U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Fort Worth District’s Civil Engineer receives ‘Great Minds in STEM’ Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Awards Cooperation Luminary Award

Published Sept. 3, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth District Civil Engineer Rebecca Ward will receive a Hispanic Engineers National Achievement Award Cooperation’s Luminary award at the organizations 25th Anniversary Great Minds in STEM Conference, Oct. 3-5 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Ward, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Office Engineer/Facilities Assessment Trainer from the Lackland Medical Area Office on Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland was recognized as one of several Hispanic professionals in science, technology, engineering and math as well as for her significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community.  

Ward is considered not only an exceptional engineer but is also recognized as role model for students from grade school to college for her STEM outreach efforts in and around the San Antonio area.   

“Rebecca’s receiving this prestigious national award is huge because not only is she a top engineer, but she is also a role model to students as she mentors and educates these future engineers and scientists through her outreach efforts,” said Col. Charles Klinge, commander, Fort Worth District. 

Ward, a four year Corps employee was the very first graduate from the University of Incarnate Word Engineering program, earning her engineering degree in 2006 when she returned to college as an adult and a mom, and her career has continued to progress.  

“I went back to school because of, not in spite of my children and I thought if ‘I’m going to ask you to go to college and do something with your life, I’d better lead by example,’” said Ward. 


About the Fort Worth District: The Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was established in 1950. The District is responsible for water resources development in two-thirds of Texas, and design and construction at military installations in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico.  Visit the Fort Worth District website at: www.swf.usace.army.mil and SWF Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fort-Worth-District-US-Army-Corps-of-Engineers/188083711219308

Rhonda Paige

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