Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Three alums, current student from Dotterweich College of Engineering Receive Recognition from Texas Society of Professional Engineers

KINGSVILLE - March 09, 2012

Contact: Adriana Garza
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

          Javelina engineers from the Frank H. Dottwerweich College of Engineering at  Texas A&M University-Kingsville earned top honors from the Nueces County Chapter of the Texas Society for Professional Engineers (TSPE).

          Two alums and a current civil engineering major received all three annual professional engineer awards during the 61st Anniversary-TSPE Nueces Chapter Engineers Week Banquet in February. Leonardo Garcia, a civil engineering senior, earned the Student Engineer of the Year award, while father and son Vincent Deases and Steven Deases, respectively, earned the Engineer of the Year and Young Engineer of the Year awards. All three received their awards during the Nueces County Engineers Week Banquet. Additionally, Jayce Mathews, a chemical engineering alumnus, received the Young Engineer of the Year award from the Houston Chapter of the TSPE. 

            Garcia, a Brownsville native, graduated in the top 10 percent of his class from James Pace High School in 2004. After originally enrolling in another school and then serving a two-year mission trip, Garcia transferred to A&M-Kingsville.

            “I applied to and got accepted into several other schools,” Garcia said. “But, I’d always heard good things about the program at A&M-Kingsville, especially from alumni, and I really wanted to go to the nearest accredited school.”

            Just months from graduation, Garcia said the hands-on experience he has received at A&M-Kingsville and the self-marketing skills he has learned from the faculty have proven invaluable. He has further honed his skills through internships with SpawGlass contractors and Keppel AmFELS.

            Garcia, a 25-year-old husband and father of two, hopes to pursue a career in offshore structures and concrete design after graduation, and already has several prospective job offers.

            Steven Deases graduated from A&M-Kingsville with a degree in electrical engineering. He currently serves as the plant electrical engineer and business development manager at Bradleys’ Inc., which specializes in large electric motor solutions and precision CNC machining and manufacturing.

            A native of Corpus Christi, Steven Deases is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and owns and operates Ace Stevens LLC, which provides a wide-range of consulting services in engineering, business and entertainment. In addition to his career success, Steven Deases is an active member of the Coastal Bend community, volunteering his time to various community-wide efforts, including the Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend, the City of Corpus Christi Electrical Advisory Board and the Flint Hills Resources Community Action Council. He is also a member of the Dotterweich College of Engineering Advisory Council.

            Vincent Deases is a 1971 graduate of the electrical engineering program at A&M-Kingsville. A registered professional engineer, he currently serves as a principal engineer at American Electric Power (AEP), working in the Customer Services & Marketing Department, where he works closely with refineries, chemical plants, the Port of Corpus Christi and the Unites States Navy. During his more than 40 years working with AEP/CSW/CPL, Vincent Deases has served in a variety of roles. In 2006, AEP Chief Executive Office Mike Morris presented him with the Key Contributor Award. 

            His community service work includes active involvement in the Nueces County Chapter of the TSPE. He is currently the director of the local Society of American Military Engineers and chairman of the Corpus Christi Alliance for Minorities in Engineering.

           Mathews, who graduated from A&M-Kingsville in 2005 with a master’s degree in chemical engineering, currently works as a process engineer at KBR in Houston. There, he is responsible for the design of refineries and petrochemical plants across the globe. While at A&M-Kingsville, he served as a member of the Graduate Council, where he was a representative of international students.

          Mathews is a senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), where he currently serves as director for the Fuels & Petrochemicals Division. He recently served as the young professionals chair for the South Texas Section (STS) of AIChE, where he launched several new initiatives to benefit young chemical engineers in the Greater Houston region, and also worked on expanding industry-academia relationship by encouraging student participation at AIChE events.            

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