SAN MARCOS – Annually the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers have established and awarded outstanding recipients with the objective of recognizing engineers who provide exemplary service to the Section and the general public through their professional work and volunteer efforts.

Joe W. Alvarez was the recipient of the Professional Service To Students Award at the Annual Civil Engineering Conference (CECON). This award is conferred upon an engineering leader for meritorious service to the Texas Section by actively participating in one or more of the Texas-Mexico Regional Conference’s Student Chapters.

Alvarez, a native of Alice, is a graduate engineer in the Corpus Christi District of the Texas Department of Transportation. He has been involved in ASCE since 2005, first as a building team member of the Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s national qualifying steel bridge team. In 2007, he was elected president of the TAMUK ASCE Student Chapter. He then began serving the Texas Section and Corpus Christi Branch. In 2008, he served as the Concrete Canoe Student Competition Chairman in Corpus Christi. In 2009, at the request of Keith McBride, he again served as the Concrete Canoe Student Competition Chairman in South Padre Island. He served once more as the Concrete Canoe Student Competition Chairman in 2013. From 2013-2015, Joe served as the Branch Membership and Younger Member (YM) Chairman. In 2015, he became incoming Chairman of the Texas Section STEM Committee. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Texas Section Younger Member Committee, which focuses on matters of professional development and facilitates engagement of young civil engineers in the society throughout Texas. Alvarez is also in his fourth year as a member of the Civil Engineering Conference (CECON) Planning Committee. He also serves as a competition judge annually at the Texas ASCE Student Symposium, and has served as an advisor to the TAMUK ASCE Student Branch and Southern Methodist University (SMU) ASCE Student Branch.

Alvarez currently resides in Alice, where he is currently the Grand Knight of St. Joseph Council #3169 of the Knights of Columbus and Faithful Navigator of St. Joseph Fourth Degree Assembly #1121. In addition, he serves as a board member of the Texas A&I Alumni Association, Advisory Member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity-Beta Epsilon Alumni Association, Hub City Association, Inc. and board member of the Jim Wells County Historical Commission. Alvarez is also a graduate of Alice High School, Class of 2005.