Twenty-Seventh UTEP Engineering Alumnus Named "Engineer of the Year"
May 20, 201 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
The El Paso Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) awarded Isabel Vasquez, P.E. (CE '82) "Engineer of the Year" for 2011. Ms. Vasquez, Vice President - Huitt Zollars, joins twenty-six UTEP Engineering graduates who have been selected Engineer of the Year by TSPE.
Since 1956, fifty-four engineers have been recognized as Engineer of the Year for their contributions to the profession by El Paso's Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. The annual award is distinguishes an individual engineer "for demonstrating a high level of professional skill, knowledge and conduct, for dedication to his profession and for his/her unselfish contributions to the El Paso community."
Isabel Vasquez, P.E was selected as the 2011 Engineer of the Year. A native El Pasoan, Ms. Vasquez graduated in 1977 from Thomas Jefferson High School and The University of Texas at El Paso in 1982 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
A pioneering female engineer in the El Paso region, she was the first woman Project Engineer for the El Paso Water Utilities. Since 1995, Isabel has engineered with Huitt-Zollars, a Top 200 Engineering and Architectural firm headquartered in Dallas. She was quickly promoted to Associate in her first year, became Vice President in her fourth year and is now a shareholder in the firm. Her current work includes oversight and lead for water and wastewater projects for the $4.6 billion Phase I Fort Bliss Land Development Project, the largest and most extensive development of Fort Bliss in modern times.
"I am very glad that Isabel professional achievements have been recognized by her peers. Isabel is another example of the quality of education that the College of Engineering at UTEP offers," says Carlos Ferregut, Ph.D., and Associate Dean – Research & Graduate Studies. He continues, "The College of Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering are very proud to see one of their alumna be named Engineer of the Year. The College and the Department have benefited from Isabel's and Huitt-Zollars continue support of our activities. Several years ago Isabel and her daughters were the models of a poster we produced to promote Civil Engineering among young high school female students."
In addition to practicing engineering, Ms. Vasquez is active in recruiting young women into engineering and has assisted with Senior Project for her home department of Civil Engineering. As a respected engineer and leader Isabel has served as president for the El Paso Chapters of the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Council of Engineering Companies.
Listing of past recipients with UTEP Engineers in bold:
|1956||Gerald Turner||1985||Danny R. Anderson|
|1957||Laurence Wood||1986||Robert L. Reid|
|1958||Carlton Homan||1987||Daniel B. Knorr|
|1959||Joseph Friedkin||1988||Robert Ortega, Jr.|
|1960||William V. Holik||1989||Humberto F. Sambrano|
|1961||Harold Tillman||1990||G. Robert Moran|
|1962||Robert Lyman||1991||Stephen Riter|
|1963||Ashley Classen||1992||Malcolm L. Steinberg|
|1964||Gordon Parkhill||1993||Edmund G. Archuleta|
|1965||George Dieter||1994||Ruben Ponce|
|1966||Norman Woodruff||1995||David Brosman|
|1967||Clyde Nichols||1996||Jose F. Cardenas|
|1968||John Foster||1997||Ramon Lara|
|1970||Harry Corbett||1999||Edward Drusina|
|1971||James Kirby||2000||Charles H. Berry|
|1972||C. L. "Tex" Kidwell||2001||J. Pat Conover|
|1973||Herbert Bartel||2002||Henry K. Ng|
|1974||Arnold Peinado||2003||Alex Woelper|
|1975||Fred Bernard||2004||Phillip J. Rothstein|
|1976||Robert Coltharp||2005||Irene Ramirez|
|1977||William F. Quinn||2006||Robert Moreno|
|1978||James R. Steele||2007||John Cordova|
|1979||Hector Holguin||2008||Carlos Simental|
|1980||Alan E. Olson||2009||Leonard Lachmann|
|1981||Robert Navarro||2010||Jose Rodarte|
|1982||Paul C. Hassler|