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Civilian of the Year
by Donna Parker
Most of us work hard to prove ourselves in our first job, but for Mark Davidson, who received his bachelor's degree in engineering science in 2006, it took only a few months of work before his supervisor observed excellence and nominated him for Civilian of the Year - an honor recently bestowed on him by Brooks Air Force Base.
"This is very nice," says Mark, as something of an understatement. "I'm just two years out of college and to get the opportunity to gain field experience has been exciting, to say the least."
Mark, an environmental engineer, is the team leader on air and water protection missions at Air Force bases worldwide.
"I was hired right out of school and so far, have traveled to 14 different states and countries, leading and assisting on projects dealing with air and water quality. Actually, I was quite surprised to find myself appointed to team lead on these projects."
"Although I didn't appreciate some of my tougher classes at Trinity, such as Heat Transfer taught by Peter Kelly-Zion, department of engineering science, the detail that I learned there and in other engineering classes helped prepare me for what I do now. I look back on that now and really appreciate that."
"Surprisingly though, it's the liberal arts background that Trinity offers that has been invaluable. Rather than stay focused on just my science degree, it was the other courses like management, accounting, and art that really broadened my perspective and made me a better-rounded person."
Mark says he really utilizes his problem-solving skills more so than technical science and mathematics and feels the next phase of his life should include that.
In his spare time, he gives back to his community by pitching in with Habitat for Humanity and volunteering at his church, where he recently organized parking for a large field day. He loves spending time with his parents and siblings, watching comedy and action movies and has of late, started with a new hobby, wood working.
Mark stays closely connected to Trinity and attended the engineering alumni weekend last year. He spent the weekend hanging out with friends and playing volleyball and Frisbee on the intramural field, but he does have one eye on the future.
"I'd like to get married and start a family. I don't know when that will happen. It's probably a few years down the road," Mark says jokingly.
"Really though, for me, right now, it's concentrating on doing the best possible job for Brooks AFB. I'm really applying all the things I learned, while at Trinity and still appreciate the camaraderie and close community there. Spending lots of time on the 3rd floor of the Moody Engineering Building has served me well!"
You may contact Mark at mdavidso [at] alum.trinity.edu.