August 25, 2019
This summer Dudley Engineering welcomed Dago Garza Jr. as a structural engineer intern. Dago is currently a junior at Texas A&M University where he is pursuing a bachelor of science in civil engineering with a structural emphasis.
Besides his strong grades and impressive interview, Dago had a leg up on other candidates due to his pedigree. Dago Jr. is the son of Dago Garza, who is a senior structural technical modeler at Walter P Moore. Drew Dudley was fortunate to work with Dago Sr. during his time at Walter P Moore, where he was enamored with his expertise, passion and willingness to help train young structural engineers in the craft of putting together structural drawings for some of the most complicated projects.
As the saying goes, the apple did not fall far from the tree. Dago Jr. has surpasses all expectations for what can be expected from a junior undergraduate intern, especially one who has not taken a formal Structural Analysis course to date. Dago Jr’s drive and ability to absorb and implement the mountains of information that were thrown at him was truly impressive.
The projects that Dago Jr. helped on this summer include a three-story, 100,000 SF mixed-use building in New Orleans, LA, a new BBQ restaurant in College Station, the 21st Century Classroom project on the campus of Texas A&M University and multiple foundations on expansive soil. Additionally, Dago Jr. created from scratch a new software program to help Dudley Engineering perform structural condition assessments in a timely and efficient manner.
We look forward to continuing to use Dago’s talents as we extend his summer internship into a co-op during the school year.
A final note on Dago Jr that is perfectly portrayed in the picture below, which shows Dago Jr. conducting a special inspection of a post-tensioned foundation in Houston is that he is bilingual (English + Spanish) which is a huge benefit to our client and contractor partners. Drew Dudley accompanied Dago Jr. on this special inspection to “train him on the intricacies of PT foundation inspections” and came away with ” a new admiration and realization of the value that bilingual engineers can provide to the Texas construction industry”.