorado. Dennis also manages the District's Geographic Information System.

One to rise to the call in times of national emergencies, Dennis consistently demonstrates selfless-service and volunteerism to support the Corps response. Both as a volunteer on the ground after Hurricane Katrina, and later when he served as the Acting Reservoir Controls Branch Chief, so the assigned chief could deploy in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, Dennis' willingness to be a team player and give back to the community is impressive.

Born and raised in the village of Tierra Amarilla in northern New Mexico, Dennis gives back to his community by serving as a Science Fair Judge for various middle and high schools. He volunteers regularly at State Fairs to represent and tell the Corps story to the public he serves. He is proud of his organization and mission and imparts his passion to the young people who are influenced to develop themselves and pursue technical careers. As an ambassador for USACE and ardent supporter of STEM activities, Dennis is humbled by the brilliancy of the students he works with and realizes that our future generation of scientists and engineers is full of promise. At the end of his career, Dennis wishes to be remembered for his work ethic, integrity, fairness, and expertise in his field of study that he applies to every task, every project and every issue whose responsibility was placed in his trust.

He earned his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Dennis Garcia was honored by Great Minds in STEM with a 2013 Luminary Award.

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