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USACE Galveston District spotlight on Paulino Hernandez Sandoval

GALVESTON, Texas (Jan. 6, 2016) – Growing up in Mexico, Paulino Hernandez Sandoval spent his days working in the vineyards to pay for night school. While picking grapes and thinking about what he planned to do with his future, he often paused to notice the busy engineers working on a nearby dam construction project. Interested in what they were doing, he would devote his breaks to talking with the engineers and learning about the field. By the end of the summer he surmised that if they could do it, so could he and thus began his journey to becoming an engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District.

“It took a long time, but I accomplished my goal of becoming an engineer,” said Sandoval. “I started out as a civil engineer with the Bureau of Reclamation Department of the Interior in Boulder City, Nevada, in 1990 and had the privilege to be involved with Hoover Dam projects. While working in Nevada, I volunteered to be a part of the Disaster Response Team for the Northridge earthquake in 1994 and was introduced to the USACE.”

By 1996, he accepted a position with the USACE Galveston District as a project civil engineer and while he has changed positions, locations and titles, he has remained with the district for the last two decades.

“Today, I am working on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway shallow draft channel condition analysis as well as several pipeline dredging and levee projects along the Texas coast,” said Sandoval. “I enjoy the construction, the physics and the mathematical components of these complicated projects and always strive to complete the project on time and under budget.”

With the GIWW being an essential component of the nation’s navigation network, Sandoval says he understands the important role engineers play in keeping the nation’s infrastructure operational so he dedicates his free time to ensuring the next generation of engineers are prepared to fulfill these responsibilities.

“I’ve taught physics for the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program for 15 summers at the University of Texas at San Antonio, volunteered with the Professionals And Youth Building A Commitment Program to motivate youth to continue their education and provided College of the Mainland at Texas City students tours of the Pelican Island placement area to discuss the engineering, environmental aspects and beneficial uses of the materials dredged from the channel,” said Sandoval. “I enjoyed the questions the students asked and the discussion that followed. I am a teacher at heart.”

In 2001, Sandoval combined his love of engineering with teaching to save taxpayers thousands of dollars by implementing a practice of shortening the length of the discharge pipelines of the drop-outlet structure in placement areas. He was recognized with a USACE Individual Suggestion/Invention Award for his efforts.

“This is the most memorable moment I’ve had with the Corps and I am still proud of this accomplishment,” Sandoval said. “I get satisfaction from working with professionals who are committed to getting the job done responsibly for the benefit of taxpayers and the U.S. government.”

Now a Texan, Sandoval earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a licensed professional engineer. He is also a registered radiologic technologist and says that if he could live his life over again, he would have become a medical doctor in the cancer research field to help find a cure before his beloved sister lost her battle with cancer. He and his wife, a retired teacher, spend their free time with their extended family and are avid Spurs and Astros fans.

Visit the USACE Galveston District website at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.


USACE Galveston District donates $15,638 to CFC

GALVESTON, Texas (Dec. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, consisting of approximately 300 employees, donated $15,638 to support the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This year’s district campaign, “Be a Change Maker!” ran from Nov. 5 to Dec. 18, 2015.

 

As the only authorized charitable fundraising drive in the federal workplace, the annual district campaign focused on global charitable giving and exceeded its $15,000 goal in six weeks.

 

“Our CFC team worked to ensure that staff was informed about this campaign and the local charities in need,” said USACE Galveston District CFC Coordinator Dr. Rose Caballero. “The key workers made 100 percent contact with district staff and provided them with CFC Agency Guides and pledge forms, that way, everyone was afforded the opportunity to contribute to the charities that mattered most to them and donate to the charity of their choice.”

 

Lisa Thomasson, a CFC key leader, became a campaign volunteer nearly a decade ago because she believes she is making a difference. “There is no greater feeling than the one I get from making a difference in someone, or something’s life,” said Thomasson, whose entire family are volunteers for various non-profit organizations. “In my opinion, it is important for the district to continue to support the CFC because it sets a good example for other agencies to follow. The CFC makes it easy to contribute with automatic paycheck deductions so you never really miss the money you are contributing.”

 

Caballero explained the significance of this campaign and stated that over the last decade the district raised approximately $250,000 for the CFC, which directly contributed to local charitable, health and human service organizations.

 

“The Combined Federal Campaign generates interest, recognition and funding for thousands of worthwhile charities serving the public interest,” said Col. Richard Pannell, commander of the USACE Galveston District. “This program provides our employees increased visibility on all of the charity opportunities and allows them an easy way to make informed choices.”

The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all. The authority to allow fundraising in the federal workplace was established in 1961 and since then the CFC has become the nation’s leading workplace giving program, raising more money for charity than any other annual employee-giving program.

For more information about the CFC visit http://www.opm.gov/cfc/. Visit the USACE Galveston District website at http://www.swg.usace.army.mil. Find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/GalvestonDistrict or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/USACEgalveston.