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Engineer Week Spotlight: Miles Waldron

Miles Waldron is an Electrical Engineer with the Southwestern Division’s Operations and Regulatory Branch. He started working for the Corps in 1987. Before working for SWD he worked in the Mobile District as an Operations Project Manager, overseeing Carters Lake, and in the Little Rock District as a Hydropower Superintendent over Bull Shoals and Norfork powerhouses.

Dam at Carters Lake
Dam at Carters Lake

A 1983 graduate of the University of Arkansas, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also received a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Georgia in 2009. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Arkansas.

Away from work he enjoys numerous outdoor activities, including nature conservation and hunting.

Miles Waldron
Miles Waldron

Waldron’s day-to-day tasks include monitoring Southwestern Division’s 18 hydroelectric powerhouses, providing technical assistance, and communicating with power customers.

Here are a few questions Waldron answered to highlight Engineer Week, STEM degrees and his career.

Q. Why did you choose to pursue an engineering degree?

A. I excelled at science and math in secondary school and always had a curiosity about how machines or electronics worked. My engineering classes during college taught me how to analyze the engineering design process and learn more about it. I liked the methodical approach to problem solving.

Q. How do engineers make a difference in our world?

A. Engineers take theoretical science and make it applicable to our life needs. Look around, you can see engineering everywhere. Hydropower plants, dams, airplanes and even cell phones were designed by engineers.

Q. What advice would you share with teenagers about choosing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related career?

A. This is a very rewarding career that can be used in many businesses or service areas. The jobs you get with STEM degrees usually offer some of the best training, competitive salaries, and good growth opportunities. Another bonus to getting a STEM degree is you can get a job almost anywhere. Pretty much everywhere you look there is an opportunity for an engineer to be successful.

Q. What has been your most memorable USACE project, program or job?

A. Being the Chief of Hydropower at Bull Shoals and Norfork lakes. There are so many good folks up there and the area is beautiful. The job was great because it crossed so many of the Corps business lines including flood control, hydropower, recreation, environmental and water supply.

‘Success always leaves footprints’ theme for African American Heritage program

The Tulsa District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted its 2017 African American Heritage Month program, at the Tulsa District office, Feb. 15.

Linda Ware Toure, a retired educator with more than 38 years of teaching and administration service in the Oklahoma City Public School system gave the keynote address for the African American Heritage program at the Tulsa District Office, Feb. 15. The theme for Toure's talk was 'Success always leaves footprints.' (Photo by Brannen Parrish)
Linda Ware Toure, a retired educator with more than 38 years of teaching and administration service in the Oklahoma City Public School system gave the keynote address for the African American Heritage program at the Tulsa District Office, Feb. 15. The theme for Toure’s talk was ‘Success always leaves footprints.’ (Photo by Brannen Parrish)

Guest speaker, Linda Ware Toure, an educator with more than 38 years of service, was the keynote speaker for the event.

The theme for Toure’s presentation was “Success always leaves footprints”, and she spoke about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the importance of voting with regard to public policy and setting the course of the future of communities and nations.

“Voting is the number one way that all Americans can make a difference,” said Toure. “If you don’t think that voting has consequences, we just need look at what’s happened down through the years.”

Josephine-Joy Hammond dances during the African American Heritage program at the Tulsa District office, Feb. 15. Hammond, who is a native of Ghana, a nation located in West Africa, performs and teaches praise and contemporary interpretive dance at her church. (Photo by Brannen Parrish)
Josephine-Joy Hammond dances during the African American Heritage program at the Tulsa District office, Feb. 15. Hammond, who is a native of Ghana, a nation located in West Africa, performs and teaches praise and contemporary interpretive dance at her church. (Photo by Brannen Parrish)

The event also featured a contemporary praise dance by Josephine-Joy Hammond, who teaches youth and children’s ministry contemporary and interpretive praise dance.

Mireille Bompuku, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, catered the program by preparing food samples from the African nation for attendees.