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Alumnus Ken Hall Has Renewed His Connection to UTA

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ken Hall (’86, BS, Civil Engineering) chose UTA because it offered the best engineering program at the lowest cost in Texas. He learned valuable skills that he has applied to his career at CH2M, where he is a vice president.

Ken HallHall decided to major in civil engineering because it was the discipline that offered the best chance for him to go outside at work. He joined the ASCE student chapter, where he received guidance from upperclassmen and eventually became the organization’s president and led the concrete canoe team. He also served as vice president of the Chi Epsilon honor society.

“My involvement in student organizations was a great opportunity because I was able to work with Dr. Clinton Parker, who was the department chair then. I also learned to speak in front of groups and engage others. I learned to organize and present my ideas and to lead teams to common goals. These are all skills that are valuable in life,” Hall said.  

After graduating from UTA with high honors in 1986, Hall was a project engineer for Everage, Smith, Farrington for nearly two years before deciding to pursue his master’s degree in water resource engineering at UT Austin. From there, he went on to work for CH2M in Atlanta for 12 years, went to Earthlink in 2000 to manage the broadband fulfillment group and set up a project management office, then went back to manage CH2M’s Austin office in 2002. He is now based in Fort Worth.

Since moving back to North Texas, he has revived his relationship with UTA as an engineering mentor, a substitute lecturer, and a donor. He has seen several former classmates and enjoys reconnecting with them, and he visits campus for Maverick Speaker Series lectures and other special events. 

Hall contributes to civil engineering scholarships at UTA each year, and he is also a mentor through the College of Engineering mentorship program, which pairs professionals with senior students to answer questions and help them prepare for the future.

“I got to a point in life where I wanted to give back. I do that financially each year, but it’s also important for alumni to advocate for their university. I also like to help current students prepare for their careers. I’m on my second mentee, and it has been rewarding,” Hall said.

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