Javelina Engineering Student, Alumni Honored by Nueces County Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers

KINGSVILLE - March 10, 2015

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


For Texas A&M University-Kingsville civil engineering major Thomas Waclawczyk, engineering seemed like a natural choice of major to compliment his love of math and large scale design.

          The two-time, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” student said that studying at A&M- Kingsville was a natural choice.

          “I knew Texas A&M-Kingsville was a great school for engineering and while on my tour I heard seagulls overhead. I have always loved the water so I was hooked when I heard the seagulls,” he said

          Last month, Waclawczyk’s dedication to his engineering studies at A&M-Kingsville earned him the title of “Student Engineer of the Year” from the Nueces County chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineering (TSPE).

          “I am extremely honored,” Waclawczyk said. “In my opinion, many of my classmates should have received this award over me, but I was grateful for the opportunity and honored to receive the award.”

          Waclawczyk credits supportive professors, family, former bosses and coworkers for his continued success.

         “Family, friends, professors, coworkers, that person you stand in line with at the grocery store; every relationship I have ever had has shaped me into the person I am today,” Waclawczyk said.

        Waclawczyk, a native of Poth, is expected to graduate in May. He plans to enlist in the U.S. Navy after graduation, and hopes to one day return to Kingsville for flight school.

         “A few weeks ago I was working for a great civil engineering company, but I recently received word that I was selected to become a pilot for the Navy. After graduation, I will begin my training and hopefully in a couple of years I will be able to fly over Kingsville knowing that it all started here and I am making my supporters proud,” he said.

         Javelina alumna Melanie Gavlik, also received recognition by the Nueces County chapter of TSPE. Gavlik recieved the “Young Engineer Award”. She works as a Project Engineer for Naismith Engineering Inc. of Corpus Christi.

         “Receiving an award is always humbling, but being recognized for your work by your peers is really special,” she said. “I’ve been so blessed to have started and continue my career with a company that has not only provided me with excellent mentors and opportunities but also encourages involvement with organizations like ASCE and TSPE.  The support of my family, friends, and collogues has motivated me to strive for success, and I am honored to be recognized and join the list of those who’ve received this award before me.”