STEM Professional of the week

Rebecca Ward      
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

As the Lead Office Engineer of the Contract Administration Branch for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Fort Worth District, Rebecca Ward provides technical contract expertise in the issuance and execu¬tion of contract modifications while providing guidance to compliance and policy. Working at the Lackland Medical Area Office, she directs and mentors engineers, contract specialists and administrative staff, adminis¬tering the $280M Ambulatory Care Center contract. Since beginning her career with the Corps, Rebecca has delivered an exceptional and sustained support to the Army and nation while serving in numerous, challenging civilian assignments of increasing responsibility in the USACE , Military Programs. Rebecca worked on the Airmen Training Complex and the Defense Courier Service Facility and is an Instructor for Facility Condition Assessment FCA for Department of Defense's occupied assets. She continually seeks out opportunities to bring new work in for the Corps and has recently created a new partnership with the military medical community that will support the organization during times of project decline.

The management and initiation of million dollar projects has been widely recognized by Rebecca’s colleagues , and so has her professionalism, strong moral character and positive can-do attitude, which have made her the ideal role model for outreach programs she has participated in. Rebecca's unwavering enthusiasm, intelligence, and support for community and the youth is inspiring. She is a volunteer Project Manager for the Fort Worth District Project for the USACE STEM Awareness program, where she coordinates annual STEM workshops the District conducts with Great Minds in STEM™. Rebecca also focuses her attention mentoring and encouraging Hispanic students to pursue careers in science, engineering and mathematics and works closely with young women to educate them on overcoming obstacles, communicating solutions and the importance of having a healthy image. Rebecca is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for University of the Incarnate Word Engineering Department. She is also a member of the PUENTE mentoring program at Palo Alto Community College in San Antonio, TX. Rebecca's work has been celebrated by her peers, she received the Commander Award for Civilian Service from AMEDD C&S and numerous Commanders Coins in Excellence for her work with STEM and for her work with FCA. She was also awarded a Coin of excellence in Safety.

Always upbeat and confident, Rebecca has earned the respect of her colleagues in a male-dominated field. She's both friendly and direct with a clear command of her domain. A single mother of two, Rebecca worked full time throughout college, often wondering how she would make it through. Acknowledging that the stress was sometimes unbearable, she worked hard and earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas becoming the first graduate of that program. Rebecca was honored with a Military Luminary award by Great Minds in STEM™ in 2013.

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