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USACE Galveston District’s Employee Spotlight on Tim Clarkin

USACE Galveston District’s Employee Spotlight on Tim Clarkin

GALVESTON, Texas (July 3, 2018) – When you look into Tim Clarkin’s family background, there is no question as to how he ended up in his particular career path. The middle child of nine kids, Clarkin is surrounded by a family of engineers.

“My grandfathers, my father, all my brothers and I, are all engineers of some sort,” said Clarkin “My dad’s dad worked for New England District and was a Dam Tender/Watershed Manager—very much the same position I currently hold.”

Clarkin began his federal career in 2015 as a summer hire working in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering section. The following year, he was a Galveston District intern doing rotations with Hydrology and Hydraulics, Geotech and Structures, Project Operations, Project Management, and the Galveston Area Construction office. In 2017 he accepted a position in Engineering and Construction working in the Hydrology and Hydraulics Branch as hydraulics engineer. However, in the last four months, he has detailed as the Water Control Manager.

“The primary responsibility of my position as Water Control Manager is determining how to operate Addicks, Barker and Wallisville Dams best,” said Clarkin. “In some cases, the decisions for how to operate are easy, and I know how to interpret our Water Control Manual. In others, it takes deliberation and discussion with the other members of the Water Control Team.”

In 2017 when Hurricane Harvey inundated the Houston region with unprecedented rainfall, Clarkin was one of the first in the Emergency Operation Center activated to the Crisis Action Team.

“Tim Clarkin was critical to the Crisis Action Team during Harvey,” said Alicia Rae, Chief of Emergency Operations at the Galveston District. “He provided timely and accurate information which helped facilitate in communications and reporting requirements to higher headquarters regarding daily operations and response efforts.”

With only two years at the Galveston District, Clarkin has already left a mark with his hard work and dedication to his job.

Clarkin has earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Roger Williams University in 2014 and a Master of Science in Civil Systems Engineering / Water Resources from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2016 along with a Certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities (EDC).

In Clarkin’s free time, he and his wife enjoy bird watching, staying active and serving at their church.

USACE Galveston District’s Employee Spotlight on Toniette Addison

GALVESTON, Texas (June 6, 2018) – Toniette (Toni) Addison hadn’t considered a career in engineering until her first year of college when her calculus professor noticed that she had a knack for numbers. He pulled her aside after a test to talk about the possibility of pursing a degree in Engineering.

“I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do and it wasn’t engineering” said Addison “I had been working with the public housing authority for several years, was being mentored by an executive director, and was passionate about helping the community. My degree plan at the time was specifically catered to my career goal which was to serve as the executive director for a housing authority”

That following summer, Addison met a man who was an executive director for a housing authority who just happen to hold a degree in civil engineering.

“It made me realize that I could get an engineering degree and still work in the housing authority if that’s what I still wanted to do. In a way I felt like my career chose me” said Addison “So I decided to change my major to engineering”

Her career began in 2007 as a SCEP-student career employment program with the United States Department of Agriculture- Forest Service. Her government service has brought her to places like Florida, Washington, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Georgia, and Illinois.  While serving with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), she deployed in South Korean and Louisiana.

She currently holds the Resident Engineer position at USACE Galveston. There, she’s responsible for civil works construction projects.

“In my position I am currently working on learning, evaluating and trying to improve the effectiveness of the resident office through construction contracts, operating producers, plans and specifications” said Addison “Many of the projects in GRO  are dredging and placement improvement along the GIWW and Galveston Harbor. It has been a great experience learning dredging contracts, meeting local sponsors, and the importance of the work USACE does for the local economy”

Addison has earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2009 at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and was recently accepted in the Auburn Construction Management program, a year-long program with USACE. In the years she has served as a civil engineer she has earned a Commander’s award for Civilian Service in 2017, Achievement medal for Civilian Service in 2017, and a Diversity and Inclusive award in 2012. In her free time she enjoys reading, singing, and spending with her Fiancé.