Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Student Named Engineering Student of the Year by Local Chapter of Professional Engineering Organization

KINGSVILLE - March 10, 2014

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


Jina Balogh started college at a large university alongside more than 50,000 other students. It did not take the Brownsville native long to realize the crowded classes taught by faculty who may not remember her name was not the right fit for her.

            With dreams of becoming an engineer, Balogh knew A&M-Kingsville could be the key to her future. She transferred to A&M-Kingsville and immediately felt at home.

            “I fell in love with campus,” Balogh said. “All of the professors are great, the hands-on learning is better suited to my style of learning, and all of my professors know my name. I feel very comfortable here and that makes a world of difference.”

             Balogh—a stand-out senior majoring in civil engineering—was recently recognized for her outstanding efforts by the Nueces County Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers as its Student Engineer of the Year.

            “I feel so honored by this award,” Balogh said. “It makes you feel all the work you’re doing is seen and appreciated. It is humbling and wonderful.”

            Balogh, a member of the A&M-Kingsville Honors College, is Vice President of the TAMUK Society of Women Engineers, and is a student mentor to engineering majors.

            Dr. Breanna Bailey, Associate Dean of the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at A&M-Kingsville, said Balogh is a dedicated and ambitious student who always finds time to give back to her college and fellow students.

            “Whatever she does, she does whole-heartedly and well.  I am proud to have her represent our program,” Bailey said.

            As a student researcher, Balogh has gained valuable experience in design and engineering. She has further honed her skills during three internships—one for every summer of her undergraduate years—made possible through her Ciencia Scholarship with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health & Merck Pharmaceuticals.  When she graduates in May, Balogh is expected to begin working as an Assistant Structural Engineer with Burns & McDonnell—a well-respected, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm in Houston, Texas.         
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