STEM Professional of the week

Eduardo Irigoyen      
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Eduardo Irigoyen is a Construction Project Manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). A valuable member of the engineer cadre, he renders exceptional and sustained support to the Army and Nation while performing his challenging civilian assignments in the Galveston District.

Eduardo was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised by his single mother who taught him the importance of hard work, supported his decisions, and always made time to ensure he was able to participate in extracurricular activities. Loving math and solving puzzles at a very young age, Eduardo decided at 14 that he would one day become an engineer. That goal was realized in 2004 when he graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville as a mechanical engineer.

After graduating from college, Eduardo began working for PMC Solutions, a process and project management firm based in Albuquerque, NM. The company had a contract with the USACE Galveston District, providing them with project management support. In 2006, he took the opportunity to work internally for USACE doing the same job for the Galveston District's Program Branch. Since then, he has been in the Construction Branch as a Construction Manager, and also participated in a 120 day temporary assignment as an Operations Program Manager.

As a Construction Manager, Eduardo works on various projects including the Beach Re-nourishment contract and the Corpus Christi Channel La Quinta Extension. The yearly Beach Re-nourishment contract in South Padre Island TX, helps reduce storm surge, prevents coastal erosion and provides a beautiful beach for the local community and visiting tourists to enjoy year round. This $4M project requires the removal of approximately 300,000 cubic yards of dredge material. The La Quinta Ship Channel Extension is an ongoing project that includes the dredging of 6.6 million cubic yards of soil to create a navigation channel. The dredged soil will be used to construct over three miles of submerged and emergent perimeter levees to create a 200 acre beneficial use site for erosion protection and habitat creation. Completion of this contract will also open a 1,000 acre area for future dockside development in the area.

Eduardo's outstanding technical achievements and engineering expertise coupled with his positive can-do attitude and willingness to help others achieve their goals reflects his commitment to not only the engineering profession but to his dedication to community service. Eduardo is a vital member of the USACE Galveston District's Pacesetter Team and is instrumental in the execution of the Galveston District's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Awareness Program; an aggressive community outreach and public information campaign which seeks to build relationships between district employees and underrepresented middle and high school students to encourage an interest in STEM courses and pursuit of engineering and science career fields. This campaign included partnering with Great Minds in STEM since 2008 for the delivery of a STEM Awareness Program at The Rice School in the Houston Independent School District; as well as the coordination of more than 35 events as part of the district's Corps in the Classroom Program, among others.

Eduardo is happily married to the love of his life Maria who he met in his high school band class. Together they have three wonderful children. In his spare time Eduardo enjoys playing softball, golf, running and cheering on his favorite NFL football team, the Dallas Cowboys.

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