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Three Civil Engineering Alumni Receive Achievement Awards

March 8, 2005

Three Civil and Environmental Engineering graduates from The University of Texas at Arlington - Gary K. Trietsch, Jennifer Hutchinson and Scott Berman - were recently honored by various Texas chapters of professional engineering societies for their outstanding achievements.

Gary K. Trietsch, P.E. was named Engineer of the Year by the Houston chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1970 and a master’s in 1974. Mr. Trietsch joined the Texas Department of Transportation, where he had held summer jobs. He started in the Fort Worth district office, moved to the Austin District office and later became its director, and is currently the district engineer in Houston, TxDOT’s largest district. Some of his projects include the rebuilding of an elevated section of I-45 in downtown Houston, the removal of the Baytown Tunnel and the rebuilding of the Galveston Causeway. He currently leads the $2.4 billion project to rebuild a 23-mile section of I-30. “The engineering foundation provided to me at UTA not only got me off to a good start, it has also helped me throughout my career,” Trietsch said.

Jennifer Hutchinson, P.E. was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Dallas chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. Ms. Hutchison received a bachelor’s degree in December of 1999 and began working full time for Halff Associates in Dallas, where she had been an intern. In 2001, Ms. Hutchinson joined Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, where she is a Senior Project Manager over both public works and private development projects, including designing the Commerce City Hall, Police and Fire Station; two new Dallas Independent School District Elementary Schools; two senior living facilities; high-rise apartment living in Dallas; and the first stand-alone Hummer dealership in Texas.

Scott Berman was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Fort Worth Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Mr. Berman received a bachelor’s degree in December 2001 and joined Halff Associates in Fort Worth, where he has served as a hydraulic engineer and project engineer. He specializes in storm water and drainage master plans, flood-plain determination and reclamation, and stream erosion control and restoration. Mr. Berman is well-known for his volunteer efforts with a variety of community organizations and is a frequent speaker to freshman engineering classes at UTA.