A&M-Kingsville Senior Selected as Student Engineer of the Year by Local Chapter of Professional Engineering Organization
KINGSVILLE - March 07, 2011
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For Texas A&M University-Kingsville civil engineering major Andy Vigstol, engineering seemed like a natural choice of major after years of working as a surveyor.
After the Texas State Technical College transfer student attended the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering’s two-week long Maymester program for transfer students, Vigstol had no doubt where he wanted to accomplish his dreams.
“During those two weeks, transfer students come in and they do research and there was this little presentation about the university at the end of it, and that’s what sold me on Texas A&M-Kingsville,” Vigstol said.
In February, Vigstol’s dedication to his engineering studies at A&M-Kingsville earned him recognition from the Nueces County chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), who named Vigstol the 2011 Student Engineer of the Year. Vigstol’s award marks the second consecutive award from the Nueces County TSPE chapter to an A&M-Kingsville engineering students.
“It is a great honor,” Vigstol said. “I’ve received a lot of recognition and it certainly put me in contact with employers in the Corpus Christi area,” Vigstol said, adding that he had the opportunity to meet with several potential future employers during the TSPE awards banquet. “Just being recognized was nice for all the hard work I’ve done through college.”
Vigstol credits the faculty in the Dotterweich College of Engineering with helping to pursue his dreams.
“The faculty is phenomenal,” Vigstol said. “They do an amazing job. They do everything they can to give their students the tools they need to succeed as an engineer.”
Dr. Pat Leelani, professor of civil and architectural engineering at A&M-Kingsville, was one of several engineering faculty members who provided Vigstol with strong recommendations for the award.
“Andy displays dedication and conscientiousness toward all his learning activities,” Leelani said. “He has a pleasant personality, high self-esteem and is always showing a willingness to learn. His ability to quickly grasp and understand project specifications is rare and unique. His working attitude is to be admired, in that he always is on time and works late, long hours,” he said.
Vigstol, a native of Harlingen, is expected to graduate in May. He plans to become an engineer-in-training—the first step toward becoming licensed as a professional engineer—in the South Texas area.
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