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Walker Awarded FAU’s 2009-2010 Eric Alexander Engineering Scholarship

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL (December 4, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University student Thomas Walker was named the 2009-2010 recipient of the Eric Alexander Engineering Scholarship. Walker, 27, is a Port St. Lucie resident and is slated to complete his degree in Spring 2011, which will make him among the first group of geomatics engineering graduates from FAU.  The Bachelor of Science in geomatics engineering (BSGE), one of the university’s newest bachelor’s degree programs offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science, is designed to help alleviate the shortage of trained land-surveyor professionals.  Faculty and staff headquartered at the FAU Treasure Coast campus in Port St. Lucie deliver the predominantly on-line program throughout South Florida.  FAU is the only university in the southeastern United States that offers the BSGE. 

Walker’s parents have spent more than 25 years in the surveying profession and currently own McIntosh & Associates, a Port St. Lucie-based surveying firm. He has worked for the firm while completing his degree. “Because of my mom and stepfather’s careers in surveying, I have always had a connection to this,” said Walker. “As I explored other options for a profession, I quickly realized that geomatics engineering was what I wanted to do for a living.”

After graduation, Walker plans to take the licensure examination to become a professional surveyor and mapper in the state of Florida, and practice as a licensed surveyor for McIntosh & Associates.  Walker also has aspirations of pursuing a graduate degree in engineering and some day developing his own surveying business.

Walker feels that students should take their time deciding their career path. “Sometimes, young people are pressured to get a degree right away, but the major they choose may not pan out,” he said. “Students should take some classes, an internship or a part-time job and shouldn't hesitate to explore their options.  If they are interested in working outdoors and solving problems using math, digital equipment and computers, then I would definitely tell them to give geomatics engineering a shot.”

The late Eric Alexander, an immigrant to the United States, spent much of his life as self-taught engineer.  He established this scholarship through the FAU Foundation to support deserving engineering students in achieving their career goals. 

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts ten colleges: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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